Tech Fun Fridays

A fun way to learn and grow professionally on Fridays - featuring one-hour sessions/workshops focused on using educational technologies to enhance teaching and learning.

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In collaboration with the Distance Education (DE) Committee, the EMC is offering a new series of Tech Fun Fridays sessions to be offered completely online and synchronously (i.e. in live time) via Zoom. This semester, topics will be focused on Distance Education (DE) in support of the new DE Guidelines, in particular, DE Guideline 5 (Interaction). But you don't have to teach DE to participate and benefit from what you'll learn in these panel sessions and workshops. (Note: Sessions will be recorded and added to this page later.)

Please prepare a few days in advance to make sure you have everything you need and that your hardware will allow you to participate in a Zoom web conferencing session by following these instructions.

Friday
11:30am to 12:30pm

Topic Resources
Feb. 14

Panel for 5.1 Explain all instructor interaction and feedback and 5.2 Explain all student interaction expectations.

Panelists:

  • Carleen Yokotake
  • Mellissa Moody

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DE Guidelines

Feb. 21

Panel for 5.3 Provide activities and/or opportunities that build community.

Panelists:

  • Heather McCafferty
  • Allison Beale
  • Erika Molyneux

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DE Guidelines

Feb. 28

Workshop for 5.3 Provide activities and/or opportunities that build community. Featuring: Flipgrid.

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Anika Gearhart
  • Ashley Biddle

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DE Guidelines

Mar. 13

Panel for 5.4 Provide opportunities for student-to-student interaction.

Panelists:

  • P. Jayne Bopp
  • Donald Carreira Ching

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DE Guidelines

Mar. 27

Workshop for 5.4 Provide opportunities for student-to-student interaction. Featuring: Google Slides.

Workshop Facilitator: Cara Chang

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DE Guidelines

Apr. 3

Panel for 5.5 Provide opportunities for regular and substantive interaction between instructor and student.

Panelists:

  • Michael Cawdery
  • Naiad Wong

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Apr. 17

Workshop for 5.5 Provide opportunities for regular and substantive interaction between instructor and student. Featuring: Breakout Rooms in Zoom.

Workshop Facilitator: Warren Kawano

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Apr. 24

Panel for 5.6 Learning activities provide interaction that support active learning.

Panelists:

  • Jeff Judd
  • Susan Wood

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May 1

Workshop for 5.6 Learning activities provide interaction that support active learning. Featuring: Padlet

Workshop Facilitator: Donna Matsumoto

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DE Guidelines

Please join us for Tech Fun Fridays - a fun way to learn and grow professionally. Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will be held in LC-108A. There is no sign-up required for any of the sessions. Please bring a laptop or Chromebook.

Date Time Topic Resources
Aug 30 12 - 1 

Course Mapping Session 1 (2 part series)

Are you interested in teaching online or hybrid? Would you like to streamline your course? Come to this two-part session on course mapping. Course maps are useful visual tools which will get you started on the road to aligning your learning outcomes with your course materials, activities and assessments. You will come away with a better-organized course and an overall visual of how your course fits together.

[Presentation]

[Course Mapping Template]

Sep 6 12 - 1 

Course Mapping Session 2 (2 part series)

This session is a continuation of last week's Course Mapping session. In this session, you will continue working on your course map. You will then share it other participants and receive 1-1 help from your peers and workshop facilitators.

 
Sep 13 11:30 - 1:00

Google Docs Challenge

Experience the wonders of Google Documents, an online word processor that lets you create, edit, and collaborate with others. See how it can help you and your students or colleagues communicate and collaborate on shared Google Documents.

[Workshop website]
Sep 20 12 - 1

Zoom

Zoom is a web conferencing platform capable of video chat, screen share, and more! Come check out what Zoom has to offer, get your own free account, and try it out for yourself.

 
Sep 27

12 - 2

GT-105

Make Your Online Documents Accessible

In this session, you will learn to make your documents accessible by following easy tips and free software checkers. We will start with a simple practice document then you will move on to make your course syllabus accessible. There will be facilitators to provide you with 1-1 help. Bring an electronic copy of your syllabus.  Upon successful completion of an accessible syllabus, you will earn a digital badge!

[Presentation]

[Practice Document]

[Syllabus Template]

Oct 4

12 - 2

GT-105

Make Your Online Documents Accessible {repeated session}  
Oct 11 11:30-1:00

Gmail Challenge

Email can collect quickly and take up your time, but there are ways to be more efficient with email and utilize Gmail's features to take control of your inbox.

[Workshop Website]
Oct 18 12 - 1

H5P

This session is geared toward online and hybrid instructors who are interested in adding quick check-for-understanding activities to your online content. In this session, you will create an interactive online learning activity using H5P. These non-graded activities may be embedded into your course content for your students to use as self-checks.

 
Oct 25 12 -1  Capturing Video Like a Pro
Through hands-on activities, learn basic tips, techniques and best practices for shooting video using consumer gear (camcorders, phones, tablets, laptops).
 
Nov 1 12 - 1

Flipgrid

Flipgrid is a video discussion platform, post questions and spark thoughtful video responses.  Increase student engagement while giving them a voice. Flipgrid works well as a formative assessment tool.

 
Nov 8 12 - 1 CES
Are your online course evaluations setup for this semester? CES provides valuable feedback to the instructor. If you are new to CES, come to this session. You will login to the CES site and add your own questions to create a course evaluation for each of your courses. Tips on how to get the best response rate will be shared.
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Nov 15 12 - 1 Quizlet Live
Quizlet Live is an in-class, team-based learning game tool. In this session, learn how to use Quizlet Live to integrate technology into the classroom for small group learning activities. Go to Quizlet Live to participate in a Quizlet Live activity.
 
Nov 22 12 - 1

Use Your Voice to Type (Accessibility)

Are you a hunt-and-peck typist? Do you have a repetitive strain injury or another hand injury? Or do your thoughts come more easily by talking over typing? Come to this session where you will learn how easy it is to use your voice to type!

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At the end of each session, please complete the workshop survey.