Digital Brown Bag Event Series

Bring a lunch, join the conversation, shape the future

Every other week, we get together over lunch and talk about innovative learning and teaching practices at UMass Amherst. We invite anyone interested in these topics to join us for a series of brown bag lunches. Bring your lunch, your curiosity, your opinions, and any great stories you can share about these topics. If you can’t make it in person, a live video conferencing connection is available.

digitalbrownbagTrends, Challenges, and Technology in Higher Education: Horizon Report 2016

Friday, March 4, 12-1 p.m.
Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of the future. The Horizon Report, released each year by the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, compiles a set of key trends, challenges, and new technologies that a panel of 80 experts thinks will be influential in higher education over the next five years. What do you think will happen?

Collaboration and Discussion

Friday, March 18, 12-1 p.m.
Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of new ways to collaborate and discuss topics online. New tools are emerging that provide students and instructors with unique ways to share and comment on ideas. Come see what is possible and share what you would find most useful.

Data Visualization

Friday, April 1, 12-1 p.m.
Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of how visuals can make the story behind the data more compelling. See how instructors and students in any academic discipline (not just science, technology, engineering and math) can use new tools to make powerful visual representations of all types of data.

Lecture Capture

Friday, April 15, 12-1 p.m.
Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of how recording course content can enhance learning. Tools are available that can record live lectures in the classroom or help create short pre-recorded snippets. See what is possible, and discuss what makes these recordings most effective.

Grading with Writing-Improvement Tools

Friday, April 29, 12-1 p.m.
Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of evaluating and giving feedback on student written work. Many available tools already include powerful features that can enhance this process. Join us to discover and share techniques for helping your students get the guidance they need.

Technology Successes & Challenges: 2015-2016 Academic Year Wrap-Up

Friday, May 13, 12-1 p.m.
Did you have a great year teaching with technology? A horrible one? Or was it a mixed bag? Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of your 2015-2016 successes and challenges with teaching with technology.

Events will be held in W.E.B. Du Bois Library, Room 750.


No registration is required, but we’d love to know if you’re coming: you get to this registration page, click on “Spring 2016 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.

Can’t make it in person,  but you’d still like to participate?

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