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This weekly "Lunch and Learn" session is an informal gathering designed to provide information to faculty about best practices and approaches to teaching and instructional technology. The session provides an opportunity for faculty members to ask questions and participate in discussion with Martha Diede from the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) and Michael Morrison from the Online Learning Services (OLS) unit of Information Technology Services.


Tuesdays from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM via web conferencing link.

Weekly Topics

This Week

September 22, 2020 - Technology Efficiencies

Come hear about ways to improve your efficiency with academic technologies including email, Blackboard, Zoom and Kaltura. Bring your favorite tips and tricks to share with others.

Next Week

September 29, 2020 - TBA

Previous Sessions

June 16, 2020 - Evaluating your Learning Objectives in Light of Fall 2020 Course Delivery Models

We discussed the different announced teaching modes for Fall 2020 courses. For those teaching mixed mode classes, we shared a planning checklist and a sample schedule of a 50-minute mixed mode class.

Session Transcript (no recording available)

June 23, 2020 - Rethinking your Assessments and Technology

As you plan your course for the Fall 2020 semester, will you need to redesign, restructure or rethink your evaluations based upon the teaching modality of your class? Will your assignments still succeed if students are online? What are the challenges if you have to split your class in mixed mode? What changes will you need to make to deliver an online final exam? Join us for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities around designing and delivering assignments and assessments for your Fall 2020 course.

Recording of This Session (59:04 minutes; includes transcript and chat session)

June 30, 2020 - Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate: Which one Should I use for my class?

Syracuse University offers two supported web conferencing solutions to support teaching and learning - Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Join us during this session for a comparison of the features available in each of these solutions. Find out the information that you need in order to make a selection for your Fall 2020 courses.

Recording of this Session (61:42 minutes; includes transcript and chat session)

Blackboard Collaborate vs. Zoom side-by-Side Comparison (PDF Document)

Advantages and Disadvantages of Blackboard Collaborate and Zoom (PDF Document)

July 7, 2020 - Student Engagement: Best Practices and Tools

Come discuss best practices around student engagement. Share ways that you plan to engage your student during full-online or mixed mode classes in the Fall 2020 semester. We will also review some tools that may be useful in your efforts.

Recording of this Session (60:07 Minutes, Includes transcript and chat session)

July 14, 2020 - Preview of Kaltura Streaming Video Service

On July 15, 2020, Syracuse University will debut their new streaming video service, Kaltura. This system will allow faculty members to easily create or upload video content for their Fall 2020 course development. Come see a preview of this new system and hear about how it can enhance your course delivery options.

Recording of this Session (60:21 minutes, Includes transcript and chat session)

July 21, 2020 - Student Assignments, Scaffolding and Digital Feedback

This session will focus on how to scaffold your student assignments and provide digital feedback using the new Blackboard Annotate tool.

Recording of this Session (59:24 minutes, includes transcript and chat session)

Blackboard Annotate Quick Start Guide

Blackboard Assignments - Best Practices

July 28, 2020 - SU Libraries and Fall 2020 Classes

Join our special guest, Kelly Delevan, Information Literacy Librarian for the SU Libraries, for a discussion of digital resources provided by the SU Libraries and how they can enhance your Fall 2020 courses.

Recording of this Session (58:14, including transcript and chat)

August 4, 2020 - Center for Disability Resources

Join our special guests from the Center for Disability Resources as they discuss their planning and options for Fall 2020 courses, including full online courses and hybrid classes.

Recording of this Session (58:27, including transcript and chat)

August11, 2020 - What to expect the First Day of Classes

Come discuss what to expect that first day of class in the new paradigm. We will be discussing both teaching and technology related topics. Come share your concerns, questions and solutions.

Recording of this Session (1:00:42, including transcript and chat)

August 18, 2020 - Technology in the Classroom: Issues around a Hybrid Class

We will be discussing the challenges and opportunities of classroom technologies in the hybrid model of teaching for Fall 2020. Bring your questions and concerns as we talk about technical issues and best practices for managing the classroom, as well as remote students.

Recording of this Session (52:47 , including transcript and chat)

September 1, 2020 - Discussion about the Good and the Bad of the first Week of Classes

Join us for a discussion of the good and bad things that happened during the first week of classes.

Recording of this Session (56:02, including transcript and Chat)

September 8, 2020 - Discouraging Cheating in Online Exams using Tools in Blackboard

This session will explore options for configuring online test in Blackboard to discourage cheating. This will include both demonstrations of technical configurations and discussion of best practices of instructional technology around exams.

Recording of this Session (1:00, including transcript and chat)

PDF Version of PowerPoint Presentation

September 15, 2020 - Online Discussions - Tools and Techniques to Increase Participation and Enthusiasm

Are your online discussions lacking in student participation and thoughtful responses? Join us for a discussion of tools and techniques that you can use to increase participation and improve the quality of student responses in the online discussions or your course.

Recording of this Session (54:16, including transcript and chat)


Please register for this seminar by completing the registration form. Registrants will receive an email containing a link that will be used to host the sessions in Zoom.  The same link will provide access to all of the weekly sessions.

To request accommodations, please contact Michael Morrison at memorr02@syr.ed at least two days before the session that you wish to attend.

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