The Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology — September 11th in 115 Hutchison!

Dear UC Davis Faculty Colleagues,

Thanks to all of you who have registered for the 2015 Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology. Please find the schedule below.


SITT 2015 Schedule – All sessions in Hutchison Hall

Time & Place





Hutchison 115


Light refreshments, coffee, tea, etc.



Hutch 115

Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks from the UC Davis CIO/Vice-Provost for Information and Educational Technology

IET VP and CIO Viji Murali


Hutch 115

Technology and Updates

Remarks from SITT Chair on use of technology for improving teaching and learning, some brief updates on programs offered: October Online/Hybrid Showcase, DOLCE, FLIP, Faculty Panels, AggieVideo, Aggie e-Learning Studio, etc., and where we stand in the LMS transition.

(Hutchison 115)

Andy Jones


Hutch 115

Student-Centered Learning Strategies & Lightning Presentations (Part A)

Introduction to Activity: An interactive workshop that discusses and demonstrates some student-centered and active learning strategies. Ask them to brainstorm elements of student centered learning for discussion and reflection. Break the room up into groups, asking groups to focus on particular elements as they are listening to lightning presentations.

(Hutchison 115)

Andy Jones


Hutch 115

Student-Centered Learning Strategies & Lightning Presentations (Part B)

4-5 Lightning Presentations

Faculty presenters


Hutch 115

Student-Centered Learning Strategies & Lightning Presentations (Part C)

Discussion: Discuss particular assigned elements in small groups, in particular noting how assigned element(s) were featured in the lightning presentations.

Small Groups


Hutch 115

Student-Centered Learning Strategies & Lightning Presentations (Part D)

4-5 More Lightning Presentations

Faculty presenters


Hutch 115

Student-Centered Learning Strategies & Lightning Presentations (Part E)

Discussion: Wrap Up small group discussion on elements, again noting how their element(s) were featured in lighting presentations. Andy will bring groups back together around 10:55-11 and ask groups to report out, facilitating a larger discussion with everyone in the room.

Andy Jones, Small Groups



More coffee, etc. “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” Mark Twain


Hutch 115

Using Data to Improve Teaching, Learning, and Assessment at UC Davis

We will be discussing the value of using data to inform and drive the continuous improvement of curriculum, instruction, and assessment at UC Davis.  We will focus specifically on our collaborations with BIS2A and Chem2A faculty / instructors to integrate student-centered instruction into lecture sections and associated discussions and the positive outcomes that have resulted.

Marco Molinaro, Chris Pagliarulo


Outside Hutch

Lunch Begins

Dos Coyotes Burritos and water, courtesy of Academic Technology Services

Dos Coyotes


Hutch 115

Teachnologies (lunch continues)

Voted on by SITT participants, the tools to be covered will be revealed at the presentation.

Dan Comins, Andy Jones, Steve Faith, Paul Salitsky, Cheryl Diermyer

1:30PM (A)

Hutch 115

Digital Devices and Distractions: Dealing with Disruptive Technologies During Class

Technology can enhance teaching and learning, but it can also provide a tempting distraction to students during class. This workshop will address how to manage student use of technology during class to create an effective student-centered learning environment. Participants will consider reasons students turn to distracting technologies in class, examine different strategies for dealing with distracting technologies and evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of each, and determine which strategy best aligns with their teaching style and instructional goals.

Cara Harwood Theisen

1:30PM (B)

Hutch 73

Personal Response Systems

This session will allow participants to familiarize themselves with the i>clicker line of products that are supported by IET/ATS. We will review the following:

1. The legacy, hand-held clicker system.

2. The newer REEF polling system, which incorporates the older, hand-held  technology.

3. Integrations with SmartSite.

4. The use (and best uses) of clickers. We will provide hand-held devices, or you can install the REEF app on your iOS or Android device.

Fernando Socorro

1:30PM (C)

Hutch 75

Web 2.0 Tools to Enhance Student Engagement

Learn about and try out exciting (and mostly free!) tools available to enhance student-centered learning in the modern, connected classroom. This is an active and participatory discussion of popular web 2.0 tools that are being used both at UC Davis and across the UC system in blended, hybrid, and fully online classes. We’ll discuss identifying your pedagogical goal and how to sort through the myriad of tool options to find the perfect tool to fit your needs, as well as considerations for accessibility and mobility.

Dan Comins

3:00PM (A)

Hutch 115

Active Learning in a Large Enrollment Course

The BIS 2A (Introduction to Biology) Active Learning Team will discuss their experience converting from a lecture format to an active learning format in a large enrollment course.  This session will feature a panel discussion of  the practical aspects of developing an active learning strategy, some of the challenges we faced on the UC Davis campus, a demonstration of active learning practices, and plenty of time for questions.

Marc Facciotti, Michele Igo, Mitch Singer, Erin Easlon, Chris Pagliarulo, Erin Becker

3:00PM (B)

Hutch 73

Flipping the Classroom: Inversion with Intention

The “flipped” classroom is a pedagogical approach that inverts the traditional use of class time. Rather than reviewing content, class time can then be used for learner-centered activities.


This session will provide participants with a quick start guide and detail emergent best practices to consider for those who frequently “flip” or those embarking on their first “flip”.  Examples from several disciplines and strategies for designing and managing small and large “flipped” classrooms will be shared. This session welcomes instructors who have flipped, experimented with flipping, or are just curious about the flip to attend the session and join the conversation.

Kem Saichaie

3:00PM (C)

Hutch 75

SCL Group Consultation

(with an optional tour of eLearning Studio)

For people who are interested in employing student-centered learning strategies but don’t know where to begin, this is an opportunity to connect with instructional designers, faculty support staff, and educational specialists to get some ideas.

Dan Comins, Cara Harwood Theisen, Andy Jones, Cheryl Diermyer, Steve Faith


Hutch 115

Closing Remarks and Debrief

Finally, for those that make it the whole day, we will have a few closing remarks from ATS Director David Levin and Andy will lead a final conversation around topics presented at SITT 2015 before we all head out and enjoy the weekend.

Andy Jones and ATS Director David Levin


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