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Book Group: How People Learn

Wednesday, December 07 2016
@ 8:30 AM- 9:30 AM
Join colleagues to explore how learning works and what faculty can do to help students learn more effectively. How People Learn, a report of the National Research Council, examines research into learning and its implications for what we teach, how we teach it, and how we assess learning. This new knowledge calls into question concepts and practices firmly entrenched in our current education system. The book is available for free digital download here.

This book group will meet for one hour, three times over the semester:

  • Wednesday, October 12 @ 8:30
  • Monday, October 31 @ 9:15
  • Monday, November 14 @ 9:30
  • Wednesday, December 7 @ 8:30
Please register for each date that you will be attending. A light breakfast will be available 15 minutes prior to each meeting.

If you have a strong preference for a hard copy of the book, please let us know.

Event details:

  • Contact: April Christenson, April.Christenson@uvm.edu, 802-656-1958
  • Location: Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library

Blackboard: Understanding and Building Your Course

Wednesday, December 14 2016
@ 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM
In this introductory 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
This workshop is designed for faculty who are new to Blackboard.

Event details:

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

Blackboard: Communication Tools

Wednesday, December 14 2016
@ 2:15 PM- 3:15 PM
In this introductory 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
  • 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: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Ctr for Teaching & Learning
  • Location:

Blackboard Assessment Tools

Wednesday, December 14 2016
@ 3:30 PM- 5:00 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: , CTL@uvm.edu, (802)656-1155
  • Location:

Tips for Online Teaching in Winter Session

Thursday, December 15 2016
@ 1:30 PM- 3:00 PM
Calling all Winter Session faculty! Come join us for a collegial conversation that focuses on defining an appropriate work load for you and your students, strategies to encourage student engagement and time management techniques to keep you sane. Bring your ideas and we’ll bring the snacks.

Event details:

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

Blackboard: Understanding and Building Your Course

Monday, January 09 2017
@ 9:15 AM- 10:15 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, wverreib@uvm.edu, 802-656-7992
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Blackboard: Communication Tools

Monday, January 09 2017
@ 10:30 AM- 11:30 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, wverreib@uvm.edu, 802-656-7992
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Blackboard Assessment Tools

Monday, January 09 2017
@ 11:45 AM- 1:15 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 Room 303

FWIL Rating Day -- How Are We Doing?

Wednesday, January 11 2017
@ 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM
Be a part of making the changes you want to see. Join colleagues around the fireplace at the beautiful UVM Alumni House for a day that includes breakfast and lunch catered by VT Kosher; beverages and snacks; and a $250 PDF stipend. Limit 20 participants.

As the Information Literacy projects arrive from your FWIL classes, please join this process to listen to what they tell us. Whether you consider yourself a FWIL fan or foe, this is an opportunity to be involved in future directions and decisions.

What to expect: We will begin with practice in reading as a collective, followed by individual rating of a wide variety of anonymized student work from all FWIL tracks. The day will end by discussing immediate observations, insights, and actions.

Register by December 12.

Facilitated by Libby Miles, FWIL Director

Event details:

  • Contact: Michelle McGee, Michelle.McGee@uvm.edu, 802-656-0761
  • Location: UVM Alumni House - Silver Pavilion

Past Events (last 180 days)

Teaching Roundtable Discussion for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Thursday, November 17 2016
@ 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Join us for an informal discussion of your teaching experiences this semester. This is a chance for you to ask us questions and get feedback on any challenging situations in your classes so far. Please bring questions or just join us for the discussion.

Light Refreshments will be served. Facilitated by Holly Buckland Parker, CTL, Emma Swift, Office of International Education, and Oleh Kaarmik, Center for Cultural Pluralism

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Oleh Kaarmik, Cultural Pluralism
    Emma Swift
  • Location: 303 Bailey/Howe Library

Book Group: How People Learn

Monday, November 14 2016
@ 9:30 AM- 10:30 AM
Join colleagues to explore how learning works and what faculty can do to help students learn more effectively. How People Learn, a report of the National Research Council, examines research into learning and its implications for what we teach, how we teach it, and how we assess learning. This new knowledge calls into question concepts and practices firmly entrenched in our current education system. The book is available for free digital download here.

This book group will meet for one hour, three times over the semester:

  • Wednesday, October 12 @ 8:30
  • Monday, October 31 @ 9:15
  • Monday, November 14 @ 9:30
  • Wednesday, December 7 @ 8:30
Please register for each date that you will be attending. A light breakfast will be available 15 minutes prior to each meeting.

If you have a strong preference for a hard copy of the book, please let us know.

Event details:

  • Contact: April Christenson, April.Christenson@uvm.edu, 802-656-1958
  • Location: Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library

UVM Communicates: Sharing Your Research and Scholarship with the Public

Wednesday, November 09 2016
@ 8:45 AM- 5:00 PM
Join colleagues for a day of hands-on activities designed to help you communicate more effectively with the public, with funders, with policymakers, and with fellow academics. Lunch will be provided.

Inspired by our affiliation with the Alda Center for Communicating Science, the morning combines a short plenary with a series of fun improvisation exercises. These exercises are not designed to turn you into an actor, but rather to free you to talk more effectively and personally about your research or scholarship and establish a more direct connection with your audience.

Please come prepared with an informal three-minute speech about your research or scholarship. After lunch, you will work in a small group to refine your pre-prepared three-minute speech, and you’ll also identify strategies that will transfer to other presentation settings.

For more information, please see UVM Communicates.

Bagels & coffee will be available at 8:30 am.

This workshop was also offered on October 26th.

Event details:

  • Contact: Susanmarie Harrington, Susan.Harrington@uvm.edu
  • Location: Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis Center

Writing Workshop: Developing Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Friday, November 04 2016
@ 9:00 AM- 10:30 AM
This writing workshop offers participants the chance to give and receive feedback on drafts of teaching philosophy statements. Participants should come with draft in hand (computers will be provided for those who wish to work electronically). We will facilitate small group discussion that provides constructive feedback for each participant. While this workshop grows out of the Developing Your Teaching Philosophy Workshop, anyone with a teaching philosophy draft is welcome to attend. The workshop will include opportunities for writing and revising as well as conversation.

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Susanmarie Harrington, Writing in the Disciplines; English
  • Location: 303 Bailey/Howe Library

Introduction to Service-Learning Pedagogy

Thursday, November 03 2016
@ 1:00 PM- 2:30 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: Wendy Berenback, wverreib@uvm.edu, 802-656-7992
  • Facilitated By: Susan Munkres, CUPS
  • Location: 303 Bailey/Howe Library

Responding to Multilingual Writers

Wednesday, November 02 2016
@ 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
How can we consider the needs of multilingual writers in ways that are both linguistically and culturally inclusive? How can we encourage writers to become increasingly attentive to the key learning goals in each course or department? Drawing on research on multilingual writing development, this workshop highlights effective teaching strategies for supporting multilingual students as learners and writers.

Event details:

  • Contact: April Christenson, April.Christenson@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

Improving Feedback Through Goal Setting

Monday, October 31 2016
@ 2:30 PM- 4:00 PM
Faculty invest substantial time responding to student writing. This workshop explores how to focus your feedback to target your most important learning goals and ways you can encourage students to articulate their learning goals. Join us to begin developing ways to focus the ways peers and teachers can respond to writing.

Event details:

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

Book Group: How People Learn

Monday, October 31 2016
@ 9:15 AM- 10:15 AM
Join colleagues to explore how learning works and what faculty can do to help students learn more effectively. How People Learn, a report of the National Research Council, examines research into learning and its implications for what we teach, how we teach it, and how we assess learning. This new knowledge calls into question concepts and practices firmly entrenched in our current education system. The book is available for free digital download here.

This book group will meet for one hour, three times over the semester:

  • Wednesday, October 12 @ 8:30
  • Monday, October 31 @ 9:15
  • Monday, November 14 @ 9:30
  • Wednesday, December 7 @ 8:30
Please register for each date that you will be attending. A light breakfast will be available 15 minutes prior to each meeting.

If you have a strong preference for a hard copy of the book, please let us know.

Event details:

  • Contact: April Christenson, April.Christenson@uvm.edu, 802-656-1958
  • Location: Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library

What's the Hype About Hybrid?

Friday, October 28 2016
@ 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: 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: 303 Bailey/Howe Library

Exploring Connections between Service Learning and Sustainability

Friday, October 28 2016
@ 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
The Center for Teaching & Learning and CUPS are co-sponsoring a lunch for faculty who are currently teaching - or interested in teaching - courses that are both service learning and eligible to be designated as meeting the General Education Sustainability Learning Outcomes. We'll eat, network and explore the overlap between service-learning pedagogy and the "big ideas" of sustainability.

Please contact us if you have dietary requirements.

Event details:

  • Contact: Wendy Berenback, wverreib@uvm.edu, 802-656-7992
  • Facilitated By: Susan Munkres, CUPS
  • Location: 303 Bailey/Howe Library

UVM Communicates: Sharing Your Research and Scholarship with the Public

Wednesday, October 26 2016
@ 8:45 AM- 5:00 PM
Join colleagues for a day of hands-on activities designed to help you communicate more effectively with the public, with funders, with policymakers, and with fellow academics. Lunch will be provided.

Inspired by our affiliation with the Alda Center for Communicating Science, the morning combines a short plenary with a series of fun improvisation exercises. These exercises are not designed to turn you into an actor, but rather to free you to talk more effectively and personally about your research or scholarship and establish a more direct connection with your audience.

Please come prepared with an informal three-minute speech about your research or scholarship. After lunch, you will work in a small group to refine your pre-prepared three-minute speech, and you’ll also identify strategies that will transfer to other presentation settings.

For more information, please see UVM Communicates. This workshop is also offered on November 9th.

Event details:

  • Contact: Susanmarie Harrington, Susan.Harrington@uvm.edu
  • Location: Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center

What We Know About First-Year Students and Information Literacy

Monday, October 24 2016
@ 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
Learn about research that has been done at UVM and nationally on FY students' knowledge of Information literacy and how they do research. We’ll strategize ways to gather even more specific information about your own students and how to address identified areas where students need more support.

This workshop is one in a series of short workshops facilitated by librarians from the Bailey/Howe Library on information literacy. This year FWIL will be assessing students’ work in the area of information literacy and these workshops will help you to identify appropriate assignments to submit for the assessment project and help you to support your students’ understanding and practice information literacy. Participating will also provide you with the opportunity to expand on your own conceptualization of information literacy. Each workshop addresses information literacy from a slightly different perspective. Come to one or as many as you want.

Event details:

  • Contact: Michelle McGee, Michelle.McGee@uvm.edu, 802-656-0761
  • Location: 302H Bailey/Howe (Fulwiler Room)

Teaching Roundtable Discussion for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Monday, October 24 2016
@ 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Join us for an informal discussion of your teaching experiences this semester. This is a chance for you to ask us questions and get feedback on any challenging situations in your classes so far. Please bring questions or just join us for the discussion.

Light Refreshments will be served. Facilitated by Holly Buckland Parker, CTL, Emma Swift, Office of International Education, and Oleh Kaarmik, Center for Cultural Pluralism

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Emma Swift
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Teaching with Screencasts

Thursday, October 20 2016
@ 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Creating a simple screencast is a straightforward process. Turning it into a polished video, however, usually requires some editing. In this workshop, we’ll delve into editing tools, learning how to add overlays (arrows, circles, text), adjust audio and video, and add other elements. We will focus on Camtasia but also include options for Screencast-o-matic where possible.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with Camtasia; basic skills in recording and saving a screencast

Event details:

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

What to Say When? Timing Feedback for Writers

Tuesday, October 18 2016
@ 1:00 PM- 2:15 PM
If most of the energy spent on responding to student writing happens at the end of the semester, its impact may be limited. Yet the alternative—multiple drafts of assignments, each with feedback—is often not sustainable. Explore ways to evaluate when feedback and response is possible, with an eye toward creating a rhythm that works.

Event details:

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

Book Group: “Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students' Self-Awareness and Learning Skills”

Tuesday, October 18 2016
@ 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
This book group meets a total of 3 times: 12pm -1pm on Oct 18, Nov. 1, and Nov. 15, 2016.

Join us to explore strategies to strengthen your students’ abilities to become self-regulated learners. Self-regulated students are active in their own learning process- using metacognitive, motivational, and behavioral strategies to achieve success.

In “Creating Self-Regulated Learners,” author Linda Nilson discusses specific teaching strategies to help students develop their own skills for learning. The skills discussed in this book can be incorporated in any course to help promote student engagement, comprehension and critical thinking.

This book group is facilitated by Holly Parker from the CTL and Sharon Ultsch, a lecturer in the Global Gateway Program.

All participants receive a copy of the book.

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Sharon Ultsch, Education
  • Location: Bailey/Howe Library Room 303

What the H*** is Information Literacy Anyway: Beyond Search & Evaluate

Monday, October 17 2016
@ 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
Information literacy means a lot of different things to different people. Come and talk about the different ways in which information literacy is conceptualized broadly, within different disciplines, and develop your own personal definition of information literacy.

This workshop is one in a series of short workshops facilitated by librarians from the Bailey/Howe Library on information literacy. This year FWIL will be assessing students’ work in the area of information literacy and these workshops will help you to identify appropriate assignments to submit for the assessment project and help you to support your students’ understanding and practice information literacy. Participating will also provide you with the opportunity to expand on your own conceptualization of information literacy. Each workshop addresses information literacy from a slightly different perspective. Come to one or as many as you want.

Event details:

  • Contact: Michelle McGee, Michelle.McGee@uvm.edu, 802-656-0761
  • Location: 302H Bailey/Howe (Fulwiler Room)

Writing Your Teaching Philosophy

Friday, October 14 2016
@ 9:00 AM- 10:30 AM
During this workshop we discuss the value of articulating a personal teaching philosophy and important elements to include in your statement.

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Susanmarie Harrington, Writing in the Disciplines; English
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Teaching Roundtable Discussion for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Thursday, October 13 2016
@ 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Join us for an informal discussion of your teaching experiences this semester. This is a chance for you to ask us questions and get feedback on any challenging situations in your classes so far. Please bring questions or just join us for the discussion.

Light Refreshments will be served. Facilitated by Holly Buckland Parker, CTL, Emma Swift, Office of International Education, and Oleh Kaarmik, Center for Cultural Pluralism

Event details:

  • Contact: Holly Buckland; Buckland Parker; Parker, Holly.Parker@uvm.edu, 802-656-1124
  • Facilitated By: Oleh Kaarmik, Cultural Pluralism
    Emma Swift
  • Location: Bailey/Howe Library Room 303

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

Wednesday, October 05 2016
@ 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 (Oct, 5, Oct. 17 and Oct. 26) and is facilitated by Kit Anderson, Senior Lecturer in the Environmental Program. Kit has participated in seminars presented by the book’s authors.

All faculty participants receive a copy of the book.

Event details:

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

Peer Review Systems: Introduction to the Eli Review System

Wednesday, October 05 2016
@ 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
This hour-long workshop will first introduce participants to the Eli Review System, a write-review-revise tool developed at Michigan State University's Writing in Digital Environments research center. Participants will see how Eli can work to automate aspects of peer review and provide information that can focus the next round of writing, reviewing, and revising. Secondly, participants will have a chance to learn from each other. We invite participants to bring examples of their own work with peer review for discussion. Together, we will explore ways to integrate peer review into the classroom.

Event details:

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

Balancing Peer and Instructor Feedback

Monday, October 03 2016
@ 10:45 AM- 12:00 PM
What can students teach each other? What can only an instructor offer? Whether you’re just beginning to consider including student peer review in your course, or whether you have lots of experience inviting students to read each others’ work, join us for a conversation about the role of peer and instructor feedback. Come away with practical suggestions for ways to create a productive balance and increase the substantive feedback students get on their work.

Event details:

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

What's the Hype About Hybrid?

Wednesday, September 28 2016
@ 10:00 AM- 11:00 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: 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 303

Blackboard Tools for Student Work

Tuesday, September 27 2016
@ 9:30 AM- 11:00 AM
In this workshop we will explore the Blackboard tools for students to create individual or collaborative work.
  • Blogs are useful for collecting and sharing information: resources, problem sets, written work, links, or even images. You can have multiple blogs in a course, each for a specific assignment or purpose.
  • Journals are shared between the instructor and each student, so they work well for assignments that are not to be shared with the class.
  • Wikis can be used to build collaborative or individual projects that are “book-like” with sections or pages and a table of contents. For example, a lab report or other structured document, or a multi-part document where each student contributes a page.
  • The Assignment tool allows students to submit documents or files directly to you. If these files are created as docs, spreadsheets, or pdf files, you can comment and mark them up directly in Blackboard without having to download them.

In the workshop you will try each of these tools as a student, then learn how to set them up in your own Blackboard course.

Event details:

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

Research as Exploration

Monday, September 26 2016
@ 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
First-Year students often approach not as a way of furthering their understanding of an issue or joining a conversation, but as the task of proving a point that have decided upon before doing any investigation. This workshop will explore ways to help students learn to develop researchable topics, ask meaningful questions, and start entering into scholarly conversations.

This workshop is one in a series of short workshops facilitated by librarians from the Bailey/Howe Library on information literacy. This year FWIL will be assessing students’ work in the area of information literacy and these workshops will help you to identify appropriate assignments to submit for the assessment project and help you to support your students’ understanding and practice information literacy. Participating will also provide you with the opportunity to expand on your own conceptualization of information literacy. Each workshop addresses information literacy from a slightly different perspective. Come to one or as many as you want.

Event details:

  • Contact: Michelle McGee, Michelle.McGee@uvm.edu, 802-656-0761
  • Location: 302H Bailey/Howe (Fulwiler Room)

Teaching in Higher Education

Wednesday, September 21 2016
@ 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM
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
    Susanmarie Harrington, Writing in the Disciplines; English
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Supporting Student Peer Review: Getting Students to Talk with Each Other About Their Work

Tuesday, September 20 2016
@ 1:00 PM- 2:15 PM
How can students’ responses to each other’s writing help them develop as writers and improve the quality of the papers faculty receive? Thinking about peer review from the students’ and faculty perspectives, we will look at how to design both in-class and out-of-class peer review activities that are really worth doing. Writing Center tutors will provide student perspectives on peer review.

Event details:

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

Quick and Easy Ways to Support Students’ Research Skills

Monday, September 19 2016
@ 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
UVM librarians will share tutorials and tools that they have developed to help students develop specific research skills such as searching for journal articles or evaluating sources. You’ll learn about ways to implement these tools in your classes and about assignment ideas for extending students understanding.

This workshop is one in a series of short workshops facilitated by librarians from the Bailey/Howe Library on information literacy. This year FWIL will be assessing students’ work in the area of information literacy and these workshops will help you to identify appropriate assignments to submit for the assessment project and help you to support your students’ understanding and practice information literacy. Participating will also provide you with the opportunity to expand on your own conceptualization of information literacy. Each workshop addresses information literacy from a slightly different perspective. Come to one or as many as you want.

Event details:

  • Contact: Michelle McGee, Michelle.McGee@uvm.edu, 802-656-0761
  • Location: 302H Bailey/Howe (Fulwiler Room)

Teaching in Higher Education

Friday, September 16 2016
@ 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 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
    Susanmarie Harrington, Writing in the Disciplines; English
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Teaching with Screencasts

Wednesday, September 14 2016
@ 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 Streaming service
What is a screencast?

Event details:

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

Scaffolding Assignments for Information Literacy

Monday, September 12 2016
@ 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
This workshop will provide you with an opportunity to identify and address places in your syllabus where you might need to give students a bit more support for developing research skills. Bring a copy of your syllabus to review. We’ll work though the process of identifying possible sticking points for your students related to information literacy and its associated skills, and help you develop a plan for addressing those needs, and identifying appropriate assignment to submit for this year’s FWIL assessment project.

This workshop is one in a series of short workshops facilitated by librarians from the Bailey/Howe Library on information literacy. This year FWIL will be assessing students’ work in the area of information literacy and these workshops will help you to identify appropriate assignments to submit for the assessment project and help you to support your students’ understanding and practice information literacy. Participating will also provide you with the opportunity to expand on your own conceptualization of information literacy. Each workshop addresses information literacy from a slightly different perspective. Come to one or as many as you want.

Event details:

  • Contact: Michelle McGee, Michelle.McGee@uvm.edu, 802-656-0761
  • Location: 302H Bailey/Howe (Fulwiler Room)

Blackboard: Understanding and Building Your Course

Tuesday, September 06 2016
@ 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, wverreib@uvm.edu, 802-656-7992
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Blackboard: Communication Tools

Tuesday, September 06 2016
@ 10:15 AM- 11:15 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, wverreib@uvm.edu, 802-656-7992
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Blackboard: Introduction to Assessment Tools

Tuesday, September 06 2016
@ 11:30 AM- 12:45 PM
In this workshop, we will explore Blackboard's assessment tools and grading features. We will show the basics of using the following:
  • Grade Center
  • Tests and Surveys
  • Assignments
  • Rubrics

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


If you do not have mastery of the above skills, please 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 Room 303

iClickers: Learn About the Latest Updates

Tuesday, August 30 2016
@ 9:00 AM- 10:15 AM
In this workshop, we’ll showcase two recent developments in the iClicker classroom response system: the new, significantly different Clicker 7 software and the new iClicker REEF software which allows polling with smartphones. We’ll also demonstrate and discuss how teaching with iClickers can enhance student engagement, especially in large enrollment courses. This workshop is for all levels of iClicker users

Event details:

  • Contact: Henrietta Amor; Paz; Paz-Amor, Henrietta.Paz-Amor@uvm.edu, 802-656-1218
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Blackboard Grade Center for Large Enrollment Classes

Thursday, August 25 2016
@ 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 Room 303

Introducing UVM Streaming Media

Thursday, August 25 2016
@ 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM
UVM Streaming Media is a new, YouTube-like platform for hosting video and audio files. This workshop will teach you how to prepare and upload videos, add metadata, adjust privacy settings, add captions, and integrate your videos with Blackboard and WordPress.

Event details:

  • Contact: Wesley Wright, Wesley.Wright@uvm.edu, 802-656-1254
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Blackboard: Understanding and Building Your Course

Wednesday, August 24 2016
@ 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, wverreib@uvm.edu, 802-656-7992
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Blackboard: Communication Tools

Wednesday, August 24 2016
@ 10:15 AM- 11:15 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, wverreib@uvm.edu, 802-656-7992
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Blackboard: Introduction to Assessment Tools

Wednesday, August 24 2016
@ 11:30 AM- 12:45 PM
In this workshop, we will explore Blackboard's assessment tools and grading features. We will show the basics of using the following:
  • Grade Center
  • Tests and Surveys
  • Assignments
  • Rubrics

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


If you do not have mastery of the above skills, please 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 Room 303

iClickers: Learn About the Latest Updates

Wednesday, August 24 2016
@ 1:30 PM- 2:45 PM
In this workshop, we’ll showcase two recent developments in the iClicker classroom response system: the new, significantly different Clicker 7 software and the new iClicker REEF software which allows polling with smartphones. We’ll also demonstrate and discuss how teaching with iClickers can enhance student engagement, especially in large enrollment courses. This workshop is for all levels of iClicker users

Event details:

  • Contact: Henrietta Amor; Paz; Paz-Amor, Henrietta.Paz-Amor@uvm.edu, 802-656-1218
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Developing Student Peer Review Capacity: Designing and Pacing Tasks (Morning Session)

Tuesday, August 23 2016
@ 9:00 AM- 11:45 AM
Join Melissa Meeks from Eli Review for a morning or afternoon hands-on workshop on setting up small, targeted, rapid feedback cycles in Eli Review, an easy-to-use web interface that is free for UVM students this fall. Packed with peer review models, this workshop will provide opportunities to design your own small writing tasks and targeted reviews to improve the effectiveness of peer-to-peer response, and lower your own commenting load.  

  Looking at students’ efforts in small bits of writing, seeing their targeted peer feedback, and reading their key revision goals provides a windows in to what students are and are not learning. Since we can't teach what we can't see, Eli Review helps us see differently. So, what do you need to see in order to improve learning?  And how can student peer review help you see your students’ attempts at learning? Join us to find out. 

  Participants will collaborate on describing common problems, customize an existing write-review-revise cycle in Eli, and will create materials that can be used across reviews assigned throughout the semester. This half-day workshop will be a practical way to get your own Eli materials prepared; you are welcome to attend even if you're not yet committed to using Eli Review in the fall.  This is a great chance to learn more about it. 

Event details:

  • Contact: Susanmarie Harrington, Susan.Harrington@uvm.edu
  • Location: Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library
  • Refreshments will be served. 1

Developing Student Peer Review Capacity: Designing and Pacing Tasks (Afternoon Session)

Tuesday, August 23 2016
@ 1:00 PM- 3:45 PM
Join Melissa Meeks from Eli Review for a hands-on workshop on setting up small, targeted, rapid feedback cycles in Eli Review, an easy-to-use web interface that is free for UVM students this fall. Packed with peer review models, this workshop will provide opportunities to design your own small writing tasks and targeted reviews to improve the effectiveness of peer-to-peer response, and lower your own commenting load.

Looking at students’ efforts in small bits of writing, seeing their targeted peer feedback, and reading their key revision goals provides a windows in to what students are and are not learning. Since we can't teach what we can't see, Eli Review helps us see differently. So, what do you need to see in order to improve learning?  And how can student peer review help you see your students’ attempts at learning? Join us to find out.

Participants will collaborate on describing common problems, customize an existing write-review-revise cycle in Eli, and will create materials that can be used across reviews assigned throughout the semester. This half-day workshop will be a practical way to get your own Eli materials prepared; you are welcome to attend even if you're not yet committed to using Eli Review in the fall.  This is a great chance to learn more about it.

Event details:

  • Contact: Susanmarie Harrington, Susan.Harrington@uvm.edu
  • Location: Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library
  • Refreshments will be served. 1

Writing Learning Outcomes for Course Design

Friday, August 19 2016
@ 10:00 AM- 11:00 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.

Event details:

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

Teaching in Higher Education

Friday, August 19 2016
@ 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
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
    Susanmarie Harrington, Writing in the Disciplines; English
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Introducing UVM Streaming Media

Thursday, August 18 2016
@ 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM
UVM Streaming Media is a new, YouTube-like platform for hosting video and audio files. This workshop will teach you how to prepare and upload videos, add metadata, adjust privacy settings, add captions, and integrate your videos with Blackboard and WordPress.

Event details:

  • Contact: Wesley Wright, Wesley.Wright@uvm.edu, 802-656-1254
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

Assignment Design Round Robin

Thursday, August 18 2016
@ 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM
Do you have a new assignment you’d like feedback on, or an assignment you would like to update and improve? Here is your chance to receive rich feedback from colleagues who can help you look at your assignment with fresh eyes, ask helpful questions, and offer ideas to improve your assignment so it achieves the goals you have in mind. During this round robin, small groups of faculty will discuss each group member’s assignment in turn, and then offer written feedback. Participants will be asked to submit a rough draft or short description of the assignment ahead of time.

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

ABCs of Bb: A Hands-on Blackboard Workshop

Wednesday, August 17 2016
@ 9:00 AM- 11:30 AM

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, hag@uvm.edu, 802-656-1176
  • Location: Bailey-Howe Library Room 303

iClickers: Learn About the Latest Updates

Tuesday, August 16 2016
@ 9:30 AM- 10:45 AM
In this workshop, we’ll showcase two recent developments in the iClicker classroom response system: the new, significantly different Clicker 7 software and the new iClicker REEF software which allows polling with smartphones. We’ll also demonstrate and discuss how teaching with iClickers can enhance student engagement, especially in large enrollment courses. This workshop is for all levels of iClicker users

Event details:

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

Improve Student Reading with Annotated PDFs

Tuesday, August 16 2016
@ 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM
Annotations help focus student attention and improve comprehension. When faculty annotate PDFs, they can help students learn how to interpret the disciplinary clues in an article. Students can also learn to annotate as a way to identify and summarize the major points and arguments of their readings. In this hands-on session, we will learn how to add annotations, such as text comments, questions, highlights, or audio comments to PDF documents.

Event details:

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