Teaching with Technology Workshops

eLearning Lunch and Learn Series

Please join us for the Teaching with Technology – eLearning Lunch and Learn Series to share your ideas on teaching with technology.

Hosted by Dr. John Doerksen, Vice-Provost (Academic Programs), and the Teaching Support Centre (TSC), the Teaching with Technology – eLearning Lunch and Learn Series focuses on the nexus between innovative uses of new and emerging technologies, and best practices in teaching and learning. These sessions (lunch will be provided) are intended to foster campus-wide collaboration, communication, and resource sharing about varied technology issues.

These lively forums will feature faculty and staff from across the disciplines sharing and discussing how they are successfully integrating technology into their curriculum. The Lunch and Learn series aims to foster a venue to share and learn from each other. These learning opportunities will occur throughout the Fall and Winter semesters.

For more information, please contact Gavan Watson, Associate Director, eLearning, in the Teaching Support Centre at: gavan.watson@uwo.ca

2015-2016 Series

Faculty Panel on Blogging
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
12:30 - 1:30 p.m., University Community Centre Room 147A/B
Join faculty members Kim Solga (English Studies), Samantha Brennan (Women's Studies and Feminist Research) and Elizabeth Greene (Classical Studies) as they share their insights on blogging in support of student learning and professional practice.

Creating Interactive Learning Objects (easily)
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
12:30 - 1:30 p.m., University Community Centre Room 147A/B
Often hours of development time can go into the creation of interactive online learning objects that support and assess student learning. Join us at this lunch 'n learn to hear more about the variety of tools that can be used to create, or add interactivity to the online learning environment.

Google Docs & Office365 in the Higher Education classroom
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
12:30 - 1:30 p.m., University Community Centre Room 147A/B
Web-based office suites offer users access to word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software in the web browser. These tools, however, can be used for more than just writing, calculating or presenting. Join us to find out more how to use components of these suites to foster classroom collaboration and collect student feedback.

Open Educational Resources 
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
12:30 - 1:30 p.m., University Community Centre Room 147A/B
Characterized by more open licensing, Open Educational Resources (OERs) are a variety of digital objects that can be used to support instruction. This means that content created as OER is often free of the typical barriers that copyright imposes. But low cost (or no cost) does not mean low quality. Find out more about how to access, use and even create these resources.

Instructional Skills Workshop Online (ISWO)

April 27 - June 7, 2016

The Instructional Skills Workshop Online (ISW-O) has been developed to address the needs of Western instructors who teach online. It offers participants the opportunity to explore, in very practical and hands-on ways, the conditions that give rise to powerful eLearning experiences among students. This workshop provides new instructors with an introduction to designing and facilitating effective eLearning activities, while experienced instructors may use it as an opportunity to refine and expand their teaching practice, to explore new ideas, or to revisit the fundamentals. Participants interact both asynchronously (e.g., discussion forums) and synchronously (e.g., Blackboard Collaborate).

This small enrolment workshop occurs entirely online in OWL over a six-week period (April 27 to June 7, 2016, approximately 8-10 hours per week). Participants will experience the role of both online instructor and online learner. Although some instruction and resources may be provided on how to use basic OWL tools, the ISW-O focuses on best teaching practices for eLearning rather than the technicalities of course development in OWL.

Participants design and teach an online “mini-lesson” in OWL and receive verbal, written, and video feedback from their facilitator and peers. The activities are intended to provide an authentic environment where instructors can learn, experiment, and practice skills related to facilitating online learning.

Past participants have said,

“I have to thank you for demonstrating how you can structure a course— since seeing the ISWO I've been able to re-organize my own course, and sub-divide modules into topics to prevent students from becoming inundated with too much confusing material on one page.”

“I am so glad I was able to participate in the ISWO. I felt that it was extremely insightful being in the position of online student as this, itself, gave me ideas for what to do/not do.”

For more details, please contact tsc@uwo.ca.

Teaching with Technology

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
8:45 - 3:15 p.m., University Community Centre UCC147 & UCC66 (WALS Classroom)

  • Registration occurs in UCC 147A/B
  • Active participation requires bringing an Internet-connected device (e.g.: Laptop, Tablet or Smartphone)

Jointly hosted by the Teaching Support Centre and ITS' eLearning Technologies Team, Teaching with Technology sessions are designed to provide instructors with hands-on learning experiences with a broad range of eLearning tools. By participating in the day-long session, you and fellow faculty members will leave with ready-to-implement ideas for your face-to-face or online classes. No prior experience with instructional technologies is required to attend; you only need an interest in how technology can enhance your curriculum (and an Internet-connected device).

This program open to all, however it is designed with instructors (i.e. faculty members, limited duties instructors, staff in teaching roles) in mind.

2016 session topics include:

  • OWL Course Site Extreme Makeover: organizing OWL content to facilitate student learning
  • More than Web Conferencing: Collaborate Ultra
  • Introducing VoiceThread
  • Improving learning with online Library resources
  • Gaming: breaking the higher education stigma
  • Creating instructional videos using your smartphone
  • Editing online videos for learning and assessment
  • OWL Hidden Gems: learning more about features in OWL that improve instruction

eLearning for New Faculty

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., University Community Centre, Room 66 (WALS Classroom)

This all-day workshop provides an introduction to eLearning at Western and will offer a balance of practical information and hands-on learning. As a result of participating in this session, participants will be able to:

1. Confidently access and use technology in General Use classrooms
2. Create a course site and select appropriate instructional tools in Western's learning management system (OWL) at a level appropriate with their experience
3. Use best practice principles to effectively organize digital course content in OWL
4. Use digital communication tools to build online learning communities
5. Identify a wide variety of eLearning tools available to instructors as well as those campus resources available that support eLearning at Western

Topics include:

  • Getting to know General Use classroom technologies
  • Setting up and organizing an OWL course site
  • Building online learning communities
  • eLearning tools and support available at Western

Registration will be limited to 30 participants.
This session is for full and part-time faculty who are new to teaching at Western.