Peer2Peer Series on Teaching & Technology

Fall 2018 Presentations

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Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: Two Approaches using Adobe Spark
Leigh Meredith (Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Language)
Belinda Hernandez- Arriaga (Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology)
Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 | 12:00-1:00 PM (Gleeson 236) Lunch Provided!

Join two USF instructors as they present two different approaches to using free presentation software, Adobe Spark, in their classrooms. Leigh Meredith will share her use of video and text both as an instructor and for student projects. Belinda Hernandez- Arriaga will share how she used Spark to communicate using images and text. Both instructors incorporated Spark as an instructional tool and for their students to develop digital stories.

Just in Time Feedback and Assessment with Poll Everywhere
Leslie King (Instructor, Biology)
Rick Roberts (Instructor, Rhetoric and Language and Performing Arts)
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 | 12:00-1:00 PM (Gleeson 236)

Polling in the classroom can provide timely feedback and assessment to help guide instruction and classroom discussion. Join Leslie King and Rick Roberts as they share their approaches to using Poll Everywhere to elicit student engagement and learning in the classroom.

About the Program

In this series, co-hosted by Educational Technology Services (ETS), faculty membes give one-hour presentations with some room for discussion and implementation on a technology method or platform used in their course. The idea behind the program is that faculty learn best from the examples of their peers, who are tuned to the nuances of using technology in learning environments. ETS and CTE identify faculty members from across the university who have found success using a specific technology in their courses.

Participate as a Presenter

Have you found success using technology in your course and would you be willing to share your findings with colleagues? Please write to us at if you are interested in participating in the Peer2Peer program as a presenter.

2017-2018 Presentations

Fall 2017

Digitizing Whiteboard Activities with Google Drive
Nola Agha
(Sport Management)
Thursday, September 28 from 12-1 in UC 402/403

This presentation discusses the myriad ways traditional in-class whiteboard/chalkboard activities can be transformed into a digital format with Google Drive, Docs, and Sheets. In this workshop, we'll walk through an example that allows students to co-create rules on in-class laptop use. In the process Google Docs are used to teach lessons in research, search tools, search words, source credibility, concepts, generalizability, and more.

Reducing Reluctance: Learning to do Audio
and Video Assignments in Your Class
Cathy Gabor
(Rhetoric & Language)
Wednesday, November 8 from 12-1 in UC 402/403

This presentation discusses how (and why) to use audio and video assignments instead of or alongside traditional oral and written assignments. In this workshop, we'll toggle between demonstrations of audio and video tools and small group discussions of when and where such assignments might be appropriate in your classes. The goal is to help faculty be less afraid of assigning final products in audio/video/digital formats.

Spring 2018

Using Zoom for Virtual Synchronous Class Sessions
David Ryan
(Assistant Professor & Academic Director of Professional Communications),Davis Yee (Adjunct Professor & Special Trial Attorney, Office of Chief Counsel, IRS), Juli Maxworthy (Assistant Professor & Director of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Healthcare Simulation)
Wednesday, March 28 from 2-3 in Gleeson 213

Are you interested in allowing your students to periodically virtually attend your class session but aren’t sure how to get started? Have you tried but it failed miserably? Does the technology involved seem like too much of a barrier?

Join our Spring 2018 Peer2Peer ‘Using Zoom for Synchronous Class Sessions’ Workshop and learn more about how faculty members from three different schools/colleges are using Zoom to conduct virtual synchronous class sessions, with some students participating online and others in the classroom. In this workshop, you will learn tips and tricks on how to successfully lead a Zoom class session and have an opportunity to play with some of Zoom’s features.

Innovation and Involvement: Teaching in the USF Active Learning Classroom
Susan Prion
(Nursing and Health Professions)
Wednesday, March 7 from 2-3 and 3-4 in Gleeson 213

This facilitated discussion and demonstration explores some of the features of Gleeson 213, the new USF Active Learning Classroom. Participants will try out some innovative instructional strategies available using the room’s resources and generate additional ideas about how they might use the room for engaged, active and effective student learning in their disciplines. Click here to see a recording of the event.

2016-2017 Presentations

Fall 2016

Providing Quick, Individual Feedback with Eugene Kim (School of Law: Legal Research, Writing and Analysis Program)
Wednesday, November 2 from 2-3 in Zief Law Terrace Room 201

Individualized student feedback is best, especially if you can give it in real time so you can explain your feedback and the students can ask clarifying questions. But who has the time to do that for every student? In this interactive session, Eugene shared a technique for providing the benefits of individualized feedback (and more) to the entire class in just a fraction of the time. Participants brought a PDF and a hardcopy of a sample of student work that they critiqued, giving the technique a try. You can see a video of Eugene's presentation by clicking this link: Eugene Kim Presentation.

Canvas Groups and Discussion Boards with Kelly L'Engle (School of Nursing and Health Professions)
Thursday, November 3 from 2-3 in UC 402/403

This workshop demonstrated how to use the Canvas groups and discussion boards for peer-to-peer learning. These user-friendly and easy-to-grade tools can increase student interaction and engagement, enhance critical analysis skills, advance the capacity for effective teamwork and collaboration, and encourage personal agency and leadership. The workshop began by showing use of Canvas groups for team-based projects and student journal clubs, and use of discussion boards for peer review and peer coaching. Workshop participants practiced using the Canvas group function for a collaborative discussion, and posted and responded to faculty peers using the Canvas discussion board. You can see a video of Kelly's presentation by clicking this link: Kelly L'Engle Presentation.

Spring 2017

Canvas for Case-Study Analysis and More with Susan Stryker (School of Management: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategy)
Wednesday, February 8 from 2-3 in UC 503

Susan Stryker discussed her use of Canvas to incorporate a variety of assignment types that include case-study analysis, 3.2.1 methodology for analysis of business events, media in her course via Canvas as well as strategies for using the Canvas grade book feature to provide grade transparency and student satisfaction in the course. You can see a video of Susan's presentation by clicking this link: Susan Stryker presentation.

Scaffolding Course Skills Using Google Docs with Brandi Lawless (College of Arts & Sciences: Communication Studies)
Wednesday, February 15 from 2-3 in UC 402/403

This workshop explored ways to use Google Docs inside and outside of the classroom. Specifically, Brandi demonstrated how to scaffold course skills using Google Doc Collaborations to practice the skill in class, and then encourage students to practice the skill on their own. Brandi also discussed how to use Google Docs to increase classroom participation.You can see a video of Brandi's presentation by clicking this link: Brandi Lawless presentation.