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Teaching with Technology: Brown Bag Series

About the Series

Co-sponsored by The Center for Learning Teaching and Research (CLTR) and Academic Technologies, the Teaching with Technology Brown Bag Series is a lively forum that features conversation at the intersection of teaching, learning and technology. Each session provides an opportunity to engage in discussion with staff and faculty colleagues about technology-enhanced teaching practices. The Brown Bag series runs through the 2017 Spring semester.  If you have ideas for a session you’d like to offer, please contact Kelly Dempsey at kdempsey@colgate.edu.
Lunch will be served. Registration is requested

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Time:
12:15-1:15 p.m.
Location: Lathrop 107

Spring 2017

  • February 3 - Christine Moskell (University Studies) Google Classroom
  • February 10 - April Baptiste (Environmental Studies) Engaging Students with Data Projects
  • February 17 - Jeff Nugent (ITS-Academic Technologies) Enhancing Communication
  • March 7 - Jenn Lutman  (Writing & Speaking Center) Supporting Student Writing with Feedback Using Google Drive
  • March 24 - Colgate Students Student Perspectives about Learning in the Digital Age
  • April 4 - Joe Chen (Mathematics) Capture Dynamic Lectures with Lightboard (Demo)
  • April 7 - Aaron Gember-Jacobson, Joe Chen (Computer Science, Mathematics) Piazza and Discussion Forums Panel
  • April 25 - Christian DuComb (Theater) Google Sites: Collaborative Publishing

Session Descriptions

February 3

Christine Moskell (University Studies)
Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a platform for creating, organizing and managing course sites. It includes tools for distributing assignments, providing feedback to students - streamlining communications between students and instructor. In this session, a Colgate faculty member will share their experience using Classroom as a collaborative course space as an alternative to Moodle (LMS).


February 10

April Baptiste (Environmental Studies) 
Engaging Students with Data Projects

This session features a facilitated discussion of how one Colgate faculty member design and engages students in data projects. We’ll explore ways these group projects can help students to draw original insights related to course topics, theory, and concepts. April will also share a bit about how she has incorporated data, why she opts to incorporate data and how she structures the assignment in order to best support students.


February 17

Jeff Nugent (ITS/Academic Technologies)
Enhancing Communication


This session is a conversation to share ideas, raise questions, and consider possible communication practices that might enhance learning. We’ll focus some discussion on thinking about communication as something that happens in multiple forms (1:1, broadcast & networked) -- inside and outside the classroom...as well as in digital spaces. What are some new affordances of web-based communication tools? How might web-based technologies enhance communication among faculty and students?   How are students using technology to communicate and share information? Several example tools and practices will be introduced, followed by discussion of possible application in specific course settings.


March 7

Jenn Lutman (Writing and Speaking Center)
Supporting Student Writing with Feedback Using Google Drive

Jenn Lutman, Director of the Writing and Speaking Center, has been 
experimenting with using interactive features in Google Drive and 
Google Docs to support students’ writing development and collaborative 
learning. In this session Jenn will describe her use of these tools to 
offer feedback to students and facilitate discussion, reflection, and 
peer review. Please note that Jenn's use of Google for feedback on 
student writing relies on electronic files and typing; this session 
may not be as helpful for those who prefer pen-and-paper practices. 


 

November 10

Colgate Students
Student Perspectives about Learning in the Digital Age

This session will be a panel discussion featuring the voices and experiences of three current Colgate students who have engaged in extended dialogue with each other - grounded in a podcast series they have produced - about key issues and questions they are exploring about the digital landscape. What does it mean to be a learner in a digital age? In what ways does the digital world reshape ideas about identity, community, social action and change? How do we come to understand ideas about privacy and surveillance while we are constantly tethered to the web? Join us as they lead us through some of these and other questions that they have about the promise for learning in an increasingly digital world.


April 4

Joe Chen (Mathematics) 
Capture Dynamic Lectures with Lightboard (Demo)

In this presentation, Joe will share his use of the Lightboard, a new teaching tool available to Colgate faculty to create engaging online videos that simulate a face-to-face classroom lecture. The Lightboard is being used at Colgate to enable faculty to face students while drawing or writing information the same way they would write on a chalkboard or whiteboard in class. Faculty can present the information ahead of time, then spend the time in class interacting with the students, answering questions and focusing on problem solving and applications of the lecture material.

The Lightboard panel’s transparency allows the faculty member to face and speak directly to the camera, while writing and pointing in a natural way standing behind the glass. Presentations such as PowerPoint can also be mixed into the produced video. Professor Chen is using the Lightboard to record weekly lectures for students taking his Math classes.


April 7

Aaron Gember-Jacobson, Joe Chen (Computer Science, Mathematics)
Piazza and Discussion Forums Panel

Piazza is an online platform that facilitates robust Q&A interaction among students and instructors. In this presentation, two Colgate faculty will discuss how they use Piazza as a forum for students to ask clarification and methodology questions as they work on assignments and study for exams. Often many students have the same question or struggle with the same principle; Piazza makes it easier and (usually) faster for students to have their questions answered, while also reducing the instructor’s workload.


April 25

Christian DuComb (Theater)
Google Sites: Collaborative Publishing

Google Sites is a Web page-creation tool offered by Google as part of G Suite. The goal of Google Sites is for anyone to be able to create a group-oriented site where multiple students can collaborate and share files. In this presentation you will learn how students are using Google Sites to publish data they’ve compiled for Global Theater Class.

Fall 2016

September 28

Joe P. ChenMathematics
Capture Dynamic Lectures with the Lightboard


In this presentation, Joe will share his use of the Lightboard, a glass chalkboard filled with light; the newest teaching tool available to Colgate faculty to create engaging online videos that simulate a face-to-face classroom lecture.

The Lightboard is being used at Colgate to enable faculty to face students while drawing or writing information the same way they would write on a chalkboard or whiteboard in class. Faculty can present the information ahead of time, then spend the time in class interacting with the students, answering questions and focusing on problem solving and applications of the lecture material.

The Lightboard panel’s transparency allows the faculty member to face and speak directly to the camera, while writing and pointing in a natural way standing behind the glass. Presentations such as PowerPoint can also be mixed into the produced video.Joe Chen is using the Lightboard to record weekly lectures for students taking his Math classes.

Watch Video Recording of Session

October 12

Michael CoyleEnglish
Using Kindle e-Readers


In this presentation, Michael will share about his use of the Kindle e-Reader during his London Study Group in 2015. He required his students to obtain a Kindle e-Reader and purchase electronic versions of the textbooks being used. All four of the London courses used these devices. Michael will share how using the e-Reader created efficiencies and will offer some student feedback.

October 18

Jeffrey Nugent, CLTR and Academic Technologies
Collaboration Tools


How can technology support meaningful collaboration among learners? What does collaboration on the web look like? This brown bag session invites participants to consider these and other questions as we examine ways technology might be used to enhance collaboration. Several example practices and tools will be introduced, followed by discussion of possible application in specific course settings.

November 10

Susan ThomsonPeace and Conflict Studies
Lucidchart


In this presentation, Susan will talk about the ways she uses Lucidcharts in her PCON 260 class to help students learn to identify theoretical concepts from assigned readings. Students then use empirical examples to apply these concepts.


November 17

Jeffrey Nugent,CLTR and Academic Technologies
Enhancing Communication

How might web-based technologies enhance communication among faculty and students? What are some new affordances of web-based communication tools?  How are students using technology to communicate and share information? This brown bag session invites participants to consider these and other questions as we examine ways technology might be used to enhance communication. Several example tools and practices will be introduced, followed by discussion of possible application in specific course settings.

December 14

Jenna ReinboldReligion
Efficacy of Video Assignments
For the past three years, Reinbold has assigned a final video project for Core 152: Challenges of Modernity. Students in 152 utilize the Digital Learning and Media Center (DLMC) to create a short video expressing their understanding of what it means to be a human in the modern world. Students are asked to use either found images or their own video recordings, or a combination thereof, to produce a video that is both informative and artistic -- both purposeful and thoughtful. Reinbold will speak about the process of assigning, facilitating, and grading these video projects.

Past Presentations

March 23

Cynthia Fields, Writing and Rhetoric
Narrative and New Media Video Project

"Balancing Course Content and Digital Editing Skills in the Classroom." I will describe a series of digital projects, including a photo essay and audio podcast, that culminated in a student-produced public documentary film showing for the course "Narrative and New Media." I will discuss how to create digital assignments that focus on audience-awareness, context, and purpose. Then I will discuss how to balance teaching course content and digital editing skills as well as how to scaffold digital assignments to increase skill acquisition.

April 5

Alexis BrileyGerman
Collaborative Content Development Using Blogs


"In this presentation, I will share my experience implementing a blog in my course on fairy tales. Working together in groups of three, students maintained a collaborative blog over the course of the semester. I will discuss how I structured the assignment and share some examples of student work. I will also talk about how I graded the project. In conclusion, I will share student feedback as well as my own reflections about what worked well and what I would do differently next time.""In this presentation, I will share my experience implementing a blog in my course on fairy tales. Working together in groups of three, students maintained a collaborative blog over the course of the semester. I will discuss how I structured the assignment and share some examples of student work. I will also talk about how I graded the project. In conclusion, I will share student feedback as well as my own reflections about what worked well and what I would do differently next time."

March 2

Ben Lennertz, Philosophy
Flipped Classroom


A popular trend in higher education. But what makes it unique? Ben will discuss his experiences from flipping his fall 2015 Logic course. The presentation will include an overview of the structure of the course. He'll also reflect on the impact of the flipped structure for both students and professor. In particular, he'll share feedback from students about the course structure and speculate about its effect on student learning.  Finally, Ben will explain how the course structure changed his own workload.

February 16

John Crespi, Chinese

"VoiceThread is a user-friendly online platform, compatible with computers and mobile devices, that lets you and your students easily post and comment on text, images, and videos. In this session I will demonstrate how I've been using VoiceThread in language classes and for peer review of video assignments in my Beijing extended study."