Award-winning speaker to open summer series on teaching and learning

The number of learning technologies available to instructors seems to grow each day. With so many tools that promise to enhance teaching and learning, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

Award-winning chemistry instructor Bal Barot of Lake Michigan College will kick off this year’s Summer Series on Teaching and Learning with a dynamic and energizing workshop on using technology to enhance teaching and student learning, Tuesday, August 14, from 9 a.m. to noon.

In this session, participants will explore why some technologies help achieve learning outcomes while others do not, and how to use specific technologies like discussion boards, blogs, digital cameras and smartphones, in and out of the classroom.

Dr. Barot has taught chemistry to students ranging from undergraduate to doctoral level since 1984. He has published three books and more than 20 papers, and has received numerous grants and awards. His experience with technology in teaching and learning began as a first faculty adaptor of the Blackboard platform at Lake Michigan College in the 1990s. Barot has used Whiteboard, 3D projectors, clickers, blogs, computerized assessment, remote data collection and other multi-media technology to teach on-line and face-to-face classes.

Read a short biography of Barot on the Web site of the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Other topics under discussion during this year’s Summer Series include:

  • Classroom Technologies
  • Prepping Your First Day and Designing for Engagement
  • Presentation Alternatives
  • Teaching With Gadgets: Educational Technologies Discussion and Demonstration
  • The Culture of Information and Student Learning
  • TECH Talks

Space is limited—sign up in advance for the sessions that best meet your needs. Full workshop descriptions and presenter biographies are available at

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