Peer2Peer Series on Teaching & Technology

About the Program

In this series, co-hosted by Educational Technology Services (ETS) and CTE, faculty members 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.

Spring 2020 Presentations

Political Engagement and Citizen Science in the classroom: Getting Students Engaged with Active Learning and Authentic Assessment in Two Core Courses

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Tuesday, March 31, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. | Gleeson 236. Lunch provided.

Are you interested in incorporating more active learning or authentic assessment into your class to get your students engaged?

After attending the 2019 ETS Intensive, Assistant Professor Adrienne Johnson and Adjunct Professor Noa Bar-Gabai from the College of Arts & Sciences designed activities in their undergraduate core courses to increase active student engagement and create opportunities for group work that was inclusive, meaningful, and exciting.

Join us on March 31 to learn more about how Noa, in her course Refugees: Justice and Ethics (THRS 236), used the Jigsaw technique to have students work together in groups to write letters to Nancy Pelosi about prolonged encampment of refugees. Learn also how Adrienne, in Environment and Society (ENVA 109), incorporated i-Naturalist, a popular citizen science app, to get her students out of the classroom and enable them to contribute to scientific data repositories.

Facilitators: Adrienne Johnson (Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies), Noa Bar-Gabai (Adjunct Professor, Jewish Studies and Social Justice)

Designing for More Active and Engaged Learning in the Classroom

Wednesday, April 1, 3-4 p.m. | Active Learning Classroom, Gleeson 213

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In this workshop, hear from two faculty members on their instructional strategies to creating a more active and engaged learning environment. Using a variety of pedagogical approaches, including Flipped Instruction, Project and Case-based learning, and the incorporation of new technologies, these instructors found greater student satisfaction and improved student learning outcomes. Learn how their increased student involvement through small group and hands-on activities, student feedback, and the use of online learning tools such as Canvas, Echo360, Kahoot, and online quizzes contributed to improved Blue course assessments. 

Presenters: John O'Meara, School of Management and Mahmoud Kaddoura, School of Nursing and Health Professions. Both John and Mahmoud participated in the 2019 ETS Summer Intensive.

Strategies on Managing Student Use of Mobile Devices in the Classroom (faculty panel)

Tuesday, April 7, 11:30am-12:30pm. | Gleeson 236. Lunch provided.

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As more students come to class with a myriad of devices, instructors are wrestling with strategies to keep students focused and engaged in the classroom. Join us for a lunchtime panel of USF faculty who will share and discuss different approaches and strategies they have employed to manage mobile devices (phones and/or laptops) in today’s classroom. Faculty panelists will share their strategies, policies, successes and challenges in managing student use of mobile devices in the classroom. Attendees are welcome to share their own ideas and strategies.

Panelists: Omar Miranda (English, College of Arts and Sciences), Isobel Hawes (Biology, College of Arts and Science), Dean Strang (School of Law)

Fall 2019 Presentations

Peer2Peer Series on Teaching & Technology: Active Learning in the Classroom
Monday, Sept. 30 | 12-1 in Gleeson 213

Jonathan Hunt (Rhetoric and Language) and Mouwafac Sidaoui (School of Management) will present on strategies for active learning in our USF active learning classrooms.

Peer2Peer Series on Teaching & Technology: Hybrid Courses
Wednesday, Oct. 23 | 12-1 in Gleeson 213

Lisa De La Rue (School of Education) will present on strategies for teaching hybrid courses.

You can view a recording of this Peer2Peer session here.

2018-2019 Presentations

Spring 2019 Presentations

Active Learning Activities in the Hybrid Classroom
Sarah Capitelli (Associate Professor, Teacher Education, School of Education)
Thursday, Mar 7, 2019 | 3:00-4:00 PM (UC 503)

In this session with Sarah Capitelli (associate professor, teacher education, School of Education), participants will discover how to structure “jigsaws” into an engaging activity in both online and face-to-face learning contexts. In Sarah’s course, Fluency and Comprehension for Linguistic Diverse Learners, Sarah leverages the videoconferencing technology Zoom, features from Canvas, and Google Docs to break students into smaller groups. In these groups, students participate in a Jigsaw, a cooperative learning strategy where groups of students work together to deconstruct an aspect of an assignment or reading, and then come back together as a class to teach each other what they’ve learned. Jigsaws are engaging student activities which facilitate peer- to-peer learning, help form a deeper understanding of the material, and generate greater recall.

You can view a recording of this Peer2Peer session here.

Facilitating communication and collaboration in your course using free online tools: Canvas Discussion Boards and Piazza
Melissa Dale (Assistant Professor, Center for Asia Pacific Studies)
Sophie Engle (Associate Professor, Computer Science)
Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019 | 3:00-4:00 PM (Gleeson 236)

Join us for an hour of presentation and discussion on two approaches to supporting student and instructor communication and collaboration.

Professor Engle will share how she uses Piazza, a free online Q&A platform that integrates into Canvas.

Professor Dale will share how she is using Canvas’ Discussion Boards to facilitate graded, asynchronous, communication with students.

You can view a recording of this Peer2Peer session here.

You can view a second, video recording of this Peer2Peer session here.

Incorporating Industry Interviews into the Classroom via Zoom
Courtney Masterson (Assistant Professor, School of Management)
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 | 3:00-4:00 PM (Gleeson 213)

In Courtney’s course Research Design and Analysis for Organization Development, she incorporated experiential learning as a means to increase student knowledge and engagement. Students participated in an IRB approved research study, "The State of Organization Development," which involved conducting in-depth interviews with OD executives via Zoom. The aim was for students to participate in a research study to determine how OD is understood and practiced within Bay Area and global organizations.

During the Zoom interviews, students collected qualitative data which they later analyzed and reported on, telling evidence based stories that were filled with rich insights. Zoom interviews were also recorded, transcribed and shared with other students so that students had the benefit of access to multiple interviews and expert advice.

You can view the recording of the Peer2Peer session with Courtney Masterson here.

Fall 2018

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.

View the recording for 11/8 with King & Roberts.

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.