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TACIT 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.

TACIT Training Itinerary

  • General TACIT Session Training Dates: March 2-5, 2020
  • Selected Topics Training Dates: March 5-6 & March 16-19, 2020
  • Location: Weir Hall
  • Training Registration Form

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.

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Session Descriptions

General TACIT Session - Monday through Thursday, March 2-5, 9:30-10:45 am - 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 on March 16, 18, 19
If you are receiving an iPad through TACIT, you will need to attend this session. In it, you will learn about iPad features, see recommended apps, and more. You will receive your TACIT iPad at the end of this session. (1.5 hr)

Thursday, March 5th

Content for Diverse Learners using Blackboard Ally - 1:00 PM - Weir 107
This session will discuss the use of technology to improve the learning experience for diverse learners. Specifically, we'll define and discuss key approaches for accessibility, inclusive design, and universal design for learning that can be used by instructors and institutions to meet student needs. Key takeaways: * Results of a Blackboard data study on common content accessibility barriers in courses and how they can be resolved. * Overview of Universal Design for Learning guidelines and how they can be used by instructors to improve the student experience. * Introduction to Blackboard Ally solution for content accessibility. - Presented by Carey Smouse from Blackboard Inc. (1 hr)

Teaching on the Go: Blackboard Instructor App Overview - 2:30 PM - Weir 107
Blackboard Instructor is a mobile app that enables you to view course content, grade assignments, and connect with students in discussions. In this session, we'll provide an overview of the app, demonstrate key features, and an introduction to the design of mobile-friendly courses. - Presented by Carey Smouse from Blackboard Inc. (1 hr)

Friday, March 6th

Content for Diverse Learners using Blackboard Ally - 9:00 AM - Weir 107
This session will discuss the use of technology to improve the learning experience for diverse learners. Specifically, we'll define and discuss key approaches for accessibility, inclusive design, and universal design for learning that can be used by instructors and institutions to meet student needs. Key takeaways: * Results of a Blackboard data study on common content accessibility barriers in courses and how they can be resolved. * Overview of Universal Design for Learning guidelines and how they can be used by instructors to improve the student experience. * Introduction to Blackboard Ally solution for content accessibility. - Presented by Carey Smouse from Blackboard Inc. (1 hr)

Teaching on the Go: Blackboard Instructor App Overview - 10:30 AM - Weir 107
Blackboard Instructor is a mobile app that enables you to view course content, grade assignments, and connect with students in discussions. In this session, we'll provide an overview of the app, demonstrate key features, and an introduction to the design of mobile-friendly courses. - Presented by Carey Smouse from Blackboard Inc. (1 hr)

Monday, March 16th

All About the iPad - 10:00 AM - Weir 104
If you are receiving an iPad through TACIT, you will need to attend an All About the iPad session. In it, you will learn about the iPad features, see recommended apps, and more. You will receive your TACIT iPad at the end of this session. (1.5 hr)

Blackboard Grade Center - 10:00 AM- Weir 107
Learn about the different features of the Blackboard Grade Center. There is a wide array of functionality from simply using it to post grades to using it to calculate the students’ final grades for you. This class will walk you through the different features available to help you decide how the Grade Center is best used within your course(s). (1 hr)

Zoom for Online Meetings and Video Conferencing - 11:00 AM - Weir 107
Zoom is a web-based service for online meetings and video conferencing. Participants will learn how Zoom can be used at UM for virtual meetings, screen recording, lecture capture, and more. (1 hr)

What is Qualtrics? - 1:00 PM - Weir 107
Qualtrics is a sophisticated online survey software that the university community can use for surveys, assessments, and some computer-based experiments. Participants in this training session will develop a survey, experiment with logic and modules, insert scoring, distribute the survey, and analyze results. Overview of Workshop: Qualtrics account and collaborating with peers. Creating a survey. Distributing your survey. Analyzing the results. (1 hr)

Making Scanned Documents Accessible - 2:00 PM - Weir 104
Learn how to make a scanned document into an accessible PDF and then participate in a hands-on learning experience where you will complete this process from start to finish. (1 hr)

Blackboard Tests: Using Pools and Random Blocks - 3:00 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, including using the Exceptions function. (1 hr)

Tuesday, March 17th

Mac OS 101 - 9:30 AM - Weir 104
Are you new to the Mac or simply wish you knew more about the basics of macOS? This session will explore fundamental concepts of the Mac operating system and the Apple ecosystem. Learn how to customize settings, manage iCloud, find applications and information quickly, and much more. Bring your own Mac running the latest version of macOS Catalina if you would like to follow along. - Presented by Chris Dunbar from Apple, Inc. (1 hr)

Managing Your Blackboard Content: Purging, Recycling and Updating - 9:30 AM - Weir 107
Learn ways to improve your Blackboard course management with Content Collection, 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. (30 min)

Blackboard Journals, Blogs, Wikis, and Discussion Boards - 10:00 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. (30 min)

Mac OS for Advanced Users - 11:00 AM - Weir 104
Once you have mastered the basics, explore the many powerful features of macOS. This session will showcase a number of tools and workflows built into the Mac. Learn advanced file management, how to set up Spaces, the basics of automation, and much more. Bring your own Mac running the latest version of macOS Catalina if you would like to follow along. - Presented by Chris Dunbar from Apple, Inc. (1 hr)

Detecting Plagiarism in Blackboard Assignments using SafeAssign - 11:00 AM - Weir 107
SafeAssign is integrated directly into the Blackboard Assignments tool. Learn how to create and configure assignments which check students’ submissions for plagiarism using the SafeAssign service. (1 hr)

Mac OS 101 - 1:00 PM - Weir 104
Are you new to the Mac or simply wish you knew more about the basics of macOS? This session will explore fundamental concepts of the Mac operating system and the Apple ecosystem. Learn how to customize settings, manage iCloud, find applications and information quickly, and much more. Bring your own Mac running the latest version of macOS Catalina if you would like to follow along. - Presented by Chris Dunbar from Apple, Inc. (1 hr)

Accessibility Basics for Educators - 1:00 PM - Weir 107
You will learn what accessibility is, why it is important, and how educators working at colleges and universities can begin making their courses more accessible to all students. (1 hr)

Mac OS for Advanced Users - 2:30 PM - Weir 104
Once you have mastered the basics, explore the many powerful features of macOS. This session will showcase a number of tools and workflows built into the Mac. Learn advanced file management, how to set up Spaces, the basics of automation, and much more. Bring your own Mac running the latest version of macOS Catalina if you would like to follow along. - Presented by Chris Dunbar from Apple, Inc. (1 hr)

The Art and Science of Rubrics - 2:30 PM - Weir 107
Customizing rubrics to match assignment instructions is both an art and a science. Well-designed rubrics help students succeed and save instructors time. Resources and techniques for rubric development will be addressed. (30 min)

Using Rubrics in Blackboard - 3:00 PM - Weir 107
This workshop introduces the Rubrics feature, which can be used to objectively evaluate and grade student work through Blackboard, as well as provide concrete grading criteria to students. (30 min)

Wednesday, March 18th

The Art and Science of Rubrics - 10:00 AM - Weir 107
Customizing rubrics to match assignment instructions is both an art and a science. Well-designed rubrics help students succeed and save instructors time. Resources and techniques for rubric development will be addressed. (30 min)

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

Accessibility Basics for Educators - 11:00 AM - Weir 104
You will learn what accessibility is, why it is important, and how educators working at colleges and universities can begin making their courses more accessible to all students. (1 hr)

Attendance in Blackboard - 1:30 PM - Weir 107
This workshop introduces the Blackboard Attendance feature. This building block allows notations for present, late, absent, or excused, and can be used as part of calculating grades. (30 min)

All About the iPad - 2:00 PM - Weir 104
If you are receiving an iPad through TACIT, you will need to attend an All About the iPad session. In it, you will learn about the iPad features, see recommended apps, and more. You will receive your TACIT iPad at the end of this session. (1.5 hr)

Working with TurningPoint Response System in the Classroom - 3:00 PM - Weir 107
Join Bill Joyce, a Senior Account Consultant with Turning Technologies with a background in Secondary Education, Instructional Technology, and Broadcasting, as he hosts an interactive session on the new TurningPoint 8.7 software designed specifically for educators. The new TurningPoint is the easiest-to-use and most powerful version to date, offering additional capabilities and an enhanced overall user experience. Discover how the robust TurningPoint polling software can be used to poll in PowerPoint, any application, or administer self-paced tests. The TurningPoint dashboard offers instant management of polling, participants, content, sessions and reports. This is your chance to learn about the variety of response options available for students such as traditional ResponseCards and mobile devices. (1 hr)

Thursday, March 19th

All About the iPad - 9:30 AM - Weir 104
If you are receiving an iPad through TACIT, you will need to attend an All About the iPad session. In it, you will learn about the iPad features, see recommended apps, and more. You will receive your TACIT iPad at the end of this session. (1.5 hr)

Zoom for Online Meetings and Video Conferencing - 9:30 AM - Weir 107
Zoom is a web-based service for online meetings and video conferencing. Participants will learn how Zoom can be used at UM for virtual meetings, screen recording, lecture capture, and more. (1 hr)

Learning Data Visualization and Data Analytics using Tableau - 11:00 AM- Weir 107
In this hands-on learning opportunity you will learn how to use Tableau to create data visualizations and conduct data analytics using  a Big Data set. The case covers an online retailer named ChicagoLand Popcorn ® who needs your help to figure out in what states they have to collect and remit sales tax. By the end of this session you will have learned how to use Tableau to create heat map visualizations with appropriate labels and meaningful color variations, create interactive dashboards and presentations. Presented by Dr. Christine Cheng, Assistant Professor of Accountancy Instruction (1.5 hr)

Making Scanned Documents Accessible - 1:00 PM - Weir 104
Learn how to make a scanned document into an accessible PDF and then participate in a hands-on learning experience where you will complete this process from start to finish. (1 hr)

Little Things with a Big Impact in Blackboard - 2:30 PM - Weir 104
This workshop introduces several areas in Blackboard that may be easily overlooked along with unknown features that could enhance how you do things in your courses. (1 hr)

Registration is required.