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Digital Learning and Teaching Workshops

January 2015 EdTech Workshops 

The ITS Academic Technology team is presenting a short slate of workshops before the start of the spring semester highlighting some technologies with curricular applications. 

Although registration is not required, it is highly recommended. You should generally feel free to attend any of these workshops at the last minute, but since we sometimes reschedule or cancel it is a good idea to check the Colgate Calendar or contact us before you "drop in." 

Workshop descriptions and details are below. Workshop information will also be posted on the Colgate Calendar

For some of our workshops we have created resource materials for preview (before the session) and review (after the session). Links to available workshop resources can be found here.

Workshop Details

Getting Started with Moodle
Wed Jan 7, 10:00am - 11:30am or
Thu Jan 8, 10:00am - 11:30am

(Case-Geyer 501 Cronin Lab) 

The Moodle learning management system provides a standard set of features for managing learning content and facilitating communication in a course website. Planning for and effectively implementing Moodle technology can enhance access and convenience within a course for faculty members and students alike. This session will provide participants with an introduction to the Moodle learning environment, and explore features to facilitate course set-up. This is an ideal opportunity for those new to Moodle or for those looking to refresh aspects of a previous course site. We will include time for questions and discussion, and conclude with an optional open session for consultation with instructional technologists.

Topics will include:

  • Basic course layout and settings
  • Managing course documents
  • Communicating with students
  • Discussion forums
  • Collecting assignments
  • Managing enrollments

Moodle: Getting Under the Hood
Wed Jan 7, 1:30 p.m - 3:00pm  or
Thu Jan 8, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

(Case-Geyer 501 Cronin Lab) 

In addition to offering convenient access to course materials, Moodle has additional functionality for managing assignments, conducting assessments and integrating digital media content within your course. Using a “lightning round” approach, this session will offer brief introductions to these enhanced Moodle features, followed by discussion of how they might be used for your course. There will also be an opportunity at the close of the session for participants to consult with instructional technologists about ways to support use of specific features in their courses.

Some of the features we will highlight include:

  • Blind grading
  • Peer review  
  • Collecting student assignments
  • Returning “marked-up” assignments
  • Quizzing
  • Grade rubrics
  • Specialized “blocks”
  • Media content in Moodle
Overview of the Moodle Gradebook
Tue Jan 6, 10:00am - 11:30pm or
Thu Jan 8, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

(Case-Geyer 501 Cronin Lab) 

Grading practices and schemas can vary from course to course and from faculty member to faculty member. Having an understanding of the technologies that can assist with the computing and managing of grades can make the work of assessment easier at times. This session is designed to provide faculty members with an introduction to the functionality of Grades feature in Moodle. There will also be ample time for individual faculty members to discuss their grading approach, and have questions answered about how the Moodle gradebook feature (or other technology) can support what they want to achieve.


  • Grade visibility - who can see grades, and when
  • Grade configuration
  • The grading process
  • Import/export options - working with grades outside Moodle
Exploring Technology for Enhancing Learner Feedback
Wed Jan 14, 1:30pm - 3:00pm  
(Case-Geyer 501 Cronin Lab) 

Providing learners with feedback is key to improving understanding and performance. Feedback from more traditional classroom assessments gives a sense of what students are learning, and can also be complemented by feedback about how they are learning. This session will explore the use of some digital technologies that are effective at providing real-time feedback, making student thinking visible and supporting multiple opportunities for practice. Using a “lightning round” approach, this session will offer brief introductions to technologies by showcasing teaching use cases, followed by discussion of additional possibilities in other course settings. There will also be an opportunity at the close of the session for participants to consult with instructional technologists about ways to support use of specific technologies in their courses.


  • Using Google Forms for surveys, real-time discussion and extended feedback and assessment
  • Moodle Assessment/Feedback tools
  • Web-based polling with Google Moderator
  • Clickers for real-time prior knowledge assessment
  • Audio/video feedback tools, such as VoiceThread  

Exploring Technology for Enhancing Communication and Collaboration
Thu Jan 15, 1:30pm - 3:00pm  
(Case-Geyer 501 Cronin Lab) 

Over the last several years there has been unprecedented development of digital technologies that have at their core the capacity for anytime / anywhere communication. Coupled with this is the ability to create, share, remix, and collaborate across multiple media.  Given that the frequency of student-faculty contact both inside and outside of the classroom has been shown to be one of the most important factors in student motivation and involvement (Chickering & Gamson, 1987), it is potentially valuable to consider how communication and collaboration technologies might be used to enrich contact with and among learners.

How are communication technologies changing expectations for interactions both inside and outside the classroom? What are some advantages / disadvantages of using socially networked communication tools in educational settings? What impact does open/shared knowledge creation on the web have on traditional notions of collaboration?  

Using a “lightning round” approach, this session will introduce a range of web-based communication and collaboration technologies, and invite discussion of possible uses in a variety of teaching contexts. There will also be an opportunity at the close of the session for participants to consult with instructional technologists about ways to support use of specific technologies in their courses.


  • Google Docs / Groups / Sites
  • Leveraging your existing course Google Group  
  • Bookmarking and sharing annotated resources with Diigo
  • Prezi for shared project planning and development
  • Networked communication with Twitter
  • Google Hangouts...complement to traditional office hours
Chickering, Arthur W., and Zelda F. Gamson. "Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education." AAHE bulletin 3 (1987): 7.

Additional Information

Click here to see a list of past face-to-face workshops. 
To see the archive of past Webinar Wednesday presentations, click here.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Dan Wheeler, ext 7742.

To request an ITS workshop complete this form (Colgate Google login required)