Mark your calendars now for our 2017-18 workshop series! Below you'll find the workshops we have currently scheduled, covering a variety of topics ranging from elements of course design to classroom practices to hands-on opportunities for developing your own digital resources and tools for teaching  As always, if you have ideas or suggestions for workshops, seminars, or training sessions of any kind please let us know.

Fermi Questions as a Critical Thinking Exercise

January 9, 2018, 2-3 p.m.
Gray Wolf Hall 268

A Fermi question/problem/quiz is designed to teach approximation. Most of these questions involve making an informed calculation with very little actual data. It's an engaging activity that allows students to think logically and apply their knowledge to a situation. This workshop with Derek Jorgenson, EvCC's Instructional Designer, will let you experience Fermi questions and provide resources to help integrate them into your classes.

Introduction to Building Your Own Web-Based Virtual Reality Environment

January 31, 2018, 12-1 p.m. -- Note new date!
Gray Wolf Hall 268

Virtual and augmented reality have long been heralded as the next frontier in digital learning, but the cost and complexity of these technologies have historically limited usefulness for teaching and learning. In this workshop, led by Director of Educational Technology John Melson, we'll investigate whether that may finally be changing with a new generation of web-based tools for creating simple virtual reality (VR) environments. We'll also discuss the classroom contexts and learning scenarios where VR has the most to offer. Rather than just observe what others have built, though, the workshop offers a hands-on opportunity to begin creating your own simple virtual reality environment. No experience with VR is need to participate in the workshop, but a sense of adventure and a desire to try new things is essential!

Developing Discussion Questions for Critical Dialogue

February 13, 2018, 2-3 p.m.

Fostering robust class discussion is a challenge. Join Instructional Designer Derek Jorgenson for a workshop that will guide you through the process of developing discussion questions to maximize dialogue in your classes.

Training Students to Be Critical Peer Reviewers

March 13, 2018, 2-3 p.m.

Peer reviews provide students with a quality check while also nurturing their ability to give and receive constructive feedback. This workshop with Instructional Designer Derek Jorgenson will focus on how to create and establish the expectations for peer reviews and also review some of the different approaches available.

Critical Thinking through Problem and Project Based Learning

April 10, 2018, 2-3 p.m.

We often strive to create opportunities for our students to learn from and apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios. Both problem and project-based learning embrace those goals. This workshop, led by Instructional Designer Derek Jorgenson, will help you explore options for integrating either approach into your classes.

Cracking the Canvas Code: Unlocking Advanced Layouts and Features

April 25, 2018, 12-1 p.m.

Have you ever wished you could exert more control over the standard Canvas page layout and structure? Have you found yourself wanting to create Canvas pages that stand out or that emphasize certain types of information to help students learn better? If so, you'll want to attend this workshop led by Director of Educational Technology John Melson. We'll look at some common scenarios where you might want to customize your Canvas pages with tabs, tables of contents, sidebars, pullquotes, and other elements -- and you'll have a chance to try these out for yourself. No prior knowledge of HTML or CSS is needed to participate in the workshop, but you should be comfortable using Canvas and be eager to try something new!

Case Studies as a Critical Thinking Exploration

May 8, 2018, 2-3 p.m.

Why rely on hypothetical situations when historic cases are available? Case studies provide an opportunity for students to engage with real-world situations and events. This workshop with Instructional Designer Derek Jorgenson will explore the process of finding case students and designing assignments or activities around them.

Training Sessions

Canvas Blueprint Courses

November 28, 2017, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Gray Wolf 268

Canvas blueprint courses make it possible to associate multiple course sections with a single blueprint course, which can then act as a template for course announcements, assignments, and other content. This allows you to make changes in a single location, then synchronize your updates with all of the associated course sections you're teaching. This session will cover how blueprints work in practice and provide you with some essential tips for getting started.