Essentials of Learning Technologies

UNC Charlotte Essentials of Learning Technologies School of Professional StudiesThis workshop series provides a foundation in essential learning technologies available at UNC Charlotte. Faculty, graduate students, and academic support staff seeking to earn the Essentials of Learning Technologies Certificate should complete each of the three workshops in this series and also complete one peer observation by visiting a TOP Course.  The program has been designed so that the certificate can be earned in one semester but there is no time limit. Participants who complete all the requirements will be issued a digital badge via Credly for display on their professional profile that they have completed this certificate.

Prerequisite

  • Basic Computer Skills: email, accessing the internet, uploading and downloading files, linking pages
  • No prior workshops required

Learning Outcomes

The participants will be able to

  • Identify various ways to obtain help with Canvas and ITS Help Desk
  • Explain how to import a template from Canvas Commons
  • Identify how to upload and organize course content in Canvas
  • Identify ways to communicate with students through Canvas tools
  • Define methods for evaluating students
  • Identify how to start and record synchronous zoom sessions
  • Explain how to set-up Zoom breakout rooms

Required Workshops (~6 hrs)

  1. Starting With a Fresh Canvas: This workshop covers how to use Canvas for your course materials. It includes topics like: the dashboard, uploading content, creating pages, organizing with modules, making a home page, discussions, assignments, navigation, and examples. It is helpful to both new faculty learning Canvas, and returning faculty who are seeking resources or a refresher. 
    • Workshop Format: Self-paced Asynchronous or Face-to-face
  2. Canvas Assignments and Gradebook: In this workshop you will learn how to use Canvas Assignments page to set up your Gradebook to calculate course grades. You’ll also learn how to create and grade assignments, enter grades with SpeedGrader, and use rubrics for communicating expectations of quality.  
    • Workshop Format: Synchronous online
  3. Teaching with Zoom: This workshop covers how to teach with Zoom from within Canvas, specifically using the Canvas LTI. It includes topics like: basic Zoom operational skills, Zoom in Canvas LTI, recording using Zoom, engaging students with Zoom, and troubleshooting Zoom. It is helpful to both new faculty learning to use Zoom with Canvas, and returning faculty who are seeking resources or a refresher. 
    • Workshop Format: Self-Paced Asynchronous Online

FAQs

  1. Can non-faculty members pursue and earn this certificate?
    • Yes! The CTL recognizes that many academic support staff are in roles where professional development related to instruction would be valuable and we welcome their pursuit of the certificate.
  2. Do I have to complete all the requirements in a single semester or year?
    • No! You may take as long as you like to earn the certificate. 
  3. How do I access a transcript of the CTL workshops I have completed? 
  4. How is the certificate awarded?
    • Participants who complete all the requirements will be issued both a paper certificate as well as a digital badge via Credly for display on their professional profile showing they have completed this certificate.