National Distance Learning Week

National Distance Learning Week LogoThe University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Center for Online Learning and Teaching Technology will be celebrating National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) between  November 6-10, 2023. We have lots of great learning opportunities, including presentations on various instructional technology tools supported by COLTT and a lunch and learn session that will be hosted on the Edinburg and Brownsville campuses.

All COLTT sessions will be hosted through Zoom. If you need accommodations to be able to fully participate, please contact us at We look forward to celebrating National Distance Learning Week with you!


AI: Evolution in Educational Technology

Join us to explore available AI tools and how to incorporate them into your course! We will discuss how different disciplines can utilize these various AI tools including how to create assignments and assessments with AI assistance. The resources shared in this presentation will provide an opportunity to expand your toolbox by exposing students to the evolution of productivity tools, facilitating meaningful learning experiences, and preparing learners for the future of their workplaces.


  • Elena Guel, Instructional Designer (COLTT)
  • Jessica Handley, Sr. Instructional Designer (COLTT)
  • George Handley, Sr. Instructional Designer (COLTT)

Hypothesis Showcase

Dive deep into how instructors can harness the power of social annotation tools to engage learners and foster collaborative knowledge-building - a showcase from UTRGV faculty using Hypothesis.


  • Christie DeCarolis, Customer Success Manager (Hypothesis)

Panopto Basics & New Features

This training is designed for new users and beginners who would like to learn how to use the Panopto software. This webinar will cover creating, managing, and editing sessions as well as navigating the Panopto interface.


  • Scott Nadzan, Customer Success & GTM Executive (Panopto)

What's in Your Closet? Harnessing Accessibility Practices for Your Course

Do you feel like your practices toward accessibility have become a bit disheveled? With so many course materials available, how do you ensure they are accessible? Like a closet, a course contains many components contributing to its strength. We know that having loose shelves in our closets can lead to future problems like a course containing materials that lack basic principles of accessibility.  Join us as we demonstrate how you can build your closet (course) using components of accessibility that work for your learners.


  • Anthony Salinas, Sr. Instructional Designer (COLTT)
  • Emma Silva, Instructional Designer (COLTT)
  • Angelica Martinez, Instructional Designer (COLTT)

COLTT - Transformative Technologies: Lunch, Share, and Learn

You are cordially invited to a special Lunch and Learn session hosted by the Center for Online Learning and Teaching Technology. We are dedicating the hour to exploring the power of UTRGV's educational technologies in shaping and enhancing student skill sets. Designed as a conversation amongst our newest faculty members, we look forward to discussing the ways you build student skills, sharing how you use our supported technology to facilitate those activities, and fostering networking opportunities to support your own development.

Come prepared to exchange ideas, gain insights, and network with fellow educators. Space is limited. Lunch will be provided in this session.


  • ESTAC 2.130 (Edinburg Campus)
  • BMAIN 2.502 (Brownsville Campus)


  • Jessica Handley, Sr. Instructional Designer (Edinburg Campus)
  • Roberto Rivera, Sr. Instructional Designer (Brownsville Campus)

Need help?

For questions, assistance, or to report an issue, please contact the COLTT Help Desk at 956-665-5327 or 956-882-6792.

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