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Workshops

CFT staff run Brightspace workshops for instructors interested in learning how to use Brightspace tools effectively and efficiently. We are also available during the academic year to facilitate Brightspace workshops on topics both general and specific for departments, programs, and schools, upon request. Email brightspace@vanderbilt.edu to ask about these offerings or the possibility of an invited workshop.

See the main CFT website for other teaching workshops, including workshops focused on educational technology, and for extensive resources on teaching in the fall 2021 semester.

Click here to go directly to our Workshop Calendar.

 


FALL 2022 Workshops

A Beginner’s Guide to Brightspace 

In this hands-on workshop for people who have little to no experience teaching with Brightspace, participants will get oriented to Vanderbilt’s course management system and learn how to accomplish common teaching tasks. Ideally, participants will have Brightspace open during the session so they can explore and build content in our test course! By the end of the workshop, users will be able to:

  • Confidently navigate around the different areas of a Brightspace course
  • Post, edit, and link Content for students using a variety of tools
  • Communicate with students about important Brightspace tools
  • There will be time at the end of the workshop for participants to ask questions about using Brightspace.

Friday, August 19th 11:00am-12:30pm via Zoom

Monday, August 22nd 1:30-3:00pm via Zoom

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This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

 

Gradescope 

Gradescope is tool that helps instructors administer and grade all of their assessments, whether online or in-class. With features that allow for multiple graders, auto-updating rubrics, and more, this tool can help reduce the grading load in classes with certain kinds of assessments. Join the Gradescope Workshop Series to learn more, ask questions, and demo key features. 

Gradescope for In-Person Teaching – Templated and Bubble Sheet Assignments
Wednesday, August 3rd at 12pm-1pm 
Tuesday, August 16th at 1pm-2pm


Gradescope for Online and Hybrid Teaching – Online Assignments and Student-Uploaded Work

Tuesday, August 2nd at 1pm-2pm
Monday, August 15th at 12pm-1pm


Gradescope for Computer Science – Programming and Student-Uploaded Work

Monday, August 8th at 12pm-1pm


Gradescope for Existing Users – Advanced Gradescope Features

Tuesday, August 9th at 11am-12pm


Gradescope for Multiple Choice – Bubble Sheets

Wednesday, August 17th at 1pm-1:30pm


Gradescope in D2L (Brightspace)

Wednesday, August 10th at 1:30pm

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Perusall 

Perusall is tool that allows students to engage in the social annotation of text, audio, and video. With features such as hashtags, upvoting, and automatic grading to complement the asynchronous discussions, your students will be more engaged than ever as they prepare readings and go over homework using Perusall.

Tuesday, August 16th 2:00 – 3:00pm via Zoom

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This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Respondus

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that prevents digital cheating during a Brightspace quiz. This training session will cover how to use LockDown Browser to prevent digital cheating in proctored testing environments and how instructors set up tests to require LockDown Browser. It will also cover how to allow students to access resources such as digital calculators, spreadsheets, external websites, eBooks, and more, during online tests that use LockDown Browser and the student perspective taking a Brightspace quiz that requires LockDown Browser. The workshop will also touch on best practices and resources and will conclude with a Q&A period.

Tuesday, August 30th 9:00- 10:00 am via Zoom

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This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Turnitin 

Are you an instructor planning to use Turnitin this semester, either for the originality checker or for the easy-to-use grading features? If so, plan on joining us for a frank conversation about how to use Turnitin to support student learning and spend less time grading. 

TBD

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This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

 

Rubrics Workshop 

Rubrics are organized grading schemes that can help you give better feedback in less time. In this workshop, participants will explore several models of rubrics and learn how to create their own easy-to-use rubrics on Brightspace or other Vanderbilt educational technologies.

TBD

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For more information about this workshop and future offerings, keep an eye on the registration form and our Brightspace support workshops page. https://www.vanderbilt.edu/brightspace/workshops/

This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Groups and Discussions in Brightspace Workshop 

Participants in this workshop will learn about how to use the Brightspace Groups and Discussions tools for engagement, interaction, formative assessment, individual journaling, and more. Ideally, participants will have Brightspace open during the session so they can explore and build content in our test course! By the end of the workshop, users will be able to:

  • Build discussion forums, topics, and threads using a variety of available options
  • Connect discussions to the gradebook and use the built-in assessment tools
  • Construct useful prompts and activities that will promote maximum engagement from your students

There are no workshops scheduled currently. Reach out to the Brightspace support team at brightspace@vanderbilt.edu to schedule a one-on-one consult on this topic!

 

For more information about this workshop and future offerings, keep an eye on the registration form and our Brightspace support workshops page. https://www.vanderbilt.edu/brightspace/workshops/

This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

 

Assignments in Brightspace Workshop 

Participants in this workshop will learn about how to use the Brightspace Assignments tool to receive, organize, and provide feedback on student work. Ideally, participants will have Brightspace open during the session so they can explore and build content in our test course! By the end of the workshop, users will be able to:

  • Build assignments in the Content area and the Assignments tool
  • Select the most appropriate options and settings
  • Connect assignments to the gradebook and use the many built-in assessment and academic integrity tools

There are no workshops scheduled currently. Reach out to the Brightspace support team at brightspace@vanderbilt.edu to schedule a one-on-one consult on this topic!

 

For more information about this workshop and future offerings, keep an eye on the registration form and our Brightspace support workshops page. https://www.vanderbilt.edu/brightspace/workshops/

This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

 

Setting up your Gradebook

Participants in this workshop will learn about the range of tools available in Brightspace to make grading more efficient and effective. By the end of the workshop, users will be able to:

  • Build a gradebook that mirrors the grading scheme in their syllabus
  • Understand and control how grades are viewed
  • Create a gradebook that can be used throughout the semester, and transferred into future courses

There are no workshops scheduled currently. Reach out to the Brightspace support team at brightspace@vanderbilt.edu to schedule a one-on-one consult on this topic!

 

For more information about this workshop and future offerings, keep an eye on the registration form and our Brightspace support workshops page. https://www.vanderbilt.edu/brightspace/workshops/

This workshop is open to anyone teaching or developing courses at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Juliet Traub at cft@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7290 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

 


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