Upcoming Events

Annual Innovation in Pedagogy Summit

UVa’s Annual Innovation in Pedagogy Summit brings together faculty, staff, and students from across UVa and the Commonwealth to engage in conversation about excellence in teaching and learning.

Three Ways of Electronic Portfolios

3:30 - 5:00pm, 125 Minor Hall

Hands-On Tech Infographics

NCH 298 Language Lab

Please join us for our first Hands-On Tech workshop for the Spring semester. 

Infographics are a powerful form of data visualization, portraying complex information via comprehensible and appealing visuals. In this workshop, participants will explore best practices in creating and utilizing infographics in the classroom. Participants will also have ample time to practice designing an infographic using Piktochart, a free web-based design tool.  

Note: This workshop is geared toward beginners; no experience with infographics is required.

For any questions, please direct them to Ashley Caudill at ac8ga@virginia.edu.

PC computers available; participants are welcome to bring their laptops.


Statistics Virtual Symposium

Chemistry Building Auditorium 402

Guest speakers Ella Koeze and Walt Hickey from FiveThirtyEight.

STEM Book Club

Gilmer STEM Commons (290)

This semester we will be reading the novel “Locally Laid” but Lucie Amundsen.  When Lucie Amundsen had a rare night out with her husband, she never imagined what he’d tell her over dinner—that his dream was to quit his office job (with benefits!) and start a commercial-scale pasture-raised egg farm. His entire agricultural experience consisted of raising five backyard hens, none of whom had yet laid a single egg.

This is an informal book club where we will have bi-monthly meetings to discuss the book.  The last meeting, the author Lucie Amundsen will visit, via Skype, for a conversation where we ask her about her experiences related to the book. The first 25 people who register get a free copy of the book. Lunch will be provided.

LTi Works in Progress Showcase

The New Cabell Hall Language Commons

Come see Learning Technology Incubator grant recipients present their works in progress. 

Transitioning from the traditional classroom to the virtual world—the good, the bad and the ugly

Steve Dancz is a composer-educator who taught in the classroom (“f2f”) at the university level for over three decades. Through a series of life-altering events, he now teaches exclusively online. He will share with you his journey into the world of distance learning, including tips and tricks, lessons learned—the good, the bad and the ugly.

For more information and to register, click here. Space is limited.



Last Language Standing

Stats Live Symposium

10am - 11am

Visualizing the News with Ella Koeze (Gilmer 290)

1130am - 12pm

Lunch (Gilmer 290)

12pm - 1pm 

What is Data Journalism? with Walk Hickey and Ella Koeze (Gilmer 290)

1pm - 130pm

Conversation with Walk Hickey and Ella Koeze (Gilmer 290)

330pm - 430pm 

Telling Stories with Statistics with Walt Hickey (Nau 101)

Lab Girl Event

12:00 - 1:00pm, Gilmer Academic Commons

Project-Based Language Learning Online Institute

5pm NCH 398


Join other UVA faculty and staff as we explore Project-Based Language Learning with the National Foreign Language Resource Center!

Our group will meet Wednesday evenings to participate in the 2017 Fundamentals of PBLL Online Institute, sponsored by the NFLRC at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. The Language Commons is pleased to support UVA participants by covering Institute fees.

Sessions begin 1/25/17 at 5pm in NCH 398. Contact Hope Fitzgerald (hf6v) for more information. 

Two Language Learning & Teaching Events with Orlando Kelm

1:00pm-4:30pm Gibson 211


The Language Commons and the Institute for World Languages welcome Orlando Kelm for two events for language learners and instructors on Friday, February 17th.

Both events are in Gibson 211. All faculty and students are welcome!

2/17 1:00-2:00   The Professional Use of English as a Lingua Franca: Can We Really Say "Everyone just uses English anyway!" (Lecture)

2/17 3:00-4:30   Too Much Technology! What's a foreign language educator supposed to do? (Workshop)

Orlando Kelm is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin. His professional interests center on the use of language and culture for professional purposes. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Business Language Education at UT-Austin. Click here for presentation abstracts and presenter bio.

Light refreshments will be served.

All Inquiries: Hope Fitzgerald

IWL 2016 Faculty Retreat

Why is there so much interest in ePortfolios across higher education today?  The reasons are actually quite compelling and often grounded in what we know about learning.  This keynote presentation will explore answers to this overarching question by first considering what we empirically know about human cognition and how people learn.  From this foundation, we will consider the practices and pedagogies that employ ePortfolios and connect those practices to what we know about learning.  We will also explore the range of ways in which ePortfolios are being using in higher education, including teaching and learning, assessment, advising, and career development.  Example ePortfolios from each area will be shared.  The keynote will conclude with a brief summary of the most recent findings from the ePortfolio scholarship and recommendations will be provided regarding how that information should inform future ePortfolio practices.

LTi Information Session

The Info Session will include examples of successful projects now underway and ample time for Q&A.

Active Learning Space Series

Faculty teaching at the College, interested in learning more about engaging students in active learning spaces are invited to attend the following series of conversations and demonstrations. Come join us to discuss features of the space to gain insights about how to create an engaging environment in your class. Stipends are available for faculty who decide to (re)design their course with an active learning pedagogy for the 2016-17 academic year.

Introduction to Active Learning Spaces



Student Centered Learning & Problem Based Learning



Tools & Strategies

Large Enrollment Classes: Is Anyone Listening?

As the number of students in a class increases, so do the challenges in creating an effective learning environment. Over the past decade there has been significant advances in pedagogical technologies that faculty can use to enhance large enrollment courses. By adapting some of these technologies we can enhance interactive learning inside the classroom. Please join us for a conversation about the uses of Learning Catalytics and see the throwable microphone in action. Chris Neu from Physics will provide his perspective on impacts and lessons learned in using Learning Catalytics in his physics class.

Teaching with Technology Summit

Clemons Library

Language Lab Training

3:00-5:00pm, New Cabell Hall 299


Please join us for a special training workshop in the A&S Language Lab in New Cabell Hall 299 on Friday, October 14 at 3:00 P.M. During the first part of the event, Sandy Hayward of Language Training and Resource Inc. will be leading an interactive demonstration via digital video bridge, covering a variety of authoring tools, recording options, and multimedia resources. Following the demonstration and group discussion, instructors will have additional opportunity to practice using both the teacher and student stations to develop pedagogical content for their courses and research.

The webinar component of the workshop will run from 3:00-4:00 P.M., and then informal lab practice and consultations will continue from 4:00-5:00 P.M. Instructors are welcome to join us in the lab for hands-on training, or to participate remotely via GoToMeeting. To submit your RSVP and find the GoToMeeting details, please complete the brief questionnaire at the link below:


Contact: Dr. Michael Marsh-Soloway mam7cd@eservices.virginia.edu

The Language Commons is seeking language program input!

We are actively seeking world language program input as we develop the Language Commons and its New Cabell Hall spaces.

Please join us for our upcoming discussions! All language faculty, graduate TAs, and administrators are welcome (we will have additional sessions for undergraduate students).

Thursday, 11/3 from 3:00-4:30 pm in NCH 349 (French Conference Room)


Friday, 11/11 from 2:00-3:30 pm in NCH 236 (German Conference Room)


Let us know if you can attend:  https://goo.gl/forms/zbK21YysbEM6l21z1

Snacks provided! For more information, contact Hope Fitzgerald, Learning Design & Technology (hf6v)


3pm-5pm, Wilson Hall, 1st Floor Foyer


You are cordially invited to the annual UVa FolioFest hosted by the Language Commons and A&S Learning Design and Technology. Participating students will display their ePortfolios for an audience of learners, instructors, and administrators from across the College & Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. FolioFest takes the form of a showcase in which students display and discuss their work simultaneously, allowing for high levels of interaction with guests. 

Please join us to explore ePortfolios and support our students’ efforts.  RSVP appreciated, but not required.

To learn more and to RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/8I65aJPaUCcHRPHX2

Light refreshments will be provided


Hands-On Tech Workshop Series

A&S Learning Design & Technology team is excited to introduce the Hands-on Tech Workshop Series!  The Hands-on Tech series will consist of interactive workshops where learners will be able to gain firsthand experience with a variety of software applications and technology.  Participants are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.   

The schedule for the Hands-on Tech workshops this semester is listed below.  If you are interested in participating in one or both of the workshops please RSVP here, as space is limited.

Free Tech Tools

Friday, March 31st


New Cabell 398

Do you want to make a short video, but don’t know what software to use?  Want to learn a tool to edit photos or create quick graphics?  Want to do a screen capture of your computer screen?  Or do you just want to learn some free tools?  This workshop will provide a brief overview of image editor, video editor and screen capture tools.  All tools covered in this workshop are free and easy to learn. No previous knowledge of photo or video editing required.  
Note: Faculty are encouraged to bring their own laptops to follow along and interact with the programs during the tool demonstration.  We will have a limited number of laptops available for use during this session, and will be available on a first come, first serve basis.  Most of the applications covered during this session will be online based and will not require anything to be downloaded to your computer.

RSVP here


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