TACIT 2015-2016 Training

As a recipient of equipment via the TACIT program, individuals also participate in specially targeted training sessions. These cover a variety of topics, each with the emphasis of providing fluency in technology skills which will enhance the teaching and learning process.


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  • General TACIT Session Training Dates: February 22-26, 2016
  • Selected Topics Training Dates: March 3-10, 2016
  • Location: Weir Hall
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TACIT Training Itinerary

All TACIT recipients are required to attend a General TACIT training session. In addition, iPad recipients must attend an All About the iPad training session. Additional sessions on a variety of topics will also be offered. All TACIT participants are strongly encouraged to attend a minimum of three sessions total. Participants who attend a total of three TACIT sessions will receive a 64GB USB Flash Drive customized with the UM logo.

Session Descriptions

General TACIT Session - Monday through Friday, February 22-26, 9:30-10:45am - Weir 107
All TACIT recipients are required to attend this session in which they will learn about current and upcoming Information Technology initiatives on campus. Participants will also learn about their new computers, sign property transfer forms, and be given delivery information. Refreshments will be served. (1 hr 15 min)

All About the iPad - Various times
If you are receiving an iPad through TACIT, you will need to attend this session. In it, you will learn about the iPad features, see recommended apps, and more. Participants will also learn how to give presentations from the iPad by connecting it to an LCD projector. You will receive your TACIT iPad at the end of this session. (1.5 hr)

Blackboard Blogs, Wikis, and Journals - Thursday, March 3rd, 11:00 AM - Weir 107
When used together, blog, wiki, and journal tools allow students to collaborate, share information with their classmates, and post private information seen only by the instructor. Learn more about each tool and how you can integrate them into your Blackboard course. (1 hr)

Detecting Plagiarism in Blackboard Assignments via SafeAssign - Thursday, March 3rd, 1:00 PM - Weir 107
SafeAssign is now integrated directly into the Blackboard Assignments tool. Learn how to create and configure assignments to check students' submissions for plagiarism using the SafeAssign service. (1 hr)

Tips for Successful Online Testing - Thursday, March 3rd, 2:30 PM - Weir 107
Instructors will learn how to create online tests and surveys using the Test Manager and Pool Manager features. Tips for successful test deployment will also be given. (1 hr)

Mastering the Blackboard Grade Center - Friday, March 4th, 11:00 AM - Weir 104
This session will cover the many features of the Blackboard Grade Center, including weighting grades, dropping lowest scores, and creating custom Grade Center views (1 hr)

Managing Your Blackboard Content: Purging, Recycling, and Updating - Friday, March 4th, 1:00 PM - Weir 107
Learn ways to improve your Blackboard course management with Course Files, Course Copy, Date Management and Calendars. These will provide a toolset to enhance your effectiveness and efficiency by organizing, purging and reusing materials to let you focus more time on developing your content. (1 hr)

Using OneNote Both In and Out of the Classroom - Monday, March 7th, 9:00 AM - Weir 107
Participants will learn the basic features of OneNote along with the more advanced features of handwriting and math recognition and inserting PDF files, images and audio/video. The cross-compatibility of OneNote on iOS, PC/Mac, and Android will also be demonstrated. Presented by Dr. Elliott Hutchcraft (1 hr)

UM Box and Vault - Monday, March 7th, 11:00 AM - Weir 107
This training session will introduce UM Box for cloud storage and collaboration. Attendees will learn how to login to Box, navigate the Box web site and share folders and files. The BoxEdit and BoxSync applications will also be covered. Participants will also learn how to obtain additional email storage using Vault. (1 hr)

Inline Grading for Assignments in Blackboard - Monday, March 7th, 12:00 PM - Weir 104
Inline Grading is a feature in Blackboard which allows instructors to view, comment on, and grade student-submitted files "inline", meaning in the web browser, without having to leave the Blackboard interface. Annotation tools are available as part of the inline viewer, enabling instructors to provide feedback via comments, highlights, and even drawing/annotation directly onto the inline document view. All instructor comments/markup is then available to the student via Blackboard. Attend this session to learn more about Inline Grading. (30 min)

Camtasia for Screen Casting - Monday, March 7th, 1:00 PM - Weir 107
This session will focus on the process and applications of screen casting techniques in education. Screen casting is the process of recording activity on a computer screen with voice annotation to a video file. This course content can be distributed to students via cloud storage (such as Box or Google Drive) or various streaming services such as YouTube. Screen casting is essential for a “flipped classroom” approach which is gaining popularity at all levels of education. The widely used Camtasia software package will be demonstrated. Presented by Dr. J.R. Gladden (1 hr)

Online Meetings: Adobe Connect - Tuesday, Tuesday, March 8th, 9:30 AM - Weir 107
Learn the basics of Adobe Connect and see how it can be used in Distance Learning and Online courses and meetings. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, phone, or tablet device to participate in the demo portion of this workshop. (1 hr)

Introduction to Accessibility - Tuesday, March 8th, 11:00 AM - Weir 107
Make your documents accessible to people of all abilities and disabilities. This session will teach participants to create PDF files, Word documents, spreadsheets, and presentations that meet accessibility requirements. Learning these basic practices and standards will ensure that all students can access your classroom content. (1 hr)

Welcome to Windows 10 - Tuesday, March 8th, 12:00 PM - Weir 107
Your new TACIT PC will come with Windows 10. This session will introduce you to the new features and changes in Windows 10 so that you will be comfortable with your new computer. (1 hr)

What's New in Office 2016 for Mac - Tuesday, March 8th, 1:00 PM - Weir 104
With the updated user interface of Mac Office 2016, one of the key redesigns is the ribbon. This session will take a look at the ribbon redesign, real-time co-authoring, recommended charts feature for Excel, new theme variants in PowerPoint, side by side calendar view in Outlook, and more. (1 hr)

MAC 101: Switching from a PC to a Mac- Wednesday, March 9th, 9:00 AM - Weir 104
This workshop is designed for those new to the Mac platform and will show basic navigation and use of a Mac. Also demonstrated will be the creation and usage of educational media objects - audio, video, recordings, presentations, pdf docs, Books (ePub or iBooks) and others. Demonstrations will be done on the latest operating system OS X El Capitan. Presented by Apple, Inc. (1 hr)

What's New in Office 2016 for Windows - Wednesday, March 9th, 10:00 AM - Weir 107
If you are transitioning from an older version of Office, you might want to take a look at this session. See how you can get work done more quickly with Tell Me, Smart Lookup, co-authoring, Modern Attachments and more. (1 hr)

MAC 102 for Educators - Wednesday, March 9th, 11:00 AM - Weir 104
Topics covered include a look at the new features in El Capitan, the latest release of OS X, and content creation tools for Educators. (Participants should have at least 1 year familiarity with the Mac platform.) Presented by Apple, Inc. (1 hr)

Introduction to Accessibility - Wednesday, March 9th, 12:00 PM - Weir 107
Make your documents accessible to people of all abilities and disabilities. This session will teach participants to create PDF files, Word documents, spreadsheets, and presentations that meet accessibility requirements. Learning these basic practices and standards will ensure that all students can access your classroom content. (1 hr)

MAC 101: Switching from a PC to a Mac- Wednesday, March 9th, 1:00 PM - Weir 104
This workshop is designed for those new to the Mac platform and will show basic navigation and use of a Mac. Also demonstrated will be the creation and usage of educational media objects - audio, video, recordings, presentations, pdf docs, Books (ePub or iBooks) and others. Demonstrations will be done on the latest operating system OS X El Capitan. Presented by Apple, Inc. (1 hr)

Welcome to Windows 10 - Wednesday, March 9th, 3:00 PM - Weir 107
Your new TACIT PC will come with Windows 10. This session will introduce you to the new features and changes in Windows 10 so that you will be comfortable with your new computer. (1 hr)

Using the Blackboard Retention Center - Thursday, March 10th, 9:30 AM - Weir 104
Get early insight into student performance using the Blackboard Retention Center. Participants will learn to use the Retention Center to monitor student progress and to set specific course rules to track items that are good indicators of risk. (30 min)

Using Rubrics in Blackboard - Thursday, March 10th, 10:00 AM - Weir 107
This workshop introduces the Rubrics feature in Blackboard, which can be used to objectively evaluate and grade student work through Blackboard, as well as provide concrete grading criteria to students. (30 min)

Self & Peer Assessment in Blackboard - Thursday, March 10th, 11:00 AM - Weir 107
The Self and Peer Assessment tool in Blackboard allows instructors to create exercises composed of one or more questions, each with one or more criteria (i.e., a rubric). Students complete the questions and use the criteria to evaluate their answers and those of their peers. Participants will learn to develop and deploy exercises that use the Self & Peer Assessment tool. (1 hr)

Mac Tips, Tricks, Shortcuts - Thursday, March 10th, 1:00 PM - Weir 104
Want to learn tips, tricks, and shortcuts to make your life easier and more productive? Then come to this workshop. We'll be presenting ways to speed up common tasks using a combination of keyboard shortcuts and helpful tips. (1 hr)

Blackboard Portfolios - Thursday, March 10th, 2:30 PM - Weir 107
This workshop introduces the new Blackboard Portfolio feature. Portfolios are a medium for users to efficiently collect and organize artifacts representative of work completed over time. (1 hr)

Registration is required.