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Digital Backpack Workshop Series: Home

Live, Streaming, and Drop in workshops offered by Madison College Librarians and Tutors.

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Backpack Compartments

Live Workshops
Madison College librarians and tutors have designed an on-going series of 30-minute workshops for students, parents of our students, staff and members of our community.  This workshop series is free and does not require pre-registration or a WebEx account.
NEW!  Real Time. Real Tech. Live Drop in Sessions

Drop in during these live sessions to get research and academic technology support from librarians and peers in a respectful space.
NEW! Streaming Workshops 

A sampling of our most popular workshops are now available to stream anytime!
NEW!  On-Demand By Request

Current students may request additional On Demand workshops by completing the request form.

Digital Backpack Series in the News

Madison College offers online classes for virtual learning

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Madison College Libraries is offering a 'Digital Backpack Series' program to give students and parents an opportunity to learn more about how to make the most of virtual learning. There are classes on video conferencing, library research, equipment best for online classes, plus a basics of virtual learning class, among others.

Professional Series

Digital Backpack Presents

Professional Series

Join Madison College Librarians to learn about relevant and trending topics in education. These hour-long specialty workshops will discuss professional development tools that the library can provide, along with resources to improve class design and student accessibility.

Registration required.

Creative Commons Licenses: the basics
Presenter: Rachel Becker
You may have seen the term "Creative Commons" used to describe content online but what does it actually mean? Join this session to learn how the powerful Creative Commons license allows creators, educators, and learners to access and use content in ways traditional copyright doesn't allow. Leave the session with a digital reference toolbox of Creative Commons tools to start using CC licensed works and applying CC licenses to your own content.

Monday 7/26   11:00am 



Open Educational Resources 101
Presenter: Rachel Becker
What are Open Educational Resources (OER) and what role do they play in reshaping the educational landscape? Learn about how these powerful tools are helping students succeed by saving money, increasing diversity and inclusion in learning materials, and promoting accessibility.

Thursday August 19   2:00pm



Summer 2021 


Get Your Citations in Order
You’re in the process of writing your paper or you’ve just finished it. Now you need some stellar citations to submit with it. Join us to learn about credible resources to create and check your citations quickly and accurately.
Audience: Current students, community.

Tuesday, 7/20            3:00 pm
Wednesday, 8/4         2:00 pm

Wednesday, 8/11       2:00 pm

Formatting Your Paper
This workshop will go over some of the most common questions when formatting papers in Microsoft Word, including how to use headers, page numbers, and more. Join us to learn more about this common tool and get your own questions answered!
Audience: Current students, community.

Tuesday, 8/3               3:00 pm
Wednesday, 8/11        10:00 am

Paper Panic: Finding credible sources fast
Is your paper due soon, like really soon, and don’t want it to look like you just grabbed the first sources you saw from Google? Join us to find out how our library databases and resources can help you get to more credible and reliable sources more quickly. Also, find out some simple criteria to use to evaluate the quality of web resources if you do use Google.
Audience: prospective and current students, and parents

Thursday, 8/5              2:00 pm
Monday, 8/9                2:00 pm

Working with Computer Files
Knowing how to work with electronic files is a must for anyone entering college. In this workshop, you’ll learn some key skills including where and how to save and back up your files, as well as how to download and submit files in BlackBoard. We’ll also touch on a few key strategies that will help you stay organized
Audience: prospective and current students, parents, faculty, staff.

Tuesday, 8/10          11:00 am

Masters Series

Digital Backpack Presents
Masters Presenter Series 

Join highly-regarded guest speakers for workshops on academic related topics. Open for all to join and free! 

More coming soon!