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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 Aisha Haynes.



Monday, January 26th, 2015
12:30 – 1:30 PM
Susan Quinn
Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Level 1, Multimedia Classroom

Blackboard Basics
Come see what you can do in Blackboard, the course management system supported by USC. You will see an overview of the Blackboard environment, look at examples of class sites, and explore some of the built-in tools. We will also discuss some best practices for creating course materials and linking to resources outside the Blackboard environment.

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Thursday, February 26th, 2015
12:30 – 2:00 PM
Dow Hammond
Location: College of Education (820 South Main St), Room 274-D

Word and PowerPoint Accessibility
Microsoft Word documents and PowerPoint presentations are often necessities for classes and daily work tasks.  These files should be accessible for all of your students and colleagues.  Creating accessible Word and PowerPoint files make it possible for individuals with disabilities to access all information that the document or presentation provides.  Within this hands-on workshop, you will learn simple steps for creating these accessible materials.  Lastly, you will be provided information on how these materials can help ALL students and others!

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
12:30 – 1:30 PM
Gloria Washington
Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Level 1, Multimedia Classroom

Using Portfolios in Blackboard for Student Learning and Assessment
Did you know that instructors can create portfolio assignments in Blackboard?  Did you know that students can create portfolios in Blackboard unattached to a particular course?  Portfolios are an invaluable tool for students to reflect on their own learning and/or for instructors to assess student learning.  Students can create portfolios in Blackboard to collect and organize artifacts that represent work completed overtime.  Instructors can request that portfolios be submitted by students for course assignments. Come see a demonstration of the new portfolio features in Blackboard.  Join the discussion about how you can use Portfolios to enhance student learning.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Lydia Frass
Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Level 1, Multimedia Classroom

Becoming an Excel Ninja:  Advanced Excel Tools
Spreadsheets can be intimidating and mysterious but you can karate-chop your way through projects with only a few advanced skills.  By the end of this workshop, you will be able to create pivot tables, use filters, and identify resources to increase Excel productively.  In addition, we’ll cover a few ways Excel can be used to increase productivity of other projects.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2015
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Aisha Haynes
Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Level 1, Multimedia Classroom

Create Emaz-ing Presentations without the Use of PowerPoint
Are you looking for ways to create presentations without using PowerPoint?  Emaze is an online presentation software where you can create an amazing visual experience for your audience.  With Emaze, you can create presentations with ready-made templates and slides, view and modify presentations on computers and mobile devices and design 3D and 2D scenes.  If you are ready to emaze your audience with this amazing presentation tool, please join us!

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