Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

Workshop Series

CTEL Workshops focus on the use of emerging learning technologies in on-campus and online courses. Each workshop is 60-90 minutes long, open to all faculty and staff at USM for free, and presented by CTEL staff members, as well as invited guests.

Note: Given the hands-on nature of CTEL Workshops, these events are not recorded or live-streamed. Please let us know if you are interested in scheduling an alternative opportunity to participate. We can partner with you to schedule a workshop at your location.


Upcoming Workshops:


Video Workshop Series: Creating Video Content for Blended and Online Courses.



March 14th, 21th, and April 11th
Noon to 1pm
521 Glickman, USM Portland Campus

USM Learning Designers Pieter Tryzelaar and Rucha Modak will lead a four-part series of workshops on creating video content for blended and online courses. Workshops include hands-on training in Panopto, Screencasts, Wacom Tablets, and using the multimedia recording studio (the “Vault”) in the Glickman Library.



Previous Workshops: 

Online Assessment Workshop

Rucha Modak

Pieter Tryzelaar

Susan King

Paper-based exam-scanning services will no longer be offered at USM after May 2014.The Office of Academic Assessment and the CTEL offered informational workshops regarding Online Assessment options on the Portland and Gorham campuses in February and March 2014. USM's Director of Academic Assessment Susan King, and CTEL Learning Designers Pieter Tryzelaar and Rucha Modak facilitated these workshops, which were open to all faculty members.  Following were the dates: 

  • Friday | 3/14 | 12:00-1:30pm | Room 213 Abromson | Portland campus
  • Wednesday | 3/26 | 12:00-1:30pm | Room 104 Bailey Hall | Gorham campus
  • Friday | 3/28 | 12:00-1:30pm |  Room 214 Abromson | Portland campus


 CTEL Workshops - Adobe Connect and VoiceThread


PieterCTEL offered several workshops to help you get started with both Adobe Connect and VoiceThread on both the Portland and Gorham Campuses. The workshops were facilitated by CTEL Learning Designers Rucha Modak and Pieter Tryzelaar.

 Abobe Connect:

  • Jan 21, 2014 | 12:00-1:00pm | 521 Glickman | Portland Campus

  • Jan 22, 2014 | 12:00-1:00pm | 104 Bailey Hall | Gorham Campus


  • Jan 28, 2014 | 12:00-1:00pm | 521 Glickman | Portland Campus

  • Jan 29, 2014 | 12:00-1:00pm | 104 Bailey Hall | Gorham Campus 


Instructional Design (ID) Roundtable: First Principles of Instruction

Thursday, December 12th

Noon to 1:30pm, 211 Wishcamper, USM Portland Campus

Is it possible to identify a basic set of principles to guide us in promoting learning to the greatest extent possible, regardless of the delivery media used? 

During this roundtable discussion, participants explored the five First Principles of Instruction as identified in Dr. David Merrill's article First Principles of Instruction, the major attributes of these principles and their application in their courses.



Creating Engaging Online Discussions

Thursday, December 5th

10am to 11:30am

211 Wishcamper, USM Portland Campus

The bulk of this workshop was spent demonstrating exciting new tools in Blackboard that can enhance social presence, cognitive engagement, peer review, and reflection among other pedagogical strategies. Attendees received a front to back demonstration of the new "Video Everywhere" tool, which allows course participants-- instructors and students alike -- to make video discussion posts and replies, and more.



Using Google Apps to Build Community in an Online Course

Thursday, December 5th

1pm to 2:30pm

211 Wishcamper, USM Portland Campus

Google+ is a rich, dynamic media-technology that provides numerous options for creating cognitive engagement, fostering interaction, engaging social presence, sharing, and presenting—all within a highly engaging, accessible and easy to use tech space. BJ and Mina reviewed real course examples using these tools from across the UMS system, exploring integration strategies for course delivery that ranges from fully face-to-face instruction to fully online instruction.



Community Building, Strategies, and the Value to Instruction

Thursday November 14th 2013

10am to 11:30am, 423/424 Glickman Library, Portland

In this workshop, University College Learning Designer BJ Kitchin demonstrated instructional facets of Google+ as well as instructional strategies for integrating this tech with other web based technologies, such as Blackboard, Google Drive, Youtube, Hangouts, Events, and more. 

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Secrets of Online Learning: Beyond the Post

Thursday November 14th 2013

10am to 11:30am, 423-424 Glickman Library, Portland

In this workshop University College Learning Designer BJ Kitchin unpacked and defined the basics of instructional design and web design principles.

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 Getting Started With Google Drive

Pieter Tryzelaar

Thursday October 17th 2013

12 to 1:30 pm, 423-423 Glickman, USM Portland Campus

CTEL Learning Designers Pieter Tryzelaar and Rucha Modak lead this hands-on workshop that covered the basics of Google Drive and how it can be utilized in your online, blended, or face-to-face classes .

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 Frequently Asked Blackboard Questions


Thursday October 10th 2013

Noon to 1 pm, 423-423 Glickman, USM Portland Campus

In this workshop, former Online Learning Support Specialist and CTEL staff member Shane O'Hara answered participants' frequently asked questions about Blackboard. 

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 Beyond the Discussion Board

Pieter Tryzelaar

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September 19th, 2013

Noon to 1:00 pm, Rooms 423/424 Glickman Library, USM Portland Campus

In this session we discussed tools and strategies instructors can use to enhance online discussion. We explored emerging technologies and new interactive tools that are changing the “discussion board” paradigm: Adobe Connect, GoReact, Google Hangouts, Vbate, etc.



Grading with Blackboard's Rubric Tool


Thursday, September 12th

Noon to 1pm, 423/424 Glickman Library, USM Portland Campus

Former Online Learning Support Specialist and CTEL staff member Shane O'Hara presented Blackboard's rubric tool and taught participants how to create and use a rubric for grading assignments and discussions.



Basic Video Production Skills for Creating Online Content

Pieter Tryzelaar

August 22, 2013

Noon to 1:30pm, 423 Glickman Library, Portland Campus

CTEL Learning Designer Pieter Tryzelaar kicked off the CTEL Emerging Learning Technologies Workshop Series with a workshop on creating video content for blended and online courses. Video can be a powerful digital tool for an online instructor. Pieter walked the participants through the basics and helped them get started with video production.




 Blackboard’s New Service Pack 12 Features


Thursday, August 8th

12-1pm, 423/424 Glickman Library, USM Portland Campus

Presentation of Blackboard's newest features now  available after the recent service pack 12 upgrade.