Winter 2024 Programming

Decorative icon.Join OpenEd’s Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) team as well as your fellow instructors and teaching assistants this winter as we explore various educational technologies and how they can be leveraged to enhance teaching and learning.

On-going sessions, specific programming for January, February, March, and April, and personalized sessions are available.


Web Conferencing Classroom Orientations & Practice Sessions

Date & Time: Ongoing (by appointment)
Location: Day Hall, Room 118

If you are assigned to a Lecture Web Conferencing or Seminar Web Conferencing Classroom, you may be interested in an orientation or practice session in our demo room in Day Hall.

Our 30- to 45-minute, in-person orientation sessions are facilitated by an instructional technology specialist (ITS), and include a walkthrough of the classroom technology, a chance to try out your laptop in the room, and an opportunity to better understand the in-person and remote student experience.

Alternatively, if you are already familiar with the web conferencing classrooms from a previous semester, you may also use the registration form to book time in our demonstration room to practice and test on your own by selecting the Practice Session option.

To register, complete the Demonstration Classroom Booking Form. You will be asked to provide three potential availability windows when requesting an orientation or practice session. Our team will make every effort to accommodate your availability.

Online Workshop: Get Started with Gradescope

Date & Time: Ongoing
Location: Online (Zoom)

Offered directly by our partners at Gradescope, these hour-long workshops are available on various dates and times throughout the semester.

Gradescope's team of trainers provide thorough demonstrations and answer questions about the platform. Please note that the trainers are not affiliated with the University. If you have a question about Gradescope specific to our institution, please contact CourseLink Support.

In the Get Started with Gradescope workshop, you learn how to:

  • Set up assignments where students can submit freeform work (no printers or templates needed)
  • Grade your existing exams and homework on Gradescope
  • Make rubric changes as you grade—changes apply to previously graded work to maintain consistency
  • Write each comment only once—apply previously used comments with a click
  • Use ‘assignment analytics’ to gain insight into student learning

Register through Gradescope’s website.


CourseLink Demo and Q&A

Date & Time: Thursday, January 18, 2024 | 2–3 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Register for CourseLink Demo and Q&A

Have you hit a roadblock in CourseLink trying to set up a dropbox folder, discussion topic, or quiz? Are you looking for advice on the best way to collect and assess submitted work? Perhaps you are wondering how to turn on Turnitin for similarity checking, create groups, or set up your gradebook? If so, this session is for you!

Join our instructional technology specialist and “CourseLink Guru”, Owen Wooding for this informal session intended to help you address your CourseLink-related questions. Come out and see some demonstrations and improve your CourseLink experience this semester and beyond!

Owen brings more than 12 years of experience working with CourseLink and helping instructors at U of G and U of GH expand their use of the learning management system.

Given that this is an informal session where participants will determine the content, there are no tool-specific learning outcomes; however, by attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Improve your understanding of CourseLink
  • Build confidence with the available CourseLink tools
  • Resolve pressing questions related to your use of CourseLink
  • Build a better teaching and learning experience for you and your students

Looking for a more structured overview of CourseLink tools and options? Please review the recordings from our F23 CourseLink Basics Series.


February is Gradescope Month!

Gradescope Support Drop-In Dates, Times, and Locations:

  • Monday, February 12 | 2–3 p.m. | Online: Zoom (no registration required!)
  • Tuesday, February 20 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Onsite: McLaughlin Library room 262 (Flexible Learning Lab)
  • Thursday, February 22 | 2–4 p.m. | Online: Zoom (no registration required!)

During February, we are showcasing our previously recorded Gradescope training sessions that illustrate how our CourseLink-integrated platform can be used to facilitate various types of assessment in your course.

Our most recent Gradescope session recordings and corresponding slides are available to view/download from the following links:

You are also welcome to visit our comprehensive Gradescope support pages for more information about Gradescope and its assignment types that support various types of assessments.

To further support you in implementing Gradescope into your assessments, we are offering dedicated appointment-free drop-in hours to help you get your assignments or exams set up in Gradescope. Please see the dates, times, and locations section for details.

Can’t make it on any of the scheduled dates? No problem. You can email the ITS team to set up a meeting to discuss implementation of Gradescope that works best for your schedule.

Learning Outcomes:

After reviewing these resources, you will be able to:

  • Create the connection between your course in CourseLink and Gradescope via the Gradescope Deep Link integration
  • Design a grading scheme and feedback for assignment questions using Gradescope’s built-in rubric feature
  • Upload and manage assignments in Gradescope
  • Publish grades from Gradescope assignments to the CourseLink gradebook


Featuring Instructor Perspectives on iClicker Cloud

iClicker Support Drop-In Dates, Times, and Locations:

  • Wednesday, March 20 | 10–11 a.m. | On-Site – Day Hall Room 118
  • Thursday, March 21 | 2–3 p.m. | Online – Zoom (no registration required!)

During February, we are highlighting instructor perspectives of using iClicker Cloud as a student response system in courses and related iClicker Cloud resources:

These resources will allow you to:

  • Identify ways to engage with students via a student response system (such as iClicker Cloud)
  • Design activities that provide you and your learners with instant feedback
  • Compose questions and activities that act as check-in points for you and your learners

To further support you in implementing iClicker into your course, we are offering dedicated appointment-free drop-in hours to help you get your activities up in iClicker. Please see the dates, times, and locations section for details.

Can’t attend on these dates? No problem. You can always email the ITS team to set up a meeting that works best for your schedule.

Additional W24 instructional technology programming will be posted soon.

Keep an eye out for an announcement on CourseLink!


Are you looking for a session on a specific supported educational technology for your college, department, or instructional team? Our ITS team offers personalized sessions for large and small groups and will work with you to tailor a session to your needs.

To request a session, please contact the ITS team.



Web Conferencing Classroom Drop-Ins

These in-person drop-in sessions are intended for instructors who are teaching in a Web Conferencing Lecture Room or Seminar Classroom during the W24 semester.

Whether it is your first time using one of U of G’s web conferencing rooms or you are just looking for a refresher before the semester gets underway, please stop by during one of our drop-in periods and a member of our team will walk you through the setup process, including:

  • Downloading and installing the DisplayLink driver
  • Connecting your computer to the room AV system via USB
  • Setting up a multi-monitor display
  • Selecting the appropriate settings on the room panel (Crestron)
  • Adjusting the room camera(s)
  • Connecting the room technology with your preferred web conferencing tool (Zoom or Teams)

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Download and install the DisplayLink driver to your laptop
  • Connect your laptop to the web conferencing system via USB
  • Arrange a multi-monitor display system to meet your teaching preferences
  • Adjust room settings (e.g., camera, microphone) to accommodate on-site and online learners

Please note that drop-in assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are unable to join us for the drop-in session, please book a time to meet with us in Day Hall’s web conferencing demonstration classroom.

The following two drop-in sessions available (no registration required):

Web Conferencing Classroom Drop-in Session 1

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 3, 2024 | 2–4 p.m.
Location: MCKN 117 (Lecture) and MCKN 230 (Seminar)

Web Conferencing Classroom Drop-in Session 2

Date & Time: Thursday, January 4, 2024 | 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Location: MCKN 117 (Lecture) and MCKN 230 (Seminar)