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Writing Workshop: Developing Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Tuesday, April 24 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 10:30 AM
This writing workshop offers participants the chance to give and receive feedback on drafts of teaching philosophy statements. Participants should come with draft in hand (computers will be provided for those who wish to work electronically). We will facilitate small group discussion that provides constructive feedback for each participant. While this workshop grows out of the Developing Your Teaching Philosophy Workshop, anyone with a teaching philosophy draft is welcome to attend. The workshop will include opportunities for writing and revising as well as conversation.

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Leadership and Development Sci; Ctr for Teaching & Learning
    Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 302

How to Teach Sensitive Content Face-to-Face and Online

Friday, April 27 2018
@ 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM

This workshop will help participants think through how to incorporate and engage with content that may be upsetting for students but is a necessary component of your course. Techniques and experiences will be shared by the facilitator.

The format will be 20 minutes of presentation followed by questions, discussion, and brainstorming.

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Sarah E. Turner, English
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Engagement Strategies for Teaching Large Enrollment Classes

Thursday, May 17 2018
@ 9:30 AM- 11:30 AM
This session focuses on practical engagement techniques for teaching large enrollment courses and how these techniques can contribute to improved student learning outcomes. We will discuss and practice active learning methods such as jigsaw and share tips for managing the class to encourage engagement. This session is facilitated by CTL Director J. Dickinson (Associate Professor of Anthropology) and Holly Buckland Parker, CTL Faculty Professional Development Specialist.

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1124
  • Location: To Be Determined

Designing Assignments for Large Enrollment Classes

Thursday, May 17 2018
@ 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
This session offers big questions and concrete examples to help instructors craft assignments that are intellectually rigorous, aligned with course objectives, and realistically matched to the available resources. Topics include setting reasonable expectations for instructors and students, assignment scaffolding, incorporating student choice, strategies for grading, and logistics and organization. This session is facilitated by CTL Faculty Associate Nicole Phelps (Associate Professor of History).

Event details:

  • Contact: Wendy Berenback, wverreib@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-7992
  • Location: Bailey Howe 303

Past Events (last 180 days)

Teaching in Higher Education

Thursday, April 19 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM
This workshop will help you reflect on your teaching practice. We will discuss your teaching so far in your career and we share current research on teaching practices. These practices include: Kuh's High Impact Practices and Universal Design for Learning. (This workshop is a requirement of the Graduate Teaching Program)

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Leadership and Development Sci; Ctr for Teaching & Learning
    Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: 303 Bailey/Howe Library

Small Changes, Big Impact: Small Teaching Changes that Build Content Mastery

Wednesday, April 18 2018
@ 9:30 AM- 10:30 AM
The right small, powerful changes to your teaching can have a big impact on student learning. Our Small Changes, Big Impact series highlights research-based strategies you could implement tomorrow.

This workshop explores how small moments in class can encourage students to learn core knowledge and begin to apply it in other context.

You are welcome to attend any number of the workshops in this series.

Event details:

  • Contact: April Christenson, April.Christenson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1958
  • Facilitated By: Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library

Canceled:Honing in on your Transferable and Professional Skills

Tuesday, April 17 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 10:30 AM

This workshop is designed to help students identify the personal and professional skills they've developed during their graduate teaching experience, and how to convey those skills in job searches and future professional settings.

We will focus specifically on transferable skills that are applicable across a range of disciplines and professional experiences; this is not to minimize the importance of expertise in a given discipline, but rather to highlight the less apparent (and often more critical!) skills that employers typically prioritize.

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Thomas Wilson, CUPS
  • Location: 303 Bailey/Howe Library

Writing Effective Interview and Focus Group Questions for SoTL Research

Friday, April 13 2018
@ 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM
Writing interview and focus group questions to elicit data relevant to driving research question(s) can be quite tricky, particularly for SoTL researchers who do not have extensive experience with qualitative research. The aim of this session is to provide SoTL researchers with foundational knowledge they can use to craft effective interview and focus group questions for their studies. Participants will have an opportunity to apply this knowledge during the session by drafting interview and focus group questions for their studies and workshopping them with their peers.

Event details:

  • Contact: Steven Netcoh, Steven.Netcoh@uvm.edu, +1 860-202-7069
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Preparing for Class Discussions on Sensitive Topics

Friday, April 13 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM

How should you prepare to facilitate a class discussion of topics that are sensitive and where opinions can be diverse? This workshops will equip participants with concrete approaches to planning class discussions where students may have strong and differing reactions to the material.

The format will be 20 minutes of presentation followed by questions, discussion, and brainstorming.

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Ilyse Fuerst; Morgenstein; Morgenstein Fuerst, Religion
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Writing Your Teaching Philosophy

Tuesday, April 10 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 10:30 AM
During this workshop we discuss the value of articulating a personal teaching philosophy and important elements to include in your statement.

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Leadership and Development Sci; Ctr for Teaching & Learning
    Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 302

Obtaining IRB Approval to Conduct SoTL Research

Friday, March 30 2018
@ 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM
SoTL raises some unique questions when it comes to Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for research involving human subjects. Is your project “research” according to federal regulations, or is it “curriculum quality improvement?” What are the implications of each of these designations for how you approach your project? What special measures must be taken to protect the rights of student research participants who will be graded by the researcher? These and related questions will be answered during this session, which will be led by Dr. Ted Marcy, IRB Chair of the Committee on Human Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. The session will provide information that you can use to adequately protect the rights of students as research participants, apply for the appropriate study designation from the IRB, and obtain IRB approval in a timely manner.

Event details:

  • Contact: Steven Netcoh, Steven.Netcoh@uvm.edu, +1 860-202-7069
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Diversity Awareness Building to Create Inclusive Learning Environments

Friday, March 30 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 10:30 AM

In this workshop, participants will explore their role as a mentor in classroom and/or laboratory environments through the lens of social identity. Through interactive exercises, participants gain awareness and understanding of the many types of student diversity. We will reflect on these discoveries while learning strategies to foster diverse identities of students and their mentors.

This workshop is based on the work of The National Mentoring Research Network (NMRN), a nationwide coalition. This network provides researchers with evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming. The NMRN programs emphasize the benefits and challenges of diversity, inclusivity and culture within mentoring relationships and the research workforce.

The workshop is open to graduate students, teaching postdocs, faculty and researchers from the University community and is facilitated by Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez, Coordinator, VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity.

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Veronica Gonzalez; Sosa; Sosa-Gonzalez, EPSCoR
  • Location: Bailey/Howe Library Room 303

Writing Across Borders: Multilingual Writers and Faculty Expectations

Wednesday, March 28 2018
@ 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM

This workshop will explore the relationship between culture, writing, and faculty expectations. We'll view Writing Across Borders, a short film featuring international student writers and faculty across disciplines. Our conversation will explore how cultural expectations frame our writing expectations, and how assignments and assessments are also shaped by culture.

This event is held in conjunction with Blackboard Jungle


Event details:

  • Contact: Susanmarie Harrington, Susan.Harrington@uvm.edu
  • Location: 302 Bailey/Howe, Fulwiler Room

Responding to Writing: Feedforward, not Feedback

Tuesday, March 27 2018
@ 2:45 PM- 3:45 PM
Move Beyond the Red Ink to response strategies that actually work! Our Responding to Writing workshop series will help you to fine-tune your approach to feedback, rubrics, and commenting so that you get the results you want.

If most of the energy spent on responding to student writing happens at the end of the semester, its impact may be limited. Yet the alternative - multiple drafts of assignments, each with feedback - is often not sustainable. This interactive workshop explores different types of feedback, inviting participants to determine what sort of feedback best matches their goals for what students should do next.

You are welcome to attend any number of the workshops in this series.

Event details:

  • Contact: April Christenson, April.Christenson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1958
  • Facilitated By: Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library

Designing and Implementing Assignments that Deal with Sensitive Topics

Tuesday, March 27 2018
@ 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM

This workshop will offer ideas for designing assignments that ask students to disclose opinions and experiences that may be deeply personal or controversial. The topics covered will include factors to consider when designing the assignment; providing clear instructions; and appropriate feedback to students on the assignment.

The format will be 20 minutes of presentation followed by questions, discussion, and brainstorming.

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Pablo Bose, Global & Regional Studies; Geography
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Supporting Multilingual Writers: Evaluating and Grading Written Work

Thursday, March 22 2018
@ 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
In our Supporting Multilingual Writers series, we will explore how we respond to and grade academic work by multilingual writers while considering the impact that culture has on our approach and expectations.

In this brown bag lunch workshop we ask, "How can we balance the need to support writing growth over time with the need to be fair and consistent with expectations? How can we consider the long time horizon for developing polished fluency in other languages with the demands of a semester?" Join colleagues to talk about how we respond to and grade academic work by multilingual writers.

You are welcome to attend any number of the workshops in this series.

Event details:

  • Contact: April Christenson, April.Christenson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1958
  • Facilitated By: Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library

Canceled : Teaching in Higher Education

Tuesday, March 20 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM
This workshop will help you reflect on your teaching practice. We will discuss your teaching so far in your career and we share current research on teaching practices. These practices include: Kuh's High Impact Practices and Universal Design for Learning. (This workshop is a requirement of the Graduate Teaching Program)

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Leadership and Development Sci; Ctr for Teaching & Learning
    Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Responding to Writing: Beyond the Red Ink, a film - Students Talk about Teachers' Comments

Thursday, March 08 2018
@ 11:45 AM- 12:45 PM

Move Beyond the Red Ink to response strategies that actually work! Our Responding to Writing workshop series will help you to fine-tune your approach to feedback, rubrics, and commenting so that you get the results you want.

Have you ever wondered why students' revisions seem to ignore the comments you so laboriously wrote? Are you interested in helping your students understand and use your comments?

During this brown bag lunch, we will view a short film featuring seven students who talk "openly about the role teachers' comments have played in their lives as college writers and offer their own advice, in their own words to writing teachers." The film will be followed by a lively discussion with colleagues.

You are welcome to attend any number of the workshops in this series.

Event details:

  • Contact: April Christenson, April.Christenson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1958
  • Facilitated By: Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library

Introduction to SoTL Research Designs and Methodologies

Friday, March 02 2018
@ 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM
Do you have a question about your teaching or students’ learning that you would like to investigate but are unsure of how to approach the research? Rest assured, you are not alone. Faculty members come to SoTL from diverse disciplines with disparate kinds of research training. Therefore, many aspiring SoTL researchers are unfamiliar with the educational research methods that are available to them to help answer their questions about teaching and learning. This session will provide an overview of the most common methodologies and methods used in SoTL research. Anyone interested in learning more about educational research methods that can be used to answer pressing questions about teaching and learning is encouraged to attend.

Event details:

  • Contact: Steven Netcoh, Steven.Netcoh@uvm.edu, +1 860-202-7069
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Responding to Writing: Rubrics, Response, and a Common Vocabulary

Wednesday, February 28 2018
@ 2:15 PM- 3:15 PM
Move Beyond the Red Ink to response strategies that actually work! Our Responding to Writing workshop series will help you to fine-tune your approach to feedback, rubrics, and commenting so that you get the results you want.

Rubrics are often touted as a time-saving approach to grading and responding, but their real value lies in the ways they create a common vocabulary that focuses attention on concepts, skills, and genre features that matter. Join colleagues for a discussion of ways responding to writing helps students take up the vocabulary of your course and discipline.

You are welcome to attend any number of the workshops in this series.

Event details:

  • Contact: April Christenson, April.Christenson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1958
  • Facilitated By: Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library

Mentoring Writing in the Lab

Tuesday, February 20 2018
@ 11:45 AM- 1:00 PM
Mentoring students' writing happens not just in the classroom but in the lab and field. Join us for lunch and a conversation led by three faculty colleagues whose labs feature approaches to scaffolding and supporting writing instruction for undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs. This discussion will leave you with strategies you can take back to your own student networks.

Co-sponsored by the Graduate Writing Center

Event details:

  • Contact: April Christenson, April.Christenson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1958
  • Facilitated By: Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library

Tips for Conducting a SoTL Literature Review

Friday, February 16 2018
@ 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM
Navigating literature in the field of education can be tricky. Educational terms shift quickly (e.g., “standards-based assessment” instead of “proficiency-based assessment”) and are often used interchangeably to describe similar phenomena. Without knowledge of common educational terminology, it can be difficult to find what you are looking for in the literature. This session will provide tips and strategies for navigating educational literature in preparation for a SoTL study. The session will be led by Dr. Dan DeSanto, Library Assistant Professor, who will provide an introduction to common educational research databases (e.g., ERIC) and tools to facilitate searching. Participants will be afforded time to search these databases for resources related to their topics of interest and identify appropriate terminology with the assistance of experts in the field.

Event details:

  • Contact: Steven Netcoh, Steven.Netcoh@uvm.edu, +1 860-202-7069
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Small Changes, Big Impact: Increase Student Engagement with Index Cards

Wednesday, February 14 2018
@ 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM
The right small, powerful changes to your teaching can have a big impact on student learning. Our Small Changes, Big Impact series highlights research-based strategies you could implement tomorrow.

This workshop explores how index cards can be used for microassignments or small interactions with you or peers. Index cards can help students practice key skills and help you connect with students' experience of the course. If you're interested in student reflection, reviewing, or assessment, join colleagues to consider how index cards can be a useful tool.

You are welcome to attend any number of the workshops in this series.

Event details:

  • Contact: April Christenson, April.Christenson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1958
  • Facilitated By: Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library

CANCELLED - Threshold Concepts

Thursday, February 08 2018
@ 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM
This workshop introduces participants to some threshold concepts in writing studies (such as "all writers have more to learn" or "failure can be an important part of writing development"). Participants will consider ways these threshold concepts can help shape their own disciplinary writing assignments.

Event details:

  • Contact: April Christenson, April.Christenson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1958
  • Facilitated By: Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library

Small Changes, Big Impact: Small Teaching Changes that Build Analysis and Reflection

Tuesday, February 06 2018
@ 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM
The right small, powerful changes to your teaching can have a big impact on student learning. Our Small Changes, Big Impact series highlights research-based strategies you could implement tomorrow.

In this workshop we explore how small class activities can encourage students to purposefully dig deeper into core content and become more reflective learners.

You are welcome to attend any number of the workshops in this series.

Event details:

  • Contact: April Christenson, April.Christenson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1958
  • Facilitated By: Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library

Introduction to SoTL

Monday, February 05 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM
Do you ever wonder if your curricular and instructional changes are achieving their desired outcomes? Are you curious about how students are approaching a complex assignment outside of class? Do you want to know what would make your class more engaging for students? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), which is an increasingly popular approach to faculty development at institutions of higher education across the United States and Canada. This session will provide an introduction to SoTL along with an overview of the SoTL-related work currently underway at UVM. Anyone who is curious to learn more about SoTL is encouraged to attend.

Event details:

  • Contact: Steven Netcoh, Steven.Netcoh@uvm.edu, +1 860-202-7069
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Introduction to SoTL

Friday, February 02 2018
@ 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM
Do you ever wonder if your curricular and instructional changes are achieving their desired outcomes? Are you curious about how students are approaching a complex assignment outside of class? Do you want to know what would make your class more engaging for students? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), which is an increasingly popular approach to faculty development at institutions of higher education across the United States and Canada. This session will provide an introduction to SoTL along with an overview of the SoTL-related work currently underway at UVM. Anyone who is curious to learn more about SoTL is encouraged to attend.

Event details:

  • Contact: Steven Netcoh, Steven.Netcoh@uvm.edu, +1 860-202-7069
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Excellence in Teaching: A Discussion with the Kroepsch-Maurice Award Recipients

Wednesday, January 31 2018
@ 2:30 PM- 4:00 PM
Recipients of the 2017 Kroepsch-Maurice Teaching Award (Rocki-Lee DeWitt from Grossman School of Business; James Murdoch from Rubenstein Sch Env & Nat Res; Catherine Bliss from Mathematics & Statistics) will discuss their teaching philosophies, "eureka" moments in their teaching careers, challenging issues in teaching, and how they approached these issues.

The discussion will be facilitated by KM Committee Chairperson and 1999 KM Recipient, Joan Rosebush.

Event details:

  • Contact: Nina Wu, Nina.Wu@uvm.edu
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Introduction to Direct Assessment

Thursday, January 25 2018
@ 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM

Participants should have taken parts 1 and/or 2 of the assessment series before taking this workshop.  Part 3 is also encouraged, but not required.

This workshop is open to chairs, program directors, assessment coordinators and faculty teams working on assessment in their program.  Due to the applied nature of the workshop, small teams are especially encouraged to attend.

This workshop focuses on how to select, collect, organize, and assess examples of student work to gauge student progress towards program-level learning outcomes. The workshop begins with a discussion of different ways to directly assess student progress towards learning outcomes, and helps participants identify possible assignments/assignment types that may be good candidates for direct assessment processes.

The workshop will also cover different approaches to evaluating student work as part of program-level assessment; planning and organizing a direct assessment session (e.g. rating day or targeted faculty discussion); and processing and making sense of the results of your direct assessment. Teams or chairs may wish to identify a particular outcome they would like to gather data on prior to attending the workshop.

Event details:

  • Contact: Jennifer Dickinson, Jennifer.Dickinson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-0837
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

7 Features Every Blackboard User Should Know About

Friday, January 12 2018
@ 10:00 AM- 11:15 AM

This demo session is intended for instructors with some experience using Blackboard. We’ll show seven Blackboard features that are designed to help you save time, stay organized, and provide a better Blackboard experience for your students.

By the end of this session you will have a fuller understanding of:

  1. Student Preview - a fully interactive student view of your course
  2. Inline Grading - Collect, grade, and comment on student work without downloading files.
  3. Grading with Rubrics - provide feedback for your students and grade according to specified criteria.
  4. Grade Center Categories - understand this key feature for calculating grades.
  5. Test Options - Provide options for students who need accommodation, and customize how and when students will see test results, answers, and feedback.
  6. Retention Center - Check the academic health of your students and get insight into student performance.
  7. Date Management - a useful feature when reusing courses from one semester to the next

Event details:

  • Contact: Hope Greenberg, hag@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1176
  • Location:

Syllabus Studio

Friday, January 12 2018
@ 10:30 AM- 1:30 PM

Whether you're just starting work on your Spring syllabi or putting in those finishing touches, visit our "Syllabus Studio" for advice, assistance, or for simply a collegial place to work. We will have information and ideas on creating assignments, formulating course objectives, and syllabus formats. CTL Faculty Associates, Nicole Phillips and Dianna Murray-Close are available for consulting.

Please note, there is no formal program. This is a drop-in-whenever-you-can event. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be available.

Event details:

  • Contact: Nicole Phelps, nphelps@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-5789
  • Location: Bailey Howe 313

Visualizing Time: Teaching with Timelines

Wednesday, January 10 2018
@ 10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

Timelines provide a graphical representation of changes or events that occur over time, and clarify how those events relate to each other. New online programs make it easier to build timelines that incorporate rich media. In this workshop we’ll explore several programs that can help you and your students create timelines.

In this workshop, you will:

  • compare the differences between several timeline programs
  • create a simple illustrated timeline
  • discuss assignment ideas for using timelines

Event details:

  • Contact: Hope Greenberg, hag@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1176
  • Location:

Blackboard: Understanding and Building Your Course

Wednesday, January 10 2018
@ 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM

In this workshop, we will explore the Blackboard course environment, specifically:

  • Blackboard at UVM - how we use it and how it connects to Banner
  • Navigating the course
  • Modifying the course
  • Structuring and adding content
  • Basic management functions, i.e., course availability and backing up courses

Event details:

  • Contact: Wendy Berenback, wverreib@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-7992
  • Location: Bailey Howe 303

Blackboard: Communication Tools

Wednesday, January 10 2018
@ 2:15 PM- 3:15 PM

In this workshop, we'll explore Blackboard tools designed for communication between faculty and students and for collaboration among students. We will discuss the basics of using:

  • Announcements
  • Email and Messages
  • Private Journals
  • Discussion Boards
  • Blogs
  • Wikis

This workshop assumes prior knowledge of: navigating in the Blackboard course environment (course menu, control panel, bread crumbs); basic understanding of content areas and adding tools; basic understanding of how to use the text editor.

If you do not have mastery of the above skills, please be sure to attend the previous workshop "Blackboard: Understanding and Building Your Course" or make an appointment with the CTL "Doctor Is In" program before attending this workshop. Email ctldoc@uvm.edu or see the schedule here: http://www.uvm.edu/ctl/doctor

Event details:

  • Contact: Wendy Berenback, wverreib@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-7992
  • Location: Bailey Howe 303

Blackboard: Introduction to Assessment Tools

Wednesday, January 10 2018
@ 3:30 PM- 4:45 PM

In this workshop, we will explore Blackboard's assessment tools and grading features. We will show the basics of using the following:

  • Grade Center
  • Tests and Surveys
  • Assignments
  • Rubrics

This workshop assumes prior knowledge of: navigating the course environment (course menu, control panel, bread crumbs); basic understanding of content areas and adding tools; basic understanding of how to use the text editor.

If you do not have mastery of the above skills, please either attend the earlier workshop, Understanding and Building Your Course, or make an appointment with the CTL "Doctor Is In" program before attending this workshop. Email ctldoc@uvm.edu

Event details:

  • Contact: Ines Berrizbeitia, Ines.Berrizbeitia@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-0310
  • Location: Bailey Howe 303

iClickers in the Classroom

Monday, January 08 2018
@ 10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

In this workshop, we demonstrate how teaching with iClickers can enhance student engagement, especially in large enrollment courses. Faculty can use clickers to poll students and get instant feedback on student understanding of concepts presented during lecture and in pre-class readings. This workshop covers the technical requirements of using iClickers and ideas for teaching with them.

Event details:

  • Contact: Ines Berrizbeitia, Ines.Berrizbeitia@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-0310
  • Facilitated By: Ines Berrizbeitia, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey Howe 303

Introduction to Direct Assessment

Friday, January 05 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 10:30 AM

Participants should have taken parts 1 and/or 2 of the assessment series before taking this workshop.  Part 3 is also encouraged, but not required.

This workshop is open to chairs, program directors, assessment coordinators and faculty teams working on assessment in their program.  Due to the applied nature of the workshop, small teams are especially encouraged to attend.

This workshop focuses on how to select, collect, organize, and assess examples of student work to gauge student progress towards program-level learning outcomes. The workshop begins with a discussion of different ways to directly assess student progress towards learning outcomes, and helps participants identify possible assignments/assignment types that may be good candidates for direct assessment processes.

The workshop will also cover different approaches to evaluating student work as part of program-level assessment; planning and organizing a direct assessment session (e.g. rating day or targeted faculty discussion); and processing and making sense of the results of your direct assessment. Teams or chairs may wish to identify a particular outcome they would like to gather data on prior to attending the workshop.

Event details:

  • Contact: Jennifer Dickinson, Jennifer.Dickinson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-0837
  • Facilitated By: Jennifer Dickinson, Ctr for Teaching & Learning; Anthropology
  • Location: Livak Ballroom, Davis Center

Open Consultation Time for Program Chairs and Assessment Coordinators

Friday, January 05 2018
@ 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM

Drop in any time during this open session for a consultation or to work in an interactive environment. Some consults may take a "group" format depending on the number of drop-ins at any given time. Consultation topics can include: review of your program outcomes; review of your assessment plan form; and consults on how to move forward/take the next step in working with your department.

Event details:

  • Contact: Jennifer Dickinson, Jennifer.Dickinson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-0837
  • Facilitated By: Jennifer Dickinson, Ctr for Teaching & Learning; Anthropology
  • Location: Livak Ballroom, Davis Center

Lunch/Workshop: Writing a Student-Friendly Version of Your Outcomes

Friday, January 05 2018
@ 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM

Can students and prospective students read your program outcomes and understand what your program offers them? Many departments write their program-level outcomes for a faculty and administrative audience, with an eye towards assessment. However, discipline-specific vocabulary and writing style may leave students and prospective students struggling to understand what a major in your program offers.

Additionally, well-crafted outcomes language could help raise student interest in your program. This workshop will help you create a version of your program outcomes that communicates to students and is an appropriate length to add to your department webpage—your primary communications vehicle.

Lunch included.

Event details:

  • Contact: Jennifer Dickinson, Jennifer.Dickinson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-0837
  • Facilitated By: Jennifer Dickinson, Ctr for Teaching & Learning; Anthropology
  • Location: Livak Ballroom, Davis Center

Open Consultation Time for Program Chair / Assessment Coordinators

Friday, January 05 2018
@ 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Drop in any time during this open session for a consultation or to work in an interactive environment. Some consults may take a "group" format depending on the number of drop-ins at any given time. Consultation topics can include: review of your program outcomes; review of your assessment plan form; and consults on how to move forward/take the next step in working with your department.

Event details:

  • Contact: Jennifer Dickinson, Jennifer.Dickinson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-0837
  • Facilitated By: Jennifer Dickinson, Ctr for Teaching & Learning; Anthropology
  • Location: Livak Ballroom, Davis Center

Blackboard: Understanding and Building Your Course

Friday, January 05 2018
@ 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM

In this workshop, we will explore the Blackboard course environment, specifically:

  • Blackboard at UVM - how we use it and how it connects to Banner
  • Navigating the course
  • Modifying the course
  • Structuring and adding content
  • Basic management functions, i.e., course availability and backing up courses

Event details:

  • Contact: Wendy Berenback, wverreib@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-7992
  • Location:

Blackboard: Communication Tools

Friday, January 05 2018
@ 1:45 PM- 2:45 PM

In this workshop, we'll explore Blackboard tools designed for communication between faculty and students and for collaboration among students. We will discuss the basics of using:

  • Announcements
  • Email and Messages
  • Private Journals
  • Discussion Boards
  • Blogs
  • Wikis

This workshop assumes prior knowledge of: navigating in the Blackboard course environment (course menu, control panel, bread crumbs); basic understanding of content areas and adding tools; basic understanding of how to use the text editor.

If you do not have mastery of the above skills, please be sure to attend the previous workshop "Blackboard: Understanding and Building Your Course" or make an appointment with the CTL "Doctor Is In" program before attending this workshop. Email ctldoc@uvm.edu or see the schedule here: http://www.uvm.edu/ctl/doctor

Event details:

  • Contact: Wendy Berenback, wverreib@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-7992
  • Location:

Blackboard: Introduction to Assessment Tools

Friday, January 05 2018
@ 3:00 PM- 4:15 PM

In this workshop, we will explore Blackboard's assessment tools and grading features. We will show the basics of using the:

  • Grade Center
  • Tests and Surveys
  • Assignments
  • Rubrics

This workshop assumes prior knowledge of: navigating the course environment (course menu, control panel, bread crumbs); basic understanding of content areas and adding tools; basic understanding of how to use the text editor.

If you do not have mastery of the above skills, please either attend the earlier workshop, Understanding and Building Your Course, or make an appointment with the CTL "Doctor Is In" program before attending this workshop. Email ctldoc@uvm.edu

Event details:

  • Contact: Ines Berrizbeitia, Ines.Berrizbeitia@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-0310
  • Location:

Creating Your Assessment Cycle

Thursday, January 04 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM
The next phase in the UVM Assessment Initiative is our goal to have sustainable, cyclical assessment plans in place for most programs by the end of Spring 2018. This two-hour workshop is recommended for chairs, directors, faculty, and others involved with planning assessment for their academic programs and will be an effective way for teams to jumpstart assessment planning work. 

The session will lead you through the steps of sustainable assessment planning, and includes working time for teams or individuals to identify current activities, consider ways to reduce barriers, and outline next steps.

Participants should come with a copy of their current program-level outcomes and some information of what assessment is already in place or has been done in the past.  If your program does not yet have a set of updated program-level outcomes, please contact the facilitator for an individual session before attending the workshop.

Event details:

  • Contact: Jennifer Dickinson, Jennifer.Dickinson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-0837
  • Facilitated By: Jennifer Dickinson, Ctr for Teaching & Learning; Anthropology
  • Location: Livak Ballroom, Davis Center

Lunch/workshop for Graduate Program Coordinators

Thursday, January 04 2018
@ 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM

This lunch workshop is designed specifically for graduate program coordinators or faculty tasked with assessment of a Masters or PhD level program.  We will discuss the process of developing outcomes, how to plan for assessment within a specific degree program, and how to report and use the results of assessment.

Event details:

  • Contact: Jennifer Dickinson, Jennifer.Dickinson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-0837
  • Facilitated By: Jennifer Dickinson, Ctr for Teaching & Learning; Anthropology
  • Location: Livak Ballroom, Davis Center

Introduction to Curriculum Mapping for Program Assessment

Thursday, January 04 2018
@ 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM

Participants are encouraged, but not required, to take Parts 1 and 2 of the assessment series before taking this workshop.

This workshop, for department/program chairs, assessment coordinators, and faculty, will offer an introduction to curriculum mapping in the higher education context, with a focus on the program/major level.

Participants will have the opportunity to work on a section of the curriculum map for their program and plan the next steps to pursue with their department. After the workshop, participants can continue to receive support as their department develops a curriculum map and assessment plan. 

Some departments may wish to send a small team (2-3 people) to the workshop. Participants should bring a copy of their current program-level learning outcomes. If your program does not yet have a set of updated program-level outcomes, please contact the facilitator for an individual session before attending the workshop.

Event details:

  • Contact: Jennifer Dickinson, Jennifer.Dickinson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-0837
  • Facilitated By: Jennifer Dickinson, Ctr for Teaching & Learning; Anthropology
  • Location: Livak Ballroom, Davis Center

Postponed: Designing Open-Inquiry Laboratories: It Needn't Be Chaotic

Thursday, January 04 2018
@ 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM

There is growing evidence that students need to be engaged in open inquiry at all levels of science course work. Experiencing the uncertain outcomes inherent in the scientific process counters the common misconception that experiments are designed to prove hypotheses, and helps students experience, interpret, and move beyond perceived failures.

During this workshop we will:

  • Explore the research into the impacts of inquiry on student persistence and retention
  • Discuss the barriers to open-inquiry laboratories in foundation science courses
  • Discuss laboratory designs that allows open-inquiry without greatly increasing expense or chaos
  • Explore how to apply these design principles to your own labs

Event details:

  • Contact: Wendy Berenback, wverreib@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-7992
  • Facilitated By: Linden Higgins, Biology
  • Location: Bailey Howe 303

Syllabus Tune-Up

Thursday, January 04 2018
@ 9:30 AM- 11:00 AM

Get a jumpstart on the Spring semester with a syllabus tune-up. During this hands-on workshop, we'll construct measurable learning outcomes and assessments that map to those outcomes, referring to the guidelines of Universal Design for Learning to accommodate all learners.

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Leadership and Development Sci; Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey Howe 303

Designing and Reimagining Large Enrollment Courses

Wednesday, December 13 2017
@ 9:30 AM- 11:00 AM
This workshop offered by CTL Faculty Associates Nicole Phelps and Dianna Murray-Close will focus on strategies for promoting engagement, reaching a diverse set of students, and managing common challenges in large enrollment classes. We will share strategies that have worked well for us as well as tailor the discussion to topics of interest to faculty participants.

This workshop is especially well-suited for faculty who are developing new large courses or considering ways to increase learning and engagement in their existing courses.

Event details:

  • Contact: Dianna Close; Murray; Murray-Close, Dianna.Murray-Close@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-4142
  • Facilitated By: Nicole Phelps, History
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Writing Workshop: Developing Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Friday, November 10 2017
@ 9:30 AM- 11:00 AM
This writing workshop offers participants the chance to give and receive feedback on drafts of teaching philosophy statements. Participants should come with draft in hand (computers will be provided for those who wish to work electronically). We will facilitate small group discussion that provides constructive feedback for each participant. While this workshop grows out of the Developing Your Teaching Philosophy Workshop, anyone with a teaching philosophy draft is welcome to attend. The workshop will include opportunities for writing and revising as well as conversation.

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Leadership and Development Sci; Ctr for Teaching & Learning
    Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: 303 Bailey/Howe Library (CTL)

CANCELLED: Tips for Online Teaching in Winter Session

Thursday, November 09 2017
@ 11:49 AM- 11:49 AM
Calling all Winter Session faculty! Come join us for a collegial conversation that focuses on defining an appropriate work load for you and your students, strategies to encourage student engagement and time management techniques to keep you sane. Bring your ideas and we’ll bring the snacks.

Event details:

  • Contact: Jennifer Dickinson, Jennifer.Dickinson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-0837
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Reflective Writing: Strategies for Encouraging Students to Think About their Learning

Thursday, November 09 2017
@ 1:00 PM- 2:15 PM
Join colleagues to identify useful moments for student reflection, considering ways students can strengthen their understanding of course concepts and disciplinary performance through meta-cognition. We will look at various examples of teaching with reflection, from classroom activities to formal assignments.

Event details:

  • Contact: April Christenson, April.Christenson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1958
  • Facilitated By: Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: 302 Bailey/Howe, Fulwiler Room

Program Assessment Series, Part 4: Introduction to Direct Assessment Techniques for Outcomes Assessment

Wednesday, November 01 2017
@ 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Participants should have taken parts 1 and/or 2 of the Assessment series before taking this workshop.  Part 3 is also encouraged but not required.

This workshop is open to chairs, program directors, assessment coordinators and faculty teams working on assessment in their program.  Due to the applied nature of the workshop, small teams are especially encouraged to attend.

This workshop focuses on how to select, collect, organize, and assess examples of student work to gauge student progress towards program-level learning outcomes. The workshop begins with a discussion of different ways to directly assess student progress towards learning outcomes, and helps participants identify possible assignments/assignment types that may be good candidates for direct assessment processes.

The workshop will also cover different approaches to evaluating student work as part of program-level assessment; planning and organizing a direct assessment session (e.g. rating day or targeted faculty discussion); and processing and making sense of the results of your direct assessment. Teams or chairs may wish to identify a particular outcome they would like to gather data on prior to attending the workshop. 

Event details:

  • Contact: Jennifer Dickinson, Jennifer.Dickinson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-0837
  • Facilitated By: Elizabeth Miles, A&S Dean' s Ofc; English
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Designing Writing Assignments: Get the Writing You Want to Read

Wednesday, November 01 2017
@ 9:30 AM- 10:30 AM
How do assignments (dis)encourage students to work? This workshop will present research findings on writing and engagement, and then look at strategies for shaping assignments that get students working in ways you value. This interactive workshop will allow time for participants to apply these strategies to their own courses—whether you’re considering developing a new assignment, or whether you’re problem-solving with existing assignments, this workshop should open up possibilities for you.

Event details:

  • Contact: April Christenson, April.Christenson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1958
  • Facilitated By: Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: 302 Bailey/Howe, Fulwiler Room

Program Assessment Series, Part 3: Introduction to Program-Level Curriculum Mapping 

Monday, October 30 2017
@ 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM
Participants are encouraged but not required to take Parts 1 and 2 of the Assessment series before taking this workshop.

This workshop for department/program chairs, assessment coordinators and faculty will offer an introduction to curriculum mapping in the higher education context, with a focus on curriculum mapping at the program/major level. After introducing curriculum maps and exploring some examples, participants will have the opportunity to work on a section of curriculum map for their program and map out next steps to pursue with their department. After the workshop, participants can continue to receive support as their department develops a curriculum map and assessment plan. 

Some departments may wish to send a small team (2-3 people) to the workshop. Participants should bring a copy of their current program-level learning outcomes. If your program does not yet have a set of updated program-level outcomes, please contact the facilitator for an individual session before attending the workshop.

Event details:

  • Contact: Jennifer Dickinson, Jennifer.Dickinson@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-0837
  • Facilitated By: Jennifer Dickinson, Ctr for Teaching & Learning; Anthropology
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Writing Your Teaching Philosophy

Friday, October 27 2017
@ 9:30 AM- 11:00 AM
During this workshop we discuss the value of articulating a personal teaching philosophy and important elements to include in your statement.

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Leadership and Development Sci; Ctr for Teaching & Learning
    Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: 303 Bailey/Howe Library (CTL)

7 Features Every Blackboard User Should Know About

Wednesday, October 25 2017
@ 9:00 AM- 10:30 AM
In this demo session we’ll show seven Blackboard features that may be unfamiliar to you. These 7 features are designed to help you save time, stay organized, and provide a better Blackboard experience for your students.

By the end of this session you will have a fuller understanding of: 1. Student Preview - a fully interactive student view of your course

2. Inline Grading - Collect, grade, and comment on student work without downloading files.

3. Grading with Rubrics - provide feedback for your students and grade according to specified criteria.

4. Grade Center Categories - understand this key feature for calculating grades.

5. Test Options - Provide options for students who need accommodation, and customize how and when students will see test results, answers, and feedback.

6. Retention Center - Check the academic health of your students and get insight into student performance.

7. Date Management - a useful feature when reusing courses from one semester to the next

Event details:

  • Contact: Hope Greenberg, hag@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1176
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Canceled: Variety of Students? Variety of Teaching Strategies! Addressing the Variability of Learners Through UDL

Tuesday, October 24 2017
@ 9:30 AM- 11:00 AM
This workshop focuses on reducing barriers to learning by examining teaching strategies that will help you reach the wide variety of students in today’s classroom. Universal Design for Learning (UDL), provides a framework for creating such inclusive learning spaces. This workshop boils down UDL theory and practical experience from UVM faculty, and presents CTL’s “Top Five Tips for Implementing UDL.”

The workshop will be a blend of presentation and discussion, so please bring a course syllabus as a reference because we will discuss how to integrate these “Top 5 Tips” into your existing assignments, assessments, and teaching practice.

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1124
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303
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