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Faculty Resources: Instructional Technology PD Descriptions

Site providing training and tutorials for services provided by Innovative Instruction and Technology.


Faculty, staff, and students have access to Hoonuit through myGCC. Learning how to find quick online tutorials to how-to tech questions, technology skills training, and workshops. 

  • How to access
  • Navigate the interface
  • Use the video player
  • Assign training to yourself
  • Print certificates of completion
  • How to integrate with a Canvas course


Camtasia is a powerful screen recording tool. Camtasia helps you create more professional videos without having to be a video pro. Easily record your screen movements and actions, or import HD video from a camera or other source. Customize and edit content both on Mac and Windows platforms, and share your videos with viewers on nearly any device. Come and learn how to create, edit and publish your own videos.  They can be used as tutorials, discussion topics, overviews, and more.

Canvas Advanced

This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • YouTube (How to embed in a post, discussion board, announcement, assignment, etc.)
  • Hoonuit (How to find, and embed within the course)
  • Badgers (How to set them up to show students their progress with completion as well as earn badges)
  • Mastery Path (How to control the release of content with rules that you create)
  • Zoom
  • Rubrics (How to create embedded rubrics and how to grade them)
  • SpeedGrader- Comments (How to make comments and notes on a student document)
  •  Accessibility (How to make your course ADA compliant)
  • Course Reports (Reports within Canvas)

Chrome Extensions

Customize your Chrome web browser with extensions.  Learn how to search, install, and use Chrome extensions with the ease of a shortcut for: productivity, social, media, and MORE!

Discussions: Engage Students and Create Student to Student Interactions

Come and learn the benefits of using Discussion Boards​

  • Builds class community by promoting discussion on course topics​
  • Facilitates learning by allowing students to view and to respond to the work of others
  • Use Presentations and reflection space as options for active discussion boards​​

​​​​QM 1.8 Learners are asked to introduce themselves to the class.

Google Apps for Education

Did you know you have a FREE Google Account through VCCS? Learn what Google Apps are available to Germanna's faculty, staff, and students and how to access them. Learn about Productivity Apps, Search Apps- there's more than one, Social Apps, Geo Apps, Media Apps, and MORE!

Google Drive

Collaborate, Share, and Create with Google Drive - Learn what types of documents and files can be created, shared, uploaded, downloaded, and used for collaboration through this cloud storage app. Mobile devices are encouraged.


  • Create a Doc, Sheet, Form, and Slide

  • Upload, Download, and Store Images, Video, Microsoft Office, Audio, and PDF files

  • Organize with Folders

  • Learn how to share and collaborate

  • Google Drive and mobile device

Google Hangouts

Communicate via instant message, voice and video call through your VCCS Google account.

  • Instant Message one-on-one or hold a group conversation, up to 100 people
  • Voice or video call one-on-one or in a group, up to 10 people
  • Connecting on a computer and mobile device
  • Screenshare with your audience 

G Suite for Education with Canvas

We will cover embedding Google Drive, Surveys, Presentations, and YouTube. Embedding is a way to create content that is more accessible and personalized. Embedding is more than just a hyperlink you will be making the entire content viewable and clickable within Canvas.  

Interactive Syllabus with Hyperdocs

In this workshop, we will focus on using a Google Doc to create an interactive syllabus.  An interactive syllabus is an online document that allows instructors to embed links to class activities or other important web resources.  If you also include multimedia in your interactive syllabus, as some tend to do, you end up with an engaging syllabus that uses the right media (text, audio, video, animation, images) to convey the message as effectively as possible.

QM 1.1 Instructions make clear how to get started and where to find various course components.  

Interactive Quizzing and Polls

Compare and create an account for the following quizzing and polling applications.

Download apps on to mobile devices:

  • Google Forms
  • Poll Everywhere
  • KaHoot

Bringing your iPad to the workshop is encouraged.

Introductory Video for your Canvas Course

How do you greet your online students? This workshop will cover how to make a video for your course to introduce yourself and your course design. Make a great first impression with your students and help them with a course tour to help with the course navigation.  

QM 1.1 Instructions make clear how to get started and where to find various course components.  

iPad Basics

Learn how to get started using your iPads:

  • Settings
  • Camera, Photos, and Videos
  • Record Audio
  • Siri
  • Navigate Apple Store
  • Air Drop
  • Germanna Email
  • Germanna Skype Business

Bringing your iPad to the workshop is encouraged.

Productivity Apps

Learn about and compare the different productivity apps and cloud storage available to GCC faculty and staff. Bringing your mobile device to the workshop is encouraged.

Learn how to access and create an account for the following:

  • Microsoft Office 365- Work, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive
  • Google - Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive
  • Apple- Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iCloud​

Studio, YouTube, and Canvas

Learn how to create screencasts of your computer, including a webcam recording, upload to YouTube to share, and/or embed into Canvas.

Social Media, iPad Secrets and Mobile Apps

Come learn how to engage students using social media platforms: Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

Explore mobile apps for Germanna Community College, productivity, social media, Google, presentation, and more!

Ever wondered how to organize, set up, and utilize your iPad? We will explore the Apple store, Settings, and Control Center.

Photo Folder: Collaborative sharing in your course

Do you like the idea of having students share their learning in a pictorial manner to support and supplement learning objectives? This workshop will teach you how to set up Google Photos for class projects and sharing.  

QM 5.2 Learning Activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning.  

Personalize Communication in your course

Do you even Bitmoji? SnapChat Me, what? Androidify Me?  Come to this workshop to learn about Bitmoji, Androidify, and SnapChat. You will create and share these personalized online images to share with students to create student-instructor interaction. 

Pretest with Built-in Review Materials

This workshop will help you use a Google Form as a quiz that will directly link students to review materials if they chose the incorrect answer. Help your students gain quick access to materials that they need to review by creating a direct link to the answer.  Then learn how to embed the Form into your Canvas Course. 

QM 3.5 The Course provides learners with multiple opportunities to track their learning progress.   

Using Copyrighted Works Legally in your Classroom

If you are confused about copyright and fair use - or if you think educational uses are always fair - come to this session. Learn how to do a fair use analysis and make educated decisions about using copyrighted works in your course.

Virtual Office Hours

Looking for an alternative to face to face office hours. Come to this workshop to learn how to use Zoom for your online Office hours. Here are some benefits to Online Office Hours.  

  • Meetings do not have to take place on campus.

  • Office hours can take place at more popular times, such as later in the evening, when more students can attend. Additionally, students can “pop” online when they're actually working on homework, ask a quick question and go back to work.

  • If you archive the discussions, students can go back through the conversation if they need clarification or want to review the material under consideration. Likewise, students who did not participate in the conversation have access to the material.

  • Cut down on having to reply to multiple emails with the same question or on the same topic. It also assures students of a timely response.

  • Students can all be active participants, instead of waiting in a line outside your office door.

  • Anonymity. Shy students might be more prone to participate if they can do so online as opposed to in-person.

  • Offer the whole class a chance to see what types of questions individual students are asking.

QM 6.2 Course tools promote learner engagement and active learning  

QEP Value Rubric and Canvas

This workshop will be a hands-on QEP implementation. We will learn how to create a Canvas Assignment, add the VALUE rubric as a secondary grading rubric, grade the Assignment, and score the rubric.

QM Review: Is your course ready

Quality Matters rubric has just been updated to the sixth edition. Come to this workshop to learn how to get your course prepared for an official QM review in the Spring. In the workshop, we will review what is already in your course (template and syllabus), how to make sure your objectives, activities, materials, and assessments align, and any accessibility hurdles.  

Youtube… What Else Can I Do With It?

Learn how to: Embed into Canvas, Download directly from YouTube, Search without the clutter, Reduce the number of ads that appear in YouTube with Chrome Extensions, and more.