CTL Curriculum Series

The CTL Curriculum Series is composed of a wealth of programs that catalyze the teaching and learning connection at Forsyth Tech. Each subject is aligned with Quality MattersTM  standards.

Instructional Technology Programs

An investment in training lays the foundation for enhancing your use of Blackboard® tools and best practices in online and blended instruction. From adoption and implementation to course delivery and enhancement, our flexible training solutions meet you where you are, supporting your goals and helping you get the most value from the Blackboard® Learning Management System platform.

BASIC BLACKBOARD

QM General Standard 1

Learn how to create instructor contact info, upload a syllabus, create an assignment to be submitted via Blackboard®, grading center, and embed an intro video.

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ADVANCED BLACKBOARD

QM General Standard 5

Learn how to set up a discussion board, integrate technology, create assignments and rubrics, and establish groups. Requires Basic Blackboard® competency.

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BLACKBOARD ALLY

QM General Standard 8

Learn how this powerful tool can be fully integrated into Blackboard® with a focus on making digital course content more accessible, creating a more inclusive online environment.

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BLACKBOARD GRADEBOOK

QM General Standard 1

Understand and have fluency in the mechanics for using the gradebook in Blackboard®. Set up, creating categories, tabulating data, assignment percentages and managing gradebook columns.

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Course Design Programs

(Quality MattersTM  Centered)

Resources, tips, and process ideas for ways to use the Quality MattersTM framework to meet the needs of diverse learners. We assist with course design that is accessible to accommodate impairment, and diverse learning styles using (UDL) principles. 

Are you planning to start with the new textbook chapters or the material you need to cover? Let the CTL show you a different and better way to design (or re-design) your course.

BACKWARDS DESIGN

QM Alignment Standards

Do you have a new course to design or just an old course that needs updating? Are you planning to start with the new textbook chapters or the material you need to cover? In this workshop, we will discuss the principles of Backward Design which prioritize setting learning goals for your students and enabling them to demonstrate the skills you want them to learn!

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INTEGRATING EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

QM General Standard 6

There are so many new technologies available to you! From Blackboard® Collaborate to Ally to cutting edge video technology, you have opportunities to employ emerging technologies in your online and face-to-face classrooms to increase learner engagement and assess students in new and effective ways.

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APPLYING THE QUALITY MATTERS RUBRIC

QM General Standards 1-8

This workshop will guide faculty on how to apply the Quality MattersTM Rubric and critical elements of online, hybrid, and face-to-face course design. Learners will be able to draft helpful recommendations as they apply Quality MattersTM principles to an actual course.

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PREP FOR RANKING REVIEW

QM General Standard 6

Faculty will engage in developing a methodology for sharing and storing artifacts to support their application for faculty rank. You will also learn best practices for developing and highlighting your rank applications in the areas of Teaching and Student Learning, Service to the College, Service Beyond the College and a Portfolio of Practice.

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Teaching Method Programs and Instructional Strategies (Pedagogy)

The CTL continuously provides a centralized mechanism to share, demonstrate, and promote evidence-based strategies and methodologies for the enhancement of instruction while engaging all participants as learners.

CONSTRUCTING A TEACHING & LEARNING PHILOSOPHY

QM Alignment Standards

Create a personal statement that describes your unique approach to teaching and learning. We will also show you how to identify further areas for reflection and growth and to develop a methodology for ongoing reflection about educational practices.

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EFFECTIVE ASSESSMENT / TEST BLUEPRINTING

QM General Standard 3

Learn about the connection between assessment, curriculum, teaching and learning. Alignment of learning outcomes to assessment will be explored, including the characteristics of a good assessment and how to know if your assessment is measuring the outcomes you want to evaluate.

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LEARNER CENTERED TEACHING

QM General Standards 4 and 5

What if we could show students how to direct their own learning and put the process of problem solving in their hands? Sound impossible? It’s not! The CTL will offer this workshop as an introduction to the concept of student centered learning, its theories, and basic principles.

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PROBLEM BASED LEARNING

QM General Standards 4 and 5

“Sink or swim.” “Make or break.” “Do or do not, there is no try.” Often times, the true test of learning is in the doing. We want to know: can our students demonstrate the skills we wanted them to learn all along? We discuss the concept of Problem Based Learning (PBL), which prompts students to identify and solve a problem directly connected to course content.

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30 / 20 / 10

QM General Standard 5

In this session, we will analyze the limitations of the traditional model of single loop teaching and covering sequential materials. Create a learner centered model focused on double loop learning and a broader concept of engagement to include spiraling formative assessments, journaling and reflection.

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GAMIFICATION

QM General Standard 5

Attendees will learn an evidence-based approach to motivate students to learn by using game design and game elements. The focus of this workshop will be on how to maximize engagement and inspire lifelong learning via gaming.

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Improving Online Engagement

There’s more to online student engagement than that tired old discussion board. Join us as we share tips and tricks to make learner-to-learner and learner-to-instructor engagement more robust and even fun. Let’s get rid of “busy work” activities and focus in on meaningful conversation, communication, and interaction in online courses.

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