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Upcoming Faculty Events at the CTL

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

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

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

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

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 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

Designing Rubrics (and Using Them in Blackboard)

Friday, April 10 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This workshop highlights ways rubrics can be used to grade more efficiently and more meaningfully. Participants will have learn various possibilities for rubric development, and will have the chance to review examples from different fields. The workshop will also highlight how to use Blackboard's Rubric Tool to grade efficiently. In addition to grading, the rubric tool can be used for communicating feedback to students. Participants will have time for hands-on work setting up a rubric in Blackboard.

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:

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

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 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

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

Past Events (last 180 days)

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

Writing Your Teaching Philosophy

Friday, February 20 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 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, 802-656-1124
  • Location: 303 Bailey/Howe Library

Student Research Conference: Abstract Writing Workshop

Thursday, February 19 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Co-sponsored by the Writing in the Disciplines Program, Bailey/Howe Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning

UVM hosts an annual Student Research Conference to showcase the research, scholarly and creative activity of undergraduate, graduate and medical students across campus. In order to present at the conference you are required to submit an abstract or brief proposal of your research or creative project. This workshop will:

  • help you learn more about the April conference and how you can participate
  • show you how to write a brief, yet compelling and comprehensive, proposal
  • provide hands-on help from Writing Center staff to help you get started
Visit the Student Research Conference page for additional information about the conference.

Event details:

  • Contact: Hope Greenberg, Hope.Greenberg@uvm.edu, 802-656-1176
  • Facilitated By: Susan Dinitz, Writing in the Disciplines; English
  • Location: 303 Bailey/Howe

Student Research Conference: Abstract Writing Workshop

Wednesday, February 18 2015 @ 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Co-sponsored by the Writing in the Disciplines Program, Bailey/Howe Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning

UVM hosts an annual Student Research Conference to showcase the research, scholarly and creative activity of undergraduate, graduate and medical students across campus. In order to present at the conference you are required to submit an abstract or brief proposal of your research or creative project. This workshop will:

  • help you learn more about the April conference and how you can participate
  • show you how to write a brief, yet compelling and comprehensive, proposal
  • provide hands-on help from Writing Center staff to help you get started
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

Writing Across Borders

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

Join us for a brownbag lunch (tea, coffee, popcorn, and cookies provided) and lively discussion of the relationship between culture, writing, and faculty expectations. We’ll view Writing Across Borders, a short film featuring international student writers and faculty across campus. Our conversation will explore how cultural expectations frame our writing expectations, and how assignments and assessments are also shaped by culture.

Event details:

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

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

Tuesday, February 10 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Recipients of the 2014 Kroepsch-Maurice Teaching Award (Diane Jaworski, Neurological Sciences; Taras Lakoba, Mathematics & Statistics; Rebecca Wilcox, Pathology; Sean Witters, English) will discuss their teaching philosophies, "eureka" moments in their teaching careers, challenging issues in teaching, and how they approached these issues. The discussion will be facilitated by KM Committee Chairperson and 1999 KM Recipient, Joan Rosebush.

Event details:

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

Teaching in Higher Education

Friday, February 06 2015 @ 9:30 AM - 11:30 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 Educational 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
  • Location: 303 Bailey/Howe Library

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

Wednesday, February 04 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 4 times (Feb. 4, Feb.18, March 11 and April 1) 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 Room 303

Using Camtasia for Screencasting (Mac)

Friday, January 30 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This workshop introduces Camtasia Studio 8 for Mac, a popular software for producing higher-end screencasts.

This workshop is now being offered in a flipped format! Once registered, you will receive an email with additional instructions to prepare you to walk into this workshop ready to use the tools that Camtasia has to offer.

During this hands-on workshop you will learn and practice some of its basics editing features. Specifically we will:

  • Tour the main parts of the editor and timeline
  • Add annotations (callouts, arrows, highlights)
  • Work with animations (zoom in/out, smartfocus, restore) and video effects (freeze region, extend frame, hotspots)
What is a screencast?

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 Room 303

Strategies for the Globally Diverse Classroom

Thursday, January 29 2015 @ 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join colleagues as we share best practices, tips, and experiences related to teaching students from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. This workshop explores an array of strategies to promote effective learning in today’s ever more globally diverse classroom, and introduces campus resources available to students and faculty.

Presenters: Gayle Nunley and Jeanne Shea

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Writing in the Disciplines.

Event details:

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

Promoting Active and Productive Online Discussions

Wednesday, January 28 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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 Room 303

Writing Engaging iClicker Questions

Friday, January 23 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
  • Location: 303 Bailey/Howe Library

Sound (Teaching) Bite: Tips for Great Class Discussion

Thursday, January 22 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 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: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Facilitated By: Jennifer Dickinson, Ctr for Teaching & Learning; Anthropology
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Designing Collaborative Assignments That Work

Tuesday, January 20 2015 @ 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 several UVM facultys' experiences to help identify the best ways to design small group assignments and how to manage them.

Event details:

  • Contact: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Facilitated By: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Blackboard Grade Center for Large Enrollment Classes

Friday, January 16 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: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Facilitated By: Hope Greenberg, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Blackboard: Introduction to Assessment Tools

Thursday, January 15 2015 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 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 make an appointment with the CTL "Doctor Is In" program before attending this workshop. Email ctldoc@uvm.edu

Event details:

  • Contact: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Facilitated By: Ines Berrizbeitia, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

iClickers in the Classroom

Friday, January 09 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 10:15 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: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Facilitated By: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Open Clinic

Friday, January 09 2015 @ 1:00 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 Room 303

Writing Learning Outcomes for Course Design

Friday, January 09 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 further consultations.

Event details:

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

Open Clinic

Tuesday, January 06 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 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: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Blackboard Grade Center for Large Enrollment Classes

Tuesday, January 06 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: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Facilitated By: Hope Greenberg, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Blackboard: Understanding and Building Your Course

Monday, January 05 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: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Facilitated By: Wendy Berenback, Continuing Ed - Operations; Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Blackboard: Introduction to Assessment Tools

Monday, January 05 2015 @ 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 make an appointment with the CTL "Doctor Is In" program before attending this workshop. Email ctldoc@uvm.edu

Event details:

  • Contact: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Facilitated By: Ines Berrizbeitia, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Open Clinic

Monday, January 05 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 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: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Blackboard: Communicating and Collaborating

Monday, January 05 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
  • 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: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Facilitated By: Wendy Berenback, Continuing Ed - Operations; Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Writing Your Teaching Philosophy

Friday, November 14 2014 @ 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

During this workshop we discuss the value of articulating a personal teaching philosophy and important elements to include in your statement.

Event details:

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

Creative Problem-Solving Through Design

Friday, November 14 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Eugene Korsunskiy, Senior Design Coordinator in the College of Arts and Sciences

No matter what the discipline, we all ask our students to engage with complex, non-linear problems that don't have obvious or straightforward answers. How can we teach our students to tackle these kinds of "wicked" problems effectively?

Design Thinking is a creative problem-solving methodology that offers a framework for just this. In this hands-on workshop, we will learn the basic tenets of the Design Thinking process, and discuss its applications to help students approach the kinds of complex, open-ended questions that they encounter in our courses.

Watch this 3-minute video for an overview of Design Thinking.

A light lunch will be served. Please email food restrictions to wid@uvm.edu

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Event details:

  • Contact: Kristen Cameron, Kristen.Cameron@uvm.edu, 802-656-1958
  • Location: Fulwiler Room, 302D
  • Refreshments will be served. 1

Responding to and Evaluating Writing by English Language Learner Students

Thursday, November 06 2014 @ 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

This workshop explores the ways that English Language Learners—students writing in their second (or third or fourth!) language—acquire proficiency in American academic writing. Join us to investigate what faculty can expect in terms of English language development in any given semester, what techniques can make responses to writing more effective, and what campus resources are available for faculty and students interested in this topic.

Event details:

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

Using Camtasia for Screencasting (Mac)

Monday, November 03 2014 @ 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

This workshop introduces Camtasia for Mac, a popular software for producing higher-end screencasts. This workshop is now being offered in a flipped format! Once registered, you will receive an email with additional instructions to prepare you to walk into this workshop ready to use the tools that Camtasia has to offer.

During this hands-on workshop you will learn and practice some of its basics editing features. Specifically we will:

  • Tour the main parts of the editor and timeline
  • Add annotations (callouts, arrows, highlights)
  • Work with animations (zoom in/out, smartfocus, restore) and video effects (freeze region, extend frame, hotspots)
What is a screencast?

Event details:

  • Contact: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Facilitated By: Henrietta Amor; Paz; Paz-Amor, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Using Camtasia for Screencasting (Windows)

Monday, November 03 2014 @ 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

This workshop introduces Camtasia Studio 8 for Windows, a popular software for producing higher-end screencasts. This workshop is now being offered in a flipped format! Once registered, you will receive an email with additional instructions to prepare you to walk into this workshop ready to use the tools that Camtasia Studio 8 has to offer.

During this hands-on workshop you will learn and practice some of its basics editing features. Specifically we will:

  • Tour the main parts of the editor and timeline
  • Add annotations (callouts, arrows, highlights)
  • Work with animations (zoom in/out, smartfocus, restore) and video effects (freeze region, extend frame, hotspots)
What is a screencast?

Event details:

  • Contact: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Facilitated By: Henrietta Amor; Paz; Paz-Amor, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Writing Engaging iClickers Questions

Friday, October 31 2014 @ 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Now that you've adopted the iClicker, what can you do with it? This workshop will review ways to use student response systems for teaching and classroom management. We will discuss the characteristics of an effective iClicker question and write questions we can use in our teaching.

Event details:

  • Contact: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Facilitated By: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Screencasting Clinic

Thursday, October 30 2014 @ 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

If you have screencasting experience using either Camtasia or Screencast-O-Matic, join us for some dedicated time to work on your projects with peers and the CTL staff. We can help with editing projects, publishing them with UVM's Media Manager, and then linking them to your Bb course.

Please note, there is no formal instruction during this time, come with your questions and be ready to work on your projects or share your screencasting experiences.

What is a screencast?

Event details:

  • Contact: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Facilitated By: Henrietta Amor; Paz; Paz-Amor, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
    Hope Greenberg, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Course Goals and Backwards Design: Principles for Engaging Courses

Friday, October 24 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Synergy between course goals, assignments and other learning activities is crucial for helping students achieve. This workshop will provide principles for identifying, writing and utilizing learning goals as part of your course design. Participants will (re)design goals for a current or future course, and then spend time looking at strategies to align assignments and in-class activities with those goals. Participants will also be introduced to Blackboard's alignment tool as one strategy for promoting engagement.

Sponsored by Writing in the Disciplines and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Event details:

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

Screencasting and Teaching

Thursday, October 23 2014 @ 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Discuss ways screencasting can support student learning

  • Determine what screencast features will best suit your purposes
  • Learn the basics of scripting and recording a simple screencast using Screencast-O-Matic, an easy yet robustly featured program
  • Edit a short screencast: cropping, adding text and image overlays, zoom and pan, add audio
  • Publish a screencast in Blackboard using the UVM MediaManager
  • Event details:

    • Contact: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
    • Facilitated By: Hope Greenberg, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
    • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

    Practices for Engaging Students: Just-in-Time Teaching and Peer Instruction

    Wednesday, October 22 2014 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    This is part one of a three-part workshop introducing teaching strategies that may be especially helpful in large enrollment classes.

    This first workshop introduces two teaching strategies—Just-In-Time Teaching and peer instruction—in the context of large enrollment classes. It addresses the quote, “As you enter the classroom, ask yourself this question: ‘If there were no students in the classroom, could I do what I am planning to do?’ If you answer yes... don't do it.” (Gen. Ruben Cebero, US Air Force Academy)

    The facilitator, Laura Hill, teaches large enrollment biology and botany courses and regularly uses peer instruction in her teaching.

    What is "Just In Time Teaching"?
    What is Peer Instruction?

    Event details:

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

    Practices for Engaging Students: "From Question to Concepts"

    Wednesday, October 22 2014 @ 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

    This is part two of a three-part workshop introducing teaching strategies that may be especially helpful in large enrollment classes.

    We will watch and discuss the movie, "From Question to Concepts" from The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University.

    This 28-minute documentary explores Eric Mazur's interactive teaching in an undergraduate physics course and demonstrates how the use of questions before and during class engages the students.

    What is "Just In Time Teaching"?
    What is Peer Instruction?

    Event details:

    • Contact: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
    • Facilitated By: Laura Hill, CALS Dean's Office; Plant Biology; Plant Biology; CALS Dean's Office
    • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

    iClickers in the Classroom

    Wednesday, October 22 2014 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 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: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
    • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

    Colleague Tea: Storytelling and Teaching

    Wednesday, October 22 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Do you use storytelling in your teaching? Are you curious about its potential to engage students and deepen their learning? Stories often prompt an emotional reaction and thus increase the likelihood of creating a memorable learning experience. Come join your colleagues for a brown bag lunch discussion about rediscovering the power of story. Kit Anderson, Environmental Program will facilitate. Bring a story to share if you like. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

    Event details:

    • Contact: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
    • Facilitated By: Katharine Anderson, Rubenstein Sch Env & Nat Res
    • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

    Contemplative Practices in Higher Education Book Group

    Wednesday, October 15 2014 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning (Barbezat and Bush, 2013), describes a pedagogy that is based on long-established meditative practices and cites research indicating its effectiveness. The authors explore contemplative teaching practices’ potential to: Deepen student understanding of, and personal connection to, course content Develop student attention, inquiry, and problem-solving skills Support student sense of compassion for self and others In addition to theoretical background, the book presents practical ideas for applying these practices across disciplines, including mindfulness, deep listening, contemplative reading, writing, and movement.

    Event details:

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

    Soundbite: UVM's 4-Year Plan for Career Success: Advising and Teaching Tips

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    UVM has created a 4-Year Plan for Career Success roadmap (http://www.uvm.edu/~career/?Page=4yearplan.html): 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 Soundbite, we will discuss methods using these plans in your student advising and ideas for integrating career goals in your courses.

    Event details:

    • Contact: Wendy Berenback, Wendy.Verrei-Berenback@uvm.edu, 802-656-7992
    • Facilitated By: Pamela Gardner, International Educational Svcs; Retired Staff
    • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

    What's the Hype About Hybrid?

    Friday, October 10 2014 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 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: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
    • Facilitated By: Henrietta Amor; Paz; Paz-Amor, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
      Jennifer Dickinson, Ctr for Teaching & Learning; Anthropology
    • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

    Using Camtasia for Screencasting (Mac)

    Thursday, October 09 2014 @ 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

    This workshop introduces Camtasia Studio 8 for Mac, a popular software for producing higher-end screencasts. During this hands-on workshop you will learn and practice some of its basics editing features. Specifically we will:

    • Tour the main parts of the editor and timeline
    • Add annotations (callouts, arrows, highlights)
    • Work with animations (zoom in/out, smartfocus, restore) and video effects (freeze region, extend frame, hotspots)
    What is a screencast?

    Event details:

    • Contact: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
    • Facilitated By: Henrietta Amor; Paz; Paz-Amor, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
    • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

    Designing Rubrics

    Wednesday, October 08 2014 @ 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

    This workshop, drawing on experiences from UVM faculty who’ve 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: Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library
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