December 2015 – January 2016 Workshops

Please join us for our December 2015 – January 2016 workshops, or contact us for one-on-one appointments to learn about a variety of topics, such as:

  • UMass Amherst IT Faculty Support Open House
  • Instructional Innovation at UMass Amherst
  • Presentation Design
  • Lecture Capture Information Session (Echo360)
  • Managing Student Video Projects User Group
  • Photosharing: Teaching and Learning with Instagram
  • Instructional Uses of Google Apps User Group

After clicking the Workshop Registration Link, you will go to the Instructional Technology Workshops page. When you get to this page, click on “December ’15 – January ’16 Workshops” above the calendar. If you are asked to create an account, remember to register for the workshop after that!

If you don’t see a workshop that interests you, please contact the Instructional Media Lab at 413-545-2823 or to set up an individual consultation.

We would also be happy to offer workshops for departments, groups, or individual instructors and TAs on request.

December 2015 – January 2016 Workshops
Dates and Descriptions:

  • EVENT: Instructional Innovation at UMass Amherst
    DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
    TIME: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    DESCRIPTION: University of Massachusetts Amherst instructors often set the standard for curricular innovation by integrating new teaching methods and technological tools into their classes, positioning UMass Amherst a destination of choice for students across the world. Join UMass Amherst Information Technology staff to hear about some of the exciting classroom technology innovations that instructors are using now.


  • EVENT: Presentation Design
    DATE: Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015
    TIME: 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
    DESCRIPTION: How many times have you had a “Death by PowerPoint” experience? You can easily avoid common mistakes that result in dull or ineffective presentations by following a few simple design principles. In this seminar-style workshop, we will discuss the basics of effective slide design and offer practical tips for creating presentations that support an active learning environment. NOTE: This is not a hands-on workshop. The principles we teach can be applied to PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, and even overhead projectors.


  • EVENT: Lecture Capture Information Session (Echo360)
    DATE: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016
    TIME: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    DESCRIPTION: Please join us for a discussion of the new, next-generation lecture capture system at UMass Amherst: the Echo360 Active Learning Platform (ALP). We’ll take a look at the options for capturing your lectures and content, how to find your way around the ALP, integrating with your learning management system, how to request the service, where to get support, and more.


  • EVENT: Managing Student Video Projects User Group
    DATE: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
    TIME: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    DESCRIPTION: Are your students producing videos for class projects? Join us for a discussion of best practices for successful student video workflow: from shooting and editing, to sharing and providing feedback.


  • EVENT: Photosharing: Teaching and Learning with Instagram
    DATE: Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016
    TIME: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    DESCRIPTION: According to the Pew Research Center 53 percent of young adults ages 18-29 are using Instagram, a social photo and video-sharing application. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll cover the basics of Instagram, and explore some of its uses in higher education. More importantly, we’re going to get out of the classroom and get some practice taking, transforming, and sharing pictures and videos. This is a snow/rain or shine workshop. (Bring weather-appropriate outdoor gear.) Prerequisite: Please have a mobile device that can take pictures and has an updated version of the Instagram app. Need help installing Instagram? Contact IT User Services: 413-545-9400 (8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., M-F). Email:


  • EVENT: Instructional Uses of Google Apps User Group
    DATE: Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
    TIME: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    DESCRIPTION: Are you using Google Apps in your courses? Join us for a discussion of how you’re using Google Apps, what’s working for you, what’s not, best practices, and anything else related to Google Apps you’d like to discuss.


  • EVENT: Top Hat Classroom Response System
    DATE: Tuesday, January 12, 2016
    TIME: 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    DESCRIPTION: Top Hat’s classroom response system is a web based app that uses computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. If you’re interested in incorporating certain types of non-high stakes testing, interactive exercises, or if you teach classes with off-campus learners, we think you could benefit from incorporating Top Hap into your course plans. Top Hat representative will also tell us about their offline solution to internet connectivity issues.