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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lunch will be served. Registration is requested REGISTER HERE
12:15-1:15 p.m. Location:
February 3 Christine Moskell (University Studies)
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)
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.
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.
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.