FerrisConnect Training

Basics (Phase 1)

Facilitator:  Andrew Peterson

Monday, August 26; 9 AM - 12 PM in FLITE 108

This workshop is required for all faculty who wish to use the learning management system (FerrisConnect) as a teaching tool. You can expect to learn how to navigate through the new look of FerrisConnect. It will cover the basic course tools such as: Announcements, Syllabus, Learning Modules, Calendar, Contacts, Email, and Messages. It will also explore the Grade Center, adding a course syllabus, and how to customize settings.

Faculty teaching face-to-face courses must complete FerrisConnect Basic training in order to request FerrisConnect course shells.

Collaboration Tools (Phase 2)

Facilitator:  Jackie Hughes

Monday, August 26; 1 - 4 PM in FLITE 108
Friday, September 27;  8:30 - 11:30 AM in FLITE 108

This workshop is required for faculty who teach a blended or fully online course. It highlights some of the FerrisConnect collaboration tools that have the potential to enhance student learning. Participants will learn how to use groups, discussion boards, journals, blogs, wikis, and other collaboration tools. Participants will also learn how to create and use rubrics to grade collaboration assignments.

Faculty teaching web-enhanced or online courses must complete both FerrisConnect Basic training AND FerrisConnect Collaboration Tools in order to request FerrisConnect course shells.

Assessments and Assignments

Facilitator:  Andrew Peterson or Jackie Hughes

Tuesday, August 27; 3 – 5 PM in FLITE 108
Monday, September 30; 10 AM - 12 PM in FLITE 108

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to create an assignment, a safe assignment, and a rubric, which will be used to grade the assignment.  Participants will also learn how to import a test pool, create a test, create test questions, reuse test questions, and deploy tests.
FerrisConnect Rubrics 

Facilitator:  Jackie Hughes 

Wednesday, August 28; 3-4 PM in FLITE 108
Monday, September 30; 9-10 AM in FLITE 108

Using rubrics is a great way to communicate expectations to your students. It is also a great tool to help you grade quickly and fairly, while giving your students timely feedback to help them be more successful.  In this session, you will learn how to create various types of rubrics, how to associate the rubric to gradable items, and how to grade using the rubric. You will also learn how to export the rubric so that you can import it into another course or share with other faculty.

FerrisConnect Groups

Facilitator:  Jackie Hughes 

Wednesday, August 28; 4-5 PM in FLITE 108
Thursday, October 3; 9-10 AM in FLITE 108

The use of groups in FerrisConnect can facilitate collaboration, but it can be a little tricky to manage.  In this session, you will see how to set up, edit, and manage groups and group sets. You will also learn how to create and grade group assignments, discussion boards, and journals.  There are some "gotchas" to groups, so you will not want to miss this session!
FerrisConnect Discussion Boards
Facilitator:  Andrew Peterson or Jackie Hughes

Thursday, August 29; 9-11 AM in FLITE 108
Thursday, October 3; 11 AM-12 PM in FLITE 108

The discussion board can be a significant learning experience for students if faculty employs it effectively.    In this workshop, we will evaluate best practices and strategies to make your discussion board conversations contribute to learning outcomes.  You will learn how to write an effective discussion board prompt that will enhance active learning in your class.  You will also learn how to create a discussion board forum in FerrisConnect, how to facilitate the discussion, and how to grade the student activity.

FerrisConnect Grade Center

Jackie Hughes

Friday, August 30; 2-4 PM in FLITE 108
Wednesday, September 4; 3-5 in FLITE 108
Wednesday, October 2; 9 AM–12 PM in FLITE 108
Friday, December 6; 1-3 PM in FLITE 108

This is an in-depth workshop on all the components of the Grade Center.  Participants will learn how to create, configure, and manage grade center columns, weighted grades, grading schemas, grading periods, and categories.  We will also explore color codes and smart views. This workshop is most useful when the participant has a FerrisConnect course with students enrolled.