Summer 2020 Tech Boot Camp Schedule

Summer 2020 Tech Boot Camp Schedule

To help faculty prepare for fall classes in online delivery in synchronous or asynchronous format, Learning Commons  will offer Technology Boot Camp workshops in June and August. All training will be online via WebEx.
Location: Online via WebEx unless otherwise noted. Link to WebEx:

Training is for MxCC faculty and staff only. Registration for a technology bootcamp is required.
Please email your name, MxCC email address, division, date, time and name of training session to An email will be sent to your MxCC email confirming your registration with the training access information online via WebEx.

Please register at least 24 hours in advance of training to avoid workshop cancellations due to low/no enrollment.

PRIOR TO TRAINING, ALL ATTENDEES MUST GO TO to test and troubleshoot their computer and speakers, microphone, or personal headset with microphone.

If you are using a Mac computer, please go to this link, too:

Summer 2020 Technology Training
WebEx Online Meeting Basics
WebEx lets you have online meetings with anyone who has an Internet connection. You will be connected via audio and you can share content from your computer which lets you see the same things at the same time -- like PowerPoint files, Word documents or even browse the web together.
• Free WebEx account for all staff and faculty
• May be used from a campus or home computer
• Good tool to hold online office hours at convenient times for faculty and students
• Useful tool to be able to hold class online if college campus is closed
Download the WebEx handout PDF
Limit: 8 attendees
Monday, 6/15/2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Monday, 6/29/2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Getting Started with OER: Adopt, Adapt and Make it Your Own
With the rising cost of college textbooks, the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) can significantly lower or eliminate the cost of textbooks and increase student success. This workshop focuses on resources that support faculty in exploring, evaluating, selecting, and integrating OER into their courses.
Tuesday, 6/16/2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Put a Voice to Your PowerPoint Slides
Take your presentation and bring it to a new level! Are you posting a presentation instead of giving it in front of an audience? Do you feel adding a vocal explanation would better help to deliver the message? Well, record a voice-over narration. Adding your voice to a PowerPoint presentation is a pretty easy process, and it can turn a presentation from a plain set of slides into a self-contained instructional asset that stands alone and can be used by students to self-teach. Find out how to do it here!
Wednesday, 6/17/2020, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Filled
Tuesday, 6/23/2020, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Faculty Panel Discussions - Successful Remote Learning Do's and Don'ts
This panel will share their experience in "emergency remote learning." When MxCC's campus was closed in March, faculty had to rapidly shift their ground classes into online formats. This panel will share what worked and what didn't work in their online classes during the spring 2020 semester. These experiences may have included remote learning strategies like live lectures, synchronous learning, and asynchronous learning.
Come hear from this panel of veteran online instructors as they process their practices in spring 2020 and look ahead to the fall 2020 semester.
Panelists Include: Jill Flanigan, Lin Lin, Christine Ruggiero, and Kegan Samuel.
Facilitators: Terry McNulty and Yi Guan-Raczkowski
Thursday, 6/18/2020, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Microsoft Teams Basics
Learn the basics of Microsoft Teams which include how to use Teams, Channels, Chat, and Meetings feature as well as Calendar. Topics will include how to create a class team, create meetings, upload and create files, whiteboard, and collaborating while editing.
Friday, 6/19/2020, 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Filled
Friday, 6/26/2020, 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Filled
Tuesday, 6/30/2020, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Linking to Library Resources and Services in Your Blackboard Courses
Do you know that MxCC student and instructor is enrolled in the Blackboard course MxCC Library-Research Help? As you hammer out your online courses, this workshop offers a few tools for linking to various library resources and services in your Blackboard courses. It could be a video link from Films on Demand, an article link from Credo Reference, or a box from your favorite LibGuide.
Monday, 6/22/2020, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Academic Support from the Learning Commons - Virtual Services Overview
This session will present to faculty and staff on what services MxCC Learning Commons offer to students, faculty, and staff – particularly in the virtual world:
The Library provides 24/7 access to online resources in different subject areas. We support faculty and students via online chat, email, virtual research appointments, and Blackboard. Information literacy instruction, research consultations, research workshops, and article interlibrary loan are also available to support faculty and students. The Academic Success Center promotes student success by providing academic support through synchronous and asynchronous tutoring in a virtual collaborative learning environment. Distance Learning/Educational Technology provides a variety of resources for students learning online. Technology workshops for faculty, staff, and students as well as one-on-one assistance.
Tuesday, 6/23/2020, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Getting Started with Blackboard Learn
Prerequisite: No prior experience with any version of Blackboard
Prerequisite 2: Faculty must be able to log into MyCommNet with their NetID and Password.
Prerequisite 3: Faculty must bring a completed syllabus and course files in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx saved on a USB drive to this training session.
This session will cover commonly used tools in Blackboard Learn Course Management System: Announcement, Messages, Discussions, Content Area, Assignments, Files, and links.
Download the Getting Started with BB handout PDF
Limit: 10 attendees
Wednesday, 6/24/2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Blackboard Learn : Grade Center & Tests
Prerequisite: Faculty have attended Getting Started with Blackboard Learn.
This workshop focuses on how to create grade columns as well as weighted total or total columns for grade calculation.  An ongoing grade calculation will be explained and practiced. Learn how to create a test in Blackboard from scratch or from a testbank. The steps on how to manage a test and how to obtain test banks from a publisher will also explained. Bring your course syllabus, so you will have an opportunity to create grade columns based on your grading policy.
Download the Grade Center handout PDF
Download the Online Test handout PDF
Limit: 10 attendees
Thursday, 6/25/2020, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm