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The Technology Initiatives and Design Initiatives Teams within the Office of Scholarship and Innovation support faculty with various areas related to teaching with technology.

Training and Tools

As faculty prepare for the Fall 2020 semester, we put together a series of peer-to-peer learning conversations, focused particularly on Teaching at the doctoral level. These conversations are led by MLFTC faculty, who will share their experience in designing and teaching doctoral level courses online or in blended formats. These sessions will be recorded and videos can be accessed here: Teaching Doctoral Courses in Fall: Thematic Conversations.

The Design Initiatives Team brings principled innovation to educational systems through collaborative, design-based problem-solving. The team collaborates with partners across the education landscape to develop mindsets and cultures that value creativity and intrapreneurship.

Instructors who are investigating innovative ways to integrate technology into their pedagogy can schedule collaboration time with team members or attend professional learning sessions through the Technology Initiatives Team. Programs and learning events are available on the college calendar

The Canvas LMS includes effective ways for instructors to engage students, present material, assess learning and provide feedback, implement tools like Zoom and Slack, and enhance teaching and learning experiences through the benefits of technology. For basic Canvas operations, to get training and support, or to learn more about how to set up your courses in and use Canvas, please visit the UTO Canvas page. Assisting Faculty members in leveraging andvanced Canvas features is a service offered by the Technology Initiatives Team. 

Find more instructor development resources from the Technology Initiatives team, including:

  • Teaching with technology updates

  • Teacher Educator Technology Competencies

  • Resources for teaching with various technology tools (eg. Pear Deck and Flipgrid)

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IgnitED Labs

The IgnitED Labs are a network of exploratory locations open to faculty, staff and students. We have locations at Poly, Tempe, and West campuses. Faculty members can leverage these spaces for research, course integration, discovery or innovative inspiration. A host of emerging educational technologies awaits visitors of all interest levels. Visitors can experiment with mixed reality, including virtual reality and augmented reality, 3D printing, podcasting, programmables, telepresence robots, artificial intelligence, and other technologies relevant to education’s current and future changes. Instructors may choose to partner with the labs for visits, require students to create assignments in the labs or incorporate the technologies in creative ways. Faculty members interested in collaborating should contact Jodie Donner, lead technology strategist and head of IgnitED Labs, or submit a message on the IgnitEd labs website.

Contact IgnitED Labs

Policies, procedures & forms

MLFTC, like all of ASU, is governed by the Arizona Board of Regents Policy Manual and the relevant ASU Policies and Procedures manuals. In addition, all MLFTC faculty and staff members should familiarize themselves with the MLFTC Faculty Handbook.

MLFTC-specific forms and schedules for academic or business governance can be found at MLFTC Faculty and Staff Resources.

Digital learning

Digital learning teams from the Office of Digital Learning work in collaboration with colleagues, staff and faculty to design quality learning experiences for students.

Online programs and oCourses: A fully-online course developed for students who are taking their entire degree online.

Coordinated teams from Office of Digital Learning Current work with colleagues, faculty and staff affiliated with current online programs or online programs being designed or redesigned to guide program design, (re)design and develop courses in alignment with program goals and learning outcomes, revise courses to ensure quality of the learning experience, offer courses and coach the instructional team on teaching online courses. Instructors teaching oCourses are contacted by members of the coordinated teams in preparation for each course offering.

iCourses: A fully-online course developed for “immersion” students (students who physically attend classes on one of ASU’s physical campuses).

Instructors teaching iCourses will receive a survey asking about the ways they would like to work with the Office of Digital Learning, including assistance setting up the course shell, setting up groups and discussion forums, configuring course materials, and guidance on teaching a course online. Instructors asked by a division to (re)design the course materials for an iCourse can contact Shaun Beaty, director of digital learning.

Hybrid or Blended Courses: A hybrid class is taught using both face-to-face and Internet-delivered components, where the Internet-delivered components result in a reduction in regularly scheduled face-to-face meeting times. A blended course is a course in which students meet face-to-face, but the instructor uses some online technology to facilitate learning.

Programs offering hybrid or blended courses can contact Shaun Beaty, director of digital learning, to discuss opportunities to collaboratively design and develop digital course materials using instructional design principles.

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