EdTech Tip Sheet Special Edition: June 2023

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What's happening in the world of FASE EdTech this month? In this issue, we're recapping the EdTech Workshop (ETWS) 2023: CTRL +Shift! Held on May 17, 2023 in the Myhal Centre, the Workshop saw about 275 people vie for one button maker (who knew buttons would be so popular?). But more seriously, we can't thank the speakers, volunteers and attendees enough - you made it a wonderful day!
Photo description: Group shot of 14 people wearing "EdTech Workshop 2023" t-shirts and waving enthusiastically. Text on the image: Thank you!
This month's issue, after we wrap up the ETWS 2023, introduces the newest member of the ETO, James Zhan, reminds you to keep an eye on funding deadlines (Learning Analytics Dashboard Pilot applications close June 22, 2023) and to register for an upcoming information session for 2023 Teaching Grants (June 19, 2pm-3:30pm (Online)).

Read on for our June 2023 Tips:

  1. Watch the EdTech Workshop 2023 Recap video: "You better not be acting like you're in a Wes Anderson film at the EdTech Workshop!"
  2. Watch the EdTech Workshop 2023 Session Recordings
  3. Submit feedback about the Workshop (last call!)
  4. Meet James Zhan
  5. Keep an eye on U of T funding for opportunities

1. You better not be acting like you're in a Wes Anderson film at the EdTech Workshop!

We sure are! For this year's recap video of the EdTech Workshop, we wanted to try something a little different from previous years (you can watch the 2021 and 2019 videos, too!).  The backstory - in April, content creator Ava Williams started a new trend on social media when she posted a quick travel video produced in the style of Wes Anderson.  Anderson is the director of such films as Life Aquatic and The Grand Budapest Hotel and his work is distinct in its look, feel, and sound. 

Instead of producing a video that was a sequence of b-roll shots, we decided to be more intentional in our approach (see Making the EdTech Recap Video: An Intentional and Collaborative Approach for a deep dive) and jump on the Wes Anderson train (which probably looks like the one from his other film The Darjeeling Limited). This video was made possible by our creative and collaborative production team, all of our willing on-screen participants (listed in the video caption below) and Marisa's editing magic.  

Want to watch more videos in this style? Have a look at the Wes Anderson Trend compilation video.
Watch the EdTech Workshop 2023 Recap video featuring, in order of appearance (session leaders' names link to their information page): Cheryl Lee, Marisa Curmi, Elias Polcheira, Allison Van Beek, Court Van Beek, Iain McPherson, Jess Blackburn, Susan McCahan, Inga Breede, Matt Everson, Joshua Shum, Nidhi Sachdeva, Alexander Olson, Ayoob Ghalami, Gustavo Moriena, Daniel Cardenas, Shannon McCaw, Chris Bouwmeester, Tom Coyle, Bree McEwan, Shai Cohen, Kristopher Calanza, James Zhan, Camelia Karimian Pour, Naomi Steenhof, Kathleen Scheaffer, Vivienne Luk, Swati Naidu, Anna Menezes, Anna Limanni, Irina Belaya, and Brian Da Silva. A big thank you to the participants!

Looking for more behind-the-scenes on the making of the recap video?

Read Making the EdTech Recap Video: An Intentional and Collaborative Approach. Find out how a social media video trend turned into a collaborative experiment for the ETO Content Production Team. This article is the first of a series that we will release over the summer to go behind-the-scenes of planning the EdTech Workshop (next up: why we chose Articulate Rise to build the ETWS Attendee Information Package).

2. Watch EdTech Workshop 2023 session recordings

Did you miss a session? The recordings are posted and ready for watching! You can access the EdTech Workshop 2023 session recordings in a few different ways:
  1. Videos are embedded on the session information pages (see the session overview for a list of all sessions)
  2. Links to the recordings have been added to the Workshop schedule
  3. Watch all the videos in the ETWS Recordings playlist on the ETO's YouTube Channel
Sessions that were recorded are available publicly; please feel free to share these with your colleagues and others who might be interested. Note that some sessions were not recorded, by request of the speaker. 

3. Submit feedback about the Workshop (last call!)

We’re not quite done with the Workshop yet! We want to make sure we keep improving and delivering excellent workshops that get you excited about EdTech (while having some fun at the same time!). That's why we would be grateful if you could spare about 10 minutes to fill out our feedback survey and help us make the next workshop even better.

We value your honest feedback, and rest assured, your responses will be completely anonymous (unless you opt to share your name). We want to know what worked, what didn't, and any ideas you might have to take things up a notch.
Submit your feedback about the Workshop

Add your pronouns on your O365 profile

This month's big impact, low time tip is to specify your pronouns! Personal Pronouns settings are now available in MS Teams and Outlook (see Pronouns on your profile in Microsoft 365). It's available via your profile card (which you can access by selecting on your profile image in the top right corner of most O365 apps like MS Teams).

Watch how to change your personal pronouns

How to change your pronouns (as seen in the gif above):

  1. Select on your O365 photo avatar
  2. Select on your name
  3. Select on "+ pronouns" 
  4. Select your preferred pronouns
  5. Select "Save" and then "Got it" buttons

4. Welcome James Zhan

The ETO is thrilled to introduce our newest team member: James Zhan! James is our new Education Media Specialist and will be working on projects like Exploration Studies Resources and Reserve (ESRR)the Sharps Safety Module, and ePump. You might have already met James at the EdTech Workshop 2023, where he joined us a bit early to help out with the event. 

James is a media production professional specializing in audio engineering and educational video production. He is passionate about everything related to multimedia, technology, and audio-visual equipment. Over the 8 years he’s worked in media production, he has acquired a wide range of skills such as audio mixing and mastering, video editing, motion graphic design, photography, and workshop instruction.
Learn more about James

5. Keep an eye on U of T funding for opportunities 

  1. Call for Applications: Learning Analytics Dashboard Pilot | Application Deadline: Thursday, June 22, 2023. Interested instructors are invited to apply for a fall cohort of the Data-Driven Design initiative that will explore use of new aggregated course activity reports to inform course design processes.
  2. Register now for Information Session: 2023 Teaching Grants Workshop | Session: June 19, 2pm-3:30pm (Online). This online workshop on teaching and learning funding opportunities available to U of T provides a general overview of four major institutional teaching and learning grants:

Faculty Questions of the Week

Each week we answer a real question that we've received about Quercus and other Academic Toolbox tools, keeping the questions timely and relevant to you. You can select on the question to read the full inquiry and response or see all previous faculty questions of the week.

Read the Faculty Questions of the Week

Can I enter grades and feedback in Quercus for a paper-based quiz? (May 25, 2023) | We are back to doing our quizzes in-person, on paper. I found it easier to provide the feedback via Quercus.
Is it possible to release assignment comments without releasing the marks in Quercus? (April 20, 2023) | Is that possible to do, or do I need to release the numerical grade and the comments at the same time?  

Curious about the photos in the banner?

June's banner images are a few photos taken during the ETWS 2023:
Row 01: Left: Josh Shum at the Lego station (Photo by Matt Everson); Row 01: Right: Sania Hameed assists at registration (Photo by Elias Polcheira)
Row 02: Left: Nidhi Sachdeva delivering her keynote talk (Photo by Elias Polcheira), Take the Load Off; Row 02: RightSebastian GoodfellowJoseph SebastianKatia Ossetchkina, & Benjamin Kinsella present A Data Driven Framework To Improve Feedback For Educators (Photo by Irina Belaya)
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