CCIT Coffee Talk

Have you had your coffee today?? Drink the roast or tea of your choice and collaborate with us from the comfort of your own computer.

Join CCIT as we discuss creative technology solutions and innovative, high-impact instructional strategies over coffee. These Zoom sessions will offer entertaining and practical ideas to immediately implement in your courses.

Coffee Talks: 9:00 - 9:15 AM

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Make Your Images "POP" with interactive information using ThingLink

Friday, November 6th: Have you heard of Thinglink? Join Jason as he chats with Diane Calloway and Holly Hermstedt about how they created Thinglinks for  their courses. These engaging and interactive tools start with just an image but – well, you just need to join in to see the incredible results!

Hosts:  Diane Calloway & Holly Hermstedt & Jason Silverstein

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Escape Room

Engaging Students with Current Trends: Virtual Escape Room

Friday, November 20th: Need an engaging, exciting, and purposeful activity to close out the year? How about a final review that challenges students in a new way? Join Jason, Carrie, Kim, and April and try to escape the virtual space! Come alone or with teammates and enjoy the adventure! Afterwards, we are happy to meet with you to help build one yourself!

Hosts: Jason Silverstein, Carrie Curry, Kim Bates, and April Higgins

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Happy elf

Holiday Wheel of Cheer

Friday, December 11th: We all know this has been a challenging year, to say the least. Let’s end 2020 with laughter, silliness, and PRIZES! Join the CCIT team and help spread the cheer!

Hosts: Jason Silverstein, Carrie Curry, and Pauline Pauley-Sturgeon

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Previous CCIT Coffee Talk Topics

Malinda's bitmoji


Friday, October 23rd: Want to add a little personality to your distance education classes? Malinda Hudson will join Carrie and Jason and teach them how to create a Bitmoji to increase virtual presence in our classes. She’ll even share some ideas of how to include these in our D2L classes and Zoom sessions.

Hosts: Malinda Hudson, Jason Silverstein, Carrie Curry

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Ed Puzzles

Friday, October 9th: Have you heard that Del Tech has a college-wide license for Edpuzzle? Mike Buoni joins Jason and Carrie to share how easy it is to add Edpuzzle into your courses. He will walk through the process of creating one and including it into a course in D2L.

Hosts: Mike Buoni, Jason Silverstein, Carrie Curry

 View Resources                                 Watch the Video

video editing tips and tricks

Video Editing Tips & Tricks

Friday, Sept 25th: Join Jason and Carrie as we discuss how to take your recorded videos and transform them into high-impact learning materials with just a few simple tips and tricks. We will showcase a few video editing software options, but the techniques can be applied to any video. 

View the Handout                          Watch the Video

Classroom Management

Classroom Management with Zoom

Friday, Sept 11th: Join Jason and Carrie on September 11 as we discuss Zoom etiquette for instructors and ideas for managing the Zoom classroom! Come ready to laugh and learn as we tackle common scenarios in a Zoom class experience.

Hosted by Jason Silverstein & Carrie Curry

View the Handout                              View the Zoom Recording

Coffee Talk: Creating Accessible Documents

Creating Accessible Documents

Friday, February 28th: Digital content is a major part of all our courses. In this Coffee Talk, you’ll learn strategies to ensure your documents are accessible to everyone in your course!

Hosted by: Sara Carter and Jason Silverstein

Handout: Make Your Word Documents Accessible

Training: Microsoft Teacher Training on Accessible Content

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What Students Don't See in D2L

Friday, February 14th: More and more students are accessing courses on their mobile devices. When they use D2L’s app, Brightspace Pulse, some critical course information may not be visible to them. In this Coffee Talk, Kim Bates will help you determine if your students are impacted. She will also demonstrate a simple workaround.

Hosted by: Kim Bates

Please download and log in to Brightspace Pulse on your mobile device before the session begins.

Get the Pulse Android App                                        Get the Pulse Apple App

PowerPoint Caption Live!

PowerPoint Caption Live!

Friday, January 31: Join our next Coffee Talk as we show you how to use live closed captioning in PowerPoint through Office 365. This is a simple to use tool that can make your live lecture more accessible for everyone. Stop by and see what Artificial Intelligence can help you achieve in the classroom.

Hosted by: Adrian Peterson

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Set it and Forget it, As seen on TV

Set It and Forget It

Friday, January 17: Join our next Coffee Talk as we discuss ways to communicate with students using minimal effort. Once you set it up in the beginning of the semester, you won’t need to think about it again as D2L will communicate with students based on their actions! Let us walk you through the steps to use Intelligent Agents to do the hard work for you

Hosted by: Carrie Curry & Jason Silverstein

View the Handout (PDF) 

A Message from your
favorite CCIT Elf!

CCIT Wheel of Holiday Cheer

Happy elfTuesday, December 10:  Join our jolly elves and take a spin to see if you’ll win!  Bring your coffee, D2L knowledge, and questions to play a game where everyone wins.  Mark your calendars, you don’t want to miss it.  

Hosted by: Anjuli Hendee & Pauline Pauley-Sturgeon

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Jazz-Up Your Course Imagery

Jazz-Up Your Course Imagery

Friday, October 25: Jazz up your course with some fresh images. In this informal session, you’ll learn how to find royalty-free images in Google and other sites that you can use to enhance the look of the content in your courses!

Hosted by Kim Bates & Dallas Hayes.

Jazz up Your Course Imagery Handout (PDF)             

Course BeDazzler

How to Bedazzle Your Course

Friday, November 8: In this Coffee Talk, you’ll learn tips on how to make a homepage that stands out. We’ll walk you through the steps to create attention-grabbing banners to be used for your courses.

Hosted by: Jason Silverstein & Carrie Curry

How to Bedazzle Handout (PDF)                      View the Video Recording