2021 Teaching with Technology Summer Institute

Session Details and Schedule


The 3-day summer institute offers six sessions, facilitated by the learning technology professionals from the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Georgia Tech Professional Education, and the Office of Information Technology. Each session is focused on leveraging a different technology to effectively engage students. You can attend all sessions or choose those of your interest. Please click each session below to view their details: 

Session 1 - Engaging Students with Online Discussions: Monday, 6/21, 10-11:30 am


Facilitators: Samba Diop, Office of Information Technology & Vincent Spezzo, Center for Teaching and Learning

An online discussion forum provides a space where participants exchange ideas, engage in conversations, and share experiences and knowledge. The interactivity supports students in collaboratively building meaningful knowledge and critical thinking skills.

Technically, creating an online forum only takes a few simple steps, but it is not that simple to build an online community that really engages students and supports meaningful learning.

In this session, we will introduce to you a new discussion tool, Ed Discussion. You will learn how it differs from the existing Canvas Discussions and Piazza, and how you can use it to effectively facilitate online discussions. 

Session 2 – Engaging Students with Asynchronous Online Presentations: Monday, 6/21, 2-3:30 pm


Facilitators: Vincent Spezzo, Center for Teaching and Learning & Yakut Gazi, Georgia Tech Professional Education

Having students present their work enables them to take responsibility for developing and delivering a presentation that demonstrates the new knowledge they have acquired. It also facilitates peer learning by allowing other students in the audience to watch and learn, especially if they are given the opportunity to ask questions or comment.  

However, depending on the class size, presentations and discussions could require a big chunk of class time. Is there an efficient and effective way for students to present and discuss their work? 

In this session, you will learn how you can enable your students to deliver and discuss their multimedia presentations online by using VoiceThread, and what strategies you can use to help students learn from each other through this experience.  

Session 3 - Engaging Students with Social Annotation: Tuesday, 6/22, 10-11:30 am


Facilitators: Chaohua Ou, Center for Teaching and Learning & Yakut Gazi, Georgia Tech Professional Education

To many students, reading or watching course videos is usually a chore.  How could we turn such assignments into a more meaningful learning activity? How might social annotation improve your students' learning as well as increases the sense of community in your class? 

In this session, you will learn how to use Perusall, a social annotation tool, to turn the solitary act of reading or video watching into an engaging learning experience by enabling students to interact with their course content, teachers, and peers. 

Session 4 - Engaging Students with In-Video Discussions: Tuesday, 6/22, 2-3:30 pm


Facilitators: Chris Williams, Georgia Tech Professional Education & Chaohua Ou, Center for Teaching and Learning 

According to the results of a survey conducted among 1,792 students at Georgia Tech before the pandemic, most of them - 80% of residential students, and 95% of online students, agreed that instructional video was valuable in helping them learn. When asked about the barriers to learning with videos, they put lack of interactivity at the top of their list. Specifically, they considered it a big obstacle that they could not ask instructors or peers questions and get responses when they watched the videos.  

 What can we do to help mitigate this obstacle and make learning with videos more engaging and more effective?  

Annoto, an in-video discussion tool, offers a solution by allowing students to ask questions and respond to questions on video content. In this session, you will learn how to use the tool to turn students’ solo video watching into an interactive and collaborative learning activity, and how you can gain insights into students’ learning by using Annoto’s comprehensive analytics.  

Session 5 - Engaging Students with Peer Review: Wednesday, 6/23, 10-11:30 am


Facilitators: Chaohua Ou & Rui Hu, Center for Teaching and Learning 

Peer review, when implemented well, benefits not only the person being assessed but also the peer assessors. It helps develop students' ability and skills of discerning strengths and weaknesses, offering strategies and solutions for improvement.  The challenge is:  

How can we enable students to respond thoughtfully and constructively in their review?  

In this session, we will explore how to use Turnitin PeerMark to design and implement peer review assignments to support students to learn from each other. 


Session 6 - Engaging Students with ePortfolios: Wednesday, 6/23, 2-3:30 pm


Facilitators: Rui Hu & Chaohua Ou, Center for Teaching and Learning

Today’s student population is becoming increasingly diverse. Their learning occurs in many places, takes many forms, and can be demonstrated through many modes of representation. To support the success of each and every student who learns in different ways, ePortfolios (digital repositories of student work) have been used to help them document, reflect upon their own learning, and demonstrate their knowledge and skills. Its efficacy on enhancing student learning is well-documented in abundant research literature. Consequently, it is listed as one of the high-impact practices by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.  

How might we integrate this high-impact practice into teaching and curriculum? 

In this session, you will learn how to use Folio, an ePortfolio tool, to engage students by enabling them to take an active role in reflecting, assessing, and demonstrating their own learning.  





Please send your inquiry to Chaohua Ou

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