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 on the Lunch and Learn Series or request access to the OWL site, please contact Lauren Anstey, eLearning & Curriculum Specialist, lauren.anstey@uwo.ca

2016-2017 Series

Ready for My Close-Up: Working with a Professional Filmmaker to Create Educational Videos
Thursday October 20th, 2016
Join presenters Colleen Sharen (Brescia University College) and Adam Caplan (BMOS) who will share their insights on addressing the question: How do you develop a video that achieves learning outcomes while engaging and motivating students? Using You-Tube’s “10 Fundamentals of a Creative Strategy” (n.d), Colleen and Adam will describe how they developed an engaging, motivating, and relatable series of videos. Further, they will talk about using a creative brief to describe tone, interactivity, consistency, casting, targeting, accessibility, and inspiration in video production.

Tuesday November 22, 2016
A lightboard is a glass chalkboard pumped full of light, used to record and annotate instructional videos in a new and different way. This session explains what lightboards are all about, considers some possibilities, and introduces you to Western’s very own!

Faculty Panel on ePortfolios
Tuesday January 24th, 2017
Join panelists Cathy Benedict (Music), Nicole Campbell (Schulich), and Elan Paulson (Education) who offer three perspectives on ePortfolios and their various applications to the university classroom.

Digital Tools In & Out of the Classroom
Friday March 3rd, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m., University Community Centre Room 147A/B

This session takes dual perspectives (in & out of the classroom) on tools such as Trello and Slack, intended to help with organization, collaboration, and communication. Focusing outside the classroom, Aaron Price (Engineering) will demonstrate applications to research, laboratory management, and supervision. Turning inside the classroom, the TSC will highlight applications for teaching and learning.

Instructional Skills Workshop Online (ISWO)

Wednesday May 3 to Tuesday June 13, 2017

  • Wednesday is Day 1 of the course
  • Facilitated fully online, asynchronously and synchronously
  • A deposit is required to secure your spot in the workshop (see details below)


  • Participants should be comfortable using the tools within OWL as the ISW-O does not provide training in the technical aspects of the Learning Management System
  • Participants need to have a web cam and microphone.

Workshop learning outcomes

By the end of the ISW-O, successful participants will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast eLearning principles with face-to-face learning principles in order to clarify the roles and responsibility of the online instructor
  • Develop strategies for humanizing an online course in order to engage online learners
  • Apply eLearning principles and theory to online instruction through designing, constructing, and facilitating an online mini-lesson using the BOPPPS model
  • Engage in reflective practice and explain rationale for instructional choices
  • Apply appropriate strategies for sharing and receiving feedback with peer facilitators


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 (May 3 - June 13, 2017). Past participants report spending an average of 10 hours a week on workshop related activities. 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.

The ISW-O follows a six-week schedule:

Week 1 (May 3 - May 9): Community Building and Workshop Expectations
Week 2 (May 10 - May 16): Building Lessons
Week 3 (May 17 - May 23): Putting Theory into Practice
Week 4 (May 24 - May 30): Mini-Lesson Preparation Week
Week 5 (May 31 - June 6): Participant-Led Mini-Lessons
Week 6 (June 7 - June 13): Feedback and Reflection


Participants who successfully complete all ISW-O components will be awarded a certificate recognizing their learning.

Deposit Information

PLEASE NOTE: A $50.00 refundable deposit is required to complete your registration and hold your spot in the workshop.

Please make your cheque payable to Western University and send it to:

Teaching Support Centre
Room 122, Weldon Library
Western University
London, Ontario, N6A 3K7

The cheque will be returned to all those who complete the workshop or to those who cancel five business days in advance of the workshop.

Teaching with Technology Day

May 9, 2017
Jointly hosted by the Teaching Support Centre and ITS' eLearning Technologies Team, the Teaching with Technology Day is 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.

2017 session topics include:

  • Creating Creative Briefs for Educational Videos
  • Exploring ePortfolios
  • Lightboards
  • Teaching with Trello
  • Turn It In: Feedback Studio
  • Finding and Using Open Educational Resources
  • Coming Attractions in OWL
  • 5 minutes of Fame: Quick Snapshots of various eLearning Tools

eLearning for New Faculty

Late August 2017, exact date TBA
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.