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We offer one workshop per track at 9 and 10:30 each day, break for lunch, and then host a general afternoon session open to everyone in the L&C community.

We are currently working on the 2015 schedule which will offer a mix of hands-on training, discussion and demonstration and short 20 minute “Quick Byte” sessions centered around Assessment and Data Analytics, Teaching in the Cloud, Multimedia Methods, and Digital Skills for Students.

May 18th, 2015

  • Image preview 9:00am - 10:15am: Faculty Technology Institute Opening Session
    This opening talk will be given by our guest speaker Dr. Paul Anderson.
  • 10:30am - 10:45am: Data Science and the Undergraduate Curriculum
    The EdTech world today is chock full of “fluencies,” “competencies,” and “literacies.” Whatever you want to call them, we’re being challenged to think in new ways to incorporate these things into our syllabi, curriculum, assignments, and rubrics. (The blog gives a nice intro and overview.) In this workshop, we’ll dig into digital media literacy and what it means in your teaching practice. Come for the discussion, stay for the debate!
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: What Does Big Data Mean to Different Disciplines?

    An introduction to the commons themes and areas of active research and development for big data and data science. Session will provide an overview of key concepts for big data and an overview of the diverse data streams and sources available across disciplines, including big the life sciences (e.g., genomics, biomedical), earth sciences (e.g., spatial and geolocated data), social science, and the humanities.

  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Drones in Research and Instruction
    You’ve heard plenty about drones in the media, but what applications could a drone serve at Lewis & Clark?  The rise of small, cheap aerial technology provides a compelling case for using drones for anything from plant population surveys to observing first year students moving into residence halls. Bring your ideas, and take a turn flying a simulated drone!
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Student and Academic Digital Scholarship Sites
    Initially launched by the ENVS Program, and now used for all Overseas programs, some CAS courses, and a variety of initiatives on campus, Lewis & Clark’s digital scholarship multisite ( offers opportunities for students and sponsoring academic programs to develop important web authoring and communication skills. Participants in this session will learn how to administer a DS site, including site settings and organization, theme and plugin management, page and post creation, and advanced uses.
  • 12:45pm - 2:00pm: Opportunities and Challenges of Data Science in the Liberal Arts

    An overview of data science and big data, including a discussion about how these emerging fields are influencing a variety of disciplines and how this relates to a liberal arts education. We’ll also look at the opportunities, challenges, and technology needed to incorporate big data and data science in the classroom.

  • 2:15pm - 3:00pm: Hadoop and the Cloud
    A hands on experience with Hadoop and the cloud.
  • 3:15pm - 4:00pm: Data Science and the Undergraduate Curriculum
    Bridging big data and data science in the undergraduate curriculum: a hands on experience for integrating big data and data science with biology.

May 19th, 2015

  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Instructional Video: Find, Edit, Share!
    Using video to enhance instruction has become ubiquitous.  However, acquiring the video you need can be be a frustrating minefield of copyright law and technological hoops. Luckily, getting that crucial clip has never been easier if you have the know-how.  In this session we’ll go over proven ways to obtain video, cut it, and sure methods for sharing.
  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Big Data Organization and Management
    An introduction to technology for hosting, managing, and organizing large data sets for faculty and student access.
  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Digital Field Scholarship with Location-Aware Devices
    Fieldwork is central to a wide swath of academic disciplines spanning the sciences and humanities. In this session, you will build skills in what we call digital field scholarship, in which location-aware mobile devices play a key role supporting field-based research. Lewis & Clark and the ENVS Program have been leaders in digital field scholarship (see publication here). Participants will learn geolocation basics, and construct and administer a simple Fulcrum-based field survey; if time, we will view our results using Google Earth.
  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Making Moodle Look Good
    Bored with the look of the default Moodle theme? Looking for some ideas on how to update your design? New to Moodle and want to learn what’s possible - come and get hands-on experience making Moodle courses look good.
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Multimodal Writing Projects
    Multimodal assignments go beyond words to communicate. Supplementing text with audio, video, photographs, images and other sensory media, all extend the reach of the ideas students hope to convey. In this workshop, we’ll examine how incorporating projects such as podcasts, blogs, collages, video or audio essays, comic strips and storyboards into the curriculum aid in the development of visual and digital literacy while giving students opportunities to express their ideas in new and exciting ways.
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: DIY Video: Record Mini-lectures, Class Presentations and More!

    “Tangerine”, which earned raves at the latest Sundance film festival, was shot almost entirely with an iPhone 5S.”

    We won’t be creating any Sundance submissions, but we will talk about the feasibility of using tools that you already have to produce video or audio.  We’ll discuss methods of manipulating recorded materials on your device and explore how to use and distribute them–all without having to buy anything else.
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Designing an Interdisciplinary Data Sciences Course at Lewis & Clark

    Peter Drake in Computer Science is planning to teach a data science course in the spring of 2016. The course is meant to reach across disciplines, especially the life sciences. It should be accessible to any student who has taken Computer Science I (CS 171) or the equivalent.

    What techniques, tools (including software) and abilities do you want your students to come out of this course with? What would make this course more appealing to your students? What data-heavy problems do you have that such a course could examine or tackle?

  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Google Sites Basics
    Do you need a quick and easy web-publishing tool? This workshop introduces users to the basics of Google Sites, a Google Apps alternative to Moodle and LiveWhale for creating faculty and class web sites.  We’ll cover how to create and manage pages, customize your site, and add gadgets for Google Calendar, Drive, Groups and more!

May 20th, 2015

  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Quick Bytes: Big Data
  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Quick Bytes - Classroom AV Tricks & Tips
    The best planned class can suddenly become dead in the water due to A/V problems. Learn useful preventatives, workarounds and back ups for when you may encounter a sudden problem with the classroom computer or projector before help arrives.
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: YouTeach! ‘Crash Course’ Mini-videos and the Liberal Arts
    We will explore mini-videos (no more than 10 mins in length) created by educators for educators on YouTube, discussing ways in which they do or don’t work pedagogically, how to implement them in your curriculum, including flipping, framing, and assessment. Come and play!
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Meet them where they are – mobile devices and social media for academic use
    Mobile devices and social networks have become powerfully pervasive tools in our personal lives. They can also be equally powerful tools for classroom engagement and collaborative learning. In this session, we’ll look at methods for incorporating student mobile devices and social networks into the curriculum, while walking the delicate line between “meeting them where they are” and “invading their space.”
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Meet Google Classroom
    Are you interested in using Google Drive more with your students? Come hear how Google Classroom can help. Classroom allows you to create assignments quickly and securely, helps keep submissions organized, allows for efficient feedback and can help keep students on task. In this hands-on session, we’ll give you an overview to Classroom, see how it works from a student’s perspective and walk through getting started with your own Classroom.
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Spatial Data and Mapping
    Maps are important ways to understand and communicate spatial patterns and processes. In the digital realm, spatial data are the raw stuff we use to make maps. This session, organized by the ENVS Program, covers the basics of digital mapping, from simple maps using tools such as Google Earth to advanced maps requiring GIS (geographic information system) applications. We will also discuss the basics of spatial data management, including potential opportunities to find, store, and share spatial data at Lewis & Clark using a suite of tools including GeoServer and CKAN.

May 21st, 2015

  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Cloud-based Presentation Tools
    There are many alternatives available to PowerPoint which allow you to consider and present your content in different ways. From the simplified format of Google Slides, to the zooming and storytelling format of Prezi and the minimalist approach of HaikuDeck, we will play with various tools so that you can find the one that works best for you!
  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Create a Trailer: Your Department, Student Assignment, or Class
    Want to promote a class you’re teaching?  Maybe your department could use a little modern advertising.  Perhaps your students could summarize a project with a video rather than a big poster.  Come to this hands-on workshop where we’ll create a short video trailer and discuss how to use it effectively.
  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Options for Videoconferencing
    We’ve come a long way since the world of video conferencing and phone calls was dominated by Skype. From Google Hangouts to Adobe Connect, there are now many options for video conferencing, each tailored to a specific “goal.” But you need to make sure you match your Videoconferencing goal to the appropriate app. Come learn what other video conferencing solutions IT supports and learn best practices for each.
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Sound Design for Multimedia Projects
    From sweeping scores to rimshots, sound enhances and informs our perception, yet it is often overlooked in the development of academic multimedia projects. Learn the basics of good sound design, and how to use software such as audacity and garageband to add sound effects, audio clips and underscoring to enhance projects.
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Grading in Moodle
    Moodle has many features that allow instructors to track students’ performance efficiently and provide private feedback to students. In this session, we’ll go through the steps of setting up a complete gradebook in Moodle. First, we’ll review setting up individual graded activities such as assignments and discussion forums which are always automatically added to the Moodle Gradebook. Next, we’ll customize the default gradebook in Moodle including choosing how grades are displayed to students, overall grade calculation methods, adding additional items, grouping and weighting grades, entering grades and feedback, and exporting grades for your permanent records.
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Share and Collaborate with Google Apps
    Google Drive provides UNLIMITED storage to apps for education users. Do I have your attention? What if I also told you that, in addition it’s generous storage capability, Google Drive offers the same file sharing and synchronization capabilities that you’ve grown to rely upon in services like Dropbox. Still not sold? What if we also threw in the full integration with Google Docs, Gmail, Google Groups, Google Calendar, and Google Sites? All that functionality (and more) is available through your LC Google account, so let’s dig in!
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Playing with Words: Text and Text Analysis

    In today’s world, why stick to the basics? Learn what you can do with simple (e.g.  Wordle) to more advanced (e.g. Voyant) text analysis tools and why they’re used. Come prepared to get your hands dirty, and play with words!

May 22nd, 2015