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Faculty Workshops

Academic Technology regularly holds workshops to help faculty better integrate technology with their teaching. These workshops will focus on making in-person, hybrid, and online classes as engaging as possible for faculty-student interaction and student-student interaction using the resources and tools available at Santa Clara.

Summer 2023 Teaching and Technology Workshops

The Instructional Technology team will be offering the summer workshop series below to support Santa Clara faculty members and their continued innovations with digital tools in support of their teaching, and student learning and engagement.

View the calendar to sign up!

Some workshops will be held in person in the Learning Commons, and others will be held over Zoom. 

Each workshop will be offered several times throughout the summer.

Workshop Descriptions 

AI on Your Side: New Opportunities for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

Generative AI tools such as ChatGPT took the world by storm this academic year, bringing on an expansive array of opportunities and concerns for educators. It’s a threshold moment for higher education. During this workshop, you will learn about how students and faculty can use generative AI in their teaching and learning, and how you can thoughtfully integrate it into your pedagogy. 

Workshop Outcomes. In this workshop, you will learn how to:  

  • Communicate to your students about how AI will be used in your class.
  • Discuss different perspectives on the use of AI in the classroom.
  • Design an assignment that engages student use of AI

The Mobile Professor

A majority of SCU students use the Canvas mobile app to access content in their Camino courses, to engage with peers, and to submit assignments and assessments. Learn how you can use the app as an instructor to optimize your students' mobile Camino learning experience and to further engage with your students.

Workshop Outcomes. In this workshop, you will learn how to:  

  • Design Camino course content with mobile-first users in mind
  • Use the Canvas mobile app to grade and engage with your students
  • Leverage mobile devices to enhance engagement in your courses

It's on the Syllabus! How To Create Engaging, Multimedia-Enhanced Syllabi

Your syllabus can become a site of both creativity and connection that is engaging and informative. Using inclusive course strategies, basic design principles, and a few simple tools, you will create a visually intuitive, unique syllabus that helps students find the information they need more easily. We will use Canva to create enhanced syllabi featuring graphics, hyperlinks, and layouts that make sense for you and your students. 

Workshop Outcomes. In this workshop, you will learn how to:   

  • Design a student-centered “roadmap” for your course
  • Create an effective, accessible layout and design
  • Convey:
    • A welcoming, supportive course environment
    • How students can succeed in the course
    • Essential course information

Optimizing Teaching and Learning in Camino

This workshop will teach you how to enhance student engagement through thoughtful Camino course design. Drawing from instructional design principles and research-based frameworks for course development, you will learn ways to align your learning objectives with course materials, learning activities, instructional tools, and course accessibility to put student learning at the center of your Camino design. 

Workshop Outcomes. In this workshop, you will learn how to:  

  • Design courses in Camino that align learning objectives with learning activities/materials/tools and assessments
  • Implement good design practices to create courses whose accessibility and usability maximizes support for learners in meeting learning objectives while minimizing cognitive load
  • Create course overviews, module overviews, and course introductions that let learners know what to expect and that provide guidance to help learners succeed

Inclusive Design: Course Creation With Digital Accessibility in Mind

Accessible course design does not have to be an afterthought. In this workshop, faculty members will evaluate their own teaching activities and resources through the lens of inclusivity and accessibility. Find out how you can use digital tools to transform course materials in a variety of modalities and engage all students regardless of life experiences, learning preferences, or ability. You can bring accessibility and equity to the forefront of course design, making a welcoming and lasting impression on all learners.

Workshop Outcomes. In this workshop, you will learn how to:  

  • Create student-centered and easily navigable Camino sites
  • Allow students to access your course content in multiple modalities
  • Incorporate inclusive course design to support students with disabilities
  • Use Ally to evaluate your Camino course
  • Create text alternatives for audiovisual content
  • Remediate documents that are not accessible

Multimodal Student Projects

In this workshop, you will learn how to design, implement, and assess multimodal student projects. These projects—which may take such forms as videos, podcasts, digital exhibits, e-portfolios, or student blogs—allow students to creatively demonstrate their learning.

Workshop Outcomes. In this workshop, you will learn how to:  

  • Incorporate multimodal assignments into the classroom 
  • Evaluate existing assignments to remediate
  • Identify fitting modalities 
  • Create an assignment plan
  • Assess multimodal assignments vis-á-vis learning objectives

Active and Collaborative Learning in the Classroom

In this workshop, you will learn how to "flip" an upcoming class, bringing your lecture content and learning content outside the classroom to enable you to foster an active learning environment. Topics to be covered include: planning, recording, and editing lectures; gathering learning materials for online engagement; using Camino quizzes for knowledge checks to ensure student learning; building Camino courses that support flipped classrooms; and planning active learning strategies for your live sessions. Offered in-person only.

Workshop Outcomes. In this workshop, you will learn how to:  

  • Develop a plan for active learning in an upcoming course
  • Identify the best tools for creating content 
  • Produce lecture content and learning materials 
  • Use Camino to check your students’ learning 
  • Use Camino to support online content, active learning, and assessment

Camino Workshops 

Camino Basics 

Learn the basics of Camino, SCU’s branded version of the Canvas Learning Management System. Topics include: how to log in, access courses, communicate with students, change your personal and course settings, upload a syllabus, and organize resources in Camino modules.

Workshop Outcomes. In this workshop, you will learn how to:  

  • Access Camino and locate your courses
  • Explore the Camino interface for global and course navigation
  • Evaluate and select different ways to communicate with students
  • Upload content to your Camino course
  • Configure publishing settings for a Camino course, assignment, and module

Camino Course Design 

Well-designed Camino courses enhance student engagement while helping you stay organized. Using modules, students can find documents, slides, and assignments all in one place. This hands-on workshop focuses on the use of modules to structure course content effectively. 

Workshop Outcomes. In this workshop, you will learn how to:   

  • Organize course content using modules
  • Add course content as external links, files, pages, or modules
  • Determine when and how students can see modules, and what is in them
  • Build a module structure and content for Week 1 of an upcoming course

Camino Quizzes 

Learn how to create, moderate, and grade quizzes in Camino's New Quizzes tool. This workshop focuses on the creation of different question types, the use of question banks, grading Camino quizzes, and how to interpret quiz result reports. 

Workshop Outcomes. In this workshop, you will learn how to:   

  • Create different question types in New Quizzes
  • Grade different question types in SpeedGrader
  • Grant additional time and moderate attempts on quizzes

Camino Gradebook 

Make full use of Camino’s grading features to manage grade visibility and execute complex grading processes. Understand how you can set up your gradebook with a grade posting policy that matches your grading workflow, configure weighted grades, and show students where they can view instructor feedback.

Workshop Outcomes. In this workshop, you will learn how to:  

  • Create assignment groups
  • Weight grades for different assignments
  • Understand how students view feedback and grades
  • Show/hide grades for individual assignments/quizzes
  • Create extra credit assignments (for participation, extra credit assignments, and quiz questions)

Instructional Technology Consultations 

Individual consultations with Instructional Technology staff or experienced faculty are available. Email to request to schedule a session to have your specific questions answered about technology and to get help with digital content, resources, and assignments. 


If you have any questions about the workshops or instructional technology support in general, please contact the Instructional Technology team: Eric HaynieColin Justin, Jeremy KempKeith Yocamor

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