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The Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) will design workshops, on request, on topics related to teaching and learning using technology. In addition, we offer regularly scheduled workshops on a wide range of teaching and learning issues.

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Save the Date! 2015 Teaching and Learning Symposium

Teaching and Learning Symposium LogoThursday, August 20, 2015
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Denton Campus; Opening Session Video-conferenced to Dallas & Houston

About the Teaching and Learning Symposium

This half-day event will bring together the TWU Community to share best practices, models and lessons-learned in uses of technology both in the face-to-face and online classrooms. The opening session will be video-conferenced to Dallas and Houston, followed by three hours of concurrent sessions and then lunch on the Denton campus. Be on the lookout for more information and registration.

Opening Keynote Speaker

Photo of Heather Joseph Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC

Heather Joseph serves as the Executive Director of SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, an international coalition of academic and research libraries working to expand the global, open communication of research and scholarship.

Ms. Joseph leads the strategic and operational activities of the organization and has focused SPARC’s efforts on creating and supporting new models for sharing digital articles, data and educational resources. Under her stewardship, SPARC has become widely recognized as the leading international force for effective Open Access policy advocacy, successfully securing legislation and executive actions in the United States, Canada and Europe.

To support SPARC’s mission, Ms. Joseph spearheaded the launch of the student Right to Research Coalition, an international advocacy organization that has grown to represent nearly seven million students worldwide, and provides opportunities for students and early career researchers to actively engage in advocacy for the open sharing of research and scholarship. She is also the convener of the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, a national coalition of major U.S. education, research and advocacy organizations that advocate for public access to the results of federally funded research. 

Prior to joining SPARC, she spent 15 years as a publishing executive in both commercial and not-for-profit publishing organizations. Ms. Joseph serves on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Public Library of Science (PLOS), DuraSpace and the Center for Open Science. She is an active participant in projects and committees at several U.S. federal agencies and was recently appointed to the Secretary of Commerce’s Advisory Council on Digital Data. Ms. Joseph is a frequent speaker and writer on topics relating to opening up access to knowledge.

Call for Proposals - Teaching and Learning Symposium (TLS)

The Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology is looking for some informative and exciting presentation proposals focused on the topic of technology use in the face-to-face and online classrooms.We are now accepting presentation proposals for the concurrent sessions. Please note: This year's TLS will only feature presentations. We will not have poster presentations.

Who Can Submit a Proposal

All TWU faculty, adjuncts and graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) are invited to submit a presentation proposal for consideration. Due to the limited number of presentation slots available, not every proposal will be accepted for a presentation. You may submit more than one presentation proposal and have multiple presenters. Houston Faculty - TLT will cover travel expenses for faculty presenters from Houston, should your proposal be accepted.

Why Present

  • Other instructors can learn from your experiences
  • The TWU Community can learn more about the great things going on at the University in teaching and learning
  • Presenting looks great on your résumé and vita

Presentation Tracks

  • Teaching with Classroom-based Technology – Successful teaching and learning techniques and/or activities using TWU’s classroom technologies
  • Teaching with Online Technology – Successful teaching and learning techniques and/or activities using online technology
  • Research in Teaching and Learning with Technology – Planned or ongoing research on topics related to teaching and learning with technology
  • Creative Uses of Technology – Successful uses of technology tools
  • Student Success – Successful teaching strategies aimed at learning enhancement and academic success

Presentation Technology

Each presentation room will have a PC classroom presentation station, internet access, and projector with screen. You will have the opportunity to list additional technology requirements on the proposal submission form.

Submitting Your Proposal

The Proposal Submission form will ask you for the following:

  • Presenter information and contact information
  • Co-presenter(s) information and contact information (if applicable)
  • Presentation Track
  • Technology Needs
  • Presentation Title*
  • Presentation Abstract* – 50 words or less

*Both the Presentation Title and Abstract may be edited by the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology due to space restraints in the program. Should your proposal be accepted, we ask that your final presentation match the title and abstract you submit here, as our attendees will use this information to decide whether or not to attend your session.


  • Proposals are due by July 15, at 5 p.m.
  • Notification of acceptance will occur on or before Friday, July 24.

Submit a presentation proposal.

Houston Trainings

All Houston faculty, adjuncts, staff and GAs are invited to attend the following trainings. These trainings are offered jointly by the Office of Technology and the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology.

Registration is not required. All trainings will be conducted online through Blackboard Collaborate unless otherwise noted.

Prepare your computer and learn how to interact during the presentation.

Access the live presentation here.

  • Blackboard:  Open Lab  |  August 24  |  12 - 1 p.m.  |  Room 4115
  • Blackboard Useful but Underutilized Features |  August 27  |  1 - 2 p.m.
  • Respondus, LockDown Browser & Monitor  |  September 1  |  12 - 1 p.m.
  • Designing Blended Learning Using the Flipped Approach  |  September 9  |  12 - 1 p.m.
  • Blackboard Collaborate - Basic  |  September 14  |  12 - 1 p.m.
  • Review of Quality Matters Standards  |  September 23  |  12 - 1 p.m.
  • Explore Google Apps  |  September 29  |  1 - 2 p.m.
  • Blackboard Rubrics & Inline Grading  |  October 1  |  1 - 2 p.m.
  • Blackboard Blogs & Wikis  |  October 5  |  12 - 1 p.m.
  • Tips for Success in the Online Environment  |  October 13  |  12 - 1 p.m.
  • Blackboard:  Open Lab  |  October 15  |  12 - 1 p.m.  |  Room 4115
  • Blackboard Collaborate - Advanced  |  October 20  |  12 - 1 p.m.
  • Poster Design Basics  |  October 23  |  12 - 1 p.m.
  • Blackboard:  The Grade Center Statistics & Reports  |  October 26  |  1 - 2 p.m.
  • Respondus, LockDown Browser & Monitor  |  November 4  |  1 - 2 p.m.
  • Blackboard:  Getting Ready for Next Semester  |  November 16  |  12 - 1 p.m.

Live to the Desktop Presentation

This presentation will be conducted online through Blackboard Collaborate. Access to the presentation will be provided at a later date. Registration is not required.

How to prepare your computer and interact during the presentation.

Teaching 2.0: Creating Pinterest Boards and Apps for Your Class

Thursday, September 17; 10 – 11 a.m.

Presented by: Dr. Mandy Stewart, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education and Dr. Derek Crews, Associate Professor in the School of Management

Schedule a Workshop

To schedule a workshop for your department or program, contact the TLT group at 940.898.3409. The TLT group also sends information on all TLT events via email.

Special Events

The TLT group also sponsors several special events for the TWU community. Each fall, the Online Educator Symposium brings together faculty and others to discuss teaching in the online environment. During the spring semester, TLT sponsors the Academic Success Series (a lecture and/or workshop session followed by two online sessions on related topics). During the summer, several TLT sponsored events take place. In June, invited Teaching Assistants can participate in the PILOT program. This four-week course covers basic concepts for teaching online and F2F for Teaching Assistants. The Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy also convenes in June.  A select group of faculty members and mentors attend a three day institute on teaching and learning and work through the year to explore some aspect of teaching. In July, the Online Faculty Development Program is offered for new TWU faculty members. This program covers course development and pedagogical concepts for teaching online.

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