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Academic Technology

The Faculty Center for Learning Development (FCLD) offers ongoing seminars and instruction on a variety of instructional technology, including Blackboard, the University's learning management system (LMS).   FCLD will be offering the following seminars during the fall semster.  Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are held in the Woods Classroom in Harrison University Libraries.   Faculty interested in attending should register by emailing or calling (860) 768-4661. 


Skype for Business

Wednesday, September 12, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Included in the recent upgrade to Office365 for all faculty, staff, and students, is the application Skype for Business.  Skype is an easy-to-use collaboration tool that provides instant messaging and the ability to do person-to-person and person-to-group calls with audio and/or video free of charge.  Instructors and students can connect with others around the world for office hours, collaborative projects, presentations, or to practice speaking foreign languages.  In this session, we will show you how to get started with Skype for Business, how to add people, create groups and how to start a conference call.

Ensemble Next Steps: Captions, Student Submissions & Playlists

Wednesday, September 12, 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 4, 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Prerequisites: Getting Started with Ensemble Session or prior use of Ensemble. Ensemble account is required.

Did you know that you can upload videos to Ensemble from your phone, or have your students submit video and audio files to stream via Ensemble? In this session, we will demonstrate how to upload videos on mobile devices; create playlists and stream them in Blackboard; create digital dropboxes for students to send instructors their videos for grading and/or to share their videos with the class; as well as how to caption videos uploaded to Ensemble. This session is for Faculty or Staff who are already using Ensemble.


Create Signatures, Forms & More in Adobe Acrobat Pro

Wednesday, September 26, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

In this hands-on session, we will explore some advanced features available in Adobe Acrobat Pro, such as creating digital signatures and developing fillable forms. We will also discuss some other features, such as how to convert a scanned image PDF to a text-based PDF using Adobe’s built-in OCR (Optical Character Recognition) tool. We will also demonstrate how to run the Accessibility Checker to ensure that our PDF documents meet Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act guidelines.




Getting Started with Ensemble, the Campus’ “In-House YouTube”

Thursday, October 4, 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ensemble works like an in-house YouTube, allowing faculty to quickly and easily upload videos, then link to them from Blackboard and other websites. Faculty who are flipping the classroom, teaching online, using video clips in instruction, or working with student video projects should plan to attend this special information session about Ensemble.  Pre-registration is helpful for this session, so that an Ensemble account can be created for you in advance.

PowerPoint Tips and Tricks from a Graphic Designer

Friday, October 11, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Prerequisites: Intermediate to Advanced users of PowerPoint.

Learn how to spice up your PowerPoints in this seminar, creating visually stimulating PowerPoint slides that appeal to the reader and incorporate media in its various forms.  In this hands-on session, you will learn how to embed images, manipulate them, and also add graphics, transitions, animations and other tools to create interactivity within your presentations.

OneNote Class Notebooks: An All-in-One Notebook for Students

Friday, October 18, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

The OneNote Class Notebook tool is now integrated with Blackboard, allowing instructors to create a shared notebook and link it to their course.  Students enrolled in your Blackboard course can access the notebook automatically without adding their names, and Notebook has the capacity to pass through grade information.  In this session, we will discuss how OneNote Class Notebook can help instructors deliver rich and engaging multimedia content, provide a space for students to work collaboratively, and provide private feedback.  The OneNote Class Notebooks can be used for journals and observation assignments, collaborative or individual projects or even lab notebooks, an interactive portfolio of student work, as well as a note-taking and organization tool. 



OneDrive for Business: The University’s Cloud Storage Drive

Monday, November 15, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Last year, the University of Hartford purchased an institutional license for Microsoft Office for all University Faculty, Staff and Students.  With that, came an allocation of 1TB of cloud storage space for each person.  OneNote for Business operates similarly to Dropbox or Google Drive, for those who are familiar with those applications. In this session, we will discuss how to access and set up OneDrive for use on your computer as well as other devices, and share some tips and tricks for organization and sharing files with others, as well as some challenges you may encounter along the way.