Spring Cleaning 2021

UCSC Online Education and CITL present...

spring cleaning workshops 2021

Spruce up your remote courses & discover new teaching tools that spark joy!

In our current pandemic reality, it may seem like every day is the same. (Another day, another Zoom room...) However, the tech tools and remote teaching methods we had at start of the pandemic and those available to us now are *anything* but the same!

In collaboration with CITL, Online Education is offering a two-day workshop event to help you make the most of both new and familiar tech tools for remote teaching. Topics include large lecture engagement, equity and inclusion, tech talks and more!

RSVP using the links provided for each workshop below.

day 1: March 18, 2021

Registration: Use the individual links attached to workshop titles to register.


9:00-10:15Large Lecture Engagement

Let’s get together to learn & share strategies for keeping our students’ attention in large lecture courses. Facilitated by experienced instructors who love what they do, this session aims to be accessible to the tech novice and the tech savvy. Whether you’d like to prep your large lecture activities well in advance or set them up on the fly, this workshop is for you!

Presenters: Megan McNamara & Caitlin Binder


10:30-11:20Tech Talk 1: YuJa - Common Questions and Best Practices

In this workshop, we will be addressing common questions about using YuJa, such as how YuJa connects to Zoom Cloud and how to share your media in Canvas. We will also be providing an overview of best practices and how-to when it comes to managing closed captions. If you have questions about using YuJa, please bring them to this session.

Presenter: Dana Conard & Aaron Zachmeier


11:30-12:30Taking Remote Presentations to the Next Level

Social media and other online platforms can teach us a lot about keeping our students' attention and about setting up creative ways for students to present their work remotely. This workshop explores ways to add personality and on-screen action to Zoom classes and presentations - for yourself and your students. We will focus this discussion around 2 areas: working with tablets to create professional-quality presentation components, and using Canvas as a way for students to more easily connect + present their work. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and ideas for engagement.

Tablet users are encouraged to share how they use their devices for engagement in this workshop.

Presenters: Caitlin Binder & Kristen Gillette


12:45-1:30 — Setting Up a Home Video Recording Studio

We’ll show you simple camera, microphone and recording software setups that will help improve the production quality of your lecture videos.

Presenter: Vernon Legakis


2:00 – 3:00pm - Daily Office Hours (no registration required - if prompted, the passcode is 'help')

This is the best place to get expert answers about any technology you are using in your class. We can help with Canvas, Zoom, YuJa, Hypothesis, Gradescope, SETs, and more! Please join us at any time - this drop-in daily office hour is hosted by Online Education and FITC.


day 2: March 19, 2021

Registration: Use the individual links attached to workshop titles to register.


9:00-9:50Equity and Inclusion in Remote Instruction: Practical Strategies

When classes shifted suddenly to remote instruction in March 2020, many instructors found that our strategies for creating an equitable, inclusive, and welcoming classroom community did not translate easily to an online setting. This workshop offers practical ways to humanize your (online) presence as an instructor, demystify the expectations of your course, foster community among students, and other best practices for equity that are specific to remote instruction.

Presenter: Megan Alpine & Noori Chai


10:00-10:50 — Tech Talk 2: What's New in the Zoom Room?

This interactive workshop invites educators to experience tools and techniques that encourage student engagement and active learning during real-time remote learning sessions on Zoom. We’ll not only demonstrate the how-tos of important Zoom features (such as how to utilize break-out rooms, how to use digital whiteboards, how to give presentations on Zoom) but also share tips for making live Zoom sessions effective (such as ideas for making small group work work). We’ll also review important information regarding accessibility and student security/privacy, and provide you with further resources for exploring the Zoom functionality that best suits your teaching. New features we'll show include Studio Effects, slides as virtual backgrounds, self-selecting breakout rooms, using mmhmm, and the Snapchat filter.

Presenters: Aaron Zachmeier & Kendra Dority


11:00-11:50 — Tech Talk 3: Hypothesis and Collaborative Annotation

Learn about how Hypothesis promotes active reading through collaborative annotation. There will be a hands-on demonstration of the Canvas integration and a discussion on unique ways to use Hypothesis.

Presenters: Dana Conard & Stacey Knapp


12:00-1:00 — Canvas: Grading, Collaboration, and People Tools

This workshop will explore setting up Canvas assignments and weighted groups, making the most of the Canvas Gradebook, using SpeedGrader, and facilitating collaboration with the People tool. This workshop is ideal for anyone involved in grading and/or interested in efficient ways to incorporate collaborative projects in their courses.

Presenters: Aaron Zachmeier & Stacey Knapp


2:00 – 3:00pm - Daily Office Hours (no registration required - if prompted, the passcode is 'help')

This is the best place to get expert answers about any technology you are using in your class. We can help with Canvas, Zoom, YuJa, Hypothesis, Gradescope, SETs, and more! Please join us at any time - this drop-in daily office hour is hosted by Online Education and FITC.


workshop presenters

Megan McNamara

Instructional Designer

Caitlin Binder

STEM Course Design Faculty Fellow

Dana Conard
Instructional Technology Specialist

Kristen Gillette

Instructional Designer

Stacey Knapp

Instructional Designer

Vernon Legakis

Videographer

Megan Alpine

Instructional Equity Coordinator

Noori Chai

STEM Equity Coordinator

Aaron Zachmeier

OE Associate Director for Instructional Design and Development

Kendra Dority

CITL Associate Director for Graduate Programs