EdTech Tip Sheet Special Edition: May 2023

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Welcome to a special edition of the EdTech Tip Sheet! This month we're focusing on the upcoming EdTech Workshop 2023: CTRL +shift. As of sending this newsletter, we're at 215 registrations (register before May 12 to ensure a printed nametag)! While you'll see less of our regular features (they'll be back for June), you'll know more about what you can expect from the Workshop.

This year's event will take place on May 17, 2023 in the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship. This year's theme, CTRL +shift, is a play on using the modifier keys on a standard keyboard (sorry Mac users, these are Windows shortcuts). The EdTech Workshop 2023 provides a space and place to discuss the process of identifying your own essentials and how/if your values have "shifted." 

We try to plan each workshop to be friendly, informal, and interactive (see the schedule). The short sessions (30 minutes) introduce you to the work of your colleagues and you are encouraged to follow up after the sessions. The longer break times encourage conversation. And there will definitely be more collector nametags! 

Read on for our EdTech Workshop 2023 Tips:

  1. Review the Workshop details
  2. Check out the keynote presentations
  3. Explore the different types of sessions
  4. Decide on a hands on session
  5. Experiment to see whether you're Team Digital or Team Analogue
  6. Qualify for prizes

1. Review the Workshop details

Registration will take place in the Myhal Lobby. Each session will be in an active learning classroom:  MY150, MY430 and MY440. Special activities will occur in the Visualization Facility and the lobby.

After the keynotes, attendees will self-select between three concurrent sessions (no prior selection required). While most sessions will be recorded (according to session lead preferences; see which sessions will be recorded), this event will not be offered in a hybrid modality. 

Workshop Key Details

Register for the EdTech Workshop 2023
What if I can't make the Workshop (after registering)? We do ask that if you change your mind about attending, that you submit this registration cancellation form. Our goal is to keep this workshop free of charge and accurate numbers help ensure our budget is accurate.

2. Check out the keynote presentations

The Workshop will kick off with 2 keynote presentations:
  1. An Institutional Perspective on Generative AI in Teaching and Learning | Prof. Susan McCahan | This keynote session starts the conversation on how generative artificial intelligence (AI) is altering our relationship with information. During the Session Block 01, Prof. McCahan is hosting a drop in session for those with further questions about this topic. 
  2. Take the Load Off | Dr. Nidhi Sachdeva | This keynote session focuses on evidence-based instructional practices, specifically exploring how cognitive load theory can be used to guide instructional design to engage students without overloading them. For a session preview, you can find some of Dr. Sachdeva's work in the video: How Learning Happens - Cognitive Load and Problem Solving.
What if you can't attend the whole day? We've planned a one-day in person EdTech Workshop 2023 - but that doesn't mean you need to commit for the whole day. We know how much demand there is on your time and you are welcome to register and attend the sessions that fit into your schedule. 

3. Explore the different types of sessions

In addition to the Keynote sessions, there are three types of "regular" sessions at this year's Workshop (scheduled throughout the day's session blocks). To see a list of sessions for each type, visit the Workshop's session overview page and use the filter to limit the results by the type you are interested in.
  1. Case Study Presentations: There are 10 case study sessions, led by faculty from Pharmacy, Arts & Science, UTSC, UTM, and Applied Science & Engineering. Ranging from online teaching to artificial intelligence and academic integrity to virtual experiential learning, we hope the wide scope of experiences will provide something of interest for everyone.
  2. Demonstrations: There are 3 demonstration sessions, wherein you'll see a practical example of a tool or technique used in a course. These sessions include a data driven framework that helps improve feedback for instructors, leveraging technology to create accessible environments, and a built-in content capturing application.
  3. Interactive Workshops: There are 2 interactive sessions, where you'll not only learn from the session leads, you'll also participate in active learning activities. In one, you can explore how every classroom can be global, and in the other, you can develop your expertise in team-based project design (with or without an online communication component). 

4. Decide on a hands on session

In addition to the session types above, we also have a block of hands on sessions. These sessions take place right after lunch and are a bit longer (45 versus 30 minutes) and will have an active component.
  1. Active Demonstration of Compare2Learn (C2L) to Promote Learner Engagement through Comparative Judgement
  2. Active Learning in U of T's Active Learning Classrooms: Exploring the ALC Hub
  3. Build your first Power Automate Flow
  4. Hands on Demo of the Stewart Blusson Visualization Facility
Note that these sessions will not be recorded. You're also encouraged to bring a laptop or other device (this is not required but will help you get the most of the session).

5. Experiment to see whether you're Team Digital or Team Analogue

In addition to the scheduled sessions, we usually plan a few activities outside of the formal program. This year's activities help you determine: Are you digital or analogue? Once you figure it out, don't forget to grab your Team button!

Each of the three activity stations have a digital and analogue version of a similar activity; which one is more "you"? You can drop into these sessions at any time during the day. If you drop into all three (and collect the stamps!), then you'll be eligible to win a prize at the end of the day.
Learn more about the activities

6. Qualify for prizes

That's a definite yes! But, you will have to put in a bit of effort to earn them. You can qualify to win prizes by:
  1. Participating in the Digital vs Analogue activities (each earns you a stamp)
  2. Entering into the draw 
  3. Being present at the end of the day!
There may be one or two surprise prizes day of, too!

Meet the Speakers FASE to Face!

Meet speaker Elham Marzi! Get to know a few session leaders a bit better before the Workshop by watching the FASE to Face videos on the ETO's YouTube Channel!

Want the latest updates on the Workshop?

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Curious about the photos in the banner?

A few behind-the-scenes shots as we prep for the EdTech Workshop! Marisa films Nidhi's Keynote Speaker FASE to Face video (left) and testing the digital colouring/tablet tester activity (right).

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