December Skillshops and New Ed Tech Lunches

14 November 2023
By Wiebke Kuhn

This winter, Academic Technology offers three ways that faculty and staff can deepen their expertise in different learning and teaching technologies.

Skillshop logo with icons of laptop, headset with microphone, mouse, and tablet with pen. The logo is circular and includes the words "Academic Technology Skillshop."


  • Moodle 4.2: Gradebook: Grading with backward design in mind – December 11, 2023, 10-10:30am
  • Moodle 4.2: Specifications Grading and Moodle – December 11, 2023, 10:30-11am
  • Moodle 4.2: Due Dates and Timeline Block – December 11, 2023, 11-11:30am
  • Moodle 4.2: Strategies for Managing Groups – December 11, 2023, 11:30-noon
  • Accessibility & Access: Moodle and Ally: How to access Ally in Moodle and how to use the instructor feedback panel to fix flagged issues – December 12, 10-10:30am
  • Accessibility & Access: Adobe Acrobat Professional’s cropping and optical character recognition (OCR) features – December 12, 10:30-11am
  • Learning Tools: Learn how to use tagging in and see the new YouTube transcription annotation feature – December 13, 10-10:30am
  • Learning Tools: Poll Everywhere: Interested in a classroom polling system? This skillshop will show you how to get registered for a Poll Everywhere account and how to get started with creating activities – December 13, 10:30-11am
  • Learning Tools: Linkedin Learning: How to create a curated Learning Path and add Linkedin Learning to your Moodle course – December 13, 11-11:30am
  • Productivity: File Storage in Google: where do I find my files and how long do I keep them? – December 13, 11:30-noon
  • Multimedia Production: Lecture Capture & Course Videos Made Easy: Panopto( and Zoom) to Moodle – December 14, 10-10:30am

Drop-in Hours during December

Academic Technology will continue to offer drop-in hours November 27th and 30th 2-4pm, and December 8, 11-15, 1-3pm.  For specific times and Zoom link, go to ITS Calendar.  We are available via appointment through December 22nd and back on January 2nd with more drop-in hours.  We will also respond to tickets during the winter break, with a delayed response time.

Ed Tech Lunches

Each Thursday, we offer bytes of learning and informal sessions on technology for teaching and learning, deeper dives, thinking abut inclusion and equity, and explorations into the technologies you are using.  Technologies include Moodle, Gradescope, Ally,, Poll Everywhere, Google applications, ArcGIS, Adobe Acrobat Professional, LinkedIn Learning, Carlsites, and more. Join us to learn and experiment in community. Lunch is offered. Please indicate your interest in this Google Form. All workshops, unless otherwise noted, will take place in Weitz026, the IdeaLab.

  • January 11: IdeaLab Open House – we have redone the IdeaLab space with individual and collaborative learning spaces and a VR corner.
  • January 18: Gradescope – This session will focus on a review of the Gradescope app for students as well as the online assignment option for Gradescope, and how to create auto-graded questions.  (Don Vosburg)
  • January 25: Content management and sharing in ArcGIS Online: This session presents content management and sharing options in ArcGIS Online for effective uses in teaching and collaborative research. How to create the various content types in ArcGIS Online is not addressed in the session. (Wei-Hsin Fu)
  • February 1: Poll Everywhere – Already familiar with Poll Everywhere and poll creation? This session will review some of the more advanced options of activity creation and configuration in Poll Everywhere. (Don Vosburg)
  • February 8: Zotero (R&I Librarians)
  • February 15: Capturing handwritten notes and board work: Gradescope app, Notability, Rocketbook (Carly Born, Don Vosburg)
  • February 22: Level up in Moodle with Moodle Forum types – use, display options, groups (Em Palencia, Carly Born)
  • February 29: The Storytelling and Tech involved in Creating Audio Podcasts with Audacity. Pew Research reports that in the last decade, the number of American adults listening to at least one audio podcast a month jumped from 13% to 43%.  Creating engaging podcasts is not only an effective way for students to synthesize information, it’s also a skillset that can benefit them in their lives beyond Carleton. This session walks attendees through some podcast preparation and introduces recording and editing skills using Audacity.  Bring your laptop, and consider downloading this Tips Sheet and the Audacity software in advance. (Dann Hurlbert)