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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: February 25 - March 1, 2019
  • Selected Topics Training Dates: March 4-8, 2019
  • 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 Friday, February 25 – March 1, 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 on March 4, 6, 7
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)

Monday, March 4th

Zoom for Online Meetings and Video Conferencing - 10:00 AM - Weir 107
Zoom is a web-based service for online meetings and video conferencing. It is comparable to Skype and Google Hangouts, but anyone can join a Zoom meeting without having an account. Participants will learn how Zoom can be used at UM. (1 hr)

Blackboard Adaptive Release - 11:30 AM- Weir 107
Learn how to use Adaptive Release to control the release of content to users based on a set of rules created by you the instructor. The rules may be related to availability, date and time, individual usernames, membership in course groups, review status of another item in the course, and Grade Center items such as scores, attempts, and calculated columns. (30 min)

What's New in Office 2019 for the Mac - 1:00 PM - Weir 104
In this session we will demo some of the new features and tools in Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac. (30 min)

What's New in Office 2019 for Windows - 1:30 PM - Weir 107
In this session we will demo some of the new features and tools in Microsoft Office 2019 for Windows. (30 min)

An Introduction to Classroom Technology - 2:00 PM - Weir 107
This session will cover an introduction to using the various technology setups in classrooms. Topics covered will include using the technology in the lecterns, basic connections, adapters/cables needed, and basic troubleshooting. (1 hr)

All About the iPad - 2:00 PM - Weir 104
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)

Tuesday, March 5th

Attendance in Blackboard (New Feature) - 9:30 AM - Weir 107
This workshop introduces the new 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)

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 Mojave if you would like to follow along. (1 hr) - Presented by Chris Dunbar from Apple, Inc.

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 Mojave if you would like to follow along. (1 hr) - Presented by Chris Dunbar from Apple, Inc.

Making Blackboard Tests Work for You - 11:00 AM - Weir 107
Basics of creating tests will be shown with focus on ways to increase the viability with the use of Pools, randomization, and labeling. Tips for successful test deployment will also be given, including using the Exceptions function. (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 Mojave if you would like to follow along. (1 hr) - Presented by Chris Dunbar from Apple, Inc.

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 Mojave if you would like to follow along. (1 hr) - Presented by Chris Dunbar from Apple, Inc.

Blackboard Grade Center - 2:30 PM - 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)

Wednesday, March 6th

All About the iPad - 9:30 AM - Weir 104
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)

Little Things with a Big Impact in Blackboard - 10:00 AM - Weir 107
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)

Qualtrics: Online Surveys and Assessments - 11:00 AM - 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. (1 hr)

Inline Grading for Assignments in Blackboard - 1:00 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 and highlighting. All instructor comments/markup are then available to the student via Blackboard. Attend this session to learn more about Inline Grading. (30 min)

Best Method for Embedding Videos into a Blackboard Course - 1:30 PM - Weir 104
Blackboard is not a video streaming server. For this reason, videos should never be uploaded directly into Blackboard. Instead, we recommend uploading videos to Google Drive and then embedding links to the videos within a Blackboard course. This optimizes the video stream while still giving students a way to view the video directly within Blackboard. This brief session will walk you through the steps to embed videos successfully. (30 min)

Best Practices in Instructional Design & Accessibility Basics for Courses Online - 2:00 PM - Weir 107
Tips from an instructional designer about best practices in online instruction. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, there are a handful of techniques to make yourself and your expertise more available to all students. Using the principles of universal design—and the tools in Blackboard and other content creation applications—you can ensure your course has accessibility built in. (1 hr)

Attendance in Blackboard (New Feature) - 3:30 PM - Weir 107
This workshop introduces the new 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)

Thursday, March 7th

OneNote in the Classroom - 9:30 AM - Weir 107
In this session, we will discuss OneNote basics and see how it can be used in the classroom. It can be used on multiple platforms such as, iPads and tablet PCs with stylus support. Recording segments for use as video lectures will also be discussed. (1 hr)

Little Things with a Big Impact in Blackboard - 11:00 AM - Weir 107
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)

Mac Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts - 11:00 AM- 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)

Zoom for Online Meetings and Video Conferencing - 1:00 PM - Weir 107
Zoom is a web-based service for online meetings and video conferencing. It is comparable to Skype and Google Hangouts, but anyone can join a Zoom meeting without having an account. Participants will learn how Zoom can be used at UM. (1 hr)

All About the iPad - 2:00 PM - Weir 104
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 Grade Center - 2:30 PM - 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)

Friday, March 8th

Photoshop Basics - 9:00 AM - Weir 104
In this session, participants will learn the basics of editing images in Adobe Photoshop. Topics to be covered include: basic image manipulation, changing the size and resolution of an image, cropping and rotating an image, applying color correction, using filters such as blur and sharpen, cleaning up photographs, selection techniques, and using layers. (1.5 hr)

Making Blackboard Tests Work for You - 10:00 AM - Weir 107
Basics of creating tests will be shown with focus on ways to increase the viability with the use of Pools, randomization, and labeling. Tips for successful test deployment will also be given, including using the Exceptions function. (1 hr)

Detecting Plagiarism in Blackboard Assignments via SafeAssign - 1:00 PM - Weir 104
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)

Using Rubrics in Blackboard - 2:00 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)

Blackboard Journals, Blogs, Wikis, and Discussion Boards - 2:30 PM - 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)

Registration is required.