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Faculty Technology Institute Workshops


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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’ve just set our 2014 schedule.  We have three types of workshops:  Hands-on training, discussion and demonstration and twenty minute mini “Quick Byte” sessions.

For a quick overview of the Institute, check out the daily schedule.  

May 19th, 2014

  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Opening Session
    Welcome and general overview for the Faculty Technology Institute.
  • 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: Enriching Your Course with Material from the Digital World
    There is an incredible wealth of readings and audiovisual materials available to you and your students through library subscriptions and even the public internet. In this workshop we’ll explore creative possibilities of assembling these materials into a coherent “custom course pack,” and the skills and strategies you’ll need to do it.
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Creating a Professional Online Identity
    Chances are, you already have an online identity, but is it one you’re proud of? How you appear online may affect how students and colleagues see you as well as well as future career opportunities. In this workshop, we’ll look at the factors that contribute to your online identity and share tips on crafting a professional online presence.
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Options for Class Websites
    When you think of your class web pages, what comes to mind? Class pages in Moodle? Google Sites?  Your “official” Livewhale page?  Are there other options?  There are a numbers of ways to have a web presence for your class, each one serving a different purpose and requiring different levels of expertise.  In this workshop we’ll discuss your options and help you find the publishing method that will make it easy to create and maintain the class website you have in mind.
  • 12:45pm - 2:00pm: Why Games?
    We often think of games as something we do just for fun and to pass the time, but can they also reinvigorate education?  Those in favor of the idea such as Jane McGonigal, the author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World (Penguin Press, 2011), point to the potential benefit of increased engagement that results from positive emotional effects players experience.  Games can also teach those that play themthat failure is permitted.  In this session we’ll explore pros, cons and discuss how to get started with incorporating games in the classroom. We’ll also get hands-on, with a little friendly competition to come up with some game-based learning ideas based on learning outcomes, subjects and an existing game!

May 20th, 2014

  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Social Media for Documentation and Commentary
    As more of life transpires online, as scholars and teachers we have the opportunity to document and review the library of exchanges archived in social media spaces. In this workshop, we’ll first look at practical techniques and philosophical implications, of “recording” postings, threads, and conversations, using apps like Storify. We’ll also examine the current citation standards for such materials in APA, MLA, and Chicago styles.
  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Cutting Through the Noise - Methods of Communicating Electronically with Students
    Between email, listservs, online learning spaces, instant messages and social networks, you have many options for communicating with students. Choosing tools that will cut through the noise while establishing clear guidelines and boundaries for electronic communication is challenging, but we’re here to help.  In this discussion we’ll look at how, when and with what you can try to be heard by your students.
  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Enhance your curriculum with visual learning tools and techniques
    This session will include tips, tools and tricks for visualizing data, creating infographics, and integrating images and video to enhance your curriculum. Hands-on exercises will help us guide our exploration of these topics. 


    Not sure what this all means? Come to this session to explore the possibilities!
  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Google Sites Basics
    This workshop introduces users to the basics of Google Sites, a popular alternative to Moodle and LiveWhale for 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!
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Remote Class Participation
    Physical distance no longer restricts us from teaching while we are away, inviting important guest lecturers to class, or including students who are home with the sniffles in on important class discussions. This class will go over how to bring people into the classroom remotely. We will address best practices, common challenges, and the technology needed to make your classroom experience a success! Come with questions!
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Create Your Own Instructional Videos
    Lecture capture and screencasting/desktop recording encompass a range of technologies that provide instructors with the capacity to record content in their classrooms or on their own computing device. For example, an instructor who uses PowerPoint in their teaching could choose to record a lecture capture of themselves delivering a presentation in the classroom, or to create a screencast of their slides with accompanying narration and annotation.  We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each approach, and have some hands-on time with both technologies.
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Goodbye Dropbox, Hello Google Drive
    Dropbox is a wonderful tool and it’s easy to get attached, but did you know that the desktop version of Google Drive now includes much of the same functionality? In addition to the Google Apps integration and collaborative web features, Google Drive offers the same file sharing and sync capabilities that you’ve grown to rely upon in Dropbox. In this session, we’ll take a side-by-side look at Google Drive and Dropbox, and discuss pros and cons to making the switch.
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Effective Online Discussions
    When thoughtfully incorporated into your course, online discussions can extend the walls of your classroom and promote interaction. In this session, we’ll show you how to set up discussion forums in Moodle and discuss tips and techniques for structuring online forum assignments that engage and instruct. Strategies discussed apply to online discussions in general and are not Moodle-specific.
  • 12:45pm - 2:00pm: The Classroom of the Future
    This will be a discussion based session where we’ll talk about the technologies and strategies we’re testing in our quest to create the classroom of the future.  Faculty input is invaluable to the shaping of the learning environment as more technology is integrated into the curriculum.

May 21st, 2014

  • 9:00am - 9:25am: Quick Bytes: Welcoming Students to the Online Classroom
    How you welcome students to your online class and introduce yourself can be critical in encouraging students to engage online.  Unlike a face-to-face course where what is said in the first class session can be quickly forgotten, your initial welcome message and any orientation activities will be available throughout the course.  We’ll discuss strategies and provide examples of best practices in making the first experience with the online classroom a welcoming one for your students.
  • 9:00am - 9:25am: Quick Bytes: PowerPoint Alternatives - Prezi
    Come for a quick overview of Prezi, a popular presentation alternative to PowerPoint.
  • 9:00am - 9:25am: Quick Bytes: Google Drive App
    Did you know you can use Google Drive the same way you use Dropbox?  In this session, we’ll go through the steps of installing and configuring the desktop version of Google Drive which adds the benefits of automatic desktop file synchronization to the robust collaboration and sharing capabilities of Google Drive.  
  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Quick Bytes: Student Projects with Mobile Devices
    Did you know Information Technology has mobile devices you can check out for use in your classroom?  In this series of quick bytes, we’ll show examples of student projects done with mobile devices here at Lewis & Clark.
  • 9:30am - 9:50am: Quick Bytes: Making Online Materials Accessible
    In this quick byte, we’ll discuss techniques and design strategies for developing online materials that meet accessibility standards for students with disabilities.  
  • 9:30am - 9:50am: Quick Bytes: Google Drive Organization
    With the ease of creating and uploading to Google Drive, it’s all too easy for it to become a digital junk drawer. Fortunately there are plenty of organizational tools built into Google Drive that can help you find what you need quickly and easily. Drop by for some useful tips and tricks for getting your Drive in order.
  • 9:55am - 10:15am: Quick Bytes: Speech into Transcript
    Providing a transcript for audio or video recordings posted online is important for accessibility and also supports multiple learning styles.  Come to this quick byte for a brief discussion and demo of the usability and realities of speech to transcript software..
  • 9:55am - 10:15am: Quick Bytes: Google Docs Add-ins
    In March, Google released Add-ons for Docs and the new version of Sheets.  Add-ons provide an easier, more polished way to access the many Google Apps Scripts that have been written to automate or add additional features to Docs and Sheets.  We’ll talk about how to access add-ons and demonstrate a few such as the new Track Changes add-on that may be of particular interest to educators.
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: iMovie on iPads
    Apple has made it really easy to edit and combine video content on your Mac thanks to the iMovie app. But with the release of the iPhone and iPad, Apple went one step further and introduced a portable version of iMovie to enable you to edit on the go.  Learn how to use this tool to combine your images, videos and audio files to create a professional-looking, easily-shareable movie wherever you are!
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Tablet Face-Off!
    Over 75% of our students and faculty have a mobile device.  Chances are you’ll be in a market for a new or replacement tablet or smartphone in the next year or so. We love our mobile devices and the debate on which is best - iOS, Android, or even Windows 8 - can be fierce. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each platform?  In this session, we encourage you to bring your own device, plus you’ll have a chance to try out iOS, Android, and Microsoft Surface and help debate the pros and cons of each platform.  
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Introduction to 3D Printing

    3D printing is a quickly expanding field, with the popularity and uses for 3D printers growing every day.  In this workshop, I will attempt to give an introduction to the wide range of technologies in 3D printers, a comparison of the most common 3D printers on the market, an overview of materials that can be used to print, online services and communities that offer 3D models or 3D printing services, and an intro to designing and printing your first model.


    3D printing can be used to prototype, create replacement parts, and is even versatile enough to print prostheses and medical implants.  It will have a growing impact on our world, as more and more people gain access to these amazing machines.
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Designing in Moodle to Serve Your Syllabus
    You’ve put a lot of thought into the methods by which students will approach and engage with your material in the classroom. This workshop will explore strategies for building a Moodle page that extends your classroom teaching style into the online environment, and that is integrated into the development of your course over the term. We’ll look at ways of using Moodle to stage and prepare for in-class activities, and for reflection and analysis after class. We’ll explore the potential of thematic and project-based modules. Drawing from your and other participants’ syllabi, we’ll think through concrete scenarios of how you might use Moodle to cultivate students’ skills, knowledge, and habits of mind.
  • 12:45pm - 2:00pm: Wearable Technology and the Quantifiable Self

May 22nd, 2014

  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Wrangling Student Devices
    Over 95% of our students own laptops and over 75% own a tablet or smartphone.  More often than not, they use one or more of these devices in class.  These personal devices lack consistency and often do not work the same way when students try to use them in class to interact with equipment, capture data, or even access online materials.  We’ll discuss what you, as faculty, can do to take control over your students’ screen time in the classroom. We’ll also discuss how you might incorporate mobile devices into the curriculum and how to (as the title suggests) wrangle your students’ devices.
  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Instructional Video - Find, Edit and Share
    Short, targeted instructional videos are becoming a staple on many class websites.  There are many sources for free instructional video, but they are often too long or otherwise unsuited for sharing with students in their original form.  In this hands-on session, we’ll show you some quick tips and tricks that make it easy to edit and then post video customized to your instructional needs.  We can answer questions and assist with video projects during our Resource Lab Workshop session on Friday as well as after the institute.