Learning Design and Digital Innovation Trainings/Events (+ Past Recordings)

On this page, you can:

Register for Upcoming Trainings Offered by LDDI
Register for Upcoming Trainings Conducted by Gradescope, Panopto, Perusall, and Zoom
Register for Upcoming Workshops offered by Educause's NorthEast Regional Computing Program (Nercomp)
Watch Recorded LDDI Trainings
Watch Curated list of Trainings/Workshops for Summer 2022 FDI

In addition, LDDI staff offer one-on-one Nexus, Learning Technology consultations and Electronic Classroom training:  Sign up with a member of our Learning Design and Digital Innovations team (i.e., Sonia Sandoval, Ginny Solomon, Kesheng Yu, Kevin Barhydt) at a time convenient with your schedule. 


Register for Upcoming Trainings Offered by LDDI


Stay tuned! Events coming Winter 2023 term! 




Register for Upcoming Trainings Conducted by Gradescope, Panopto, Perusall & Zoom

Gradescope Training (Led by Gradescope)

Get Started with Gradescope

Description: Join a workshop with the Gradescope team to learn how you can use Gradescope to deliver and grade all of your assignments, whether online or in person. They will walk you through how to cut down on time spent grading and get a clear picture of how your students are doing in your courses. These one-hour workshops will focus on how you can use Gradescope to deliver and grade your assignments that are paper-based, fully online, and a combination of the two. In these workshops, you will learn how to:

  • Set up assignments where students can submit freeform work (no printers or templates needed)
  • Grade your existing exams and homework on Gradescope
  • Make rubric changes as you grade - changes apply to previously graded work to maintain consistency
  • Write each comment only once - apply previously used comments with a click
  • Use ‘assignment analytics’ to gain insight into student learning

Register for an upcoming workshop 

  • Friday, December 2, 1pm ET
  • Thursday, January 5, 12pm ET
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2pm ET
  • Wednesday, February 1, 12pm ET
  • Thursday, February 16, 2pm ET

In addition, there are On-Demand training videos here: https://www.gradescope.com/get_started.  There are multiple videos on Grading Course Management, and Assignment Workflow.


Panopto Training (Led by Panopto)


Basic Training Webinars Advanced Training Webinars

Basic Training Webinar is designed for new users and beginners who would like to learn how to use the Panopto software. These sessions are delivered twice monthly across different time zones so our global customers can join.

Click here to view a recording of a previous webinar.

The Advanced Webinar covers a specific topic and is designed for users with an understanding of Panopto's basic functionality and use. They run the 4th Wednesday of each month.

If you have a topic that you'd like us to discuss, please e-mail support@panopto.com and we'll be happy to cover it during an upcoming webinar!

Perusall Training (Led by Perusall)

There are no scheduled live recordings, but you can see their recorded Back to School series of webinars to learn more, or view the specific recording here:

Perusall 101
Perusall 102
Train the Trainer

There also on-demand recordings of past sessions available on this page.

Zoom Training: 

The new Zoom learning center is constantly offering live training you can sign up for each week on a variety of topics.  Whether your new to Zoom and just want to learn the basics, to advanced topics like engaging your students on zoom, breakout rooms, and whiteboarding, sign up for the training that suits your immediate needs. You can also watch on demand recording of past sessions.  WHEN REGISTERING, MAKE SURE YOU CHANGE FROM THE PACIFIC TIME ZONE TO EASTERN TIME ZONE

Zoom offers "How To" webinars on a regular basis. In these live webinars, you'll learn the Zoom basics like scheduling, recording, screen sharing, and more.

Here are the regularly scheduled live webinars:

Monday @ 11am
Tuesday @ 7am and 11pm
Thursday @ 7am and 11pm
Friday @ 7am

The following are the Zoom webinars being offered for the month of November.

See all of their offerings here https://learning.zoom.us/pages/55/home, or click on the links to register for these live webinars:

Nov 21, 11:00am        How to Enrich your Zoom Meetings with Interactivity
Nov 22, 9:00am          Delivering your Best Hybrid Meeting
Nov 23, 11:00-am       Improve Workspace Collaborations with Zoom Rooms
Nov 28, 11:00am        How Zoom Keeps Team Chat Clean & Safe
Nov 29, 9:00am          How to Get Started with Zoom Webinars
Nov 30, 1:00pm          Beginners Guide to Hosting Zoom Meetings
Nov 30, 11:00am        Transform Your Hybrid Meetings with Smart Gallery
Dec 1, 2:00pm             Zoom: The Future of Courts

Register for Upcoming Workshops offered by Educause's NorthEast Regional Computing Program (Nercomp)

Union College is a member of NERCOMP. Some of the following offerings are free and some have a cost. If you are interested in a workshop that has a fee and you do not have funds to cover the cost, please contact Denise Snyder at snyderd2@union.edu.

Make Courses More Equitable and Accessible for Students by Building on Effective Practices Learned During the Pandemic - Workshop

When: Wednesday, November 30th, and Wednesday, December 7th, 2022 (Virtual) 
Time: 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Cost: NERCOMP Members: $90

Event Overview

Why not take the positive learnings from the pandemic and build them into our teaching strategies? After spending an entire year of predominately remote learning, some Bowdoin students discovered that their classes were the most accessible ever, impacting their level of engagement and learning. So much so, that they asked faculty to continue some of the accessible teaching strategies when classes met in person again.  

This session reflects on the strategies and tools that contributed to classes being more accessible during the pandemic, what we learned from conversations with students and faculty, and how this feedback is informing digital accessibility decisions, support, tools, and programming at Bowdoin today. The presenters will share the approaches used at Bowdoin and lead attendees through steps to identify and jumpstart taking action at their own institutions.

Learning Outcomes

Workshop participants will:
 - Reflect on accessibility and equity within learning environments at their own institutions prior to and during the pandemic.
 - Explore opportunities in your environment that support a more accessible and equitable learning experience. 
 - Identify technology and organizational considerations to explore/examine as part of your analysis and planning. 
 - Create a list of actions and possible strategies to adopt that benefit all students.

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Microsoft Excel Level 200 - Webinar - presented by Microsoft

When: Tuesday, December 6, 2022 (Virtual) 
Time: 10:00 am-11:00am
Cost: NERCOMP Members: FREE
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Event Overview

Take a dive into the intermediate features of Excel’s navigation, functions, and custom formulas.

Learning Outcomes

 - Expand knowledge of notable functions in Excel
 - Understand a wide variety of cell formatting to manipulate and interpret data
 - Learn to create Pivot tables for data analyzation
 - Understand options to restrict and protect data in Excel
 - Utilize accessibility options in Excel using the Check Accessibility tool and how to add alternative text

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Fostering Wellness Practices - Webinar - presented by LinkedIn Learning

When: Thursday, December 8, 2022 (Virtual) 
Time: 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Cost: NERCOMP Members: FREE
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Event Overview

In this session, we’ll dive into ways to use LinkedIn Learning to support your institution's wellness initiatives and support employee wellbeing through supplementary learning opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

 -Learners will be able to connect learning content to wellness initiatives, identify content to foster employee engagement with wellness, and develop a plan for supporting employee development with wellness content.

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Thought Partner Program:  The Art of the Hybrid Classroom

When:  Mondays, January 30, February 13, 27, and March 13, 2023 (Virtual) 
Time: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Cost: NERCOMP Members: FREE                                                                                                           

Event Overview

Join other thought partners to discuss current uses, challenges, and designs for Hybrid Classrooms.
In the initial session, we will spend time getting to know each other’s experiences since 2020 with hybrid classrooms; exploring what we mean by hybrid, what technologies are involved, and what standards have been established. We will also identify the issues & challenges that are currently being tackled in our various settings related to hybrid classrooms. In between sessions, we'll gather information to help answer the questions or challenges and reconvene for a second session to discuss what has been learned.  An optional third session may be organized if needed.  

Learning Outcomes

Workshop participants will:

 - Summarize various types of hybrid learning and various technologies to support it.
 - Articulate the pros and cons of various approaches to hybrid teaching.

Note: These sessions will not be recorded. In order to be able to prioritize group connection and experience, participants will have the option to turn cameras and microphones on during the sessions. 

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Culturally Responsive Teaching Certification

When: Feb 3 and Feb 10
Time: 10:30am – 4:30pm
Cost: NERCOMP Members: $635 (about 45% 0ff)     
Event Overview

Increases knowledge skills and abilities surrounding effective culturally responsive teaching practices. Aimed at faculty, but open to all NERCOMP members.
Learning objectives include:
- Understanding the learning science behind cultural responsiveness
- Increasing understanding of effective culturally responsive teaching practices
- Applying meaningful teaching and strategies to current practices

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Watch Recorded LDDI Trainings

Creating Infographic Assignments

Description: Are you looking for new assignment ideas to engage your students and allow them to provide evidence of what they have learned? In this session, we looked at what is involved to require students to create infographics. We considered how to prepare students for the project and how to assess them. Union has a license to Adobe Express which makes it easy to create high impact infographics without being a graphic designer. By making the visual design easy,  students can focus on the important part—how to research a topic, identify what is most important, and then distill it in a clear, visual way. 

Led by: Stacie Cassat Green, Instructional Design Consultant, and Denise Snyder, Director of LDDI

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Question Formulation Technique: A Well Researched, Powerful & Easy Active Learning Strategy

Description: How important is it to be able to ask a good question? Richard Feynman, a Nobel Laureate, says “there is no learning without having to pose a question” and yet studies have shown that teachers ask the majority of questions. In this session, you’ll learn how to facilitate an instructional strategy called the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to get your students formulating and working with better questions. This technique has decades of research and is very simple to integrate in any discipline. If you’ve been wanting to lecture less or need new ideas for getting all students to actively participate in your courses, please watch this recording!

Led by: Stacie Cassat Green, Instructional Design Consultant

Watch Recorded Session

Creating Inclusive Course Content

Description: Accessibility in course design focuses on the student’s ability to access and engage with digital content. In this workshop we will look at accessibility through the lens of inclusivity and diversity. Students come from a wide variety of experiences in regards to race, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status. Disabled and non-disabled students bring their own identities and backgrounds into the classroom.

Most web accessibility guidelines focus on the technical aspects: how to properly structure, code, or design a site. But the content of the site, what it actually says, also needs to be thought of through an accessible, inclusive lens. This workshop and accompanying support guides will help you to create a classroom that is inclusive of all students.

Led by: Kevin Barhydt, Senior Inclusive and Learning Technology Analyst
Session Materials
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Mini-Conference on Inclusive Pedagogy: 12/3/2021

Union College hosted its first ever, virtual mini-conference, focused on inclusive pedagogies on December 3, 2021. The research shows that designing your courses to help each student feel like they belong improves student learning for everyone. Each of the six sessions spotlighted an inclusive pedagogy with concrete instructional strategies you can try in your courses.

Watch recorded sessions
Session materials 


Panopto Screen Capture and Streaming

Find out how to how to use Panopto to record presentations, import videos, link to courses and assignments, create in-video prompts and quizzes, edit and approve captions, create playlists and other features.

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New Ideas and Tools for Teaching WAC

Most of us teaching WAC have not been formally trained about how to teach the writing process. To support you in your planning for the winter and spring terms, we held a workshop to offer some concrete strategies and assignments you may use in your course. These assignments have been developed with Joe Johnson, Director of Writing Programs, and Kara Doyle, Associate Professor of English, along with our consulting instructional designer, Stacie Green, to help you accomplish two goals:

-Improve your students writing
-Reduce your assessment time

In this workshop, you’ll learn about several assignments we’ve developed specifically for WAC courses that you may use, customize for your course/discipline, and easily copy to Nexus. Pick and choose among the assignments or use them all. We’ve created these assignments as forms or templates in a portfolio tool called Pebblepad that Union has purchased. While you may use any of these assignments without Pebblepad, as we’ll make the content available to you via Google Docs, we hope you will consider how the pedagogies that underpin learning portfolios could be used to improve students ability to write across the disciplines. This session was led by Stacie Cassat Green, Instructional Design Consultant + Denise Snyder, Director of Learning Technologies and Environments.

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Silver Linings: Stories of Innovation at Union College

People who study creative thinking have identified that constraints actually promote creative thinking. The dark cloud of the pandemic has certainly presented us with some big constraints about how we teach and students learn this year, forcing us to adapt and innovate. Watch to gain inspiration from your colleagues as they share the “silver linings” they have found in their teaching because of the pandemic.

This session was led by Stacie Cassat Green, Instructional Design Consultant for Union College + Panel of FDI "Incubator" Alumni:

  • Holli Frey, Joy Wang, Doug Klein: How team teaching, alumni speakers, group work, and Perusall worked in their Climate Change Minerva course 
    Andy Morris: new project, “Hometown environmental history” 
  • Nicole Theodosiou: NSF grant simulation process
  • Anouk Verheyden-Gillikin: How group work helps connect students
  • Shawn Wehe: Mock exams in fluid dynamics (formative assessment)

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Getting Started with Sway

Sway is an online platform for quick, beautiful, and engaging content displays. Sway formats content intelligently so the user can focus on creating the content, rather than organizing it. It allows users to quickly create an image journal, a short essay enhanced with images, YouTube videos, hyperlinks, or a brief research report. This session was led by Kesheng Yu, Senior Learning Technology Consultant

Sway Resource Link


Upgrading Your Assessment Strategies

Tired of the papers and/or exams you use to assess students? This is a good year to experiment with new ideas as there is nothing “traditional” about how we are doing education right now. In this workshop, you’ll learn about different assessment strategies you might try. Think of this workshop as a salad bar—there are many options, but you don’t have to use all of them. This session was led by Stacie Cassat Green, Instructional Design Consultant for Union College

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