ASSETT events are an easy way to stay informed about the latest instructional technology, tools, and pedagogy while connecting with faculty and staff who are passionate about teaching and learning. Based on findings from a recent survey of our faculty partners, we are offering a range of events that address the explicit needs and interests of Arts and Sciences instructors.

Ad-hoc attendance is welcome, or complete a themed track to explore specific topics in greater depth. Our themed track for fall 2018 is the Digital Distraction and Engagement Discussion Series, which includes:

  • Digital Device Use in the Classroom Presentation (October 2)
  • "Ask Me Anything" with Student Panelists (October 17)
  • Tech Tools for Digital Engagement Workshop (October 30)

Expand the sections below for further information about these and other upcoming events. We hope to see you there!

For information about Canvas workshops, check out the Academic Technology Applications Program's training calendar.
 

Teaching with Technology Workshop Series, Fall 2018

September 19, 2018, 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Technology Learning Center (TLC)

Welcome the new semester with a technology-themed mixer! Connect with colleagues from the College of Arts and Sciences, meet the ASSETT staff, and learn about our upcoming fall events and activities. The event will feature lightning talks about some of our favorite tools and tricks for teaching with technology, as well as helpful resources and ASSETT swag to take home. We'll be keeping things festive with a selection of "mocktails" and snacks.

Drop by the Technology Learning Center's "Exploratory" from 4:00-6:00 pm on Wednesday, September 19. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. We hope to see you there!

This event is open to all Arts and Sciences faculty, including graduate students with instructional duties.

RSVP for Appy Hour

September 24, 2018, 10:00 to 11:00 am in CASE E313

Think inside the box! Rubrics are simple, yet powerful tools that can help you clarify expectations, grade consistently, and provide feedback efficiently. In this hands-on workshop, ASSETT's "rubric evangelist," Joy Adams, will introduce you to the nuts and bolts of rubric design and explain the many ways they can benefit instructors as well as students. You'll develop a basic rubric, utilizing best practices in instructional design, then create it within your Canvas course site so you can take full advantage of the SpeedGrader.

Space is limited to 12 participants. This event is open to all Arts and Sciences faculty, including graduate students with instructional duties.

RSVP for Rubric Workshop

October 2, 2018, 3:00 to 4:00 pm in CASE W311

We have all butted up against the issue of laptops and smartphones in the classroom. But what does the research say? Join us for a presentation to discuss recent data collected from over 800 CU students and 900 CU faculty members regarding their attitudes and perceptions about device use in the classroom. Shane Schwikert, ASSETT’s Educational Technology Researcher and resident psych nerd, will help situate the conversation within the broader context of research on the impact of technology on cognition and information processing.

Space is limited to 12 participants. This event is open to all Arts and Sciences faculty, including graduate students with instructional duties.

RSVP for Insights on Digital Device Use

October 15, 2018, 3:30 to 4:30 pm in CASE Room W313

Discover how Universal Design for Learning can help you create learning experiences that are inclusive, engaging, and effective. In this interactive workshop, we'll discuss common instructional challenges and brainstorm ways to address them using UDL principles. You'll leave the session with knowledge of best practices, specific recommendations for getting started, and a roadmap for implementation in your course. This workshop is co-facilitated by Joy Adams, ASSETT Teaching & Learning Consultant, and Brad Grabham, ATDT Learning Experience Designer.

Space is limited to 20 participants. This event is open to all CU Boulder faculty, including graduate students with instructional duties.

RSVP for Intro to UDL

October 17, 2018, 3:00 to 4:00 pm in TLC 215

Ever wonder what students really think about technology -- which apps and tools are here to stay, and which will become obsolete? Bring your burning questions to our moderated Ask Me Anything (AMA) with a panel of tech-savvy CU students. In this session, you'll have the opportunity to submit tough, thought-provoking questions and learn what's on students' minds when it comes to teaching and learning with technology.

Space is limited to 20 participants. This event is open to all Arts and Sciences faculty, including graduate students with instructional duties.

RSVP for Ask Me Anything

October 22, 2018, 3:00 to 4:00 pm in CASE W311

Thinking about thinking...that's so meta! Metacognition is a new concept for many students but can be a powerful game-changer for improving their learning experience. Join Teaching & Learning Consultants Joy Adams and Amanda McAndrew for an introductory session on metacognition based on our 2018 Summer Book Club selection, Teach Students How to Learn by Saundra McGuire. We'll cover metacognition strategies to use in your course, study tips to help students, and uses of technology that support these ideas.

Space is limited to 12 participants. This event is open to all Arts and Sciences faculty, including graduate students with instructional duties.

RSVP for Metacognition Workshop

October 30, 2018, 3:00 to 4:00 pm in CASE E313

As teachers, it can feel like we’re fighting a losing battle when we are standing in front of a class and staring down a wall of computer screens. Many of us view these screens as an impediment to engagement. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. We asked over 800 CU students how they felt about device use in the classroom, and a significant theme emerged: Don’t ban devices, but embrace them as a way to keep us engaged. Join us for the final installment of our Digital Distraction and Engagement Series, where we will help teachers answer this call. ASSETT's team of teaching and learning consultants will introduce and demo a variety of free or low-cost tech tools that can be used to increase student engagement, boost inclusivity, and promote active student involvement in your classes.

Space is limited to 12 participants. This event is open to all Arts and Sciences faculty, including graduate students with instructional duties.

RSVP for Tech Tools for Digital Engagement

November 6, 2018, 2:00 to 3:30 pm in CASE E422

Every two years, ASSETT reaches out to faculty and students to collect their attitudes and perceptions surrounding the use of academic technology on CU Boulder’s campus. Last spring, we heard from over 900 faculty members and 800 students, and we’re excited to announce that the results are in! In this presentation, we’ll highlight interesting findings from a range of topics including student digital literacy, course style preferences, tech tools, and digital device use in the classroom.

Space is limited to 22 participants. This event is open to all Arts and Sciences faculty, including graduate students with instructional duties.

RSVP for 2018 Academic Technology Survey Results

November 14, 2018, 3:00 to 4:00 pm in Norlin E113

Kids these days! Phones are practically an extra appendage, but have our students achieved digital literacy yet? Come learn more about our Domain of One's Own project, which provides students with their own playground to develop digital and information literacies and build their digital identities. ASSETT's Faculty Services Portfolio Manager Amanda McAndrew will introduce opportunities to incorporate these concepts into your teaching with blogs, e-portfolios, undergraduate research, or course-based research projects.

This event is open to all Arts and Sciences faculty, including graduate students with instructional duties.

RSVP for Domain of One's Own