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Technology in the Classroom Workshop Schedule - Fall 2014

This series of one-hour hands-on workshops on the use and pedagogy of new technologies and software in the classroom offers a variety of topics each semester. This fall, we are offering the following workshops:


CLICK HERE to register for any of these workshops

Note: You will need an AU username to log into the registration page. If you have any problems registering, please contact Anna Olsson at extension x6077, or the Teaching and Learning Resources office at extension x3926.

CLICK HERE for instructions on and links to joining any of these workshops remotely.

Workshop Descriptions and Schedule 

Collaborative Coursework with Google Docs

Google Docs is an online word processor that allows multiple people to collaborate on one document in real time. Instructors can use Google Docs to provide an easy platform where students can collaborate, create Docs for anonymous discussion questions, or use track changes to monitor student participation. Google Docs also supports real-time chat and commenting, equation editing, and folders to store and share multiple documents. This workshop will teach you to create and share Google Docs, provide feedback on homework, and set up group assignments that students can work on together. 

Scheduled Workshops:
Tuesday, September 2 | 10:30 – 11:30am | Hurst 202
Monday, October 6 | 10:30 – 11:30am | Hurst 202

Organize Your Class with Tools from Google

Are you looking for ways to help organize your class or coordinate students remotely? Learn how to use Google's interactive calendars, video chats, and spreadsheets. Use Google Hangouts to hold office hours with students individually or in groups when the weather hits and no one can get to campus. Reduce email redundancy by arranging meetings, presentation times, and assignments. Send out a sign-up spreadsheet that everyone can work on simultaneously, so there is no overlap between students. Create and share a Google Calendar just for your course filled with important dates, reminders, and office hours. Students can link their course calendars with their AU email account.

Scheduled Workshops:
Thursday, September 25 | 12:00 – 1:00pm | Hurst 202
Monday, October 20 | 10:30 – 11:30am | Hurst 202

Curate Your Own Supplemental Texts with RSS

Real Simple Syndication (RSS) allows you to curate your own supplemental textbook that updates inreal-time. With RSS you can generate a list of subscriptions to newspapers, periodicals, journals, blogs, and other online sources all in one place. Rather than telling your students to "stay up-to-date on current events," RSS gives you the ability to direct the entire class's supplemental reading to a specific collection of sources. Students can also add additional subscriptions to their individual feeds in order to receive information tailored to their own research topics. This workshop presents a number of free RSS platforms and sample collections.

Scheduled Workshops:
Wednesday, September 17 | 2:45 – 3:45pm | Hurst 202
Thursday, October 16 | 12:00 – 1:00pm | Hurst 202

Digital Storytelling and Podcasts for Instructors

This workshop will explore an alternative way to elaborate on course themes through the art of digital storytelling. Learn how to deliver powerful messages through podcasts to enhance lessons, facilitate discussions, and motivate students to make the connection between theory and the real world. With just a mobile device, the free Audioboo app, and a little creativity, you can easily create, edit, and upload your podcast to share with the web. Participants will create a 1 minute audio podcast during the session.

Scheduled Workshops:
Tuesday, September 23 | 1:15 – 2:15pm | Hurst 202
Thursday, October 30 | 4:00 – 5:00pm | Hurst 202

Increase Attendance and Participation with Top Hat 

Top Hat uses a BYOD (bring your own device) model to actively engage students in lectures via technology they are already bringing with them – phones, tablets, and laptops. Learn how Top Hat can be used to take attendance, quiz students on how well they understood a topic, and to create polls to find out student opinion. Top Hat even merges seamlessly with your lecture slides, so you don't waste time jumping from PowerPoint to the internet. This workshop will teach you how to create an account and will demonstrate a variety of Top Hat tools that are available to make your classroom more interactive.

Scheduled Workshops:
Wednesday, September 10 | 2:45 – 3:45pm | Hurst 202
Tuesday, October 14 | 1:15 – 2:15pm | Hurst 202

Introduction to Prezi: Lose the PowerPoint & Separate Yourself from the Crowd

Prezi is a virtual whiteboard that turns your linear PowerPoint presentation into an interactive, collaborative, and multi-linear narrative. In Prezi, you are presented with a 3-dimensional canvas to convey your ideas, with the ability to zoom in for details and pan wider for broader themes. In this introductory session, attendees will set up their Prezi account and will be introduced to the Prezi interface. The session will demonstrate how to create frames, change the order of the presentation, and insert images, videos and even a PowerPoint presentation. It will also present sharing and privacy settings.

Scheduled Workshops:
Tuesday, September 9 | 1:15 – 2:15pm | Hurst 202
Monday, October 13 | 10:30 – 11:30am | Hurst 202

Advanced Prezi: Keep Moving and Zooming

Prezi's frames, zooming, and the 3-dimensional background features transform your ideas into a visually engaging presentation. Learn how to use these tools to the fullest advantage and move beyond the basics of Prezi. This advanced Prezi workshop will focus on creating an effective and cohesive Prezi presentation. Attendees will learn how to use Prezi's 3-dimensional features, and the multi-embedding capability for pictures, YouTube Videos, and Voice Over. In this workshop, you will experience an example of a poorly constructed Prezi and an imported PowerPoint presentation, and work collaboratively to improve it using these new tools.

Scheduled Workshops:
Tuesday, September 30 | 10:30 – 11:30am | Hurst 202
Tuesday, October 28 | 1:15 – 2:15pm | Hurst 202

Introduction to WordPress

Learn how WordPress can allow you to manage and maintain your online content through your very own public website or blog. Blogging can help engage students, facilitate discussions out of the classroom, and grow interest in your subject well after the semester is over. In this session, we will look at exciting examples of successful WordPress sites, discuss how to use WordPress in the classroom, and provide tools to get started with WordPress. For those interested in building their own website for their courses – this is a workshop for you!

Scheduled Workshops:
Thursday, September 18 | 4:00 – 5:00pm | Hurst 202
Tuesday, October 21 | 10:30 – 11:30am | Hurst 202

Piazza: An Alternative to Blackboard's Discussion Board

Encourage discussion and student collaboration through Piazza's Q&A forum. The layout of Piazza engages students during class through real time updates, anonymity options, and mobile app accessibility. Piazza's multimedia embedding shows diagrams, images, and videos within the forum, as opposed to linking participants to another site. Piazza eliminates redundant student emails by allowing for both students and instructors to edit answers to perfection. This workshop shows you how to set up a Piazza for your course, use the LaTeX editor to post equations and formulas, embed multimedia, post handouts and homework alongside Q&A, and how to monitor statistics so that you can track student participation.

Scheduled Workshops:
Thursday, September 4 | 12:00 – 1:00pm | Hurst 202
Thursday, October 2 | 4:00 – 5:00pm | Hurst 202

Serious Games: Incorporating Online Simulations into Your Classes

Online simulations offer an opportunity to place your students into immersive scenarios in order to illustrate concepts from your class. These "serious games" are a step beyond traditional in-class role playing exercises and other widely used active learning tools. Online simulations can take a number of forms, ranging from a prisoner's dilemma simulation that lasts a few minutes during class, to an international diplomacy simulation that lasts a few hours outside of class, to a multi-week simulation managing an international airline. This workshop presents a number of different simulations as well as resources for finding one that is right for your class.

Scheduled Workshops:
Thursday, September 11 | 4:00 – 5:00pm | Hurst 202
Wednesday, October 8 | 2:45 – 3:45pm | Hurst 202

Teaching with Tablets

A myriad of apps offered on iPads and Tablets promise to make professors' lives easier. This workshop introduces you to two workflows that use the iPad or tablet: 1) to create lecture captures; and 2) as an interactive lecturing tool and slideshow navigator. We will not only look at the affordances of the technologies, but also develop easy and seamless workflows to incorporate them into your everyday course management. Come to the session ready with 1) your tablet device; 2) a Google account; and 3) your course syllabus, and we will find ways in which you can incorporate tablet devices into your teaching. This session is part of AU's mobile learning initiative.

Scheduled Workshops:
Monday, September 15 | 10:30 – 11:30am | Hurst 202
Tuesday, October 7 | 1:15 – 2:15pm | Hurst 202

CLICK HERE to register for any of these workshops

Note: You will need an AU username to log into the registration page. If you have any problems registering, please contact Anna Olsson at extension x6077, or the Teaching and Learning Resources office at extension x3926.