Preconference Workshops

The Teaching with Technology Conference offers four half-day preconference workshops. The cost is $215 for each workshop.

Enrollment is offered during conference registration.

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


Using Micro-activities to Engage Students and Improve Learning and Retention

Friday, October 5, 2018 | 8:30 am–Noon

  Wren Mills Wren Mills

Wren Mills, assistant director, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Western Kentucky University

While metacognition might seem like a “buzzword” in education, it is truly a key to learning and student success and, in turn, retention. Books like Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn, Make It Stick, and Small Teaching, as well as many articles, emphasize the importance of techniques teachers at all levels can use to help students learn. In this interactive, hands-on workshop, we will discuss through the lens of the literature how the brain processes information and identify why micro-activities are a great method of formative assessment to check in with your students’ learning and move information closer to long-term memory. You will participate in several micro-activities, receive a listing of 50, and select and begin to develop some to use in your course to engage your students. Micro-activities can be integrated into any course—in person or online. Come and learn about these easily implemented exercises that can help improve learning and retention in your classes.

Learning goals:

  • Describe how the brain processes information
  • Define metacognition and explain its importance in learning and engagement
  • Develop instructionally aligned micro-activities to improve learning and retention


Band-Aids Won’t Fix It: Solving the Real Problem Through Intentional Use of Tech

Friday, October 5, 2018 | 1:00–4:30 pm

  Walter Nolan Walter Nolan
  Flower Darby Flower Darby

Flower Darby, Senior Instructional Designer, Northern Arizona University and Walter Nolan, Principal Instructional Designer, Northern Arizona University

We’ve all faced challenges in our classes, from minor irritations to major learning misfires. We frequently turn to the newest technology to improve things: to attract and hold students’ attention, to make our class relevant for today’s learner, to “meet our students where they are” on social media, and the like. But these can be Band-Aid solutions that fail to address the real problem--and are therefore completely ineffective. This workshop shows you how to accurately diagnose the real problem in order to identify and implement the best technology solution, aligned with your course learning outcomes, to support effective teaching and learning in face-to-face, blended and online classes. To get the most out of this hands-on workshop, identify one class that is not going the way you want it to. Please bring the syllabus for the class you want to work on, one or more problems or pain points for this class, and some ideas about technology that you think might help (common examples include clickers, polling systems, educational technologies such as VoiceThread, or social media). After applying our design process to your specific course, you’ll walk away with effective technology solutions (not Band-Aid solutions) that you can implement next week, next month, or next semester.

Learning goals:

  • Explore the root causes of common teaching and learning problems
  • Evaluate possible technology solutions for these problems
  • Align selected tech tools with course learning outcomes and activities
  • Create a plan to implement the technology solution in your class


Implementing Open Educational Resources: Identifying Resources, Understanding Licenses, and Removing Copyright Uncertainty

Friday, October 5, 2018 | 1:00–4:30 pm

Meredith Jacob Meredith Jacob

Meredith Jacob, Public Lead, Creative Commons USA, American University Washington College of Law

This session will work through a set of real-world steps to successful OER implementation, including identifying high-quality resources, identifying and understanding the Creative Commons licensing conditions, and reducing uncertainty about how to combine OER with existing third-party materials. This session is designed for participants who already understand the basics of OER and CC licensing, but who have questions about implementation in their school, district, or state.

In this workshop participants will learn how to:

  • Find and evaluate OER sources
  • Evaluate CC licenses on OER and pathways to OER delivery in the classroom
  • Understand the different ways to include third-party copyrighted content