Workshops and Learning Opportunities

Teaching with annotation: VoiceThread, Hypothesis, and video comments

The collaborative annotation of course materials can help students identify key course ideas and encourage close-reading.  Annotation activities can also provide prompts for in-class discussion, and serve as a lasting, unique document of activities in a course. Several tools for annotation are available to Princeton courses. VoiceThread, available through Blackboard and Canvas, allows participants to add text, audio, or video comments to images, presentation slides, and video. Hypothesis, a platform for annotating documents on the web, provides a threaded discussion to your course PDF readings. Finally, the McGraw Commons course blog platform extends its commenting tools to add time-coded comments to embedded videos. This one-hour session will provide an introduction to these tools and provide hands-on practice using VoiceThread and Hypothesis. 

 

Digital assignments: podcasting

Podcasts can make for approachable and engaging project-based learning experiences that challenge students skills to communicate their scholarly work in a popular media format. This workshop will prepare participants to plan a podcast project for their courses. Topics covered include an overview of the creation process, what students can get out of podcast projects, examples of podcast assignments at Princeton, and a discussion of the resources available to support student work. Special attention will be paid to considerations for students working remotely.

 

Teaching Interactively with Zoom

In this session we’ll model strategies for creating a more interactive Zoom class, demonstrating options that exist within Zoom, as well as some tools can be used in conjunction with it, such as Mentimeter. By the end of this one-hour session, you will have strategies for improving the interactivity of your Zoom-hosted class, as well as with instructions for how to use the tools.

 

Best Practices for Video Production 

Would you like to improve the quality of your live or recorded lectures? This workshop is for faculty interested in learning how to raise the level of their online course videos. We will explore best practices for video production including lighting, audio, video and editing. Which tools are right for your course? We will recommend some techniques to help you create a high quality video experience as well as offer a few suggestions on how to appear more engaging on camera.

 

Course blogs with McGraw Commons

A course blog can add a project-based focal point for the academic work done in a course, allowing students and faculty to review, comment upon, and publish scholarly work, as well as encourage a sense of collaboration and community within a course. Blogs can incorporate multimedia, encouraging students to illustrate their writings with images, audio, and video, and can give students unique opportunities to write for audiences beyond the class or even the University. McGraw Commons, a website publishing platform based on the popular Wordpress blogging platform, is hosted by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and provides blogs for Princeton coursework. This one-hour session will provide an overview of the platform, examples of past course blogs, and ideas for using blogs effectively in course assignments. 

 

Digital assignments: maps and timelines

Digital assignments that incorporate tools for creating maps and timelines offer students opportunities to work with course content in novel, creative, and 'hands-on' ways. These types of assignments can also reinforce student understanding by requiring them to visualize course content in new contexts and media, and can serve to motivate students by creating an artifact that persists beyond the semester. This one-hour session will introduce participants to a few easy-to-use online tools that have proven successful for digital assignments in Princeton courses, including Google MyMaps, StoryMapJS, TimelineJS, and ArcGIS Online.

 

Creating pedagogical breakout room activities

In this session, we’ll explore pedagogical uses of Zoom breakout rooms by taking a principled design approach to creating discussions, collaborations, and practice time in support of course learning and performance objectives.  From participation in the workshop, you will gain insight into designing breakout room activities, a list of examples of breakout room uses, as well as first-hand experience participating in breakout rooms.