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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

Center for Creative Instruction

Continue your journey.  We’ll help.

We support you!  Providing faculty and staff with the teaching and technology help they need is essential to the Potsdam community.  Please explore our site for tools and resources to help you in your professional development.  If you find you still have questions, contact us at to open a support ticket.  We’ll do our best to respond promptly and even schedule a follow-up meeting with you if needed.

Mission Statement

The CCI works to strengthen, enhance and support teaching and learning by providing services, resources, programming and collaborative opportunities to the campus community.

Featured (new each week)

Come by each week and check out our Featured section.  We’ll post on important CCI news and highlight new functionality available on your favorite program or app. (Week 14 – 11/29/21)

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While you may not need the “Classroom” features found in Teams, knowing about them might be important. Many grade and secondary schools are using Microsoft Teams, and SUNY Potsdam students teaching in the future will likely need familiarity with these features. In addition, several of these “classroom” features could be used in interesting ways for campus assignments and projects.

New Word Features
Word has great new features including some need features for Mac and O365 (watch Top 11 NEW Features in Microsoft Word 2021 – 10:36).  Use these tools to improve your writing, read text aloud, check for similarities to online sources (plagiarism), and much more.

New Whiteboard in Teams
The new Whiteboard features are yet another reason to use Microsoft Teams.  With handy collaboration tools (pens, notes, and templates), your next class session or meeting will run smoother than ever!

PowerPoint Design
If you are not familiar with the “Design Ideas” feature of PowerPoint, you’re going to love it (watch PowerPoint Design Ideas – 04:45).  This tool allows you to quickly convert basic slides into a refined, visually interesting presentation.  Design Ideas does the heavy lifting, and you’ll save tons of time, while looking like a design expert.

Do you know how to Sway?
While a little hard to describe, Microsoft Sway might be an app worth your time to try out.  When you visit a Sway on the web, you see a beautifully designed webpage that displays images, video, links, and text in a unique visual presentation (e.g. visit the CCI’s Basecamp Sway).  Not only can presentations be shared with a class (or the public), but you can also have your students use it to easily create presentations by importing a document or PowerPoint, and letting Sway design the site. Watch The Sway Way – 03:00 for an overview.

More Resources

Moodle- Find How-to guides and resources on Moodle (used to deliver course content and instruction).

Base Camp- Find step-by-step guidance on what to learn first if you’re just starting to use technology.

Accessibility- Find resources and tools to help you create accessible content and courses.

Professional Development- Submit this form to request a specific PD session or to volunteer to deliver a session.