About

The CTRL Tech Talk Series offers opportunities to learn about technology that can be incorporated into your teaching and scholarship. The series, which are 75 minutes long, are designed to be responsive to the needs of faculty: topics can be submitted by as early as two weeks in advance, and the event can be scheduled anytime that best meets the needs of the faculty. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. If you have ideas or topics for this series, please send them to ctrl@american.edu.

Fall 2019

Leveraging Microsoft Word and Google Docs for Creating and Revising Assessments

Wednesday, November 13 | 12:55 pm – 2:10 pm | MGC 247

Facilitator: Susan George, School of Professional and Extended Studies

Creating assessments that engage and provide feedback to students is a time-consuming process, but we know it is essential for encouraging student learning. This Tech Talk will provide strategies for using technology to assess students and to determine how they utilize instructor feedback. These techniques can be utilized on assignments ranging from quizzes to writing and will promote students’ metacognitive thinking about the process of writing and ultimately encourage their overall intellectual development.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session participants should be able to:

  • Utilize different platforms to create varied assignments
  • Apply technological tools to assess student writing and provide actionable feedback
  • Evaluate student drafts to ensure the incorporation of faculty feedback

DaBL With Us: Utilizing AU’s Rapid Prototyping Facility to Supplement Research and Coursework

Monday, September 23 – 11:20am – 12:35pm | Don Myers Technology & Innovation Building, Room 101.

If you are curious about using DaBL, come join Kristof Aldenderfer, a Physics Instructor, for a Tech Talk!

AU’s Design and Build Lab (DaBL) is a rapid prototyping space and educational resource created to help students, staff, and faculty learn how to devise and fabricate physical objects. It is topic-agnostic and supposes no prior knowledge of designing and building prior to walking through the door. This talk will explore how faculty of any discipline on campus can supplement their research and coursework by utilizing DaBL.

Spring 2019

a phone taking a picture of the street

Smartphones in Your Scholarship and Teaching

Smartphones are a powerful tool for engaging students in our classroom and increasing the impact of our scholarship. However, to ensure the effective use of this technology, users should have a baseline knowledge of key principles of photo-, audio-, and videography, essential apps and accessories, and modes of dissemination.

If you are curious about using your smartphones for scholarship or in the classroom, come join Larry Engel, a CTRL Faculty Fellow, for a Tech Talk Series!

Dates and topics are as follows:

Part 1 – Wednesday, March 27, 2019

12:55 PM – 2:10 PM (CTRL Collaboratory – Hurst 202):

At this Tech Talk, topics include how to capture better photos, sounds and videos; essential apps and accessories; basic editing; and dissemination

Part 2 – Wednesday, March 6, 2019

12:55 PM – 2:10 PM (CTRL Collaboratory – Hurst 202):

At this Tech Talk, topics include assigning multimedia projects and grading rubrics.

Fall 2018

Smartphones in your scholarship and teaching

Smartphones are a powerful tool for engaging students in our classroom and increasing the impact of our scholarship. However, to ensure the effective use of this technology, users should have a baseline knowledge of key principles of photo-, audio-, and videography, essential apps and accessories, and modes of dissemination.

If you are curious about using your smartphones for scholarship or in the classroom, come join Larry Engel, a CTRL Faculty Fellow, for a Tech Talk Series!

Dates and topics are as follows (a light lunch will be provided):

Part 1 – November 1, 2018

11:20 AM – 12:35 PM (Hurst 202):
How to capture better photos, sounds and videos; essential apps and accessories; basic editing; dissemination.

Part 2 – November 15, 2018

11:20 AM– 12:35 PM (Hurst 202):
Assigning multimedia projects and grading rubrics.

Special Offer: If you attend one of the sessions, you can enter a drawing for an advanced weekend workshop on mobile technology to be held at Airlie, courtesy of CTRL and the University Finance & Budget Resource Center.