Indiana University Northwest


Spring 2014 Workshops

Get Your Students Talking! Enhancing Your Courses with Online Discussions

Thursday, January 30, 2014 |Raintree Hall Room 212 |11:00 AM
Register |Organizer and Presenter: Dr. Angela Solic

In this workshop participants will explore the various ways to utilize discussion forums for online, hybrid, and face to face classes.  In addition, the art of discussion question writing, creating forums, and grading forums will be presented with time for practice.  Bring your textbook if you'd like to develop some questions for upcoming units and make this practical for your current courses. 

Boring Course? Liven It Up Using Free Web Tools and Resources

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 |Raintree Hall Room 212 |12:00 PM
Register |Organizer and Presenter: Dr. Angela Solic

This workshop will present you with many different free tools you can use to transform your boring, text-focused course into something engaging and different.  Learn how to add audio, add embedded videos (and where to find them), how to find interactive content like simulations and tutorials, how to add free learning games and more.  You will also get to practice some! This is most appropriate for courses that use Oncourse heavily.

How Do I Get My Qualtrics Survey Out There?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 |Library Conference Center Room 230 |11:30 AM
Register |Organizers and Presenter: Will Radell

Participants will be exploring the different ways of distributing a survey (anonymous distribution and non-anonymous distribution) in Qualtrics.  Participants may follow along using their own Qualtrics account.  For a Qualtrics account, please contact Will Radell at 219-981-5663 or

Chalk and Talk  - A Comparison Between Teaching Online and Teaching on Campus.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 |Hawthorn Hall 243 |11:30 AM

Register |Organizer and Presenter: Dr. Diana Chen Lin

Let The Lesson Flow!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 |Library Conference Center Room 230 |11:30 AM
Register |Organizer and Presenter: Will Radell

In this workshop, participants will be shown the basics of building, as well as incorporating elements such as video, assignments, test and surveys, and resources, in the Lessons Tool.  Participants are encouraged to obtain a practice course site to get started.  They may obtain one at this site:  

Delivering Your Course From a Distance.

Thursday, March 6, 2014 |Hawthorn Hall 329 |8:30 AM
Register | Organizers:  Will Radell, Aaron Pigors.  Eagle Eye Presenter: Dr. Michael Hutchins, (Professor of German-IU Southeast).  Echo 360 Classroom Capture and Personal Capture Presenters: Aaron Pigors, Interim Director (Instructional Media Services), Andre Nelson, Utility Technician (Instructional Technology Services), and Will Radell, Instructional Technology Specialist (Center for Innovation and Scholarship in Teaching and Learning). 

The technologies that will be presented in this session will be Eagle Eye Director and Echo 360 Classroom Capture/Personal Capture. For the first part of this session, Dr. Michael Hutchins (Professor of German-IU Southeast) will present how he uses Eagle Eye Director in his instruction.  Eagle Eye Director utilizes voice locating technology to enhance the videoconference experience. 

After that, Aaron Pigors, Interim Director (Instructional Media Services), Will Radell, Instructional Technology Specialist of CISTL, and Andre Nelson, Utility Technician (Instructional Media Services), will present Echo 360 Classroom Capture and Personal Capture.  Echo 360 allows instructors to record lectures for students to playback and review.

Chalk and Talk - Perspectives on Barbarians: From Research to the Classroom: Part 1

Monday, March 10, 2014 |Hawthorn Hall Room 243 |11:30 AM

Register |Organizer and Presenter: Dr. David Parnell

Faculty Reading Group - Whistling Vivaldi  by Claude Steele

Wednesdays, April 2, 2014 and April 16, 2014 | 2:30 PM
Register |Organizer: Academic Affairs and CISTL

The primary goal of a faculty reading group (FRG) is to explore a specific book as it relates to best practices in teaching and learning. This goal is achieved by providing a safe, supportive community wherein members can discuss and explore new approaches to teaching and learning.

Participants will receive a free copy of Whistling Vivaldi, courtesy of the Office of Academic Affairs, while supplies last.

FRG members must commit to:

  • Read the book
  • Actively participate in two spring brown-bag meetings: April 2, 2014 and April 16, 2014 - 2:30-3:30 PM
Important Dates
  • Registration for the FRG closes
Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Participants notified of their status re: free book
Friday, March 7, 2014
  • Books available for pick-up
No later than Tuesday, March 11, 2014
  • Brown-bag meetings
Wednesdays, April 2, 2014 and April 16, 2014

Promotion and Tenure Workshop

Friday, April 4, 2014 |Hawthorne Hall Room 107 |10:00 AM
Register |Co-sponsored by CISTL and Academic Affairs

Workshop will include advice for those just starting in their academic journey toward tenure as well as those drawing closer to preparing a promotion/tenure dossier.

The workshop will feature a presentation from EVCAA, David Malik, and a panel of past member of the Campus Promotion and Tenure Committee.

Courseload: The Software Platform Behind IU eTexts

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Register |Organizer: CISTL |Presenter: A Representative from Courseload

In this webinar, a representative from Courseload, will demonstrate the many features of the software platform that drives IU eTexts.  Courseload has many features that take e-text books to the next level and make it a powerful teaching and learning tool.  The link to the webinar will be sent to participants upon registering. 

Delivering Your Online Presentation via Adobe Connect

Monday, April 14, 2014 |Library Conference Center Room 230 |11:30 AM
Register |Organizers and Presenters: Jackie Coven, IT Training and Will Radell, CISTL

Description: Jackie Coven, IT Training, at IU Northwest, and Will Radell, Instructional Technology Specialist, CISTL; will be presenting Adobe Connect.  Jackie Coven will demonstrate how to perform various features in Adobe Connect, while Will Radell, will cover strategies to enhance your presentation.   Free to faculty and staff at IU Northwest, Adobe Connect is a powerful online tool that allows synchronous (real time) delivery of audio/visual information.  This workshop is open to both faculty and staff.

Lessons Is The Answer: Presenting Course Content In An Organized and Efficient Way

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 |Raintree Hall Room 212 |1:00 PM
Register |Organizer and Presenter: Dr. Angela Solic

In this workshop participants will practice using the Lessons tool to present content to their students. This can be appropriate for any type of course. The lessons tool will be discussed from an instructional design perspective: why it is best to use, ways to organize content and present it in the most effective way for student learning. Bring a flash drive with content (articles, documents) if you want to most effectively utilize this workshop for your own current courses.

Revising a Communication Research Methods Course

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | Library Conference Center Room 110|11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Register |Organizer and Presenter: Natasha Brown

This presentation will discuss revisions completed for Empirical Research Methods in Speech Communication (SPCH-S 424), a required course for Communication majors at Indiana University-Northwest.  The main purpose of the course is to teach students the theoretical foundations of empirical social science in an effort to equip them with the basic skills needed to conduct research studies.  The presentation will outline successes and additional areas for improvement regarding the course.

Create Easy Interactive Lessons In Less Than An Hour Using Adobe Captivate

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 |Library Conference Center Room 230 |10:00 AM
Register |Organizers and Presenters: Dr. Angela Solic and Will Radell

Adobe Captivate is available for free on IU Ware's website.  Please bring a laptop with Adobe Captivate installed if at all possible to make the most of this workshop.  In this workshop learn how to import a power point and turn it into something interactive for students. You will also learn how to add audio files to your lesson, how to create one from scratch, and how to publish and embed it into Oncourse for easy access to students.


How To Utilize Technology To Avoid Missing An Opportunity To Teach

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | Library Conference Center Room 330|11:00 PM-12:00 PM
Register |Organizer and Presenter: Branka Manojlovic

Concerned about a class cancellation due to inclement weather, unexpected emergencies, scheduling concerns regarding meetings and conferences?  Don’t miss the opportunity to teach.  Join us for an informational workshop.

Prisons as College Classrooms: Reflections on a Recent IUN Service Learning Program

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 |Library Conference Center Room 110 |2:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Register |Organizer and Presenter:Monica Solis-Saunders

The presentation focuses on the challenges associated with the administration and management of a class that is taught inside a correctional facility. The course comprises a group of IUN students and a group of inmates. 


Teaching Culture: A Journey Through Competence to Gain Humility

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 |Library Conference Center Room 110 |11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Register |Organizer and Presenter:Crystal Shannon

Cultural competence is a term frequently used by many to explore our relationships with diversity, awareness, and acceptance. However, the term often suggests that full knowledge of a culture is attainable through education and experience. This session will explore the concept of the unattainable full knowledge of another culture but the impact the journey might have on improved awareness, congruence, and humility. We will explore methods used to bring this process to undergraduate students and identify pedagogical tools for improved student knowledge and engagement.

Please Keep Checking Back For Updates!  More Dates Will Appear as They Become Available!

Workshops Are Open to Both Faculty and Staff!