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Upcoming COLI Workshops

COLI has several upcoming workshops and development Events!

If you want to try something new or if you want a refresher on various D2L capabilities, these are the workshops for you:

  • D2L Essentials: Learn the basics of D2L. In this workshop, we introduce you to D2L and go over the News item, how to add content, create and use Discussions, Dropboxes, and Quizzes, and the D2L Gradebook.
  • D2L Updates and Changes: If you are a veteran instructor, you know that D2L changes a lot. This session seeks to provide a demo of any/all changes in D2L in the last 3 to 6 months.
  • We also provide several workshops that go more in-depth with different D2L Tools including the D2L Gradebook, Discussions & Dropboes, and Quizzes & Exams.

We also provide a number of workshops on various topics:

  • Digital Video for Teaching and Learning: In this workshop, we show you the basics of video editing for instruction.
  • Panopto in D2L: This session involves our Video Hosting Platform, Panopto. Specifically, we go through how to access and use it and how you can use it to teach your students.
  • in D2L: is a Collaborative Annotation (aka, Social Annotation) tool, allowing you and your students to be able to comment on a reading rather than simply using a Discussion post. This can lead to better engagement with and comprehension of the reading.

Finally, we have two upcoming Online Faculty Development Courses. These courses help introduce you to different pedagogy. While the focus is online, you may still walk away with new knowledge that may help you in your in-person courses.

If you are interested in any of these workshops or courses, please RSVP for them here:

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Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

COLI Quick Tips is Back


We have a brand new installment of COLI Quick Tips!

For those not in the know, the COLI Quick Tips series are short videos that have topics ranging from using the SUM() function in Excel to getting notified when someone submits to a Google Form.

In this newest installment, we show you how to quickly add Regional and Religious Holidays to your Google Calendar and Desktop Outlook Calendars.

Take a look at our newest Quick Tip:

For other Quick Tips, check out our YouTube Playlist here.

D2L: Dates

If you did know, you might want a refresher on how to add dates to your course activities. We have broken down our video on dates into shorter (and newer!) videos so you can easily and quickly find and use the video that you want:

Adding Dates to Modules, 1:40

Adding Dates to Course Activities/D2L Topics, 1:34

Adding Dates to Dropboxes and Quizzes, 2:00

Adding Dates to Discussions, 2:32

For more tutorials on D2L, check out our D2L Self-Paced Tutorials for Faculty and Staff Wiki Page.

D2L: Group Dropboxes

Did you know you can put students into Groups in D2L? More importantly, did you know that you can do more with D2L Groups than simply use it as a group roster? You can also use it to create a Group Dropbox!

Using a Group Dropbox makes it easy on you. Only one member of the group need upload a file to the dropbox. Then, when you go to grade it, it will tell you the group that the file is for AND any grade and/or feedback you provide to the file will go to all members of the group!

Check out how to make a Group Dropbox by clicking this link here!

For more tutorials on D2L, check out our Self-paced Training for Faculty and Staff by clicking this link.