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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.

Digital Backpack Presents
Masters Presenter Series 

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

Write to Be Read: Tips for better writing
Do you struggle to put your thoughts and research down in words when it comes time to write a report or paper? The tips in this seminar are intended to help you write more clearly and really communicate what you’re trying to say in print or online – and make it interesting to the readers!

Speaker: Paul Gores is a journalist with more than 40 years in the newspaper industry, including 30 years as a reporter and editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Thursday February 25   10:30am - 11:15am

Real Time. Real Tech.

Real Time. Real Tech. 

Live Drop In Sessions 

Drop in anytime during these sessions to ask questions related to research, student technology, and other Digital Backpack Workshop Series topics. Discuss these topics along with fellow students in a respectful space.  

       Mondays: 12:00 -12:45 pm                                                   Wednesdays: 6:00 - 6:45 pm

                                                                                
        

February 2021 

Connecting with Classes Virtually
Connecting to online classes can be overwhelming but no fear! Join this workshop to learn the basics of Madison College's three supported online video conferencing systems: Blackboard Collaborate, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx. Leave with troubleshooting tips and resources to make your semester successful. Bring your questions!
Audience: prospective and current students
Tuesday February 23     2:00pm

Library 101
The library isn’t just somewhere to find books! Madison College Libraries offer a wide variety of resources to help students, staff, and faculty with school and with daily life. Join this workshop to find out what the library can do for you, including help with technology, research, remote learning, and much more!
Audience: prospective and current students, parents, staff, and faculty.
Tuesday February 23        3:00pm 

Ergo 101
Is online learning giving you a pain in the neck? Jump in to Ergo 101 to learn some quick and easy (and mostly free) tips on how to make your at home workstation safer and more comfortable.
Audience: all audiences
Wednesday February 24  4:00pm

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.  
Thursday February 25   4:00pm

Microsoft Teams for Online Learning
One of the many tools available for online learning is Microsoft Teams. Join us to learn more about how to navigate and use this powerful tool for videos, classes, chatting, group work, and more!
Audience: prospective and current students, parents, staff, and faculty
Friday February 26       2:00pm

LinkedIn Learning 101
LinkedIn Learning is a powerful tool everyone at Madison College can access. Features include full courses in topics from Microsoft Excel and Teams to learning coding and music composition. Join this workshop to learn how to quickly create an account and open up endless possibilities. 
Audience: prospective and current students, and parents
Thursday, February 25         2:00pm

March 2021 

Open Educational Resources 101
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. 
Audience: all audiences
Monday March 1        1:00pm
Thursday March 4    12:00pm   NEW TIME

Info-Vaccination: Inoculate Yourself with the Facts
Our ability to discern the truth has become a key 21st Century skill. Join us for a brief review of the background of both misinformation and disinformation in news and online, and learn some strategies for steering yourself toward the best information available.
Audience: prospective and current students, parents, community.
Tuesday March 2      2:00pm RESCHEDULING
Thursday March 25 11:00am

Creative Commons Licenses: the basics
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. 
Audience: all audiences
Wednesday March 3   4:00pm
Friday March 5          11:00am   NEW TIME

Is Your Device Honorlock Ready?
This session will demo the steps required to use the online proctoring application Honorlock. We’ll cover the installation process for the Honorlock browser extension as well as review the verification process to take an online exam.
Audience: prospective and current students, parents.
Monday March 8         10:00am
Wednesday March 10  6:00pm  Evening Workshop

Blackboard Essentials Tips and Tricks
This session will cover some best practices for using Blackboard including uploading assignments, taking exams successfully, and more. Bring your questions!
Audience: prospective and current students, parents.
Tuesday March 9         11:00am
Wednesday March 24   6:00pm  Evening Workshop

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 March 16    4:00pm

How Do I Find Peer-Reviewed Sources?
Has your instructor asked to include a couple scholarly, peer-reviewed sources for your paper. You understand their description of what it is, but where can you find them? Join us to find out how library subscription databases can make the process much easier. We'll also take a peek at Google Scholar and other web tools to find open access peer-reviewed sources.
Audience: Current students, community.  
Wednesday March 10   2:00pm
Thursday March 11      11:00am

LinkedIn Learning 101
LinkedIn Learning is a powerful tool everyone at Madison College can access. Features include full courses in topics from Microsoft Excel and Teams to learning coding and music composition. Join this workshop to learn how to quickly create an account and open up endless possibilities. 
Audience: prospective and current students, and parents
Thursday, March 11         10:00am 
Thursday, March 18         10:00am

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
Wednesday, March 17      2:00pm 
Thursday, March 25          2:00pm

April 2021 

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.
Thursday April 1   4:00pm

Info-Vaccination: Inoculate Yourself with the Facts
Our ability to discern the truth has become a key 21st Century skill. Join us for a brief review of the background of both misinformation and disinformation in news and online, and learn some strategies for steering yourself toward the best information available.
Audience: prospective and current students, parents, community.
Tuesday April 6      11:00am
Monday April 26      2:00pm

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
Wednesday, April 7           2:00pm 

LinkedIn Learning 101
LinkedIn Learning is a powerful tool everyone at Madison College can access. Features include full courses in topics from Microsoft Excel and Teams to learning coding and music composition. Join this workshop to learn how to quickly create an account and open up endless possibilities. 
Audience: prospective and current students, and parents
Thursday, April 8              10:00am 
Thursday, April 15            10:00am

How Do I Find Peer-Reviewed Sources?
Has your instructor asked to include a couple scholarly, peer-reviewed sources for your paper. You understand their description of what it is, but where can you find them? Join us to find out how library subscription databases can make the process much easier. We'll also take a peek at Google Scholar and other web tools to find open access peer-reviewed sources.
Audience: Current students, community.  
Monday April 19      2:00pm
Tuesday April 20     2:00pm

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
Wednesday April 28      2:00pm
Thursday April 29          2:00pm

May 2021 

Is Your Device Honorlock Ready?
This session will demo the steps required to use the online proctoring application Honorlock. We’ll cover the installation process for the Honorlock browser extension as well as review the verification process to take an online exam.
Audience: prospective and current students, parents.
Monday May 3           10:00am
Wednesday May 5     6:00pm  Evening Workshop

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
Monday May 3         2:00pm
Tuesday May 4        2:00pm

Blackboard Finals Tips and Tricks
This session will cover some best practices while using Blackboard during finals week. We’ll cover the best technical set-up for taking exams as well as various ways students may be asked to submit assignments or projects in Blackboard.
Audience: prospective and current students, parents.
Tuesday May 4     10:30am
Friday May 7         9:30am

The Job Hunter’s Toolbox: Company Research Before a Job Interview
Any job hunter knows preparation is vital to landing a new position. A big part of that is researching the company you’ll be applying to. But where to start, which information to look for and how to use it can be confusing. In this session, we’ll talk about why you should research a company you’d like to work for, where to look for the essential information you’ll need, and a few keyways of connecting the dots between knowing more about a company and succeeding in a job interview.
Audience: everyone.
Tuesday May 4    4:00pm

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
Thursday, May 6   2:00pm