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 Online 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.  

 ThinkSpace is on alternating Tuesdays (1:30pm to 3:30pm) and Wednesdays (2:30pm - 4:30pm) each week in LL 68.  You can see the full schedule below.

 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.


In Short, ThinkSpace is:

  • a weekly two-hour coffee event, focused on technology and instruction.
  • Discuss what's new, what's next, your discoveries, your dilemmas, etc. with your SILC LSS OIS group and your knowledgeable colleagues.
  • Get specific help on Blackboard, 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.
  • In LL 68, unless otherwise noted.
  • on alternating Wednesdays (2:30pm - 4:30pm) and Tuesdays (1:30pm-3:30pm)


ThinkSpace - Live!

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

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

Notes from previous ThinkSpace Sessions


ThinkSpace will start up again at the beginning of Fall 2019

SPRING 2019 

Jan. 9 - Wednesday "Welcome back" - Join us for our first ThinkSpace of the semester. Come meet the SILC LSS OIS professional staff, discuss what you need from OIS this year, share what you’ve learned or seen, and ask any questions of OIS and your colleagues.
Jan. 15 - Tuesday Canvas (Round 1) - Join us as we discuss the capabilities of, questions on, and concerns about Canvas. 
Jan. 23 - Wednesday Fostering Classroom Community in Technology-Mediated Environments  - 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.
Jan. 29 - Tuesday Communicating With Students - Join us as we explore communication in teaching ranging from teacher/student and student/student communication to classroom communication and notes. What have you found to be effective and what challenges have presented themselves along the way?
Feb. 6 - Wednesday Canvas (Round 2) - Join us as we discuss the capabilities of, questions on, and concerns about Canvas. 
Feb. 12 - Tuesday 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!
Feb. 20 - Wednesday Using Video in the Classroom - 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!
Feb. 26 - Tuesday Guest Facilitator - TBD 
March 13 - Wednesday 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?
March 19 - Tuesday
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!
March 27 - Wednesday Games and Learning:  Adapting Play for Instruction - Join as we explore games and teaching. How do you use games in your teaching and what insights can you offer other faculty on the subject. We will also explore some gamification principles and share previous experiences of other faculty.
April 2 - Tuesday
Leveraging Social Media for Instruction - Join as we dive into social media use in the language classroom. The primer conversation will focus on some popular social media tools as we discuss which tools could be helpful for our students’ needs.
April 10 - Wednesday Guest Facilitator - TBD
April 16 - Tuesday Language Maintenance and Sustainment
April 24 - Wednesday

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