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This Week in the LEC: BlendFlex Training Opportunities, The Benefits of Using Supplemental Resources, and a Message about GoToTraining

Issue Date: 06-12-2020

BlendFlex Training Opportunities

BlendFlex Training

BlendFlex training opportunities available this month!

Register for a BlendFlex interactive training session and learn how to deliver face-to-face and online learning experiences simultaneously. After this mandatory online training, you will be able to do the following:

  • Discuss the BlendFlex Model for teaching and learning at NSU.
  • Identify technology and software components of BlendFlex classrooms.
  • Implement the BlendFlex Model to deliver content, engage, and assess students.
  • Identify best practices of teaching in the BlendFlex Model.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Dates & Times:

June 23rd, 2020 - 9:30am - 11:00am

To Register for this course visit-, select TrainCaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule 

June 25th, 2020 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

To Register for this course visit-, select TrainCaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule 

June 26th, 2020 - 9:30am - 11:00am

To Register for this course visit-, select TrainCaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule  

Additional dates will be shared in the coming weeks.

For instructions about registration through TrainCaster check out this document or the video linked below.

 TrainCaster Video Screen Shot


Supplemental Resources

The Benefits of Using Supplemental Resources in the Online Classroom

When you plan or design an online course, it’s crucial that your assessments, objectives, and instructional materials align with each other. However, creating a coherent structure isn’t just for your own benefit. It also helps your students and other instructors comprehend why each course component is presented in conjunction with one another.  

Sometimes you may inherit a previously designed course and are unsure of how much flexibility is granted in the design based on student performance, prior knowledge, and preferences. Supplemental materials can provide instructors a way to fill in perceived gaps within the prescribed instructional materials and can offer instructors additional approaches to motivate students. Complementary supplemental learning materials can also aid instructors with meeting the diverse needs of all learners. What do students desire to be aware of in addition to the given topic?

Supplemental resources are the nonrequired educational materials in an online course. When used effectively, these assets can inspire and transform learning, enhance motivation, and even supply additional assistance for online students who need it.

Selecting Supplemental Resources

As with all the pieces of an online course, you must carefully select supplemental resources that are in alignment with your instruction. First, consider the context of your course, know the students you have, the sequence of the course in the program, and other unique identifying factors for your course. Having this in mind, ask yourself these questions:

  • What learning preferences do my students’ exhibit?
  • How will the content in this course prepare my students for future courses?
  • What are my students interested in?

Your objectives, assessments, and instructional materials are the main ingredients of your course, therefore, the materials you select for your course are important. Supplemental resources can augment these elements of your course and can also add value to the design of your course. For example, if you are aware of your students’ interests you can embed supplemental resources such as, real-world scenarios or case studies. These enriching activities encourage learning, practical application, and critical thinking skills that are uniquely tailored to your students. Additional supplemental resources that can be added to your course can be learning activities or instructional videos that support the content. These resources add value to the course because students can interact with the content as many times as they need to, providing additional opportunities for reinforcement of the learning objectives.

Did you know that our very own Alvin Sherman Library has amazing resources that can help enhance your course? Through the Library, you have access to resources that provide cutting edge research, a recording studio, and a repository of video with content that you can share with your students. For additional information about some of the supplemental resources available within the library, check out this article that we shared a few months ago. 

Using Supplemental Resources to Encourage Learning and Provide Support

Supplemental resources are an added benefit for your students. It can enhance their motivation about a given topic. In this regard, it helps students stay up to date in their field. Supplemental resources are not exclusive to encouraging exploratory or additional learning. Instructors can include supplemental resources to help those students who may need remediation to help them be successful. There are two areas of support you can provide to your students: proactive support and reactive support. In proactive support, you select the resources that you anticipate will be the greatest challenge for your students. In reactive support, you send your students supplemental resources where you notice that students are not meeting the learning objectives.

Supplemental resources are a powerful learning tool in your online course. When used effectively, they can help engage, motivate, and support students with making connections with the content of your course. Including these supplemental resources can add value to your course and provide meaningful learning opportunities to be successful in your course.



Zoom News

In Zoom News, there are no updates to the Zoom software that affect the typical classroom environment. The full listing of updates are available on the Zoom Website. As always, be sure to keep your Zoom software up to date.

To update your Zoom Application, check out these directions-

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A Message about GoToTraining from OIIT

As the Office of Innovation and Information Technology (OIIT) has brought Zoom to our University, they too have begun to phase out GoToTraining. Please read the message below about access to GoToTraining and your access to recordings from prior sessions. Then check out the Workshop offering about how to archive your recordings just below.

As the Winter 2020 semester drew to a close, May 15th, 2020 marked the date when the GoToTraining integration was no longer available in Canvas. Currently, students do not have access to GoToTraining recordings in Canvas courses. If you wish to make your recordings available beyond the cutoff date, you will need to download them from GoToTraining’s website and place them in SharkMedia. Instructions on how to do so can be found here: Archive GoToTraining Recordings

As a licensed user, access to your GoToTraining account will continue to be available outside of Canvas until 6/30/2020. It will be your responsibility to download any additional recordings that you would like to keep before your account expires on June 30th, 2020. If you need additional assistance you can call GoToTraining support toll-free at 1-833-851-8340.

For additional questions on this topic reach out to Larry Lettie ( or Wendy Meyers (

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Register for a Zoom Meeting for Education Webinar

These webinars are provided by Zoom.

Duration: 45 minutes

Prerequisites: An understanding of e-mail and video conferencing principles is helpful.

In this session you will learn:

1) How to download the Zoom applications and join a Zoom meeting;

2) How to schedule a meeting and send out invitations;

3) In-meeting controls and differentiation tools (including the waiting room, share screen, breakout rooms).

Time will be allocated at the end of the session for live Q&A.

Note: We will be delivering training using Zoom's Webinar platform. This will ensure your privacy during this webinar.

To Register for a webinar, click here.

Additional Temporary Online Research Resources

In response to the transition to online learning, many publishers and other content providers are making additional resources freely available online for a limited time for students, teachers, and librarians. You may take advantage of these resources while they are temporarily available at no cost to you.

Faculty Development Channel


Faculty Development Channel on Sharkmedia

Through our partnerships with various colleges and departments, there have been several valuable workshops that were held which you may not have been able to attend. Check out our SharkMedia Channel to see recordings of past workshops such as:

Experiential Education

ExEL Professional Development Series: Experiential Education 101- WHAT, WHY, and HOW

Going online in a hurry

ExEL Professional Development Series: Going Online in a Hurry- Let's Talk About It!


Plagiarism and Using TurnItIn for Your Online Courses

 These workshops and additional video assets are all available in the LEC Faculty Development Channel.

Remote Help

Faculty and Staff who need assistance, please feel free to contact NSU Support:

Email to

Faculty & Staff Support Hotline at 954-262-0070 

Submit a ticket for assistance through ServiceNow.

Tags: Training, LEC, Workshop

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