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2023 Technology-Enhanced Learning Symposium

Thursday, May 18, 2023 | Zoom

Symposium Theme: Open Horizons

In the realms of higher education, the pervasive use of technology during the Covid-19 pandemic left an indelible imprint on how and where we learn together. For this year's TEL Symposium, we would like to explore new and emerging contexts for teaching and learning with technology at UT, considering how they open up new possibilities.

  • What kinds of new tools or opportunities offer opportunities and challenges (e.g., ChatGPT)?
  • How do we define the spaces of learning from differing vantage points?
  • How has technology both expanded and created new barriers for shared understanding?
  • What role does technology have to play in addressing equity issues in higher education?
  • What role does online or hyflex learning have to play in the reimagined future(s) we face?
  • How should we see the exponentially increased use of data in understanding student learning and retention?
  • What elements of the digital divide and the gaps in our perceptions about the student experience and student realities must we continue to address?
  • How are our partners or collaborators (on- or off-campus) considering opportunities to work and learn with us?
  • What can remain digital/digitally-mediated and what must be restored the "non-digital" learning?
  • How can we push back against the privileged metaphor of "seeing" as a way of knowing or interacting with our students? How can we reimagine this concept from the perspective of accessibility or inclusivity?


We have created a collection of all TEL 2023 sessions so you can watch the recorded videos.


Symposium Schedule

Thursday, May 18 

9:00 - 9:15am

> Welcome/Orientation 

> Opening Remarks (Dr. Art Markman, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost

9:15 - 9:45am

> "A Framework for Adoption of New Teaching and Learning Technologies in the 'Learning Technology Adoption Process' (LTAP) for UT" (Gen Marconette- Office of Academic Technology, University of Texas at Austin) || Focus: Why we need a roadmap for adopting new teaching and learning technologies-even for experienced drivers. [Watch Session]

> "Where’s the Canvas data? An update from Academic Affairs" (Jeff Freels- Strategic Academic Initiatives, Academic Affairs) 


> "Using CIDIlabs DesignPLUS to Design Beautiful Courses in Canvas" (Andrea Rampone - Value Institute for Health and Care, University of Texas at Austin) [Session Description] [Watch Session]

> "Experimenting with Instagram" (Alexis Garcia - Texas Global, University of Texas at Austin) [Session Description]


​> "Mind The Gap: A Microcredential Strategy to Empower Students" (Javier Motta-Mena, Steven Walls - McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin) [Session Description] [Watch Session]

> "Building Canvas Engagement with HTML" (Caleb Magness - Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin) [Session Description]

11:30am-12:00 pm

> "The Teaching Toolbox: App-y Tools for instruction" (Angela Turner, Karyn Kondoff, Elista Street - ITS, University of Texas at Austin) [Session Description] [Watch Session]

> "Concept mapping across the learning and assessment spectrum" (Brian Moon - Perigean Technologies) [Session Description


Keynote: "Opening Horizons: Imagining High-Quality Hands-On Learning Online"(Dr. Julie Schell, Assistant Vice Provost of Academic Technology, Office of Academic Technology)

Transforming hands-on, applied coursework into high-quality, engaging online learning experiences can be a puzzle. In this keynote, we'll examine an extreme case study of a UT Austin opera course that moved entirely online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will explore five attributes that contributed to the course's academic resilience -- the capacity to survive, grow, and adapt amid disruption--even with its profoundly hands-on nature. This five-attribute model also broadens perspectives on adapting an array of existing instructional activities for high-quality online implementation regardless of the situation. [Watch Session]

After this keynote, participants will be able to: 

  • Define the concept of academic resilience in hands-on coursework based on a local case study.
  • Draw on a framework to promote academic resilience for hands-on --and other types of learning-- in online environments. 
  • Identify creative ways to convert a variety of instructional activities into high-quality, online, or digital learning experiences, no matter the educational circumstances.

Hands-On Workshops I (Zoom breakout rooms)     
> "Using Video to Enhance Feedback and Reflection" (Sarah Dille, UTeach Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin) [Session Description] [Watch Session]

> "Terracotta for Canvas and Research" (Dr. Ben Motz, Assistant Professor (Psychology) and Associate Director, eLearning Research and Practice Lab, Pervasive Technology Institute - Indiana University) [Session Description


Hands-On Workshops II      
> "Exploring UTCreates: Transformational Learning and Scholarship Within and Beyond ePortfolios" (Dr. Heather Wright, Annie Oliveri, Quinn Stewart, Felicia Li, Sherry Lai, Kaylee Su, and Tiffany Ngo - The University of Texas at Austin) [Session Description

> "Empowering Equitable Learning: Leveraging Microsoft & Ally to Foster Accessibility in Canvas Courses" (Karyn Kondoff, Elista Street - ITS, University of Texas at Austin) [Session Description] [Watch Session]


Hands-On Workshop III

> "The Digital Body as Landscape" (venese medovich alcantar, MFA Candidate in Movement as Social Justice, University of Texas at Austin) [Session Description] [Watch Session]

Keynote Presentation


Julie Schell

Dr. Julie Schell, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of Academic Technology (University of Texas at Austin)