eTech Fair- 2012/2013 Recorded Sessions

The first eTechnology Fair was held on February 17, 2012. All sessions are recorded and are available by clicking on the links below. If you have never used eLive, go to to verify you have the correct software.

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2013 Recorded Sessions

Monday 11/11                    

11:00 am

Cindy Trussell PH.D., Associate Professor of Biology, Kodiak College

Debbi Canavan  eLearning Instructional Specialist, Kodiak College

Recorded Webinar: VoiceThread: Multimedia Discussions Now you can provide more engaging online, asynchronous conversations with and among students using the VoiceThread tool. VoiceThread is an interactive presentation and discussion tool that can showcase a variety of files, media, and images. Users can interact via microphone, webcam, text, phone, or audio-files. Come experience the possibilities for your courses. (Preview information about VT at

1:00 pm

Margie Draskovich, RN, MPH, MS Associate Professor, UAA School of Nursing, Kodiak Campus


Recorded Webinar: Blended Course Delivery Successes Selecting content that works well for courses that have  both asynchronous (online) and synchronous (videoconferencing) components can be challenging. This type of delivery can be a great way to address the  various learning styles among your students when the activities are structured to make the most of each method of delivery. This forum will present some successful examples and we welcome you to share your own as well.

2:00 pm

Sarah FrickInstructional  Designer, Faculty Technology Center

Recorded Webinar: Learning on the Edge: Faculty Technology Center  The innovative staff at the FTC is leading the way for UAA in current research on course quality and technology  trends in higher education. All the buzz: from MOOC's, multimedia, distance delivery, digital credentials, quality standards, gamification and online learning communities. Learn about FTC's current projects and find out you can be involved and what we can do for you.

Tuesday 11/12       

11:00 am

Lara MaddenInstructional  Designer, Faculty Technology Center

Recorded Webinar: ePortfolios at UAA Come and check out the UAA ePortfolio Showcase. Hear about the upcoming ePortfolios Initiative gearing up for Spring 2014 and find out how you can get your department and students involved.

1:00 pm

Tina Coulston Instructional  Designer, School of Nursing  &Marissa Beninati Simulation Technology Specialist, College of Health Recording with WolfLync Learn how to use Wolflync for pre-recording, synchronous recording, publishing and sharing lectures and meetings. Capture documents, programs, presentations  and more using Microsoft Lync as your screen recording tool. Make short tutorials and lectures to share via email or post in your course online.

2:00 pm

Susan Mircovich,Assistant Professor of Chemistry,  KPC;Kathi Baldwin, Instructional Designer ,Title III, UAS Sitka&Mary Purvis, Director, Title III, UAS Sitka

Recorded Webinar: Blackboard Catalyst Exemplary Course Award OPEN HOUSE! Come and see how two UA online courses won the  Bb Catalyst award. Take a look at the course structure, organization and special features that made each course a winner. Bring any questions. Designers/instructors will be there to talk about how you too can be a winner.

Wednesday 11/13              

11:00 am

Kitty Deal, Assistant  Professor of Education, Kodiak College & Debbi Canavan eLearning Instructional Specialist, Kodiak College

Recorded Webinars: Interactive Rubrics in Blackboard Interactive Blackboard rubrics can be used  with the Discussion Board forums and assignments within Blackboard. Rubrics simplify and clarify grading expectations and feedback, reducing time spent on writing feedback and on answering student questions. Learn how to set up rubrics in your Blackboard courses, reuse them in other courses, or  share them with colleagues.

2:00 pm

Tina Coulston,  Instructional Designer, School of Nursing

Recorded Webinar: Course Banners and Image Editing Made Easy Learn to edit images and create banners to use in your Blackboard course using familiar and easy to use tools. Why do Design and Aesthetics Matter?

3:00 pm

Clair Kochis , Cheryl Siemers, and Janice High with Kenai Peninsula College.

Recorded Webinar: Open-Access Developmental English and Math Courses This session is an overview of the free open-access  developmental English and Mathematics courses that have been developed under a federal grant targeting individuals who qualify for workforce retaining under the TAA (Trade Adjustment Assistance) Program. These courses are  designed to be completely self-paced modules in developmental English and Mathematics, integrating contextualized content to bolster success for those  individuals who seek to retrain in the AES (Architectural and Engineering Services) programs. At the same time, these courses are also providing an alternative to paying for and completing developmental courses for any individuals who would like to enter a college program prepared for college  level coursework in math and English. 

Thursday 11/14                 

10:00 am

Katie Walker,Instructional  Designer, College of Education

Recorded Webinar: Teaching and Learning with Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing  Participants will practice basic techniques for building community in an online synchronous class meeting. Blackboard Collaborate will be UAA's web conferencing solution (replacing Elive) this spring.

1:00 pm

Sarah Frick, Instructional  Designer, Faculty Technology Center

Recorded Webinar: Video Captioning Solutions in online courses As multimedia and video usage increase in our course material offerings, so does the need for those video to be closed captioned. Captions improve usability for learners, and can improve your search engine results. This workshop will  introduce concepts and show you some easy tips for finding and creating closed captioning for your online course lecture captures and other videos in your course.

3:00 pm

Lee Henrikson Instructional Designer, Beyond Anchorage Workforce Development Grant,  CTC

Recorded Webinar: Using Understanding by Design to Develop Courses Understanding by Design (UBD) provides a simple framework for developing courses. After an overview of the UBD framework, we will focus on what we expect students to learn and how to structure those expectations around Big Ideas. You will come away from the workshop with a draft Big Idea for a course.

Friday 11/15                                  

10:00 am

Jeanette Renaudineau Instructional Designer/Developer, Faculty Technology Center &Wayne Todd Instructional Designer, Faculty Technology Center

Games and Gamification for Teaching and Learning Description: Join us to discuss a growing  trend of incorporating games and game elements in the higher education classroom. We will discuss the rationale behind gaming in teaching and learning, as well as provide some practical ideas for adding game elements to your course.

11:00 am

Julie FronzutoAssociate Professor of Biology, PWSCC &Don BickleyInnovation &Creative Coordinator, PWSCC

Recorded Webinar: Critical Thinking within Virtual Labs Learn how students develop &demonstrate critical thinking skills within PWSCC's virtual wet lab environments.

12:00 pm

Lara MaddenInstructional  Designer, Faculty Technology Center &Scott Ready of Blackboard.

Recorded Webinar: What's new in Blackboard Spring 2014 We are excited to be able to bring this longstanding upgrade to Blackboard this Spring. Most exciting:  Inline Grading, New Test Deployment features, Video Anywhere, updated  Discussion Board interface, integrated Collaborate features and thankfully the updated and functional New Text Editor!

1:00 pm

CANCELLED:Marissa Beninati Simulation Technology Specialist College of Health

CANCELLED:Synchronizing Calendars Do you keep a calendar on your work computer, home computer, iPad, &iPhone….and none of them match? You are not alone! Calendars help you keep track of what you're doing and when. It's great to stay connected and organized whether you are checking your calendar from your desktop's Outlook Calendar, your iPhone, or iPad. This session will cover some organization steps to keep your devices synchronized whether you sync it via iCloud, Google Calendar, Microsoft, or something else.

2012 Recorded Sessions                                                                                                          


Digital Detours:  Solutions for when your technology classroom isn’t available

Cindy  TrussellThe eLearning Working Group at the University of  Alaska works on issues that impact faculty revolving around eLearning.  This  year one of our tasks was to generate a list of practices that faculty at our  institution invoke when technology stops working.  We have focused our  attention on the solutions that have been used for Blackboard, Elluminate Live,  and email.  We then took these solutions and classified them as proactive  or reactive solutions, the ease of implementation, and the types of resources  necessary.   In this session we will present the solutions that have  been working for our faculty and open up the session for discussion of what  participants have identified as solutions to this problem. 

Making Your eLive  Sessions More Interactive

Lee HenriksonElluminate recommends that there is some form of  student engagement every 3-5 minutes in an online classroom. Mini-lectures (20  minutes max) followed by group work or solo work is a good framework for a  lesson plan.  Explore the eLive tools and how to use them to make our  sessions more interactive, more engaging, and more fun - both by adding  interactivity to lectures and by incorporating other activities.
Presentation TipsKatie WalkerCompare different presentation tools and techniques for both classroom and distance delivery.  Share effective slide design and delivery tips.

Quick  Response (QR)codes

Tina Coulston & Luke WeldCurious about QR codes?  A Quick Response (QR)  code is a two-dimensional barcode that can hold more data than a traditional  UPC barcode and is faster to read (those little barcode squares that are  popping up almost everywhere). Session participants will learn more about QR  codes and how to create them. We will also explore examples for their  application in education.
Structured DocumentsSarah FrickAn overview of simple methods to ensure that your online course documents are accessible. Using styles in MS word to create accessible PDFs and using outlines in PowerPoint will be reviewed.
Exploring Options for Mixed Mode ClassesLee HenriksonMixed mode classes are sessions in which some students  are in the room with the instructor and some students are remotely connected  via eLive, videoconferencing, or Skype.  Our experience is that these  class meetings are the most challenging to teach and to manage. How do we  make sure the distance students have a quality experience? In this session we  will brainstorm techniques and protocols for making these sessions work for all  students.
eLabs and Virtual LabsSue Buie & Susan MircovichThis  presentation will provide an overview of distance labs offered by University of  Alaska and surrounding campuses.   Examples of the different types of lab experiments and activities will  be shown in the areas of:  Chemistry and  Biology.  The question  of, “Why distance labs?” and “How do students meet learning objectives?” will  be addressed.  Discussion will continue  on the future of distance labs to include the exciting field of remote  robotics.
Speech RecognitionKrista ZugOverview of speech recognition and voice recognition today, for Windows, Mac and mobile phones; primary differences in accuracy, functionality by brand, as well as by operating system.
Google+Coral Sheldon-Hess

Many  universities are experimenting with utilizing social media tools to reach out  to students and extend discussion beyond the physical classroom. Because our  students are using Google Apps already--and due to some unique features in  Google Plus--this could be a powerful way to communicate outside of  class. 

This  workshop will cover the basics of using Google Plus, and then will delve into  some specifics of how other universities are using this tool and how we might  leverage it in our own teaching.
eLive Q&AKatie Walker & Cindy  TrussellCome armed with questions about eLive. Share with  colleagues. Try something new. Leave an eLive power user!