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Past Teaching and Technology Series

Teaching and Technology Workshops have been put on hold until further notice

The Teaching and Technology Series introduces faculty (Senate and Non-Senate), post-doc scholars, graduate students, and instructional staff to current and emerging technologies that can enhance teaching and learning. Videos of select workshops from previous semesters can be found here .

Quick links

Spring 2013 Fall 2012
Spring 2012 Fall 2011
Spring 2011 Fall 2010
Spring 2010 Fall 2009
Spring 2009 Fall 2008

Spring 2013 ( printable schedule )

Date Workshop Description
Fri, 1/25, 11-12pm
KL 260
CROPS Overview: Best-Practices, Strategies, and Tips

CROPS is UCM's learning management system. This face-to-face workshop will provide an overview of CROPS, highlighting some best-practices, strategies, and tips.

Tue, 2/5, 10-11am
Webinar
Teaching with Open Educational Resources: Courses, Textbooks, & Activities FREE for You and Your Students

Open-Education Resources (OER) are documents, media, software and processes made freely available and reusable without copyright restrictions. Using OER digital textbooks can save your students money, and help you create customized learning resources without starting from scratch. This workshop will provide an overview of the OER landscape, suggest sources for OER content (courses, lectures, textbooks, software, etc.), and discuss key players in the OER movement. Find out how you and your students can benefit from OER materials. This webinar will be presented by Susan Mikkelsen, Resource Access and Instruction Librarian. Join us for this webinar: http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/weblearning/ (use Guest account).

Wed, 2/13, 11-1pm
KL 260
Mobile App Learning Lounge (MALL)

Mobile apps for smartphones and tablets are changing how we learn, work, and play. Join us for this social and educational event as we learn and explore together mobile apps for academic success. This sessions is open to the entire campus community.

Wed, 2/20, 11-12pm
KL 260
Effective Scientific Presentations

Are your presentations boring? Want to learn how to make and deliver engaging scientific presentations that will get your message delivered? This brief workshop will show you how to make effective presentations to colleagues and students. We will focus on how to structure and create slides, and how to present to an audience. This workshop will be presented by Alex Tolley, Lecturer for School of Natural Sciences.

Wed, 3/13, 11-1pm
KL 260
Mobile App Learning Lounge (MALL) Mobile apps for smartphones and tablets are changing how we learn, work, and play. Join us for this social and educational event as we learn and explore together mobile apps for academic success. This sessions is open to the entire campus community.
Tue, 4/9, 10-11am
Webinar
Collaborative Environments for Research, Teaching, and Learning

A "collaboratory" or a "research hub" is a virtual environment for researchers to collaborate and share their research findings online. What are some successful examples of online collaboratories and research hubs and how might they be used for teaching and learning? This session will also cover some of the tools for creating a virtual environment of your own and evaluate their use. This webinar will be presented by Emily Lin, Head of Digital Assets for Library. Join us for this webinar: http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/weblearning/ (use Guest account).

Fall 2012 ( printable schedule )

Date Workshop Description
Wed, 6/20, 11-1pm
KL 260
Mobile App Learning Lounge (MALL)

Mobile apps for smartphones and tablets are changing how we learn, work, and play. Come and join us for this social event, as we learn and explore together various mobile apps and their potential benefits. This session is open to the entire campus community.

Wed, 7/18, 11-1pm
KL 260
Mobile App Learning Lounge (MALL)

Mobile apps for smartphones and tablets are changing how we learn, work, and play. Come and join us for this social event, as we learn and explore together various mobile apps and their potential benefits. This session is open to the entire campus community.

Tue, 8/21, 11-12:00pm
KL 208
CROPS Overview: Best-Practices, Strategies, and Tips

CROPS is UCM's learning management system. This face-to-face workshop will provide an overview of CROPS, highlighting some best-practices, strategies, and tips.

Tue, 8/28, 11-11:30am
Webinar
CROPS Webinar: Featuring Assignments and Gradebook

CROPS is UCM's learning management system. This webinar will feature the Assignments and Gradebook tools. Join us for this webinar: http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/crops/ (use Guest account).

Thu, 9/6, 11-11:30am
Webinar
Web 2.0 Webinar: Featuring Collaborative Spaces (Mightybell, Glogster, Linoit)

Web 2.0 tools empower users to contribute openly, collaborate easily, and share widely. Join us for this webinar: http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/weblearning/ (use Guest account).

Tue, 9/11, 11-11:30am
Webinar
CROPS Webinar: Featuring Resources, Drop Box, and Web Content

CROPS is UCM's learning management system. This webinar will feature the Resources, Drop Box, and Web Content tools. Join us for this webinar: http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/crops/ (use Guest account).

Wed, 9/19, 11-1pm
KL 260
Mobile App Learning Lounge (MALL)

Mobile apps for smartphones and tablets are changing how we learn, work, and play. Come and join us for this social event, as we learn and explore together various mobile apps and their potential benefits. This session is open to the entire campus community.

10/4, Thu, 11-11:30am
Webinar
Web 2.0 Webinar: Featuring Audio Tools (Audioboo, VoiceThread, and iTunesU)

Web 2.0 tools empower users to contribute openly, collaborate easily, and share widely. Join us for this webinar: http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/weblearning/ (use Guest account).

10/9, Tue, 11-11:30am
Webinar
CROPS Webinar: Featuring Evaluation System, Tests and Surveys, Polls, and Feedback

CROPS is UCM's learning management system. This webinar will feature the Evaluation System, Tests and Surveys, Polls, and Feedback tools. Join us for this webinar: http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/crops/ (use Guest account).

10/17, Wed, 11-1pm
KL 260
Mobile App Learning Lounge (MALL)

Mobile apps for smartphones and tablets are changing how we learn, work, and play. Come and join us for this social event, as we learn and explore together various mobile apps and their potential benefits. This session is open to the entire campus community.

11/8, Thu, 11-11:30am
Webinar
Web 2.0 Webinar: Featuring Storytelling Tools (Animoto, XtraNormal, and ThingLink)

Web 2.0 tools empower users to contribute openly, collaborate easily, and share widely. Join us for this webinar: http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/weblearning/ (use Guest account).

11/14, Wed, 11-1pm
KL 260
Mobile App Learning Lounge (MALL)

Mobile apps for smartphones and tablets are changing how we learn, work, and play. Come and join us for this social event, as we learn and explore together various mobile apps and their potential benefits. This session is open to the entire campus community.

Spring 2012

Date Workshop Description

Tue, 1/17, 11:30-12:30pm
COB 322

CROPS Overview

Intended for those who are new to CROPS or need a refresher, this workshop offers best-practices and tips on using major tools. CROPS is UC Merced's course management system.

Thu, 1/19, 12-12:30pm
Webinar

CROPS Resources Tool

CROPS is UC Merced's course management system. The Resources tool is a very useful tool for storing, sharing, and managing digital assets. Join us for this webinar: http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/crops/ (user Guest account).

Fri, 1/27, 10-11am
KL 260

Mobile App Learning Lounge (MALL)

Mobile apps for smartphones and tablets are changing how we learn, work, and play. Come and join us for this social event, as we learn and explore together various mobile apps and their potential benefits. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile devices; a few mobile devices will be available at every event. These events are social, hands-on, and open to the entire UC Merced community. Click here for more info .

Mon, 1/30, 12-12:30pm
Webinar

CROPS Assignments Tool

The Assignments tool is a very useful tool for managing the assignment cycle (i.e., distribute, collect, and return). Join us for this 30-minute online webinar: http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/crops/ (use Guest account). CROPS is UC Merced's course management system.

Wed, 2/15, 11:30-12pm
Webinar

Web 2.0 Collaobration Tools, featuring PBWorks and Google Documents

Web 2.0 tools empower users to access, create, disseminate, and share information quickly, easily, and widely. Join us for this 30-minute webinar: http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/weblearning/ (use Guest account). Each session will feature one or two Web 2.0 tools and their potential uses. Archived webinars will be available on the CRTE website. Webinars are open to all, especially faculty (senate and non-senate) and graduate TAs.

Fri, 2/24, 10-11pm
KL 260

Mobile App Learning Lounge (MALL)

Mobile apps for smartphones and tablets are changing how we learn, work, and play. Come and join us for this social event, as we learn and explore together various mobile apps and their potential benefits. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile devices; a few mobile devices will be available at every event. These events are social, hands-on, and open to the entire UC Merced community. Click here for more info.

Mon, 2/27, 12-12:30pm
Webinar

CROPS Assessment Tools

The assessment tools enable instructors to administer quizzes/exams as well as gather student feedback. Join us for this 30-minute online webinar: http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/crops/ (use Guest account). CROPS is UC Merced's course management system.

Wed, 3/14, 11:30-12pm
Webinar

Web 2.0 Discussion Forum Tools

Web 2.0 tools empower users to access, create, disseminate, and share information quickly, easily, and widely. Join us for this 30-minute webinar: http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/weblearning/ (use Guest account). Each session will feature one or two Web 2.0 tools and their potential uses. Archived webinars will be available on the CRTE website. Webinars are open to all, especially faculty (senate and non-senate) and graduate TAs.

Fri, 3/16, 10-12pm
KL 260

Mobile App Learning Lounge (MALL)

Mobile apps for smartphones and tablets are changing how we learn, work, and play. Come and join us for this social event, as we learn and explore together various mobile apps and their potential benefits. Mobile learning lounge events are aimed at promoting technological literacy, specifically the effective use of mobile devices like smart phones and tablets. Each event will feature a handful of applications (apps) aimed at solving common problems. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile devices; a few mobile devices will be available at every event. These events are social, hands-on, and open to the entire UC Merced community.

Mon, 4/2, 12-12:30pm
Webinar

CROPS Gradebook Tool

The Gradebook tool enables instructors to manage all aspects of student grades. Join us for this 30-minute online webinar: http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/crops (use Guest account). CROPS is UC Merced's course management system.

Wed, 4/18, 11:30-12pm
Webinar

Web 2.0 Web ConferencingTools

Web 2.0 tools empower users to access, create, disseminate, and share information quickly, easily, and widely. Join us for this 30-minute webinar: http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/weblearning/ (use Guest account). Each session will feature one or two Web 2.0 tools and their potential uses. Archived webinars will be available on the CRTE website. Webinars are open to all, especially faculty (senate and non-senate) and graduate TAs.

Fri, 4/27, 10-12pm
KL 260

Mobile App Learning Lounge (MALL)

Mobile apps for smartphones and tablets are changing how we learn, work, and play. Come and join us for this social event, as we learn and explore together various mobile apps and their potential benefits. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile devices; a few mobile devices will be available at every event. These events are social, hands-on, and open to the entire UC Merced community. Click here for more info .

Fall 2011

Date Workshop Description

Tue, 8/30, 11-12pm
COB 322

How to Set Up Your CROPS Course Site to Maximize Student Learning (Basic Level)

As a faculty or TA, how you set up your course site can impact how your students engage with your course. In this training workshop, we will show you some of the best-practices for setting up a course site, such as creating a course description, adding and deleting tools, uploading syllabus and other resources, managing resources using WebDAV, and adding podcasts, news feeds, and website links.

Wed, 8/31, 11-12pm
COB 322

Going Green with CROPS(Advanced Level)

Are you looking to conduct a more paperless and environmentally-friendly class? This workshop provides practical ideas and tips on how to use various CROPS tools to do many of the common tasks including the following: taking attendance; assigning, collecting, and grading assignments; assessing student learning and attitudes; and creating lessons.

Wed, 9/14, 11-12pm
COB 322
Workshop Canceled

Using Clickers to Solve Common Instructional Challenges (Basic Level)

Research has shown that effective use of clickers can address many common instructional challenges. In this workshop, we will discuss how clickers can be used to deal with attendance/tardiness problems, coming to class unprepared, not understanding materials, and being bored and/or unchallenged.

Tue, 9/27, 1-2pm
COB 322

Helping Students Develop 21st Century Skills (Advanced Level)

Along with traditional skills like critical thinking, effective communication, and peer collaboration, students today need to acquire new skills such as information literacy, media literacy, and technological competence to be successful in the world. In this engaging workshop, a panel of speakers will discuss what these skills entail, why they’re important, and how best to teach them.

Tue, 10/11, 12-1pm
COB 322

Effective Presentations and Student Learning(Basic Level)

Students learn best when information presented are clear, contextualized, concise, and coherent. In many respects, effective presentation of information not only reflects sound pedagogy but also fosters deep learning. This workshop will feature two approaches to effective presentations – one using PowerPoint and another using data presentation.

Wed, 10/26, 11-12pm
COB 322

How Hybrid Courses Can Extend Learning Beyond the Classroom(Basic Level)

Hybrid courses meet partly face-to-face and partly online. The blended format offers new pedagogical possibilities, such as flexible scheduling, multi-modal engagement, and creative collaborations. By shifting certain learning tasks online, instructors are able to redeem classroom time for more meaningful interactions. In this workshop, a panel of faculty who have taught or coordinated hybrid courses will share their experiences of the opportunities and challenges associated with the new learning format.

Wed, 11/9, 11-12pm
COB 322

Using Social Media as a Teaching Tool(Advanced Level)

Social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have great potential for teaching and learning. Come and hear faculty who are using these tools in their courses and find out what are some of their promises and pitfalls.

Spring 2011

Date Workshop Description

Wed, 1/19, 11-12pm
COB 322

Managing Assignments and Grades with CROPS

CROPS has tools uniquely designed to help you manage the cycle of assigning, collecting, grading, and returning assignments. Susan Miller, Writing Program Faculty, and Mark Kerfoot, Ph.D. candidate, will offer a practical understanding of the available tools that can help you be more efficient and effective in managing assignments and grades using CROPS.

Thu, 1/27, 1-2pm
COB 322

You are Teaching, but are they Learning? Using clickers to promote content mastery, critical thinking, and student engagement in the classroom with

Rick Olsen, Professor and Chair of Communications Studies Department, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, has been using student response systems or clickers since they first emerged as an option on college campuses. He has used clickers for the last five years or more to make his large lecture class more rigorous and interactive. His session will focus on best practices and pedagogical approaches to using clickers for content mastery, critical thinking, and whole person development.

Wed, 1/2, 11-12pm
COB 322

Electronic Grading with MS Word

Built-in features like Comments and Track-Changes within MS Word allow for electronic grading. Susan Miller, Writing Program Faculty, will demonstrate how these features can be used to improve the efficiency and efficacy of the grading process.

Wed, 2/16, 12-1pm
AOA 115

Reading in the Digital Age

The advent of computing devices like laptops, tablets, and mobile phones are profoundly changing how we read and digest texts. Researchers have found that students reading digital texts are doing “hyper-reading” as opposed to “close-reading.” In this workshop, Tom Hothem, Writing Program Faculty, offers some preliminary thoughts and suggestions and strategies on how to help students read more effectively in the digital age.

Thu, 3/17, 12-1pm
COB 322

The Use of Mind Maps in the Classroom

A mind map is a non-linear diagram of words, ideas, or images linked to and arranged around key concepts. It serves as a great tool to help students develop higher order thinking, such as brainstorming, organizing, problem solving, and decision-making. In this workshop Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, Ph.D. candidate in World Cultures, will provide an overview of how mind maps can be used in the classroom context.

Tue, 4/5, 12-1pm
COB 322

Effective Visual Presentations of Data

Based on an Edward Tufte seminar she attended in the fall, Julie Phillips will share some of the highlights of what she learned about the visual presentation of data. In particular, this presentation will discuss how data presentation can vary with regards to different disciplines.

Fall 2010

Date Workshop Description
Thu, 8/26, 12-1pm
or
Mon, 8/30, 12-1pm
COB 322
Going Green with CROPS

Are you looking for ways to reduce paper usage in your teaching? This workshop provides ideas and tips on how to use CROPS for a more paperless and environmentally-friendly class.

Thu, 8/26, 1-2pm
or
Mon, 8/30, 1-2pm
COB 322
Managing Assignments with CROPS

Did you know that CROPS has tools uniquely designed to help you manage the cycle of assigning, collecting, grading, and returning assignments? This workshop offers a practical understanding of the available tools that can help you be more efficient and effective in managing assignments in your courses.

Wed, 9/8, 12-1pm
COB 322
An Overview of Clickers and Their Uses

Are you interested in learning more about how clickers can be used in your courses/program? This workshop highlights how clickers can facilitate student interaction and engagement in ways that can enhance teaching and learning.

Wed, 9/22, 12-1pm
COB 322

Podcasting Your Lecture

Podcasting allows faculty to record what happens in their classrooms and make it available digitally online. This session will cover some of the benefits, issues, and practicalities of podcasting lectures at UCM. This session consists of a panel of speakers, including Mike Truong, Instructional Technologist in the Center, Diana Odom-Gunn, Lecturer in Psychology, Urie Lee, Undergraduate in Cognitive Sciences, and Todd Van Zandt, Classroom and Student Services Manager in IT.

  • Presentation slides (resource unavailable)

Wed, 10/6, 12-1pm
COB 322

Using Blogs to Enhance Learning

Used effectively, blogs promote greater engagement and dialogue among students within a course. This workshop discusses how blogs can be used as a powerful instructional technology tool.

Wed, 11/3, 12-1pm
COB 322

Using Wikis to Enhance Learning

Used effectively, wikis can promote increased collaboration and interaction among students within a course. This workshop discusses how wikis can be used as a powerful instructional technology tool.

Spring 2010

Date Workshop Description
Mon, 1/25, 12-1pm
COB 322
or
Tue, 1/26, 1-2pm
COB 322
CROPS Refresher Course

This refresher course covers some of the basic and more advanced functions and features of CROPS, UCM’s content management system.

Wed, 2/10, 1-2pm
COB 322
Teaching with Powerpoint - The Basics This workshop covers some of the pedgaogical and practical issues of using PowerPoint in teaching.
Wed, 3/10, 12-1pm
COB 322
Creating Electronic Teaching Portfolios

This workshop provides an overview of some of the tools available that can be used to create an electronic teaching portfolio.

Wed, 4/14, 1-2pm
COB 322
Email Management for Teachers

This workshop covers some of the issues and challenges related to email management for teachers, and offers some strategies for overcoming them.

Wed, 4/21, 1-2pm
COB 322

Teaching in the age of YouTube

Presented by Gayle Yamada and Mike Truong, this hands-on workshop will provide an overview of some of the pedagogical and practical considerations when teaching on camera.

Fall 2009

Date Workshop Description
Wed, 8/26, 10-11am
or
Thu, 8/27, 2-3pm
or
Mon, 8/31, 12-1pm
COB 322
CROPS For Beginners: General Overview of Course Tools

Michael Truong, Faculty Development Coordinator for Instructional Technology with CRTE, will provide a general overview of the basic functions and features of CROPS, UCM’s content management system.

Wed, 8/26, 11-12pm
or
Thu, 8/27, 3-4pm
or
Mon, 8/31, 1-2pm
COB 322
CROPS For Avid Users: Using Tools to Enhance Course Delivery Michael Truong, Faculty Development Coordinator for Instructional Technology with CRTE, will discuss some of the more advanced functions and features of CROPS and how to use them to enhance student learning experiences.
  • Make-up Session 1: Thursday, 8/27/09, 3-4pm, COB 322 (Willow Room)
  • Make-up Session 2: Monday, 8/31/09, 1-2pm, COB 322 (Willow Room)
  • Presentation Handout (resource unavailable)
Wed, 9/23, 12-1pm,
COB 322
Faster Grading with MS Word: Using the Forms Feature

Belinda Braunstein, English Language Institute Coordinator with CRTE, will demonstrate how the drop-down choices of the Forms feature in MS Word can be used to improve the grading process.

Wed, 10/21, 12-1pm
COB 322
Facebook in the Academic Context: A Panel Discussion

Tom Hothem, Assistant Director of Writing Program, Ruth Mostern, Assistant Professor of History, and Simon Weffer, Assistant Professor of Sociology, will discuss the various benefits, promises, and issues with using Facebook in the academic context. There will be plenty of time for your questions and comments.

Wed, 11/18
COB 322
Asynchronous Instruction: UC Merced iPod Touch Library Tour Project

Faced with a shortage of classrooms and staff, Sara Davidson, Susan Mikkelsen, and Teal Smith, Instruction Librarians, developed the iPod Touch Library Tour as an alternative to in-person instruction. In their presentation, they will discuss the benefits, development process, and assessment strategies of asynchronous instruction using popular iPod technology.

Spring 2009

Date Workshop Description
Tue, 2/3, 11-12pm
COB 267
Catalyzing Class Interactions with Audience Response Systems (Clickers): the Good, the Bad, and the RFID

Tom Harmon, Professor of Engineering, will discuss what's involved in setting up an audience response system (clickers) and how it can be used to build interactivity into presentations. Seminar participants will have a hands-on opportunity to use clickers during the presentation!

Tue, 2/24, 10:30-11:30am
COB 267
DimDim: An Online Teaching Tool

Elliott Campbell, Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, will provide an overview of DimDim, an open-source web meeting tool, and discuss how this tool can be used in the context of a class to further enhance teaching and learning. He will attempt to conduct this seminar via DimDim as a way to demonstrate its capabilities.

Wed, 3/4, 1:30-2:30pm
COB 265
Second-Life and Cyber-Archaeology: Reconstructing and Communicating the Ancient World

Maurizio Forte, Professor of World Heritage, and , and Nicolo' Dell'Unto, Post-doctoral Fellow, will introduce the audience to the 3-D virtual world of Second Life. Using UC Merced’s very own Virtual Heritage Island in Second Life as an example, they will discuss and demonstrate how this learning platform can teach students important archaeological skills.

Tue, 3/17, 10:30-11:30am
COB 267
Non—Techies can Benefit from Technology Incorporation: A Hybrid Classroom

Kris Van Bebber, Lecturer in Writing Program, will demonstrate some strategies for integrating the communication technology available at UC Merced and the broader academic world into course syllabi and lesson plans.

Tue, 3/31, 10:30-11:30am
COB 267
Creating Electronic Portfolios for Learning and Teaching

Michael Truong, Faculty Development Coordinator in CRTE, will provide an overview of the electronic portfolio tool within CROPS, focusing on some of its key functions and features. He will also discuss how this tool can be used for creating learning and teaching portfolios.

Fall 2008

Date Workshop Description
Tue, 9/2, 11-12pm
or
Wed, 9/3, 11-12pm
COB 322
An Introduction to CROPS Tools

Michael Truong, Faculty Development Coordinator with CRTE, will provide a general overview of the basic tools within CROPS, UCM’s content management system.