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

2017-2018 Series

All Lunch and Learn sessions are held in UCC 147 between 12:30pm and 1:30pm. 

Please go to our Event Calendar to register for upcoming sessions.

If you are unable to login, please email tsc@uwo.ca or call x80346 for assistance.

Tuesday October 3 - Canva for Infographics Assignments

Infographics assignments require that students integrate various literacies (e.g. informational, visual, and technological) to produce a high impact visual. As a graphic design app, Canva is great for supporting creative assignments. In this Lunch and Learn, we will explore Canva’s functionality in context of students’ engagement in creative assignments like Infographics.

Thursday November 9 - 3 Office 365 Tools for Classroom Engagement

When Western migrated to Office 365 in 2016, users gained access to a whole suite of online Office applications. In this Lunch and Learn, we will profile three tools identified for their potential applicability to classroom engagement.

Wednesday January 17 - Open Badges *New date and topic*

Open badges or digital badges are used to recognize and communicate skills, experiences, and achievements to earners, especially when it comes to extra-curricular or professional development activities. Badges are represented as a visual crest but, in being digital, they come with a host of meta-data for documenting and evidencing performance. In this Lunch and Learn, we will introduce badging, discuss best practices in digital badge design, and report on a pilot 'sandbox' that has enabled various teams across campus to experiment with CanCred Factory - a platform for hosting, building, issuing, and managing badges.

Thursday February 8 - Wiki Edu Dashboard: Sharing Knowledge, Tracking Contributions

You’ve heard the suggestions that students could be editing Wikipedia pages as a course assignment, but did you know Wikipedia has a whole platform dedicated to supporting instructors and students? Join us as we explore the Wiki Education Dashboard for how it supports instructors to create and manage Wikipedia assignments - from course design through to tracking student progress.

Instructional Skills Workshop Online (ISWO)

Starts May 2, 2018

  • 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 Community Building and Workshop Expectations
Week 2 Building Lessons
Week 3 Putting Theory into Practice
Week 4 Mini-Lesson Preparation Week
Week 5 Participant-Led Mini-Lessons
Week 6 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 8, 2018
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 included:

  • 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

2017 Agenda

ime Session UCC 65 UCC 66 (WALS) UCC 147 ITRC

8:45 - 9:00am


Registration & Coffee




9:00 - 9:30am


IT Support




9:30 - 11:00am

Session 1

IT Support

Preparing Creative Briefs for Educational Resources



11:00 - 11:10am


IT Support




11:10 - 12:10pm

Session 2

IT Support


Teaching with Trello


12:10 - 1:00pm


Lunch (provided)




1:00 - 2:00pm

Session 3

IT Support

Open Educational Resources

Feedback Studio (Turnitin)


2:00 - 2:15pm


IT Support




2:15 - 3:15pm

Session 4

IT Support

5 Minutes of Fame

OWL Showcase