Summer Technology Institute 2015 Recap

Thanks to everyone who attended the Summer Technology Institute on May 20, 2015! It was a great day for faculty and staff to collaborate on ways to improve teaching and learning through technology here at La Salle.

SI2015-welshIn the Creating a Structure to Engage Students and Improve Learning session, Preston Feden (Education) discussed the concept of scaffolding through a hands-on demonstration and the six-step approach for applying it in any course. Then, Patricia Bicknell (Nursing) demonstrated how she uses Canvas Pages to provide support to her learners. Finally, Sherri Place (Instructional Design) led participants through activities to build scaffolding right into Canvas courses. Here’s a link to the handout from the Creating a Structure to Engage Students and Improve Learning session.


weaverIn their session Getting and Analyzing Student Data to Inform Instruction, Peggy McCoey (CIS/ITL), Bill Weaver (ISBT), and Jess Morris (Instructional Design) demonstrated multiple methods for collecting and analyzing student data in Canvas. Participants also considered how to use that data to inform our current and future courses. Here is a link to a companion course to this session in Canvas.

In the session on Using Canvas for Formative Assessment, Bro. Gerry Molyneaux (Communication), Jeannie Welsh (Accounting), and Megan Schoen (English) presented examples of how to leverage reflection assignments, peer review, and online quizzes in Canvas to provide students with frequent opportunities for formative assessment. Participants discussed how to use Canvas and other technology tools to make assignments run smoothly in courses, maximize class time, and keep students informed about their progress. Here’s a link to the Prezi from this session and the handout with takeaways.

gognoAt the lunch session, attendees had time to connect and share strategies with their colleagues. Lunch was followed by a panel discussion featuring Greg Bruce (School of Business), Susan Dixon (Fine Arts), and Patt O’Connor (Nursing) on how to adapt teaching tools and strategies based on the types of students and courses you teach. The panel discussion was facilitated by Greer Richardson (Education).

We’re looking forward to seeing you all again at another great Summer Technology Institute next year!