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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 26 - March 2, 2018
  • Selected Topics Training Dates: March 5-9, 2018
  • 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 26 – March 2, 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 5, 6, 9
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 5th

Introduction to Accessibility - Monday, March 5th, 9:00 AM - Weir 107
Make your documents accessible to people of all abilities and disabilities. This session will teach participants to create PDF files, Word documents, spreadsheets, and presentations that meet accessibility requirements. Learning these basic practices and standards will ensure that all students can access your classroom content. (1 hr)

Welcome to Windows 10 - Monday, March 5th, 10:30 AM- Weir 107
Your new TACIT PC will come with Windows 10. This session will introduce you to the new features and changes in Windows 10 so that you will be comfortable with your new computer. (30 min)

Library Resource Discovery - Monday, March 5th, 2:00 PM - Weir 107
This session will review the different options available for resource discovery including tools such as One Search, the catalog, and the library website. Using Google Scholar in conjunction with the library linking service will be demonstrated. (1 hr)

Universal Design as an Accessibility Technique - Monday, March 5th, 3:00 PM - Weir 107
Learn the basic guidelines about UDL and how to use them in your classroom in a practical hands-on workshop. Please bring a lesson plan or syllabus from any of your courses to work with (1 hr)

Tuesday, March 6th

Read My Voice: You Need Captions - Tuesday, March 6th, 10:00 AM - Weir 107
Learn the basics of captioning for video use in the classroom and online. (1 hr)

Using Rubrics in Blackboard - Tuesday, March 6th, 11:00 AM - Weir 107
This workshop introduces the Rubrics feature in Blackboard, which can be used to objectively evaluate and grade student work through Blackboard, as well as provide concrete grading criteria to students. (30 min)

Class Engagement Through Clickers - Tuesday, March 6th, 1:00 PM - Weir 107
Have you ever asked a question in class and one person in the front row raised their hand? Have you ever wondered if students answer honestly or tell you what you want to hear?  Have you ever stood staring at a sea of faces wondering if the students could contribute to the course content?  If any of the above apply to you, then this session is for you.  As an attendee, you will learn about multiple ways one can effectively use clickers in the class. You will experience first-hand how clickers work by answering various questions, via alphanumeric clickers, throughout the session. (1 hr) - Presented by Dr. Tamar Goulet

Introduction to Accessibility - Tuesday, March 6th, 2:30 PM - Weir 107
Make your documents accessible to people of all abilities and disabilities. This session will teach participants to create PDF files, Word documents, spreadsheets, and presentations that meet accessibility requirements. Learning these basic practices and standards will ensure that all students can access your classroom content. (1 hr)

Wednesday, March 7th

Mac 101 for Educators - New Mac Users- Wednesday, March 7th, 9:00 AM - Weir 104
This workshop is designed for those new to the Mac platform and will show basic navigation and use of a Mac. Also demonstrated will be the creation and usage of educational media objects - audio, video, recordings, presentations, pdf docs, Books (ePub or iBooks) and others.  If bringing your Mac, the demonstrations will be done on the latest operating system Mac OS High Sierra. (1 hr) - Presented by Apple, Inc.

Blackboard Accessibility - Wednesday, March 7th, 10:00 AM - Weir 107
When it comes to accessibility of online content, Blackboard is at the center of our conversation. We will learn about faculty responsibilities and general best practices, as well as the features Blackboard offers to ensure all students can access your course content. (1 hr)

Inline Grading for Assignments in Blackboard - Wednesday, March 7th, 11:00 AM - Weir 107
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 is then available to the student via Blackboard. Attend this session to learn more about Inline Grading. (30 min)

Mac 102 for Educators - Intermediate/Advanced Mac Users - Wednesday, March 7th, 11:00 AM - Weir 104
Topics covered include a look at the new features in High Sierra, the latest release of Mac OS, and a demonstration of the various content creation tools for Educators.  Requirement: familiarity with the Mac platform.   If bringing your Mac, the demonstrations will be done on the latest operating system Mac OS High Sierra. (1 hr) - Presented by Apple, Inc.

Detecting Plagiarism in Blackboard Assignments via SafeAssign - Wednesday, March 7th, 1:00 PM - Weir 107
SafeAssign is 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)

Mac 101 for Educators - New Mac Users - Wednesday, March 7th, 2:00 PM - Weir 104
This workshop is designed for those new to the Mac platform and will show basic navigation and use of a Mac. Also demonstrated will be the creation and usage of educational media objects - audio, video, recordings, presentations, pdf docs, Books (ePub or iBooks) and others.  If bringing your Mac, the demonstrations will be done on the latest operating system Mac OS High Sierra. (1 hr) - Presented by Apple, Inc.

Thursday, March 8th

Photoshop Basics - Thursday, March 8th, 9:30 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)

Scoot Scantrons: Clickers are Coming - Thursday, March 8th, 1:00 PM - Weir 107
If you have ever given multiple choice exams and collected answers on scantrons, this session is for you.  Alphanumeric clickers enable you to ask multiple fill-in the blank questions that are still graded by a computer.  As a session attendee, you will learn about different fill-in the blank questions that one can ask, all while using the clickers in the session.  Bring your multiple choice exam(s) to see how you can transform them. (1 hr) - Presented by Dr. Tamar Goulet

Mac Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts - Thursday, March 8th, 2:00 PM - 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)

Live Interactive Video Conferencing - Thursday, March 8th, 2:30 PM - Weir 107
Learn the basics of the University’s web conferencing platform (Adobe Connect) and see how it can be used not only in Distance Learning and Online courses, but in other settings as well. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, phone, or tablet device to participate in the demo portion of this workshop. (1 hr)

Friday, March 9th

Read My Voice: You Need Captions - Friday, March 9th, 10:00 AM - Weir 107
Learn the basics of captioning for video use in the classroom and online. (1 hr)

Best Method for Embedding Videos into a Blackboard Course - Friday, March 9th, 1:00 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)

Using the Blackboard Retention Center - Friday, March 9th, 1:30 PM - Weir 104
Get early insight into student performance using the Blackboard Retention Center. Participants will learn to use the Retention Center to monitor student progress and to set specific course rules to track items that are good indicators of risk. (30 min)

Mastering the Blackboard Grade Center - Friday, March 9th, 2:00 PM - Weir 107
This session will cover the many features of the Blackboard Grade Center, including weighting grades, dropping lowest scores, and creating custom Grade Center views (1 hr)

Registration is required.