Ignite Event on Teaching & Learning with Technology

Save the date and join us for an Ignite! Event on Teaching & Learning with Technology on October 25th from 3:30-5:00pm in Odegaard Library, room 220. Ignite! Sessions are a fast-moving and fun way to learn how select technologies and pedagogical strategies are improving student learning at the UW.

Cara Giacomini, UW Information Technology, will kick off the event with a short (15-minute) keynote on UW-IT’s new teaching and learning technologies, which were introduced as part of the Provost’s Two Years to Two Decades project to improve the student experience. Cara will share assessment results and talk about new developments with Canvas Learning Management System, Tegrity Lecture Capture, eTextbooks, and mobile apps for students.

Next, several UW faculty will present on how they are innovating with technology for teaching and learning. The Ignite! format requires presenters to share stories, ideas, lessons, and strategies in exactly 5 minutes, using only 20 auto-advancing slides, and taking just 15 seconds per slide. Each 5-minute presentation will be followed by a 5-minute Q&A session.

Presentations include:

  • The Canvas Learning Management System: With last year’s successful pilot, the Canvas LMS is now rolling out across all three campuses. Kimberlee Gillis-Bridges, Department of English, will tell us how she used Canvas to move class discussion online during campus snow closures. She will outline how she translated a planned whole-class discussion into online, sequenced small-group conversations and integrated material produced online into subsequent in-person meetings.
  • ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces): This Web-based, assessment and learning system uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine what a student has learned in a course. Colleen Craig will discuss how ALEKS is being used in the Department of Chemistry to assess and improve student learning.
  • Team-Based Learning (TBL): This pedagogical approach can be used in both small-class and large-class settings to encourage student participation, accountability, and critical engagement with course materials. Craig Scott will tell us how Team-Based Learning (TBL) is being used effectively in Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education.
  • SpaceScout: UW-IT recently released a mobile app that students can use anytime, anywhere to find campus study spaces that meet specific criteria (e.g., a quiet study room for three on central campus, with a whiteboard and nearby printing, open after 10pm). Janice Fournier and Mouse Reeve from UW Information Technology will talk about how the app (a collaboration with the UW Libraries, Housing and Food Services, and UW Computing Directors) can provide benefits to students in both the short and the long term.
  • Flipping the Classroom: Lecture classes that employ this pedagogical strategy use out-of-class time for individual work, such as lecture consumption, and maximize in-class time for collaborative learning. Linda Martin-Morris from the Department of Biology will discuss how flipping the classroom is helping her students.
  • Free Social and Open Tools for Engaging Learners: Free, open-source, Web, and cloud tools are used by the UW Tacoma Technology Fellows in online courses. Colleen Carmean, Office of the Chancellor at UW Tacoma, will showcase how this software is being utilized to move teaching from the classroom to the digital anywhere.
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