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Upcoming Faculty Events at the CTL

Blackboard: Understanding and Building Your Course

Wednesday, September 02 2015 @ 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

Event details:

  • Contact: Wendy Berenback, Wendy.Verrei-Berenback@uvm.edu, 802-656-7992
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

Blackboard: Communication Tools

Wednesday, September 02 2015 @ 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 "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, Wendy.Verrei-Berenback@uvm.edu, 802-656-7992
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

Blackboard Assessment Tools

Wednesday, September 02 2015 @ 11:00 AM - 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

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 "Doctor Is In" program before attending this workshop. Email ctldoc@uvm.edu

Event details:

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

Blackboard: Understanding and Building Your Course

Thursday, September 03 2015 @ 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, Wendy.Verrei-Berenback@uvm.edu, 802-656-7992
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

Blackboard: Communication Tools

Thursday, September 03 2015 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 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
  • Groups
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, Wendy.Verrei-Berenback@uvm.edu, 802-656-7992
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

Blackboard Assessment Tools

Thursday, September 03 2015 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 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

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 "Doctor Is In" program before attending this workshop. Email ctldoc@uvm.edu

Event details:

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

Rubrics and Streamlining Assessment

Thursday, September 10 2015 @ 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

This workshop, drawing on experiences from UVM faculty who have participated in a faculty seminar on grading and responding, will highlight ways rubrics can be used to grade more efficiently and more meaningfully.

Event details:

  • Contact: Kristen Cameron, Kristen.Cameron@uvm.edu, 802-656-1958
  • Facilitated By: Susanmarie Harrington, Writing in the Disciplines; English
  • Location: 302 Bailey/Howe Library

Blackboard: Understanding and Building Your Course

Thursday, September 10 2015 @ 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, Wendy.Verrei-Berenback@uvm.edu, 802-656-7992
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

Blackboard: Communication Tools

Thursday, September 10 2015 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 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, Wendy.Verrei-Berenback@uvm.edu, 802-656-7992
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

Blackboard Assessment Tools

Thursday, September 10 2015 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 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

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 "Doctor Is In" program before attending this workshop. Email ctldoc@uvm.edu

Event details:

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

Teaching in Higher Education

Friday, September 11 2015 @ 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, 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

Sound (Teaching) Bite: Tips for Great Class Discussion

Monday, September 14 2015 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

This Sound (Teaching) Bite focuses on practical ways to think about, start, and run good class discussions that enhance student learning and create a sense of collaboration and connection among students in your courses.

What are "Sound (Teaching) Bites"?

Event details:

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

Teaching with Screencasts

Tuesday, September 15 2015 @ 10:00 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 MediaManager
What is a screencast?

Event details:

  • Contact: Hope Greenberg, Hope.Greenberg@uvm.edu, 802-656-1176
  • Facilitated By: Hope Greenberg, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

Writing Engaging iClicker Questions

Wednesday, September 16 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Now that you've adopted the iClicker, what can you do with it? This workshop will review the many ways to use student response systems for teaching and classroom management. We will also discuss sample questions gathered from UVM faculty using iClickers.

Event details:

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

Using the Rubric Tool in Blackboard

Thursday, September 17 2015 @ 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The new version of the Blackboard Rubric Tool is more useful, can now be shown to students, and used for grading. This workshop will show how the tool works, help you set up a rubric you can use to help your students better understand your expectations on assignments, and help you grade. Bring your lunch and join the conversation. (Drinks and snacks will be available.)

Event details:

  • Contact: Kristen Cameron, Kristen.Cameron@uvm.edu, 802-656-1958
  • Facilitated By: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
    Susanmarie Harrington, Writing in the Disciplines; English
  • Location: 302 Bailey/Howe Library

What's the Hype About Hybrid?

Friday, September 18 2015 @ 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn all about UVM's Hybrid Course Initiative. Hybrid courses are growing in popularity because of the flexibility they afford to both students and faculty, blending the practices of traditional and online teaching. In this session we'll discuss different hybrid models and provide resources to help you decide whether the hybrid format will work for your course.

Event details:

  • Contact: Henrietta Amor; Paz; Paz-Amor, Henrietta.Paz-Amor@uvm.edu, 802-656-1218
  • Facilitated By: Jennifer Dickinson, Ctr for Teaching & Learning; Anthropology
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

Designing Engaging and Effective Group Assignments

Thursday, September 24 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 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 several UVM facultys' experiences to help identify the best ways to design small group assignments and how to manage them.

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

Making the Most of Your Midterm

Monday, September 28 2015 @ 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

In this workshop, we will introduce the "exam wrapper” - an effective practice for midterms. We will discuss how UVM faculty have used this simple practice to encourage students to critically evaluate their own exam performance and formulate strategies for improved studying and test-taking.

Event details:

  • Contact: Jennifer Dickinson, Jennifer.Dickinson@uvm.edu, 802-656-0837
  • Facilitated By: Jennifer Dickinson, Ctr for Teaching & Learning; Anthropology
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM303

Book Group: “Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning”

Wednesday, September 30 2015 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

This book group explores contemplative pedagogy as described by Daniel P. Barbezat and Mirabai Bushwe (2013). Emerging research indicates that these pedagogical methods, based on long-established meditative practices, can help students achieve traditional educational goals such as improved academic performance. We will discuss this pedagogy’s potential to:

  • Deepen student understanding of and personal connection to course content
  • Develop student attention, inquiry and problem-solving skills
  • Support student sense of connection to and compassion for self and others

This book group meets a total of 3 times (Sept. 30, Oct. 14, and Nov 4) and is facilitated by Kit Anderson, senior lecture in the Environmental Program. Kit has participated in seminars presented by the book's authors.

All participants receive a copy of the book.

Event details:

  • Contact: Wendy Berenback, Wendy.Verrei-Berenback@uvm.edu, 802-656-7992
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library RM 303

Hybrid Course Design 1

Tuesday, October 06 2015 @ 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

This is the first session of the Hybrid Course Design workshop series. Throughout this three-session series, faculty will be actively working on hybridizing one of their own courses. Faculty who complete all three sessions in the series will receive a certificate acknowledging that they have completed the training. Hybrid Course Design 1 and 2 also be offered again in Spring. Hybrid Course Design 3 will only be offered in late Spring.

In this session, faculty will clarify their pedagogical motivations for creating a hybrid course. Participants will become familiar with key vocabulary and concepts used to describe elements of a hybrid course, and will develop learning outcomes to guide their course design.

Event details:

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

Sound (Teaching) Bite: Using The Fleming Museum Resources in Your Teaching

Tuesday, October 13 2015 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join Andrea Rosen, the Fleming Museum's curator, as she discusses how faculty from a wide range of disciplines have incorporated art and artifacts from the Museum's diverse collections and exhibitions to enhance their courses. Find out how you and your students can access the Fleming's resources!

Event details:

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

Beyond the Red Ink: Film and Discussion

Wednesday, October 14 2015 @ 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

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

Event details:

  • Contact: Kristen Cameron, Kristen.Cameron@uvm.edu, 802-656-1958
  • Facilitated By: Susanmarie Harrington, Writing in the Disciplines; English
  • Location: 302 Bailey/Howe Library

Assessing the Ineffable: A Colleague Tea

Tuesday, October 20 2015 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for a follow-up discussion of Barbara Walvoord’s October 6th Burack lecture on “The Dangers of Assessment--and How to Avoid Them at UVM.” We will chat with colleagues about the challenges of assessment at the classroom and the program level, offer examples from our own experience, and work towards some answers regarding how we can know if our students are achieving what we want them to in our classes.

This discussion is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Writing in the Disciplines program and the Foundational Writing and Information Literacy program.

Contact : J Dickinson

Event details:

  • Contact: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM303

Hybrid Course Design 2

Tuesday, November 03 2015 @ 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

This is the second session of the Hybrid Course Design workshop series. Throughout this three-session series, faculty will be actively working on hybridizing one of their own courses. Faculty who complete all three sessions in the series will receive a certificate acknowledging that they have completed the training. Hybrid Course Design 1 and 2 will also be offered again in the Spring. Hybrid Course Design 3 will only be offered in late Spring.

In this session, faculty will review hybrid organizational models and discuss practical aspects of course design implementation. By the end of the workshop, participants will create a visual representation of the interconnection between face-to-face and online elements of their course.

*Prerequisite: Completed Hybrid Course Design 1

Event details:

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

Past Events (last 180 days)

Colleague Working Cafe

Friday, August 28 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 4:30 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: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

iClickers in the Classroom

Thursday, August 27 2015 @ 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 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: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

Blackboard Grade Center for Large Enrollment Classes

Thursday, August 27 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This workshop is designed for faculty who are teaching large enrollment courses and who have previously used the Blackboard Grade Center and are familiar with its basic functions.

During this session, we will offer some strategies to streamline the grading process, specifically:

  1. Developing a grading criteria
  2. Column management tips
  3. Strategies for sharing grading with Teaching Assistants
  4. Using the grade center to quickly identify students in trouble
  5. Common "gotchas" and how to avoid them
  6. Backing up your grade center

Event details:

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

Colleague Working Cafe

Wednesday, August 26 2015 @ 12:00 PM - 4:30 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: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

ABCs of Bb: A Hands-on Blackboard Workshop

Wednesday, August 26 2015 @ 9:00 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.

Event details:

  • Contact: Hope Greenberg, Hope.Greenberg@uvm.edu, 802-656-1176
  • Facilitated By: Hope Greenberg, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

Blackboard Grade Center for Large Enrollment Classes

Friday, August 21 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This workshop is designed for faculty who are teaching large enrollment courses and who have previously used the Blackboard Grade Center and are familiar with its basic functions.

During this session, we will offer some strategies to streamline the grading process, specifically:

  1. Developing a grading criteria
  2. Column management tips
  3. Strategies for sharing grading with Teaching Assistants
  4. Using the grade center to quickly identify students in trouble
  5. Common "gotchas" and how to avoid them
  6. Backing up your grade center

Event details:

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

Writing Learning Outcomes for Course Design

Friday, August 21 2015 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 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 the open Syllabus Studio event for further consultations.

Event details:

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

Syllabus Studio

Friday, August 21 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Whether you're just starting work on your Fall 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 staff will be available to discuss course design and help with Blackboard or other instructional technology.

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

Event details:

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

ABCs of Bb: A Hands-on Blackboard Workshop

Wednesday, August 19 2015 @ 9:00 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.

Event details:

  • Contact: Hope Greenberg, Hope.Greenberg@uvm.edu, 802-656-1176
  • Facilitated By: Hope Greenberg, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

Teaching with Screencasts

Tuesday, August 18 2015 @ 9:30 AM - 11:00 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 MediaManager
What is a screencast?

Event details:

  • Contact: Hope Greenberg, Hope.Greenberg@uvm.edu, 802-656-1176
  • Facilitated By: Hope Greenberg, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

iClickers in the Classroom

Monday, August 17 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

In this workshop, we demonstrate how teaching with iClickers can enhance student engagement, especially in large enrollment courses. Faculty 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: Henrietta Amor; Paz; Paz-Amor, Henrietta.Paz-Amor@uvm.edu, 802-656-1218
  • Facilitated By: Henrietta Amor; Paz; Paz-Amor, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

Annotate Anything: Teaching With Mixed Digital Media to Enhance Student Engagement

Wednesday, May 27 2015 @ 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Join us for a day of exploration while we look at a number of exciting new tools for teaching. Emerging technologies make it possible to easily combine, layer, and annotate different forms of digital media, e.g., images, maps, texts, video, and audio.

Faculty may use these free online tools for their teaching or assign students to be the creators—to help them make connections in their learning, develop their critical analysis skills, and present their ideas in cogent and compelling ways.

In this full-day workshop, we will:

  • Discuss the pedagogical possibilities and practicalities of using these tools in your teaching.
  • Explore examples of how the tools provide students new ways to engage in their subjects.
  • Work hands-on with two or more of these tools and their digital building blocks–images, videos, texts.
  • Design an assignment, project, or resource that uses mixed media.

» Examples of what you could create

A vegetarian lunch is included with your registration. Registration is limited to 16 faculty. There will be a brief pre-workshop assignment.

Event details:

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

Engagement Strategies for Teaching Large Enrollment Classes

Tuesday, May 26 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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 methods such as jigsaw, discussion as active learning and share tips for managing the class to encourage engagement.

Event details:

  • Contact: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Facilitated By: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
    Jennifer Dickinson, Ctr for Teaching & Learning; Anthropology
  • Location: Williams Hall 301

Reaching and Teaching All Students in the Globally Diverse Classroom

Thursday, May 21 2015 @ 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

This day-long workshop will focus on best practices for teaching students in today’s globally diverse classroom.

Specifically, we'll share ideas about designing assignments, structuring class discussions, and crafting lectures with an international classroom in mind. We'll discuss considerations in grading work by multilingual students and strategies to create inclusive and successful learning environments.

This program is presented in collaboration with the Writing in the Disciplines Program, The Center for Cultural Pluralism, the Office of International Education, the Global Gateway Program, and the Office of the Provost.

Lunch will be provided.

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, 802-656-1124
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM303

Wanna Flip Your Class? Start by using Just-in-Time Teaching

Wednesday, May 20 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

We're pleased to offer this workshop as part of our Hybrid Strategy Design Symposium, facilitated by the keynote speaker, Scott Simkins, PhD, visiting from North Carolina A&T State University.

Note: The symposium, is free and open to the UVM community. Click the link symposium to learn more about the afternoon events, which do not require registration.

Are you thinking about “flipping your classroom”? One way to start is by using Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) to “flip” the typical teaching/learning experience: shifting typical in-class teaching processes to out-of-class student learning activities and vice-versa.

This workshop will provide the rationale for using JiTT and include opportunities for participants to explore its use in their own courses. We will examine ways in which JiTT can be incorporated in a “flipped” (or “hybrid) course. At the end of the workshop, participants should be able to design and implement their own JiTT exercises for their courses.

Lunch will be provided for symposium attendees. Read about the symposium here.

This workshop is full and we are no longer accepting registrations.

Event details:

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

Hybrid Design Strategy Symposium

Wednesday, May 20 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Afternoon Keynote and Faculty Panel. Event did not need registration. This is a place holder for us to get the attendees info into our system.

Event details:

  • Contact: Jennifer Dickinson, Jennifer.Dickinson@uvm.edu, 802-656-0837
  • Location: Billings North Lounge

Promoting Active and Productive Online Discussions

Wednesday, April 22 2015 @ 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

This workshop explores ways to encourage active and productive student participation in online discussions. Among the topics we will cover are: clarifying learning goals for your online discussion; choosing the right online tool to meet those goals; writing discussion assignments and prompts that promote good discussion. We will also discuss strategies for assessing student contributions to discussions. During the workshop, participants will draft prompts or an assignment for online discussion.

Event details:

  • Contact: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Facilitated By: Jennifer Dickinson, Ctr for Teaching & Learning; Anthropology
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

Burack Lecturer Teri Balser: Facts Aren’t Enough - Pedagogical Strategies for Maximizing the Sustainability Learning Experience

Monday, April 20 2015 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

UVM recently approved the sustainability general education expectations (effective Fall 2015). But what are the next steps? What will it take to embed sustainability throughout the curriculum and create new courses that actually achieve the expected learning outcomes? This two hour workshop with Burack lecturer Teri Balser will give participants a chance to dive into this question. We will consider strategies and ideas for engaging students in the four sustainability learning outcomes. Participants will explore how they can optimize engagement and learning through the use of authentic practice, autonomy, and enthusiasm.

Teri Balser is an internationally recognized scientist and educator. Her research on ecosystem functioning has fundamentally challenged some of the historical paradigms in ecosystem ecology, and her work in education has been equally paradigm-shifting. She has received numerous educational accolades including selection as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair to India and recognition as 2010 Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year (Doctoral and Research Universities).

Event details:

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

Introduction to UVM’s General Education Sustainability Learning Outcomes Course Proposal

Friday, April 17 2015 @ 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The Faculty Senate’s Sustainability Curriculum Review Committee (SCRC) is supporting faculty who are interested in aligning a course with the General Education Sustainability Learning Outcomes. During this workshop, SCRC co-chairs Laura Hill and Deane Wang provide information and instruction on how to complete the SCRC course proposal form. There will be ample time during the workshop to write a proposal for your course.

For more information about the outcomes and the proposed process please see the General Education Sustainability Requirement site.

Event details:

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

Strategies for Redesigning Your Course to Integrate Sustainability (Webinar)

Wednesday, April 08 2015 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This webinar (presented by the Association for Advancing Sustainability in Higher Education) will provide two different frameworks for faculty who wish to revise existing courses or develop campus-wide curriculum change programs. These frameworks result in courses that integrate core sustainability concepts; promote civic engagement; and align outcomes, assessment and instruction while fostering a culture of sustainability throughout a university community. For more information see: AASHE web site

Event details:

  • Contact: Wendy Berenback, Wendy.Verrei-Berenback@uvm.edu, 802-656-7992
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library Media Classroom

Teaching with Screencasts

Wednesday, April 08 2015 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 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 MediaManager
What is a screencast?

Event details:

  • Contact: Hope Greenberg, Hope.Greenberg@uvm.edu, 802-656-1176
  • Facilitated By: Hope Greenberg, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey Howe Library RM 303

Guide Student Reading with Annotated PDFs

Tuesday, April 07 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

In this hands-on session, we will learn how to add annotations, such as important points and guiding questions, to PDF documents. Annotations help focus student attention and improve comprehension.

Event details:

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

Writing Workshop: Developing Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Friday, April 03 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 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, 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Susanmarie Harrington, Writing in the Disciplines; English
  • Location: 303 Bailey/Howe Library

Engaging Students with Flipped Teaching Practices

Thursday, April 02 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

During this workshop, UVM faculty Laura Hill (Plant Biology) and Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio (Art History) will share specific teaching techniques to prepare students for high engagement during class, including ways to encourage peer discussion and deeper understanding of assigned readings. There will be time dedicated to planning how to apply these strategies in your own teaching.

What is "Flipped Classroom"?

Event details:

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

iPad for Scholars

Wednesday, April 01 2015 @ 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Join us for a conversation about the iPad’s potential as a tool for scholarship and education. We’ll share information about those iPad applications particularly suited for academic work. Share your experiences with your colleagues or if you are considering entering the iPad world, come to learn more about them.

Event details:

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

Working with Multilingual Student Writers

Monday, March 30 2015 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

How can we design assignments and activities that are both linguistically and culturally inclusive? How can we respond to and assess writing by multilingual students in a way that is fair and encourages learning and writing development?

At the University of Vermont, as at other US institutions of higher education, these questions become ever more pressing as the number, diversity, and visibility of multilingual students, both permanent residents and international visa students, continue to grow. Dr. Michelle Cox, nationally known scholar on Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and multilingual writing, will share research on multilingual students, multilingual writing development, and effective teaching strategies for supporting multilingual students as learners and writers.

Michelle Cox is the inaugural Director of the English Language Support Office of Cornell University’s Knight Institute. Previously, she was faculty at Bridgewater State University (BSU) and Dartmouth College. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on writing, writing theory, and writing pedagogy; launched and directed a Writing Across the Curriculum program; and served as a Multilingual Specialist, providing support to international undergraduates and graduate students. She earned her PhD in Composition Studies from the University of New Hampshire in 2006. Her scholarship focuses on WAC theory and administration and second language writing. Her most recent book, co-edited with Terry Myers Zawacki, WAC and Second Language Writing: Research toward Linguistically and Culturally Inclusive Programs and Practices, is available electronically at the WAC Clearinghouse.

This workshop is being offered in conjunction with the Blackboard Jungle and Global Diversity at UVM: A Teaching Series

Event details:

  • Contact: Kristen Cameron, Kristen.Cameron@uvm.edu, 802-656-1958
  • Location: 302 Bailey/Howe Library

Writing Your Cover Letter or Resume/Vitae

Friday, March 27 2015 @ 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

This workshop introduces best practices for developing effective cover letters and resumes or vitae.

Event details:

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

Student Research Conference: Prep Workshop for Presenters

Thursday, March 26 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

This workshop is for students who will be presenting at the upcoming Student Research Conference. During this Pre-Conference Workshop you will learn to prepare and offer a professional conference presentation. The workshop will include information on preparing a conference-level PowerPoint or slide presentation, information about how to present yourself professionally, and how to speak well. You will also learn what is required to prepare a conference poster and will have the chance to ask questions about how to proceed with your poster or presentation.

Visit the Student Research Conference page for additional information about the conference.

Event details:

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

Student Research Conference: Prep Workshop for Presenters

Wednesday, March 25 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

This workshop is for students who will be presenting at the upcoming Student Research Conference. During this Pre-Conference Workshop you will learn to prepare and offer a professional conference presentation. The workshop will include information on preparing a conference-level PowerPoint, or slide, presentation, information about how to present yourself professionally, and how to speak well. You will also learn what is required to prepare a conference poster and will have the chance to ask questions about how to proceed with your poster or presentation.

Visit the Student Research Conference page for additional information about the conference.

Event details:

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

Strategies for Institutionalizing Sustainability in the Curriculum (Webinar)

Wednesday, March 25 2015 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This webinar panel discussion (presented by the Association for Advancing Sustainability in Higher Education) will discuss strategies that support integrating sustainability into the curriculum: from individual courses to system-wide policies. For more information see: AASHE web site

Event details:

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

Panel Discussion: Teaching in the Field – Faculty Experiences in Community-Based Research

Friday, March 13 2015 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Join your colleagues for a panel discussion on integrating community based research in your teaching. This high-impact practice engages students not only in service learning, but also provides them with an opportunity to practice research skills. Panelists include:

  • Kathy Fox, Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Cheryl Morse, Assistant Professor, Geography
  • Kimberly Wallin, Research Assistant Professor, RSENR

This panel will be facilitated by Susan Munkres, Director of Community-University Partnership and Service-Learning Office.

Event details:

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

What's the Hype About Hybrid?

Thursday, March 12 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Learn all about UVM's Hybrid Course Initiative. Hybrid courses are growing in popularity because of the flexibility they afford to both students and faculty, blending the practices of traditional and online teaching. In this session we'll discuss different hybrid models and provide resources to help you decide whether the hybrid format will work for your course.

Event details:

  • Contact: Henrietta Amor; Paz; Paz-Amor, Henrietta.Paz-Amor@uvm.edu, 802-656-1218
  • Facilitated By: Henrietta Amor; Paz; Paz-Amor, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
    Jennifer Dickinson, Ctr for Teaching & Learning; Anthropology
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Sound (Teaching) Bite: UVM's 4-Year Plan for Career Success: Advising and Teaching Tips

Tuesday, March 10 2015 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

UVM has created a 4-Year Plan for Career Success roadmap action plans for each year of a traditional baccalaureate degree that provide students with concrete steps in career and professional development. These plans help students:

  • Understand and build on aptitudes and abilities
  • Explore career interests
  • Make connections and build enduring relationships
  • Develop career goals and skills
During this Sound (Teaching) Bite, we will discuss methods using these plans in your student advising and ideas for integrating career goals in your courses.

What are "Sound (Teaching) Bites"?

Event details:

  • Contact: Wendy Berenback, Wendy.Verrei-Berenback@uvm.edu, 802-656-7992
  • Facilitated By: Mary Beth Barritt
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303
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