Workshops and events

Learning Environments provides a regular series of support and information events for all staff relating to the LMS.

Current schedule of events

The following is the list of workshops currently available, however if you are interested in a workshop that is not scheduled, please submit your details to register your interest in attending. New workshops will be scheduled once a minimum attendee requirement has been met.

Workshop titleDateTimeEnrol in Themis
September
Qualtrics for Teaching and LearningTuesday September 1810:00 - 11:30Enrol
Lecture CaptureThursday September 2010:00 - 11:30Enrol
Poll EverywhereTuesday September 2510:00 - 11:30Enrol
October
Essential ElementsWednesday October 310:00 - 12:00Enrol
Qualtrics for Teaching and LearningWednesday October 1010:00 - 11:30Enrol
Lecture CaptureTuesday October 1614:00 - 15:30Enrol
Grade CentreFriday October 1910:00 - 11:30Enrol
Turnitin AssignmentsTuesday October 2310:00 - 11:30Enrol
Essential ElementsWednesday October 2410:00 - 12:00Enrol
Qualtrics for Teaching and LearningWednesday October 3110:00 - 12:00Enrol

Please submit a support request to speak to our team about custom LMS workshops for your department, or submit your details to register your interest in attending a workshop that is not currently scheduled.

Note, the venue for all events is Room G17 (Seminar Room), Elisabeth Murdoch Building, Parkville unless stated otherwise.

Enrolling in LMS workshops

Bookings for the below workshops are made through Themis and will contribute to your Themis HR training record. Please note that enrolments will close the day before the start of the workshop. All participants will receive a email with confirmation of the event details and location prior to the workshop.

If you have difficulty enrolling through Themis, and want to book into one of the workshops please see our guide on Enrolling in LMS workshops through Themis or submit a support request.

Workshop descriptions

LMS workshops

  • Essential Elements

    Prerequisites

    No prior LMS experience is needed.

    Description

    This two hour workshop introduces the LMS and the basics of using and building content in a subject or community.

    Topics include: structure and design of your LMS subject, providing information and resources to students, staff and student management, subject availability and discovery of LMS self-help resources.

    Learning outcomes

    • Recognise the purpose and function of LMS subjects and communities.
    • Identify key features of the LMS including global navigation, subject and community lists, and subject menus and control panels.
    • Create content incorporating text, attached documents, images, audio and/or video.
    • Explore various tools such as announcements, staff roles, and student preview.
    • Locate and identify relevant resources and support to assist the use of the LMS.

    Workshop notes

    Enrol through Themis

    Note, if this workshop is full or not currently scheduled in Themis, please submit your details to register your interest in attending.

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  • Grade Centre

    Prerequisites

    LMS Essential Elements or equivalent experience.

    Description

    This 90-minute workshop focuses on tools within the Grade Centre that help in the management of student assessment and feedback.

    Topics include: managing student grades, setting up and using 'Smart Views', using weighted columns, student display options, Grade Centre history and grade statistics.

    Learning outcomes

    • Recognise the purpose and function of Grade Centre and My Grades tools.
    • Create, delete, show, and hide Grade Centre columns to students and staff.
    • Add and modify grades and provide feedback to students via Grade Centre.
    • Locate and identify relevant resources and support to assist the use LMS Grade Centre.

    Workshop notes

    Enrol through Themis

    Note, if this workshop is full or not currently scheduled in Themis, please submit your details to register your interest in attending.

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  • Turnitin Assignments

    Prerequisites

    LMS Essential Elements or equivalent experience.

    Description

    This 90-minute workshop provides an overview of creating, viewing and grading student assignments using the Turnitin tool.

    Topics include: options when creating assignments, discussion and review of 'Similarity Reports', marking online and providing rich feedback to students.

    Learning outcomes

    • Recognise the purpose and function of Turnitin assignments, including similarity reports, grades and feedback.
    • Access a student submission and interpret a Turnitin similarity report, identifying text matched to other sources.
    • Create feedback on student assignments including general and inline comments, rubrics, grading forms, and number grades.
    • Create a Turnitin assignment, selecting options suitable for different purposes.
    • Locate and identify relevant resources and support to assist the use of Turnitin assignments.

    Workshop notes

    Enrol through Themis

    Note, if this workshop is full or not currently scheduled in Themis, please submit your details to register your interest in attending.

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  • Blackboard Assignments

    Prerequisites

    LMS Essential Elements or equivalent experience.

    Description

    This 90-minute workshop focuses on the Blackboard assignments tool; a tool that allows online assignment submission, marking, and feedback.

    Topics include: providing an assignment submission area for students and groups, reviewing submissions, marking and annotating submissions online, and providing rich feedback to students.

    Note: Turnitin is an alternate assignment tool available for use in the LMS and is covered in a separate workshop.

    Learning outcomes

    • Recognise the purpose and function of Blackboard assignments, including group options, grading and feedback.
    • Create a Blackboard assignment, selecting options suitable for different purposes.
    • Review student submissions and give feedback via number grades, inline annotations and rubrics.
    • Locate and identify relevant resources and support to assist the use of Blackboard Assignments.

    Workshop notes

    Enrol through Themis

    Note, this workshop is not currently scheduled regularly. Please submit your details to register your interest in attending or organising a consultation or a custom session for your team or department.

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  • Tests and Surveys

    Prerequisites

    LMS Essential Elements or equivalent experience

    Description

    This 90-minute workshop focuses on the Test and Survey options in the LMS. Tests can be used for formative or summative assessment, while Surveys may be used by students to provide information or feedback anonymously.

    Topics include: creating tests and surveys, question types, question management, setting test conditions, providing feedback and grades, and viewing test and survey data.

    Learning outcomes

    • Recognise the contexts of use of LMS tests, surveys and pools.
    • Create and deploy an LMS test, including importing questions from other sources.
    • Review and interpret test results.
    • Locate and identify relevant resources and support to assist the use of LMS tests and surveys.

    Workshop notes

    Enrol through Themis

    Note, this workshop is not currently scheduled regularly. Please submit your details to register your interest in attending or organising a consultation or a custom session for your team or department.

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  • Journals, Blogs, and Wikis

    Prerequisites

    LMS Essential Elements or equivalent experience.

    Description

    This 90-minute workshop focuses on the journal, blog and wiki tools in the LMS. These tools can be used for private reflection, group projects, or the generation of collaboratively authored resources.

    Topics include: an overview of the similarities and differences between the three tools, and creating and managing the tools for subjects, communities, individuals and groups.

    Learning outcomes

    • Recognise the contexts of use of LMS journal, blog and wiki tools in a typical subject or community.
    • Create a journal, blog and/or wiki in a subject. Review and apply grades to student journal, blog and/or wiki posts in a subject.
    • Locate and identify relevant resources and support to assist the use of LMS journals, blogs and wikis.

    Workshop notes

    Enrol through Themis

    Note, this workshop is not currently scheduled regularly. Please submit your details to register your interest in attending or organising a consultation or a custom session for your team or department.

    Upcoming sessionsRegister interest

  • Rubrics

    Prerequisites

    No prior experience is needed.

    Description

    Well-designed task briefs and rubrics are essential to ensuring that students are clear on the expectations and aims of assessments. For teaching staff, a clear assessment task brief and rubric also assists in ensuring an accurate and fair grading process and in quickly providing rich feedback to students.

    This 90-minute workshop introduces the key features to consider when designing task briefs and rubrics for assessment. Participants are asked to bring along an example rubric from their own teaching context to reflect upon in light of the information discussed. Choices of technology in the LMS that support the use of rubrics will also be demonstrated.

    Learning outcomes

    • Identify the key elements in a quality task brief
    • Critically evaluate a rubric and reflect on rubric participants bring along
    • Review technology options for using rubrics to provide feedback

    Workshop notes

    Enrol through Themis

    Note, this workshop is not currently scheduled regularly. Please submit your details to register your interest in attending or organising a consultation or a custom session for your team or department.

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Other learning technology workshops

  • Poll Everywhere

    Prerequisites

    None

    Description

    This 90-minute workshop focuses on the Poll Everywhere online tool which allows users to create and collect responses to poll questions or activities. In this workshop, staff will create polls and learn how to collect responses in a live session.

    Topics include: Responding to polls, creating polls, editing polls, activating polls to collect responses, inserting polls in PowerPoint and adding links to polls in the LMS

    Learning outcomes

    • Experience Poll Everywhere polls as a learner
    • Create polls, add polls to PowerPoint, activate polls and display responses to polls
    • Add Poll Everywhere links to the LMS
    • Locate and identify relevant resources and support to assist the application of Poll Everywhere

    Workshop notes

    Enrol through Themis

    Note, if this workshop is not currently scheduled in Themis, please submit your details to register your interest in attending.

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  • Lecture Capture

    Prerequisites

    None

    Description

    This 90-minute workshop will explore the active learning potential and video management options in the Lecture Capture system.

    Topics include: managing your lecture recordings, sharing slides with students, uploading videos, lecture capture analytics, student note-taking, Q&A discussions within Lecture Capture, and active engagement slides.

    Learning outcomes

    • Explore and manage Lecture Capture recordings
    • Upload a video to your personal library and share with a subject
    • Review Lecture Capture analytics
    • Locate and identify relevant resources and support to assist the application of Lecture Capture

    Workshop notes

    Enrol through Themis

    Note, if this workshop is not currently scheduled in Themis, please submit your details to register your interest in attending.

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  • Qualtrics for Teaching and Learning

    Prerequisites

    None

    Description

    Using surveys in teaching and learning can increase student engagement and allow teaching staff to gather feedback from students regularly throughout a teaching period.

    This 90 minute workshop focuses on the use of Qualtrics surveys in teaching and learning contexts. Participants will explore different purposes and opportunities for presenting surveys to their students, experience a range of surveys as both a respondent and survey owner, and create and publish surveys.

    Topics include creating and managing projects, creating and managing questions, survey flow, survey distribution options, collaboration, and reviewing response data.

    Learning outcomes

    • Take a survey
    • Create, manage and distribute surveys
    • Locate and review survey responses
    • Collaborate with colleagues in the creation of surveys
    • Locate and identify relevant resources and support to assist the use of Qualtrics

    Workshop notes

    Enrol through Themis

    Note, if this workshop is not currently scheduled in Themis, please submit your details to register your interest in attending.

    Upcoming sessionsRegister interest

Custom workshops and local LMS training

The Learning Environments team is also able to organise customised workshops for your particular group, Department or Faculty. To arrange a customised workshop and discuss staff development requirements for your session, please submit a support request.

LMS drop-in sessions

Before the beginning of each semester, the Learning Environments team provides dedicated drop-in sessions to work through LMS issues and ideas with you. Come along, have a cup of tea and let us help you get your subject ready for teaching. No bookings are required.

To arrange a consultation outside of these times, please submit a support request to our team.

Copyright awareness and information sessions

Using the LMS does not remove your copyright responsibilities. The Copyright Office has copyright awareness and information sessions and resources available for staff and students.

Graduate Certificate in University Teaching

LMS workshops, forums and events are now integrated with the Graduate Certificate in University Teaching (GCUT). GCUT participants are able to credit these events towards completion of the 'special topics' component of the first GCUT subject.

More information

For more information about any of these sessions, or for any concerns you have about managing your LMS subject or community, please contact Learning Environments by submitting a support request.

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