Center for Teaching and Learning

“In Practice” workshop series

The “In Practice” workshop series is on hiatus for 2017 and will resume winter quarter 2018. 

If you would like to suggest a topic or facilitate a workshop for the 2018 series please contact Christine Sugatan, CTL program administrator, at 

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Program details

The Center for Teaching and Learning and UW-IT Learning Technologies’ “In Practice” workshop series focuses on putting technology in practice in effective and pedagogically sound ways.

Participants hear ideas, methods, and examples from CTL consultants, UW-IT instructional technologists and guest faculty speakers.  Current and active instructors from UW Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses are welcome to attend.

Note that the “In Practice” workshops are not designed to introduce participants to all aspects of the tools discussed. Participants are encouraged to have some working knowledge of the topic in advance of the session. However, UW-IT offers free workshops for current UW faculty and staff in teaching tools such as Canvas 101 and Lecture Capture throughout the year. Please see the Learning Technologies Workshops page for a list of current offerings.


Winter 2016: Topics and presenters

Dates for the Winter 2016 In Practice series are below.  All sessions were held in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Rm. 220 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. (Seattle campus)

February 18  |  Tech-Enabled Flipping:  Delivering a Deeper Learning Experience…Without Making Your Head Spin
Both learning theory and empirical evidence support the position that active learning – having students both do things and then reflect upon the things that they are doing – promotes better learning outcomes than traditional instructional methods.  Yet many faculty choose not to deliver learning experiences in this manner, and at least part of that choice is driven by the potential  risk to breadth of content coverage that longer, intensive active learning experiences imply.  This workshop will explore how pedagogy and technology are combined to deliver learners both broad content coverage and active learning experiences using available UW resources like Panopto, Canvas, and MediaAMP, as well as other tools.  Learn how UW faculty member Dan Turner executes the flipped classroom, creating and distributing engaging media presentations to provide relevant learning experiences for students.

  • Dave Coffey, instructional technologist, UW-IT Learning Technologies
  • Dan Turner, principal lecturer, Department of Marketing and International Business, Foster School of Business

February 25  |  Activate your Teaching:  Case Studies and Evidence-Based Best Practices for Incorporating Active Learning
Odegaard Library’s Active Learning Classrooms (ALC) provide instructors from all disciplines with a unique opportunity to explore how space, active learning pedagogy and technology can promote student learning.  ALC instructors Sara Lopez, Education, and Elizabeth Wheat, Program on the Environment, will share how they facilitate a student-centered learning environment in their courses through active learning strategies, technology and classroom space.  Research-based active learning strategies will also be shared from a UW research team’s two-year investigation into the ALC’s and the ways in which they are transforming instructor pedagogy and student learning.  Find out what we’ve learned about active learning and how you can practically apply these ideas to your own course and classroom space.

  • Amanda Hornby, teaching & learning program librarian, University Libraries
  • Sara Lopez, senior lecturer, College of Education
  • Elizabeth Wheat, lecturer, Environmental Studies, College of the Environment

March 3  |  The Many Uses of Clickers:  Fully Leveraging Clickers for Active Learning
Research across a wide range of disciplines has demonstrated learning advantages to using a classroom response system like “clickers.” Lecturers Kristi Straus, Program on the Environment, and Mikelle Nuwer, School of Oceanography, will share their experiences using clickers in both large- and medium-size classes. The instructors demonstrate how easy using clickers can be and discuss potential problems and trade-offs of using them.  They’ll also describe how clickers can be used to encourage student participation, assess student comprehension, prompt deeper thinking about a particular concept, and facilitate discussion among students.  Participants are encouraged to bring a clicker or instructor pack if they have one.  Otherwise, a clicker will be provided for hands-on use during the workshop.

  • Robyn Foshee, instructional technologist, UW-IT Learning Technologies
  • Mikelle Nuwer, lecturer, School of Oceanography, College of the Environment
  • Kristi Straus, lecturer, Environmental Studies, College of Environment