Lightning Talks Fall 2021 Speaker Series: Exploring Innovations in Teaching & Technology
The Fall 2021 Lightning Talks series is a reflection and learning forum where Boston University faculty and invited guests identify areas of challenge and opportunity and share strategies for engaging educational experiences in the in-person environment. The speaker series, co-hosted by Digital Learning & Innovation and The Center for Teaching & Learning, is open to BU faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars.
About the Lightning Talk Format
Fast, peer-driven, and information-rich. Lightning Talks showcase four-to-five presenters—each exploring innovations in teaching and technology at BU. All speakers will adhere to a maximum three-slide format for a short and focused, five minute presentation.
At the conclusion of all presentations, the moderator will encourage and facilitate cross-disciplinary conversation on the topic.
Teaching within a Social Justice Framework
As we continue to grapple with how to create diverse, inclusive, and equitable classrooms, this series of Lightning Talks by faculty will provide examples of how a social justice lens can transform our teaching practices.
Friday, December 3, 2021
Held via Zoom
COMPLETE: Engaging Students with Technology Tools
Engaging and creative learning environment are often supported by a range of educational technology tools. In this series of Lightning Talks, faculty will highlight different tools and assignments that help them connect with and engage students in and out of class.
Friday, October 22, 2021 | 12:15-1:15 PM
Held via Zoom
Using Yellowdig to Extend and Deepen Classroom Discussions into a 24/7 world
In this Lightning Talk, Questrom Associate Dean Frederic Brunel will share his experience using the discussion platform Yellowdig in Questrom’s SM131 course, “Business, Ethics, and the Creation of Value.” He will present examples and data on how this tool is used to extend and deepen conversations outside the twice-weekly class meetings. This semester, it is deployed with 23 sections and about 870 students. Something that was originally deployed as part of LfA is now part of our new-normal course design.
Frederic Brunel, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program
BU Questrom School of Business
Nearpod: Advantages for Synchronous and Asynchronous Engagement
As we move back to the traditional classroom, there are certain technologies and techniques that deserve continued use. Nearpod successfully helps students to engage with the material and to work collaboratively, both synchronously and asynchronously (at their own pace). Integration with Google Slides makes collaboration much easier.
Alison Carberry & Sue Griffin, Master Lecturers, BU College of Arts & Sciences
Create Geographic Narratives with KnightLab’s StoryMapJS
In this talk, Dave DeCamp will give an overview of StoryMapJS—an open source platform for creating geographic narratives created by Northwestern’s KnightLab. Dave will outline how to access the platform, discuss its capabilities and limitations, and provide some example classroom activities using the platform.
Dave DeCamp, Educational Technologist, Digital Learning & Innovation
Using Padlet for Synchronous and Asynchronous Engagement
Professor Kate Lakin-Schultz will introduce Padlet, a free, online whiteboard and collaboration tool that is easy to use for both students and instructors for in class and at home engagement with course content. Padlet allows students to easily embed text, photos, video, web links and audio for visually appealing and multimodal sharing.
Introduction to Perusall: Engaging Students through Social Annotation
Are you looking to provide opportunities for students to engage with class materials and to interact with one another? In this presentation, Catherine Mazur-Jefferies, senior lecturer with CELOP BU Global Programs, provides an overview of the social annotation tool, Perusall, and offers strategies for students and faculty to build community as they annotate collaboratively using text and video.
Catherine Mazur-Jefferies, Senior Lecturer, CELOP, BU Global Programs
Lightning Talk Moderator: Jonathan Wisco
Dr. Jonathan J. Wisco is Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. His lab is interested in the histological validation of innovative imaging of anatomic pathologies and the educational scholarship of teaching and learning, notably in the spaces of curriculum design, faculty development, learning tools innovation, and service-learning.
Missed a 2020-21 Lightning Talk? Access the Lightning Talks Video Library
Check out the library of recordings and learn how Boston University faculty foster classroom community, build an inclusive classroom, manage long block or large lecture classes, and more. View the Lightning Talk recordings and presentations here.