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Learning Paths

About Learning Paths

Learning paths offer just-in-time training, through Lynda.com, on subjects that Networked Learning Initiatives doesn’t normally offer. You can explore training opportunities on a variety of subjects for various skills levels. Courses are broken up into categories based off of NLI's areas of focus. Learning Paths are unique in that NLI credit can be awarded upon completion of the Learning Paths.

 

Productivity Courses

With the growing set of technologies available to us at Virginia Tech, it can be easy to become overwhelmed. These NLI courses are focused on assisting faculty to improve their own work productivity, whether it is through better classroom management practices or improved use of online tools available to all of us at Virginia Tech.

This course focuses on the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system and offers a thorough, jargon-free introduction to computers, files and folders, networks, and peripherals like printers and keyboards. Garrick Chows also covers basic skills for working with software applications, the Internet, and email.

Duration: 2h 6mins

NLI Credits: 2

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In this course, Garrick Chow walks through the skills necessary to use Mac computers comfortably, while improving learning, productivity, and performance.

Duration: 2h 28mins

NLI Credits: 3

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In this course, Garrick Chow walks through the skills necessary to use Mac computers comfortably, while improving learning, productivity, and performance.

Duration: 2h 15mins

NLI Credits: 2

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Learn how to enter and organize data, perform calculations with simple functions, and format the appearance of rows, columns, cells, and data. Other lessons cover how to work with multiple worksheets, build charts and PivotTables, sort and filter data, use the printing capabilities of Excel, and more.

Duration: 2h 6mins

NLI Credits: 2

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Teaching & Learning

NLI has brought together an array of partners from around campus that specialize in designing quality student-centered curricular experiences, in addition to taking advantage of cutting-edge technologies to enhance learning experiences. These NLI workshops and certificates focus on preparing instructors to design quality educational experiences that engage students in meaningful learning.

Karl Kapp explores the various types of gamification, and shows how to use gamification and interactive learning to develop effective learning experiences. He explains how to add game elements to instructional design and use reward systems for learner engagement.

Duration: 2h 3mins

NLI Credits: 2

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Join Chris Mattia as he shares key techniques that can help you successfully use Photoshop for teaching and learning. Chris helps you get started with Photoshop, demonstrating how to navigate the user interface, use actions for repetitive tasks, and create clean image compositions. He also shares how to fix common image problems, prepare images for presentations, work with time-lapse videos, and more.

Duration: 3h 54m

NLI Credits: 4

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In this course, professor and instructional designer Karl Kapp explores teaching strategies that engage learners and make learning stick—whether you're teaching face-to-face or in an online classroom setting. Explore different lesson formats and activities that increase cognitive engagement, knowledge retention, and collaboration.

Duration: 41mins, 35secs

NLI Credits: 1

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In this course, Dayna Laur explores the foundations of project-based learning, defining authentic learning and how project-based learning differs from "problem-based" learning. The course provides instructions for using project-based learning in the classroom, from creating and scaffolding projects to assessing student learning along the way.

Duration: 41mins, 46secs

NLI Credits: 1

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In this course, Chris Mattia explores the various aspects of blended learning, and provides guidelines to create a blended classroom that meets students' diverse learning needs. The techniques rely on technologies such as Google Apps, Android and iOS devices, video, learning management systems (LMSs), and open-source tools such as WordPress to promote sharing and collaboration.

Duration: 1h 37mins

NLI Credits: 2

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Learn how to use 21st century tools and technology (including video and audio conferencing, learning management systems, and social media) to communicate with students.

Duration: 2h 5mins

NLI Credit: 2

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Research and Discovery

Research is a critical part of many of our faculty’s lives. Virginia Tech has many tools and support structures to help faculty attain and manage grants, as well as publish the resulting research. These NLI courses cover the wide world of research and discovery, offering courses on grant management, improved research methods and tools, and how to improve your own scholarship of teaching and learning.

Join author Barton Poulson as he introduces the R statistical processing language, including how to install R on your computer, read data from SPSS and spreadsheets, and use packages for advanced R functions.

The course continues with examples on how to create charts and plots, check statistical assumptions and the reliability of your data, look for data outliers, and use other data analysis tools. Finally, learn how to get charts and tables out of R and share your results with presentations and web pages.

Duration: 2h 25mins

NLI Credits: 3

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Data scientists who use Excel realize that R is emerging as the new standard for statistical wrangling (especially for larger data sets). This course serves as the perfect bridge for the many Excel-reliant data analysts and business users who need to update their data science skills by learning R.

Duration: 1h 26mins

NLI Credits: 2

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Assessment & Evaluation

Developing assessments that are meaningful and effective is an important part of the instructional process. These courses focus on the process of building effective assessments and how to collect and analyze data to help identify gaps. 

In this course, instructional design expert John-Paul Ballard shows you how to create effective assessments. Learn how to establish assessment goals, write questions create a fair test environment, and construct a rubric.

Duration: 35mins, 35secs

NLI Credits: 1

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Learn how to collect and analyze student data to measure the success of your teaching and address learning gaps.

Duration: 1h 22mins

NLI Credits: 1

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Inclusive Practices

Inclusive practices recognize the diversity of students and try to build learning environments that optimize access for all learners. These practices seek out to break down barriers that may interfere with learning. These videos provide strategies to help build an inclusive learning environment.

In this course, Oliver Schinkten explores how to modify your classroom and online instruction to accommodate students with special needs. Find out about the different types of disabilities and challenges students may face, and learn how to use assistive technologies such as screen readers and closed captioning, incorporate visual and auditory cues into teaching, and encourage students to seek the learning supports that will help them succeed.

Duration: 50mins, 45secs

NLI Credit: 1

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