In the two-week period beginning Monday, June 7, Academic Technology Solutions will be offering a wide variety of workshops to help you prepare for Summer Quarter 2021. Whether you are just getting started with remote/hybrid teaching, or whether you would like to explore more advanced tools and techniques for maximizing your teaching effectiveness, there is something here for you.

Workshops on Pedagogical Uses of Video

ATS is offering two workshops on using videos in your pedagogy. If you are interested in how video can be an effective pedagogical tool, we encourage you to attend either or both workshops. Our offerings are:

Effective Asynchronous Lecture Videos: This 75-minute workshop will introduce you to effective practices for creating asynchronous lecture videos. You will learn the advantages and limitations of asynchronous lecture videos and when they can be used effectively for learning. We will discuss the guiding principles for creating asynchronous lecture videos and get hands-on practice with the corresponding effective design principles.

Session: Monday, June 7, 10:30-11:45 A.M.

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Effective Video Assignments: In this ninety-minute workshop, participants will learn about designing video and audio assignments that make thoughtful scholarly, pedagogical, and social use of digital tools for teaching and learning. Emphasizing constructive alignment of learning objectives with student assignments, this workshop will enable instructors to design and assess both cumulative and short-form assignments and activities focused on meeting course-specific learning objectives and pedagogical goals.

Session: Tuesday, June 8, 10:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

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New and Updated Tools Workshops

Would you like to learn what’s new in teaching with technology? If so, we encourage you to attend the workshop New and Updated Tools for Teaching (Summer 2021). In this 30-minute workshop, you will learn about new additions and recent changes made to instructional technology tools supported by Academic Technology Solutions since Fall quarter 2020. Topics will include: the back-channel discussion tool Ed Discussion; support for individual and social annotation activities; student assignment enhancements; the updated Rich Content Editor and Accessibility Checker in Canvas, self-selecting breakout rooms; and instructor-assigned video layout in Gallery View in Zoom.

This workshop is offered twice for your convenience. Sessions are:

  • Monday, June 7, 1:30-2:00 P.M.
  • Tuesday, June 15, 12:00-12:30 P.M.

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Familiarize Yourself with Canvas, Panopto, and Zoom

If you would like to gain familiarity with Canvas, Panopto, and Zoom – the fundamental tools of remote and hybrid teaching at UChicago – you may wish to attend one of our tool-focused workshops. These workshops will explain the basics of using Canvas, Panopto, and Zoom, and will introduce you to their pedagogical applications.

Managing Zoom Breakout Rooms: During this 45-minute workshop, you will explore the uses and features of Zoom Breakout rooms. Breakout rooms allow a Zoom host to put participants into separate Zoom sessions so that participants can have focused conversations, work in small groups, and build community. During the session you will learn the four different ways to assign participants to the breakout room, and when to use each one. We’ll also discuss breakout room options, best practices, and frequently asked questions.

Session: Wednesday, June 9, 10:00-10:45 A.M.

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Using Panopto for Remote and Hybrid Teaching: This 90-minute workshop will introduce you to the video management tool Panopto and how you can use it to record asynchronous lectures. You will learn how to upload, record, and edit videos using Panopto; how to share lecture videos in Canvas and elsewhere; and effective practices for using videos with instructional content, including how to create in-video quizzes and add them to your lectures.

Session: Thursday, June 10, 10:00-11:30 A.M.

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Introduction to Canvas for Remote and Hybrid Teaching: This workshop will identify effective practices for using Canvas for remote and hybrid teaching. You will learn how to organize course materials effectively for different teaching modalities; good ways of communicating with students and creating a sense of online presence; and tools for assessing student learning in Canvas.

Session: Monday, June 14, 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

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Introduction to Zoom for Remote and Hybrid Teaching: In this workshop you will be introduced to the web-conferencing tool Zoom, and learn how you can use it effectively to hold synchronous class sessions and office hours. You will learn how to use the Zoom-Canvas integration to manage your Zoom class meetings and recordings, and recommended Zoom settings for class meetings and office hours. You will also learn about Zoom’s various engagement tools and how they can be used to engage students.

Session: Thursday, June 17, 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

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CCT Panel: What Comes Next?

You may also be interested in a panel discussion offered by the Chicago Center for Teaching Thursday, June 3, from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M., entitled What Comes Next? Learning from Our Pandemic Teaching: A Faculty Panel. An extraordinary year (plus) of teaching in the midst of a pandemic has compelled us to learn, develop, and adopt a number of new teaching practices. With teaching and learning heading into yet another new phase in the next academic year, what have we learned from our pandemic teaching experiences, and how might those lessons shape our pedagogy going forward? What practices or tools will we keep? What new approaches will we translate into our (eventual) in-person classrooms? In this panel discussion, faculty from across the disciplines will share their initial thoughts and questions on these issues, providing fodder for further reflection on how to think about the next pedagogical moment.

Learn more and register for What Comes Next? Learning from Our Pandemic Teaching

Virtual Office Hours

Along with the workshop offerings above, ATS will continue to offer virtual office hours. Stop by to get one-on-one help with any questions you may have about teaching with technology. To learn more, see the schedule, and get the link to join, please visit the Virtual Office Hours page.

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