Spring 2022 Workshops for faculty and staff

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Educational Technology professional staff and our Microsoft training partners are facilitating sessions in January, February, and March. Read on for details.

Student Technology Assistants (STAs) and professional staff are offering a series of workshops crafted mainly for students working on academic and personal digital projects but which are open to everyone. See our Spring 2022 Ed Tech Workshops post or the Events page.

image with gold snowflakes and Spring 2022 Workshops for faculty and staff

Registration is appreciated, but not required. Click the register link below each session title. Participation is via Teams Webinar or Live Event. If you do register, you will receive a confirmation email with an attached calendar event to add to your calendar. (Watch 75 seconds of this video to see how to register for and join a Teams Webinar.)

Organizing Course Materials so Students Can Actually Find Them

Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 10am-12pm (recording) (Agenda)

10-11am = Several faculty will offer brief “tours” of their Fall 2021 Moodle course & Teams with attention to the different ways faculty can organize their Moodle course and materials in Microsoft Teams.

  • Moodle Demos by Pam Pierce (Mathematics), Christina Welsch (History), and Melanie Long (Economics)
  • Class Teams Demos by Rujie Wang (Chinese Studies), Désirée Weber (Political Science), and Greg Wiles (Earth Sciences)

11am-noon = Q&A, discussion, and time to work through organizing a Spring 2022 course using what we learned in the session.

Grading with Less Agitation

Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 1-4pm (recording) (agenda​)

Hosted by EdTech with presentations on Ungrading by Kate Beutner (English), and Using Rubrics to Save Time by Missy Schen (Educational Assessment & Biology)

  • Moodle Grade book: Set-up & Basics (1-1:30pm) In this brief introduction to Moodle Grade book, we will go over the different methods Moodle has for calculating grades (aggregation methods [average vs. weights], creating categories), recommend two of these methods, demonstrate how to create and weight assignments in each method, and demonstrate how to create categories and place assignments in them.
  • Ideas & Alternative Models (1:30-2:30pm) In this portion we will explore a variety of approaches to grading (and ungrading), including best practices for paperless submissions, specs and contract grading, Moodle Forum, co-authoring/commenting, using rubrics and progress tracking.
  • Moodle Grade book: Advanced Features (2:30-3pm) In this portion we will explore drop the lowest, extra credit, rubric scoring, and progress monitoring using Activity completion and Course completion.
  • Workshop your Grade book (3-4pm) with EdTech & others available for consultations

Using Class Teams for Remote Classes

Friday, January 14, 2022 from 9-9:50am (recording) (agenda​)

  • create channels, share files, use chat
  • schedule meetings, run meetings, manage recordings
  • use Reflect, Assignments, and Insights

Setting up Moodle Quizzes & Assignments

Friday, January 14, 2022 from 10-10:50am

Learn how to create a Moodle quiz, explore settings, work in the question bank, and choose among question types and assignment types. The session will conclude with time for Q&A and to workshop in your own course.      

Upgrade Your Presentations & Lectures

Friday, January 14, 2022 from 11-11:50am (agenda)

Tip & tricks for making the most out of PowerPoint (PowerPoint Live, import from Word, Designer, slide zoom) and Teams meetings (live transcription, Forms for polling, Digital Whiteboard collaboration)

Effective and efficient assignments and assessments with Microsoft Teams

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 from 11am-noon (watch the recording in Stream) (agenda)

Presented by our Cleveland-based Microsoft trainers, the session will explore how faculty and staff can use Class Teams with students and student-employees to:

  • Use the Assignments and Grades apps in Microsoft Teams for Education
  • Create rubrics in Microsoft Teams and use them to evaluate assignments
  • Use Microsoft Forms in Teams to create, share, and review assessments
  • Create automatically graded assessments and collect and visualize evaluation data
  • Use Education Insights for your class to surface important trends in student engagement and progress

Creating an inclusive classroom with Microsoft Learning Tools

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 from 11am-noon (watch the recording in Teams) (watch the recording in Stream) (continued learning resource) (agenda)

Microsoft Learning Tools are a set of built-in features in Microsoft 365 and Windows 10 that are designed to empower every student and teacher to be more productive and inclusive.

Presented by our Cleveland-based Microsoft trainers, the session objectives include:

  • Learn how to further support reading for all students with Immersive Reader.
  • Explore how to deploy Immersive Reader and Dictate across Microsoft 365 apps.
  • Discover learning tools in OneNote.
  • See demonstrations of communication tools in PowerPoint.

Bitmoji Classroom

Thursday, February 10 from 11:30AM – noon


Do you have a Bitmoji avatar? Looking to bring a little fun to your classroom culture? We’ll use templates and collections so you can quickly build your own customized virtual classroom. Bring your Bitmoji, Chrome browser, PowerPoint, and spirit of fun. 

Safe Exam Browser for Moodle Quizzes

Tuesday, February 15 from 11:30AM – noon (watch the recording in Stream) (our page in Moodle Professional Development course)

Give quizzes in Moodle? Worry about cheating? If you answered, “Yes,” to either question then come learn about Safe Exam Browser and how it can help you. 

Collecting Media Projects

Tuesday, February 22 from 11:30AM – noon (agenda) (watch the recording in Stream)

Are you asking your students to turn in a video or audio project longer than one or two minutes? Have you told them to upload to Moodle? Please don’t. Come learn about our preferred way to collect large project submissions. 


Tuesday, March 1 from 11:30AM – noon (watch the recording) (our page in Moodle Professional Development)

Do some of your Moodle resources get a low Ally score? Would you like to improve the Ally score for your resources? Join us to learn some of the simple things you can do to improve the Ally score for your resources and why doing so is important. 

Microsoft Forms Level 100

Tuesday, April 5th from 10:00-11:00 AM (in Teams) [REGISTER]

Presented by our Cleveland-based Microsoft trainers, this course introduces Microsoft Forms and demonstrates how to create surveys, quizzes, and polls, how to respond in nearly any browser or mobile device, and how to analyze those responses.

Note: When multiple people should have edit access to the Form and responses, we recommend creating a Group Form which is connected to a Team or SharePoint site. For further support, see our Forms Workshops post.


  • Understand navigation and functionality in Microsoft Forms
  • Create forms, quizzes, and polls
  • Change visual layout
  • Configure access and sharing settings
  • Learn question types
  • Make use of branching forms
  • Analyze responses

Microsoft Stream Level 100

Thursday, April 7th from 10:00-11:00 AM (in Teams) [REGISTER]

Microsoft Stream is an enterprise video service where people in your organization can upload, view, and share videos securely. This course introduces how to view, manage, and share videos that aid in your team’s collaboration. Presented by our Cleveland-based Microsoft trainers. Note: Recorded Teams meetings are now stored in OneDrive or SharePoint (they are no longer stored in Stream).


  • Navigate Microsoft Stream and discover content 
  • Understand how to upload and manage video
  • Edit videos directly in Stream
  • Add intelligence to videos
  • Make videos engaging with a survey, poll, or quiz
  • Share videos and utilize integrations across Microsoft 365