Events & Workshops

Spring 2019 Training Opportunities

Cascade Trainings

March 13th 2-3pm
April 29th 1-2pm
May 21st 11am-12pm
All trainings are in PAC 100

 

Spring 2019 Compass Workshops

Together with the Libraries and CPI, Academic Technology is pleased to announce the launch of a new workshop series: Compass. Pairing faculty presentations on creative pedagogical practices with librarian and staff how-to workshops, through the Compass series, we aim to give faculty a forum to share their innovative practices combined with the support to help others approach their research and teaching in new ways.

 February 14, 2019
12:00-1:00 pm
ALLB 311

Synthesizing Image and Text in the Classroom: A Case Study from the Life of the Buddha

The challenges of studying visual art, literature, and their institutional contexts in a synthetic fashion are acute throughout the humanities today. This workshop will present some digital approaches to integrating image and text for the classroom using the Mirador and StoryMap platforms. Examples will draw on the Life of the Buddha project.

Presenter: Andrew Quintman, Associate Professor, Religion and East Asian Studies

February 25, 2019
12:15-1:15 pm                  
ALLB 311

Collaborative and Active Reading through Digital Annotation

To become a more active reader (we are taught), we must think of ourselves as in dialogue with the text we are reading and scribble notes in the margin. Increasingly, however, students rely on digital editions that necessarily change the way they interact with the text. Digital annotation preserves the ancient practice of annotation, while creating new opportunities for interaction and collaboration. In this Compass, we will discuss the opportunities digital annotation tools, specifically hypothesis.is, create for new forms of student engagement, allowing them to share ideas, interpretations, references, or media that significantly change the way students acquire and produce knowledge.

Presenter: Rachel Schnepper, Director of Academic Technology, ITS

February 27, 2019
12:15-1:15 pm
USDAN 108

Anxiety to Creativity: Utilizing Uncertainty in the Classroom, Part 1

The student experience of uncertainty often contains significant anxiety about the future. However, uncertainty is also something that can be harnessed to enhance creative and complex thinking. This workshop explores ways in which uncertainty can be utilized in the classroom to encourage exploration and adaptability, and lessen anxiety and fear of failure.

Part 1 will include a presentation and discussion.

Presenter: Tess Bird, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for Writing in the Social Sciences

March 6, 2019
12:15-1:15 pm
Woodhead Lounge

Anxiety to Creativity: Utilizing Uncertainty in the Classroom, Part 2

The student experience of uncertainty often contains significant anxiety about the future. However, uncertainty is also something that can be harnessed to enhance creative and complex thinking. This workshop explores ways in which uncertainty can be utilized in the classroom to encourage exploration and adaptability, and lessen anxiety and fear of failure.

Part 2 will include an activity and more in-depth discussion about teaching methods.

Presenter: Tess Bird, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for Writing in the Social Sciences

April 3, 2019
12:15-1:15 pm
USDAN 108

The Liberal Arts, OER, and You!  Engaging with open educational resources at Wesleyan

Did you know that over the past thirty years the average cost of college textbooks has risen more than 800%? Or that more than 60% of students will skip purchasing a textbook at some point due to how expensive they are?  Wesleyan’s students are not immune from the impact of rising textbook costs!  

Open Educational Resources (OER) can help!  These openly licensed textbooks, documents, and media are typically low- or even no-cost, but just as academically rigorous as traditional textbooks.  During this Compass event, a panel of faculty and students will introduce OER and its advantages, share reasons for using these resources, and discuss how these materials have been integrated into their courses.  

Join us for a timely discussion about these alternative teaching resources that are gaining support among institutions of higher education.   

Speakers include:  Demetrius Colvin (Student Resource Center),  Brian Stewart (Physics),  and Wesleyan Student Association representatives

April 17, 2019
12:15-1:15 pm
Boger 115

Sensus Access

Presenter:  Crystal Rose Hill, Accessibility Specialist