This year the first Teaching with Technology Faculty Showcase was on March 19, 2015. It is organized by ATIG as a biannual event – every fall and spring semester the showcase features faculty courses and projects that are innovative, interesting, and illustrate not only best practices in the use of academic technologies, but best pedagogical application of teaching and learning principles.
Format of the showcase: The event starts with several faculty showcasing informally their ECLearn courses or current educational projects for about 45 minutes. Each professor has a table with a computer and a big monitor and discusses their work with any interested guests who stop by at their table. All Emmanuel College faculty is invited to attend the showcase. Then, there are usually two or three mini presentations, followed by another 45-minute session of a second set of informal faculty presenters. The Academic Technology and Innovation Group and Emmanuel College Library have tables and presentations as well. Beverages and snacks are provided and there are gifts, prizes, and contests. Last fall, for example, the winner of the Best ECLearn Course was awarded a mini iPad.
- Prof. Clare Mehta (Psychology Dept.) presented “Snow day? Snow problem! The benefit of online classes in the Spring semester” showcasing her online course structure and organization and inviting her students to provide feedback on their experience.
- Then, Prof. R. Bryan Sears (Chemistry Dept.) presented “Flipping Out: Success and Pitfalls to Using a Hybrid Course Mode” where he outlined what worked for him and his students in regard to creating recorded lecture materials and designing corresponding in-class activities.
- Prof. Jen Wade presented “Peer Review and Alternative Assessment Tools” showcasing how she uses Teammates.
- Prof. Tom Wall talked about “Socratic Questioning: Can It Be Flipped?” in his blended course.
- Prof. Rebecca Moryl discussed best practices in her “Principles of Microeconomics as a Hybrid Course.”
- Prof. Allen Price shared how he uses the Explain Everything app: “Using Explain Everything on the iPad and YouTube for online lectures.”
- Prof. Fiona McDonnell displayed her current work on ““What do you notice?” Preservice Teachers View Videotaped Episodes of Learning in Action.”
- Prof. Kim Sofronas showed how she and her students are using “iPads in the College Classroom” for their study projects. In the fall showcase, she will present again explaining lessons learned from the experience.
- ATIG offered a first look at Canvas learning management system new feature: “Introducing ECLearn Commons – Canvas repository for shared course items.”
- The Library showcased and even scheduled trainings on “New Primary Documents Collections.”
Every Emmanuel professor is welcome to participate in the showcase. This is a great way to bring faculty from different disciplines together to share their educational experience. If you would like to partake in the next event, just let ATIG know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To check out upcoming events, organized by the Academic Technology and Innovation Group, visit: Emmanuel College Calendar. ATIG’s next event is The Learning Brain: A Brown Bag Lunch Series – faculty presenting on the practical implications of research on how students learn. The first talk is on Thursday, March 26th, 12:15pm at 110 Wilkens Science Center.