This Week in ID – 10/6 to 10/14

VoiceThread is an interactive discussion and collaboration tool built into myCourses that can be used to facilitate rich, asynchronous conversations around images, documents, presentations, and videos. Join us at tomorrow’s Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread workshop to learn about taking your online discussions to the next level using this exciting new tool.

REEF Polling allows instructors to shake up their lectures by engaging students with multiple choice, numeric, and short answer questions. Students can respond from their phone, tablet, or laptop and the instructor can display the results data immediately afterward on the projector to discuss as a class. Attend our Polling with REEF workshop next week on Wednesday afternoon to learn more about this in-class engagement tool.

Facilitating group work as an instructor can be challenging, but the benefits of student collaboration is undeniable. We invite instructors to join us at our “Where Group Work Meets Technology” workshop next week on Thursday afternoon to discuss some strategies and technologies that can be used to aid in the facilitation of group work.

Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread
Friday, October 7th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 226

Polling with REEF
Wednesday, October 12th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 225

Where Group Work Meets Technology
Thursday, October 13th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 128

To Register for Instructional Development Workshops & Events:

  1. Visit the myUMassD Full Calendar at
  2. Login using your UMassD Login information if prompted.
  3. Enter the workshop name in the search box or click on the date of the workshop in the calendar.
  4. Click on the workshop title and then click the “Register” button.

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