Tech Camp 2017

May 15-19 in Norlin E113 from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

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Join us for ASSETT’s second annual Tech Camp! This week long event will explore a variety of technologies such as Kubi (come see what this IS!), mobile app showcase, classroom observation data, Open Educational Resources (OER), new features in GSuite, and much more!

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Want to create multimodal content to help students prepare for class? In this session we’ll learn how to create recordings of your computer screen with audio narration as a way for students to engage with content outside of class.


In this session, we’ll discuss how captions improve student learning and accessibility, resources on how to create captions, and ways to integrate captioning into your course.


Zoom is an online video meeting platform that allows you to create a virtual space, invite students and then collaborate through video, audio, and chat. This session will walk you through the ins and outs of virtual meetings with Zoom. Then we’ll explore how a robotic technology called Kubi can integrate with Zoom and allow a user to control their perspective from a distance.

Mobile app showcase

This session will be a rapid-fire showcase of mobile (and desktop) apps to make your lives 22% better. Apps will span a spectrum from productivity to communication to finally finding inner peace. The showcase will include ideas for using these tools in teaching/learning and also in your day-to-day lives.

Three hacks to making your content accessible

Increase the inclusivity of your material! Join us for a hands-on session that will focus on making three of the most popular faculty-authored learning materials commonly used on campus--documents, presentations and pdfs accessible to all learners. You’ll leave with a wealth of resources and ideas on how to build an accessibility roadmap for your course content to help you.

Visualization of Instructional Practices (VIP) service and data showcase

We can no longer afford to measure teaching by reviewing results from FCQs and an occasional peer observation. Good teachers—like experts in any endeavor—need more frequent input and feedback on their performance, time to reflect on it, and plans for improving their teaching. Learn about how the Visualization of Instructional Practices (VIP) service and how the data is helping to inform faculty about their teaching.


Qualtrics is an easy-to-use, full-featured, web-based tool for creating and conducting online surveys. While Qualtrics is mainly used as a research tool, it can also be used to collect feedback from students. In this session, we’ll go through the new interface and also look at some of Qualtrics’ powerful reporting features.


How do you know if students are “getting it”? Do you want to incorporate more active learning in the classroom? In this short session, we’ll introduce a quick way to gather student responses.


How can we help students prepare for class discussions, activities, or help them critically read? In this session, we’ll learn how to use Perusall for collaborative reading activities, including online annotations like highlighting, commenting, and sharing resources.

Open Educational Resources (OER) and Creative Commons

Free and open educational resources are great -- they save time for the instructor and money for students, without any copyright headaches. But how do you find them? In this session, we’ll cover a few digital tools to explore what’s available in the public domain for faculty in higher ed.


What if I told you there’s a simple way to combine videos and interactive elements all within one interface? OIT is piloting PlayPosit as an interactive video tool solution for the CU Boulder campus. PlayPosit allows you to customize the student experience by laying your own custom lesson (quiz questions, text prompts, free responses, etc.) over video content. Join us as we discuss this interactive video quizzing tool.

New releases in GSuite

How many times have you started a new document in Google Docs and noticed a new feature? For some, this happens quite frequently as Google does a really good job with rolling out new features. In this session, we’ll look at recent updates to the GSuite tools (Drive, Docs, Slides, and Sheets.)


Faculty often ask, ‘How can I easily observe student group work activity without being intrusive or present?’ Trello is a great tool for both students and faculty. This lightweight project management tool is great for group work as members can report on the progress of tasks, assign tasks to each other, and attach documents for review. Students can also invite faculty as a collaborator view the individual and group progress.


Communication within teams is vital. It can be helpful to have a collaborative tool that allows members to relay quick messages, share files, or chat synchronously. In this session, we’ll look at Slack. Slack is a team-based, highly collaborative, messaging tool that features an easy drag and drop system to share files with other team members. Conversations within Slack are searchable and archivable. And, Slack conveniently integrates with other tools such as Google Docs and Trello.