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Designing for Learning

Monday, January 07 2019
@ 9:00 AM- 3:30 PM

NOTE: This is a 2-day event. We will meet from 9:00-3:30 on Monday, January 7 and Wednesday, January 9 at 303 Howe Memorial Library.

Please register via the application linked below.

Do you wish more students would participate in class discussion? Have you wondered why an assignment doesn’t produce the results it used to? Are you looking for ways to help students overcome obstacles and achieve more in your classes?

Designing for Learning, developed by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Writing in the Disciplines program, is a two-day intensive course design program. Built on research into how people learn and practices for course design that help engage students and focus on key course goals, Designing for Learning offers opportunities to connect with colleagues, explore teaching resources, and get a personalized teaching consultation. Participating faculty will focus on (re)designing a specific course to address issues such as:

  • modifying an assignment sequence that does not currently “work”
  • increasing the quality and quantity of student participation
  • creating course activities and materials that help students develop difficult to master skills or knowledge areas.

How is the program structured?

We’ll meet as a group for two days, Monday, January 7 and Wednesday, January 9. January 8 is a flexible working day that will allow participants time to apply concepts from Day 1 to teaching materials that will be further developed on Day 2. Participants will receive continuing support in the form of consultations or observations in the following year.

What have past faculty participants said about this program?

  • “I ended up making several changes to my course in addition to the one I had intended originally. I would highly recommend this program to all faculty!”
  • “The diversity of faculty participants meant that we could hear a useful variety of practical ways to apply UDL principles in different kinds of courses.”
  • Through this program's lectures, reading assignments, and individual [consultations], I can say that I now understand what Universal Design for Learning is and how to apply in my own teaching. It was great to discuss [teaching] with other faculty members in different fields because they bring new insights and advice.”

Application deadline: November 20, 2018

» Apply here.

Questions about the program? Contact wid@uvm.edu or ctl@uvm.edu.

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
    Jennifer Dickinson, Ctr for Teaching & Learning; Anthropology
    Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: 303 Howe Memorial Library

Past Events (last 180 days)

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

Wednesday, November 14 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
  • Location: 303 Howe Memorial Library

Responding to Writing (Session 2)

Monday, November 12 2018
@ 11:45 AM- 1:00 PM

This workshop is part of the Designing Writing Assignments workshop series which focuses on helping participants develop writing assignments for a course (in progress, or in the planning stage). Each workshop builds on the previous, but it's possible to attend one or two if the entire series doesn't fit into your schedule.

In this workshop we'll ask: How can your responding strategies support your learning goals? We'll explore varying techniques to make responding purposeful and efficient.

Note: this semester, we are offering each workshop twice! Please register for only your preferred session.

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

Discussion Facilitation Techniques for GTAs

Friday, November 09 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 10:30 AM
This workshop is only for graduate teaching assistants (GTAs).
Discussions are an excellent way to provide students with the opportunity to reflect on their thinking and build understanding with peers. In this interactive workshop, GTAs will learn to plan an effective in-class discussion, addressing common issues that arise, with specific strategies to deepen student engagement.

Event details:

  • Contact: Jennifer Ostermiller; Garrett; Garrett-Ostermiller, Jennifer.Garrett-Ostermiller@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1218
  • Location: 303 Howe Memorial Library

Responding to Writing (Session 1)

Thursday, November 08 2018
@ 1:30 PM- 2:45 PM

This workshop is part of the Designing Writing Assignments workshop series which focuses on helping participants develop writing assignments for a course (in progress, or in the planning stage). Each workshop builds on the previous, but it's possible to attend one or two if the entire series doesn't fit into your schedule.

In this workshop we'll ask: How can your responding strategies support your learning goals? We'll explore varying techniques to make responding purposeful and efficient.

Note: this semester, we are offering each workshop twice! Please register for only your preferred session.

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

FWIL Demos and Discussion

Tuesday, November 06 2018
@ 10:30 AM- 11:30 AM
What is Rhetorical Discernment anyway? Join Professors Vicki Brennan (Religion) and Caroline Beer (Political Science) to explore ways of teaching students to understand how and why different kinds of texts achieve different purposes for different audiences. Two short teaching demonstrations will offer a taste of rhetorical discernment in texts students read, as well as texts students write. Ample time for discussion follows.

Event details:

  • Contact: Elizabeth Miles, Libby.Miles@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-5769
  • Location: 303 Bailey/Howe

Introduction to Service-Learning Pedagogy

Monday, November 05 2018
@ 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM
This workshop will introduce participants to key elements of service-learning pedagogy - reciprocity and critical reflection. Discussion will also focus on considerations in developing effective community partnerships.

This workshop is facilitated by Susan Munkres, Director of Community-University Partnerships for Service-Learning.

Event details:

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

Graduate Student Book Group - Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Friday, November 02 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 10:30 AM
This book group will discuss the First Year Student read, "Between the World and Me," by Ta-Nehisi Coates in advance of the author's visit to campus on Nov. 06. We will focus on the theme of race in America. Coates writes with emotion and urgency to his son in this compelling and important book. Please register to join us.

Event details:

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

Canceled - Connecting Writing Studies with Your Discipline
(Session 2)

Wednesday, October 31 2018
@ 2:15 PM- 3:30 PM

This workshop introduces some current scholarship from writing studies and invites participants to explore connections to their own work. We'll be looking at threshold concepts - fundamental concepts in the field of writing studies - such as "all writers have more to learn" and "failure can be an important part of writing development." We'll explore how these notions about writing can shape your approach to assigning writing, or your approach to mentoring student writers.

This workshop is offered twice. Please sign up for other the session that works best 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: Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library

Cancelled: Connecting Writing Studies with Your Discipline
(Session 1)

Tuesday, October 23 2018
@ 11:45 AM- 2:15 PM

This workshop introduces some current scholarship from writing studies and invites participants to explore connections to their own work. We'll be looking at threshold concepts - fundamental concepts in the field of writing studies - such as "all writers have more to learn" and "failure can be an important part of writing development." We'll explore how these notions about writing can shape your approach to assigning writing, or your approach to mentoring student writers.

This workshop is offered twice. Please sign up for other the session that works best 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: Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library

FWIL Demos and Discussion

Monday, October 22 2018
@ 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM
What is Rhetorical Discernment anyway? Join Professors Helga Schreckenberger (German and GSWS) and Libby Miles (English) to explore ways of teaching students to understand how and why different kinds of texts achieve different purposes for different audiences. Two short teaching demonstrations germane to Holocaust Studies will open up discussion about how rhetorical discernment can work in your class. Note: Subject matter may be disturbing to some participants.

Event details:

  • Contact: Elizabeth Miles, Libby.Miles@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-5769
  • Location: 303 Bailey/Howe

Facilitation Techniques for UTAs

Monday, October 22 2018
@ 5:00 PM- 6:30 PM
This workshop is only for undergraduate teaching assistants (UTAs).
Across the disciplines, UTAs are asked to lead students in discussions. In this interactive workshop, UTAs will learn to address common issues that arise in small-group discussions with specific strategies to deepen student engagement.
Food will be served!

This workshop will also be held on another date and time.

Event details:

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

Writing Your Teaching Philosophy

Friday, October 19 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 10:00 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
  • Location: 302 Bailey/Howe

TEO: Teaching Effectively Online

- 11:55 PM

TEO is a 4-week, cohort-based, 100% online course that prepares faculty to teach online by exploring research-based best practices for designing courses, providing practical experience with a variety of tools, and perhaps most importantly, by providing faculty the change in perspective—teachers become students, a shift that is regularly described as game-changing.

This online course runs from October 16 - November 12.

To read more and to fill out the registration form, go to http://www.uvm.edu/ctl/teo

Event details:

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

Civic Prompts in the Major: Disciplinary Knowledge, Democratic Culture, and the Public Good (AAC&U Webinar)

Tuesday, October 16 2018
@ 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM

This webinar is part of AAC&U’s Civic’s Prompts: Civic Learning in the Major by Design project, dedicated to supporting institutions to “infuse civic learning outcomes progressively across the major within departments, programs, and disciplines.”

The webinar focuses on three case studies and these institutions’ strategies to integrate civic learning and social responsibility into the department major curriculum. For a full webinar description please visit this site: https://www.aacu.org/webinar/civic-prompts

A discussion facilitated by the CTL and CUPS (Community-University Partners in Service-Learning) will follow the webinar.

Event details:

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

Coaching Students to be Better Peer Reviewers (Session 2)

Monday, October 15 2018
@ 1:00 PM- 2:15 PM

This workshop is part of the Designing Writing Assignments workshop series which focuses on helping participants develop writing assignments for a course (in progress, or in the planning stage). Each workshop builds on the previous, but it's possible to attend one or two if the entire series doesn't fit into your schedule.

About this workshop: Peer interactions can help students develop their sense of what criteria for success look like in action. Peer response works well if you teach students how and why it works, and why you value it in your course. This workshop will introduce several rationales for peer responses, provide strategies for how to prepare students to do effective reviews, and offer participants the chance to try peer review themselves.

Note: this semester, we are offering each workshop twice! Please register for only your preferred session.

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

Coaching Students to be Better Peer Reviewers (Session 1)

Friday, October 12 2018
@ 10:30 AM- 11:45 AM

This workshop is part of the Designing Writing Assignments workshop series which focuses on helping participants develop writing assignments for a course (in progress, or in the planning stage). Each workshop builds on the previous, but it's possible to attend one or two if the entire series doesn't fit into your schedule.

About this workshop: Peer interactions can help students develop their sense of what criteria for success look like in action. Peer response works well if you teach students how and why it works, and why you value it in your course. This workshop will introduce several rationales for peer responses, provide strategies for how to prepare students to do effective reviews, and offer participants the chance to try peer review themselves.

Note: this semester, we are offering each workshop twice! Please register for only your preferred session.

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

Facilitation Techniques for UTAs

Thursday, October 11 2018
@ 6:00 PM- 7:30 PM
This workshop is only for undergraduate teaching assistants (UTAs) . Across the disciplines, UTAs are asked to lead students in discussions. In this interactive workshop, UTAs will learn to address common issues that arise in small-group discussions with specific strategies to deepen student engagement. Food will be served!

Event details:

  • Contact: Jennifer Ostermiller; Garrett; Garrett-Ostermiller, Jennifer.Garrett-Ostermiller@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1218
  • Location: 303 Bailey/Howe
  • Refreshments will be served. 1

Facilitation Techniques for UTAs

Monday, October 08 2018
@ 2:30 PM- 4:00 PM
Note – there are no classes (due to Fall Break) on Monday, October 8
This workshop is only for undergraduate teaching assistants (UTAs).
Across the disciplines, UTAs are asked to lead students in discussions. In this interactive workshop, UTAs will learn to address common issues that arise in small-group discussions with specific strategies to deepen student engagement.
Food will be served!
This workshop will also be held on another date and time.

Event details:

  • Contact: Jennifer Ostermiller; Garrett; Garrett-Ostermiller, Jennifer.Garrett-Ostermiller@uvm.edu, +1 802-656-1218
  • Location: 303 Bailey/Howe

Teaching in Higher Education

Monday, October 08 2018
@ 2:30 PM- 4:30 PM
In this workshop we will help you reflect on your teaching and and share current research on teaching practices such as 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: Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: 302 Bailey/Howe

Managing Distressed & Disruptive Students

Friday, October 05 2018
@ 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM

This presentation will discuss current mental health and behavioral trends and challenges in today’s college student population. Our guest presenters will identify best practices for faculty and/or staff in identifying, supporting, and referring students with behavioral and/or mental health concerns within and outside the classroom. Ethical and legal concerns in managing students at risk will be addressed, as well as how to effectively partner with and refer students to campus resources as part of a campus-wide and interdisciplinary approach to student success.

Presented by Sarah Helmer, Asst Dean for Student Services, CAS & Joe Russell, VPSA & Dean of Students Office.

Event details:

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

Structuring Writing Assignments (Session 2)

Thursday, October 04 2018
@ 1:30 PM- 2:45 PM

This workshop is part of the Designing Writing Assignments workshop series which focuses on helping participants develop writing assignments for a course (in progress, or in the planning stage). Each workshop builds on the previous, but it's possible to attend one or two if the entire series doesn't fit into your schedule.

In this workshop we ask: How can writing assignments be scaffolded and structured in order to address your goals?.

Note: this semester, we are offering each workshop twice! Please register for only your preferred session.

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

Structuring Writing Assignments (Session 1)

Friday, September 28 2018
@ 10:30 AM- 11:45 AM

This workshop is part of the Designing Writing Assignments workshop series which focuses on helping participants develop writing assignments for a course (in progress, or in the planning stage). Each workshop builds on the previous, but it's possible to attend one or two if the entire series doesn't fit into your schedule.

During this workshop we'll ask: How can writing assignments be scaffolded and structured in order to address your goals?.

Note: this semester, we are offering each workshop twice! Please register for only your preferred session.

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

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

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

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

Developing Goals and Priorities for Assignments (Session 2)

Tuesday, September 18 2018
@ 1:15 PM- 2:30 PM

This workshop is part of the Designing Writing Assignments workshop series which focuses on helping participants develop writing assignments for a course (in progress, or in the planning stage). Each workshop builds on the previous, but it's possible to attend one or two if the entire series doesn't fit into your schedule.

About this workshop: Before jumping into the specifics of your assignments, let's step back and consider your broader goals for the course and your students. We'll brainstorm ways to convey your priorities to students.

Note: this semester, we are offering each workshop twice! Please register for only your preferred session.

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

Developing Goals and Priorities for Assignments (Session 1)

Wednesday, September 12 2018
@ 2:15 PM- 3:30 PM

This workshop is part of the Designing Writing Assignments workshop series which focuses on helping participants develop writing assignments for a course (in progress, or in the planning stage). Each workshop builds on the previous, but it's possible to attend one or two if the entire series doesn't fit into your schedule.

About this workshop: Before jumping into the specifics of your assignments, let's step back and consider your broader goals for the course and your students. We'll brainstorm ways to convey your priorities to students.

Note: this semester, we are offering each workshop twice! Please register for only your preferred session.

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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