Getting a Grip on Your Computer – Live Session

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Description

Basic Windows Navigation Tips and Tricks: Attend this session to learn about included PC tools that are often overlooked, but are incredibly helpful. Discover ways to improve your productivity at both work and home. Additionally, learn about free software that will allow you to increase your efficiency and comfort with completing essential computer tasks.

Attend if you are a basic computer users who have a hard time with anything more than email, documents, and spreadsheets.


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Keep your Class Presentation Updated Painlessly with RMarkdown – Live Session

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Description

In this session, I will walk you through how to create your class presentation slides using RMarkdown, pushed them to Google drive and display them on your Canvas course with the push of one button. You’ll learn a way to create your class presentation, upload them to the cloud, and display them in your Canvas course with one button.

Attendees should be familiar with R and RMarkdown.


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Effective Presentation of Technical Material – Live Session

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There is an unfortunate stereotype of the high-tech individual being a poor instructor. During this session will draw upon 25 years of experience as a trainer to explore several aspects of preparing and delivering effective technical instruction: preparing yourself and your content, preparing the training space, engaging attendees, anticipating and neutralizing common mistakes and distractions, and pondering several of the less-technical aspects of technical training.

When delivering technical instruction… I would like to address the overlooked realities of technical training, common techniques used to improve the effectiveness of your presentation, common pitfalls to avoid, and proven techniques for handling difficult situations and people.


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Jupyterhub in AWS for Instruction: It’s only temporary, unless it works… – Live Session

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Our presentation covers an overview of how a partnership between CS and CAE has been providing instances of Jupyterhub notebooks for instruction over the past several years. We will discuss how we have implemented the notebooks using AWS, structured load balancing and integrated with Canvas courses. There will be some demos of the tools we’ve used including terraform, helm and an alternating pair of A-B AWS instances for production and testing environments. We will conclude with a brief chat about future work items we are still figuring out and look for discussion with the community about best practices.

Familiarity with the concepts of cloud services, AWS especially, would be very helpful. Some familiarity with the concepts of containers and CI/CD pipelines will also help.

Attendees will become (more) familiar with cloud resources, learn about innovation in instructional support, discuss when projects take off at the university and stop being “pilots”. They will also learn about ways that people can work across various units in the university and facilitate inter-departmental cooperation.


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Keynote – Using our voice to create inclusive and accessible technology designs and services

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We will be live streaming this session via YouTube. The link will be added no later than June 1st


Keynote Description

We, as IT professionals, play a critical role in designing, developing, and supporting the digital campus. We have created and evolved the digital campus over the last forty years, and in 2020 it became the primary mode of interaction for our communities. What can we learn from the rapid pivot to online, and more importantly, how can we evolve our thinking and approaches?

Let’s discuss how we can use our expertise and our voice to create digital spaces where people can thrive. Using ideas from fields such as critical design practices, conflict management, and polarities, we will explore the most effective approaches for providing spaces where multiple voices are empowered, and diverse communities can thrive.

The session will be interactive.

Opening Remarks for the conference will take place from 8:45-9:15am


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The Carpentries: A Community of Practice for Teaching Data Science Skills – Live Session

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Description

The Carpentries is an international organization dedicated to teaching data and computational skills to researchers. At UW-Madison, we have a local Carpentries instructor community that meets regularly to improve our teaching skills. We share and discuss evidence-based teaching practices and how to apply them to teaching tech through instructor training, regular instructor development meetings, and opportunities to practice your teaching skills in workshops. We also develop new lessons using this same pedagogy and peer review. This presentation will describe our community and indicate how to get involved.

Goals:

  • Awareness of the Carpentries and the local campus community of instructors
  • Key didactic techniques and professional development opportunities for teaching computing skills to beginners
  • Opportunities to get involved in the Carpentries community at UW-Madison

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