The Faculty Assistance Center for Technology, or FACT Lab, is a service at the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. We work with faculty at the college to develop strategies to leverage technology for teaching, research, and service. With all the new tools that seem to be invented every day in the tech industry, we think about how we can best use these tools for teaching in K-12 and higher ed. We also explore how new apps, gadgets, and tech can illuminate new ways of seeing and collecting data in research.

We conduct regular workshops and professional development seminars that discuss the intersection of technology, teaching, and research. We also publish documents and videos about leveraging technology for teaching and learning. Our facilitators, who are educational technologists, are also available for one-on-one strategy sessions for faculty interested in thinking about technology and how it can be used to align with pedagogical goals.

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We create and collect various resources, documents, and videos that are useful for better understanding technology as it relates to education and research. Our lab offers many services as well, such as professional development workshops and one-on-one instructional design support to help faculty leverage what technology can offer in today’s classrooms. Below are our main categories of resources:

» Our past workshops and professional development seminars, with handouts and resources from workshops

» Downloads, documents, videos, worksheets, and software related to tech in teaching and research

» Our blog, where we post various items of interest from our work at the FACT lab

» News from around the web about tech, teaching, and research

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Work with FACT

We conduct regular workshops on tech issues related to teaching, research, and university service. Here is a list of our upcoming and past workshops.

The FACT coordinators are available by appointment to any UIC College of Education faculty for one-on-one workshops or support to find ways to leverage technology for teaching and research. Contact us to set up an appointment and let us know what you are doing in your classes. Our facilitators are experts in integrating technology into classroom instruction, particularly Web 2.0 and social technologies. We specialize in applying the latest perspectives and findings in learning with emerging technology trends and affordances – we are full of ideas!

The FACT Lab also conducts ongoing research on the use of technology in teaching and research. If you are interested in participating in some of our studies with your courses, we would love to work with you! Our work includes surveys, implementation studies, and usability analyses of technologies in teaching and research. If you are interested in participating, we would be excited to have you – contact us!

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Upcoming Events

We conduct regular workshops around technology topics in teaching, research, and university service. Our upcoming seminars are listed here.

List of Upcoming Workshops for 2017-2018 Academic Year

Reference Resource Management: Mendeley

Description: How do you keep track of references and citations? Are you still typing citations and references manually? In this workshop you will learn the key functions of Mendeley reference management. Mendeley is a combination of a desktop application and a website which helps you manage, share and discover both the content and contacts in your research. We will cover adding citations to your reference library, organizing and managing those citations, creating a bibliography, and using the Microsoft Word plug-in to easily insert citations from Mendeley into your documents.

Date: October 19, 2017. 10 am – 11 am

Room: 3427 ETMSW

This workshop is open to Faculty and Graduate Students in COE. If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please register here!

Facilitating Virtual Tutoring and Meetings using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Description: Learn how to use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to facilitate virtual office hours for your online class, or coordinate a research project meeting. During this face-to-face workshop, we will explore how to access Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, navigate the collaboration panel, and share files. We will test the end user experience as a student and a moderator so you will be comfortable using this tool.

Date: September 14, 2017. 10 am – 11 am

Room: Educational Technology Lab (ETL), COE

This workshop is open to all GAs, RAs, and TAs in COE. If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please register here!

Getting Your Course Ready for New Faculty including TAs

Description: New Faculty and Instructors! Welcome to the College of Education at UIC. This workshop is designed to introduce new Faculty, TAs, and Instructors to the UIC Blackboard Web Course Management System. Participants will be provided with an overview of ways to develop their new course site, learn to use tools, and begin uploading their course materials.

We encourage you to bring your own laptop to the workshop so that you can set up your new course or worksite for teaching, research, and/or service during the workshop. If you register in advance, we will provide you with an empty course shell that you can use for practice during the workshop.

Date: August 23, 2017.  2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

Room: 3427 ETMSW

This workshop is open to all GAs, RAs, and TAs in COE. If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please register here!

The Flipped Classroom
November 21, 9:00am. Immediately before the UIC College of Education Faculty Meeting. Putting student interactions first by using technology to make lectures “homework.”



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