For Educators: 9/21 Teaching with technology lunch

What’s your contingency plan when you can’t make it to class? What will your students do while your mid-semester conference whisks you away? Or when the campus flu strikes you down? Having a pre-planned answer to the “what if” can see you through disasters or blips in your day.

Bring your Plan B ideas and share them in a discussion led by Catharina Coenen, Professor of Biology and Director of Faculty Development.

When: Friday, September 21
Lunch will be served beginning at noon, and the discussion will begin at 12:20
Where: Pelletier Collaboratory
Please register here.

Sakai unavailable August 2, 2018 until 12:30 pm

Sakai will be unavailable on Thursday, August 2nd, from 6:00 am until 12:30 pm due to a scheduled update. The new version will have improved usability, a better mobile experience, and other enhancements. More information will be coming soon.

Switch to Drive File Stream before May 12th

The Google Drive desktop app is shutting down on May 12th. If you are still using Google Drive, you need to switch to Drive File Stream to keep your files backed up and secure.  File Stream is an easy way to move and organize your data, and much easier to use than the Google Drive sync app.

With File Stream you can:

  • View and organize files in your computer’s native file system, such as Explorer in Windows or Finder in Mac OS X.
  • Open files in their native applications installed on your computer.
  • Mark specific files or folders for offline use so that they are accessible when you know you will be without internet access.
  • See all of your files in Google Drive without using storage space on your computer.
  • You can stop using MS Office and begin using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Is this important to you? Yes. Keeping your data secure and backed up is your responsibility–ITS will no longer transfer or restore data during computer upgrades, repairs, or replacements.  For more information see the File Stream tutorial or contact the InfoDesk.

For Faculty: Teaching Tidbits/Teaching with Technology Lunch–March 12

For Faculty: Monday, March 12th

Teaching Tidbits/Teaching with Technology Lunch
Flipped Classrooms without Problem Sets

Where: Pelletier Collaboratory
When: Monday, March 12th at noon
Register here

Are you interested in flipping a class but don’t know how to start?  Lee Coates will discuss his recent experience of flipping his Animal Physiology (Bio 380) course without using problem sets.  He’ll discuss the format for the flipped class, technology for pre-class assignments and videos, in-class activities, and assessment data comparing student learning before and after flipping the class.

Lunch will be served at noon and the presentation will begin at 12:20 pm in the Pelletier Collaboratory on Monday, March 12th. Register at this link.

Get (H)appy in the Classroom

Please join us for the first Teaching with Technology lunch of the spring semester, co-hosted by Teaching Tidbits. We will meet on Monday, January 29, in the Pelletier Collaboratory to discuss the use of smartphone apps for teaching. We will cover apps to help with grading multiple choice tests and quizzes (ZipGrade), collecting audience responses (PollEverywhere), and managing class-relevant web content for offline access (Pocket). Please feel free to share your experience with other apps you might use for teaching including, but not limited to, Kahoot, GoodNotes, Hemingway, Socrative, etc. Lunch will be served at noon and the presentation will begin at 12:20 pm in the Pelletier Collaboratory on Monday, January 29th. Register at this link.

Sakai Update January 3rd

Sakai will be unavailable the morning of January 3rd.

On Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Allegheny Sakai will be updated. Please note: all Sakai services will be unavailable from 5 am to noon on January 3.