Monthly Archives: February 2008

Upcoming Events: SPARK Community of Practice Lunch and SPARK Short Topic Workshops

In addition to our returning SPARK Community of Practice lunch events we will also be offering several new SPARK workshops on short topics.

SPARK Community of Practice

Come join us for a the SPARK Community of Practice lunches to see interesting way that your colleagues are adapting differnt SPARK tool.The first event of the semester is “Journaling in SPARK” which will meet on March 6th. The Journal tool provides a new way to write and collaborate in SPARK. Journals can be shared privately with the instructor or shared with other students. The Journaling tool is being used in a variety of ways with both large and small classes. Two instructors who have been using the Journaling tool this semester will be joining us to to talk about their experiences with it.

If you are interested in attending this event, please follow this link to the registration form:

SPARK Short Workshops

New this semester are several short SPARK workshops looking at specific tools in SPARK. We hope that these hands-on workshops will help expand on some of the ways you might use SPARK, and also fit conveniently into your schedule.

We will be offering “Assignments in SPARK” on Friday March 7th 12:20-1:110pm. and “Customizing Your SPARK Course” on Wednesday March 12th 12:20-1:110pm.

For more information and to register for these events please visit:

Remember that if you ever need help or support with using SPARK you can always contact our Instructional Media Lab at 545-2823 or

Center for Teaching Event – How to Write Effective PRS questions

Our friends at the Center for Teaching are organizing an event entitled: How to Write Effective PRS questions on Wednesday March 5th from 12:15 to 2:00pm, lunch will be provided. Prof. Randy Phillis of Biology, Prof. Nathalie Lavoie of Resource Economics and the PRS Best Practice Fellows will be presenting.

The Personal Response System (also known as PRS or clickers) is a tool that is growing in popularity on campus for its potential for increasing instructor-student interaction, If you would like to find out more about this tool or see how it works, this event may be for you.

For more information and to sign up go to:

or call the Center for Teaching at 5-1225.

Upcoming Events: Grading in SPARK and Excel

To start out the semester with a bang, we are offering several events in February related to SPARK and Grading.

On February 12 & 13 we are offering a “SPARK Help Clinic” from Noon-3:00 for instructors and TAs who want to drop in and get help. If you want to reserve a specific time slot, call the Instructional Media Lab at 545-2823.

We are also offering three workshops on grade book management in SPARK, two on how to get bubble sheet (OpScan) grades into SPARK, and a session on managing grades in Excel. To see the schedule and register for these events go to: