Teaching with Technology Workshops

Register for any, or all, of our upcoming workshops in the Information Services Events calendar, using the links below, or contact Jessica McCullough.

Upcoming Workshops

Coming soon for fall 2017

Previous Workshops, 2016-2017

Open Access/Digital Commons for Faculty
Thursday, March 30, 12:00-1:00 PM
Advanced Technology Lab, Shain Library

Did you know that most journals allow you to make previously published articles freely available over the internet? Archiving your research in an institutional repository like Digital Commons makes it accessible to researchers who don’t have access to expensive databases and can make it more readily discoverable by those who do. Drop by and bring a c.v. or list of publications to this workshop and we will show you how to determine which articles can be made open access and how we make your research as widely available as possible.

Digital Commons
Tuesday, April 4, 4:00-5:00 PM
Neff Lab, Shain Library

Digital Commons is the online home for the scholarly, creative, and published works produced by Connecticut College faculty, students, and staff. Come learn how Digital Commons is used by the Connecticut College community and by researchers around the world, and how it can help you publish, promote, and preserve your work in a robust, reliable environment for access by scholars today and in the future.

International Women’s Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Wednesday, March 8; 5:00-7:00 pm
Advanced Technology Lab, Shain Library

Shain Library is hosting its first Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in honor of International Women’s Day! A Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is a meetup where novice and experienced editors come together to improve Wikipedia entries. Wikipedia has been critiqued for gender bias in its entries both for its lack of women editors, and for its inattention to and even deliberate minimization of women’s history. This is an opportunity for faculty, students, and staff to engage with their discipline and enhance and/or create entries on women and women’s history. We will identify a selection of entries that need attention but welcome and encourage input on additional topics. As part of the event, we will cover the basics of editing in Wikipedia, and will have Wiki-ambassadors (experienced Wiki-editors) on hand to provide additional support.  Food will be provided as we talk and edit. More information to follow.

Tools in a Flash: Moodle Gradebook
Monday, March 6, 9:30-10:00 AM

Get your Moodle gradebook in order! The Moodle gradebook is a great way to keep students informed about their progress in class, but it is important that it’s set up correctly so that there are no surprises at the end of the semester. This session will go over common gradebook setup scenarios and help you get your own gradebook ready to use for the semester.

Tools in a Flash: Scalar
Thursday, March 9, 9:30-10:00 AM

Looking for an alternative to WordPress for your digital projects? Come learn about Scalar, a free online platform built by the University of Southern California. Great for incorporating multimedia formats into your text, Scalar is easy to use and looks beautiful.

Tools in a Flash: RefWorks
Thursday, February 16, 9:00-9:30 AM

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create a personal, searchable database of citations.  There is a new version of Refworks which adds increased functionality such as drag-and-drop uploading of pdfs, an enhanced PDF reader, and simultaneous group document editing.  Additionally, there is now a Google Docs add-in to complement the Word add-in for creating in-text citations, footnotes, endnotes and bibliographies.

Tools in a Flash: Omeka and Digital Collections
Tuesday, February 28, 9:30-10:00 AM

Do you have scholarly digital collections but no way of managing or displaying them? Interested in having your students create and publish digital archives and collections, or to develop digital exhibitions for the public? Stop by and learn about Omeka, a free, easy-to-use, web-based platform for creating and managing digital collections and exhibitions. Omeka is as easy to set up as a blog, and provides a flexible, powerful suite of features to help foster user interaction and participation with your content.

We ❤️ Google
Tuesday, February 14, 9:00-10:15
Neff Lab, Shain Library

Get the most out of G Suite (previously Google Apps for Education). In this session we will explore some of the lesser known but valuable tools in our suite of Google applications. Topics include citation tools in Docs, Forms, and Google Groups. Valentine’s Day treats will be provided!

Research Practices and Media Literacy in a ‘Post-Truth’ World
Tuesday, February 21, 9-10:15 a.m.
Haines Room, Shain Library

The national discussion surrounding “fake news” has thrust media literacy into the spotlight. At this workshop, we’ll consider the relevance of media literacy to student learning and research. Librarians will lead a discussion on how you can help students evaluate resources, provide information on media-related tools and resources, and present some results from the Research Practices Survey we undertook with incoming first-year students. We’ll also suggest and brainstorm assignments that are designed to help students evaluate and use the media sources they encounter.

Take Control of Your Google Drive
Monday, September 12, 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Neff Lab, Shain Library 2nd Floor
Is your Google Drive driving you crazy? Confused about folders and sharing? Come to this workshop and spend one full hour organizing your Drive so that you can find important documents quickly and share things with others.  We will start with some brief instruction, but most of the hour will be dedicated to getting your Drive in order!

Back to School Basics
Tuesday, August 23, 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Online, details will be emailed to registrants
Are you ready for classes? Tie up loose ends from the comfort of your home or office. In this virtual workshop we will cover essential elements of preparing for your classes, including: getting Moodle sites set up, scheduling lab and library research sessions, making course material more accessible, and whatever else is on your mind. There will be time for open questions with instructional technologists.

Get Out of Your Inbox! Gmail Productivity
Thursday, September 22, 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Neff Lab, Shain Library 2nd Floor
Spending too much time in your Inbox?  Stressed out by unread email?  Ready to mount a resistance to email’s ever-increasing bid on your time?  In this session, we tackle best practices for emailing, and we discuss some strategies for making the most of gmail.  Come sip some coffee, munch on a bagel, and learn how to make gmail do the simple work, leaving you more time to be productive.

Wikipedia Assignments for Developing Literacies
Wednesday, September 28, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Haines Room, Shain Library lower level
In addition to adding much needed diversity and authority to Wikipedia, Wikipedia editing assignments teach students many important skills and requires them to think critically about information. Join us to discuss the value of Wikipedia editing and how to incorporate these assignments into your classes.

Digital Publishing and Visualization Platforms: Scalar and Tableau
Thursday, October 20, 3:00-4:00 PM
PC Classroom, Shain Library lower level
WordPress is not the only free publishing platform on the block for digital projects. Come learn about Scalar, a free online platform built by the University of Southern California. Great for incorporating multimedia formats into your text, Scalar is easy to use and looks beautiful. Tableau is a free platform for building interactive visualizations with your data. You can then embed your creations into WordPress and Scalar sites, or anywhere else you publish to the web.

Previous Workshops, 2015-2016

Virtual Classroom Connections
Thursday, March 31, 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Dilley Room, Shain Library
Have you considered using technology to team teach with a CTW colleague or to offer a course to students at those campuses? Interested in institutional partnerships and global connections? If so, this is the workshop for you. More and more CC faculty are using web conferencing or teleconferencing tools to bring experts into their classes, to connect students to a different culture or language, and to broaden course offerings. At this workshop, faculty practitioners will discuss the benefits and challenges of mediated presence and inter-campus collaborations; instructional technologists will describe the technologies currently available on our campus to facilitate consortial course-sharing and to further global engagement.

WordPress for Reflecting, Creating, Sharing and Contributing
Wednesday, March 2, 1:15 – 2:15 PM
Visualization Wall, Technology Commons, Shain Library
WordPress is an easy-to-use, yet robust, blogging and website development platform. The College now hosts WordPress, giving you and your students the ability to create professional-looking websites that reach well beyond the classroom. If you have ever wondered  how your students could create blogs or websites, or how you might do these things yourself, join us at the Visualization Wall where we will hear from faculty who have used WordPress in the classroom and view examples of websites and blogs created at Connecticut College and other institutions.

Free Textbooks?! Using Open Educational Resources
Friday, February 19, 9:15 – 10:15 AM
Advanced Technology Lab, Shain Library, Lower Level
Back by popular demand! Open Educational Resources (OER) are shared teaching, learning, and research resources that are free for anyone to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute. Using high-quality, peer-reviewed OER instead of costly textbooks has several advantages, including: equitable access to learning materials, increased student achievement, and complete flexibility. In this workshop we will hear from faculty who are using OER and explore high quality examples. You will leave with strategies for finding, evaluating, and integrating OER in your courses!

Get out of your inbox! Gmail Productivity
Tuesday, February 9, 12:00-1:00 PM
Neff Lab, Second Floor, Shain Library
Spending too much time in your inbox? In this session you will learn quick tips to make email work for you. Tools include Boomerang, canned responses, calendar integration, and Google Groups. We will also cover methods of organizing your email for maximum efficiency.

Back to Class Essentials: A Virtual Workshop
Tuesday, January 19, 1:00 -2:00 PM
Are you ready for classes? Tie up loose ends from the comfort of your home or office. In this virtual workshop we will cover essential elements of preparing for your classes, including: getting Moodle sites set up, scheduling lab and library research sessions, making course material more accessible, and whatever else is on your mind. There will be time for open questions with librarians and instructional technologists.

Reading Group: Astra Taylor’s The People’s Platform
New London Hall, Room 200
February 8,  March 7, April 4
Mondays, 12:00-1:00 PM
Whereas in the Fall we read Minds Online: Teaching  Effectively with Technology by Professor of Psychology, Michelle D. Miller, from Northern Arizona University, we have selected something a bit more colorful for the Spring Reading Group: The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age by Astra Taylor, a cultural critic and the director of the documentaries Zizek! and Examined Life.

Judging by reviews in The Nation, The New York Times, Harper’s, and The Guardian, we should be in for a dose of creative criticism on the democratic offerings of the internet, some insight into the gender inequality that lurks in its architecture and the creation of its content, and some much needed perspective on the beneficence of Internet giants Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon.

Free Textbooks?! Using Open Educational Resources
Wednesday, November 11, 10:30-11:30
Haines Room, Shain Library
Do your students complain about textbook costs? Are you frustrated by the format, content, or examples in your textbook? Open Educational Resources (OER) are shared teaching, learning, and research resources that are free for anyone to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute. Using high-quality, peer-reviewed OER instead of costly textbooks has several advantages, including: equitable access to learning materials, increased student achievement, and complete flexibility. In this workshop we will hear from faculty who are using OER and explore high quality examples. You will leave with strategies for finding, evaluating, and integrating OER in your spring courses!
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Teaching with Technology Reading Group: Minds Online
Mondays 12-1pm, September 21, October 26, November 16
New London Hall 200
Join members of the Instructional Technology team as we read Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology. Published in the Fall of 2014, Minds Online is “an outstanding new book…for truly effective teaching with technology” (Lang, Chronicle of Higher Education). Informal book discussions will take place over lunch. Those interested should plan to attend all three meetings. Participation is limited to 10, and participants will receive a copy of the book.

Intro to Data Visualization Tools
Tuesday, October 13, 3-4pm
PC Classroom, Lower Level, Shain Library
Research and instruction are increasingly data-driven with the proliferation of both digitized research materials and the digital publication and presentation of research outcomes. Digital visualizations have become a valuable lens through which to make sense of that data. In this hands-on workshop, we will build dynamic story maps, timelines, and graphs, using several open-source tools that can enhance existing assignments and presentation formats in your courses.
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Working with Data Across the Curriculum
Monday, October 12, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Davis Classroom, Main Floor, Shain Library
Want to work with data but don’t know how? Build an exercise in quantitative literacy into your course, no matter your departmental affiliation. The ICPSR database is a one-stop wonder of analysis-ready data collections spanning the social sciences. Take advantage of ready-made learning guides, exercise sets, and connect data directly with the associated scholarly literature. Download data files to be analyzed with SPSS or STATA, or use built-in online data analysis tools without downloading anything and without any specialized knowledge of statistical software. Participants will practice using the ICPSR database and explore opportunities for including it in your teaching. This is a brown bag lunch event, which means you should bring your own, but cupcakes and coffee will be served for dessert.
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A Workshop on the Open Educational Resources (OER) Movement
Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 10:30am – 4:00pm
DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Fairfield University – Fairfield, Connecticut.
Interested in cutting textbook costs for students or using high-quality and flexible online material to deliver content to students? Open to faculty, librarians, administrators, education technologists, and students, the goals of this day-long workshop are to promote, plan, use and develop open, searchable, indexed and collaborative online pools of teaching/learning materials.

The workshop will be led by Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). Additional presenters include Kevin Corcoran, Executive Director of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) and faculty from CT universities and colleges.

Twitter for Teaching
Friday, September 18, 1:15-2:30
Haines Room, Shain Library
This session will focus on classroom applications of Twitter, the social media platform that lets users share news, opinions, and information in 140-character tweets. Faculty across disciplines can leverage Twitter’s real-time, real-world immediacy to connect their students to each other, to other institutions, to trending events, and to experts around the globe. In this workshop we will hear from three faculty who are getting their feet wet with Twitter this semester. They will describe assignments, share sample tweets, and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of using this medium for communication, research, and engagement.
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Previous Workshops, 2014-2015

Workshop Your Technology Assignments
Thursday, September 10, 10:30-11:30
Haines Room, Shain Library
Do your assignments require students to use technology? Whether your students are tweeting, mapping, creating videos or podcasts, technology requires extra considerations when designing an assignment. Bring your assignments and use this opportunity to hear feedback from your colleagues in a friendly, informal environment. We hope you will leave excited to implement your technology-infused assignments!

Weatherproofing Your Class
Rescheduled due to snow! Tuesday, February 3, 2015 2:30-3:30pm
Alice Johnson Room, Cro
Can’t get to campus because of the weather (or other surprises)? Learn to employ technology creatively so you don’t have to cancel class! During this workshop we will discuss tools and strategies for modifying your class in response to last minute events. You will leave with hands-on experience using communication and collaboration technologies, such as Moodle discussion boards, Google hangouts and Skype, and screencasting and recording tools, that will help you achieve your learning goals despite the snow. Bring your own device. With Diane Creede, Laura Little and Jessica McCullough.
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Students as Digital Content Creators: Benefits and Pitfalls of Multimedia Assignments
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 1:30-2:30 pm
Blaustein 203
If you are curious about, considering, or have experiences with multimedia assignments (video, online exhibitions, blogs, etc.), please join us! Karen Gonzalez Rice and Suzuko Knott, both Technology Fellows, will give informative and frank presentations about their past and current experiences with multimedia assignments. We will have plenty of time for discussion and questions. Co-led with Lyndsay Bratton and Jessica McCullough.
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Streaming Media
Thursday, February 19, 2015 2:30-3:30pm
Crozier, Alice Johnson Room
Music, audio, video! The options for streaming video are expanding, along with the possibilities for utilizing these materials in your teaching and research. At this workshop, Kathy Gehring, Ashley Hanson, and Fred Folmer will discuss the streaming tools that are available and show you some ways to find and use them.
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What’s New in the Library!
Friday, March 27, 2015 2:30-3:30 pm
Thursday, April 2, 2015 9:30-10:30
Davis Room, Main Floor, Shain Library
Faculty, please join Chris Penniman, Carrie Kent and Information Services staff for refreshments and a tour of Shain Library. The library will have many new exciting spaces, technologies and services available to you and to your students. We will focus how the renovated library can best serve you in your research and teaching endeavors.

Introducing the Visualization Wall
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 11:30am -1:00pm
Location: The Visualization Wall, Technology Commons, Lower Level Shain Library
Join us at the brand new Diane Y. Williams ‘59 Visualization Wall for a demonstration of some of its exciting capabilities, including a visually dazzling high-resolution display, touch-enabled interactivity, and simultaneous display of up to five computers or devices. Bring your laptop or mobile devices to experiment with connecting to the wall. We will answer questions, demonstrate various uses, and discuss ideas for projects and events, as well as future capabilities we hope to explore. Organized by Lyndsay Bratton and Mike Dreimiller; lunch will be provided.

DELI for Lunch
Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:30am – 1:00pm
Hood Dining Room, Blaustein
Take a break on this reading day and enjoy lunch while learning about the Digitally Enhanced Learning Initiative, DELI, an instructional technology program that provides digital devices for courses to enhance learning outcomes and increase student engagement. This informal lunch will provide faculty with an opportunity to hear from DELI faculty and student participants and to see examples of syllabi and assignments. Instructional Technology staff will be available to answer questions about the program and application process.

Technology Fellows Curricular Innovations
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Hood Dining Room, Blaustein
Members from the first cohort of Technology Fellows will present their plans for technology-infused assignments. Each member will discuss his or her pedagogical goals, process of technology selection, previous successes and challenges, and anticipated outcomes. There will be time for open discussion and questions. Refreshments will be served.
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Expand Your Classroom through Inter-Campus Collaborations
Thursday, October 2, 2014 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Olin 107
Invite experts into your classroom, expose students to a classroom in a different culture or language, broaden your course offerings. Come and learn from faculty who have used technology to teach virtually with colleagues around the world. We will discuss the benefits and challenges of inter-campus collaborations and describe the technologies currently available.
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Instant Feedback: Technology for In-Class Engagement
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 2:45-4:00 PM
Blaustein 203
Looking ways to assess students’ understanding, survey opinions on controversial topics, or engage students during a lecture? Student response systems, such as Poll Everywhere, Socrative, and clickers, allow you to create planned or spontaneous surveys and immediately visualize student responses. During this workshop, Joe Schroeder, Jenny Fredericks, and Page Owen will discuss their use of student response systems and we will provide hands-on demonstration of various products. Dessert, coffee and tea will be served.
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Previous Workshops, 2013-2014

Freshman Research Skills
Thursday, September 12, 2013 9:00-10:00 AM
Haines Room, Shain Library
Enjoy breakfast while learning more about your freshmen students and their approach to the research process.  For the past five years the library has been administering a survey to incoming freshmen to collect information on students’ research experiences and assess their research skills.  During this workshop we will share some of the interesting results and trends we’ve seen, discuss our efforts to incorporate these findings into our work with students, and how you might use this information to construct assignments that help them grow as researchers.
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Students as Creators: Incorporating Video Projects
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 2:30-3:30 PM
Haines Room, Shain Library
Well-designed video assignments provide a rich learning environment and require students to fully engage with course material, apply it by creating something new – all while strengthening communication skills in multiple media. This workshop will focus on the benefits and drawbacks of video assignments, how to design them, and will outline the technology support available to students and faculty. Sample projects will be presented, and there will be ample time for discussion and questions.  Coffee, tea, and dessert will be served.
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Productivity Tools to Make Work and Life Easier
Thursday, October 17, 2013 2:30-3:30 PM
PC Classroom, Shain Library
Tired of emailing files to yourself or figuring out which version is the latest one? Wondering where to keep all your notes and ideas? Looking for a way to better organize your time? This workshop will demonstrate cloud-based tools, like Evernote, that will keep you up-to-date and on top of your projects without having to lug your laptop around. Time for hands-on practice and personalized instruction included. Coffee, tea, and dessert will be served.
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Reading Day Recap
Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:30-1:00 PM
Haines Room, Shain Library
Need a break? Unwind in a collegial atmosphere while we exchange insights, strategies, challenges, and successes related to integrating technology into the curriculum. Leave with new ideas and inspiration for the upcoming semester. Feel free to come late or leave early as your schedule allows. Lunch and dessert will be provided.
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Got an iPad.  Now what? Research Apps
Thursday, January 30, 2014 10:30 – 11:30 am
Haines Room with Kathy Gehring and Jessica McCullough
We will spend this hour exploring ways to use your iPad for your research. All faculty are encouraged to come – whether you own a tablet or not. If you do, bring it with you and you can install the apps as we discuss them.
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Got an iPad.  Now What? Teaching with iPads
Friday, February 7, 2014 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Haines Room with Laura Little and Jessica McCullough
This hour will be dedicated to ways you can use your iPad in the classroom. We will focus on apps that help you display content, integrate media, and create interactive learning activities. All faculty are encouraged to come -whether you own a tablet or not.
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The Flipped Class: Recording Your Lectures
Thursday, February 20, 2014 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Haines Room with Diane Creede, Jessica McCullough and Steve Loomis
This hour will focus on recording lectures and making them available to students outside of class. We will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of this approach, share best practices, and briefly demonstrate Camtasia, a software tool that allows you record lectures. Steve Loomis will share his experience with flipping the classroom. This session will be discussion-based, so bring your questions and ideas.
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“Remember Everything” Evernote for Productivity and Teaching
Thursday, February 27, 2014 3:00 – 4:00 pm
PC Classroom with Laura Little & Jessica McCullough, Karen Gonzalez Rice, Ariella Rotramel & Nadav Assor
You asked for it and we are delivering! This hour is devoted to Evernote. Participants will create accounts, understand how Evernote works, learn about and use features and add-ons. Faculty co-presenters will share strategies they employ to use Evernote for productivity and teaching.

Student Research in the First Year
Monday, April 21, 2014 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Haines Room with Kathy Gehring & Ashley Hanson
Teaching FYS or a 100-level course next year? Join us to gain insight into the research skills of first year students. We will present results from the 2013-14 Research Practices Survey along with peer data, followed by a discussion of strategies to support student research needs. This is a follow-up to the Freshman Research Skills workshop conducted in September.

Reading Day Recap
Friday, May 9, 2014 11:30 – 1:00
Haines Room with Chris Penniman and Jessica McCullough
Enjoy lunch while we relax and discuss technology in the classroom. Exchange insights, strategies, challenges and successes related to integrating technology into classes. Leave with new ideas and inspiration for the next year. Feel free to come late or leave early as your schedule allows. Lunch and dessert will be provided.

 

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