May the Fourth (be with you) – Training Day

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Our May the Fourth training day is designed to be an informal collection of in-depth training opportunities for various software options that we provide. Our schedule is listed above with descriptions of sessions below.

Please register for one or more events using this registration form.

Register for May the Fourth

Get a hands-on demonstration of the lightboard and the video studios.

Snell Library 140 is an online learning company that helps anyone learn software, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Members receive unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals. All faculty, staff and students at Northeastern University have complementary access through our LyndaCampus agreement.

During this session, you will learn:

  • Best practices for using for your own development
  • How can be used to enhance the teaching and learning process for the benefit of your students
  • Searching for the content that is most relevant to you
  • Incorporating courses into your Blackboard courses  (if applicable)

Online, registration required

PlayPosit allows you to take any online video (YouTube, Vimeo, TED) and seamlessly transform it into an interactive experience by embedding your own questions and media elements at any moment in time. Engage students in any online/hybrid course and receive immediate data on student performance. 

In this hands-on training, you will learn how to: 

  • Add questions to streaming videos (multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, discussion elements, etc.)
  • Setup automated feedback for correct/incorrect answers
  • Crop videos
  • Access and assign PlayPosit lessons via Blackboard/SAML SSO
  • Monitor and auto-export student analytics into the grade center

Snell Library 140

Adobe Spark tools are designed to put your ideas and stories in the forefront, not the technology. This hands-on workshop will introduce you to Adobe Spark Post (for creating social media graphics and memes) Spark Page (for creating interactive web stories) and Spark Video (for creating self-contained videos complete with music and voice-over narration). These free tools can be used in a desktop web browser, or on iOS devices. Upon completion of the workshop, you’ll not only walk away with digital projects you can use for yourself, but also models to inspire students to tell their stories in a different manner.

Here are a couple example of you will learn how to create in this workshop:
Cropping and Framing (Spark Video)

Digital Literacy Example

Updated Teaching and learning in the CC Example

Online, registration required

Northeastern Information Technology Services has secured a license for online and on-ground classroom use of Poll Everywhere, a student response solution that allows students to respond to polling questions and displays results in real-time. Poll Everywhere offers usability, a good variety of question types, and web and PowerPoint/Keynote/Google slides delivery.

This class will show you how to use Poll Everywhere for as a classroom response system. You’ll get tips for creating questions quickly, managing your question groups, and integrating with the Blackboard gradebook if you’d like to track student engagement.

ATS Poll Everywhere website

Online, Registration required

Address learners by name, present them with custom certificates, and more with text variables. There’s no coding necessary. Register for this webinar to learn the common use cases for text variables as well as how to add them to your Storyline 360 courses.

This online event will cover the basics of NVivo, queries, collaboration and best practices. Please register above to receive login information.


  • Introductions –  5 minutes
  • Overview of NVivo – 10 minutes
  • The Basics: Create a project, import data and code – 20 minutes
  • Lexical Queries: Text search query & word frequency query – 15 minutes
  • Best Practices: Building a powerful node structure – 10 minutes
  • Quantitative data in NVivo: Cases & Classifications – 20 minutes
  • Collaboration with NVivo – 15 minutes
  • Other topics & sample project – 25