Project-Based Learning Workshop Series – Save the Dates!

ETS will host a fall workshop series on Project-Based Learning. Kris Wobbe, the director from the Center for Project-Based Learning1 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute will lead each 90-minute workshop.

All who attend will receive a copy of Project-Based Learning in the First Year: Beyond all Expectations (Stylus, 2019).

Dates and Topics: 

Thursday, Aug 18 – 10:00 am – 11:30 am 

TopicSupporting Equitable and Effective Student Teams

Outcomes: Participants will

  • Understand how to support student work on teams
  • Have a better understanding of and ability to promote an equitable classroom culture
  • Use tools to foster a culture of equity so that all students have a better chance of benefiting from teamwork

Thursday, Sept 22 – Common Hour (11:30-1:00)

TopicPBL as a First Year and General Education Strategy

Outcomes: Participants will

  • Identify advantages of using PBL in first year and gen ed courses
  • Identify key challenges and supports needed to effectively use PBL in these courses
  • Examine example projects from first year and gen ed courses

Tuesday, Oct 18 – Fall Break Day 2  (10:00-11:00)

TopicPBL in Capstone Courses

Outcomes: Participants will

  • Identify advantages of using PBL in capstones
  • Examine example projects and range of deliverables from capstone courses
  • Discuss the possibilities of sponsored projects

Thursday, Nov 17 – Common Hour  (11:30-1:00)

TopicFeedback, Evaluation and Assessment Strategies for PBL

Outcomes: Participants will

  • Discuss best practices for providing feedback to & evaluation of students during PBL
  • Identify mechanisms for supporting assessment of individuals in team-based projects
  • Explore use of peer-feedback and review during PBL

1 Worcester Polytechnic Institute has nearly 50 years of experience in project-based learning.

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Up Your Game with Google

This week ETS shares a top 5 list of Gmail and Drive “must know” features that could make your digital life easier.

Our top 5 are (drumroll, please):

  1. Gmail templates
  2. Confidential mode
  3. Delayed sending
  4. Blocking downloading, printing, and copying in Drive
  5. Named revisions 

Feature #1
Let’s start with Gmail templates. Do you receive the same or similar questions frequently and are you tired of typing the same response over and over again?

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Give Your Fingers a Rest!

microphoneWe are at that time of the academic year when we feel pressed for time. Voice Typing may offer you a time saving solution. We generally speak faster than we type, even if we possess pretty good typing skills. The Voice Typing tool allows you to dictate and format in Google Docs and in the speaker notes section of Google Slides.

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Turn to Lexend Fonts!!

“We need to get past the ‘one size fits all’ thinking.
Lexend is not just the font, it’s also a tool like a pair of glasses
that can be specifically measured to create the optimum outcome.”

 ~ Dr. Bonnie Shaver-Troup

What is so special about the Lexend fonts?

These free fonts were designed specifically to adjust to each individual’s visual needs.

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Zotero to the Rescue!

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free open source app that helps you gather and organize your research any way that you want.

What can Zotero do for me and my students?

Zotero allows the creation of private as well as shared collection spaces and each gathered resource can be tagged with keywords. These keywords can be searched on.

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Let’s Get Social

What is social annotation?

Social annotation brings the individual experience of marking up a text with highlights, notes and questions to a shared online space where individuals can now share their mark ups and commentary as well as respond to each other’s comments and questions.

Why use social annotation?

“When we read and think together, a text can become a richer learning object.

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Workshop: “Seeing Through Your Text with Voyant: Low Barrier Text Analysis in the Classroom”

**Workshop sign up coming soon**


On Saturday, December 4, the Ohio Five CODEX team hosted a workshop titled “Seeing Through Your Text with Voyant: Low Barrier Text Analysis in the Classroom.” As one of the main presenters, I can tell you without any bias that this was the best workshop that has ever been done in the Ohio 5.

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Press Pause

Last week I came down with something and spent 15 hours asleep in one day. It was my body’s way of saying it’s time to take a break, it’s time to get away from all the screens, it’s time to pause. During my time in bed, I had the rare opportunity to watch a squirrel build its nest, which I later discovered is called a drey, in the massive oak tree just outside my bedroom window.

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Scheduling Advising Appointments

Leaves are falling, the air is crisp, and, once again, it is time for Denison students to register for spring classes. Along with course registration comes opportunities for students to make advising appointments with faculty members. Gone are the days when you had to email students back and forth 20 times to find a perfect time for an advising session.

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Library Technology Spaces

As we all have been so busy dealing with quarantines, Zoom meetings, virtual classes, hybrid in-person spaces, and all the other struggles that have become normal during the last 18 months of the pandemic, it’s easy to miss the new developments to spaces on campus. Two updates that faculty and students might find especially interesting are the One Button Studio and the brand new Library Viewing Room, both located in Doane Library.

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