TLTR Agenda for Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Our meeting will take place via Zoom video conferencing.  The link is in the calendar invitation.  We will be hearing from faculty who have conducted TLTR pilots:

  1. Bilal Shebaro – Wireless Projection
  2. Matthew Steffenson – Short Throw Projectors & Wireless Projection (follow-up project)
  3. Tony Alvarado – Mobile Whiteboards
  4. Lisa Goering for Dan Gold – Video Microscopes in the Biology Lab
  5. Wesley Pollitte – Mobile Digital Devices for Community Data Gathering
  6. Casie Parish Fisher – Crime Scene Investigations Virtual Reality Project

Meeting Topic for Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1-2 pm, Premont 110

TLTR Meeting, Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1-2 pm, Premont 110

Reducing Barriers

Reducing barriers for faculty was a past theme from our Fall 2019 virtual meeting around school needs assessments. Under that theme were requests like:
  1. Improve information architecture (online filing protocols) for everyone and provide training
  2. Standardize course shells in canvas
  3. Develop a campus communication (email, canvas announcement, etc.) charter for students, faculty, staff, administrators. 
    1. Find out more about email charters from this article: Maljković, N. (2019, May 30). The Email Charter: An idea worth spreading. Medium.
    2. Find out more about Communication Charters in this article: Burns, M. (2019, April 25). Put it into words: Developing a corporate communications charter. TechGenix.
  4. Develop wellness initiatives that foster an unplugged, mindful ethos
  5. Pruning our current digital “ecosystem”–where are there redundancies?
At this month’s TLTR meeting, we’d like to dive into some work groups to flesh out these ideas and develop a strategic plan toward reducing faculty barriers in the coming academic year. We are reaching out to the Provost’s office, a staff representative, and the Health and Wellness team, so this can be a meeting that engages multiple stakeholders. Your contributions will be strengthened with current insights from faculty in your schools. Please consider gathering their input via email or at an upcoming scheduled meeting prior to our 3/11/2020 session.  Ultimately, this effort is as much about culture and mindset as technology but we hope to generate recommendations that can help us improve both.

TLTR Pilot Grant Brainstorming Session, Wed., 2/26, 3:30 pm

Outline of a head and many colored lines; image indicating innovation.Do you like to try new technologies or new teaching ideas?  Would you like some funding? Do you have an idea but aren’t quite sure how to put it together?  Come to the TLTR pilot grant brainstorming session on Wednesday, February 26, 3:30-4:30 pm in Holy Cross 101, and TLTR members will help you workshop your idea.  The TLTR will be awarding Technology for Innovative Learning & Teaching Pilot Project Grants worth up to $5,000 each to fund innovative teaching projects that incorporate new technologies and can be used as a model for other faculty.  By the end of the brainstorming session, participants will submit or be ready to submit their Statement of Interest (due March 6).  Snacks will be provided.

For more information about the grants see the guidelines.  Final applications are due April 6, 2020.  Total application length is around 1200 words, not counting name, contact, course information, and purchase list.

TLTR Agenda, Wednesday, February 12, 1 pm, Premont 110

  1. Summer 2020 Online Coordination Workgroup
    1. Communication Plan (Kyndal Soto)
    2. Charge
    3. Update
    4. Review and Feedback on FAQ (see draft document in our shared drive)
    5. OLC Scorecard for Online Student Support
  2. Draft Learning Spaces Working Group Call for Participants (see draft document in our shared drive)
    1. feedback needed before 2/19/20 then please recruit
  3. Announcements
    1. Teaching Online Faculty Learning Community
    2. Innovation Fellowship deadline extended to Monday, February 17
      1. CFP and Guidelines
      2. Application process shortened to reduce barriers for faculty
    3. New Topper Technology Survey launched 2/3/20: Preview it here
    4. TLTR Pilots subcommittee meeting 2/12/20; expect CFP soon after

Revised Spring 2020 Meeting Schedule for TLTR

Due to some unforeseen conflicts, we have made some changes to the Spring 2020 Meeting Schedule for TLTR.

The new TLTR meeting schedule for Spring 2020 will be as follows:

  • January: Virtual Meeting, with input due by January 31
    • Freshman Technology Survey & TLTR Pilots
  • Wednesday, February 12 at 1:00 pm in Premont 110
    • Summer 2020 Online, Student Readiness
  • Wednesday, March 11 at 1:00 pm in Premont 110
    • Removing Faculty Barriers – Time, Depth, Integration, Play
  • Wednesday, April 15 at 1:00 pm in Premont 110
    • TLTR Pilot Updates for 2018 & 2019 Pilots

TLTR Agenda, Friday, November 15, 2019, 12 pm, Premont 110

Topic: Student Readiness


  • 12:00 pm:  Lunch & Discussion of Readiness Survey
  • 12:20 pm: Report (informal) from Instructional Technology Student Readiness team
    • Includes report from OIT Student Advisory Board Discussion
  • 12:30 pm: Insights (informal) from Faculty who’ve taught undergraduates online
    • Tim Braun
    • Jack Green-Musselman
    • Drew Loewe
    • Georgia Seminet
  • 12:40: Q & A, Next Steps, and Recommendations 

Minutes from the last meeting are available here:

Topic for December: Learning Spaces

TLTR Agenda, Friday, October 25, 2019, 12 pm, Premont 110

  1. Announcements
    1. Summer 2020 Online Initiative (initial information)
    2. TLTR pilots subcommittee
      1. members
        1. Faculty: Mike Disch, Dan Gold, Lisa Holleran
        2. CTE Director: Jennifer Jefferson
        3. Instructional Technology: Brenda Adrian
        4. TLTR Co-Chairs: Rebecca Davis and Liz Johnson
      2. Need to draft TLTR pilot follow-up process
  2. Setting priorities: Reviewing themes and trends raised in virtual meeting google doc and determining priorities for 2019 – 2020
    1. Please review the document and be prepared to speak to what you see as priorities.  Also, feel free to annotate, comment, add questions, etc.
    2. We will work in small groups and in plenary discussion on classifications, strategies & proposals for future calendar building.