'Teachnology' for faculty takes center stage Sept. 11

Faculty who want to learn more about "teachnologies," including some they might not have heard about before, are invited to this year's Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology.

Information and Educational Technology presents the institute each September, offering a full day of workshops, ideas and talks on educational technology, plus lunch, at no charge to participants. This year's sessions take place primarily in 115 Hutchison from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 11, with a half-day bonus session the afternoon before.

The theme is student-centered learning. On the agenda:

  • "Lightning" (five minutes or less) presentations on student-centered learning from faculty.
  • Information about "teachnologies," or tools and applications that instructors can use to help students reach their learning objectives in classes. Potential topics range from Piazza (question and answer tool) and Educaplay (educational game creator) to StatSilk (interactive maps and graphs) and Zaption (video quizzes/interactive media creator).
  • An afternoon of labs and presentations led by UC Davis faculty and instructional support staff. Examples: "Active Learning in a Large Enrollment Course," and "Digital Devices and Distractions: Dealing with Disruptive Technologies During Class."

The Sept. 10 workshop will be led by Dr. Cara Harwood Theisen, an educational specialist for the Center for Educational Effectiveness, and Dan Comins, instructional designer for Academic Technology Services (ATS) in IET. It will introduce effective online and hybrid teaching to instructors interested in integrating technology in their courses, and who may want to design an online or hybrid course in the future. Because enrollment is limited to 30 people, priority will be given to faculty and graduate student instructors.

If you're interested in attending any of the even ts on Sept. 10 or 11, please register. The form also asks which "teachnologies" you'd like to learn about, plus your preference for the type of Dos Coyotes burrito you'll receive at lunch Sept. 11, courtesy of ATS.