Spring 2012 CEIT Workshop Series

The following are workshops that were offered in Spring 2012.

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom: Presenting with Prezi: Jeanne Myers, SMG, 2/6 12:00-1:00 SMG lab 314

Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world of presentation capabilities. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to present and explore ideas and create connections between them. No programming is required and it’s easy to learn! It will change the way you present and how students can create projects. Explore examples Prezi.com from business, to education, to “Prezumes,”  just to name a few. We will look at actual examples created by professors and students and create Prezentations of our own! This informative session will be held in SMG 314 and is open to faculty and staff. Limited space, register now. Taught by Jeanne Myers, Manager Curriculum and Technology, SMG.

Engaging Students with Social Media Tools: Steve Quigley, COM, Rob Schadt and James Wolff, SPH, 2/15 10:00-11:30

This workshop will be co-hosted by Steve Quigley (COM) and Rob Schadt and James Wolff (SPH). We encourage attendees to bring their questions/ideas, as we have provided an additional 30 minutes for discussion.

Rob and James will discuss the following: The discussion, file-sharing and online collaboration tools provided by Blackboard can enrich communication in the web-enhanced traditional classroom as well as in the online venue. These tools provide faculty with a wealth of opportunities for building course communities, encouraging academic discussion outside the classroom and collecting assignments electronically. This workshop will provide an overview of the features of asynchronous and synchronous discussion. We will discuss examples of some Web 2.0 tools including wikis (PBwiki), blogs (Blogger, ePortfolio and WordPress), micro-blogs and social networking (Twitter and Facebook), and social media sharing (YouTube, podcasts, Flickr, SlideShare)and explore how these tools can be incorporated into learning activities to increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes.

Steve will focus on these topics: While online platforms are often a weak substitute for face-to-face student/faculty engagement, they can at times enhance traditional classroom teaching. I will share my thoughts about the advantages and disadvantages of “external” social media tools including blogging, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and webinars.  In particular, I’ll describe the benefits of using Twitter “hashtags” for outside-the-classroom discussion and resource sharing, assigning student blogs and enlisting students to serve as in-class “Google jockeys.”

Engaging Students with Social Media Tools

What Can WordPress Do For You? Amod Lele, IS&T, 2/23 10:00-11:00

WordPress is flexible open-source web database software, used to design and manage the websites of everyone from bloggers to whole institutions. BU has recently been moving to adopt WordPress for its entire web presence. The software makes it easy to design and update websites and blogs for your own courses without needing to know any HTML or other code. Come to our workshop to learn new ideas about what WordPress can do for teaching, learning and research. Find out how you can harness the power of WordPress for your classrooms and share ideas about the potential of WordPress with your colleagues.

An Ounce of Prevention Keeps the Academic Conduct Committee Away: J. Robb Dixon, SMG, 3/7 12:00-1:00

As technologies and classroom approaches evolve, students have increasing opportunities to … cheat. This workshop focuses on ways to design a course to reduce the opportunities to plagiarize and to more readily identify and address plagiarism when it does occur.

An Ounce of Prevention Helps Keep the AAC Away

For the Record:  Personal and Lecture Capture Recordings with Echo 360 for Blended Learning: Jana Brady, Medical Campus, and Domenic Screnci, IS&T, 3/8 12:00-1:00

Today’s students have a variety of learning/studying styles and also crave to receive content in varying ways.  This session will focus on recording options using Echo 360, a vendor which BU has recently secured a site license with.  After a brief introduction to the lecture capture tool that has already been in place at BU, the majority of the session will focus on the Echo 360 personal lecture capture tool (now available for download on any computer with a Kerberos username after signing up with IS&T).  Invert the classroom and free-up class time for more interactivity by giving pre-recorded lecture content or fundamental topics for homework ahead of class.

For the Record – Echo 360 Lecture and Personal Capture Presentation

The Flipped Classroom:
Increasing Instructor Effectiveness in Higher Education with Blended Learning Technology.  Click here to download your copy of the brief.

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WEBINAR: “Tidbits About Blended Learning: Avoiding the Aversion to the Inversion of the Classom”

Dr. Laura Berry, Dean of Arts & Sciences and Title III Coordinator and Valerie Martin, Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Support, North Arkansas College.

Using Interactive Games/Exercises to Engage Students in Learning: Janelle Heineke, SMG and CEIT, 3/19 10:00-11:00

Students learn best – and have more fun learning! – when they are active participants in the learning process, rather than passive observers.  In this workshop we will demonstrate an exercise used to introduce course concepts in the first class, debrief it, then have an open discussion of how such an exercise might be used in courses that teach very different content.

Studio Learning: Turning a Course “Inside Out”: Bennett Goldberg, CAS, 3/20 12:00-1:00

The central paradigm of the university lecture is a professor presenting content to a largely passive student audience. Two thousand years after this approach was invented, it remains the prevalent technique for teaching in the world. Studio is a style of teaching that turns the focus of the classroom to the student, requiring the student to come prepared, to spend the period working and thinking and analyzing, both on their own and with peers. In a studio classroom, active learning and peer learning are critical tools used to develop new frameworks of knowledge in the student’s mind. In this workshop, we will review the central pedagogical features of studio teaching, and we will ask the audience to work in groups to develop a studio style lesson for their class.

Digital & Digging It:  The Case of Virtual Microscopy & Computer-Based Exams: Debbie Vaughan and Jana Brady, BUSM, 3/26 10:00-11:00

Leveraging educational technology tools for teaching and examining can be powerful and beneficial for both instructors and students.  Often, technology can enhance instructor and student experiences beyond what is possible with traditional methods.  In this session we will explore two such cases:  BU’s School of Medicine has been using Virtual Microscopy in place of traditional microscopes in Histology for several years and has also recently begun integrating secure, computer-based exams into the curriculum.  This session will include brief demonstrations with each of these tools and discuss the benefits experienced by both instructors and students. Breakfast will be served.

Digital & Digging It: The Case of Virtual Microscopy & Computer-Based Exams

Virtual Teambuilding: Exploring New Territory: Paul J. “Hutch” Hutchinson, SMG and BUEE, 4/5 12:00-1:00

BU Experiential Education (BUEE) is taking the teambuilding activities from the challenge course world and bringing them on-line.  Bring your laptops and find out how BUEE is experimenting with virtual teambuilding. Lunch will be served.

Teaching as Research: Kathryn Spilios and Manher Jariwala, CAS, and Meredith Knight, SED, 4/18 2:00-3:00, Kenmore Conference Room, 1 Silber Way, 9th floor

In order to improve teaching, we have to better understand the learning process, and the learners themselves. What do students know when they arrive? What do they know when they are finished? How does learning happen, and what types of factors can get in the way? How can we determine what students are learning during the course? With the paradigm of “teaching as research”, we will explore strategies for gathering and analyzing information about your students to improve teaching during the course, and to measure learning after the course is finished. Afternoon snacks will be served.

Hands-on Workshop: Tablet PCs in STEM: Carla Romney, Fabian Torres-Ardila, and Juan Pedro Paniagua, MET, 4/20 12:00-1:30, 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Floor 2M, FLR 247

Tablet PCs are attracting attention because they permit users to write directly on documents and presentation materials.  How can Tablet PCs be incorporated into STEM classes?  What are the advantages of using this technology? Do students and faculty need their own Tablet PCs? This interactive session in the Tablet PC Classroom of the Science and Engineering Program (SEP) of Metropolitan College will give attendees an opportunity to use Tablet PCs and discover how to infuse collaborative problem-solving strategies to bolster student understanding. CEIT Tablet Workshop at SEP. Lunch will be served.

Turning Technologies “Clicker” Roundtable Discussion, 4/25 12:00-1:30, Kenmore Conference Room, 1 Silber Way, 9th floor

CEIT will host a product roundtable discussion with representatives from Turning Technologies on April 25. Faculty are encouraged to attend this session to learn more about the pedagogical uses of student response technology in the classroom. “Clickers” are currently used and supported across numerous disciplines at BU.  This session will provide current users the opportunity to discuss best practices, and it will allow unfamiliar colleagues to learn more about how this technology could work in their classroom.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to preview product enhancements that will be available for the Fall 2012 term. Lunch will be served.

Real-Time Reengineering of Teaching: Muhammad Zaman, ENG, 5/1 12:00-1:00, Kenmore Conference Room, 1 Silber Way, 9th floor

End-of-term student assessments of the course are a campus staple and enable students to provide feedback about both the instructor and the course. These assessments provide a window into how students view the course, the material and the teaching. However, due to the very nature of these course evaluations, the instructor is unable to improve his or her teaching during that term and cannot address student concerns. As a result the end-of-term evaluations do not benefit the students enrolled in that particular course. Mid-term evaluations have been introduced in many schools but are not nearly as effective as they can be.  In this talk, I will talk about some of the ways I have tried to improve my teaching through regular anonymous student feedback throughout the semester. I will also talk about the nature of the questions that I ask them, how I address their concerns and what works for them and what does not. I will also talk about the broader impact of these regular surveys have had on my teaching and what are the challenges in implementing this approach. Finally, I will mention how I plan on improving these surveys in the future and my plans for incorporating other innovations in my teaching. Lunch will be served.

Muhammad Zaman Presentation

New York Times Article featuring Professor Zaman

Using ePortfolios to Enhance Your Teaching: Amod Lele, IS&T, 5/2 4:00-5:00, School of Management, room 326

What is an ePortfolio? What difference could it make in your classroom? This workshop will introduce the potential of ePortfolios to help your students learn more effectively: enhance their reflection; help them make more effective revisions; let them add rich content to their assignments; give them a chance to present themselves professionally.

Blackboard Boot Camp: Kacie Cleary, IS&T, 5/4 8:30 am-12:00 pm (Hands-on lab from 1:00-3:00 – please note you must register for this separately), 111 Cummington Street, room B27

In collaboration with the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, IS&T is proud to present our half-day Blackboard Boot Camp. This session will provide participants with in-depth skills for using Blackboard in their classroom. Not only will participants walk away with a new skill set for using Blackboard, they will also be able to share ideas, collaborate with peers and think about course design in a different way.

Participants will hear from their colleagues on best practices when using Blackboard for teaching and learning. This session is devoted to the teaching and learning aspect of Blackboard and less on technical skill. Breakfast will be served.