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2009 Teaching with Technology Institute

Teaching and Learning through Collaboration

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Altgeld Hall 100


Teaching with Technology Institute 2009

For today's students learning often happens in places beyond the traditional classroom. The online technologies that first were created to promote social interaction and networking are now actively used by educators to share and build knowledge with students outside traditional learning environments. The central theme of this year’s Teaching with Technology Institute is "Teaching and Learning through Collaboration" and the focus will be various social technologies that allow learners to be actively engaged in the learning process through communication, active media creation and sharing, collaborative writing and mobile learning.

Participants will get a hands-on introduction to a variety of emerging collaborative technologies. All faculty, staff, and teaching assistants are welcome to attend the institute. No prior experience with these technologies is necessary, and participants can select particular sessions to attend. Advanced registration is required and seating is limited. The tentative schedule for the institute is as follows:


8:00 am - 8:30 am: Check-in

8:30 am - 10:00am: Collaboration through Communication (Facebook, Twitter, Ning, LinkedIn, Skype, Meebo, Oovoo, Pronto)
This session will provide an overview of free online communication tools that facilitate information sharing in a collaborative learning environment. Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Ning, and LinkedIn, along with new technologies that provide faster and more engaging online communication such as Pronto, Skype, Meebo, and Oovoo, not only help students and educators stay together but also offer a number of unique ways for students to enhance their learning experience through active communication and exchange of ideas. In this session participants will experience several of these communication tools and explore the benefits and drawbacks of each within the collaborative learning environment.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Collaborating through Media (Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, Prezi, mashups, SlideShare)
This session will provide an overview of free online tools available for creating, sharing, and distributing media for use in a collaborative learning environment. Online media sites such as Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, and SlideShare make it possible for students and educators to collaboratively build media repositories, embed shared media within other online sites like Blackboard, and comment on one another’s work. In addition, emerging mashup technologies allow for shared media to be reused and repurposed within the learning community. In this session participants will experience several of these online media sharing tools and explore the benefits and drawbacks of each within the collaborative learning environment.

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Collaborating through Writing (Google Docs, Google Sites, wikis, blogs, Microsoft Office)
This session will focus on various tools that support a collaborative writing process. Tools like Google Docs, Google Sites, and wikis allow multiple authors to collaborate on a single web-based document, without transferring files back and forth. Blogs can facilitate discussion among collaborators, and Microsoft Office has built-in tools that can simplify the writing process. In this session, participants will work with several of these tools and explore potential applications of each within the collaborative learning environment.

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Collaborating through Mobile Devices (Twitter, applications on mobile devices, SMS/MMS, podcasting, netbooks, Kindle)
This session will provide opportunities to explore how mobile devices are used to promote collaborative activities in higher education settings. Through emerging mobile technologies students and educators can collaborate outside the classroom, access instructional content, and even receive notices when new online content or assignments are posted in Blackboard. Participants will gain an awareness of important features of mobile devices that encourage innovation in instruction and explore potential applications for mobile technologies within the collaborative learning environment.

Registration Information

Registration Deadline: May 22, 2009. The workshop is open to NIU faculty, staff and graduate teaching assistants. Advanced registration is required. Register online by completing the form below. Include your name, title, department, phone, email, special accommodations needed, and the session(s) you plan to attend (as indicated in the registration form below). After submitting the registration form, if you do not receive a response within 2 working days, please contact the Center at

Registration Form

Registration is closed for this program.

Last Updated: 07/10/2014