Cooking Up Byte-Sized Ways to Elevate Faculty Development

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**This webinar is part of the OLC Innovate 2024 Best-in-Track webinar series!**

Designing effective faculty development requires creativity and innovation to help capture a wide audience and engage them in relevant content. By creating a format that promotes ease-of-use, actionable bite-sized content, and enjoyment, instructional designers and educational technologists at a public, land-grant institution were able to develop a successful series titled Tech Bytes that reaches faculty and staff across campus. The Tech Byte series runs year-round to deliver content in virtual, synchronous sessions related to current technology and trends in teaching. 

This session will specifically explore the “cooking show” style of Tech Byte that has captivated audiences at a large university. Tech Byte cooking shows take a teaching and learning concept that is often intimidating and package it into a fun and “digestible” framework. Hosted in front of a green screen kitchen background, instructional designers and educational technologists will join live from the “Tech Kitchen” to share their latest recipes and dishes. Faculty will learn topics like “30 Minute Recipes to Increase Instructor Presence” or “AI Prompt Cookbook: Generative AI Recipes Designed to Enhance Teaching and Learning.” Based on current feedback from students and faculty, these cooking shows are designed to help bring fun into teaching and learning and alleviate pressures felt around common issues in teaching.

In this webinar, participants will explore everything from design to development to implementation of the Tech Byte cooking shows. The presenters will showcase examples, strategies, and metrics that will help participants anticipate important considerations and potential challenges. Through brainstorms and polling, participants will engage in identifying and reflecting on strategies they can implement at their institution.

Key Takeaways:

Participants will be able to:

  • Apply pedagogical strategies in the design and planning process of a faculty development series like Tech Bytes
  • Identify approaches, methods, and technology required to facilitate the “cooking show”
  • Promote a collaborative process between instructional designers, educational technologists, and other academic technology units
  • Anticipate challenges and benefits for all stakeholders
  • Receive a “cookbook” of AI prompts designed to help faculty and staff get started with generative AI

Intended Audience: 

Instructional Support, Training Professionals, Technologists

Speaker Bio


Leslie Mojeiko, M.Ed.
Senior Instructional Designer – University of Florida

Leslie Mojeiko has experience designing, teaching, and advising in higher education for the past 15+ years. She has a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and is passionate about utilizing technology and course design to impact the student experience in the classroom and in advising. Leslie is often designing courses, organizing and delivering Tech Bytes, tinkering with AI, and/or chairing EDUCAUSE’s Young Professionals Advisory Committee. In her free time, she enjoys reading, rollerblading, and painting.

Chris Sharp, MAT
Educational Technologist – University of Florida

Chris explores emerging technologies and how they can be applied to improve teaching and learning across many disciplines. Chris has a BS in Physics and also holds a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Arkansas. He has worked as an Academic Counselor at the University of Arkansas, managed workstation testing processes at the HP, Inc. Hardware Testing Center in Colorado, and trained customers and developed web applications for a local technology startup in Gainesville. Chris loves to play board games, follow along with Bob Ross’s The Joy of Painting, and generally tinker. As part of the Learning Innovation & Technology team, Chris has been leading discussions about AI’s impacts on teaching and learning at UF. He is a member of the QEP task force on integrating AI across the curriculum, has offered his viewpoints about AI in panels, and has presented in many formats to faculty and staff about the effects and opportunities created by AI in education.