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Technology Trainings

Technology workshops are sponsored by the Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's Issues (PACWI) and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). Each session is open to all USC faculty, staff and students. Workshops are limited to 25 participants and registration is free. For more information, contact Gloria Washington at


Date: February 24, 2016
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Level 3 Multimedia Classroom 304

Presenter: Susan Quinn & Katie Vaughan

Blackboard – In and Out of the Classroom
Blackboard is a tool instructors use for making announcements, sharing course materials, facilitating communication with and between students, and administering tests and surveys. Many of the same features that instructors use in their course sites can also be used in organization sites created for other purposes. Examples of less traditional Blackboard sites include a site for people enrolled in a campus organization, a committee site for members of a department committee, or a professional development site that provides training information (and the evaluation, if you'd like) of individuals who participate in the training. Organization sites do not have to be specific to a certain semester, and participants can be added and deleted over time. Come see a demonstration of Blackboard features that can be used in a variety of ways. Join the discussion about how you can use Blackboard in and out of the classroom.

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Date: March 16, 2016
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Level 1 Multimedia Classroom (Room 104)

Presenter: Charity Nix

Flip Your Classroom with Office Mix
Flip your classroom quickly and easily with Office Mix! With Office Mix, you can create digital lessons in PowerPoint with simulations, quizzes, discussions, and more. Quickly share your Office Mix with your students. View on any device and easily differentiate instruction by using Mix analytics. Or mix it up - have students create Mixes for authentic assessment.

Charity Nix has 16 years of experience in the field of Education, which includes 7 years as a classroom teacher, 7 years as a technology education instructional coach in the State of North Dakota and 2 years as a professional learning specialist.   After graduating from Valley City State University, she began leading fellow educators with which she taught in incorporating technology into the curriculum. She was a leader in a state-wide initiative called TwT (Teaching with Technology) and was a mentor for teachers in the state. Additionally, she became a technology coordinator in the schools in which she taught.

After leaving the classroom, she worked for the State of North Dakota as a Regional Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) for EduTech providing professional development and support for teachers with integrating technology and project-based learning (PBL) into classrooms. She is well versed on a wide variety of educational programs, apps and tools in addition to hardware integration, including interactive white boards and mobile devices. She along with representatives from Apple conducted iPad Roadshows across the state of North Dakota. Charity started her own business as a Technology Integration Specialist that trained both education and business professionals. She contracted with the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) traveling nationwide providing professional development to teachers as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer. She has now attained the title of Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. Charity was hired as the systems analyst in the Department of Geography on September 1.

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Date: Friday, April 29, 2016
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 PM
Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Level 1 Multimedia Classroom (Room 104)

Presenter: Lydia Frass

Working Collaboratively with Microsoft Office Online
Do you want to work more collaboratively on documents with your colleagues?  Are you tired of not knowing if you have the latest version of a document?  Are you asking yourself – was I editing version 3 or 5?  Are you using Google now but wonder if my information is safe or can anyone see it?   In this workshop, we’ll answer those questions and learn how we can work in a secure online environment with Microsoft Office365, which lets you use Word, Excel, or PowerPoint online—all stored in OneDrive with 1T of storage space.  In this workshop, you’ll learn tips on working more productively in the cloud and how to share and collaborate with others on one document, spreadsheet, or PowerPoint – all in a secure location! 

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