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Technology Tuesdays take place the last Tuesday of each month from 12PM - 1PM. These are informal, internal presentations for DePaul University faculty and staff, focusing on educational technology and best practices for online and blended learning.

Upcoming Sessions

Edutainment: The Convergence of Online Learning and Social Media

  • Date: April 27, 2021
  • Time: 12PM - 1PM
COVID-19 has resulted in all educational institutions implementing some form of online teaching. With a little over a year of hard-earned experiences to share, we can observe the similarities and differences between how students interact within an online learning environment and social media platform. Specific tools and page architecture distinguish online learning from social media, and yet we can witness an evolution in distance learning borrowing from social media in order to engage its audience with familiar tools and settings which have been embedded in an internet-savvy culture.


  1. Definition of Edutainment
  2. Examples
  3. A Brief History
  4. The Great Pause
  5. The New Norm
  6. Some Predictions

About the Presenter
Theophilus Jamal is the Video Producer/Instructional Designer at Driehaus College of Business at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. He has worked with faculty and staff at the college for the past 5 years with 3 years prior experience producing videos for the university. He is a 2015 DVID Fellow with the prestiged documentary company Kartemquin Films and has also developed media arts programs for The Boys & Girls Club of Lake County and Waukegan Public Schools. Theophilus is currently developing the Vieutopia Motion Picture Festival, a celebration of the art of cinematography.

Sanjay Deshmukh Guest Presentation: Gradescope

  • Date: April 27, 2021
  • Time: 2PM - 3PM
Gradescope is a tool designed to streamline and standardize paper-based, digital, and code assignments. It supports problem sets and projects as well as worksheets, quizzes, exams, and papers. Students can upload written assignments to be graded by an instructor or teaching assistant in an online interface that allows for spontaneous rubric creation and feedback. Gradescope is integrated with D2L with embedded links and gradebook synchronization.

Sanjay Deshmukh (Professor and Director, MS in Finance Program) has been leveraging Gradescope in his online courses. Gradescope allows him to design exams and assignments that critically assess the level of student learning. Gradescope has helped him to efficiently provide crucial feedback to his students, helping them to better understand complex topics.

In this interactive session you will discover how you can use this innovative tool to improve your teaching and provide enhanced feedback to your students.

Josh Lund Guest Presentation

  • Date: May 25
  • Time: 12PM - 1PM


  • Date: June 29
  • Time: 12PM - 1PM

Jim Valentine Guest Presentation: OneNote Class Use

  • Date: July 27
  • Time: 12PM - 1PM
In this lively and interactive guest presentation, learn how OneNote could be used to improve research productivity for you and your students.

Microsoft OneNote is probably the most widely installed software application you’ve never used (it’s been part of Microsoft Office dating back to 2003 and yet it’s sadly under-utilized). Jim Valentine (Senior Instructor and Executive Director, Driehaus Center for Behavioral Finance) uses it with students to conduct research:

  • In most cases the software is already installed on their PC or Mac (it’s easy to download if they don’t have it)
  • OneNote allows for capture of text, pictures, tables, file, video, audio, web pages, emails, handwritten notes, etc. This means students can include almost any type of research they find.
  • The “OneNote Class Notebook” add-on allows faculty to quickly review students’ notebooks to evaluate the quality of the student’s research.
  • OneNote is fully integrated with D2L, which makes it even easier for students to access and faculty to manage.
  • OneNote can be set up to allow students to conduct research in teams, which has been an integral part of Jim’s course for the past 4 years.


  • Date: August 31
  • Time: 12PM - 1PM


  • Date: September 28
  • Time: 12PM - 1PM


  • Date: October 26
  • Time: 12PM - 1PM


  • Date: November 30
  • Time: 12PM - 1PM

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