May 01, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., St. George Campus in the Bahen Centre for Information Technology Atrium
What is the EdTech Workshop?The University of Toronto is at the forefront of new technologies designed to enhance students' learning inside and outside the lecture hall. Each year, the EdTech Workshop picks a theme and plans a program that showcases best practices for innovating teaching and learning, presented by some of the University’s leaders in educational technology.
2015 Theme: Ideas to ActionOur goal is that you will leave this workshop with resources and information on how to take your EdTech idea and make it a reality. We're focused on three streams - online teaching, tablet teaching, and inverted teaching. Each stream will consist of focused "how to" sessions (in the morning) and case studies of concrete examples (in the afternoon). Thus, during the day, you'll be taken from idea right through to implementation. The workshop is geared toward educators across U of T, and beyond, who are interested in implementing classroom technology for the first time or are looking to expand their technical toolkit. It may be of special interest for faculty and instructors, teaching assistants and staff members who support or consult on decision-making around EdTech in the learning environment. During the day, we'll be live tweeting. Follow us on Twitter @fase_ito and, if you're also tweeting, hashtag your posts with #uoftedtech2015. If you'd just like to follow along, visit the our space online.
Registration DetailsThis event took place on May 01, 2015. You can watch the presentations via the links in the Agenda. The EdTech Workshop 2017 will take place on May 12, 2017.
AgendaSession titles will likely change closer to the workshop. All Sessions will be held in the Bahen Centre.
Online TeachingRm. 1160
Inverted TeachingRm. 1170
Tablet TeachingRm. 1200
|8:30 – 9:00||REGISTRATION (with Vendor Showcase & Continental Breakfast)|
|9:30-10:00||Video Keynote (Featuring FASE Instructors)|
|10:00 - 10:40||Drill Down Session 3: What is Online Teaching? Moderated by: Shai Cohen & Scott Ramsay||Drill Down Session 1: What is Inverted Teaching? Moderated by: Micah Stickel||Drill Down Session 2: What is Tablet Teaching? Moderated by: Susan McCahan|
|10:50 - 11:25||Developing ClassApp: Biology Stephanie Halldorson, Helen Rodd & Mike Spears|
|11:35 - 12:10||Online On-Ramps: Get Up To Speed on Accessible Design Strategies Will Heikoop & Laurie Harrison||MyMedia: The growing role of video in higher education Andy Wagner||Attempting to create a small class experience in Convocation Hall: Use of the Active Learning Platform Prof. Michelle French|
|12:10 - 1:10||VENDOR SHOWCASE (& Lunch)|
|2:00 - 2:35||Mechanics Online: Challenges, Outcomes and Lessons Learnt Prof. Michael Seica||Lights, Camera, Act Natural: Connecting with your Audience through Video Learning Objects Profs. Alan Chong & Lisa Romkey||Team Up! A tool for synchronous online group work Prof. Melody Neumann|
|1:15 - 1:50||Learning Analytics Stian Håklev|
|2:45 - 3:20|
|3:30 - 4:00||Closing Remarks (and Prize Raffle) *Must be in attendance to win!* VENDOR SHOWCASE|
|Megan Burnett, Assistant Director, TATP/CTSI, presents Online Instructional Design at the TATP|
|Megan coordinates the Teaching Assistants’ Training Program, overseeing a team of 15 graduate student peer trainers and a Curriculum Developer. She routinely leads sessions on lesson planning, documenting your teaching and active learning, co-facilitates the annual CTSI Course Design Institute, and collaborates nationally on issues related to graduate student professional development.|
|Erica Cambly, Lecturer, presents Ideas to Action: Developing an interactive module for chronic wound education|
|Erica has an interest in the development of reusable, interactive content for delivery of lecture content. She has successfully created learning guides and has acted as content expert in the development of online interactive modules for students in professional health education programs. Using a flipped classroom model for many of the lectures provides additional time in the class for discussion and interaction between the learners and the lecturer.|
|Shai Cohen, Sessional Lecturer, presents Integrating Calculus with Online Teaching|
|Shai Cohen is a dinosaur who tends to avoid using computers. As a skeptic, he has found teaching an online course course to be both challenging and rewarding. He spends his time teaching, thinking about teaching, and writing about himself in the third-person.|
|Alan Chong, Senior Lecturer, presents Lights, Camera, Act Natural: Connecting with your Audience through Video Learning Objects|
|Alan Chong is a Senior Lecturer in the Engineering Communication Program, where he teaches writing and oral presentation strategies for engineering contexts. He primarily coordinates and teaches courses in the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering, but also in Engineering Science, where this initiative to support thesis students through reusable learning objects is housed. His research focus, aside from technology and engineering education, is on the popular communication of science, the topic of his third year elective course.|
|Michelle French, Senior Lecturer, presents Attempting to create a small class experience in Convocation Hall: Use of the Active Learning Platform|
|Michelle French is interested in examining/implementing methods to enhance student learning and engagement in both large and small classes and to foster critical thinking and communication skills. This coming year, she plans to visit several academic institutions around the world to learn more about best teaching practices.|
|Stian Håklev, Institutional Researcher, Open UToronto, presents Learning Analytics|
|Stian is a senior PhD student in digital learning at OISE as well as an Institutional researcher at OpenUToronto. He is also the data manager for EdX and Coursera MOOCs at University of Toronto.|
|Stephanie Halldorson, Developer, presents Developing ClassApp: Biology|
|Stephanie is an award-winning writer and substantive editor who has worked for years as a volunteer tutor for students struggling to succeed in university. Prior to developing the app, she created a website for English language learners, lectured at the University of Toronto in the Department of English, and offered Writing in the Sciences tutorials for the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.|
|Laurie Harrison, Director of Online Learning Strategies, presents Online On-Ramps: Get Up To Speed on Accessible Design Strategies|
|Laurie Harrison provides support, consultation and leadership in the sphere of online learning across all three UofT campuses.This includes undergraduate and graduate online course development and coordination of hybrid, blended and flipped course design projects. Laurie is also leads out the Open Utoronto MOOC initiatives, and facilitates a number of faculty development and community networks.|
|William Heikoop, Online Learning Coordinator, presents Online On-Ramps: Get Up To Speed on Accessible Design Strategies|
|Will is involved in all things online learning. MOOC Initiatives, Ontario Online initiatives and Online Undergraduate Course Initiatives; he has a part to play in all of it.|
|Michal Kasprzak, Curriculum Developer, presents Online Instructional Design at the TATP|
|Mike provides pedagogical support to TAs and graduate student Course Instructors who want to integrate effective educational approaches into their teaching and learning. He works with the team of TATP graduate student peer trainers to design, develop and assess curriculum and training materials for workshops and e-learning related to teaching at the University of Toronto.|
|Jan Mahrt-Smith, Associate Professor of Finance, presents Designing and Delivering a Multi-Mode Online Course: videos, webinars, group work, etc.|
|I am an associate professor of finance and the director of the Rotman MBA program. I love using videos and webinars to free up classroom time for discussions and activities. I also enjoy trying new technologies like authentic response videos (student produced) and interactive quizzing inside videos. Finally, I like to think about the future of education so we don't all wake up one day and find ourselves redundant - at least not until I am significantly closer to retirement.|
|Melody Neumann, Senior Lecturer, presents Team Up! A tool for synchronous online group work|
|Melody Neumann teaches both very large and small classes and is always interested in learning ways to better engage students and help them to develop the skills they will need as life-long learners. In addition to Team Up!, she has been involved with creating and teaching an online course and a partly-flipped course.|
|Scott Ramsay, Adjunct Professor, presents How to beat a cat: Effective Educational Video Formats|
|I'm interested in creating reusable learning objects that can be used by students having a range of learning styles, backgrounds and abilities. I'm currently most interested in video and hands-on activities demonstrating science and engineering fundamentals.|
|Helen Rodd, Professor, presents Developing ClassApp: Biology|
|As part of teaching biology to undergraduates, I provide opportunities for them to do a range of written assignments, including mini research projects. We developed ClassApp: Biology to help them with those assignments and to show them ways to become more engaged with biology.|
|Lisa Romkey, Senior Lecturer, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, presents Lights, Camera, Act Natural: Connecting with your Audience through Video Learning Objects|
|Lisa Romkey is the Senior Lecturer, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in the Division of Engineering Science, where she manages a variety of educational projects and teaches courses in technology & society studies and engineering education. Lisa's current research focuses on teaching practices in engineering and the development and use of rubrics. On the teaching technology side of things, she is currently working on a series of reusable video learning objects for the undergraduate thesis course in Engineering Science, and in the past collaborated with researchers at OISE on multimedia case studies for science teachers.|
|Michael Seica, Adjunct Professor, presents Mechanics Online: Challenges, Outcomes and Lessons Learnt|
|Prof. Seica received his Ph.D. degree in structural engineering from the University of Toronto, after developing a multi-disciplinary research programme on the condition assessment of infrastructure systems. He had previously graduated from the Technical University of Civil Engineering, Bucharest, Romania. Prof. Seica has been teaching engineering courses in the Department of Civil Engineering since 2000. Since his appointment as Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto in 2008, he has specialised and undertaken research in the area of Protective Design. He has published the outcome of his work in major, peer-reviewed engineering journals.|
|Mike Spears, MADLab Manager, presents Developing ClassApp: Biology|
|Mike Spears manages the University of Toronto Mobile App Development Lab (MADLab), and is also a full-time app developer for UofT, specializing in iOS apps. Prior to working at the MADLab, Mike was a part of the Computing Services department at the Rotman School of Management. In addition to his work at UofT, Mike volunteers his time and technical expertise with the non-profit Toronto Design Offsite Festival, including offering their official Festival mobile app.|
|Micah Stickel, Senior Lecturer and Chair, First Year, presents A Student Panel on Real-Time Feedback and Student/Faculty Engagement|
|Since I started teaching full-time 8 years ago, I have been very interested in using technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience. While I approach the use of technology with reasonable skepticism, I have found that it can be quite beneficial to improve student engagement and work to break down the barrier between students and faculty.|
|Fareed Teja, Academic Information and Communication Technology Supervisor, presents Ideas to action: developing an interactive module for chronic wound education|
|Fareed is interested in the integration of teaching and learning technologies to optimize learning outcomes. Fareed is heavily engaged in graduate online programs. Recent projects include the use of online proctoring services for online exams, participation in an MTCU funded Ontario Online Statistics Module project, and various faculty capacity building initiatives.|
|Andy Wagner, Application Programer, University of Toronto Libraries, presents MyMedia: The growing role of video in higher education|
|Andy leads the libraries' MyMedia project and joined U of T in 2014 with a background in fontend programming, web and application development, systems design, and web architecture. Outside of work he is a dedicated coffee aficionado who enjoys photography, brewing, and maker culture.|
|Jim Wallace, Professor, presents How offering a MOOC can improve a regular credit course|
|Jim Wallace is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering. He teaches courses on energy topics, as well as conducting research on alternative fuels and IC engine exhaust emissions. One of his courses, MIE 515 Alternative Energy Systems, has been offered online since Fall 2011 and was both the source and beneficiary of the MOOC Wind, Waves, and Tides offered on Coursera in Fall 2014.|
Academic Toolbox Renewal Drop-In Q&AAvi Hyman The University of Toronto is currently engaged in the Academic Toolbox Renewal initiative, which seeks to establish common standards for selecting teaching and learning technologies. Come to the Drop-in Q&A to meet members of the team and ask any questions you may have about the process. For more on the initiative, please visit: http://toolboxrenewal.act.utoronto.ca/
Attempting to create a small class experience in Convocation Hall: Use of the Active Learning PlatformMichelle French We will describe our experience with a class of 900+ students and the use of the Active Learning Platform (echo360.org), which is a web-based software program that allows students to use their electronic devices to take notes, engage in clicker-type activities, and type in questions/answers for the lecturer and each other DURING class time.
Designing and Delivering a Multi-Mode Online Course: videos, webinars, group work, etc.Jan Mahrt-Smith I designed and delivered a graduate course for MBA students. The course was fully online - except final exam - and included videos, webinars, and online group work. I am happy to share the experience and offer suggestions based on what I think I got right and what I think I got wrong.
Developing ClassApp: BiologyStephanie Halldorson, Helen Rodd & Mike Spears ClassApp: Biology is a virtual binder of tips and information that your professor probably won't teach you, but you'll still be expected to know. It bridges the gap between high school and first-year biology, and it will remain an indispensable resource throughout all of your undergraduate years. ClassApp: Biology was developed by Stephanie Halldorson and Professor Helen Rodd and is based on the flexible UTKit app development framework created by Michael Spears at the UofT MADLab. UTKit allows authors to create unique cross-platform apps using a mix of HTML-based content and native UI elements. Helen Rodd and Michael Spears will describe the ClassApp, the authoring process and the features of UTKit.
How offering a MOOC can improve a regular credit courseJim Wallace This presentation will describe how experience gained delivering a MOOC was applied to improve an existing regular credit course, an advanced technical elective offered to final year undergraduates and beginning graduate students.
How to beat a cat: Effective Educational Video FormatsScott Ramsay As this is a talk at EdTech, my plan is to deliver (read: perform) a highly non-traditional presentation on the topic of educational video creation in which I will create a short educational video on the topic of, that’s right, educational video creation (very meta). Video formats that will be used in real-time and included in an educational video that will be posted to YouTube during the session include basic lecture capture, the webcam rant, green screen, screen capture, and the Khan Style Video or KSV. This presentation promises to be unlike anything you have seen in an academic conference so don’t miss it!
Ideas to action: developing an interactive module for chronic wound educationProf. Erica Cambly & Fareed Teja This presentation will highlight the process used to plan and develop an interactive Articulate module pertaining to wound care.
Integrating Calculus with Online TeachingShai Cohen A brief journey through the theory and reality of teaching an online calculus course: what we wanted to accomplish, what we were able to do, the difficulties along the way, and the pleasant surprises encountered.
Learning AnalyticsStian Håklev What is the state of Learning Analytics in higher education today?
Lights, Camera, Act Natural: Connecting with your Audience through Video Learning ObjectsLisa Romkey & Alan Chong In this presentation, we'll discuss and demonstrate how to act (and feel!) comfortable on camera and how to help others do the same. This session will even give some lucky participants a chance to try being on camera and gain some real-time feedback!
Mechanics Online: Challenges, Outcomes and Lessons LearntMichael Seica The presentation will go step-by-step through the initial preparation of the online course, the challenges encountered, the delivery and the feedback received.
MyMedia: The growing role of video in higher educationAndy Wagner Real examples of how university-wide access to online video technology is changing the student experience.
Online On-Ramps: Get Up To Speed on Accessible Design StrategiesLaurie Harrison & Will Heikoop This presentation will demonstrate two major principles of accessible design: how to create web objects and elearning materials to be perceivable and operable to all abilities in open online learning environments. Reference will be made to new provincial requirements and recognized guidelines, however the aim of this introductory session will be to orient instructors and designers to practical strategies.
Online Instructional Design at the TATPMegan Burnett & Michal Kasprzak This presentation will outline the rationale and framework of the Online Instructional Design model created at the Teaching Assistants’ Training Program (TATP) for the development of online training modules. Discussion will be centered on instructional design, use of technology, templates for design and development, and storyboarding.
A Student Panel on Real-Time Feedback and Student/Faculty EngagementModerated by: Micah Stickel A student panel discussion of how technology can be used to improve student/faculty engagement, with a focus on the use of systems such as Piazza, Top Hat, and Anonymous Course Feedback Systems.
Team Up! A tool for synchronous online group workMelody Neumann We've recently developed Team Up! to facilitate synchronous group work in online courses. In this case study, I will outline why we made the tool, how we made it, how it works (including its use in a real class), and some ideas for the next stages of its development.
|Venue 8 Tablet||DELL|
|HP Slate 7 Plus||University of Toronto Bookstore|
|Sweatshirt||University of Toronto Bookstore|
|2 x $50 Amazon Gift Cards||Gravic, Inc. - Remark Software|
|Prize Pack - Package with pen, bag, fleece, and notebook||Echo360|
SponsorsThank you to our generous sponsors for their sponsorship and prizes!
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|Infinite Octopus @InfiniteOctopus|
|The LabMS Suite is an LMS bolt-on built for flipping lab-based learning; Profs and TAs can convert existing labs in minutes, without changing learning objectives, equipment or infrastructure|
VendorsFrom e-Portfolios to test scaning to 3D printing and beyond, we are happy to be hosting a wide range of vendors at the 2013 workshop.We hope you'll spend a bit of time exploring the projects you'll see on May 01, 2015.
Gravic, Inc - Remark Software
EdTech Workshop 2013:
EdTech Workshop 2011:
- http://uoft.me/edtech1 (Introduction)
- http://uoft.me/edtech2 (Presentations with PowerPoint) and
- http://uoft.me/edtech2m4v (for iPod viewing)
- http://uoft.me/edtech3 (Conclusion and Laptop Giveaway)