The 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 opportunities for faculty to collaborate with other colleagues and staff who are equally 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, as well as hands-on break-out sessions. For more information, check out the faculty microtalk presenter announcement which details the titles of each microtalk from SITT 2019.

Some topics covered in previous SITTs include:

  • The Digital Learning Environment: Engaging Students in the Classroom, and Beyond
  • Teaching with Video
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Advanced Uses of 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
  • Instructional Design Resources offered by Academic Technology Services
  • Faculty uses of the Learning Glass and green screen in the eLearning Studio

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. Last year’s SITT (SITT 2018) drew about 85 people, and included breakout sessions during the afternoon in Hutchison, SciLab and The Grove (here’s the 2018 SITT agenda).”

The SITT committee is busy preparing for SITT 2020 and will share information as it is finalized on The Wheel- stay tuned!