ITech Workshops

Upcoming Workshops and Events

The calendar below lists all workshop opportunities, both formal and casual. Click on the title of an offering for a brief description and specific instructions of how to participate. Most require advance sign up.

 

  • Preparing to Teach Remotely

    In response to shifting teaching scenarios and also faculty requests iTech is adding shorter, tool and topic based workshops to complement our ongoing Summer Series based on the Remote Teaching Readiness Quiz.

    Title & Description Time & Date
    Remote Teaching Communication Strategies Using GLOW Announcements, Discussions and Video Messaging: In this online demo and discussion we will explore communication strategies and tools for communicating effectively with your students while avoiding email fatigue. We will also consider the importance of transparency (in content organization) and building community with your students, using some of the techniques outlined in Small Teaching Online by Flower Darby (Free, online read for Williams through Sawyer Library). * Thu., 8/6
    10:00-10:50am
    * Tue., 8/11
    5:00-5:50pm


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    It’s All About Assignment: How will you provide homework,  midterm or final exams? How will you evaluate term papers and provide feedback? This workshop will help you to answer these questions and many more as we first demonstrate Glow's Assignment/Quizzes and Grades/Speedgrader tools, and then explore and discuss their use in "giving out" assignments,  "getting back" submissions and providing feedback for students.  * Wed., 8/5
    1:00-1:50pm
    * Wed., 8/12
    1:00-1:50pm


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    Creating Pre-recorded Lectures with Panopto Demo: There are a variety of reasons to create videos for your class. You might present new content, respond to student questions and provide feedback, make an announcement, reflect on assignments or teaching goals, or address a topic that is giving students trouble. The video might be a screen capture, narrated slideshow, or a video of a familiar face. In this class we look at how these videos are created, and how they can be uploaded and shared with students. * Tue., 8/4
    5:00-5:50pm
    * Thu., 8/13
    10:00-10:50am
    * Wed., 8/19
    10:00-10:50am
    * Tue., 8/25
    1:00-1:50pm


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    Our Summer workshops are organized in three major categories:

    1. Establishing Effective Communications with My Students
    2. Putting My Course Materials Online
    3. Assessing My Students' Progress Online

    The Remote Teaching Readiness Quiz can help decide which workshop(s) to sign up for. You can also use the Glow Orientation course for a self-paced introduction to Glow's most frequently used tools.

    1. Establishing Effective Communications with My Students

    This track explores and demonstrates the various communication tools available to the Williams community. We will discuss the pros and cons of each tool, and help you choose the right one for your goals.

    Title & Description Time & Date
    Track 1-1. GLOW – Announcements, Discussions and Video Messaging: In this online demo and discussion we will explore communication strategies and tools for communicating effectively with your students while avoiding email fatigue. We will also consider the importance of transparency (in content organization) and building community with your students, using some of the techniques outlined in Small Teaching Online by Flower Darby (Free, online read for Williams through Sawyer Library). * Tue., 7/14
    10:00-10:50am


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    Track 1-2. Leveraging Google Apps to Enhance Communication: In this online demo and discussion we will explore Google Chat/Groups, Calendar and Drive and discover ways they can augment the functionality of GLOW and enhance content organization. * Wed., 7/15
    1:00-1:50pm


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    Track 1-3. Synchronous Online Options: In this demo and discussion we will compare three platforms for connecting synchronously online with your students: Google Meet, Zoom, and GLOW Conferences. We will evaluate the pros and cons of each platform and learn how they can sync with other tools and support synchronous elements of your curriculum. * Thu., 7/16
    5:00-5:50pm


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    2. Putting My Course Materials Online

    Workshops in this track demonstrate the creation and sharing of pre-recorded lectures with your students.  We will also cover how to distribute course materials effectively in GLOW on this track.  (Also, check our GLOW Course Prep for Remote Teaching Checklist.)

    Title & Description Time & Date
    Track 2-1. Creating Pre-recorded Lectures: There are a variety of reasons to create videos for your class. You might present new content, respond to student questions and provide feedback, make an announcement, reflect on assignments or teaching goals, or address a topic that is giving students trouble. The video might be a screen capture, narrated slideshow, or a video of a familiar face. In this class we look at how these videos are created, and how they can be uploaded and shared with students. *Tue., 7/14
    1:00-1:50pm


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    Track 2-2. Distributing Course Materials (GLOW's Modules & Course Media Gallery): This workshop will discuss how to build your GLOW course using Modules. Instructors have some control over how materials are organized and presented to students in our course management system. Learn how to format your presentation of information to best fit the content for your students -  including images, videos, readings, and files. We will also provide information on the Course Media Gallery as a way to distribute and manage your video and audio files. * Wed., 7/15
    5:00-5:50pm


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    Track 2-3. Organizing Course Content using GLOW's Syllabus Page: The syllabus format in Glow gives you both a text area for details about the course and a listing of all assigned tasks students must complete. While it does take time to enter in all assignments for your course, the students have the assignments in their calendar and can easily track their progress. These assignments are connected to the gradebook so that feedback can be shared with students. The syllabus format can be ideal for a course with many assignments or readings, or for first year students who might benefit from the extra organization and feedback. * Thu., 7/16
    10:00-10:50am


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    3. Assess My Students' Progress Online

    This track explores and demonstrates the tools in Glow that help you evaluate, monitor, and manage your students’ progress toward the learning goals for your course.

    Title & Description Time & Date
    Track 3-1: Glow's Assignment Tool:  In this workshop, we will demonstrate and discuss how to use the Assignment tool to shape specific learning objectives, to differentiate assignments by availability and due date, to determine how students may submit their responses, and finally to use Assignment Groups to weight the cumulative grades of a group as a percentage of a total course grade. * Tue., 7/14
    5:00-5:50pm


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    Track 3-2: Glow's Quiz Tool: In this workshop, we will demonstrate how to use the Quiz tool to design, implement and administer a variety of question/answer configurations, and to differentiate assignments by availability and due date. We'll also explore both the Gradebook and SpeedGrader tools to assign grades as well as to provide feedback for students to review afterward. * Wed., 7/15
    10:00-10:50am


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    Track 3-3: Mastery Path: The Mastery Path is an advanced tool in Glow. In this workshop, we will discuss how the configuration of Mastery Paths can be used to better organize your course content in a progressive learning experience. Specifically, we will demonstrate how Mastery Paths work in tandem with course Modules, as well as the use of graded Discussions, Assignments, and Quizzes in shaping both linear and conditional learning pathways. * Thu., 7/16
    1:00-1:50pm


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