Educational Technology Faculty Training

To help faculty learn, adopt and utilize various educational technologies available at Mines, ITS and supporting vendors will periodically offer training sessions. 

Spring 2023 Sessions


Ed Discussion

Ed Discussion is an online threaded discussion platform that allows instructors and students to interact asynchronously by posting text comments and questions, files, and more to discussion forums. These sessions will introduce Ed Discussion for instructors and teaching assistants and outline the various features and functionality available to promote communication and engagement.

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Hypothesis is an easy to use tool that enables students and teachers to have conversations in the margins of digital texts. Using social annotation gives you new ways to foster student success by building community, critical thinking, and a deeper understanding of readings.

Activating annotation with Hypothesis in Canvas (30 minutes, Registration required)
This is a great introductory workshop if you’re new to adding Hypothesis as an external tool to your readings in Canvas. 

Using multimedia & tags in annotations (30 minutes, Registration required)
This workshop walks you through how to increase engagement by adding multimedia and tags in annotations.

Using Hypothesis with small groups (30 minutes, Registration required)
This workshop focuses on the options for using Hypothesis in small groups, and it covers how social annotation can be used to create a more collaborative learning environment. 

Creative ways to use social annotation in your courses (30 minutes, Registration required)
This workshop covers a variety of discussion protocols and active-learning strategies that can help make social annotation even more fun and engaging for you and your students. 

Show-and-tell participatory workshop (30 minutes, Registration required)
This workshop will help instructors who have already been using Hypothesis more fully leverage all of its features. Come to this session with one or more examples of an effective and meaningful annotation assignment that your students completed.


All-levels First Friday workshops

On the first Friday of each month, we’re featuring workshops on special topics. These workshops are largely based on pedagogy and do not review how to use Hypothesis in your LMS. They are helpful for both new Hypothesis users who aren’t sure how to incorporate social annotation into their courses and experienced users looking for new ideas.

January 2023 First Friday: Annotation starter assignments

This workshop is ideal for instructors who are interested in using social annotation in their courses but aren’t exactly sure how to provide guidance to students. The Hypothesis team will review ideas for annotation starter assignments and provide you with ready-to-use instructions for a variety of disciplines and modalities. It doesn’t matter if you’re teaching humanities, business, STEM, or the health professions, or if you’re teaching face-to-face or online — you’ll get strategies from this workshop that you can add immediately to an assignment in your course.

February 2023 First Friday: Grading and feedback for social annotation

While there are multiple options for grading in Hypothesis, the importance of incentivizing participation cannot be overstated. To help spark interest in annotation, instructors need to provide clear guidelines that reward high-quality contributions. In this workshop, the Hypothesis team will present foundational components in creating either an analytic or holistic rubric for annotation, as well as establishing a framework for effective feedback. Social annotation lends the ideal format for assessing and promoting continuous learning, so join this session to gather ideas and tools to take your grading and feedback practices to the next level.

March 2023 First Friday: Social annotation for STEM subjects

How does social annotation help build community and foster student success in STEM courses? Annotation can assist students in identifying patterns and relationships, analyzing the validity of arguments and/or solutions, and locating and contextualizing important information in problems. Additionally, it can give instructors an opportunity to guide students through texts or course materials asynchronously. In this workshop, the Hypothesis team will review examples of social annotation in STEM courses and provide ready-to-use assignments to get started.

April 2023 First Friday: Social annotation research roundup

In this workshop, the Hypothesis team will review some of the latest scholarship on social annotation and how it contributes to student learning. We will read and annotate articles together using Hypothesis. Join this interactive conversation to learn more about the evidence supporting the efficacy of social annotation. After reviewing and discussing the research, the Hypothesis team will present practical applications for your courses based on the research findings. Think of this as an opportunity to discuss the affordances of social annotation with a professional learning community and to brainstorm how to translate those findings into reality.



Gradescope is a feedback and assessment tool that dramatically reduces the pain and time associated with grading exams, homework, and other assignments. It enables instructors and graders to give better and more timely feedback, resulting in improved learning outcomes. Dynamic rubrics help streamline the tedious parts of grading while increasing grading consistency. AI-assisted Grading allows instructors to automatically group similar answers and grade all the answers in each group at once. Gradescope also helps with grading programming assignments at scale and can automatically grade printed bubble sheets.

  • Gradescope for In-Person Teaching

    • Wednesday, February 8 • 12pm - 1pm MT

    • Tuesday, February 21 • 11am - 12pm MT

  • Gradescope for Online and Hybrid Teaching

    • Tuesday, February 14 • 12pm - 1pm MT

    • Thursday, February 23 • 11am - 12pm MT

  • Gradescope for Computer Science

    • Monday, February 13 • 11am - 12pm MT

  • Gradescope for Existing Users

    • Thursday, February 9 • 10am - 11am MT

  • Using Bubble Sheets in Gradescope 

    • Wednesday, February 15 • 1pm - 2pm MT

  • Using Gradescope in Large Courses

    • Wednesday, February 22 • 11am - 12pm MT

Register and reserve your spot: 

*Instructors are welcome to invite their TAs and grading staff.

** Recording of the session will be shared with all registrants. So please feel free to register even if you can't make it to the live session.


iClicker Cloud

Learn more about setting up and utilizing the iClicker cloud student response system.




Canvas is the ITS supported learning management system (LMS) at Mines. Learn more about how to successfully use Canvas to facilitate teaching and learning. 

Canvas support and training is available by scheduling sessions with the ITS educational technology team



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