Session descriptions

Friday, May 29 / Instructional technology in action

(focal audience: faculty, students, and instructional technology staff)

Faculty presentations and discussion

9:15–10:30 a.m.
The “Three Cs” of Blogging in the Classroom: Community, Creativity, and Content – Nick Brody, Communication Studies, University of Puget Sound
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Teaching with Social Media – Daena Goldsmith, Rhetoric and Media Studies, Lewis & Clark College Download presentation (powerpoint)

10:45 a.m.–noon
Teaching data science to undergrads: an ex-Googler’s tales from the trenches – Albert Y. Kim, Mathematics, Reed College Link to presentation (RPub)

Coevolving classroom culture: from consuming to curating to Memex making – Erik Nilsen, Psychology, Lewis & Clark College

Concurrent workshops session I (2:00–2:50 p.m.)

Going Digital: Tips for Incorporating Technology into Teaching (ETC 211)

This session will cover ground rules and best practices for successfully utilizing technology in the classroom. Following a short presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to work with educational technology staff to begin planning lessons and other course activities that involve the use of technology. (session notes)

Tablets for Teaching and Learning (ETC 208)

Come and hear about Lewis & Clark’s iPads in Education initiative. Learn what we heard from faculty about how the use of tablets enhanced the teaching and learning processes in their classrooms and what challenges they faced with this technology. Then join the discussion about where and when tablets might work in your classrooms. Download presentation (Powerpoint) (session notes)

Getting on the map: Incorporating spatial analysis, spatial thinking, and mapping (ETC 205)

Whether you are plotting the distribution of a species, providing spatial context for history, or stitching together census data as part of the story of a group of people, there is probably a spatial side to your discipline. Mapping, spatial thinking, and spatial analysis hold enormous potential for liberal arts schools, although the technical pieces can seem daunting. Join us to see examples of spatial work across the curriculum — including class projects, student theses, and faculty research — as well as to identify how you can incorporate spatial work into your teaching and scholarship. Download presentation (PDF) (session notes)

Concurrent workshops session II (3:00–3:50 p.m.)

Showing Off: Using Portfolios and Blogs (ETC 211)

We all collect things—boxes of books, glass vases of shells, rocks, stamps, weathervanes, quilts—but what we do with those things matters. Are they stuffed in attics and drawers, hidden from the light of day and losing context and meaning? Or are they proudly displayed on walls, in vitrines, brought together in interesting and meaningful juxtapositions? Portfolios and blogs can provide digital showcases for students (and faculty) to display and talk about the work they are creating in classes, in majors, in co-curricular activities, in planning for the future. In this session, we will look at a couple of popular and easy to use portfolio and blogging tools and discuss where and how portfolios could be incorporated into classes or other institutional spaces. Download presentation (PDF) (session notes)

Imagining Collaborative Assignments and Scholarship Possibilities Powered by Google Apps (ETC 208)

Beyond their transformation of how we use the internet to search for information, perhaps one of Google’s biggest contributions to the way people work has been to enable real-time collaboration on many types of projects. Through Google Apps, faculty and students are able to simultaneously contribute and/or edit writing, images, data, and geospatial data. In this session, we will explore tools from the Google Apps suite and some of their uses in education. (session notes)

Enhancing students’ digital research skills: what works? (ETC 205)

Students engaged in research projects have a rich (and sometimes overwhelming) array of digital tools and resources at their disposal. How can faculty, instructional technologists, and librarians work together to help them navigate the maze of options, make the right choices, and use the tools effectively? We will examine and discuss success stories and lessons learned from several ongoing projects aimed at augmenting students’ digital research competencies. We will also build a collaborative list of recommended research tools. (session notes)


Saturday, May 30 / Instructional technology behind the scenes

(focal audience: instructional technology staff)

Roundtable sessions

Roundtable I: Innovation inside and outside the classroom

How are we supporting innovation with technology on our campuses, both within and beyond the classroom? Innovation may include work with new software and hardware, expanding the scope of educational technology beyond the classroom, and/or creating or supporting makerspaces, fab labs, and associated technologies like 3D printing and laser cutting. (session notes)

Roundtable II: Faculty development

What are we doing at our respective campuses to support faculty development? What is working, and what needs improvement? How are we connecting with the faculty members we support? How could forging connections across campuses help foster more effective faculty development support? (session notes)

Roundtable III: Professional development for staff

Educational technology is a rapidly changing field. How do we find the time to stay current while also effectively supporting others’ learning and scholarship? How do we learn new skills? How might we share our expertise and pool our resources across campuses? (session notes)