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Teaching, Learning, and Technology Workshops

January 2016 EdTech Workshops 

This short collection of workshops is designed to assist faculty members preparing to teach in the Spring 2016 semester. Each session provides an introduction to the functionality of specific technologies, consideration of teaching uses, and opportunities to discuss issues and questions raised by faculty participants. At the conclusion of each workshop, members of the Academic Technologies team will be on hand to consult with individual faculty members interested in addressing specific issues and needs related to their courses. 

We currently plan to offer standard Moodle workshops (getting started, grades, consultation) and a PRS ("clicker") workshop; we are considering others. 

While we are working on the schedule for January you can review some of our previous workshop offerings below. Contact us (dwheeler@colgate.edu) if you are interested in a specific workshop this January. 

Workshop List January 2016

Under development, but will include:

Workshop Calendars

Our sessions are posted on the ITS Academic Technology calendar (below) and on the Colgate Calendar (Calendar.Colgate.Edu - here). There are options in both locations to add a workshop event to your personal Google calendar. 

Workshop Details

EdTech Open Consultation
Fri Aug 21 12:00-1:30 PM
Location TBA

Join the entire ITS Educational Technology team and other faculty for a few minutes or an hour in an open session dedicated to answering your questions and issues with technology for your classes. We will be prepared to address (or at least start addressing) any EdTech topic on your mind.  We will also be prepared to stimulate conversation, if necessary, by pitching some of our ideas. 

Exploring Technology for Enhancing Learner Feedback
Mon Aug 17 1:30-3:20 PM
Case-Geyer 501

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

Tue Aug 18 1:30-3:20 PM
Case-Geyer 501 

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. 

Getting Started with Moodle

Tue Aug 4 8:30-10:20 AM
Wed Aug 12 1:30-3:20 PM
Tue Aug 18 10:00AM-11:50 AM
Thu Aug 20 2:00-3:50 PM
Fri Aug 21 8:30-10:20 AM
Fri Sep 4 1:00-2:50 PM

Case-Geyer 501


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. 

Essential topics will last about 90 minutes and 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 Aug 19 2:00-3:50 PM 
Mon Aug 24 1:30-3:20 PM
Fri Sep 11 1:30-3:20 PM

Case-Geyer 501

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.

Feel free to attend all or part of this session. We will provide about an hour of presentation on selected topics, which will include:

  • Blind grading
  • Peer review  
  • Collecting student assignments
  • Returning “marked-up” assignments
  • Quizzing
  • Grade rubrics
  • Specialized “blocks”
  • Media content in Moodle

Moodle: Quizzes & Questionnaires 

Tue Aug 18 12:00-1:20 PM

Case-Geyer 501

An introduction to the Quiz and Questionnaire capabilities of Moodle (Added to our schedule on 8/10)

Moodle Open Consultation

Thu Aug 13 10:00-11:50 AM
Mon Aug 17 9:30-10:50 AM
Fri Aug 21 10:30-11:50 AM

Case-Geyer 501

Bring your questions, puzzles, and interest to an open Moodle session. We'll have some topics in mind and ready to present, but hope to focus on your interests - from blind grading to course layout, assignment collection to effectively using a discussion forum ... whatever.

If you know now what you would like us to address please let us know in the registration form; otherwise just show up.

Since this is an open session you should feel free to stop by at any point in the workshop for whatever time it takes to answer your questions. 

Overview of the Moodle Gradebook

Fri Aug 21 2:30-4:20 PM
Fri Sep 18 1:00-2:50 PM

Case-Geyer 501

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.

Most of the content will be addressed in an hour of workshop, leaving ample time for individual faculty members to discuss their grading approach and address questions about how the Moodle gradebook feature (or other technology) can support what they want to achieve.

Gradebook presentation topics:

  • Grade visibility - who can see grades, and when
  • Grade configuration
  • The grading process
  • Import/export options - working with grades outside Moodle
Although registration is not required, it is highly recommended (we may reschedule or cancel a workshop when we have only fewer than 3 registrants). 

You should generally feel free to attend any of these workshops at the last minute (we almost always have the space and flexibility to add you and a few friends), but since we sometimes reschedule sessions it is a good idea to check the Colgate Calendar for updates or contact us before you "drop in."  

Workshop descriptions and schedule 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.

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 that we provide a new or existing ITS workshop for you complete this form (Colgate Google login required).