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The SITT 2014 Schedule of Talks and Workshops

 

The Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology

Friday, September 12, 2014

9:30-4:30

The Art Annex / Technocultural Studies Building

(Behind the Art Building, and next to the Theatre Building)

 

 

Title Time / Speaker          Room
Welcome 9:30-9:40 AM

People milling around, looking at the program and making new friends.

Art Annex
A formal Welcome from Viji Murali 9:40-9:50 AM

Viji Murali, our new CIO and Vice Provost for Information and Educational Technology

Art Annex
Welcoming remarks from Andy Jones 9:55-10:00 AM

Five minutes on SITT enthusiasms!

Art Annex
Getting Started with Teaching Hybrid and Online Courses

 

10-11 AM

 

Cara Harwood Theisen, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

This interactive session will introduce key differences between online, hybrid, and face-to-face classes. Participants will leave with new ideas for how to incorporate technology and online tools to promote student interaction, deliver content, and assess students.

Art Annex
Update on Teaching with Technology Projects 11AM-12PM

  • The Future of SmartSite: Andy Jones
  • CETL Initiatives: Chris Thaiss
  • The CETL Faculty instructional technology resources hub website: Mary Stewart
  • Classroom updates
  • Preview of faculty concerns about student devices in the classroom: Cara Harwood Theisen
  • Description of afternoon sessions
Art Annex
Lunch
  • 12-1PM

 

Burritos provided by Dos Coyotes. Brave participants will dine outside in the delightful heat of mid-September in Davis.

Art Annex
“Teachnologies” (Presentation of 20 instructional technologies in 40 minutes) 1-2PM

  • Andy Jones
  • Steve Faith
  • Dan Comins
  • Paul Salitsky

 

Technologies to be reviewed (briefly) include Camtasia, Videoblocks, EduCreations, Zaption, and a variety of other portmanteau words that may make no sense until after this rapid-fire four-way presentation.

Art Annex
Now we move to the computer classrooms in the basement of Olson Hall. Choose a workshop!
Creating a WordPress Website 2-3:30PM

  • Andy Jones
  • Charlie Turner
  • Simon Dvorak
Olson 1
Teaching with Video Workshop 2-3:30PM

  • Professor James Carey
  • Dan Comins
  • This will be an abbreviated version of the video boot camp.
Olson 21
Technology Tools Workshop 2-3:30PM

  • Steve Faith
  • Fernando Socorro
  • Paul Salitsky

This workshop will cover a few of the aforementioned “Teachnologies,” and give faculty an opportunity to explore new SmartSite tools, and consider aspects of other Learning Management System candidates (i.e. Canvas by Instructure and Brightspace by Desire2Learn) that will be piloted by UC Davis faculty this fall.

Olson 27
Wrap-Up 3:30-4:30PM

  • We will be joined CCFIT Chair Michael Kleeman, and ATS Director David Levin
  • Review of other resources, if we have time
  • Sharing of hopes, concerns, and discoveries
Art Annex

 

SITT PROGRAM 2014 (PDF)

Directions to the Art Annex for SITT 2014

Directions to the Art Annex for SITT 2014

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The 2014 Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology

The Art Annex at UC Davis

The Art Annex at UC Davis

The one-day Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology (SITT) will take place this year on Friday, September 12, and we hope that you will join us. We will meet primarily in the Art Annex, behind the Theater Building on campus, from 9:30-4:30, with a break for lunch, and an opportunity for hands-on discoveries in computer classrooms in the afternoon.

 

At this year’s SITT we will learn from UC Davis faculty and content-expert staff about the following topics:

 

  • Blended and hybrid teaching,
  • Plans to pilot new learning management systems this fall (with a new or improved replacement for SmartSite to be adopted in 2015),
  • Faculty concerns about student use of portable devices during lecture,
  • Online tools to facilitate discussion,
  • Sources for copyright-free images, audio, and video,
  • Embedded YouTube videos,
  • Time management during lecture,
  • Teaching and conducting outreach with WordPress,
  • Class (and classroom) designs that encourage collaboration,
  • And many others.

 

Lunch will be provided to those who register.

 

For those of you who have not attended SITT in the past, the one-day institute provides all participating faculty an opportunity to learn from our colleagues about teaching practices and innovations, and to meet others with similar enthusiasms for student-centered learning.

 

I hope you can join us!

 

Andy Jones

Chair, SITT 2014

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Digital Course Content Pilot from the UC Davis Bookstore!

Good news from the UC Davis bookstore about new opportunity to teach with digital resources while saving your students money on fall textbooks.

UC Davis Stores are spearheading a Digital Course Content Pilot that is taking place on campus this fall. During the 2013-2014 school year, the UC Davis Stores have been working with faculty and publishers to reinvent the way content is delivered to our students. Please find a summary below of how the pilot will work and some real price comparisons for different forms of delivering content. The UC Davis Stores plan to assess the performance of the pilot from a faculty and student perspective in November.

  • The Digital Course Content Pilot begins in Fall Quarter 2014 with nearly 5,000 students using Digital Adaptive Content
  • The content adapts to student performance on exercises and is interactive (in contrast to an eBook which does not adapt or interact)
  • The Pilot Intent: To Improve Student Access, Drive Down Student Costs, and Improve Attainment of Student Learning Outcomes
  • The Delivery method: In most cases, digital access codes will be delivered via email two weeks before the quarter begins. In limited cases, students will receive access and be registered during their first class session
  • During the add/drop period, students can use the content at no cost
  • If students choose to opt-out during the add/drop period, their digital access will be turned off, and they will pay nothing
  • If they choose to retain access, the course materials cost will be added to their University bill
  • If students would like a print copy to go along with their digital access, they can visit the Memorial Union Store for a low-cost print copy to accompany their digital content

Digital Resource Price Comparisons

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Video from June DOLCE

If you weren’t able to attend the DOLCE (Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education) meeting last Friday (June 6), we invite you to watch the recording below.

Antonella Bassi (professor of French & Italian) gave a talk, “From Stencil to Smart Panel: Teaching Italian at UC Davis, 1988-2014,” Charlie Turner provided an update on the faculty website initiative, and Andy Jones discussed summer plans for educational technology initiatives at UC Davis. 

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WordPress Sites for Faculty

Are you interested in creating a faculty website with the “ucdavis.edu” domain name? Academic Technology Services now invites faculty members (including retired and adjunct faculty) to create such sites using WordPress. The sites are free of charge (and of advertising!), and can be set up in under a minute via the Faculty Website Network.

As of the firs week in June, 45 faculty have created websites.

If you are interested in participating, please attend the upcoming training session on Friday, June 13 from 2-4:30pm in 1310 Surge III (pre-register here). ATS will host training sessions the second Friday of each month from now until October.

For more information, read the Dateline or TechNews articles about the project, or attend DOLCE this Friday (June 6th at 12pm, 1310 Surge III) to hear Charlie Turner talk about the project (Turner leads ATS’ Academic and Research Programming unit).

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We hope you’ll be able to join us for the last DOLCE meeting of the school year on this Friday, June 6 from 12-1pm in 1310 Surge III.

Antonella Bassi, professor of French & Italian, will discuss her experiences with teaching and technology throughout her 26 years at UC Davis in a presentation, “From Stencil to Smart Panel: Teaching Italian at UC Davis, 1988-2014.” Bassi is retiring on July 1, so this DOLCE is also a special opportunity to say farewell to our colleague!

Charlie Turner, head of programming for Academic Technology Services, will also discuss how faculty are using the new faculty website (WordPress) program.

Finally, Andy Jones will provide a few updates about educational technology initiatives around campus, including the Future of SmartSite, Jim Carey and Dan Comin’s Video Workshop Series, and plans for this summer’s SITT (Summer Institute for Teaching and Technology).

See you Friday!

P.S. The Learning Management System (LMS) Transition Working Group is meeting this afternoon at 3. If you are interested in learning more about the process and voicing your perspective, please join us today (June 3) at 3pm in 1310 Surge III. This meeting’s agenda includes: (1) a debrief on the LMS May 23 Showcase, (2) an update on the proposal evaluation process, and (3) an update on the LMS Working Group Steering Committee’s recent visit to UC Berkeley regarding LMS Transition experiences. For additional information, please visit the LMS Transition website, or, again, view the video recording of the May 23 LMS Showcase.

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This Thursday, June 5, Professor Robert Blake will offer a workshop on Nearpod, a tool that facilitates teaching and learning with iOS, Android, and web-enabled PC and Mac computers. The presentation will take place from 12-1pm in Olson Hall, Room 205.

Blake will demonstrate how to use the tool to create presentations, polls, quizzes, links to webpages, and interactive drawing. Participants will also have the opportunity to create lessons using Nearpod, so be sure to bring your laptop, iPad, or smart phone to the session!

Robert Blake is a professor of Spanish Linguistics and the director of the Spanish Language Program. He is also the author of Brave New Digital Classroom (2013, GUP), a guide to using technology in the foreign language curriculum, and has developed impressive hybrid and online Spanish courses at UC Davis that emphasize interactivity and active learning.

NearPod Flyer01

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LMS Transition Survey Extended to June 15

If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to share your perspective on the Future of SmartSite by responding to the LMS Transition Survey. The survey asks you to prioritize specific LMS tools and features, and invites you to submit additional questions, comments, or concerns.

We welcome feedback from all UC Davis community members, including graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and staff.

The survey closes tonight (Friday, May 30) at midnight, so please spread the word! Update: in order to garner additional student involvement and feedback, we are extending the survey to June 15. 

Respond to the Survey

For additional information about the Future of SmartSite and the LMS Transition Project, please visit the LMS Transition website or contact the LMS Transition Working Group.

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Video Recording of the LMS Showcase

We had a great experience last Friday at the LMS Showcase! The presentations (by Asahi Net, Canvas, and Desire2Learn) were very informative and sparked some great conversations. If you weren’t able to join us, we welcome you to watch the video recording of the presentations:

http://webcast.ucdavis.edu/lmsshowcase

Please note that the recording is only available to UC Davis community members (you will be required to log in using your kerberos password if you are not already connected to the UC Davis network).

If you have not done so already, we also invite you to offer your feedback via the LMS Survey.

For more information, please contact the LMS Working Group or visit the Learning Management System Transition website.

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We’re looking forward to seeing you at the LMS Showcase this Friday, May 23. We’ll be in the Memorial Union (MU II and King’s Lounge) from 9am-3pm. At the event, Sakai, Desire2Learn, and Canvas will all give presentations and answer questions about their learning management systems. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the systems on your own device.

We would like to gather as much feedback from the UC Davis community as possible, including faculty, student, and staff perspectives, so please tell your colleagues and your students about the Showcase! Event participants will be invited to share feedback via an LMS Showcase Evaluation form.

As you’ll see in the flier below, the schedule is as follows:

  • 9:15 Sakai Presentation
  • 10:30 Desire2Learn Presentation
  • 1:14 Canvas Presentation

To learn more, please visit the LMS Transition page.

LMS_showcase

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