Join us for the 2024 Summer Digital Teaching and Learning Series, August 21-23, 2024!

This year’s series will have 3 tracks:

  • Using Group Work as a Pedagogical Tool
  • Using Generative AI in the Classroom
  • Digital Storytelling

Each track will have 3 sessions; attend all 3 sessions in a track to receive a certificate of completion. Sessions will take place online via Zoom.

The strategies and approaches introduced in these sessions can be implemented in multiple modalities, including in primarily on-ground courses, hybrid courses, and fully online courses. So no matter in what modality you are teaching this fall, you’ll find ideas to support student learning in your course.

Check out the session details below!

HOW DO I REGISTER?
At the bottom of the page you will find one registration form that covers all the tracks and individual sessions. You can register for as many or as few individual sessions as you would like, within a track, or across tracks.

Using Group Work as a Pedagogical Tool Session Details

August 21, 2024

9-10 am PT / noon-1 pm ET

In this dynamic session, we’ll delve into the art of fostering collaboration within your classroom through the design of group work projects. Whether you’re a seasoned educator or brand new to the classroom, join us as we explore the essential components of successful group work. We will discuss:

  • Fine tuning your rationale behind collaborative projects
  • Considering how both process and product will be handled
  • Methods for assessing group work
  • Practical insights that you can use to guide your students

By the end of this workshop, you’ll walk away with a robust toolkit of strategies to transform your next group assignment into an engaging and enriching experience for both you and your students.

 

August 23, 2024

9-10 am PT / noon-1 pm ET

A Sample Classroom Workshop Where You’re the Student!

In the final workshop of this thread we’ll walk you through a workshop activity that we have used both at the beginning and mid-point of classes using group work. Participants will experience the workshop as students and will take part in the different activities to view the workshop from a student point of view. We’ll provide materials so that you can take this workshop and immediately put it into practice in your class.

 

Using Generative AI in the Classroom Session Details

August 21, 2024

11-noon PT / 2-3 pm ET

In this session, we’ll explore ways to start using generative AI in your courses this fall. Topics covered will include:

  • Practical Use Cases: Explore real-world examples of how AI can enhance teaching.
  • Tools for Implementation: Learn about specific tools you can start using right away.
  • Student Engagement: Understand how AI can improve student participation.
  • Efficient Course Preparation: Discover ways to streamline your course materials.
  • Unique Learning Experiences: Explore creative approaches enabled by AI.
  • Informed Decision-Making: Consider challenges and make informed choices.

August 22, 2024

11-noon PT / 2-3 pm ET

Explore approaches that embrace, rather than restrict, the use of generative AI in educational settings. This session will cover topics such as:

  • Clear Learning Objectives: Develop strategies for establishing clear learning objectives that incorporate AI tools, with a focus on critical thinking and effective AI use.
  • Structuring Activities: Learn how to structure activities and assessments that leverage AI capabilities while maintaining academic integrity.
  • Evaluating Student Work: Discuss methods for evaluating students’ work in an AI-enhanced learning environment, emphasizing process, creativity, and thoughtful application of AI-generated content.

August 23, 2024

11-noon PT / 2-3 pm ET

Prompting matters! How you and your students interact with generative AI can have a big impact on how useful those tools are for supporting learning. This session will cover:

  • Importance of Prompting: Explore the impact of effective prompts on generative AI tools.
  • Hands-On Techniques: Try out practical prompting techniques during the workshop.
  • Teaching Students About Prompting: Learn how to teach students about effective prompting.
  • Assignment Strategies: Discover strategies for incorporating prompting support into AI-based assignments.

Digital Storytelling Session Details

August 21, 2024

12:30-1:45 pm PT / 3:30-4:45 pm ET

In this session, we’ll delve into digital storytelling as a classroom activity. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Pedagogy: We’ll discuss how to structure and assess digital storytelling activities based on your course learning objectives.
  • Tools: We’ll provide a short intro to some popular digital storytelling tools available at Middlebury. (Join us at session 2 or 3 if you’re interested in exploring specific tech tools in-depth.)
  • Examples: We’ll showcase sample digital storytelling projects and lesson plans.

Session Length: 75 minutes, with the last 15 minutes optional for attendees and reserved for addressing questions related to your specific course activities.

 

August 22, 2024

12:30-2 pm PT / 3:30-5 pm ET

In this session, we’ll dive into some specific tools available at Middlebury that work particularly well for multimodal digital storytelling. Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • StoryMaps: An easy-to-use platform for building interactive, media-rich online digital stories, we’ll demo key features and how to set up a basic story.
  • Survey123: A robust survey creation tool that seamlessly integrates with StoryMaps, we’ll demo key features and how to set up a basic survey.
  • ArcGIS Online: A powerful mapping tool, we’ll demo some basic features and how to integrate a map into a digital story.
  • Examples: We’ll showcase sample projects and products created using all these tools.

Note: these tools can work equally well on the instructor side as a tool for delivering learning activities, in addition to as a tool for student work. We’ll provide some examples that illustrate this.

Session Length: 90 minutes, with the last 30 minutes optional for attendees and reserved for hands-on practice to explore the tools on your own, with the workshop facilitators available to answer any questions that arise.

 

August 23, 2024

12:30-2 pm PT / 3:30-5 pm ET

In this session, we’ll dive into some specific tools available at Middlebury for capturing and editing video and audio content. Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Adobe Rush: An easy-to-use digital platform for capturing and editing video, we’ll demo key features and how to do some basic video editing.
  • Audacity: An easy-to-use digital platform for capturing and editing audio, we’ll demo key features and how to do some basic audio editing.
  • Examples: We’ll showcase sample projects and products created using both these tools.

Session Length: 90 minutes, with the last 30 minutes optional for attendees and reserved for hands-on practice to explore the tools on your own, with the workshop facilitators available to answer any questions that arise.

 

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