In Short, ThinkSpace is:

  • A weekly coffee event, focused on instruction and the best uses of technology.
  • Discuss what's new, what's next, your discoveries, your dilemmas, etc. with your SILC Instructional Support group and your knowledgeable colleagues.
  • Get specific help on Canvas or other instructional tools
  • Come and go as you please.
  • Weekly topics will get the conversation started, but where it goes is up to you.


Fall 2020:
- On Tuesdays (4:00pm - 5:00pm) and Wednesdays (2:00pm - 3:00pm) in DH 68 and via Zoom (ThinkSpace - Live)

Spring 2021:
Alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, starting on Tuesday, January 12th.


ThinkSpace - Live!
Can't join us in person? Join us online, via Zoom: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Telephone: US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 876 9923 Meeting ID: 966 492 807 International numbers available:



Dear Colleagues:

 Been thinking about the technology that increasingly surrounds us and permeates our professional and personal lives?  So have we.

 Online classes are becoming the norm; students are deeply engaged with mobile devices; wearable technologies and virtual reality loom on the horizon of the everyday; the Internet of Things is here.  


 We think that SILC LSS needs to foster dialogue and discovery around new technologies and their impact on teaching and learning.  So, we’ve created ThinkSpace — a weekly two-hour event in which SILC’s Instructional Support group will host an opportunity to look at what’s new and what’s next, a place for you to bring questions, discoveries you’ve made, dilemmas you and your students face.   At each session, there’ll be a topic of interest in instruction and learning, but this is also an open Q&A that might include issues you’re having in an online or hybrid course, a technique or problem that you’d like to share or solve, a question that’s arisen from something you’ve heard about or seen, a new technology or approach that intrigues you.  

 Drop in.  Come and go as you please, and as you have time — there’s no obligation to spend the full two hours with us.  If you’ve got something to show and to explore together,  bring it along!

 We’ll discuss, discover, and work together to broaden our understanding of available and emergent technologies and their potential to transform what we do.  Come join us.


Notes from previous ThinkSpace Sessions


Previous ThinkSpace Topics

Spring 2020

Aug. 27 - Tuesday
- LL 165 -
"Welcome back" - Join us for our first ThinkSpace of the semester. Come meet the SILC LSS OIS crew, discuss what you need from OIS this year, share what you’ve learned or seen, and ask any questions of OIS and your colleagues.
Sept. 4 - Wednesday
- LL 68 -
Canvas & Current Tools Refresher (Round 1) - Join us as we discuss the capabilities of and questions on Canvas, as well as new tools like Zoom, Slack, and Screencast-o-matic.
Sept. 10 - Tuesday
- LL 165 -
Fostering Classroom Community Online  - Join us as we inquire about fostering classroom community. We will discuss ways in which we currently foster classroom community through technology as well as debate the problems that arise in that process and how me might be able to solve them. Facilitated by our new Director of Digital Initiatives and Instructional Design, Dr. Kristin Elwood!
Sept. 18 - Wednesday
- LL 68 -


52 pickup V1 - Join us as we try something new...

Sept. 24 - Tuesday
- LL 165 -
Effective Feedback in the Digital Age - Join us as we inquire about the importance of feedback in the ever-increasing digital age. What tips and tricks can you offer other colleagues about how you use, provide and process feedback? The coffee will be hot and ready! See you there!
Oct. 2 - Wednesday
- LL 68 -
Canvas & Current Tools Refresher (Round 2) - Join us as we discuss the capabilities of and questions on Canvas, as well as new tools like Zoom, Slack, and Screencast-o-matic.
Oct. 8 - Tuesday
- LL 165 -
video!, Video!!, VIDEO!!! - Join us as we inquire about the use of video in the classroom. What tools do faculty currently use to create and share video both within and outside their face-to-meetings? Coffee will be hot and ready! See you there!
Oct. 16 - Wednesday
- LL 68 -


52 pickup V2 - Join us as we try something new - Version 2...

Oct. 22 - Tuesday
- LL 165 -
Evaluating Student Performance in a Technological Environment - Join us as we dive into assessing student performance. What tools do you currently use to assess student performance? What are some challenges that are presented to you? What ideas can you share with your colleagues to help address their needs?
Oct. 30 - Wednesday
- LL 68 -
Methods and Activities to Support Online Learning - Join as we inquire about methods and activities in online learning. The primer conversation will focus on how the aforementioned aspects of online learning are fundamentally different and how we can work to ensure that effective learning takes place. Please come and share your experiences! Coffee will be hot and ready! See you there!
Nov. 5 - Tuesday
- LL 165 -
Come experience Virtual Reality - Join us to experience what is possible with today's Virtual Reality setup.
Nov 13 - Wednesday
- LL 68 -
Social Media for Instruction - Join as we dive into social media use in the classroom. We will be discussing which tools could be helpful for our students’ needs and how we might use them.
Nov. 19 - Tuesday
- LL 165 -
Language Learning 365 - Join us as we discuss how students might maintain language between (and after) classes.
Nov. 27



Dec. 3 - Tuesday
- LL 165 -

The NMC Horizon Report:  What's Next for Higher Education and Technology - Join us as we dive into the report.