About

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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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Resources

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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

Data Collection via Crowdsourcing Platforms

Description: Your research project or dissertation requires recruiting more than 100 participants for an on-line survey. However, you have a limited budget and limited time to conduct the research, not to mention the difficulties in screening a pool of tens of thousands of participants. Crowdsourcing websites, such as Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) and Prolific Academic, allow researchers to collect mass data in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner. In this workshop we will discuss how to implement your research project using Amazon MTurk and Prolific Academic.

When: March 15, 2018, 10 am to 11 am

Where: ETL

This workshop is open to Faculty and Graduate Students in the COE.  We hope to see you at the FACT Lab PD workshop if your busy schedule allows. If you are interested in participating in the upcoming workshop, please register here!

Collect Data Electronically using Qualtrics

Description: When you collect surveys from people who do not have an email address, or who are not familiar with completing electronic surveys in person, how have you distributed the survey and collected the results? Did you print out the survey and then manually enter the data in the computer? In this workshop, we will walk you through how to create surveys using Qualtrics, and provide tips and strategies for collecting data electronically when working with people who do not have an email address or are not familiar with completing electronic surveys.

When: February 15, 2018, 10 am to 11 am

Where: ETL

This workshop is open to Faculty and Graduate Students in the COE.  We hope to see you at the FACT Lab PD workshop if your busy schedule allows. If you are interested in participating in the upcoming workshop, please register here!

Formative Assessment Active Learning using PollEverywhere

Description: Are you looking for quick and informal assessment practices that simultaneously engage students and track their learning in class? In this workshop, we will introduce PollEverywhere and walk you through using this website in your classroom. Participants must register for this workshop in advance so that we can set up their PollEverywhere account. Participants will walk away with a range of skills in PollEverywhere that can be immediately used in their class.

When: January 18, 2018, 10 am to 11 am

Where: ETL

Hands-on Skills for editing Audio Files using Audacity

Description:  Do you have audio recorded files for your research and want to delete some parts? Did you record narration for your lecture and need to edit the audio file? In this session, we will demonstrate how to edit your audio recorded interview files or narrated lectures using Audacity, a free audio software. This hands-on skill will assist you with keeping your lectures concise and simple, leading your students to focus on your lecture and improving their learning experience.

When: December 14, 2017. 10 am to 11 am.

Where: ETL

This workshop is open to Faculty and Graduate Students in the COE.  We hope to see you at the FACT Lab PD workshop if your busy schedule allows. If you are interested in participating in the upcoming workshop, please register here!

Creating Engaging Lectures using Office Mix
Description: For decades PowerPoint has been used to deliver lessons and lectures. The basic functions of PowerPoint are easy to use; however, it has many special features that can take your lecture to a new level. One of these great features allows you to create a presentation with audio or video.  In this workshop, we will cover adding your voice to PowerPoint slides and creating interactive quizzes using Office Mix. This can turn a presentation from a plain set of slides into a self-contained instructional asset that stands alone and can be used by students for self-teaching. This is also a great way to test flipped content delivery.
When:November 16, 2017. 10 am to 11 am.
Where: ETL

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

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.

When:  October 19, 2017. 10 am – 11 am

Where: 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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