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Join us for the Apple Learning Tour. Reshaping content. Engaging Students.

CRDC and CAETL present the Apple Learning Tour 2012

Technology makes this a magical time to be a student. And a powerful time to be an educator. The Apple Learning Tour is an opportunity to experience how you can transform learning with innovative new tools for creating, curating, and deploying content.

Engage students. Explore apps, interactive books, and Multi-Touch textbooks.

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Discover amazing interactive iBooks. Immerse yourself in the world’s largest online catalog of free education content in iTunes U. And experience some of the thousands of education apps for iPad.

Learn how to create your own interactive Multi-Touch books with Mac and iBooks Author. Discover how a course is built with iTunes U Course Manager using interactive learning materials. Then see how it all comes together with an overview of ownership and deployment models for content.

Learn by doing. Create courses with iTunes U Course Manager.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In this hands-on session, you’ll learn how to build a course by exploring all the capabilities iTunes U Course Manager has to offer. Experience the ease of pulling together content such as audio, video, iBooks textbooks, and over 500,000 resources in iTunes U into an organized syllabus. Make available all the assignments, quizzes, and materials for your students or anyone who’s interested in the topic — whether in your class or anywhere in the world.

Apple Learning Tour 2012

Room B716
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Join us for a session. Or for all of them.


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Using the Smartboard GoWire

Smartboards are an excellent tool for collaboration and presentation. However, one of the drawbacks for new users is not having the software needed to use the interactive whiteboard. SmartTech has created a solution. Called the GoWire, this USB cable attaches to a users computer and carries all of the software and drivers necessary to use the Smartboard on the fly. Below are the steps to get you going with the Smartboard in the 24 Hour Learning Centre:

1. Power on the Smartboard using the power button on the front panel. The projector needs to be set to VGA1 by pressing the Input button (to the right of the volume dial) until VGA1 is displayed on the bottom right of the screen.
Smartboard control panel

2. Locate the GoWire USB and RGB cables on the rear right of the Smartboard and attach your Windows based laptop.

3. On your desktop, a dialog will open asking of you want to run Smart software. This is similar to when you insert a USB drive or DVD.

4. Start GoWire Meeting Pro to begin using the software and Smartboard.

5. Meeting Pro has a simple interface that allows you to use the touch features and tools on your desktop or a digital whiteboard. To switch between desktop display and the whiteboard space, press the Desktop or Whiteboard button at the top of the vertical toolbar.

6. The tools available are:
Cursor – allows you to use your finger as a mouse pointer and to select objects on the whiteboard.
Pen – use one of the pens in the tray or use your finger as a pen. You can select ink colour and line type.
Eraser – allows you to erase objects and lines.
Shapes – Draw various shapes such as squares, triangles, rectangles and lines.
Capture – allows you to capture entire pages or sections of a page or you desktop to use on the whiteboard space.
Clear All – Clears your current whiteboard page,

7. You can collapse the toolbar or move it to the other side of the screen using the Collapse and Move Toolbar buttons.

8. The software allows you to save your whiteboard sessions as image files or PDF.

9. When you are finished your session, close Meeting Pro and disconnect the GoWire and RGB cable. Shutdown the Smartbaord using the power button on the front panel.

We encourage you to practice with the Smartboard if you plan to use it in your teaching or class presentations. It is an excellent tool for planning and giving presentations using standard software or the web. If you are a Mac owner or you would like to use more advanced tools with the Smartboards, you can download Smart tools and a trial version of Smart Notebook, and the necessary drivers from the SmartTech website.

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Moodle 2.0 Tutorials: Setting up a Quiz

Moodle has the ability to create robust quizzes that can be used to assess your students. Quizzes can be written in a lab during class time, as a scheduled test within the UofL testing centre, or as take home quiz. It becomes your preference as to where and how to test your students, but the quiz module within moodle can help facilitate your quiz, and can be modified to meet most of your testing preferences.

If you will be using the testing centre, your exam must be booked in by the CRDC before the exam date.

The instructions in this tutorial will cover how to add a quiz activity, and will cover all the attributes that can be modified within the quiz settings. If you have already created a quiz and are looking to add questions, please see the question bank resources and the question type resources.

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Video in the Classsroom

With the advent of much smaller and simpler video and audio recorders capturing course content has become much easier and accessible. Here at the CRDC we have 2 Pocket Cameras available to Faculty who would like to use video in their class. Some faculty have used these to capture guest lectures so that students can access the content at a later date. Some have recorded introductions to course topics and sections so students can have a summary of information to be covered in upcoming classes. Where self evaluation is important student presentations can be captured and released to individual students. Whatever their purpose the videos can be uploaded to our video server and embedded into the U of L Learning Management System for easy access to students.

If you would like more info on how you can use video in your class please contact the CRDC.

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Moodle Migration: Mark Pijl Zieber

Fall 2011 the University of Lethbridge is going live with their new Learning Management System, Moodle. Mark Pijl Zieber is currently involved in the Moodle migration prototyping his current courses.

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Online Course Design Webinar

Virtual Challenge: Creating Quality E-Courses

Tuesday, January 25, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the CRDC(L1126)

There’s a lot more to building online courses than digitizing text and adding a few videos. Online course designers are learning more about how to incorporate quick assessments that personalize the learning experience for students, how to keep students’ interest with video and simulations, and how to integrate gaming into their courses. The lessons being learned by course designers are significantly changing the way a successful online course is created for today’s students.


Greg Marks, Director of Product Development, Michigan Virtual University

Debi Crabtree, Coordinator of the Hamilton County Virtual Schools, Chattanooga, Tenn.


Michelle Davis, Senior Writer, Education Week Digital Directions

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CRDC & CAETL Open House

The CRDC & CAETL invite Faculty and Staff to our Open House. Drop in to L1126 anytime between 1 – 4 pm on Dec. 10, 2010 and enjoy some wine and cheese while learning how we can help you. Hope to see everyone there!

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(Nov 17th) Brown Bag Lunch Discussion – Creating and Managing Effective Discussion Forums

Join our Blended & Online Learning Community of Professional Practice for this important and informative presentation:

Wednesday, November 17th
TH 373 (Turcotte Hall)
12:15 – 1:30 pm

Dr. Dawn McBride (Faculty of Education, Master of Counselling Program) will share research, experience, and expertise regarding the creation, management, and assessment of online discussion forums.

Discussion forums, used effectively, are a vital component of online and blended learning environments. Effective forums collaboratively engage students in course teaching and learning activities.

Dawn teaches entirely online and uses Discussion Forums extensively to engage students in meaningful and collaborative conversations around important course-related topics.

Bring your “brown bag” and join us for this important discussion.

Coffee and juice provided courtesy of CRDC.

For more information about this event or to find out more about blended and online learning, please contact

Doug Orr
(332) 4063


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IT: Classroom Technology Training: Crestron Controller

This video provides instruction on how to use the Crestron touch panel to control the technology in the classroom. It covers the set up and use of the Data Projector, Audio System and Microphones, and DVD and VCR controls.

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