Faculty tech workshops announced

The Teaching Resources Center and Information and Educational Technology have collaborated to help instructors prepare for the new academic year. Here's an overview of some of those opportunities.
  • This fall marks the official roll-out of SmartSite, the new campus course management and collaboration system. Several training opportunities are available for instructors to learn more about how this new system can support their teaching. A calendar of SmartSite workshops is posted on the TRC Web site. Topics of upcoming sessions include: transferring course materials from MyUCDavis into SmartSite, putting content into SmartSite, and getting a jump start with the new system. Later in the quarter, sessions will cover more specific ways of using SmartSite in support of teaching. One-on-one assistance and demos are also available by contacting smartsite-help@ucdavis.edu.

  • On Tuesday, September 25, IET will be offering a repeat of two popular classes: Using your laptop in general assignment classrooms, and Recording and podcasting lectures.

  • The Faculty Mentoring Faculty Program (FMFP) will start meeting again Friday, October 5 from 12-1:30 p.m. in the Surge II conference room. FMFP provides an opportunity for instructors to share classroom experiences and teaching approaches with other instructors interested in instructional technology and innovative teaching. Participants meet Fridays to enjoy an informal faculty presentation and then discuss either the topics raised or other teaching challenges and solutions. Members of the IET Faculty Support team also attend to answer questions and consult with faculty. For more informati on about the FMFP program, contact Andy Jones.

  • The IET Fall Meet 'n Greet program will position IET staff at many general assignment classrooms 10 minutes before a class is scheduled to begin to meet and welcome the instructor. They will be able to point out a few basics about the technology in the classroom (e.g. where instructions can be found on how to use the equipment, where the switch is for the large screen (if there is one), the classroom hotline number, etc.); to answer any technology-related questions; and to make sure the instructor has information about further help or training on using the equipment in the classroom. For more information about this program, contact Robert Ralston.
For more information about various ways instructors can obtain additional help using technology in the classrooms, visit the Classroom Media Training section on the IET Web site.