Location: ATLAS 105

If you’re interested in hearing how your colleagues are integrating some kind of innovation into their courses, take a break at our Innovation Pit Stop to refuel your inspiration, and invigorate your courses. We’ll have a presenter at each session who will discuss teaching strategies or technologies they use to increase student engagement and promote active learning.

  • NotaBene: An Essential Element of my History Course’ – Friday, September 11, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
    • If you’re looking for a tool that can help students develop critical learning skills, Phoebe Young will facilitate a discussion about her use of NotaBene. Notabene, or NB,  is a free collaborative online reading tool that has become an essential teaching and learning element of Phoebe’s history courses.
  • Creating an Online Community using Google+ Communities – Friday, October 9, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
    • Are you looking for a way to build a class learning community where students can have a presence, engage with one another and with the course materials, and develop a stronger class community? Do you want to encourage students to read and reflect on other perspectives and respond to those perspectives, or to engage a larger number of students in discussions, especially those who may be intimidated by face-to-face class discussions? Online Discussion Boards have many benefits and can be a valuable tool for encouraging students to participate more regularly and in a more thoughtful manner than they typically would in a face-to-face class, are reflective in nature, give students the opportunity to read and respond to other perspectives, and help students develop a stronger class community. Students are also more likely to cite research and class readings.
      If you’re looking for a tool that can help create an online learning community, Janet Casagrand will facilitate a discussion about her use of Google+ Communities.  Google+ Communities are a part of the Google Apps suite, freely available to members of the CU Boulder community, and a user-friendly alternative to D2L’s discussion board.
  • VoiceThread as a Learning Portfolio Tool – Friday, November 13, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
    • “We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience” (John Dewey).  Reflection is a key ingredient to move knowledge from short-term to long-term memory and serves as an essential piece to convert covered academic material into reflective and meaningful learning opportunities. Join Berit Jany in a discussion of VoiceThread as a learning portfolio tool.  VoiceThread is an interactive sharing tool that allows students to create video portfolios reflecting on learning experience in the classroom.
  • Friday, January 29, 1:00-2:00 pm, UMC 415
    • Need a quick break to refuel your inspiration and replenish enthusiasm in your courses? Explore clicker alternatives with ASSETT’s Teaching and Learning Consultants, Amanda McAndrew and Jacie Moriyama. We’ll look at a few free quizzing technologies that let students respond in class using multiple devices.
  • Designing learning experiences that cultivate critical information practices – Friday, February 26, 1:00-2:00 pm
    • Are you wondering how to design learning experiences that cultivate critical information practices? Come hear a bit about Information Literacy theory as well as some sample activities that engage students with emerging education technologies – tools that permeate their authentic information landscapes. Facilitated by Alison Hicks and Caroline Sinkinson.
  • Friday, March 11, 1:00-2:00 pm