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Best Practices in Online Teaching

Description:
Online teaching presents a unique set of challenges that require clear definition of faculty performance. Research shows that specific strategies can support and enhance the teaching and learning process. In this online workshop, we will examine and discuss best practices that will promote successful online experiences including planning and management, teaching techniques, and assessing and evaluating students. Participants will discover different ways to facilitate these strategies during all phases of an online course. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
None

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Blended Learning: Finding the Right Mix

Description:
In this workshop, we will introduce the unique components of blended course design and provide strategies for modifying traditional activities, assignments and assessments to fit a blended course environment. We will also share resources for further assistance with getting started teaching a blended course.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Concept Inventories: Measuring Learning and Quantifying Misconceptions

Description:
Before stepping into a classroom, students have formed hypotheses and theories about the subject based on observations and experiences. Unfortunately, what seems to make sense based on casual observation may be, in fact, false, and can interfere with learning the correct information. Concept inventories are assessment tools designed to identify the misconceptions students hold. Concept inventories are also effective for assessing whether students have learned material by rote or actually have a deep understanding of concepts. In this workshop, we will discuss the importance of identifying and overcoming misconceptions and explore how concept inventories can measure student learning. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Concept Mapping for Teaching and Learning

Description:
Concept maps are learning tools which represent information visually. These diagrams “visually arrange” concepts and ideas, show connections and relationships among concepts, and help increase understanding of complex information. Concept maps help students see the underlying structure and “big picture” of a concept which can lead to meaningful learning. This hands-on workshop will provide practical and immediate applications in your teaching and your students’ learning. Please bring a course syllabus or concepts to the workshop.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Creating Branching Tutorials in PowerPoint

Description:
Part video game, part case study, and a lot like a Choose Your Own Adventure book, branching tutorials are a powerful instructional tool. Students apply their knowledge to realistic scenarios, which can really bring your content to life. This hands-on workshop will cover both design and development techniques that will allow you to create branching tutorials without sophisticated software.

Duration:
2.0 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic knowledge of Microsoft Powerpoint is required

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Delivering Effective Lectures

Description:
Lectures are a predominate method of transferring information in university classrooms yet they tend to be instructor-centered and can have a bad reputation among students. In this workshop we will identify the characteristics of lectures, offer suggestions for planning and delivering more effective lectures, and recommend ways to make lectures more engaging and interesting to students.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Designing Effective Assessments

Description:
Quality assessment is more than assigning a grade to your students. Truly effective assessments determine how much knowledge the student has and how well he or she can utilize that knowledge. Also, in addition to providing an evaluation of student progress, assessment can be used throughout the semester to guide instructional decisions. In this workshop, we will discuss multiple ways that assessment can be used within a course, a variety of assessment options, and some guidelines for designing effective assessments.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Designing Group Work for Meaningful Learning

Description:
Research shows that students learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process. When effectively implemented, group work can be the catalyst to engage students in dynamic and meaningful learning environments. In this workshop, we will explore a number of different types of group structures, identify the benefits of group work and discuss how to handle group work pitfalls.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Developing a Course Syllabus

Description:
Developing an effective course syllabus is essential for a successful course. The syllabus acts as a road map to help students navigate the course. Since The syllabus is often one of the first means of communication between the instructor and students, it sets the tone for the entire semester. The ultimate goal of a well-designed syllabus is to inform students about what is expected of them throughout the semester by outlining content, policies and due dates. In this blended workshop, we will discuss key elements of a course syllabus, design possibilities and provide a checklist to help create a well-organized and complete course syllabus. This workshop will be simulcast, so be sure to register for either the face-to-face or online format. Advance registration required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Developing a New Course

Description:
A number of important factors should be considered when designing or revising a course: what to teach, the methods and strategies used to teach, and how to make certain that learning is actually taking place. Approaching these factors and asking questions such as “What content can I cut?” and “What are the most effective ways I can incorporate activities,” can lead to organized and meaningful instruction. Participants will create a list of tips and techniques that can be immediately used as they develop or revise a course. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Dynamic Classroom Discussions

Description:
Classroom discussions can help students better understand content, take a more active role in their learning, and foster a sense of community. This workshop will answer the question, “why have discussions?” and will highlight ways to design and use classroom discussions to create a dynamic teaching and learning experience.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Effective Delivery Techniques: Little Things that Make a Big Difference

Description:
Presentations and lectures do not succeed entirely on the knowledge of the presenter. Sometimes it is the little things that make a big difference, like organizing content on the board or delivering content at the right pace. In this workshop, we will discuss delivery and presentation techniques that can help you reach and engage with your students. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Finding Your Teaching Style

Description:
How would you describe yourself as an instructor? Better yet, how would you "pitch" yourself or your course? Taking the time to think about who you are and how you teach can have a powerful impact on you and your students. In this workshop, we will discuss how to define yourself as an instructor, provide strategies for reflecting on and developing your teaching skills, and guide you in discovering your teaching style. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Flipping the Classroom: A Model of Blended Learning

Description:
Many class sessions are dedicated to lecturing and covering material. But what if that was not the case? In the flipped classroom model, students watch lectures online, before coming to class. That means that class time can be used for more active learning strategies like discussion, experimentation, and problem-solving. In this session, we will discuss the benefits and challenges for the flipped classroom model of blended learning as well as the technology needed. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Formative and Summative Feedback for Teaching and Learning

Description:
Providing and receiving feedback is known to enhance teaching and learning. But how (and why) do we choose the most appropriate form of feedback for any given situation? In this workshop we will discuss different forms of feedback, compare formative and summative feedback, and strategize which forms of feedback work best in different learning environments. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Fundamentals of Experiential and Service Learning

Description:
In this workshop we will discuss and explore the theoretical and philosophical foundations and principles of experiential and service learning. Workshop participants will learn about ways to implement these strategies in the classroom, work with handouts for getting started, and identify useful resources to further explore these pedagogical approaches. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction

Description:
Designing teaching strategies in a more prescriptive rather than a hit and miss approach can lead to effective and meaningful instruction. In this workshop, we will present Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction and ways to implement these events when preparing instruction. Learn how to sequence instruction based on expected intellectual skills to be learned by students and how to prepare different instructional approaches for different learning outcomes. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Games and Simulations in the Classroom

Description:
What do Second Life, Civilization III, and Jeopardy all have in common? They have all been used in higher education to engage and teach students. While the primary function of games and simulations is to entertain, they also make effective teaching tools. In this workshop, we will discuss why games are so effective and explore several examples of games that can be used “as-is” or modified to be used in the classroom.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Getting Students to Read

Description:
Reading required material prepares students to answer questions and contribute to classroom discussions. Reading can also help students make connections between lecture and what they have read. However, many students may not be inclined to read, especially when it involves required reading. The "not reading" problem is complex and involves not only students but faculty as well. During this workshop we will consider the purpose and value of what faculty assign as reading material and discuss ways to encourage students to read the required materials. This workshop will be simulcast, so be sure to register for either the face-to-face or online format. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Greener Teaching Techniques

Description:
Greener living has increasingly become a central issue in American life. In our personal lives, we recycle, use reusable bags at the grocery store, and light our homes with CFL bulbs. However, what can we do to make our teaching practices environmentally friendly? This informal online session will highlight a few techniques that can make the classroom greener. Come and share your techniques for greener teaching and learn from others! Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
None

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Ice Breakers and Games to Warm Up the Classroom Environment

Description:
Have you ever wanted to liven up the classroom but didn’t know how? This workshop is designed for those who are interested in ways to involve students beyond basic classroom discussion. Come and explore the use of ice breakers and games to promote group cohesiveness, trust, and meaningful playfulness in the classroom. Several techniques will be presented that encourage students to begin thinking critically and developing reflective skills. Learn how to integrate low risk, inexpensive, quick, and adaptable games and ice breakers in your courses to inform and motivate your students. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning

Description:
Teaching in the online environment involves principles and practices unlike traditional face-to-face instruction methods. Unique pedagogical and pragmatic considerations for teaching online must be considered when contemplating the development of an online course. In this session, we will introduce the unique characteristics of online instruction and provide an overview of the components in an engaging and interactive online course. We will also share various institutional resources for further assistance with getting started teaching. This workshop is designed for those who are new to online teaching and to those wanting to refresh their knowledge about online teaching fundamentals. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Learning on the Go: Introduction to Mobile Learning

Description:
Teaching and learning are no longer constrained to the classroom. With mobile technologies like smartphones and tablets, students can access course materials from anywhere and faculty can update materials or communicate with students without sitting down to a computer. However, mobile devices are also simple tools for faculty and students to create multimedia content including audio, photos, and video. In this session, participants will learn about mobile teaching and learning, view content one a mobile device, use apps that facilitate mobile teaching and learning, and create multimedia materials with a mobile device. A mobile device is not required; participants will be loaned a device for the workshop. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Microteaching (No, that doesn't mean tiny classes!)

Description:
Why wait for student evaluations to receive feedback on teaching practices? Microteaching provides an opportunity for instructors to improve their teaching practices through peer and supervisor critique. While microteaching is most commonly used for evaluation of teaching assistants, novice instructors and even experienced instructors can also use microteaching to hone their teaching practices. In this workshop, we will discuss what microteaching is and how to implement a microteaching program. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Models of Online Instruction

Description:
Every face-to-face course is different. Some courses rely on lectures while others are more discussion-based. Students may work independently or collaboratively. Some courses even include components outside of the classroom, like service work, internships, and practicums, that allow students to learn from experience. Online courses can be diverse in the same way. There is a common perception that online courses are static and boring, but most of the techniques used in face-to-face classrooms can be adapted to make online courses exciting and engaging. In this online workshop, you will learn about different ways to structure an online course and how online technology can support different models of online instruction. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
None

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Problem-Based Learning

Description:
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a focused, experiential learning strategy organized around the exploration and resolution of an authentic, real-world problem. PBL involves three components: The Problem, which typically does not have an easy solution, The Learners, who often work in self-directed groups to solve the problem, and The Instructor, who assumes the role as facilitator and coach once the problem has been presented. We will discuss ways to find and develop a problem and student and instructor involvement during a problem-based learning situation. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Quick and Painless Grading

Description:
Grading is an important aspect of teaching that provides feedback to students on their learning. Grading also serves as a standard by which students are evaluated by prospective employers and graduate schools. Grading can be time consuming and challenging; however, it doesn’t have to be that way! In this workshop, we will discuss the grading process, how to grade more efficiently, how to increase objectivity and consistency in grading (especially when several people are grading), and how to provide feedback to students. We will also consider how to design assessments so that they are easier to grade. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Rubrics for Meaningful Evaluation and Assessment

Description:
Scene: Student asks, “Why did you grade me that way,” or “You never told us that we would be graded on grammar.” Enter: Rubrics, which are scoring tools that clearly define assignment criteria with levels of performance for each part. Because grading may be considered one of the most time consuming, frustrating, and sometimes dreaded aspects of teaching, learning how to develop and use rubrics can help faculty grade more objectively, save grading time, and assist students in preparing assignments. Workshop participants will create their own rubric that can be adapted for any assignment or task. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Scaffolding to Enhance Learning

Description:
Scaffolding is a teaching technique that provides temporary support to help students learn a concept until help is no longer needed. Scaffolding, also known as modeling or coaching, can take many forms such as presenting examples, giving explanations, and using advance organizers, all which gain from students’ existing knowledge of the material. This workshop will cover the principles of scaffolding and ways scaffolding can be used in the classroom. Advanced registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Strategies to End the Semester with Your Students

Description:
Now that we are more than half-way through the semester, it is a good time to start thinking about strategies to end the semester on a high note. In this workshop we will discuss ways to reduce the stress involved in creating exams and grading them, helping students review for the final exam, handling last-minute questions and requests (for extensions, incompletes and letters of recommendation), evaluating your course for the next time it is taught and saying goodbye to your students. Participants will create an end-of-the-semester action plan that can be used to help end the semester and plan future courses. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Teaching a New Course

Description:
Preparing to teach a new course involves a number of tasks that require planning and organization. This workshop will focus on general strategies such as budgeting time for class preparation, aligning instructional methods and strategies with course goals and objectives, understanding the varied learning styles of students enrolled in the course and sequencing course material to fit the class time period. Technology integration, assignments, exam format and grading will also be discussed. Participants will create a list of tips and techniques that can be immediately used as they prepare to teach a new course. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Teaching During a Health Crisis

Description:
The H1N1 virus, formerly referred to as Swine Flu, is expected to make a comeback to the United States this school year and officials say that college campuses could be impacted. It’s prudent for faculty to consider how their teaching may be affected by an illness outbreak and explore steps to continue teaching during such a situation. This online session will share pedagogical recommendations for teaching during a health crisis, including: steps for being ready, instructional alternatives, available technologies, and suggestions for meeting students’ needs. Available sources for further information will be highlighted. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
None

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Teaching to Encourage Active Learning

Description:
In an active learning environment, more emphasis is placed on developing students higher-order thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation) with less emphasis on transmitting information. Active learning moves students beyond simple listening to talking, writing, reading and reflecting. In this workshop we will identify strategies and techniques to help students actively discover, process and apply information and also explore their own attitudes and values. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Teaching Large Classes

Description:
Teaching large classes effectively requires a set of different strategies and methods than teaching smaller classes. Through careful planning, using interactive activities, having the confidence and a bit of charisma, teaching large classes can be an exciting teaching and learning experience for the instructor and the students. This workshop will present a number of ways to manage paperwork, distractions, passive students, and class activities. Come prepared to share and learn ways to be effective when teaching and engaging students in the large classroom setting. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Teaching with a Touch of Novelty

Description:
Incorporating novel teaching techniques can help maximize students’ attention and enrich their learning experience. Novel teaching approaches can be as simple as using props, a different seating arrangement or reading a story. These types of strategies can keep students’ attention and provides for a more enriched learning experience. Occasionally diverging from standard instructional methods can also help motivate instructors to move from the ordinary to try something different but meaningful. Come join the discussion and explore a number of distinct, simple, yet effective ways to approach teaching. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Teaching with the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy

Description:
Bloom's Taxonomy was developed in the 1950s and is still used today to categorize ways of learning and thinking in a hierarchical structure. A revised model was developed in the 1990s to better fit educational practices of the 21st century. Learn how you can employ the revised Bloom's Taxonomy to help plan effective instruction and challenge students to move from the most basic skills (remembering) to more complex learning which leads to higher order thinking (creating). Bring a list of instructional goals and objectives to the workshop. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Team-Based Learning

Description:
Team-based learning (TBL), when properly implemented, can help improve students’ class preparation, attendance and academic performance. During this workshop we will look at the characteristics of team-based learning, explore strategies to implement team-based learning in the classroom, discuss how to form dynamic teams and identify roles you and your students assume during team-based learning that can have a positive effect on both teaching and learning. Advance registration required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Testing Techniques: How to Design Better Tests

Description:
What makes a "good" test, and how do you know that you have one? Writing a strong test is a balancing act that requires deliberate design and intuitive art. Fortunately, there are a variety of tools that can simplify the process. In this workshop, we will discuss how to design tests that accurately assess students' knowledge and how to critically evaluate tests and test questions. We will also look at many different types of test questions and strategies for writing effective questions. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Understanding and Integrating Teaching and Learning Styles

Description:
Have you ever been so caught up in your own teaching that you forgot to consider how your students prefer to learn? Many educators teach the way they learn and should strive to recognize the different learning styles of their students. We will explore ways to increase the likelihood of addressing our students learning preferences by examining our own teaching and learning strategies. This workshop includes a quick personal learning style assessment.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Using Graphic Organizers to Help Students Construct Meaning

Description:
A graphic organizer is a visual display that illustrates the relationships between content, terms or ideas related to a learning task. Although graphic organizers may be referred to as concept maps, story maps or cognitive organizers, they all follow a similar practice in which introductory material is visually presented before the actual content to be learned. Graphic organizers can help students organize ideas, understand new content and problem solve as well as plan research and increase recall. Workshop participants will practice using a range of advance organizers that are applicable across all learning disciplines. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Using Internet Memes in the Classroom

Description:
What do LOLCats, honey badgers, and Hillary Clinton all have in common? They are all subjects of popular internet memes. A meme is an image, video, hashtag, or catch phrase that is shared, re-mixed, and parodied until nearly everyone has seen it. At first glance, memes seem to be entertainment rather than educational, but they can be both, particularly when students create them about course content. In this workshop, we will discuss how to use memes to generate excitement in the classroom and use simple tools to create samples. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Visual Literacy in Teaching and Learning

Description:
Research has shown that using visuals in teaching can positively affect learning. Visual literacy is defined as the ability to interpret and generate images for communicating ideas and concepts. This workshop will provide an introduction to visual literacy and include activities that can be immediately applied in the classroom. A variety of visual media will be available to illustrate concepts that support visual learning. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Experience using Microsoft Word is required.

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Writing Goals and Objectives: There is a Difference

Description:
Instructional goals are broad, generalized statements about what is to be learned. Instructional objectives, on the other hand, are focused measurable statements which will help you and your students reach your goals. When written well, instructional goals and objectives will assist in identifying course content, help organize your instruction, and best of all, help students achieve your expectations. In this workshop, we will review the characteristics of instructional goals and objectives and practice writing these two important components of successful instruction. Please bring a course syllabus to the workshop. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Last Updated: 09/26/2013