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Upcoming workshops
Jul
24
AR / VR in the Classroom

Facilitator: Elizabeth Royal

Augmented reality and virtual reality has taken off in the higher education classroom. Over the last five years, use of VR has increased 85% in educational settings. There are some great case studies and examples of best practices emerging from instructors all over the world. This workshop walks you through several exampls of how innovative instructors have used this in their opwn classrooms and shows you how to incorporate this into your own classroom in simple, easy-to-access ways.

10:00 am – 10:50 am
Jul
24
Creating AR / VR models

Facilitator: Anthony Cressey

This session will explore the creative aspect of incorporating AR / VR into your course. Available on PCs running Windows 10, Paint 3D is a great tool to add those creative elements. It can sometimes be a challenge to keep things interesting, so help your students stay engaged by adding fun 3D elements to your curriculum. This workshop will cover some basic functions of Paint 3D to get your creative juices flowing.

11:00 am – 11:50 am
Jul
25
Stepping Up Your Lecture Game

Facilitator: Russell Davidson

The current story around lecturing is that it is bad and boring, ineffective, and should be avoided at all costs. But the truth of the matter is, sometimes a lecture is the best way to communicate a concept or process. The question then becomes: how can we make our lectures more effective? In this session we will look at some strategies and techniques that you can use to make your lectures more engaging and memorable, whether you're lecturing online or in the classroom.

 

 

10:00 am – 10:50 am
Jul
25
Wireless Devices: From Distraction to Engagement

Facilitator: Nathan Blume

Restricting students' use of laptops and phones in the classroom ahs been shown to reduce student distraction. But it's difficult to enforce and prevents students from using devices for note-taking or research. Studies have shown that including interactive tasks such as formative assessment can help to maintain student focus without restricting the use of wireless devices. In this session we'll explore the Top Hat Classroom system and other tools that run on students' devices.

11:00 am – 11:50 am
Jul
26
#AMINEXT? Classroom Conversations in the Shadow of Gun Violence

Facilitator: Elizabeth Royal

Gun violence has a marked effect on the way we conduct business on campus, the way we feel when we send our kids off to school, and the way we conduct conversations in our classrooms. It has also become increasingly clear that classroom climates are echoing the politically divided climate in our country. This makes the work of fostering civil discourse, maintaining professional neutrality, and creating inclusive environments more difficult but more imperative than ever. Research shows that schools who are proactive and equip teachers to face these challenging situations head on have significantly better outcomes for classroom management and the welfare of their students and faculty. This workshop is designed to give instructors a toolkit to draw from to help them navigate classroom conversations about gun violence, school shootings, or community injustice.

10:00 am – 10:50 am
Jul
26
Roundtable Discussion

Facilitators: Elizabeth Royal | Russell Davidson

We close our Summer Series with open discussion. Share your ideas, your concerns, your plans with your colleagues. What has you excited about teaching next term? Is anything causing trepidation? Do you have a plan for an approach or activity that you want to share or get input on? As part of this discussion, you can also help IDS shape our coming workshops -- what topics would you like to see us address in the coming year?

11:00 am – 11:50 am

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