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

2014-2015 Series

Teaching Beyond PowerPoint
Thursday, November 20, 2014
12:30 - 1:30 p.m., University Community Centre Room 147A/B
PowerPoint has emerged as the "go to" tool for organizing and presenting lecture content in the higher education classroom. In this session, participants will be introduced to successful practices in developing lecture slides and to Prezi, a cloud-based presentation software tool. Instructors will share their experience in designing and delivering materials using Prezi.

By the end of the lunch, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the impact of text and graphics to convey messages;
  • Describe the limitations of PowerPoint slide design and impact on student learning; and
  • Review alternative presentation software that may address some of these limitations.

Teaching With Tablets
Thursday, December 11, 2014
12:30 - 1:30 p.m., University Community Centre Room 147A/B
Tablet computers have taken over as the computing device of choice for most new computer purchases. Smaller than typical laptops with arguably longer battery life, ease of mobility and specially designed operating systems, faculty uses of tablets for instruction bring a different dimension to teaching and assessment.

By the end of the lunch, participants will:

  • Describe the opportunities that tablet computers offer for instruction;
  • List the limitations of using tablet computers for teaching; and
  • Consider the ways that assessment can be streamlined through the use of a tablet computer.

Teaching Beyond Clickers
Thursday, January 15, 2015
12:30 - 1:30 p.m., University Community Centre, Room 147A/B
Classroom response systems (e.g. "Clickers") offer instructors of large classes a tool for engaging students on an individual basis. Clickers have been shown to improve student learning and have progressed beyond the hand-held device. Learn how to use classroom response systems in a class of any size to promote student learning.

By the end of this lunch, participants will:

  • Differentiate among a variety of classroom response systems;
  • Describe how classroom response systems can be used to enage students; and
  • Consider application of an interactive response system to their teaching.

Teaching With Social Media
Thursday, February 12, 2015
12:30 - 1:30 p.m., University Community Centre Room 147A/B
Like us on Facebook. Send us a Tweet. Connect with us on LinkedIn. Social Media permeates the contemporary online experience. Likewise social media often permeates the student classroom experience (whether we are aware of it or not). Learn how to harness the power of social media to enhance student-learning opportunities in your class.

By the end of this lunch, participants will:

  • Discover the impact of social media on the student learning experience;
  • Consider the value of incorporating social media into their teaching practice; and
  • Be able to align a learning activity with an appropriate social media tool.

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.

Teaching with Technology

Thursday, May 21, 2015
8:45 - 3:30 p.m.
University Community Centre 147 & Room 66 (WALS Classroom)

Please note that registration occurs in UCC 147A/B at 8:45 am 

The complex interaction 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 goal of the Teaching with Technology all day session is to provide instructors with information, tools, and support options for learning about and using educational technology.

The focus of this program 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 program'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 day. This workshop is jointly hosted by the Teaching Support Centre and the Instructional Technology Resource Centre.

Invited guests and topics include:

  • Creating Prezi Presentations, with Graham Smith (Associate Professor, Geography)
  • Makerspaces, with Kim Martin (PhD student, Information & Media Studies)
  • Audience response systems in the classroom, with Bethany White (Assistant Professor, Statistics and Actuarial Sciences) & Shawn Foster (eLearning Technology Specialist, ITS)
  • Using Explain Everything for Screencasting, with Shannon Butler (Lecturer, DAN management & organizational studies)
  • Facilitating online conversations using Blackboard Collaborate with Beth Hundey (Curriculum and eLearning Specialist, TSC) & Jane Winkler (eLearning Technology Specialist, ITS)
  • Introducing InkChat, a web-based tool for collaboration, Stephen Watt (Distinguished University Professor, Computer Science)
  • Games for Learning, Mike Katchabaw (Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science)
  • What's new with OWL? Shawn Foster (eLearning Technology Specialist, ITS) & Deanna Grogan (eLearning Technology Specialist, ITS)

eLearning for New Faculty

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
9:00 am - 3:15 pm

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: UCC 147 A/B
  • 1:00 pm - 3:15 pm: HSB 13 & 14

This all-day session 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. Make evidence-based decisions about the appropriate use of technology to improve student learning.
  2. Confidently access and use technology in General Use classrooms.
  3. Use Western's learning management system (OWL) at a level appropriate with their experience.

Topics may include:

  • Student engagement: low tech to high tech
  • Best practices in facilitating online discussions
  • eLearning Initiatives at Western
  • Copyright implications for online learning
  • Getting to know the General Use (GU) classroom
  • An introduction to OWL (Western's learning management system)
  • More OWL Tips and Tricks
  • Instructional Technology Resource Centre Showcase

Optional: Participants may also visit the Instructional Technology Resource Centre for a tour at 3:15 pm.

Registration will be limited to 30 participants.