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Instructional Design & Web Technologies Workshop Schedule

Instructional Design & Web Technologies department offers a wide variety of workshops. Please  let us know if you have a specific topic you would like covered!

Register via email at idwt@ship.edu. Please include the name and date of the workshop in your email.

We're available for individual consultations!

Need help? Please call and we will schedule a session with you.

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Current Workshops

General Workshops

Social Software in Education

In this workshop we'll take you on a tour of Web 2.0 technologies and the concept of Cloud computing.  You'll learn about the implications for education and the use of the technology. Some topics that we'll cover include: Google Docs, Delicious, Podcasting, Screencasting, Virtual Worlds, Blogs and Wikis.

Using Images for Teaching and Learning

This workshop will not cover the technical aspects of modifying digital rather it will cover the topic of visual literacy and examples of how to use images as a classroom resource.

Capturing Audio on Your Computer

There are times when you just want to record your comments to students without typing them out. In this workshop we'll cover two ways to record audio including using Microsoft recorder (short audio files) and using a free program called Audacity. Although you'll need to have a headset and microphone to record on your own PC, we will supply the headset and microphone during this workshop.

Reinforcing Concepts with Audio and Video - A Demonstration

This workshop provides an overview of the audio and video creation process. You'll have the opportunity to see a software screencast, a "pick-a-path" tutorial and a basic Desire2Learn tutorial.  Best practices and examples of use will be discussed.

What is Media Site and how can I use it in my Classroom? A Demonstration.

In this workshop you'll learn about Media Site, a way to record your course material for students to view asynchronously.

Modifying Digital Images for Presentations and for Use on the Internet

Have you ever received a huge image through email? Has your PowerPoint presentation been over 5 MB and you were unable to send it through the email system? We have your solution. This class will explore the ways to decrease your file size. You'll learn the difference between DPI and PPI as well as tips and tricks to make your images shine! We'll be utilizing a FREE program called GIMP. GIMP is very similar to Photoshop.

Digital Story Telling in the Classroom

Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories that usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. Digital stories can vary in length and topics which can range from personal tales to the recounting of historical events. In this workshop you'll learn how to incorporate digital storytelling as an integral part of the learning process.

Smart Cart Training

There are over a hundred Smart Carts on campus. IDDS provides the training that helps you learn the ins and outs of using the Smart Cart. Training includes an overview of cart function and equipment and cart procedures. Upon completion of the training you'll receive your Smart Cart key.


Managing Content

Desire2Learn provides the opportunity to upload a wide variety of materials into your course site. In this workshop we'll discuss where and how to place materials in Desire2Learn and specifically learn how to add Items, Folders, External Links and multiple files to your Course Site.

Communicating with Students 

In this workshop you'll learn how to use the Announcement , Sending Email, Messages, and the Discussion Board features. Examples of use and best practices will be discussed.


In this class you'll learn about the Test, Survey and Pool Manger. You will learn how to create assessments and deploy them. You'll learn about Respondus, a test creation software package.  Rubrics will also be discussed.


In this workshop you'll learn the ins and outs of using the Gradebook including adding gradebook columns for graded assignments not completed in Desire2Learn, entering student grades, managing the Grades and you'll look at the student side of the Grades area.

Online Assignment Submission

In this workshop you'll learn how to use the Assignment Manager and Turnitin. The benefits of using the Assignment Manager include the ability to download all student assignments at one time; the  ability to easily identify downloaded files because the filename contains the students' username and other information; and the ability to grade students papers directly in Word and upload them back onto the platform so that students can download and review your comments. Turnitin allows students to submit their papers electronically and have them automatically checked for plagiarism.

The Art of the Backup - Protecting Desire2Learn Materials

This workshop will cover the basics of file placement and planning, archiving vs. exporting your course, backing up your Gradebook, archiving student materials and archiving journals (blogs) and teams (wikis) in your Desire2Learn course site.

Tools to Use with Desire2Learn - A Demonstration

In this workshop you'll learn about programs that will make it easier to work with Desire2Learn. These packages include Respondus, a quiz creation program, Turnitin, a plagiarism detection program, Wimba (Live Classroom), a synchronous way to interact with your students outside of class, Learning Objects, which include blogs, wiki's and podcasts and finally Impatica, a way to secure PowerPoint presentations and compress the audio of presentations for placement in the Desire2Learnplatform.

Working Collaboratively in an Online Environment

In this workshop we'll discuss two ways in which you can work collaboratively using the Groups area and the Learning Objects wiki feature in Desire2Learn.

Journals (Blogs)

In this workshop you'll learn how to create a blog, make it private or public, comment and add new entries to a blog. We'll also discuss ways to use blogs in the classroom.

Teams (Wikis)

In this workshop you'll learn how to create a wiki, make it private or public, comment and add new pages. We'll also discuss ways to use wikis in the classroom.

Success with Wimba Classroom

FROM WIMBA: Do you want to know the secret to designing effective Wimba Classroom sessions? This one hour introductory session is designed to equip you with the five teaching tips for engaging, interactive sessions. You will learn the recommended techniques to prepare your participants before attending your live session. You will also learn how to communicate with and manage the interactions of your participants. We will cover our best practices tips regarding your content and finish the session with an overview of the importance of archives.

Engaging Students with Wimba (Live Classroom)

This workshop provides an overview of Wimba Live Classroom and we will discuss uses of Live Classroom in a face-to-face setting.


PowerPoint Basics: Windows

This workshop will cover the basic aspects of PowerPoint. You'll learn how to navigate through the PowerPoint interface, open, close and navigate through a presentation, create blank presentation, add/remove/rearrange slides, arrange and group objects, add text to slides, use bullets and numbering, insert pictures and save presentations.

**PowerPoint Basics: Macintosh

This workshop will cover the basic aspects of PowerPoint. You'll learn how to navigate through the PowerPoint interface, open, close and navigate through a presentation, create blank presentation, add/remove/rearrange slides, arrange and group objects, add text to slides, use bullets and numbering, insert pictures and save presentations. NOTE: Please bring your MAC to class.

PowerPoint Advanced: Windows

You'll need to be familiar with basic workings of PowerPoint before taking this advanced workshop. In this workshop you'll learn how to work with themes, modify color and font schemes, work with the slide master, modify text direction/spacing/indents, use SmartArt, modify imported graphics, animate objects, insert tables/charts and data, and how to run a presentation in presenter mode.

Instructional Considerations When Using PowerPoint

Using PowerPoint to present course content has become standard practice in many classrooms today. Whether you advocate the use of PowerPoint or bemoan its pervasiveness, it is important to follow principles that make these presentations more meaningful. First we will discuss defining goals for using PowerPoint in the classroom followed by hands-on strategies to design and build an effective presentation. Familiarity with PowerPoint is required. Advanced registration is required.

Recording your voice in PowerPoint

There are times in your face-to-face class that you may have been unable to finish a lecture. You may want to explain a concept that students weren't quite understanding but don't want to take up valuable class time. One way to accomplish this task is by recording your voice in PowerPoint.  In this class you'll learn the how to record your mini-lecture and how to save it so that the file size is small.

Electronic Grading with Microsoft Work

In this workshop we'll look at two tools you can use to grade student papers electronically. Annotate is a free program that you can download that includes default comment bubbles and the ability to comment on students work by recording a sound file. The Comment bubbles are modifiable and will help you quickly address grammar, content or style issues. We'll also look at the track changes feature in Word and discuss the pros and cons of using both methods of annotation.

Telling a Story with Images: PowerPoint without Bullet Points

We've all heard of death by PowerPoint. Throw out the old concepts about PowerPoint and learn how to create presentations with few or no bullet points!