Programs & Events
FITC Faculty Seminar Series
The Faculty Instructional Technology Center (FITC) is celebrating the first year of eCommons and our new location at McHenry Library with a new Faculty Seminar Series, beginning in October 2011.
Discovery – What I learned using eCommons
Themes in teaching, learning, and collaboration. Topics will include: communication, efficiencies, fun, trials, and successes. Instructors sharing their insights in using eCommons. If you are interested in presenting for our series contact Robin Ove, we welcome your insights! To attend any of our presentations register at events-manager.ucsc.edu
October 12, 2011, 3:00 - 4:00 pm Greg Gilbert, Environmental Studies
SCWIBLES: eCommons for a multi-institution collaboration.
October 26, 2011, 3:00 pm Travis Seymour, Psychology
Assessing Students using eCommons (Sakai CLE)
A demonstration and conversation about how Professor Seymour manages and grades online assignments, especially using the offline grading facility.
November 8, 2011, 3:00-4:00PM Gerald Moulds, Computer Science
Using eCommons effectively in Large Classes
In classes with hundreds of students, the eCommons class portal can prove invaluable. In such large classes, though, eCommons presents its own set of difficulties, particularly the first few times you teach these classes. You're often using the system alongside TAs and Student Graders, and it's not always clear what the "correct" procedures are, or who has access to what information. Minor missteps can lead to large headaches. Being prepared for eCommons' quirks, and preparing your students for them, can make your class run much more smoothly.
November 16, 2011, 3:00 pm Miriam Greenberg, Sociology
Regularization and Specialization: Designing a flexible eCommons Teacher Site for Sociology 10
Listen to the webcast recording of her talk. Webcast, Greenberg.
February 7, 2012, Noon - 1:30 pm Elizabeth Stephens, Art, eCommons and Artists
Elizabeth Stephens will discuss using eCommons in conjunction with teaching her large art course 3D Foundation. This course was a hybrid course that combined large weekly lectures with studio sections where the students made 3D art work. Implementing eCommons in this foundation course has proven extremely useful for sharing information with large numbers of students. This web based format also makes it easy to share images of art work, artists websites and to post lectures online. eCommons has also posed challenges in terms following how the students absorb the information, especially the art, presented online as the web is one step further removed from physical art work. Stephens will discuss these issues and more in her presentation on eCommons in art foundation courses.
Listen to the webcasat recording of her talk, Webcast, Stephens
Fall Faculty Fridays Noon - 1:00pm, 1330 McHenry
Join us on the first and third Fridays of the month for a brown-bag lunch discussion in the new Faculty Seminar Room (1330 McHenry Library) unless otherwise noted. Topics are short and to the point and there will be plenty of time for discussion and questions with FITC Staffers. Bring your lunch and join us! Register to attend at events-manager.ucsc.edu