DEIT This Week: Hands-On with Zoom and Panopto, How to Teach a Good First Day

Faculty colleagues, welcome back! Here are a couple ways for you to get your hands dirty with instructional technology this week. If these times don’t work for you, call us or send us an email to make a one-on-one appointment with a DEIT instructional designer or technologist.

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Contact DEIT at 610-282-1100 x2290, or visit us in Dooling 40.

ZoomZoom Hands-On Training, Wednesday, January 16, 7PM online

Zoom is DeSales University’s new official web conferencing system. Yes, you can use it for online classes, but you can also use it for meetings with people on or off campus, to bring remote guest speakers into your traditional classroom, or to have a video call with friends and family. Students can also use Zoom to collaborate in the context of classes or co-curricular activities. Logon Wednesday evening and learn what Zoom can do for you.

PanoptoPanopto Hands-On Training, Saturday, January 19, 10AM, Dooling 40

Panopto is DeSales University’s official system for recording lectures and presentations. You can record audio and video, share slides or other content from your computer, and present it to students in a way that it conducive to their learning. You can even embed quiz questions in your videos to hold your students’ attention. Bring your laptop to the session if you have one!

BONUS: How to Teach a Good First Day of Class

This resource from James Lang of Assumption College was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education on January 4. Dr. Lang has tips on getting your course off to a good start by harnessing the curiosity of your students, building community, getting students engaged in learning right away, and setting expectations. Whether you are relatively new to teaching or a grizzled veteran, there may be a new idea for you. Among other things, Dr. Lang is the author of the book Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning. We have a copy in DEIT if you’d like to borrow it.