Preconference Workshops

The Teaching with Technology Conference offers four half-day preconference workshops. The cost is $205 for each workshop.

Enrollment is offered during conference registration.

If you have already registered for the conference, call 800-433-0499 to enroll.

Engaging and Collaborative Formative Assessment Using Digital Tools

Friday, October 6, 2017 | 8:30 am–Noon

Karen Moroz
Karen Moroz
Trish Harvey Trish Harvey
 Bill Lindquist, Bill Lindquist  Vivian Johnson, Vivian Johnson

Trish Harvey, assistant professor; Karen Moroz, associate professor and department chair of advanced degrees; Vivian Johnson, professor; and Bill Lindquist, assistant professor, Hamline University

Formative assessment is a research-based teaching strategy that increases student achievement and the development of metacognition—an important 21st-century learning skill. This session provides practice using digital tools that support the use of formative assessment. While digital tools by themselves are not formative assessment, they can make it easier for teachers and learners to engage in frequent formative assessment (Beatty & Gerace, 2009). Gain experience using free online technology tools like backchannels, student response systems, and infographics/concept maps. Learn practical applications that can be readily implemented. Please bring your own device.

Learning goals:

  • Understand formative assessment and its role in the classroom
  • Explore digital tools and their role in formative assessment
  • Expand your pedagogical toolbox through the exploration of digital learning tools that can be used in both traditional and online classrooms
  • Reflect and retrofit your current classroom practices to increase formative assessment using digital tools

Teaching Strategies and Technology Tools to Engage Students in Online, Flipped, and Blended Courses

Friday, October 6, 2017 | 8:30 am–Noon

Sarah Glova Sarah Glova
Barbi Honeycutt Barbi Honeycutt

Barbi Honeycutt, adjunct assistant professor, North Carolina State University; founder, Flip It Consulting and Sarah Glova, president, Reify Media

Many faculty struggle with how to encourage students to come to class prepared and keep them accountable for completing pre-class work. This is especially true for faculty who teach using flipped, blended, and hybrid models, since these courses often rely on students completing pre-class assignments to prepare for the in-class learning experience. Not only is it challenging to design effective pre-class assignments, but it’s also time-consuming to figure out how to hold students accountable, track participation, and assess learning. If the assignments are easy to grade, they’re often less interesting and engaging for students. If the assignments are more interesting and complex, they’re often more time-consuming for faculty to review and assess. Bring your own device (laptop, tablet, etc.)

Learning goals:

  • Examine common reasons students don’t complete pre-class work
  • Create effective pre-class activities using different technological tools to assess learning and engage students prior to class
  • Employ a variety of technology tools to help assess learning and hold students accountable
  • Design a pre-class activity that connects pre-class work to in-class work, measures student learning, and encourages students to come to class prepared

Creating Your Online Classroom—Look, Feel, Function

Friday, October 6, 2017 | 1:00–4:30 pm

Deidre Price Deidre Price

Deidre Price, professor, Northwest Florida State College

What if your online classes were designed to welcome and engage students from day one? What if you could create an active community of learners where students felt noticed and the instructor felt “real”? What if you could streamline the work within your online classroom so that you could reach more students more often and more meaningfully without adding to your workload? In this workshop, discover tools to create an online course that appeals to today’s learners, and learn strategies to improve the aesthetics and layout of the online classroom. Explore examples of how to manage large online classrooms, from announcements to assessments to feedback, and learn how to share the responsibility for classroom interactions with your students to create a lively learning environment that promotes student involvement. Whether you are just beginning to create an online course or are revamping an existing course, this session equips you with the tools to get and keep students online and learning.

Learning goals:

  • Design online classroom elements that welcome and engage students
  • Implement a layout that provides clear and inviting navigation
  • Improve the tone of text elements in news messages
  • Add personal visual and multimedia elements that extend the conversation
  • Evaluate existing online classrooms’ overall functionality and sustainability
  • Create a plan to improve or develop online classrooms in the following areas:
    • How can we leverage technology to automate routine, administrative tasks within the online classroom to alleviate pressure and focus your efforts on teaching and authentic interactions with students?
    • How can we make sure students feel connected to a real, live person throughout the course, especially for our struggling students or during times of peak tension?
  • Shift the responsibility for some work to the students to further this investment in the course and in the course material

Avoiding Death by PowerPoint: Engaging your Learners in the 21st Century

Friday, October 6, 2017 | 1:00–4:30 pm

Julie Smith Julie Smith

Julie Smith, instructor, Webster University

Student engagement is a hot topic. It has been shown to lead to better grades, class retention, and course completion, yet many of us are trapped in the lecture/PowerPoint model. In this session, I demonstrate countless ways to engage your students—both with and without technology. Leave with concrete tips and tools to try in class on Monday morning and some new mojo to keep yourself engaged as well!

Learning goals:

  • Understand the research behind engagement and its significance
  • Link how engagement affects learning and memory
  • Connect engagement to student retention and success
  • Leave with at least thirty different engagement techniques you can try in class on Monday