Learn more about the topics of the upcoming Teaching and Technology Summit and how to register for it.  

What does it mean to use technology effectively in the classroom? This is a question our team continually reflects on in our work. We want to support faculty in identifying and using technology with a deep pedagogical purpose while promoting access and equity in the course.

The Ball State faculty community has such a great pulse on teaching technologies, and this is why we love the Teaching and Technology Summit so much. We enjoy taking time to learn from each other and intentionally engage with new practices.

We hope that you’ll join us for this year’s summit on March 23rd and 24th!

Who is this for? 

The summit is for all Ball State faculty, staff, and graduate students. This summit is for anyone who has any interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning as that intersects with the use of technology in the classroom (whether that course meets online or in the classroom).  

What will we discuss? 

You can expect to see a variety of presentation styles and topics. Some will be demonstrations of tools, while others might cover more about how the tool solved a particular pedagogical challenge.

Here are some of the topics covered at last year’s inaugural Summit:

  • Polling tools and student engagement
  • Canvas tips
  • Visual design of course materials
  • Groups and discussions in Canvas
  • Accessibility
  • Equitable grading
  • Gamification

How can I contribute to the Summit? 

New this year to the Summit is our Digital Showcase, a collection of teaching materials that will be viewable in Canvas for all Summit attendees. We are accepting showcase entries through March 10, 5pm. Showcase entries can be anything you use in your teaching, including but not limited to: course sites, modules, home pages, assignment sheets, lesson plans, activities, exams, discussion boards, memes, videos, and games.

Submit a Showcase Entry Here

Will the summit be recorded? 

We have made an intentional choice to not record our summit. We believe that this opens up opportunities for candid dialogue that might be stifled when recording.

How can I attend? 

Registration is now open. Once you register, you’ll receive updates about the summit, which will be held entirely online via Zoom. All who register will receive the Zoom link and other summit details via email.

We will also add all participants to a Canvas Community in which you can have continued dialogue with presenters and browse a showcase of inspiring and inventive teaching artifacts, including (but not limited to): course modules, syllabi, assignments, videos, infographics, e-posters, discussion boards, and memes. We hope you’ll consider submitting to the showcase!

Once you’ve registered, let us know in the comments below what you hope to learn at the summit!

  • Shane Lanning (they/them)

    Shane Lanning is an Instructional Consultant in the Division of Online and Strategic Learning. Their academic background includes an MA in Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), which they earned at Ball State, and they are currently pursuing a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition. They previously taught as an Instructor of ESL in the Intensive English Institute where they developed a passion for international students and internationalization efforts; moreover, Shane strives for an inclusive teaching practice and is interested in exploring how to best achieve community in a rapidly evolving educational landscape.

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  • Dan Jones

    Dan joined the Division of Online and Strategic Learning (DOSL) in 2015 after spending 15 years teaching Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM) courses in the Ball State Prison Program. During his time with DOSL, Dan has assisted faculty in developing over 150 online courses. As an enthusiast of learning and a Ball State alum, Dan is dedicated to working with faculty to develop and enhance their development of course materials in Canvas to improve student learning and retention. Dan continues to plan an active role in teaching by serving as an adjunct in the ISOM department.

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