Oberlin Center for Technologically Enhanced Teaching


January 10, 2017 OCTET Winter Term Workshop

EdTech Workshop for Professional Staff

What? Short presentations on some of the projects that are of greatest interest around campus: Construction on campus, Library update, Athletics update, Oberlin Online, the new Learning Management System, Dean of Students presentation AND short presentations — by YOU — on what’s happening in your shop

When? Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017  starting at  9am (or 8:30 if you’re interested in some coffee, pastriesand pre-conference conversation)

Where ? Mudd Center, Seeley G. (Main Library), Mudd 052 (basement)

Lunch will be served in Azariah, main level, Mudd (reservations are no longer being taken for lunch)

While registration is closed, if you interested in attending any of these sessions, email octet@oberlin.edu and we’ll get back to you asap with information about whether or not there is still space.


8:30-8:50 Coffee, Pastries
9 – 9:20 Intro – Change is in the air!
Albert Borroni
Director, OCTET
9:25 – 9:45 Construction/Update plans Steve Varelmann
College Architect
9:50 – 10:10 Lightning Round Everyone
10:15 – 10:35 Athletics/Wellness Update Natalie Winkelfoos
Delta Lodge Director, Athletics, and PE
10:40 – 11:00 Oberlin Online transition
Bill Denneen
Director Web Initiatives
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 11:35 Resource Management Process
Mike Frandsen
Vice President for Finance & Administration
11:40 – 12:00 Dean of Students update Meredith Raimondo
VP & Dean of Students
12:00 – 12:30 Library update  Alexia Hudson-Ward
Director of Libraries
12:30 -1:00 Lunch
(reservations closed)
1:00 – 2:00 Hands-on Workshops

  • Photoshop workshop (Computer Lab, main floor Mudd)
  • Qualtrics workshop (Mudd 052)
  • New LMS options (Study room, main floor Mudd)

workshops are being conducted at the same time.


Staff Teaching, Technology and more: Jan 13th, 2016


Wednesday January 13, 2016 Mudd Library, Academic Commons

9:00- 9:25          coffee available

9:30- 9:45          Intro — Albert Borroni

9:45-10:15        Client Services — Chester Andrews

10:15-10:40     AMAM — Andria Derstine, Jason Trimmer, Liliana Milkova: Tumblr site   eMuseum

10:40-11:00     Library — Megan Mitchell

11:00-11:30     Curricular Coherence — Tim Elgren    Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 5.54.23 PM

11:30-12:10     Lunch

12:10-12:30     Buildings & Spaces — Steve Varelmann

12:30-1:00 OCTET – current projects

1:00-1:10 Break

1:10-1:30 Quick Hits –

  • Alison Ricker / Data Archiving
  • Bob Peters / Tools Used in the Languages
  • Linda Iroff, Scott Saluga / Oberlin Technology Store
  • Pete Naegele / Psychology / Research
  • Anne Salich / Ohio 5 data preservation initiative


Data from student and faculty survey conducted in 2013

Technology in the service of teaching and learning: data from spring survey of Faculty & Students, 2013

We have created a site to provide feedback — finally — with respect to the tech and teaching survey taken by 118 faculty last spring.  The survey addressed faculty use of technology and their desires/needs for technology in the future.

It also contains information from the student survey that was taken by >400 students.

Thanks to everyone that filled it out. The results have already been used to inform a SPRITE committee on learning management systems AND classroom spaces.  We’ve also used it to make decisions on workshops and are using it as a starting place for discussions that involve student observations on tech and learning.

We are still referring to some of this data although we recognize that it may be out of date already.


Mobility in the Classroom

Here’s a list of some apps that may help you use your iPad in the classroom more effectively.  Click here to access the google doc.  This document was created for the 2013 Teaching with Technology workshop for faculty and teaching staff.  Let’s EMERGE together!


OMnI workshop completed

After a week of sessions taught by modeler Tony Starfield and past participants, current participants became more familiar with how to use computational modeling methods in their teaching. The workshop also paired faculty, who are content specialists, with current Oberlin students, who are programming .  The faculty/student team worked to create an exercise that will be used in one or multiple courses. The aim was to create exercises for students in various classes across the curriculum that emphasizes the principles of exploring a problem through modeling  and also providing an engaging and authentic experience for  understanding specific content.

Some faculty have had the opportunity to complete their exercise. It can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/oberlin.edu/ominsummer2010followup/.  Modules from past participants can also be found there.


Teaching and Learning: Using iPads in the Classroom


slide deck for Educause presentation

Here’s the link to the Educause slide deck for my presentation:



Colleges Take Varied Approaches to iPad Experiments, With Mixed Results


sync and charge multiple iPads??


interesting project from University of Miami

The University of Miami Libraries’ Digital Scholarship and Programs Department is proud to announce Paperless University, a new blog about our experiences becoming a paper-free department at the Otto G. Richter Library.  Armed with iPads, we have spent the past two months learning what it takes to live without paper in the office environment, and are using the blog to share our knowledge with the world and foster a community of University of Miami students, faculty, and staff interested in the concept of going paperless.


Currently, our six department members constitute the blog’s only authors, but we hope to change this soon.  We welcome and encourage other people from the UMiami community willing to go paperless in some aspect of their lives—whether as librarians, staff, students, researchers, or faculty—to register as authors and begin sharing.  Comments on posts are also encouraged.  We aim to make the site as participatory as possible, and are actively recruiting people to join us.


Developing this blog has been a great experience. I hope that we can reach an audience beyond our University, so please share this with anyone you think would be interested. If you have any questions, you can send an email to paperlessu@miami.edu and either myself or one of the editors will be happy to answer them.


The URL for Paperless University is http://paperless.library.miami.edu/