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Innovative Instructors Workshop Series


This workshop series is aimed at Georgia State instructors who are interested in exploring online classroom management techniques or technology-enabled solutions to pedagogical problems. The Brightspace classes in this series offer overviews of the magic of Brightspace as well as the features of other available instructional tools. Other classes in the series explore innovative and interesting ways to promote student engagement and mastery of curricular content.

Brightspace: Getting Started

Brightspace is the University System of Georgia’s central learning management system. If you are interested in the kinds of things that Brightspace and associated tools can do for you, this introductory overview is just what you need to get started.

Brightspace: Facilitating Active Online Participation

Well-designed online classes offer a variety of ways for students to interact with instructors and each other. This workshop offers an overview of the tools available to facilitate rich and authentic online interactions.

Brightspace: Assessing Student Work

Instructors exploring online course management solutions can choose from a variety of student assessment tools. This workshop explores ways to streamline the grading process and provide students useful and prompt feedback.

Brightspace: What’s New in Brightspace 10

In the spring of 2014, Georgia State will be upgrading to Brightspace 10! This workshop offers an overview of some exciting new features of the upgraded system.

Digital Media Assignments

Digital media assignments (DMAs) offer engaging and immersive alternatives or supplements to traditional paper and pencil assessments. Moreover, DMAs help students develop digital literacy skills and related orientations important to success across a range of academic, vocational, civic, and other endeavors. This workshop offers an overview of the possibilities.

Situated Learning: CSCR and ARIS

Situated learning advocates argue that authentic learning contexts reposition students as practitioners, or active participants in communities of practice. In this workshop, we’ll chat a bit about what situated learning entails and look at two free tools that help to make such learning contexts possible.

Teaching with iPads

iPads are great, but it’s not always obvious how they can be used to enhance teaching and learning. In this workshop, we’ll walk through a few suggestions. If you have an iPad, bring it! If not, we’ll have some available to use.

Digital Skills and Scholarship Workshop Series

DigitalSkills_cThis workshop series offers a wide variety of free technology training to the entire Georgia State community, including all faculty, staff, and students. Set yourself apart from the crowd and start building the skills you need to succeed today!


Excel 1

This workshop introduces participants to the basics of Microsoft’s powerful spreadsheet software. This class uses the Windows version of Excel but there is significant overlap for Mac users.

Excel 2: Formulas and Functions

This workshop explores formulas, functions, and built-in tools that are useful when analyzing and extracting meaning from data. This class uses the Windows version of Excel, but there is significant overlap for Mac users.

Excel 2: Charts and Formatting

This workshop introduces participants to charting and formatting features in Excel, and walks participants through the process involved in adding Excel charts to Word documents and PowerPoint presentations. This class uses the Windows version of Excel but there is significant overlap for Mac users.

Access 1: Tables and Forms

Access is Microsoft’s powerful relational database tool. This workshop introduces participants to core database concepts and explores best practices in database construction. The basics of form creation are also introduced.

Access 2: Queries and Reports

This workshop walks through the steps involved in writing queries to extract meaning from databases. We will also introduce quick ways to generate reports.

Rethinking PowerPoint: Slide Design

We’ve all been forced to sit through really boring and ineffective PowerPoint presentations.PowerPoint doesn’t have to be that way! In this workshop, we’ll share and practice using some design tips to help you transform your presentations from boring to brilliant in no time. This class uses the Windows version of PowerPoint but there is significant overlap for Mac users.

Rethinking PowerPoint: Multimedia

PowerPoint can be a lot more than (too much) text on a slide. In this workshop, we’ll explore ways to integrate a variety of media into your PowerPoint presentations. We’ll also discuss how to export and share your work. This class uses the Windows version of PowerPoint but there is significant overlap for Mac users.


Prezi is an engaging, cloud-based presentation and storytelling tool that allows easy collaboration and sharing across a variety of devices. If you’re interested in a slick and easy alternative to PowerPoint, you need to check out Prezi.


Keynote is part of Apple’s iWork suite. The software offers an alternative to PowerPoint for Mac users who are seeking to develop engaging, media-rich, slide-based presentations.


Are you a faculty member interested in creating and maintaining a personalized and professional web presence? Are you a student wanting a web portfolio? EduBlogs, a WordPress instance customized for the Georgia State community, is a free, quick and easy-to-use solution that requires little to no coding. Users can create and edit personal pages with a GSU URL that are accessible to anyone with an Internet browser.

Dreamweaver 1: Getting Started

Dreamweaver is Adobe’s powerful web development tool. If you’re looking to build websites from scratch, Dreamweaver offers a structured environment to help guide and organize your work. By the time this workshop is over, you will have created a simple, three-page website.

Dreamweaver 2: Adding Style to Pages

This workshop picks up where Dreamweaver 1 ended. We’ll take the simple, three-page website we created in Dreamweaver 1 and begin to improve the design and add style by using CSS.

HTML & CSS 1: Getting Started

HTML is the foundational grammar of the World Wide Web. Together with CSS, HTML provides the backbone for all web pages. In this class, we’ll introduce the core concepts of web design and HTML that are applicable across a wide array of disciplines and web-based endeavors. We’ll structure the workshop around the construction of a simple, three-page website.

HTML & CSS 2: Adding Style to Pages

In this workshop, we’ll continue working with our simple, three-page website to explore various ways to add style and functionality to the page.

HTML & CSS 3: Page Layout

In this session, we’ll explore various techniques used to lay out a page. We’ll start with a singlecolumn layout and then use CSS to create distinct sections and columns.

Photoshop 1: Getting Started

Adobe Photoshop is a powerful and expansive image editing and graphics creation tool. In this workshop, we’ll stick to the basics and create a simple graphic with text.

Photoshop 2: Adding Effects

Building on topics introduced in Photoshop 1, this workshop will dive into the world of adjustment layers, effects, and filters. The workshop will center on creating a custom flyer.

Photoshop 3: Retouching Images

In this workshop, we’ll introduce some techniques and tools used to touch up images in Photoshop.

Illustrator 1: Getting Started

Interested in creating graphic art or a custom logo? Illustrator is your tool. In this workshop, we’ll introduce you to Adobe’s powerful vector art creation tool.

Illustrator 2: Advanced Techniques

Illustrator 2 builds on topics covered in Illustrator 1, with a special focus on creating a custom poster.


Part of Apple’s iLife suite for the Mac, iMovie offers a quick and easy way to create high quality videos. If you’re interested in doing anything from creating YouTube videos to producing polished digital stories or documentaries, iMovie is a great place to start.

Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro is a Mac-based professional video editing tool. In this workshop, we’ll introduce you the basics you’ll need to get started.

Premiere Pro

Part of the Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe’s Premiere Pro is a professional-quality digital video editing solution that can be used in both Mac and Windows environments. This workshop will cover the basics so you can get started on your own projects right away.

After Effects

Adobe After Effects is primarily used for creating motion graphics and visual effects. After Effects allows users to animate, alter and create media in 2D and 3D space, using various built-in tools and third party plug-ins. Users will learn to use these tools, as well as how to control variables to adjust for aspects such as line of sight and angle of observation.


Audacity is a free, easy, open-source, and cross-platform audio editing tool. Whether you’re interested in creating ringtones, podcasts, or soundtracks, Audacity can help you get it done. This workshop will focus on creating a simple audio podcast.

Garage Band

GarageBand is a simple, fun, and powerful tool for creating music. You can record your own instruments and vocals or use the thousands of copyright free sound files that Apple provides. This workshop shows you how to use GarageBand to make your own songs, mix them, and output them as MP3s. No formal music training is required.

Pro Tools (Consulting Sessions)

Pro tools is an professional caliber audio production tool used in broadcast, film and music production. Whether you’re just getting started or have an existing project that needs some attention, we can help.

NVivo 1: Getting Started

When undertaking qualitative research, it doesn’t take long for things to get messy. You can quickly find yourself buried under interview transcripts, photographs, videos, memos, web sites, articles and other texts. Nvivo is a powerful data collection and analysis tool for the qualitative researcher. In this 90-minute workshop for beginners, we’ll look at strategies for getting your data into the system, setting up preferences for how you want to work, organizational principles, and other tips and tricks.

NVivo 2: Exploring Your Data

This workshop picks up where NVivo 1 leaves off and continues to explore ways to organize,analyze, and present your qualitative research data. The workshop also covers how to build queries to explore and analyze your coded data.


SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) is a powerful application that can read and analyze data as well as generate reports and graphs. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to define variables, enter data, import data from other types of files (such as text and Excel files),
manipulate data (such as select cases and split files), find and replace data, format output (such as edit graphs), transfer output to a Word document, and analyze data.

PowerPoint: Creating Research Posters

This workshop was developed to help you shine at your next poster presentation. In this workshop, we’ll cover the poster creation process from initial design to printing. This class uses the Windows version of PowerPoint, but there is significant overlap for Mac users.

Qualtrics Overview - What's Possible?

This session is for people interested in exploring what might be possible with Qualtrics in their research or classrooms. A Qualtrics representative will offer a high-level overview of features and possibilities and leave time at the end for questions.

Qualtrics Q&A for Researchers, Instructors, and Admins

This session is designed as a focused Q&A for researchers already using Qualtrics or another surveying tool, Qualtrics administrators with lingering questions, or instructors whose curricula demand deep student engagement with survey construction and data analysis.

Word: Formatting Long Documents

If you’re a researcher, you know that there are some pretty strict guidelines when it comes to preparing journal articles, theses, and dissertations for publication. This workshop was designed for people comfortable with the basics of Word, but who want to explore features to morequickly and easily format long documents. This class uses the Windows version of Word but there is significant overlap for Mac users.

InDesign 1: Getting Started

Part of Adobe’s Creative Suite, InDesign is a powerful layout and publication tool useful for a wide variety of applications, especially the publication of multi-page documents such as newsletters, magazines, newspapers books.

InDesign 2: Styling and Formatting Techniques

Building on topics covered in InDesign 1, this workshop will introduce additional formatting techniques that can be used to ensure consistent and predictable styling within and across documents.


Adobe Acrobat is used to create and manage PDF files. In this workshop, we’ll walk through how to create PDFs from existing documents, add comments, and create simple forms.

Mac Basics

Never used a Mac before? This is the class for you! This workshop will cover the absolute basics you might need to know when making the switch from a PC, including keyboard and mouse differences, Apple “lingo”, Mac equivalent programs, and how to find documents and applications.

Getting the Most out of Your iPad

If you have an iPad and want some suggestions regarding how to use it within your academic and professional workflow, this is the class for you. This informal session will offer an overview of many apps we at the Exchange find useful. If you have your own iPad, feel free to bring it. If not, we’ll have some for you to use. If you’re interested in teaching using iPads, check out our Teaching with iPads workshop.


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