Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology

The Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology (SITT) is the oldest yearly teaching institute at UC Davis. It provides the opportunity for faculty to collaborate with other colleagues and staff equally excited about enhancing student learning.

Some topics covered in previous SITTs include:

  • The Digital Learning Environment: Engaging Students in the Classroom, and Beyond
  • Painting on a New Canvas
  • Teaching with Video
  • The Digital Storytelling Assignment
  • Using Canvas: One-on-One Consultations
  • Blended and hybrid teaching
  • Class (and classroom) designs that encourage collaboration
  • Time management during lecture
  • Online tools to facilitate discussions
  • Digital Devices and Distractions

To get a more thorough sense of SITT offerings, consider this preview of SITT 2018 written by IET Senior Editor Bill Buchanan.

“The longevity of the Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology makes it a barometer for measuring change in campus academic tech. The latest SITT, for example, shows how far the campus has advanced in its use of UC Davis Canvas in just one year.

Last fall, UC Davis was beginning its first full academic year of using the new learning management system (LMS). Instructors wanted to learn about Canvas and how to move instructional materials from SmartSite, the previous LMS. This year, says longtime SITT organizer and host Andy Jones, faculty were more conversant with Canvas. They had the basics down. They wanted to learn about its other features, and why and how they could use those features in their work.

This is the trajectory of engagement with Canvas that Academic Technology Services wanted to see, and in fact UC Davis Canvas program manager Todd Van Zandt is launching a new blog with the evolving use of Canvas as one of its themes (see related item in this week’s newsletter).

Another change from the 2017 SITT, says educational technologist Joey Van Buskirk, was a much larger interest in video.

SITT first met in 1994. This year’s institute on Sept. 14 in 1309 The Grove/Surge III drew about 85 people, and included breakout sessions during the afternoon in Hutchison, SciLab and The Grove (here’s the agenda,). One possible outgrowth from this year’s event is a winter “un-conference,” Jones says. Instructors would gather for part of a day, list topics they’d like to discuss, vote for their favorites, and then break into groups to discuss those topics.

That “un-conference,” like SITT and the faculty forums that Jones hosts throughout the year, would be another part of the ongoing discussion about innovative and successful ways to use tech while teaching at UC Davis. As it has for many years now, IET continues to host the conversation.”