Technology in Teaching Expo

Information Technology Services is excited to announce our second annual Teaching & Technology Expo. All Northeastern University faculty and staff are invited to engage with colleagues, share knowledge, hear how different departments are using technology and how Information Technology Services is supporting your efforts. Participant panels will take place in three locations at the Curry Student Center. Panel members from around the university will discuss and share their classroom challenges, concerns, perspectives, insights and solutions.

Schedule of Events

8:45a – 9:00a Registration, Curry 322

9:00a – 9:45a Keynote address, Curry 322

9:45a – 10:05 aATS welcome, Curry 322

10:15a – 11:25a Panel discussion session A, Curry 322, 333

11:30a – 12:00p Lunch, Curry 318 Infosession, ATS Booth

12:00p – 1:10p Panel discussion session B, Curry 322, 333

1:15p – 2:25p Panel discussion session C, Curry 322, 333

2:30p – 3:15p Closing presentation, Curry 322


9:00a – 9:45a – Refreshments will be served


At its core, science is a deeply human endeavor to understand and interpret our world. The passion, curiosity, and excitement that drives scientists; the painstaking pace of research; the accidents and mistakes that sometimes lead to important revelations, all are key elements of science that are often lost in the rush to convey facts and figures to the general public. But, without understanding how science – and scientists – work, non-scientists stand little chance of understanding the results they produce. This can be accomplished through a variety of formats, but broadcast and social media present special opportunities for connecting a broad audience to science.

Heather Goldstone is science correspondent for WCAI and WGBH Radio, and host of Living Lab, a weekly live interview show about science and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in ocean science from M.I.T. and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and spent a decade as an active researcher. Her reporting about scientific and environmental issues on Cape Cod has appeared on NPR, PBS News Hour, The Takeaway, and PRI’s The World. In 2014, she was named WGBH’s Margret and Hans Rey/Curious George Producer for her wide-ranging curiosity in reporting.

Curry 322 – Refreshments will be served

Lessons in Communicating Science to the Public

Panel Descriptions

10:15a – 11:25a


Zaption is a new online tool that lets instructors embed questions, discussion boards and annotations together in video for an interactive learning experience. In this session, we’ll hear from our Zaption pilot evaluation group on how they are using Zaption to improve student engagement and understanding.

Moderator: Michael Sweet, Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research

Panelist: Bob Steere, D’Amore Mc-Kim School of Business

Panelist: Nina Araujo, NU Global Network

Panelist: Kelli Hallamore, D’Amore Mc-Kim School of BusinessZaption


Portfolios allow students the opportunity to display their work. But also, when integrated into coursework, portfolios can scaffold student reflection about their work, professional standards, and their future career goals. In this session, faculty who are using Digication will address pedagogical, technological, and practical considerations of using portfolios for display and assessment.

Moderator: Laurie Poklop, Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research

Panelist: Jonathan Andrew, College of Social Sciences and Humanities Co-op

Panelist: Dania Dwyer, Writing Program, Department of English

Panelist: Lydia Young, Masters Program in Education
Learning & Instruction M.Ed. Concentration

e-Portfolios for Display and Assessment

Lunch and Technology Expo

11:30a – 12:00p

Get lunch and visit the Ask ATS booth to find out how to accomplish your teaching technology goals. Ask us how to:

  • record a lecture
  • create interactive modules
  • save time grading
  • create a pencast
  • display student work
  • poll students
  • hold class online
  • make educational games
  • make a video discussion board
  • book next gen collaboration space

Curry 318

12:00p – 1:10p


Digital Storytelling is combining images, sound and video to create a short video, usually with a strong emotional perspective. Stories can be instructional, reflective or persuasive and can be applied to almost any subject area. Communicating effectively requires a storyteller to carefully think about those who see and hear the story, and about the topic being presented. Learn how one instructor uses Digital Storytelling assignments to help her students become better communicators. See examples of actual student assignments and hear about the process and the opinions of the instructor and two of her students. Learn what tools and support are available to you for assigning Digital Storytelling to your students or to use storytelling as part of your own instructional methods. Moderator: Terry Beadle, Academic Technology Services Panelist: Melissa Pearson, English Student Panelists: Sharon Chan, Tyler Lew, and Claudia Valachovic Digital Storytelling


Learn how different groups on campus are using and growing a store of shared learning resources. You’ll hear from faculty who are adapting open learning resources for use in their own course and those who are creating resources to be shared within their departments. A panelist will also present on her work with students to create open resources of their own. Our panelists will also address the impact of the project and direction for future development. Moderator: Hillary Corbett, Scholarly Communication and Digital Publishing Panelist: Kat Hitchcock, College of Science Panelist: Rachel Lewis, English Panelist: Cecelia Musselman, English Open and Shared Learning Resources

1:15p – 2:25p


Social media has opened up new possibilities for faculty and student engagement. In this panel, you’ll hear how two faculty members are developing microlearning and social media activities to engage students throughout the week. A third faculty member will demonstrate how an entire classroom can be carried on a social media platform to help students create a writing community. In addition, a graduate student staff member of Academic Technology Services will present on the promise of several different platforms for use in the classroom.

Moderator: Lindsey Sudbury, Academic Technology Services

Panelist: Ana Luiza Cunha, Academic Technology Services

Panelist: William Sharp, Psychology

Panelist: John Wihbey, Journalism

Panelist: Kat Gonso, English

Social Media and Microlearning Objects


Workshop: Explore the basics of using a mobile device (ios or Android phone, iPad) to create photographic lesson materials or to assign photo projects to your students. Then discover a plethora of online photo editing software for improving your photos and adding effects. Bring your mobile phone or iPad along to discover some features that you may not have known are available to you.

Co-facilitator: Terry Beadle, Academic Technology Services

Co-facilitator: Jesse Savage, Academic Technology Services

Mobile Photo and online editing

Information Technology Services – Academic Technology Services Incubator

2:30p – 3:15p


Stephanie Trowbridge will address the current and future projects of Academic Technology Services.

Find out about what’s new in our division.
Learn about technologies that have been newly implemented and technologies on the horizon.
Hear about the state of the educational technology environment
Get tips on working with ATS to making your technology projects a reality.

Curry 322

Academic Technology Services Incubator


“Traditional Architecture” by Robert Müller.
Social Collider output
“Woodblock Type” by Flickr user Sharkhats
“Typically Ruhr, our beautiful views” by Georgie Pauwels
Screenshot from KQED’s Inflation tour on Zaption
“The long Tudor galleries at Barrington Court #NationalTrust” by Paul Williams


Last year’s schedule and recordings available on the TEXPO 2015 page.