Faculty are welcome to self-enroll in these CTL courses:
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Brightspace Quick Start

Remote

This workshop covers a number of Brightspace basics for beginners, including creating announcements, adding a syllabus and a module, and setting up and grading assignments. We’ll demonstrate the useful student view account and how to make your course available to students.

Free

Brightspace Tools & Workflows for Grading & Feedback

Microsoft Teams

This workshop provides an overview of strategies for grading student work and providing feedback. We’ll demonstrate tools to provide students feedback (inline grading, audio/video, rubrics),  different grading workflows, including Quick Eval, and a snapshot of Brightspace's automated feedback tool - Intelligent Agents. We'll also show how students can find their grades and feedback. Please note, if you are interested in learning how to set up your Grade Book, please view "Brightspace Grades."

Free

Teaching in Tumultuous Times

Microsoft Teams

This academic year hasn’t been easy.  The attacks on DEI work, increased conflict in the Middle East, and increasing partisanship in the US political context have weighed heavily on campus. In addition, our collective experience of the COVID-19 pandemic involved navigating enormous transitions and disruptions. As such, mental health support needs require more careful consideration on […]

Free

Improve Brightspace Course Accessibility with Ally

Microsoft Teams

Ally assists instructors in building a more inclusive learning environment and improving the overall student experience by assessing the level of accessibility of all instructor-uploaded content in Brightspace. Ally also provides guidance and tips for lasting improvements to content accessibility. In addition, Ally generates alternate formats to Brightspace course documents to meet different learner needs, abilities, and preferences.

Free

Brightspace Grading: Setting up the Grade Center

Microsoft Teams

This workshop covers how to set up and manage the Grade Book in your Brightspace course. We will demonstrate the best ways to organize the Grade Book and the best ways to enter grades. Some instructors may find it beneficial to create their Grades area anew rather than editing what has been migrated from Blackboard, and this session will help you decide which option is best for your course.

Free

Brightspace Assignments

Microsoft Teams

In this session we’ll focus on:

Creating and previewing Assignment (individual and group)
Settings and connecting Assignments to Grades
Editing and reordering Assignments
Evaluating student submissions (including annotations and rubrics)
Using the Submission Log for tracking student work

Free

Brightspace: Customize Your Course with Release Conditions and Intelligent Agents

Microsoft Teams

During this workshop, we’ll explore how you can use Release Conditions to create a custom learning path for your course materials in Brightspace. We’ll introduce Intelligent Agents, which can automatically send emails to students who meet course criteria you specify. Finally, we’ll share examples of how you can use Release Conditions and Intelligent Agents together to further customize learning paths and enable timely student communication.    

Free

Equity Minded Syllabus

Microsoft Teams

A well-designed syllabus thoughtfully connects course goals with assignments, activities, and assessments and uses an inclusion and equity lens to frame student support. During this workshop, we’ll look at how the language and content of your own syllabus demystifies your course, welcomes students, connects them to resources, and sets you up for more effective and efficient grading. Bring a copy of your syllabus and leave with a plan for final revisions that better serve you and your students.  

Free

Brightspace Quizzes (Tests)

Microsoft Teams

In Brightspace, the Quiz tool is used for both quizzes and tests.  In this session we’ll show the workflow for creating quizzes, including:

Creating questions and question types
Creating a question library
Building a Quiz
Grading a Quiz

Free

Brightspace Quizzes (Tests)

Microsoft Teams

In Brightspace, the Quiz tool is used for both quizzes and tests.  In this session we’ll show the workflow for creating quizzes, including:

Creating questions and question types
Creating a question library
Building a Quiz
Grading a Quiz

Free

Equity Minded Syllabus

Microsoft Teams

A well-designed syllabus thoughtfully connects course goals with assignments, activities, and assessments and uses an inclusion and equity lens to frame student support. During this workshop, we’ll look at how the language and content of your own syllabus demystifies your course, welcomes students, connects them to resources, and sets you up for more effective and efficient grading. Bring a copy of your syllabus and leave with a plan for final revisions that better serve you and your students.  pl

Free

UVM SoTL Symposium, 2024

Waterman 427

At this inaugural, campus-wide symposium on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), researchers from across campus will share their findings and work-in-progress related to teaching and learning research conducted here at UVM.

Brightspace Tools & Workflows for Grading & Feedback

Microsoft Teams

This workshop provides an overview of strategies for grading student work and providing feedback. We’ll demonstrate tools to provide students feedback (inline grading, audio/video, rubrics),  different grading workflows, including Quick Eval, and a snapshot of Brightspace's automated feedback tool - Intelligent Agents. We'll also show how students can find their grades and feedback. Please note, if you are interested in learning how to set up your Grade Book, please view "Brightspace Grades."

Free

Brightspace Assignments

Microsoft Teams

In this session we’ll focus on:

Creating and previewing Assignment (individual and group)
Settings and connecting Assignments to Grades
Editing and reordering Assignments
Evaluating student submissions (including annotations and rubrics)
Using the Submission Log for tracking student work

Free

Understanding & Using Institutional Data with an Equity Lens to Transform Teaching

Larner Medical Education Center - Rm 300 75 East Ave, Burlington, VT, United States

This workshop introduces structured ways to use institutional data to transform classrooms and learning experiences. It is led by Dr. Bryan Dewsbury, Associate Professor in Biology at Florida International University and Principal Investigator of the Science Education And Society (SEAS) research program and co-author of the recently released Norton Guide to Equity-Minded Teaching.  Dewsbury is a leader in research on the social context of teaching and learning, faculty development of inclusive practices, and programming to cultivate equity in education. 

Free

Diversifying Course Materials: How Syllabi Express Values about Research Traditions and Authority

Microsoft Teams

A core principle of inclusive teaching is that course materials should represent a diversity of lived experiences and traditions.  In this workshop, we’ll explore strategies for auditing your reading lists and associated assignments, so that you can evaluate the ways your reading lists might include or exclude different types of authors or views.  We’ll talk about different ways to think about diversity within a course, making explicit the often invisible ways in which reading and citation selections and practices can reinforce traditional hierarchies.  You’ll leave with strategies for finding diverse materials, publishers, and content, as well as pathways to deeper relationships with UVM Librarians.  Please bring a syllabus with you! 

Free

Planning Your First-Year Seminar

303 Howe, CTL Classroom

This lunch and workshop is directed at the overarching learning objective of WIL1 courses, which is to guide and support students in their transition to college writing.  Aided by the work done by Keith Hjortshoj in The Transition to College Writing, we’ll begin with a discussion of what, in the first place, distinguishes “college writing” from the writing most of the students did in high school. We’ll then talk about ways to build syllabi that facilitate that transition, focusing on both content decisions and assignments. As regards the latter, we’ll consider how two specific, high-value assignment practices can greatly benefit students without creating an onerous burden for the instructor.

Free

Improve Brightspace Course Accessibility with Ally

Microsoft Teams

Ally assists instructors in building a more inclusive learning environment and improving the overall student experience by assessing the level of accessibility of all instructor-uploaded content in Brightspace. Ally also provides guidance and tips for lasting improvements to content accessibility. In addition, Ally generates alternate formats to Brightspace course documents to meet different learner needs, abilities, and preferences.

Free

Brightspace: Customize Your Course with Release Conditions and Intelligent Agents

Microsoft Teams

During this workshop, we’ll explore how you can use Release Conditions to create a custom learning path for your course materials in Brightspace. We’ll introduce Intelligent Agents, which can automatically send emails to students who meet course criteria you specify. Finally, we’ll share examples of how you can use Release Conditions and Intelligent Agents together to further customize learning paths and enable timely student communication.    

Free

UDL: Tapping AI to Increase Transparency, Relevance, and Feedback in Teaching (Webinar)

303 Howe, CTL Classroom

Navigate the evolving landscape of educational technology with this webinar designed to discuss the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guideline “Sustaining Effort and Persistence”. Join us at the CTL (303 Howe Library)  to watch a webinar together and have a 30- minute discussion following the webinar. We will discuss how to apply these takeaways to […]

Free