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August 2019

Blackboard Ally: Brown Bag and Demo

August 13
303 Howe Library VT
Free 15 spots left

Blackboard Ally is UVM’s new tool to help you make the files you post to Blackboard accessible to all students. Bb Ally provides information on, and a path to, improving your files. This overview demo will show you what those colorful gauges next to your files mean, how Bb Ally works, and which quick fixes will have the most impact. Feel free to bring your lunch. We’ll provide drinks and snacks.
If you prefer a hands-on approach where we delve into multiple document types and fixes, come to one of our full Blackboard Ally workshops

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Increase Learning While Reducing Cheating

August 13
303 Howe Library VT
Free 19 spots left

Research shows that cheating behavior is linked, not to individual students, but to the environment in which those students are learning. This is good news, because it means you can actually reduce cheating in your classes. The additional good news is that the ways to decrease academic dishonesty are directly linked to methods for increasing deep learning. Come find out more about how to develop classes and assignments that motivate students to learn rather than cheat.

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Blackboard Ally: Hands-on Workshop

August 14
303 Howe Library VT
Free 14 spots left

A small, colorful, meter now appears next to your files in Blackboard... will yours be red or green? To help ensure that our Blackboard course spaces are accessible to all students, UVM has implemented a new tool, Blackboard Ally. This new feature checks files against federal guidelines and, if necessary, helps you improve the files. It also provides alternative formats of those files to your students (e.g. HTML, audio, tagged PDF, eBraille, and more) so that all your students can benefit.

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Screencasting

August 14
303 Howe Library VT
Free 14 spots left

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, produce a simple screencast (including outlining, scripting, and recording), publish a screencast in Blackboard using the UVM Streaming service.

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Exploring Role Play as a Teaching Technique

August 15
303 Howe Library VT
Free 15 spots left

This workshop explores the practice of role play in the university classroom. The presenter, Cynthia Reyes of the Department of Education, will reflect on her own experiences of both the benefits and tensions that emerged in her class when role play was used to practice problem solving issues of social justice and equity.

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Blackboard: Build and Manage a Course

August 16
303 Howe Library VT
Free 13 spots left

In this workshop, you'll learn about Blackboard at UVM, how to navigate it, and the important basics of building and managing a course. You’ll learn how to add a variety of content types as well as different ways to communicate with students and how to take attendance.

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Blackboard: Intro to Tools for Student Work

August 16
303 Howe Library VT
Free 13 spots left

Blackboard offers a variety of ways that students can interact with each other and submit work. In this second of three workshops, you'll learn about the following tools and how to choose the right ones for your course.

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Blackboard: Intro to Grading

August 16
303 Howe Library VT
Free 13 spots left

In this workshop, you'll learn the ins and out of grading in Blackboard and how the Rubric tool can make it easier. We'll look at how to grade student work submitted with the tools described in the previous workshop, how to enter grades for work done outside of Blackboard, and how to manage Blackboard's most robust feature, the Grade Center.

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Syllabus Design Clinic

August 21
303 Howe Library VT

From 9:00-12:00, CTL Faculty Associate, Nicole Phelps (History), will be available to consult with about your syllabi including designing assignments, formulating course objectives, and syllabus formats.

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Blackboard: Build and Manage a Course

August 21
303 Howe Library VT
Free 15 spots left

In this workshop, you'll learn about Blackboard at UVM, how to navigate it, and the important basics of building and managing a course. You’ll learn how to add a variety of content types as well as different ways to communicate with students and how to take attendance.

Find out more »

Blackboard: Intro to Tools for Student Work

August 21
303 Howe Library VT
Free 15 spots left

Blackboard offers a variety of ways that students can interact with each other and submit work. In this second of three workshops, you'll learn about the following tools and how to choose the right ones for your course.

Find out more »

Blackboard: Intro to Grading

August 21
303 Howe Library VT
Free 15 spots left

In this workshop, you'll learn the ins and out of grading in Blackboard and how the Rubric tool can make it easier. We'll look at how to grade student work submitted with the tools described in the previous workshop, how to enter grades for work done outside of Blackboard, and how to manage Blackboard's most robust feature, the Grade Center.

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iClickers

August 22
303 Howe Library VT
Free 13 spots left

In this workshop, we demonstrate how teaching with iClickers can enhance student engagement, especially in large enrollment courses and overs the technical aspects of using iClickers (including comparison of “iClicker Cloud” and iClicker Classic”).

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Blackboard Ally: Hands-on Workshop

August 22
303 Howe Library VT
Free 15 spots left

A small, colorful, meter now appears next to your files in Blackboard... will yours be red or green? To help ensure that our Blackboard course spaces are accessible to all students, UVM has implemented a new tool, Blackboard Ally. This new feature checks files against federal guidelines and, if necessary, helps you improve the files. It also provides alternative formats of those files to your students (e.g. HTML, audio, tagged PDF, eBraille, and more) so that all your students can benefit.

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Extended Open Hours

August 23
303 Howe Library VT

The CTL will hold Open Hours from 9:00am - 4:00pm when faculty and TA's can come in for help with teaching technology and course design. CTL's interim director, Professor Annie Murray-Close, will be available to discuss syllabus design or other teaching topics.

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September 2019

Book Group Series
Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty

September 12
303 Howe Library VT

This book group will meet four Thursdays in the Fall semester. (see details below) James Lang’s book, Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty, is a powerful resource for any teacher. The premise of the text is that since people cheat due to environmental conditions, instructors can design learning environments that dissuade academic dishonesty. More importantly, the conditions that deter cheating (a sense of intrinsic motivation, mastery-focused learning, lowered stakes, and self-efficacy) are the very same conditions that promote deep learning.…

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