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Faculty Technology Institute



May 18 - 22, 2015

Registration is open


We are pleased to announce the tracks for 2015! 

We will offer the customary mix of hands-on training, discussion and demonstration and short “Quick Byte” sessions organized in the following tracks. We are still finalizing the complete daily schedule and course descriptions - input welcome

Track 1 - Big Data in the Liberal Arts

The increase in the speed and quantity of data we generate on a daily basis is staggering. Creating and exploring this data provides a wealth of opportunities for research, teaching and learning across the liberal arts, but also brings challenges in developing new tools and techniques to store, manage and analyze this rapidly increasing quantity of data. Sessions in this track will be a mix of introductory overivews, roundtable discussions and hands-on workshops.

Track 2 - Crafting Your Cloud Classroom

Whether you use Moodle, Google or something else, ubiquitous access to the Internet and cloud resources is an integral part of teaching, learning and research. In this track we’ll have hands-on sessions that focus on class web pages (Moodle, Google Sites and others) as this is often the starting point for online interactions with your class. We’ll also have sessions that focus on designing online activities using a variety of educational and social media Apps.

Track 3 - Multimedia Methods

Today’s classrooms—both virtual and online—often include a mix of video, images, text and audio, with these comes the challenge of media management. In addition to the many options for creating multimedia content, other important considerations include storage and distribution media files, as well as strategies and methods for evaluating multimedia assignments. In this track we’ll focus on practical tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your media mix.

Track 4 - Digital Skills for Digital Students

Much like writing skills, the development of digital skills—both fluency and literacy—are essential for today’s students. It’s possible to foster these skills as part of any curriculum without turning your course into a “computer class.” In this track, we examine methods for supporting digital literacy and fluency for students, which includes ideas for modifying assignments to foster digital literacy skills, leveraging digital tools and applications to support learning, or a mix of both.


Don’t see something you’re interested in learning more about?  Contact Miranda Carney-Morris at or 503-768-7220.