Teaching with Technology Workshops

eLearning for New Faculty

Tuesday August 26, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Morning Session: University Community Centre, Room 147
Afternoon Session: Support Services Building, Room 4210

This all-day session will be 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:

  1. Create a personal toolbox of eLearning supports and resources at Western;
  2. Consider the ways OWL (online learning management system) can be used in course design and delivery;
  3. Recognize the different ways in which eLearning can be used to support learner-centred teaching.

Topics may include:

  • eLearning initiatives at Western
  • Copyright tips and tricks
  • Getting the keys: An overview of the General Use (GU) classroom
  • eLearning tools/resources
  • Who's new to OWL?: An introduction
  • Beyond discussion boards: More sophisticated OWL tools
  • ITRC (Instructional Technology Resource Centre) showcase and tour
  • Western's Active Learning Space (WALS)

Registration will be limited to 30 participants.

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, Office of the Vice-Provost (Academic Programs & Students) [Registrar], 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 noon hour 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 tsc@uwo.ca.

The eLearning Lunch and Learn Series will return in Fall 2014.

Instructional Skills Workshop Online (ISWO)

This workshop was developed to address the needs of Western’s faculty who teach online, and is designed to develop in practitioners increased competence, and confidence teaching in the online environment. This small enrolment, 26-30 hour workshop occurs entirely online in OWL over a four-week period, where the participants experience the dual roles of both being an instructor and student in an online course. During the ISWO, feedback and personal refection activities provide opportunities for individuals to learn from this dual role model. The workshop involves asynchronous interactions between group members and the facilitator. The activities in this short course are intended to provide an authentic environment where faculty can learn, experiment, and practice skills related to facilitating and assessing 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.

Summer Teaching with Technology Institute

The Summer Teaching with Technology Institute will be offered again in May 2015.

The complex interactions of the classroom brings instructors, students, and technology together to create a learning environment where creating knowledge and meaning is more relevant and difficult than ever before. The Summer Teaching with Technology Institute’s goal is to provide instructors with information, tools, and support options for learning about and using educational technology.

The focus of this institute is to highlight the essential knowledge and skills required for the integration of technology into either your face-to-face or online courses. Participants need not have any experience with instructional technologies to attend; you need only to have an interest in how technology can enhance your curriculum.  The institute's emphasis will be using teaching technologies in your instruction to improve your students’ learning. Please consider joining fellow faculty members for an interesting and educational two days.  This workshop is jointly hosted by the TSC and the ITRC.

Topics include:

  • What is eLearning and why should I care?
  • What can I use other than PowerPoint?
  • Accessibility/Universal Design
  • Social Media in the classroom
  • Copyright
  • Tour of ITRC and showcase of projects
  • Blackboard Collaborate
  • Information Literacy
  • Western's Active Learning Space
  • eLearning at Western