Education Department Training

In Eastern University’s Education Department, we prepare some of the best teachers in the world — teachers who embody faith, reason and justice. The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology is housed in the Education Department in order to ensure that our teachers of teachers exhibit a thorough understanding of best practices in pedagogy, particularly in regard to utilizing educational technology.

Below are the resources covered in the December 2018 Education Department Adjunct Training.

 
 

Google Drive folder

Click on the above link to access the folder of helpful documents, including lesson plan templates, a link to the Prezi, and your online course design checklist.

SYLLABUS TEMPLATE

By using the same syllabus design, we achieve the following objectives in the Education Department:

  • Clear course competencies

  • Assessments

  • Online-specific guidelines or “netiquette”

  • A standardized and organized method for communicating course information to students

INSTRUCTIONAL EQUIVALENCIES

Instead of measuring instructional time by the time spent in a physical classroom, online courses must use the accompanying Online Instructional Equivalency Chart to ensure that students are receiving the same number of instructional hours as they would if the class were held in an on-ground environment.

BRIGHTSPACE TEMPLATE

Why do we use the Brightspace template? View this brief welcome video that appears in the Announcements of every Brightspace template course. While we are not yet requiring full adherence to the template, we will be doing so in the near future. Now is a good time to familiarize yourself with the template and begin to implement various aspects of it into your course.

The Non-Templated Online Courses Best Practices Checklist helps instructors know how to copy and edit portions of the Brightspace template for use in their particular course. The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, along with your course shepherds, will use this checklist to evaluate your online course.


how to copy course components in brightspace

As part of our December training, all Education Department adjuncts were provided a Brightspace course that includes the template. This course is called “Template Sandbox <your username>”.

For Brightspace experts: Copy the entire template course into the course(s) you are teaching this spring. Then move your existing components to the appropriate menus within the template, deleting excess material.

For Brightspace novices: Select which portions of the template you might like to copy into your existing course. In the accompanying video, I demonstrate how to just copy the “START HERE” menu.


ZOOM

Zoom is Eastern University’s web-conferencing and lecture-capturing software. You can access it from your Brightspace by going to Support & Tools —> Zoom Login —> Sign in with Google. Use your Eastern email credentials to log in. Click on “Host a Meeting” and “With Video On.” Watch this video for how to record your Zoom session.

Then, go into your Brightspace course. Click on the appropriate session within “Content” and then click on "Upload/Create." Select "Create a file." This will open up the text editor box. Click on the icon that looks like a play button at the top left of the page, which, if you hover over it, is called "Insert Stuff." Select "Insert Kaltura My Media." Select "Add New." Select "Media Upload." Upload the .mp4 from your computer. It will now be converted so that anyone, regardless of computer or operating system, can view it.


DISCUSSION FORUMS

One of the best ways to engage your students is through online discussions.

At the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, we recommend scheduling an initial post on one particular day of the week, followed by subsequent replies on another particular day or days of the week. This gives students time to consider their peers’ and instructor’s ideas and respond accordingly. This also provides a regular weekly routine for students in regard to their course work.

Watch the video to see how to create your discussion forums (which are overall discussion categories) and topics (which are actual discussion post prompts).


OVERVIEW: GRADE CENTER

In this video from Brightspace, get the big-picture information on Grade Center.

Click on the brackets on the bottom righthand corner of the video to watch it in full-screen.


praxis: Brightspace setup wizard

This video will walk you through the process of setting up Grade Center. Before viewing the video, it is a good idea to open a new tab in your browser (by going to File —> New Tab) and logging into your Sandbox course so that you can try out the steps in this process.

Click on the brackets on the bottom righthand corner of the video to watch it in full-screen.


OVERVIEW: Creating gradebook categories

In this video from Brightspace, learn how to create Gradebook categories.

Click on the brackets on the bottom righthand corner of the video to watch it in full-screen.


PRAXIS: Creating gradebook categories

This video will walk you through the process of setting up categories within Grade Center. You will want to have access to your Sandbox course so that you can try out the steps on your own.

Click on the brackets on the bottom righthand corner of the video to watch it in full-screen.


OVERVIEW: Creating gradebook ITEMS

In this video from Brightspace, learn how to create Gradebook items.

Click on the brackets on the bottom righthand corner of the video to watch it in full-screen.


PRAXIS: Creating gradebook ITEMS

This video will walk you through the process of setting up specific grade items within Grade Center. You will want to have access to your Sandbox course so that you can try out the steps on your own.

Click on the brackets on the bottom righthand corner of the video to watch it in full-screen.