Tech Bytes


UFIT Tech Bytes is a series that provides bite-sized events covering technologies and strategies to enhance teaching and learning. You can register for upcoming Tech Byte events and access recordings of previous events below.

Upcoming Tech Byte Events

Tech Byte: Getting Acquainted with UF Classrooms and Instructional Technologies

Turlington Rm. 2319
August 16th from 12:00 - 3:00
August 21st from 10:00 - 1:00

UFIT Academic Technology has scheduled two in-person, drop-in Tech Byte sessions to introduce faculty to UF classroom environments and Canvas. These drop-in sessions will explain the flexibility and capabilities of classroom technology to enhance teaching and learning. Participants will be provided with the basic information on utilizing the available technology and resources including lecture recording options, cameras for Zoom/Teams sessions, microphones, available software, digital annotation, and guidance on seeking assistance from Classroom Support, eLearning Support and other UFIT teams. RSVP through this form for a calendar invitation or walk-in to either session that works for you!


Tech Byte: Take to the Skies with Microsoft Copilot and UF NaviGator AI

September 4th at 2:00 - 3:00

Pilots Leslie Mojeiko and Chris Sharp will be sharing ways to use AI Chatbot tools for teaching and learning purposes. We will be exploring ways to use Microsoft Copilot as well as the soon-to-be-released UF NaviGator AI to support teaching and learning in courses. Practical ideas for using these generative AI services as both instructors and as students will be shared.  Register for this free, aviation-themed online event to participate in our flight school!


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Previous Events

Access information about previous events by selecting the sections below.

UF Student Perspectives on AI (4/18/24)

Undergraduate students from diverse majors will shared their experiences with AI in the UF curriculum. In this panel, students shared how AI is showing up in their courses, lives, and future careers.

Recording of UF Student Perspectives on AI (1:00:19)

an illustration that has the outline of five students sittings in chairs next to each other, and all of them are facing the same direction. In the background is the acronym

AI Prompt Cookbook: Elevating Generative AI Recipes to Encourage Authentic Assessments (2/29/24)

Tech Chefs Chris Sharp and Leslie Mojeiko are back to host a Tech Byte Cooking Show that explores how to utilize generative artificial intelligence to increase authentic assessments in the classroom. They shared their AI Prompt Cookbook before that included recipes (or prompts) designed to enhance teaching and learning, but this Tech Byte will feature recipes that elevate our use of generative AI to move beyond introductory use to embracing how it can transform the teaching and learning process. Join Chris and Leslie to learn new AI recipes for debating, role playing, tutoring, and more.

Recap Article

Recording of Tech Byte: AI Prompt Cookbook: Elevated AI Recipes to Encourage Authentic Assessments (44:46)

AI Prompt Cookbook

Chris Sharp and Leslie Mojeiko dressed up as culinary chefs and holding books about teaching with AI


Scaffolding Student Success with Virtual Whiteboards (1/25/24)

Interactive note shells and virtual whiteboarding tools can be powerful tools to guide students’ learning during lectures. A note shell is a structured template for students to complete during class sessions, guiding their learning and providing a valuable scaffold to work from. Note shells also allow students to effectively take notes on more complex topics by having charts, data tables, or images pre-drawn for their benefit. Instructors annotating on note shells using virtual whiteboards also have advantages of being able to refer to past lecture notes during class, providing continuity and a library to work from in future semesters. Attend this Tech Byte to learn more about this combination of technology and pedagogy that can be used in UF classrooms! 

Teaching TechXploration mini-conference (11/30/23)
UFIT Academic Technology is proud to hosted a virtual Teaching TechXploration event on November 30th, 2023! At Teaching TechXploration we heard faculty perspectives and advice regarding AI's impacts on teaching and learning, learned about services and tools at UF in lightning round sessions, and gained valuable insights from campus partners.
To access the event and recordings, join the Teaching TechXploration Microsoft Team where the event took place.

Topics included:
  • Faculty panel on AI's impacts
  • Adapting assessments with AI in mind
  • Tools available within Canvas to enhance your teaching
  • Podcasting as teaching and assessment strategy
  • Requesting new teaching tools and grants to fund those tools
Unlocking Academic Excellence with Canvas Learning Outcomes (10/12/23)

Unlocking Academic Excellence with Canvas Learning Outcomes

Canvas Learning Outcomes is a powerful educational tool designed to help educators track and assess student learning performance. Faculty and instructors can set up learning outcomes in Canvas to measure student performance against the preset Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). This tool benefits students by informing them of their own subject mastery. Join us in this virtual session to learn how this tool provides data to faculty which can guide their teaching!

Getting to the Core of Group Evaluations with Feedback Fruits (9/14/23)

Tech Byte: Getting to the Core of Group Evaluations with Feedback Fruits

September 14, 2023

Feedback Fruits is a group member evaluation tool that allows students to grow their collaboration skills! Students can use this platform to self-reflect and provide feedback within their group in a constructive and easy way without leaving Canvas. Assistive AI feedback coaching helps guide student comments. At the same time faculty gain valuable insight into student performance and competence. This tool has been funded by the Student Tech Fee Grant and is available to use free of charge within Canvas. Join us for a demonstration from Feedback Fruits to learn more!

Resources for the Tech Byte:

Classroom Walkthrough (Aug 2023)

Tech Byte: Classroom Walkthrough

UFIT Academic Technology hosted two in-person Tech Byte sessions to introduce faculty to UF classroom environments in August, 2023. These drop-in sessions gave faculty the opportunity to explore the flexibility and capabilities of classroom technology to enhance teaching and learning.

For assistance with classroom technology, please contact UFIT Classroom Support (352-392-6683) to request a training or get immediate in-class assistance.

AI Prompt Cookbook: Generative AI Recipes Designed to Enhance Teaching (7/26/23)

Chris Sharp and Leslie Mojeiko return with another live cooking show in UFIT’s Center for Instructional Technology and Training’s (CITT) Tech Kitchen. Join them for this fun event to learn generative AI recipes to enhance your course design and teaching. They will share tips for writing effective prompts for ChatGPT and AI image generators and ideas for how generative AI can help make class prep and assignment design more efficient. Join to see demonstrations of AI in action, gather recipes for course prep, and walk away with a free cookbook of your own to get started with “prompt engineering!”

Link to AI Prompt Cookbook

Recording for AI Prompt Cookbook: Generative AI Recipes Designed to Enhance Teaching and Learning (54:09)

ecstatic presenters Leslie Mojeiko and Chris Sharp wearing aprons in a virtual kitchen with books about AI in front of them

Streamline Grading with Gradescope (4/27/23)

This Tech Byte will demonstrate Gradescope, a new tool being piloted with Canvas e-Learning that streamlines grading of many different types of assessments (e.g., paper-based diagrams or equations, bubble sheets, programming assignments).

Among other features, Gradescope uses artificial intelligence to help efficiently sort homework and exam responses into groups of similar answers to quickly provide feedback, annotations, and marks. Large classes can split grading loads amongst TA’s on a per-question basis, and graders can dynamically update the shared rubric to maintain consistency and fairness. Analytics are provided for insight into students’ performance on each question.

After the demo, there will be a case example presented from Engineering Education to share their experiences with using Gradescope. The remaining time will be used for Q&A and additional case examples.

AI Impacts on Teaching and Learning (3/30/23)

ChatGPT and other generative AI tools have led to questions about academic integrity and how AI can transform teaching, learning, and assessment. In this event participants will receive a brief overview of ChatGPT’s capabilities, consider course design strategies, learn how to modify assessments to be less susceptible to AI generated content, and discuss new types of assessments made possible with AI. It is important that we continue to weigh the value of assessments and their relationship to measuring student learning outcomes. Participants will have the opportunity to share existing assessments from courses they teach or work with to see how they could be improved considering the capabilities of AI. 

Ramp Up Student Engagement with On-Location Videos (3/2/23)

Looking to make your course content more engaging for students? On-location video is a great way to do it! There are a variety of video types that can increase student success, but one size does not fit all. The UFIT Field Production Video team will present a menu of video options, talk about our video production process, and answer any questions you have.

Access the recording and the PowerPoint presentation in this cloud folder

Create Interactive Course Content with Lumi and H5P (2/7/23)

Have you ever wanted to add interactivity to your Canvas pages, or create fun activities that students can use to check their understanding?

Join the Center for Instructional Technology and Training to learn about Lumi — a free tool for editing interactive content widgets that can be exported and used in Canvas courses or on websites. In this online workshop you’ll discover how Lumi works and how to create an engaging, accessible, and gradable online activity in real time!

Recording of Tech Byte: Create Interactive Course Content with Lumi and H5P (01:18:07)

30 Minute Recipes to Increase Instructor Presence (8/22/23)

Are you ready to see a cooking show like none other? Leslie Mojeiko and Chris Sharp from UFIT's Center for Instructional Technology & Training (CITT) are co-hosting a new type of Tech Byte event for UF faculty and staff. In this live one-hour cooking show, we will present "30-Minute Recipes" using technology and tools to increase instructor presence in your courses!

We will explain the three dimensions of instructor presence, provide a few demonstrations, and even give you a cookbook handout at the end of the event so that you can prepare these recipes on your own!