Current PDC Program Descriptions

View descriptions of current programming based on series. For a chronological listing of our events and to register, click here or view our calendar.


Associates Series

For a chronological listing of our events and to register, click here or view our calendar.

Engaging Students with Interactive Technology
This workshop will engage participants in creating and maintaining effective course ePortfolios, as well as integrating them into existing Angel course sites for streamlined usage. We will also practice using screencasting for giving explanations and student feedback, as well as other interactive uses of technology.

In Their Own Words: Strategies for Working Effectively with Our International Students
International students describe their first reactions to the The State University of New York at Fredonia campus and compare our teaching and learning styles with their those of their country of origin in a short multimedia presentation. Then, we will explore some myths and quick dos and don'ts, and end by learning 5 easy strategies for working with international students.

How the World Perceives Us?
I will explore the world perceptions of America and American people, focusing on China’s as well as the Middle Eastern people’s perspectives. 

  • I will ask the audience to identify certain countries on a world map to exam how much we, as Americans, know about the world.
  • Discussions: What stereotypes do we have against people from a different country, for example, from China and from the Middle East? Where do the stereotypes come from?
  • How do you think the world perceive the U.S., and American people?

Hands-On with Digitally Enhancing Your Courses: Part I
As instructors, we are usually in the driver’s seat, as we build learning experiences and carefully cull through resources for student use. This session does not advocate taking our instructional design and pedagogy jobs away, but it does push for giving students both responsibility and tools for collating information and source material. Curation has become an increasingly common concept, and today’s information overload has pushed it onto everyone’s to-do lists. What is curation? Simply, it is inclusive of researching, locating, collecting, filtering, organizing, and compiling information into collections, guides, snapshots, and galleries to profile or present content.

This session will focus on a set of solid, stable tools that can guide the curation process that you use with students. This session is totally hands-on, test-driving tools; we will also review real course examples, to highlight how the tools can be used within the instructional flow. 

Hands-On with Digitally Enhancing Your Courses: Part II
Access to cell phones in their courses has been a challenge for today’s college students, despite the ubiquity of phones in students’ purses, backpacks, and pockets. How do we incorporate cell phones and tablets in our courses, to help students make meaning of important concepts and skills?

This hands-on session introduces instructors to free platform-agnostic tools for smartphones and tablets. This workshop will enable participants to: (a) get hands-on experience with a few functional mobile apps (for productivity, collaboration, and assessment); (b) discuss management concerns; and (c) leave with an online toolbox of supports for their own future work in this area. And you will have a "feel" for integrating mobile device use into an array of instructional venues (f2f, blended, and online). 

Creating Effective Videos for your Scholarship, Creative Work, and the Classroom
You’re probably discovering in many different parts of your academic life there’s a growing need to use video. It’s not just about playing a DVD in class anymore. Creative work has become a growing part of many disciplines both for tenure portfolios as well as conferences. Also, to reach corporations or community groups for research and engagement purposes, sometimes they need to see a video about you and your organization before they’ll “open up”. Once you do connect with those groups, it's crucial to understand how to capitalize on this opportunity. Likewise, a large number of organizations providing grants these days want a video work that can be placed on multiple media platforms. We'll learn how to produce good "stories" as well as ways to gather the materials that enhance your presentation. We will also screen some good and bad examples to illustrate the do's and dont's.

Why do they Hate Us?  Part II
I will demystify the misconception that people from other countries,especially people from Middle East, hate the United States.

  • Straw Poll: How much do we follow the news that happened in the world?
  • Discussion: What most of the news are about? What are the sentiments when the media talks about China or Middle East?
  • Video clip: Muslims (the segment answering the question: why do they hate us?)
  • Discussion before the video clip: Do you think “they” hate us? Why?
  • Discussion after the video: Did it change how you view the question? Do you think “they” hate us as American people? Or do they hate certain American government foreign policies?

Communicating Across Cultures
This program will focus on improving competency in intercultural communication. Learning objectives and outcomes will include: -Improved understanding of cultural differences -Development of strategies to manage cultural differences -Identification of cultural values -Application of cultural values to understanding actions and behaviors -Exploration of the concept of intercultural competence -Application of intercultural competence to concrete circumstances Methods of delivery will include discussion along with scenarios, role-plays, and audio-visual content. As the facilitators are part of mixed culture partnership, authentic examples of the day-to-day challenges of cultural difference will be extensive and discussion will be lively. The scenarios and role plays used for the seminar have been developed and incorporated in various trainings and courses delivered to broad constituencies throughout the world. Videos and supplemental materials will add to an energetic, active, and applied program created to assist participants in better managing the internationalization of our campus.

Presenting On Camera and Conducting More Effective Interviews
In this era of you tube and other web sites, it’s obvious there are a lot of bad presentations floating around! Some professionals who believe they’re enhancing their profile are in fact doing just the opposite. If you are being interviewed by a media outlet because of your field of expertise, it’s especially important to know “the rules of the game”. This is NOT the same type of speaking as lecturing in the classroom or giving a speech. It’s definitely an art to present on camera, use video effectively, and know how to do interviews...whether you are doing them or someone else is interviewing you We will have group exercises as well as use individual colleagues to make points for everyone to embrace. Of course we will use an actual camera and play back tape right on the spot. Just as my students have learned, Professor Igoe's critiques are highly instructive without being embarassing or nasty!

Culture Clash: Challenges and Miscommunication in Cultural Interaction
This program will focus on improving intercultural communication by exploring the difficulties different perspectives can create. Learning objectives and outcomes will include: -Exploration of the sources of cultural tension -Development of strategies to manage cultural differences -Identification of conflicting cultural values -Management strategies for culture clashes -Applying intercultural competence to culture clashes -Integration of cultural understanding into real world scenarios Methods of delivery will include discussion along with scenarios, role-plays, and audio-visual content. As the facilitators are part of mixed culture partnership, authentic examples of the day-to-day challenges of cultural difference will be extensive and discussion will be lively. The scenarios and role plays used for the seminar have been developed and incorporated in various trainings and courses delivered to broad constituencies throughout the world. Videos and supplemental materials will add to an energetic, active, and applied program created to assist participants in better managing the internationalization of our campus.


Technology for the Office

For a chronological listing of our events and to register, click here or view our calendar.

Google Calendar - Level 1
In this workshop you will gain a basic understanding of how to use Google Calendar. Topics covered in this workshop include: General Settings, Creating Events, and Inviting Guests.

Google Calendar - Level 2
This workshop will provide participants with some tips for getting the most out of Google Calendar beyond the basics. Participants should already have a basic familiarity with Google Calendar. Specific topics covered include: Tasks, Keyboard Shortcuts, and Labs

Google Drive - Level 1
This workshop will provide participants with the basic knowledge of how to use Google Drive and create and share documents in the cloud. Topics covered include: Getting Started, Creating a Document, and Sharing a Document

Google Drive - Level 2
In this workshop we will examine different ways to upload and manage your Google Drive files as well as some advanced features in Drive.

Google Groups - Level 2
In this workshop we will look at some ways we can use Groups in conjunction with other Google Apps.

Google Mail - Level 1
This workshop will provide participants with the basic knowledge of how to use Google Mail. Topics covered in this workshop include: General Settings, Inbox Settings, Labs, Layout, Sending Mail, Labels

Google Mail - Level 2

In this workshop we will look at some of the ways to use GMail more productively. Topics covered in this workshop include: Filters and Labels, Inbox Configuration, Stars, Quick Links (lab)

Google Groups - Level 1
This workshop will provide participants with the basic knowledge of how to use Google Groups as well as some practical examples of how to implement groups for use in your department or committee. Topics covered include: Getting Started, Creating a Group, Managing a Group, and Interacting with a Group

Microsoft Excel - Level 1
This workshop will provide participants with a basic introduction to Microsoft Excel, including how to create spreadsheets, basic formulas, and formatting.

Microsoft Excel - Level 2
In this workshop we will look more in depth at some of the features of Microsoft Excel, including formulas, conditional formatting, and styles.

Microsoft PowerPoint - Level 1
In this workshop you will gain a basic understanding of how to use Microsoft PowerPoint. Topics covered in this workshop include: creating slideshows, organizing and formatting slides,Mic and presentation tips.

Microsoft PowerPoint - Level 2
In this workshop we will look at inserting multimedia, creating interesting graphics, and utilizing the Master Slides in PowerPoint.

Microsoft Word - Level 1
In this workshop you will gain a basic understanding of how to use Microsoft Word. Topics covered in this workshop include: creating documents, spelling/grammar checking, and formatting options.

Microsoft Word - Level 2
In this workshop we will look at additional formatting and style options, inserting images, and using templates.

Introduction to Omni-Update
In this session we will cover everything that is necessary to be a basic editor of content in Omni-Update. We'll learn how to log in, make edits to existing pages, create new pages and sites, upload/insert images into pages, link to uploaded documents and publish content to the live web.

Social Media Drop in Hour
Have questions about social media? Anything at all? What's tweetering? How do you install an instabook? Need your facechat examined? Then come to the PDC Bonsai Room February 26th from 2-3 for an open drop in session with our social media guy, Nick Gunner. You'll lyfao when you see how simple social media can be! Lol. jk

Skillsoft Information Session
This information session is to learn more about Skillsoft computer based training that is available to The State University of New York at Fredonia employees. 


Technology for the Classroom

For a chronological listing of our events and to register, click here or view our calendar.

Introduction to ANGEL
ANGEL is the course management system used at Fredonia. This workshop will introduce the basic features in ANGEL and discuss ways to use it to enhance a course.

Introduction to NetSupport School
This session will show a brief overview of the NetSupport School system available in the campus computer labs. 

SMART Board Workshop
The Professional Development Center and Information Technology Services are pleased to announce the availability of SMART Board Training.

Come to this workshop to learn about the SMART Board hardware, how to use SMART Ink to annotate what is on the board, and how to use the Notebook software with your SMART Board.

Effective Online Content Presentation
This workshop will explore the value and application of content items fundamental to the development of an effective teaching/learning environment. This hands-on workshop will focus on how to create and organize various types of content for online students. We will begin the course development process by working with an SLN course template and adding content items such as folders, pages, links, files, assignments, and discussion forums.

Participants will upload/create a course syllabus, add various types of information, link to outside resources, embed content from Google, YouTube, and other 3rd party resources.

This workshop will emphasize best practices in instructional design for presenting content. Clarity, netiquette, and understanding the student experience will be covered.

Facilitating Effective Online Interaction
This hands-on workshop will train participants in the pedagogy and tools associated with student-student and student-professor interaction. Topics covered will include: role of discussion in online courses, private communication with students, small-group interaction, and general questioning techniques. The focus of this workshop is on engagement through interactivity:

Engagement with the professor

engagement with other students

engagement with the content

Each of these can be a significant factor in orchestrating an effective course. In this workshop we will consider the effective use of a variety of interactive strategies including discussion forums, rubrics, teams, journals, and Course Mail.

The Community of Inquiry framework is introduced and explained to faculty in this workshop.

Mobile Learning
Mobile learning has evolved out of the “future promise” stage into a reality in our classrooms today. More than two-thirds of college-aged students have a smart phone, and close to half own a tablet. For many, a mobile device is the primary means of access to the Internet. In this workshop, we explore how portable computing offers new possibilities for teaching, learning, and the student experience. Come and learn about this emerging technology and help determine some best practices in how to blend it into your instruction.

This presentation is an overview of mobile learning technologies and best practices. Questions addressed include:

What is mobile learning?

What concerns are there about mobile learning?

How can I utilize mobile technology in my face to face classroom?

How will students be able to access the Learning Management System (Blackboard or ANGEL) on a mobile device?

How does the Blackboard Mobile Learn for ANGEL app work?

What factors do I have to consider to make my online course more “mobile friendly”?

What are some apps that can be used to increase learning?

Authentic Online Assessment
This hands-on workshop will address pedagogical issues of evaluation vs. assessment, how to assess the daily work, subjective vs. objective assessment, formative vs. summative evaluation, in online courses. Participants will also work directly with tools that support assessment. In this workshop we addresses the need for authentic and reliable online evaluation and assessment strategies. Topics included in this workshop are:

Assess or Evaluate?

Written Assignments

Assessment Instruments: Exams / Surveys / Discussion Forums

Creating and using a test item pool

There are four kinds of assessments and they should all be used to encourage individual learning and to prove that learning has taken place. 


Special Topics

For a chronological listing of our events and to register, click here or view our calendar.

Connections @ the PDC
Drop in to catch up with a colleague from another area of campus, meet with a member of the PDC staff, get impromptu assistance with a technology need, or feel free to just stop in for a cup of coffee on your way to class. We look forward to seeing you!

FRED Talks
FRED Talks provide an opportunity for members of the campus community to come together to watch and discuss videos from the popular TED Talks series. The spring semester Fred Talks will focus on concepts relevant to the Baccalaureate Goals Framework: Skilled, Connected, Creative, and Responsible.

Productivity Book Club
Join us as we discuss Brian Tracy's "Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time"

For more information, please see: http://www.fredonia.edu/pdc/productivitybookclub.asp

Surviving the MOOCpocalypse
What is a MOOC and how will they impact online learning and you? What are the dangers and potentials to be found in the world of MOOCs? What can we do to prepare ourselves and dispel some of the myths surrounding MOOCS? This session will begin with a brief presentation followed by discussion.

 


Page modified 7/15/14