Digital Learning & Innovation Program

What is DLI?

Digital Learning and Innovation is a new program launched by SPARK in response to the growing need by our Sheridan Community for developing competencies in the digital space. These competencies are transferable and therefore can be useful in any modality. The competencies range from foundational to advanced, and are critical skills needed by faculty for teaching in a digital world.

Why should I get involved?

The program is meant to assist in developing capacity across Sheridan in Digital Teaching and Learning.

Who can participate?

Any faculty or staff member interested in professional development within the Digital Teaching and Learning space can sign up for the sessions.

How is the program structured?

The program is divided into multiple levels. There are categories for each level that is focused on different areas of growth. There is a recommended sequence for each category. There is a badge attached to each category, which will be issued once you have completed the evidence of learning for all sessions in the category.

What sessions are being offered in FALL22?

The following sessions will be offered in Fall. Description for each session is listed below.

Description:
Sheridan's Learning and Teaching Environment (or SLATE) is the college's learning management system, powered by D2L Brightspace. If you are new to SLATE, we offer training to get you started with the basics of SLATE. If you are experienced with SLATE, we also offer training on more advanced features.

Sessions:
  • This workshop is for participants who have little to no experience teaching online with SLATE. Participants will get oriented with SLATE and how to accomplish common teaching tasks. We will cover the main function of SLATE, and what to do to prepare for the start of the semester. We’ll also outline the main resources and support available to you throughout the semester.
  • Participants in this workshop will learn about how to use SLATE Assignment tool to receive, organize, and provide feedback on student submissions. We will also explore how to use Turnitin with your assignments by creating self-check folders and connect to the gradebook.
  • This session will incorporate navigating the various communication tools with the SLATE environment. We will focus on setting up discussions and associating them to the gradebook, using the announcement tool to message the class, finding your class list and emailing your class using the SLATE email. We will also introduce you to the Activity Feed – an interactive tool for instructors and students to post messages that are visible to the entire class.
  • Setting up a gradebook requires careful thought at the beginning of the semester in order to facilitate course delivery. Join us in this 60-minute workshop to learn how you can set up your grade book to reflect your approach to evaluation, grading system, grading scheme, grade display to students and the treatment of ungraded items. We will explore how to create grade categories and items for projects, assignments, discussions, quizzes, etc. to include in your gradebook and how to associate them with other tools (e.g., Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions). We will also discuss how to manually enter grades and release grades to students at the end of the semester.
  • This session will guide you through creating quizzes, managing quiz questions from the Question Library or the Quizzes tool, and organize quizzes into categories to make it easier to find assessments with similar or related content. We will use the quiz preview option to test the accuracy of content and grading before you release a quiz. We will talk about Lockdown Browser, Respondus Monitor, date, and time restrictions, giving students special access, submission views and much more. Once you receive completed quizzes from learners, you can view quiz statistics such as grade distribution, grade average, question statistics, and user statistics on the Statistics page.

Description:
Multimedia is the use of combinations of text, graphics, video, animations, and interactions in education. Aside from the sessions on this page, you will be able to find additional sessions pertinent to multimedia under "Supported Tools" and "Creating Content." Here, multimedia will focus on the use, creation, and/or manipulation of images and videos.

Sessions:
  • Whether for teaching or just increasing your human presence, videos add a dynamic element to any course. In this session, we will cover many ways to create videos for any purpose. Simple instructor videos, with some considerations about equipment, can be created with almost any device with a camera and microphone. You will see a few options for creating videos with PowerPoint. Often processes are best shown through screen recordings, and we will see how to make screen recordings with PowerPoint and Kaltura. Finally, you will learn how to make videos with multiple people using Teams to add additional voices to your course.
  • Whether for informative or decorative purposes, images add to the basic text of any document. However, many images cannot be freely used based on their copyright status. In this session, you will learn how to find images that are free to use and understand any requirements for including them. You will also learn how to insert the images in Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and HTML files as well as add the proper alternative text to an image.
  • Kaltura is Sheridan’s supported video hosting software integrated with SLATE. Kaltura provides secured videos to students from a dedicated media server. Kaltura also provides KalturaCapture, a software dedicated to creating screen-capture videos. In addition, Kaltura provides the ability to quiz students within a video. Students also have the ability to upload videos and create screen-capture videos with KalturaCapture. Once uploaded or created, videos can be lightly edited, and the automatically generated captions can be updated for accuracy.

Description:
Creating informative, engaging, and focused content is one of the most fundamental skills for a Sheridan employee or faculty member. Our sessions on creating content will build through basic HTML pages and links to more advanced presentation of HTML documents to the use of rapid-authoring software to create highly interactive content.

Sessions:
  • In this workshop, participants will learn how to use the content tool to post and organize course content so that information about course expectations, lecture notes, and important dates can be displayed to users clearly. If you do not have any existing content, we will show you how to add content to your course. We will also go over how to copy existing material from other courses in SLATE.
  • HyperText Markup Language (or HTML) is the foundation of the Web. HTML is the most powerful, flexible, and accessible way to provide information online. SLATE provides a “What You See Is What You Get” (or WYSIWYG) editor that allows you to create HTML pages without having to know how to code HTML. In this session, you will learn how to create HTML files in SLATE and then edit those files with the HTML editor. You will learn what each of the buttons does, but the session will focus on the most important features such as inserting images, hyperlinks (including quicklinks), and iframes (with the “Insert Stuff” button).
  • Providing content in an accessible format is a legal and ethical requirement. By creating your Word documents in an accessible format from the start, you will not only fulfil that requirement but also make any future accommodation requests more manageable. This session forms the basis of understanding content creation in an accessible way by understanding the structure of documents while providing useful formatting with a pleasing aesthetic; understanding how to insert links and media accessibly; and, finally, understanding how to use the built-in accessibility checker to review your document.
  • PDFs (or Portable Document Format) are meant to be consistent and universally available. However, PDFs often have a bad reputation for their accessibility. These issues are often caused during the authoring of PDFs. In this session, you will learn how to improve the accessibility of your PDFs. You will become familiar with Adobe Acrobat and the conversion process of your Word documents to PDF. You will learn about reviewing your document using the Accessibility tool and correcting any issues with reading order and tagging.
  • Providing content in an accessible format is a legal and ethical requirement. By creating your PowerPoint presentations in an accessible format from the start, you will not only fulfill that requirement but also make any future accommodation requests more manageable. This session forms the basis of understanding content creation in an accessible way by understanding the structure of presentations while providing useful formatting with a pleasing aesthetic; understanding how to insert links and media accessibly; and, finally, understanding how to use the built-in accessibility checker to review your presentation.

Description:
According to the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD), 3,775,900 Canadians aged 15 years and older, reported some type of disability, representing 13.7% of the adult population. Approximately 622,300 of the adult population (2.3%) reported a learning disability. Some people even reported multiple disabilities. We believe that a large population of our students also require accessible materials. In this program we offer easy to use techniques to make your Word documents, PowerPoints, and your SLATE site accessible, in few simple steps. The techniques we have, will make your content accessible. Our simple to use techniques will make anyone a pro in accessible documents.

Sessions:
  • Providing content in an accessible format is a legal and ethical requirement. By creating your Word documents in an accessible format from the start, you will not only fulfil that requirement but also make any future accommodation requests more manageable. This session forms the basis of understanding content creation in an accessible way by understanding the structure of documents while providing useful formatting with a pleasing aesthetic; understanding how to insert links and media accessibly; and, finally, understanding how to use the built-in accessibility checker to review your document.
  • PDFs (or Portable Document Format) are meant to be consistent and universally available. However, PDFs often have a bad reputation for their accessibility. These issues are often caused during the authoring of PDFs. In this session, you will learn how to improve the accessibility of your PDFs. You will become familiar with Adobe Acrobat and the conversion process of your Word documents to PDF. You will learn about reviewing your document using the Accessibility tool and correcting any issues with reading order and tagging.
  • Providing content in an accessible format is a legal and ethical requirement. By creating your PowerPoint presentations in an accessible format from the start, you will not only fulfill that requirement but also make any future accommodation requests more manageable. This session forms the basis of understanding content creation in an accessible way by understanding the structure of presentations while providing useful formatting with a pleasing aesthetic; understanding how to insert links and media accessibly; and, finally, understanding how to use the built-in accessibility checker to review your presentation.

How do I sign up?

The schedule for the Fall 2022 session can be seen in PD Connect. https://ltsa.sheridancollege.ca/apps/pdconnect/

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You can sign up for the session using PD Connect.

*Registration will close 24 hours before the session.
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You will receive an MS Teams Link to join the session.

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You will be enrolled in a SLATE Training Course hours before the start of the session. The course will contain all the information you need to complete your evidence of learning.

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Attend the session and submit your evidence of learning.

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Wait for confirmation of success.