Workshops for teachers – University of Copenhagen

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IT Learning Center periodically offers workshops in the use of Absalon and other learning technologies. You can see an overview of our workshops below.

If you can assemble a minimum of 4 participants, we are also happy to visit your institute with a workshop customized for your needs and interests.

The workshop is taught in English or Danish

The course material is in English and the workshop can be taught in English, if requested.


About Absalon

Get started with Absalon


In this workshop we invite you to explore the many possibilities of Absalon. We introduce you to the Absalon interface and show you the best practices of how to structure your course and communicating with your students. You will also try how you can upload and create material for your course in the New Absalon.

The new Absalon provides you with a number of ways to help the students prepare and study between classes. In hands-on exercises you will work with structuring a course in modules, handling groups and activity types, such as assignments.

Who is the workshop for?
The workshop is aimed at lecturers who want to use Absalon in their teaching. There are no prerequisites for participation.

After the workshop you will be able to:

  • Know who to contact if you have questions about Absalon
  • Navigate in Absalon
  • Use Absalon to structure your course activities and curriculum
  • Use the different resources and activities in Absalon

Practical information
The workshop emphasizes hands-on exercises. You are welcome to bring your own laptop. PCs are available in the classroom.

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Learn more about Absalon


In this workshop we are going to work with a number of Absalon features which make teaching easier for you and more varied for both you and the students.

You are going to create shared files for student collaboration in your course in Absalon. You will also learn how to use the plagiarism tool URKUND which is integrated in Absalon. We will introduce you to the calendar function and the syllabus. Furthermore you will create quizzes with feedback and also learn how to insert video and other media in your course. Finally you will get some useful tips on how to use the Absalon inbox.

Who is the workshop for?
The workshop is aimed at lecturers who want to use more features in Absalon. There are no prerequisites for participation.

After the workshop you will be able to:

  • Use shared files for student collaboration
  • Check assignments for plagiarism
  • Use the calendar and syllabus
  • Insert media in your course
  • Create quizzes and feedback
  • Use the inbox

Practical information 
The workshop emphasizes hands-on exercises, so please bring your own laptop.

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About teaching

Develop your teaching: Inspiration and Tools


Come to this 2-hour workshop and hear about a number of inspiring new ways of university teaching which focus on high quality teaching and active learning!

We are going to look at ways of making it easier for the students to study and prepare before class by providing them with online resources such as literature, videos, quizzes and discussion fora. When the students show up in class well prepared you can use the time in class to focus on the areas that the students find difficult and adding new activities where the students can work in depth with the curriculum.

You will hear about how associate professor Helle Overgaard Larsen (Section for Global Development) in her course “Research Planning” has flipped her teaching and uses a blend of online and face2face activities. Her students read and watch the online lectures before class and in the face2face teaching they engage in theoretical discussions and group exercises that promote student thinking.

Another example is how professor in biocomputational chemistry Jan Halborg Jensen in all his courses has given up lecturing and gradually transformed his teaching into an activating way of peer instruction where all the students are continuously engaged in class when discussing academic questions with their peers and using their mobile devices to let the teacher know their responses.

We are also going to look into how the students can collect information, construct knowledge and collaborate together online in a wiki or shared text files, slide-show presentations and online meetings rooms.

In a number of small exercises you are encouraged to take a look at your own teaching and consider if you can apply these new ways to your own teaching.

Who is the workshop for?

The workshop is for everybody who is interested in developing their teaching. There are no prerequisites for participation.

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About learning technologies and digital tools

Make a recording of your PowerPoint and put it online for your students


If you want to use face-to-face time to activate students with excercises, discussions etc. (Flipped teaching) you can replace your lectures with online presentations as a preparation for the students. IT Learning Center recommend iSpring Pro for the purpose and we resell the app at low prices.

iSpring Pro is an plug-in for PowerPoint you can use for narrating your slides and publishing them on the internet e.g. in Absalon. You can add video and audio to the slides as well. The published result can be displayed on smart phones, tablets and computers. Watch a published example.

Who is the workshop for?
The workshop is aiming towards teachers who need an effective tool for making their presentations available online.

After the workshop you will be able to:

  • Set up the needed hardware
  • Record audio and video
  • Import audio and video
  • Set up the layout for the presentation
  • Publish the presentation
  • Upload the presentation to Absalon

Practical information

The workshop will emphasize hands-on exercises. You have to be familiar with PowerPoint 2010 and you should bring your own PowerPoint presentation for the voice-over. The workshop lasts three hours and there will be computers, headsets and webcams available.

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Engage your students with Quizzes, Tests and Student Response Systems


Part 1 – Online quizzes and tests as learning tool
Quizzes and tests can in many cases be used as effective tools to support students learning. Thinking can be driven by questions. Make your students think to learn better. Using technology can make it easier to distribute questions and handle results. In this workshop you will be introduced to the potentials that are provided in Absalon.

Part 2 – Engage students with student response systems
Engage the students, strengthen their concentration, increase their learning opportunities and get instant feedback on your teaching. Does that sound interesting to you? Then join this workshop.

What is a student response system?
Student response systems are user-friendly technologies that enable teachers to interact with students in class by posing questions in presentations. Students answer through a laptop or smartphone, and teachers can immediately review the responses of the entire class.

Who is the workshop for?
The workshop is aiming towards teachers who need effective tools for engaging students online and in class.

By participating in this workshop you will be introduced to:

  • Get to be familiar with different creative question types in Absalon
  • Get hands-on with making your own quiz or test in Absalon
  • How to create the good questions for your presentations
  • Get hands-on with using student response systems

Practical information
The workshop emphasizes hands-on exercises. You are welcome to bring your own laptop. PCs are available in the classroom.

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Make a screen recording to teach students the use of software, as a video lecture or to give online feedback


Learn to make a screencast. Screencast is a video recording of your screen. You can use it to demonstrate and teach the use of software features; as an online video lecture; to give video feedback on assignments and more. Watch this example of a screencast.

We will also look in pencast as a variation of screencasts.

Who is the course for?
The course is aimed at those who have no or only little experience with screencasts and who would like to get an introduction to using screencasts as a teaching tool.

After the course you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts and opportunities of working with screencasts
  • Understand the basics of a good online screencast for teaching
  • Make a screencast using Screencast-o-matic
  • Edit your screencast after recording
  • Publish your screencast to Absalon

Practical information
The workshop is focused on hands-on exercises, so please bring your own laptop (PC/MAC).

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Teach and guide students online using desktop video conferencing


Not only when you are doing completely online courses but also if you want to blend online and face-to-face teaching desktop video conferencing, like Adobe Connect, can be an great tool. Likewise it can be used for collaboration among students and colleagues. You can bring them together without anyone leaving home or the office.

Adobe Connect is service you use for free through the Danish eInfrastructure Cooperation also known as DEIC. Connect can, using a web browser like Internet Explorer, connect you to colleagues and students using webcams and headsets. It contains a number of collaboration tools, such as sharing and editing documents, whiteboard and making polls.

Who is the workshop for? The workshop is aiming towards teachers who need an effective synchronous online communication with their students and colleagues.

After the workshop you will be able to:

  • Set up the needed hardware
  • Participate in online conferences using different tools
  • Set up a new conference
  • Set up layouts for conferences
  • Host meetings and manage recordings
  • Setting up templates for new conferences

Practical information
The workshop will emphasize hands-on exercises. There are no prerequisites for participation. The course lasts three hours and there will be computers, headsets and webcams available.

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Introduction to PowerPoint


In this course the attendees are shown how you easily can create presentations in PowerPoint. The course is for you who need to learn the basic functions of PowerPoint. You will be able to make a presentation as we will show you how the program works from the ground up.

At the end of the course you will be able to place pictures, graphs, and texts as well as handle the viewing of your finished presentation.

The following elements will be taught:

  • Walkthrough of the menus and functions in PowerPoint
  • Placement of text, pictures, tables etc.
  • Grouping and and adjust text and pictures
  • Working with animations
  • Customize your own presentation

The teaching is a mix of demonstration of examples and practical exercises. The course uses PowerPoint 2010. There are no prerequisites for participating. The length of the course is three hours and will take place in the class rooms of the library where there will be computers available.

Learn to make advanced presentations with PowerPoint


The course is made for those who would like to make advanced presentations with PowerPoint. The course will give you tips and tricks on how to make a more lively and professional presentation. After the course you will have a better understanding of the advanced functions in PowerPoint and be able to use them in your presentations.

The following elements will be taught:

  • The agenda tool
  • Slide master and template function
  • Color pallet
  • Simple but powerful animations
  • Placement of video and sound

The teaching is a mix of demonstration of examples and practical exercises. The course uses PowerPoint 2010. Basic knowledge in PowerPoint is required to attend. If you have been to the “Introduction to PowerPoint” workshop you will have to problem attending this workshop. The length of the course is three hours and will take place in the class rooms of the library where there will be computers available.

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Learn to make a Prezi presentation


Prezi is a presentation tool that allows you to create eye-catching presentations. With Prezi you can smoothly zoom, rotate and jump through your content i.e. text, images and videos.

Prezi is free to use for educational purposes.

Take a look at this Prezi example: The magical theory of relativity.

Who is the course for?
The course is aimed at those who have no or only little experience with Prezi and who would like to get an introduction to using Prezi for making presentations for teaching, meetings and conferences.

After the course you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts of working with Prezi
  • Make your own Prezi presentation and share it with your students and colleagues
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of using Prezi
  • Use Prezi for collaborative learning activities in your teaching

Practical information
You need an e-mail address with the @ku.dk suffix i.e. itlc@science.ku.dk in order to sign up for a free Prezi account. Please contact the IT Learning Center to learn more.

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Engaging students with online polls and clickers


Clickers enable you to activate and engage your students during lectures through questioning. Clickers are available freely for teachers at KU in the form of a web-based apps, Shakespeak for PC and Socrative for Mac and PC.

With the clicker technology you interact with your students during lectures by posing questions in your presentation. Students then answer through laptops, smartphones or by sending SMS´ and you can immediately view the responses of your entire class.

It is a three step process:

  • You present a multiple-choice or open-answer question in your PowerPoint presentation
  • Students answer the question individually or after discussing it in groups
  • The results are shown anonymously to the class in a data chart and you discuss the answer

Who is the workshop for?
The workshop is aimed at lecturers who want to get started using clickers in their teaching.

After the course you will be able to:

  • Understand the pedagogy behind using clickers for active learning
  • Apply the method of peer instruction to your teaching
  • Form relevant questions for your lecture or presentation
  • Apply the students’ answers in your teaching
  • Manage the Shakespeak software for asking questions and showing answers

Practical information
You are encouraged to bring your own laptop. Please contact the IT Learning Center to learn more.

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