LACOL 2018 Teaching with Tech ⚡Lightning⚡and (((Thunder))) Round

Session: Teaching with Tech ⚡Lightning⚡ and (((Thunder))) Round
Date/Time: Thursday, May 31, NOON – 1:30pm (over lunch)

In the lightning round, LACOL faculty and staff will share an idea or demo – JUST FIVE MINUTES OR LESS – on a digital tool or teaching technique.  Some presentations are flipped – see videos below – so that more time can be devoted to discussion – that’s the thunder.

Lineup and Video Gallery – Watch!

Long term Collaborative Class – Carleton & Addis Ababa U.

Deborah Gross, Professor of Chemistry, Carleton College

Using video conferencing, chemistry students at Carleton College and Addis Ababa University are working together on projects, meeting together via video approximately once per week. This presentation shares the successes and challenges of teaching and learning in a globally connected classroom.

Highlighting Digital Tools for 3 Data Science Skills

Ella Foster-Molina, Social Sciences Quantitative Laboratory Associate, Swarthmore College

The Social Sciences Quantitative Laboratory at Swarthmore College has developed a series of workshops designed to develop data analysis skills. These workshops rely heavily on a variety of digital tools to allow students to interact with, be amused by, and engage the theory behind data. This talk highlights a few digital tools used to teach: (1) theory building, (2) p-hacking, and (3) programming. All links included in the video can be found here.

Interactive Resources You Can Use

Jennifer SpohrerDirector of Educational Technology, Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr and several partner colleges have created online interactive materials for “just in time” math skills development and for an undergraduate course in research methods and statistics. These faculty developed and field-tested materials can be adopted and adapted by other faculty for their own uses.

Level Up!

Chico Zimmerman, Professor of Classics, Carleton College

For learning Latin and Greek, faculty at Carleton have been exploring aspects of student meta-cognition using the Level Up! gamification plug-in in Moodle.

Where Do You Think You’re From? Understanding America’s Immigrant History Through Genealogy

Andy Anderson, Academic Technology Specialist, Amherst College

In response to increasing nativist sentiments in the US, I introduced a January-term class where students explored their family’s history, with the goal of helping them discover their immigrant roots. Students learned archival research techniques using online sources for census data, periodicals, passenger lists, etc., compile this information into a free database program, and share it with others through online networks. The course will be expanded this fall to a first-year seminar where historical context and optional DNA analysis will become part of each student’s story.

Instructional Videos – Tips and Tools (featuring the Little Prompter)

Dann Hurlburt, Media & Design Specialist

Video use is growing dramatically in higher education for lots of reasons.  You can instruct, evaluate, critique, report, blend, and flip with it.  You can also flop with it.  Dann Hurlbert will share a few tips and demo a gadget called the Little Prompter that can help anyone narrate like a pro.

WATCH: How to Make and Instructional Video (60 seconds – with inline assessment)


Experiments Sharing Mathematics and Statistics Classes Online

Jingchen (Monika) Hu, Assistant Professor of Statistics, Vassar College
Steven Miller, Professor of Mathematics, Williams College


Digital Storytelling Violence – A Tale of Best Practices Combining Ancient Literature and American Film

Baynard Bailey, Academic Technologist, Vassar College

Google Trends as a Research Tool

Jonathan Leamon, Director of Instructional Technology, Williams College

Google Trends is a search analysis tool that shows how often a particular search-term is entered in Google relative to the total search-volume across various regions and languages of the world since 2004.  This talk will highlight some ways the tool is being used for research at Williams.

Lunchtime presentation!

Building the Campus of the Future: 3D Technologies in Academe

Ben Salzman, Educational Technologist, Hamilton College

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are being utilized to create immersive learning environments on campus. I will highlight two projects at Hamilton and share some tools that that are well suited for use in a liberal arts context.

Lunchtime presentation!

A Tutorial Course in Numerical Problem Solving

Mihai Stoiciu, Professor of Mathematics, Williams College

We will give a brief description of a tutorial course titled “Numerical Problem Solving”, developed at Williams College a few years ago. The main goal of this course was to teach students how to to use computers to do quantitative science. We will explain how various concepts and ideas in mathematics and science can be explored using numerical methods and computer programming. We will also show how certain features of the software we used (Wolfram Mathematica) allowed us to investigate and explore in detail various complex mathematical concepts.

Lunchtime presentation!