Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology
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Teaching with Technology

(These workshops require that participants have computer access)

What Not To Do With PowerPoint

PowerPoint is a useful classroom tool. It's easy to update and allows users to incorporate sound, text, and video into their presentations. Unfortunately, we often use PowerPoint simply to provide outlines for our lectures. In this session, we will learn some simple techniques to enliven classroom presentations in PowerPoint. We will discuss the true potential of this powerful tool and identify strategies for turning our PowerPoint presentations into engaging, interactive learning experiences for students.

Collaboration Tools for Online Environments

Planning collaborative activities for your class? Consider establishing an online environment where students can work and learn together. In this session, we will discuss Wikis and other useful online collaboration tools. Those tools can encourage collaboration among small or large groups of students by providing a common online workspace where students can read, write, and work together.

Putting Course Content Online

The flexibility and accessibility of the internet presents a powerful tool for distributing course content. Documents, images, audio files, video files, and combinations can be created and distributed to students. The workshop will explore the various ways that content can be created for the Web, and offer a process to choose the most effective tools, best practices for media and multimedia use.

“Paperless” Responses to Student Papers

In less than an hour you can learn how to use tools already on your computer to compose “paperless” responses to student texts. These strategies allow instructors to optimize their effort, giving more feedback in the same or less time.

“Clicker Classrooms”: Pedagogically Effective Classroom Response Systems

Many options are available for making this relatively new technology useful for teaching and learning. Find out the possibilities to ensure you are making effective pedagogy choices. Our students’ learning perspectives have changed dramatically in recent years… are you keeping up?

Blogs for Teaching

Learn how to use blogs for your class or for outlet of your professional and personal reflections. A blog is a personal web space where people make regular entries of commentary or other material such as graphics or video. We’ll also explore various ways to use blogs for instructional purposes.

Teaching in a Virtual Environment: Second Life

Second life is a simulated virtual environment where you can communicate with others and interact with objects and the environment through avatars. Come learn to get started in Second Life. You will learn to create an avatar, learn basic movements and navigations and few tricks to help you explore the possibilities of teaching in the virtual environment.

Communicating with Students through Texting & Facebook

Students’ primary methods of communication among these days include cell phone text messaging and Facebook website connections. If you are unfamiliar with these modes of communication, you may be missing out on some teaching-learning opportunities. Join us to find out how you can use these to enhance your classroom and relationship experiences.

Creating Accessible Word, PowerPoint and PDF

Accessibility means making something usable by everyone—including people with disabilities. As we make more electronic documents available to students, it is important to consider the accessibility of your document, i.e. whether or not the document is formatted in certain ways for screen reader to process properly. It’s much easier to make new documents accessible than trying to retrofit the documents to meet the accessibility standard, so let’s start today and make your documents accessible!

Copyright in the Digital Age

It is easier than ever to violate copyright laws on the internet – intentionally or unintentionally. This workshop will familiarize you with the current issues of intellectual property and guide you in developing action plans for your classes.

2017-08-15T11:27:47.018-05:00 2017