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Past Workshops

Past workshops are listed below. To see the workshop details and register, click on the title to expand it.

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Webinar: Kaltura Next Steps

So, you've recorded videos and added them to your classes in Blackboard. What's the next step? Did you know that you can view analytics for your videos to see which of your students are watching and for how long? You can also add questions to your videos to make them more interactive, and even add these scores to the grade center in Blackboard. Learn how to collaborate with your colleagues by sharing videos editing and publishing rights. Bring your laptop to explore these new skills!

Tuesday February 20

Date: Tuesday February 20, 2018
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Online
Presenter(s): Anne Fensie

Lunch & Learn: ARCS Model of Motivation

When the semester starts, do you picture a classroom full of students eager to learn and ready to persevere through any challenges they face in your course? In reality, are they all equally motivated? What do you know about the science of motivation? Marilyn Hudzina will walk us through The ARCS Model of Motivation, a foundational aspect of Instructional Design that is informed by three decades of research. How can your course be more engaging? See practical examples of ARCS in action and share what works for you and your students.

Tuesday February 27

Date: Tuesday February 27, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: 54 Katz (Augusta), 323 Beflast (Bangor), & Online
Presenter(s): Marilyn Hudzina

Workshop: Rubrics to the Rescue!

A rubric clearly articulates your expectations for student work, and is pre-loaded with feedback on quality. The work up front in creating the rubric more than makes up for the time you save in grading. Tim Surrette and Lynne King will share their experiences using rubrics and how they have affected their students. See examples of some of their rubrics, and begin to have conversations about how rubrics can play a more robust role in your approach to assessment.

Tuesday March 6

Date: Tuesday March 6, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: 40 Katz (Augusta), 323 Beflast (Bangor), & Online
Presenter(s): Lynne King & Tim Surrette

Webinar: Analyzing Student Data

When students are sitting in front of you in your classroom, you can tell by the look in their eyes and their body language if they’re “getting it” and are engaged. But, what do you do when you don’t see these students because they are at a distance? This is where student data comes in handy. In this webinar, you will learn how to access analytics and reports on student activity, such as how many minutes of a video they watched, how many hours they’ve been in Blackboard this week, which students are missing assignments, and more. In the hands-on breakout portions of the webinar, you can receive individual support as you examine the data in your own classes.

Tuesday April 10

Date: Tuesday April 10, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Online
Presenter(s): Anne Fensie

Lunch & Learn: 5 Easy Ways to Integrate Library Resources in Your Course

One of the keys to fostering critical thinking is to help students engage with a variety of materials and media types. What are some strategies for improving a learner's ability to find, use, and evaluate information sources? Can you incorporate documentaries and feature films into your classes to augment text resources? What about a custom learning object? Join us as we highlight ways Off-Campus Library Services supports the research needs of students and faculty wherever they are!

Tuesday April 24

Date: Tuesday March 27, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: 40 Katz (Augusta), 323 Belfast (Bangor), & Online
Presenter(s): Stacey Brownlie & Sharon McMahon Sawyer

Faculty Show & Tell Webinar: Transitioning to Online with Marta Frisardi

Are you thinking about teaching online? Would you like to take a peek inside an online course to see how others are doing it? Join us for a Faculty Show & Tell webinar with Marta Frisardi as she shows us around her course in Blackboard and explains how she transitioned this highly interactive lab science course for non-majors into an online option. She will highlight her planning process, ideas for making the course interactive, how she uses videos, and how she engages her students at a distance with social presence.

Thursday April 5

Date: Thursday April 5, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Location: Online
Presenter(s): Marta Frisardi

Workshop: Creating Effective Writing Assignments for your Content

How can writing be used to learn content in the disciplines? How do you craft course assignments to have the most impact on student learning outcomes? What role does writing revision play in learning? Bring your writing assignments or course objectives to this workshop to apply some of the strategies for Writing Across the Curriculum. We will outline some general principles around scaffolding writing assignments, share and discuss examples, and workshop assignments that faculty bring with them. You will also learn about the writing center resources on our campuses and at a distance and how writing centers help students with their assignments.

Tuesday April 17

Date: Tuesday April 17, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 12:50pm
40 Katz (Augusta), 323 Belfast (Bangor), & Online
Presenter(s): Jessica Winck & Elizabeth Powers

Blackboard Essentials for Faculty

Are you brand new to Blackboard or just need to brush up on the basics? Join us as we provide an overview of the essential tools in Blackboard, like building content, adding multimedia, collecting and grading assignments, facilitating online discussions, and grading. You will have a chance to try out some of these tools and will leave with a collection of resources and tutorials. Bring your laptop!

Tuesday June 19

Date: Tuesday June 19, 2018
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: 40 Katz (Augusta), 232 Belfast (Bangor), & Online
Presenter(s): Robbie Burbank & Anne Fensie

Introduction to Kaltura

Learn about the new video creation and management tool in the University of Maine System. You and your students can easily and securely record your own videos and post them in your Blackboard classes. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of how to use the Kaltura CaptureSpace Desktop Recorder and embed these videos in Blackboard. Bring your laptop and a headset to practice recording and uploading your own videos!

Wednesday June 20

Date: Wednesday June 20, 2018
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: 40 Katz (Augusta), 323 Belfast (Bangor), & Online 
Presenter(s): Robbie Burbank & Anne Fensie

Blackboard Test Tool

Now that we know recall practice is one of our most effective learning tools in our toolbox, let's learn how to create your own knowledge checks and practice quizzes for students using the Test tool in Blackboard. We will learn how to create tests and the different types of test questions, but we will also explore settings like allowing multiple attempts, not including the score in the final grade, and allowing students extended time on tests. You can even analyze the results to see which content needs further review and which questions you can improve.

Bring your laptop and a test or quiz you would like to create!

Thursday June 21

Date: Thursday June 21, 2018
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: 40 Katz (Augusta), 323 Belfast (Bangor), & Online 
Presenter(s): Robbie Burbank & Anne Fensie

Consult & Create open work session

  • Are you working on building your course for the fall semester?
  • Are you getting distracted by the phone ringing or people coming into your office?
  • Are you looking for ideas on how to include some new tools or engage your students in active learning?

The UMA Faculty Development Center invites you to set aside some time to attend this open work session where you can complete your tasks, spend time with colleagues, and get ideas for improving your practice!

Join us on Tuesday August 28, 2018 in Augusta or Wednesday August 29, 2018 in Bangor any time between 9:00am and 4:00pm for an unstructured work session where you can build your course, receive assistance, share ideas with colleagues, and ask questions. Instructional Support Services staff will be available to help you plan and build your class, explore and train on technical tools like Blackboard, Kaltura, and Zoom, and discuss instructional strategies. Refreshments will be provided!

Register now for Augusta or Bangor.

Lunch & Learn: Engaging Students with Kaltura

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but an instructional video can be priceless. Bring your personal touch to a distance course, flip your in-person class, or bring the outside world into your classroom with videos that you create yourself using Kaltura. You can even assign students to create videos themselves. Join us for this lunch and learn session to hear from some faculty and a student about how they are using Kaltura in their classes to engage students in learning.

Wednesday October 24

Date: Wednesday October 24, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: 210 Katz (Augusta), 323 Belfast (Bangor), & Online
Presenter(s): Steve Moro, Terri Reiter, Anne Fensie, Brad Kraft

Workshop: Introduction to Kaltura

Lights, camera, action! You and your students can easily and securely record your own videos and post them in your Blackboard classes. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of how to use the Kaltura CaptureSpace Desktop Recorder and embed these videos in Blackboard. Bring your laptop and a headset to practice recording and uploading your own videos!

Students are welcome!

Friday October 26

Date: Friday October 26, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Katz Library Collaboration Zone (Augusta), 323 Belfast (Bangor), & Online
Presenter(s): Anne Fensie

Lunch & Learn: Zoom in Practice

Zoom is new to the University of Maine System, but some of your colleagues have already dived in. In this lunch and learn session, you will see how Zoom is being used to connect with students at a distance--including internationally, bring students into the classroom, conduct office hours, and facilitate group work for students. You can join in person in Katz 15, or you can get the distance experience by joining remotely through Zoom. Please note that because of room requirements, we will begin promptly at noon and end at 12:30. Please arrive early for lunch. Sorry, no online lunch options available!

Thursday November 1

Date: Thursday November 1, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Location: 15 Katz (Augusta), 323 Belfast (Bangor), & Online
Presenter(s): Justin Hafford, Anne Fensie, Brad Kraft

Workshop: Zoom Orientation

Have you thought about using Zoom webconferencing to join meetings or connect with students? Bring your laptop and a headset to this workshop so you can try out the Zoom features in a hands-on session. We will explore the Zoom interface, joining meetings, sharing screens, recording meetings, and scheduling sessions.

Students are welcome!

Friday November 2

Date: Friday November 2, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Katz Library Collaboration Zone (Augusta), 323 Belfast (Bangor), & Online
Presenter(s): Robbie Burbank

Faculty Show & Tell: Student Engagement

Wouldn’t it be great to go inside a course to see just what tools and strategies other faculty are using to successfully engage students at a distance? Join us for this Faculty Show & Tell as Robert Bernheim (History) and Marta Frisardi (Biology) do just that. They will share some of their lessons learned and give you a peek inside their Blackboard courses. Bring your own thoughts about student engagement and questions, too!

Wednesday November 14

Date: Wednesday November 14, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: 53 Katz (Augusta), 323 Belfast (Bangor), & Online
Presenter(s): Robert Bernheim, Marta Frisardi

Workshop: Planning for Student Success

It may be too late to save any struggling students you have now, but it’s the right time to start planning for next semester. Blackboard has a number of tools that you can use to keep track of all of your students with just a few clicks and intervene when they are at risk. Come to this session with a laptop to dig into your Blackboard classes and see the kinds of data tools available to you, such as the Retention Center, activity reports, and assignment reminders. Set these up at the beginning of the semester so you know how your students are doing throughout the course.

Friday December 14

Date: Friday December 14, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: 53 Katz (Augusta), 323 Belfast (Bangor), & Online
Presenter(s): Robbie Burbank

Lunch & Learn: Intro to Collaboratory

Come discover our new Maker-Space in the Katz Library and help create a vision for UMA’s  Collaboratory. The space currently features a 3D printer, milling machine, vinyl cutter, and HTC Vive Virtual Reality station. Join us as we kick-off discussion of the space and its potential for all UMA faculty and students!

Students are welcome!

Thursday December 13

Date: Thursday December 13, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Katz Library Collaboration Zone (Augusta) & Online
Presenter(s): Nate LaClaire, Stacey Brownlie

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About Our Session Formats

Lunch & Learn: this type of session is primarily focused on improving teaching and learning through a discussion format where faculty share their experiences and the session leaders facilitate the discussion and provide resources. These sessions are held on the Augusta & Bangor campuses, with remote participants connecting through Zoom.

Workshop: this type of session is designed to be hands-on, where faculty can come to learn about and try a tool, resource, or strategy. Leaders present how they use the tool, resource, or strategy, and provide instruction and space for practice. These sessions are held on the Augusta & Bangor campuses with remote participants connecting through Zoom.

Webinar: this type of session can cover a range of topics, but the main difference is that all participants join remotely online through Zoom. In a Faculty Show & Tell, a faculty member will highlight a tool or strategy that they use and walk the participants through their course or materials with details and lessons learned. In a technology webinar, time is spent in presentation mode, demonstrating a tool, with additional time spent in breakout sessions where participants can receive individualized assistance while they complete a task.

Accessibility Statement

The University provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities upon request. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for a workshop should contact Anne Fensie at or (207) 262-7979 to submit a request. Due to the lead-time needed to arrange certain accommodations, individuals should submit their request no later 1 week before the event.