CATS(formerly IMDC at Bloomsburg) periodically offers training on instructional technology and tools for faculty and staff to attend. They sometimes also work with other areas, such as the Center for Teaching and Learning (formerly TALE at Bloomsburg), Instructional Media Services, and Office of Technology, to offer a calendar of training events.

Recorded Sessions

Check out our recorded sessions on Mediasite. Descriptions of these sessions and individual links are available on this page below the link.

Links to get to areas of interest easily:

2024 Winter

2022 Spring

2021 Fall

2020 Summer: Teaching | Brightspace | Zoom | Mediasite | Other tools

2024 Winter CATS Sessions

Brightspace for Beginners

An overview of our LMS and its functionality for instructors.


Use Nearpod for Multimodal and Interactivity in Classes

Nearpod is a tool that gives real-time insights into student understanding through interactive lessons, interactive videos, gamification, and activities.


Brightspace Creator+

Find out how to add interactive elements and practice into your Brightspace course right within Brightspace using Creator+.


Integrity and Tech

How to preserve academic integrity in a technological world. Find out what tools we offer and what strategies we recommend and DON'T recommend.


Brightspace Boost for Instructors Beyond Basics

For instructors looking for use of Brightspace beyond the basics- how to measure engagement and leverage tools within your Brightspace course to reach students.


2022 Spring Teach & Tech Sessions

We are in the midst of our current calendar through Jan. 21, 2022. To join any of our sessions please contact for the Zoom link.

Attendance and Seating Charts - January 13, 2022 - 3PM

Review recommendations for attendance policy and how to take attendance or create seating charts across different mediums and platforms.


Lead Lively Sessions in Zoom - January 14, 2022 - Noon

Find out how to use Zoom to engage students in synchronous sessions.


Flip Your Instruction in Brightspace - January 18, 2022 - Noon

Find out how to use tools in Brightspace to flip your class activities.


Microsoft 365 for Teaching - January 19, 2022 - 3PM

Want to use Teams, Notebook, or Office 365 in class? Come join us to find out how to use these versatile tools for instruction.


Anticipating Challenges - January 20, 2022 - Noon

Come discuss the lessons we’ve learned over the past two years so you can ancitipate and be prepared to meet instructional challenges this semester.


Get Zoom-Ready - January 20, 2022 - 3PM

Find out how to set up Zoom for your class,  share the join URL to students or colleagues, and automatically copy recordings to Mediasite.


Quiz Security Options - January 21, 2022 - Noon

Join us to find out what quiz security options are available, and how to make use of them.

2021 Fall Teach & Tech Calendar

Since You've Been Gone - August 24, 2021 - Noon

What’s happened with Brightspace, Zoom, and our other tools since you’ve been gone? Come to this session to find out about important changes that could affect how you create and deliver your courses this semester!

8/24/21 Recording:

Adding Interactivity with H5P - August 25, 2021 - Noon

Are you looking for a way to add interactivity to your courses in Brightspace? Join us at this session to find out how you can use H5P to add accessible interactive elements to your Brightspace courses.

8/25/21 Recording:

Q&A Info Session - August 26, 2021 - September 9, 2021 - Noon

Have a question that’s outside our calendar of events topics? Join this open session to get an answer from your instructional technology gurus on campus!

Big Changes to Assignments & Discussions - August 27, 2021 - Noon

This session is a MUST for Brightspace users! Assignment creation and evaluation experience and the Discussions evaluation experience has been updated and streamlined for ease of use. Come see the changes and how these can help you create and evaluate work in Brightspace!

8/26/21 Recording:

DON'T PANIC- Prepare for a Pivot - August 30 9AM - August 31 330PM - September 2 12PM

We’re back to our first face to face semester since 2020 Spring, but we want you to be prepared for a potential pivot. Come to this session, create a game plan for a potential pivot, and feel prepared before a pivot to remote instruction.

Google Assignments - August 31, 2021 - Noon

Are you using Google Assignments in your course? Come to this session to find out how to link them to your Brightspace course!

Quiz Security and Question Pools - September 1, 2021 - Noon

Do you want to increase your quiz security in Brightspace? Come find out how to use question pools and settings in Quizzes to increase quiz security without requiring proctoring services!

TurningPoint Webinar - September 3, 2021 - Noon

TurningPoint is offering a webinar for Bloomsburg University faculty. Come to this session to find out how you can use clickers and polling in your classes. Reach out to us for the registration link!

Rubrics in Brightspace - September 7, 2021 - Noon

Join us to find out how to use the Rubrics tool in Brightspace- how to create rubrics, apply them to activities, and use them to evaluate student work.

Lightboard Info Session - September 8, 2021 - Noon

Want to engage your students with immersive presentations?  Come explore our new lightboard technology to capture your student’s attention and connect in a more natural and personal way.

Video Instruction & How-To - September 10, 2021 - Noon

If you want to use video in your online courses, come learn about best practice recommendations and how to use our campus systems to optimize instructional videos in your courses.

2020 Summer Faculty Training Series

The full archive of the Summer Training Series is available below. Sessions were presented by the Teaching and Learning Enhancement (TALE) Center, Instructional Media and Design Center (IMDC), Instructional Media Services (IMS), and Technology Support Services (TSS).

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Teaching Techniques

Backward Design: Stage 1: Learning Outcomes and Situational Factors 

  • Brief review of Stage 1
  • Discussion of how to compose learning outcomes that are transparent and relevant
  • Discussion of how to trim them for a pandemic semester.
  • Feel free to share your SLOs with colleagues for feedback.

7/2/20 Recording:

Backward Design: Stage 2: Formative and Summative Assessment

  • Discuss why stage 2 must focus on assessment
  • Learn the difference between formative and summative assessment
  • How to make your assessment "educative"

7/7/20 Recording:

7/9/20 Recording:

Teaching and Learning Activities-Adapting to a Pandemic

  • What are your F2F teaching and learning activities?
  • Do they achieve your learning outcomes?
  • How can you adapt if we have to teach remotely?

7/14/20 Recording:

7/16/20 Recording:

Flip or Flop

Successful flipping a lesson or a class depends upon faculty and students being prepared. What are these challenges, and how can you anticipate?

7/7/20 Recording:

7/9/20 Recording:

Flipping a Class Q & A

What is a flipped class and why might it be an effective way to prepare your classes for the fall?

7/2/20 Recording:

HuskySuccess in the Classroom

Kara Shultz and Jessica Heid demonstrate how to use HuskySuccess to take attendance and provide other notes about student progress, while Angela Hess shares how she has used this reporting system during its first summer at BU.

7/15/20 Recording:

Helping Students Learn

Help students thrive and to create a more equitable classroom, we cannot assume that students know how to study.  Learn and discuss how faculty can teach students how to learn.

7/28/20 Recording:

7/30/20 Recording:


Brightspace Basics

General Navigation, high level overview of available tools, how to create announcements, view classist, etc. 


Brightspace Course Setup and Management

Set up and manage your course shells in Brightspace, such as using manage files, manage dates, using HTML templates, and using the Import/Export/Copy tool. 


Working with Content in Brightspace

How to work with content in Brightspace focusing on creating new content items, linking to existing activities, creating checklists and adding conditional release settings. 


Brightspace Course Communication

Groups, using groups for breaking into smaller discussions, discussions, graded discussions, class list, email class list, last access.


Grades Setup in Brightspace

Set up a grade book: grading system, calculation options, adding categories and grade items, applying grade schemes


Quizzes I - Creating a Quiz in Brightspace

  • How to create a quiz, set up properties, assessment, and restrictions tabs
  • Basic quiz creation with “default” configurations
  • Submission views and cautions/suggestions


Quizzes II - Building Quizzes with Questions in Brightspace

  • How to use the Question Library, import questions, use publisher provided test banks
  • How to add questions to quizzes in sections and pools


Quizzes III - Security Options for Quizzes

How to modify restrictions like adding special access, time limits, number of attempts, release conditions, shuffle and pools, limiting right click, questions per page, use of email and IM tools, RLDB/ProctorU/etc.


Evaluating Quiz Assessments in Brightspace

How to grade quizzes, quiz questions, re-grade questions, “fix” wrong questions, re-publish grades if auto grade was not selected, etc.


Creating Assignments in Brightspace

How to create assignments in Brightspace: linking to a grade item, attaching a rubric


Providing Feedback and Practice in Brightspace

How to get and provide feedback and practice in surveys, self-assessment tool, rubrics, and awards


Evaluating Assignments in Brightspace

How to assess assignments in Brightspace: Rubrics, Turnitin with Grade mark, NEW Annotation Tool


The NEW Quick Eval Tool

How to use the tool in Brightspace to streamline your grading experience!


Communicating with Intelligent Agents

  • Did you know there is a secret tool in your Brightspace course that will let you send out target-ed messages to students?
  • Come find out what these are and how you can use them to increase engagement.


Be Present in Brightspace

How to add instructor presence to Brightspace with video notes and instructional videos, and feedback and communication tools



How to Host an Engaging Zoom Session

Turn your Zoom sessions into active, lively learning environments using polls, annotations, and music and video clips!


How to Deal with Participants in Zoom

Find out what features of Zoom exist to help you manage unruly and disruptive Zoom participants.


How to Manage Your Zoom Portal

How to manage your profile, meetings, and recordings, and get attendance and poll information on the Zoom Portal.


Zoom Enabled Classroom Q & A

Live demonstration of Zoom Enabled classroom with open Q & A for instructors to discuss with peers and technology staff.


Who's Zoomin' Who? Engaging Students Online Synchronous

  • Experience how to use Zoom to engage students in synchronous sessions.
  • You will gain experience from the students' perspective on the following: entry ticket (a.k.a. hook, anchor); Breakout Room; polling without Zoom; exchanging interpretations using annotation tools; and exit ticket (a.k.a. formative assessment).

7/28/20 Recording 1:

7/28/20 Recording 2:

Pre-Assign Breakout Rooms in Zoom

How to export the class list from Brightspace, download the breakout room template from Zoom, assign breakout rooms to users, upload to Zoom, and see the rooms in the Zoom application.



An Introduction to Mediasite

  • What can Mediasite do?
  • What does Mediasite look like for the student?
  • How does Mediasite integrate with Zoom and Brightspace?

6/29/20 Recording:

Organizing and Publishing Mediasite Content

  • Creating Channels (Folders) to organize course content
  • Adding presentations to the Brightspace Mediasite Module
  • Embedding presentations in Brightspace content

7/6/20 Recording:

Mediasite for Student Projects and Presentations

  • Creating Assignment in Brightspace (as Instructor)
  • Publishing Content and Submitting Presentations (as Student)
  • Viewing submissions (as Instructor)
  • Determining the best way to create a presentation using the Video Project Wizard

7/13/20 Recording:

Mediasite Editor, Accessibility, Interactivity

  • Video Editor
  • Caption Editor
  • Commenting and Annotation

7/21/20 Recording:

Assessments in Mediasite

  • Mediasite Analytics
  • Creating Video Quizzes
  • Importing results to Brightspace Grade book

7/28/20 Recording:

Mediasite in the Classroom

Recording in classrooms and conference rooms.

8/3/20 Recording:

Mediasite in the Home or Office

Recording Your Desktop with Mediasite Mosaic, Mediasite Desktop Recorder, and other tools.


Other Technology Tools

Intro to Working Remotely and Office 365

  • Connecting to Cisco AnyConnect
  • Accessing Campus Network Resources
  • Installing Office 365 Desktop Apps
  • Saving Documents to OneDrive
  • Sharing OneDrive documents for information dissemination
  • Sharing OneDrive documents for collaboration

7/16/20 Recording:

8/5/20 Recording:

Microsoft Teams

Presented by Dan McCurry. Microsoft Teams: all students and faculty have access to this app that allows for chats, meetings, and other types of collaboration. 

7/21/20 Recording:

Bloomsburg Microsoft 365 Login:

OneNote Classroom Notebook

Presented by IMD Jon Hedrick. OneNote classroom notebook to replace Wikis. 

7/27/20 Recording:

Google Forms for a Zoom Session

Enliven Zoom sessions and asynchronous learning: have students complete a Google Form as a hook activity, check for understanding, generate discussion, or problem solve.  Even if students are all located in the same room, this approach can allow you to maintain social distancing.  I demonstrate how to create a google form, then shorten the link and create a QR code to make it easier to share. 


Google Forms:

Office 365 Docs for a Zoom Session

Enliven discussions in a Zoom session, Zoom-enabled room, or asynchronous? Share a collaborative word document using Office365 then create a shareable URL.  I demonstrated how to create the Word Doc, then shorten the really long URL and create a QR code to make it easier to share especially with social distancing protocols. 


Bloomsburg Microsoft 365 Login:

Recording a PowerPoint Lecture

Many of us are familiar with making PowerPoint lectures.  Here is a quick tutorial showing how to record a PowerPoint Lecture, then save as an MP4 which you should upload to Mediasite.  The content of these two lectures is identical, but you may want to experience the difference between recording a lecture using the PowerPoint record presentation function and a screen capture tool such as Zoom or Mediasite.  You may notice that if you must demonstrate an application or tool on your computer, screen capture is the better option. 

Recording of Powerpoint:

Recording of Zoom:

TechSmith Capture

Presented by Lisa Stallbaumer. TechSmith’s Jing: this is a free screen capture and screen recording tool that allows us to provide quick and meaningful feedback to students. 

7/23/20 Recording:


Presented by Rebecca Willoughby. Kahoot: This is a game-based learning platform that can be used as formative assessment and users can participate together wherever they are. 

7/21/20 Recording:

Prerecorded Demo:


Presented by Steph Gardner. Padlet: a web app that lets users post notes on a digital wall; gather, share and modify ideas.

7/21/20 Recording:

Wacom Graphics Drawing Tablet

Presented by Dan McCurry. Wacom Graphics Drawing Tablet: uses include drawing graphs, making comments on tabulations, art, etc.

7/21/20 Recording:

Go React

Presented by Jessica Bentley-Sassaman, Go React: software that records students perform skills, such as sign language, and demonstrations 



Presented by Julie Ambrose. VoiceThread: this is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways. 

7/23/20 Recording:


Presented by Skye Chernichky-Karcher. Vialogue: provides a space for people to hold meaningful and dynamic time-stamped discussions about videos. 

7/23/20 Recording:


Presented by Dan McCurry. Piazza: this is a social learning platform where students can ask questions and collaborate; the interface is more comparable to facebook and user-friendly than Brightspace. 

7/23/20 Recording:

Group Me

Presented by Christina Francis. Group Me: This group texting tool allows you to create spaces for your students to easily communicate with one another. 

7/23/20 Recording:

Poll Everywhere

Presented by Arjun Sondhi. Poll Everywhere: no clickers needed with this instant audience feedback app. 

7/23/20 Recording:


Presented by Christina Francis. Blogger: this free blogging platform Is easy to use and become a vehicle for student to compose for real audiences. 

7/23/20 Recording:


Presented by Craig Young, Flipgrid: allows teachers to create “grids” to facilitate video discussions comparable to a message board. 

7/23/20 Recording:


Presented by Dan McCurry, Gradescope: is a tool designed to streamline and standardize paper-based, digital, an code assignments. 

7/23/20 Recording:

Inclusive Access/McGraw-Hill Connect

Presented by Cheryl Howlett, Inclusive Access/McGraw-Hill Connect: provides students digital access to course materials at far less the price arranged through the publisher and the University store. 

7/21/20 Recording: