UFIT Workshops

Learning Opportunities are offered for all UF Faculty and Staff using centrally-supported technology. Listed below are all Learning Opportunities currently available. If you do not find a workshop for the topic you need, call (352) 392-4357 option 3.

Workshop Locations

Popular Workshops:

Effective Use of Canvas Groups

This one and a half hour workshop will examine the best practices of group work and collaborative learning. Participants will be introduced to the utility and mechanics of groups in the Canvas environment, and they will walk away with examples of effective group work to implement in their own courses.

Participants will need to register for a demo course in Canvas HERE prior to arrival. **Please use your ufl.edu email when registering and save your confirmation email, as this will have your login information.

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The Power of Rubrics in Canvas (Part I)

This one-hour workshop will examine the best practices of using rubrics. Participants will walk away with a quality rubric customized to an existing (or hypothetical) assignment in his or her course. To facilitate the practical component of this workshop, we ask that participants come to the workshop prepared with instructions for one assignment with which they would like to align a rubric.

Participants will also need to register for a demo course in Canvas HERE prior to arrival. Please use your ufl.edu email when registering and save your confirmation email, as this will have your login information. This workshop is the first of a 2-part series. The second workshop is Peer Review in Canvas (Part II). We recommend attending both workshops to harness the educational utility of pairing rubrics with peer review.

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Peer Review in Canvas (Part II)

This one-hour workshop will introduce the best practices of online peer review. Participants will emerge with a full understanding of the mechanics, advantages and limitations of the peer review feature in Canvas.

This workshop is the second of a 2-part series. The first workshop is The Power of Rubrics in Canvas (Part I) Although it is not required, we highly recommend attending both workshops to gain a full understanding of peer review employed in tandem with rubric-based evaluation. If you opt not to participate in The Power of Rubrics in Canvas (Part I), we recommend that you come to the workshop with an understanding of how rubrics work in Canvas. This will facilitate your participation in training activities.

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Canvas Boot Camp

In this three-hour workshop you will learn how to navigate within Canvas, how to create pages, modules, assignments, quizzes, discussions, and lastly how to grade. This is a comprehensive Canvas workshop for those with limited time and those who want to get started right away.

Note: Due to the current process of a Sandbox and user account creation, if participants register less than 24 hours before the course starts, a Sandbox is not guaranteed.

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Canvas Transition

In this one-hour seminar, you will learn the differences and similarities between Canvas and Sakai. We will cover the gap analysis that was developed by UFIT Training and help point faculty and staff to proper locations for course creation.

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Assessing the Online Learner

What are students learning in your course? How do you know? Is it what you really want them to learn? Learn to create effective, measurable Learning Objectives and match each Learning Objective with the best Assessment Methods so you can answer these questions with confidence.

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Basic Digital Video Editing and Editing Audio Files for Class or Web

This 1.5 hour course will teach people basic steps how to edit audio files for using in class or for the web, plus how to edit video files for online or classroom use.

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Best Practices in Creating Mobile Content

This one-hour course will help define what the best practices are when using mobile content (i.e. iOS and Android devices).

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BigBlueButton (Meetings or Conferences)

BigBlueButton supports multiple audio and video sharing, presentations with extended whiteboard capabilities – such as a pointer, zooming and drawing – public and private chat, desktop sharing, integrated VoIP using FreeSWITCH, and support for presentation of PDF documents and Microsoft Office documents. Moreover, users may enter the conference in one of two roles: viewer or moderator.

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Convert Your Face-to-Face Course to Distance Education Online

You’ve always taught traditional face-to-face classes, but now you’ve been assigned to teach a totally online course. Or perhaps you’re just interested in the future of education and how technology is changing the learning landscape. Teaching online is not merely a matter of posting your content and collecting assignments.

This one-hour workshop will examine best practices in organizing online content, how to foster a learning community in the online environment, policies that will set clear guidelines and how to manage what is essentially a 24/7 class.

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e-Learning in Sakai: Getting Started

This two-hour workshop will cover the basics of managing your course in e-Learning; adding participants, selecting appropriate tools, communicating with students, posting and organizing course content, and creating an effective Home Page.

This workshop is the first of a 3-part series. The other two are “e-Learning: Moving On” and “Evaluate Learner Knowledge with Online Assessments in e-Learning.” All three workshops should be completed in order to have a full understanding of the course management system.

If you are interested in a workshop, please contact Dr. Jose Silva-Lugo Send mail

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e-Learning in Sakai: Moving On

Participants will need to have completed “e-Learning Getting Started,” or have equivalent knowledge of the system.

This two-hour workshop will cover more advanced tools such as Gradebook 2, Assignments, Discussions, Blogs, and Site Stats.

e-Learning: Moving On is the second of a 3-part series. The other two are “e-Learning: Getting Started” and “Evaluate Learner Knowledge with Online Assessments in e-Learning.” All three workshops should be completed in order to have a full understanding of the course management system.

If you are interested in a workshop, please contact Dr. Jose Silva-Lugo Send mail

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Enrich Your Face-to-Face Course with an Online Presence

If you are an instructor who has never used e-Learning, this workshop is for you. Perhaps your course is a traditional face-to-face course and you have no desire to teach it online. Why would you consider using e-Learning?

This one-hour workshop will help you discover the benefits of using e-Learning to make the most of your face-to-face time with students by shifting other tasks outside the classroom. Get ideas on how to enhance teaching and learning and minimize workload with e-Learning. The workshop will focus on increasing student interaction and community building, providing content to students 24/7, and encouraging class preparation and participation.

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Flipped/Hybrid Classroom

In a flipped classroom, students learn new content online, while completing assignments and activities in a physical classroom. In this seminar, we will cover best practices and techniques to assist you in transforming your course to a flipped classroom.

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Optimizing Course Materials

This two-hour course will cover best practices in creating content that will function as intended in the classroom and/or on the web. This course will address basic graphic concepts regarding documents and digital graphics including file formats, and file size vs. physical size. Participants will also be introduced to various considerations of using digital video in teaching.

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Optimizing Graphics, Video & Audio for Class

In this two-hour workshop participants will learn how to use different graphic editors. We will focus on how to create graphics for e-learning.

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Prezi – An Online Presentation Tool

This 1.5 hour workshop introduces participants to Prezi, an online tool that can be used to create dynamic presentations. An education account is free for any person with an .edu email address. This workshop will get you set up with an education account and help you insert text, images and videos on your Prezi canvas. You will also learn best practices for creating a great Prezi!

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Qualtrics Getting Started

This 2.5 hour workshop will summarize the basic procedures for creating, editing, distributing, and viewing the results of a survey. You will learn and practice the “Quick Survey Builder”, edit questions, apply logic to question, and other helpful options in survey creation. Then, we will describe how to create distribution list and how to email your survey. After that, we will open the reports, change the views and charts, download the data, and create cross tabulation tables for further analysis. Finally, we will provide you with a check list for writing good questions.

If you are interested in a Qualtrics workshop, please contact Dr. Jose Silva-Lugo Send mail

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Qualtrics Moving On

This 2.5 hour workshop will cover editing and flow. Qualtrics is a versatile software that have many options for editing surveys. We will teach different ways of editing surveys by using the Advanced Question Options, Block Options, and Survey Flow (Branch and Randomizer). These options are very helpful and friendly to users. In addition, they will be very handy by the time you have to develop your survey taking into consideration your research questions/hypotheses and the statistical analyses involved after collecting the data with Qualtrics.

If you are interested in a Qualtrics workshop, please contact Dr. Jose Silva-Lugo Send mail
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Qualtrics Advanced

This 2.5 hour workshop will continue working on the remaining features of Survey Flow and all features of Pipe Text and Advanced Options. Participants will have a full understanding about the variability of options that Qualtrics offers to edit surveys. You will feel familiar with Qualtrics after taking Getting Started, Moving On, and Advanced.

If you are interested in a Qualtrics workshop, please contact Dr. Jose Silva-Lugo Send mail
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Qualtrics Mobile Devices and Offline Surveys

Qualtrics has done a great job building apps for all types of mobile devices (iPad, iPhone, Android tablets, and smart phones running Android 4.0 and later). In addition, you can collect responses offline and later download responses when you have Internet access. This is an outstanding feature to appreciate the power of Qualtrics.

If you are interested in a Qualtrics workshop, please contact Dr. Jose Silva-Lugo Send mail
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Respondus 4.0 in a Web 2.0 World

Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to e-Learning systems. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment, or moved from one eLearning system to another. Whether you are a veteran of online testing or relatively new to it, Respondus will save you hours on each project.

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VoiceThread

This half-hour class will help instructors set up and use VoiceThread. VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos. It allows people to navigate pages and leave comments in four ways – using voice, text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues. Comments can also be recorded.

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