Faculty Events

Academic Technology Services staff supports you and other faculty as you incorporate technology into your pedagogy in ways that enhance teaching and learning. We do this in many ways, including by bringing faculty together so that you can share your experiences and areas of expertise with each other.

We host two monthly faculty meetings during the quarter, and one annual institute each summer. Find announcements and reports about all these events under the “Faculty Events” menu above:

  • DOLCE - Discussing Online Learning & Collaborative Education (1st Fridays of the month at noon via Zoom)
    • DOLCE is a monthly forum where two or more faculty and ATS support staff present discoveries, teaching strategies, and technologies to an audience of UC Davis faculty. The variety of teaching topics reward faculty with wide-ranging curiosity and short attention spans. DOLCEs meet on the first Fridays of every month during the school year. Please visit The Wheel for more information on the next DOLCE.
  • Faculty Forums (3rd Fridays of the month at noon via Zoom)
    • The Faculty Forums, which meet on the third Friday of every month, take on a single teaching or instructional technology topic, benefitting from the input of all the faculty attendees. Sometimes supported by knowledgeable faculty “plants” in the audience, these faculty forums are casual, conversational, and attendee-centric. Join us not only to learn about ways to improve your teaching, but also to connect with a UC Davis community of innovative classroom leaders. Please visit The Wheel for more information on the next Faculty Forum.
  • Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology (annual) (2023 content2022 content; 2021 content; 2020 content)
    • The Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology (SITT) is the oldest yearly teaching institute at UC Davis. SITT provides opportunities for faculty to collaborate with other colleagues and staff who are excited about enhancing student learning. SITT is a no-cost event that is hosted each year by Academic Technology Services, and supported by many other units on campus, including the Center for Educational Effectiveness. SITT typically features a keynote speaker, faculty microtalk presenters who share their experience integrating innovative educational technologies into their own classrooms, hands-on break-out sessions, and, in recent years, stand-alone video presentations and interviews that faculty can return to for information and wisdom about teaching with technology.
    • Some topics covered in previous SITTs include:
      • Strategies for teaching effective remote classes
      • Engaging in-person and remotely-taught students 
      • Teaching with video
      • Advanced uses of UC Davis Canvas
      • Blended and hybrid teaching
      • Class (and classroom) designs that encourage collaboration
      • Time management during lecture
      • Balancing lecture with small-group activities in large classes
      • Online tools to facilitate discussions
      • Digital Devices and Distractions
      • Tools and techniques of the home teaching studio
      • Instructional Design Resources offered by Academic Technology Services
      • Faculty uses of the Learning Glass and green screen in the eLearning Studio

Please contact us at instructionaldesign@ucdavis.edu if you would like to suggest yourself or a faculty colleague as a presenter at a future event sponsored by Academic Technology Services. Faculty events such as DOLCE, the Faculty Forum, and the Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology are hosted by Dr. Andy Jones, Academic Associate Director, Academic Technology Services, and are supported heroically by Instructional Designers Mark Wilson and Dr. Margaret Merrill.