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Upcoming Faculty Events at the CTL

Crafting Multiple Choice and Clicker Questions for Higher-Level Thinking

Tuesday, August 21 2018
@ 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Multiple choice and clicker questions are used in a variety of disciplines to assess basic information, but well-crafted questions can do much more than that, pushing students to use high-level thinking skills and shaping their approach to studying.

In this session, Annie Murray-Close (Psychological Science) and Nicole Phelps (History) will discuss strategies for constructing questions and explore some of the challenges associated with multiple choice and clicker questions; their examples will be drawn from the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. In addition to this content-focused workshop, participants may want to sign up for other CTL sessions on iClickers and/or Blackboard tests for technical instructions.

Facilitated by
Diana Murray-Close, Psychology, and
Nicole Phelps, History

Event details:

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

Blackboard: Understanding and Building Your Course

Wednesday, August 22 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM

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

Facilitated by Wendy Verrei-Berenback, CTL

Event details:

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

Blackboard: Communication Tools

Wednesday, August 22 2018
@ 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM

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 before attending this workshop. Email ctl@uvm.edu or see the schedule here: http://www.uvm.edu/ctl/openhours

Facilitated by Wendy Verrei-Berenback, CTL

Event details:

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

Blackboard Assessment Tools

Wednesday, August 22 2018
@ 11:00 PM- 12:30 PM

In this introduction to Blackboard's assessment tools and grading features, we will show the basics of using the following:

  • Grade Center
  • Assignments
  • Tests
  • Rubrics

Facilitated by Inés Berrizbeitia

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 make an appointment with the CTL program before attending this workshop. Email ctl@uvm.edu

Event details:

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

Writing Learning Outcomes for Course Design

Thursday, August 23 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 10:30 AM

This workshop introduces the basics of writing clear and measurable learning outcomes and using them as the foundation for your syllabus. We'll cover:

  • Benefits of clearly articulated learning outcomes for faculty and students
  • Tips for writing good learning outcome statements and how to present them in your syllabus
  • An introduction to aligning learning outcomes with coursework and assessments of student progress

Participants draft learning outcomes for a course, and can stay for further consultations.

Facilitated by J. Dickinson, Anthropology, CTL

Event details:

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

ABCs of Bb: A Hands-on Blackboard Workshop

Thursday, August 23 2018
@ 1:30 PM- 3:30 PM

Diving into Blackboard for the first time can be daunting. Even if you have used Blackboard to post articles or your syllabus, you may need some practice to use it more effectively. In this workshop we will take plenty of time to learn the basics with CTL staff to help you along the way. Specifically we will:

  • customize your Bb Course Menu
  • create folders, items and links (and learn how to organize them to make your course student-friendly)
  • add at least one Blackboard communication or assessment tool (Journal, Blog, Discussion Board, Assignment, or Test tool)
  • see how these tools connect to the Bb Grade Center

If you like to learn by doing, or if you want a better understanding of how Blackboard works before you take other workshops, start here.

Facilitated by Hope Greenberg, CTL

Event details:

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

Syllabus Clinic / Extended Open Hours Day

Friday, August 24 2018
@ 9:30 AM- 3:30 PM

Whether you're working on your syllabi or setting up Blackboard or iClickers for the semester, we'll be here to help you. You have the option of either consulting with a faculty colleague about your syllabi (including designing assignments, formulating course objectives, and syllabus formats) or meeting with CTL staff to learn techniques for using Blackboard or other instructional technologies.

Registration is not required.

Please note:

  1. At 9:00, J. Dickinson (Anthropology, CTL) will conduct a 30-minute session on "Syllabus Tips."
  2. The rest of the Open Day (9:30-3:30) is a drop-in-whenever-you-like event. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be available throughout the day.

Event details:

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

Blackboard: Understanding and Building Your Course

Tuesday, August 28 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM

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

Facilitated by Wendy Verrei-Berenback, CTL

Event details:

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

Blackboard: Communication Tools

Tuesday, August 28 2018
@ 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM

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 before attending this workshop. Email ctl@uvm.edu or see the schedule here: http://www.uvm.edu/ctl/openhours

Facilitated by Wendy Verrei-Berenback, CTL

Event details:

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

Blackboard: Introduction to Assessment Tools

Tuesday, August 28 2018
@ 11:00 AM- 12:30 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 before attending this workshop.Email ctl@uvm.edu or see the schedule here: http://www.uvm.edu/ctl/openhours

Facilitated by Inés Berrizbeitia, CTL

Event details:

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

Designing Engaging and Effective Group Assignments

Tuesday, September 11 2018
@ 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

In this workshop, we'll explore strategies for designing group projects that create an engaging and successful learning experience for students.

We'll discuss how to modify your own group assignments in manageable ways using a variety of organizational tools and assessments.

Facilitated by Holly Parker, CTL

Event details:

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

Hunting, Gathering, and Editing Digital Images

Tuesday, September 18 2018
@ 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

A Google image search may yield thousands of finds and, when we spot the perfect picture, it's tempting to grab it and use it in our work. However, most images found this way are copyrighted.

In this workshop, we'll discuss when and how you can use copyrighted images and we'll explore sources of images that are both free and legal to use. We'll also show you how to modify images, simply or more creatively, with a free, web-based image editing tool.

Facilitated by Inés Berrizbeitia

Event details:

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

Blogging and Teaching with UVM’s Wordpress

Monday, September 24 2018
@ 1:30 PM- 3:30 PM

Part of this workshop will be devoted to exploring examples of how WordPress, UVM’s blogging software, is used in teaching. Special attention will be given to how to create individual student and class projects, including strategies for designing assignments and for assessing students' work.

We'll also get you up and running with using the software. We'll go over the first steps and recommended settings, selecting a design theme and customizing menus. We'll cover how to make pages and posts, and how to organize them with categories and tags.

Facilitated by Inés Berrizbeitia and Hope Greenberg

Event details:

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

Visualizing Time: Teaching with Timelines

Wednesday, September 26 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

Facilitated by Hope Greenberg, CTL

Event details:

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

Visual Design: a Crash Course

Thursday, October 04 2018
@ 1:30 PM- 3:30 PM

Effective graphic design can wake up tired PowerPoints, add clarity to data visualizations, and make documents more comprehensible and pleasant to read. In this workshop, we'll focus on the following core design principles and how you might apply them to your work:

  • typography and hierarchy
  • color and contrast
  • scale and proximity
  • balance and white space

The workshop will be a blend of presentation and analytical discussion. We'll examine the building blocks of good design, critique examples, and share resources, tools, and design tips.

Facilitated by Inés Berrizbeitia

Event details:

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

Past Events (last 180 days)

iClickers in the Classroom

Friday, August 17 2018
@ 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

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 whether students understand concepts presented during lecture and in pre-class readings. This workshop covers the technical requirements of using iClickers and ideas for teaching with them.

Facilitated by Holly Parker and Inés Berrizbeitia, CTL

Event details:

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

ABCs of Bb: A Hands-on Blackboard Workshop

Wednesday, August 15 2018
@ 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Diving into Blackboard for the first time can be daunting. Even if you have used Blackboard to post articles or your syllabus, you may need some practice to use it more effectively. In this workshop we will take plenty of time to learn the basics with CTL staff to help you along the way. Specifically we will:

  • customize your Bb Course Menu
  • create folders, items and links (and learn how to organize them to make your course student-friendly)
  • add at least one Blackboard communication or assessment tool (Journal, Blog, Discussion Board, Assignment, or Test tool)
  • see how these tools connect to the Bb Grade Center

If you like to learn by doing, or if you want a better understanding of how Blackboard works before you take other workshops, start here.

Facilitated by Hope Greenberg, CTL

Event details:

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

Teaching with Screencasts

Tuesday, August 14 2018
@ 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

In this introductory, hands-on workshop we will:

  • Discuss ways screencasting can support student learning
  • Determine what screencast features will best suit your purposes
  • Learn the basics of Screencast-O-Matic, an easy yet robustly featured program
  • Produce a simple screencast (including outlining, scripting, and recording)
  • Publish a screencast in Blackboard using the UVM Streaming service

Facilitated by Hope Greenberg, CTL

What is a screencast?

Event details:

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

Open Clinic

Friday, May 25 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Walk-in clinics are a time for faculty to come to 303 Bailey/Howe Library to ask questions about Blackboard or other teaching technologies and work on their courses. No need for an appointment, just drop by. We look forward to seeing you.

Event details:

  • Contact: Ines Berrizbeitia, Ines.Berrizbeitia@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-0310
  • Facilitated By: Ines Berrizbeitia, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
    Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Leadership and Development Sci; Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Postponed until Fall 2018: Visualizing Time: Teaching with Timelines

Thursday, May 24 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 10:30 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. 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
  • consider how a timeline program might be used for non-time-based material.

Event details:

  • Contact: Hope Greenberg, hag@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1176
  • Facilitated By: Hope Greenberg, German & Russian; Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Writing Learning Outcomes for Course Design

Thursday, May 24 2018
@ 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM
This workshop introduces the basics of writing clear and measurable learning outcomes and using them as the foundation for your syllabus. We'll cover:
  • Benefits of clearly articulated learning outcomes for faculty and students
  • Tips for writing good learning outcome statements and how to present them in your syllabus
  • An introduction to aligning learning outcomes with coursework and assessments of student progress
Participants draft learning outcomes for a course, and can stay for further consultations.

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

Grading in a Motivating, Meaningful, and Manageable Way

Thursday, May 24 2018
@ 2:45 PM- 4:45 PM

Are you interested in making your grading more efficient? Would you like to be more confident that your students meet the learning objectives? This workshop will introduce you to a different way of grading called, “Specifications Grading.” We'll show you examples of how this type of “contract grading” works in a college course and spend some time thinking about how to implement this type of grading in your own course so you can plan over the summer for the Fall semester.

This event is facilitated by Holly Parker and faculty members, Sharon Ultsch and Lizzy Pope.

(We are offering the Learning Outcome workshop immediately before this workshop so you can pair them together!)

Event details:

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

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

Wednesday, May 23 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM

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

Teaching with Screencasts

Tuesday, May 22 2018
@ 9:30 AM- 11:30 AM

In this introductory, hands-on workshop we will:

  • Discuss ways screencasting can support student learning
  • Determine what screencast features will best suit your purposes
  • Learn the basics of Screencast-O-Matic, an easy yet robustly featured program
  • Produce a simple screencast (including outlining, scripting, and recording)
  • Publish a screencast in Blackboard using the UVM Streaming service
What is a screencast?

Event details:

  • Contact: Hope Greenberg, hag@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1176
  • Facilitated By: Hope Greenberg, German & Russian; Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Visual Design: a Crash Course

Tuesday, May 22 2018
@ 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Effective graphic design can wake up tired PowerPoints, add clarity to data visualizations, and make documents more comprehensible and pleasant to read. We will focus on these core design principles and how you might apply them to your work:
  • typography and hierarchy
  • color and contrast
  • scale and proximity
  • balance and white space

The workshop will be a blend of presentation and analytical discussion. We'll examine the building blocks of good design, critique examples, and share resources, tools, and design tips.

Event details:

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

Blogging and Teaching with UVM’s Wordpress

Monday, May 21 2018
@ 1:30 PM- 3:30 PM
In this workshop, we'll get you up and running with WordPress, UVM’s blogging software. We'll go over the first steps and recommended settings, selecting a design theme, and customizing menus. We'll cover how to make pages and posts, organizing them with categories and tags.

The last portion of the workshop will be devoted to exploring examples of how WordPress is used in teaching. Special attention will be given to how to create individual student and class projects, including strategies for designing assignments and for assessing the student work.

Event details:

  • Contact: Hope Greenberg, hag@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1176
  • Facilitated By: Ines Berrizbeitia, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
    Hope Greenberg, German & Russian; Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Open Clinic

Friday, May 18 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM
Walk-in clinics are a time for faculty to come to 303 Bailey/Howe Library to ask questions about Blackboard or other teaching technologies and work on their courses. No need to register or make an appointment, just drop by. We look forward to seeing you.

Event details:

  • Contact: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

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

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

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.

Facilitated by Susanmarie Harrington, English, Writing in the Disciplines, and Holly Parker, CTL

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1124
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 302

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
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