Library Workshops

Workshops are free and open to all. Most workshops will have a guide, so if you can't make it, you can still review some of the materials on your own. 

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Course Design Workshops are at the bottom of this page.

Past Workshops

We've finished teaching these, but most have guides or videos so you can catch up on the content. If you have a prefered weekday & time for a specific workshop and want one taught again, let us know and we will try to schedule it. 


Learn to use this free citation management software to organize your research. It integrates with Microsoft Office to create an alphabetized bibliography in your choice of style, including Turabian. Note: This workshop was recorded, so you can watch it anytime. 

Zotero 5 workshop

Top Time-Saving Tips for Library Research

This quick workshop will teach you how to be a more efficent researcher. 

Re-introduction to the library

Did you miss library orientation? Maybe it's been a while since you've dived into research. Come for a re-orientation to the library resources.

Biblical Exegesis

Writing an exegesis paper can be a daunting task but a rewarding process. Learn to use both print and online resources for biblical exegesis available through the GTU library and on the Internet.

Fake News & Evaluating Media Sources

With articles flying around on social media and websites, how to tell what's real? Learn about evaluating sources, peer review, and distinguishing the fluff from the truth.

Engaging Historical Theological Sources

Even if you do not have a background in history or literary theory, come and learn about engaging primary source documents through argument analysis and critical thinking.

Personal Branding

Market yourself to better tell your story through social media: highlight your transferable skills, use marketable phrasing, and evaluate through self-assessment.

Effective Presentations

Connect with your audience and learn how to share your research in a variety of formats including at conference presentations, poster sessions, infographics, and online.

Careers in Libraries

Offered by the Professional Development Program, as part of their workshop series. Librarians Beth Kumar, Naw San KD, and Director of Library Services Clay-Edward Dixon, talked about careers in Academic Libraries and Theological Librarianship.

Course Design Workshop Series

The following is a list of all course design and digital learning workshops that will happen in the Collaborative Learning Space this spring.  The workshops will occur Monday afternoon (12:40 to 2:00 pm) and then repeated Friday morning (9:40 to 11:00 am, concurrent with the first half of the IDS-5011 class session) – note the time change from previous semesters.  If you are unable to attend a scheduled workshop but are interested in the topic, please let me know, and we can schedule an individual consultation. Please RSVP to to sign up for the workshops.   


Developing Student Learning Outcomes and Universal Design for Learning

Key to course development is the construction of concrete learning outcomes.  This workshop details ways of creating and revising student learning outcomes, tying them to assessable artifacts, and looking at other forms of knowledge in Bloom’s Taxonomy.  Insights from cognitive science will inform the discussion of UDL, including learning preferences, “+1 thinking,” and cognitive overload.

Monday, February 12

Friday, February 16


Designing for Flow and Function: An Overview of Moodle, Accessibility and Copyright    UPDATED!

Moodle provides lots of options for making online courses appear the way you want them.  This introductory workshop on Moodle will guide participants through the Moodle interface with an eye toward design.  This workshop will also look at Moodle’s built-in tools to address issues of accessibility, as well as discuss issues related to copyright and fair use.

Tuesday, February 20  -- note change in day, 12:40 to 2:00 pm

Friday, February 23


Content Delivery through PowerPoint, VoiceThread and Online Sources   NEW!

Learn the ins-and-outs of creating presentations for VoiceThread through PowerPoint, YouTube and other platforms, including storyboarding and editing your content.  Ideas for incorporating video into your courses will also be discussed.

Monday, February 26

Friday, March 2


Collaborative Learning with VoiceThread and Moodle’s Discussion Forums   UPDATED!

This workshop introduces participants to using group and class discussions in residential and online courses.  Defining and assessing successful discussions will be the primary focus, including using VoiceThread Moodle’s Forum module.

                Monday, March 5

                Friday, March 9


Web Conferencing and Moodle’s Wikis: Engaging Groups   NEW!

In this workshop learn how to successfully facilitate a synchronous web conference.  Wikis have also become a popular way of working collaboratively in a quick way.  Moodle’s built-in wiki module can provide a great way to get students to work in groups to draft documents and workshop ideas.

Monday, March 19

Friday, March 23


Assessment with Rubrics and Moodle’s Gradebook

Performing concrete assessment is an important part of a course.  One important tool is the grading rubric.  This workshop provides ideas for creating rubrics, adding them to Moodle, and using Moodle’s gradebook to do all the math for assessment.

Monday, April 2  Moved to Wednesday April 4th at 12:40. 

Friday, April 6


Game Theory and Teaching   NEW!

In the last couple of years, “gamification” has become an important component in education.  This workshop introduces participants to the interaction and mechanic aspects of game theory to construct educational games.

Monday, April 9

Friday, April 13


Student Assessment with Moodle Quizzes

Quizzes are still a popular way of assessing students’ progress throughout a course.  Quizzes can also provide opportunities to teach students interactively through various types of feedback.  This workshop looks at Moodle’s Quiz module to design traditional and developmental quizzes.

                Monday, April 16

                Friday, April 20


Teaching with Social Media and Information Literacy   UPDATED!

Social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter have become very popular in the last decade, but are they effective as classroom tools?  Join this workshop to discuss opportunities for including social media in residential and online classrooms.  Specific attention will be paid to teaching students information literacy skills when working with online sources.

Monday, April 23

Friday, April 27


Effective Syllabus Design  NEW!

This final workshop in the series looks at putting everything together with a thorough syllabus as the end-product.  Ideas for drafting weekly lesson plans are also discussed.

Monday, April 30

Friday, May 4