Blackboard Grade Center

This workshop will show you how to set up the Blackboard Grade Center to make it work for you and keep students informed about their current grades. We’ll also show you how to verify its weighted grade calculations and how to troubleshoot problems.

The Grade Center is essentially a spreadsheet that can be customized to calculate your students’ weighted grades as they proceed through the course. It’s tied to the tools you’ve set up in your course for graded assignments, it can also include columns for grades that are not linked to Blackboard tools. It’s a robust tool that provides many grading features, such as grouping like-assignments in order to drop the lowest grade.

Facilitated by Inés Berrizbeitia.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

iClickers

In this workshop, we discuss how teaching with the iClicker Student Response System can enhance student engagement and understanding, especially in large enrollment courses. Faculty can now use the iClicker app to poll students and get instant feedback on whether students understand concepts presented during lecture and in pre-class readings. UVM has a site license for the iClicker Student App as of Fall 2021.

This workshop also covers the technical aspects of using iClicker Cloud, the preferred instructor software for administering iClicker polls and grades. There will be opportunities for attendees to ask additional questions. iClicker Cloud supports a variety of question types, and is entirely based in the cloud for easy administration. iClicker Cloud also supports hand-held iClicker remotes.

Facilitated by Holly Buckland-Parker.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Grad Student Edition: How Are You Doing? – Connecting with Colleagues

An important constant during 20 months of pandemic turmoil has been the critical role of connecting with colleagues when navigating stress, burnout, grief, unanswerable questions, and increased workloads. We invite grad students to check-in with us and each other, in an informal, supportive conversation about the unique challenges of managing another pandemic semester. We’ll attend holistically to each others’ diverse needs by sharing strategies, listening empathetically, and more.

Facilitated by Jen Garrett-Ostermiller & Holly Buckland Parker.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

iClickers

In this workshop, we discuss how teaching with the iClicker Student Response System can enhance student engagement and understanding, especially in large enrollment courses. Faculty can now use the iClicker app to poll students and get instant feedback on whether students understand concepts presented during lecture and in pre-class readings. UVM has a site license for the iClicker Student App as of Fall 2021.

This workshop also covers the technical aspects of using iClicker Cloud, the preferred instructor software for administering iClicker polls and grades. There will be opportunities for attendees to ask additional questions. iClicker Cloud supports a variety of question types, and is entirely based in the cloud for easy administration. iClicker Cloud also supports hand-held iClicker remotes.

Facilitated by Holly Buckland-Parker.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Inclusive Teaching: Helping Students Reach your Course Goals

This workshop is designed to help participants think about how to reduce barriers to student learning by using inclusive teaching. Participants will leave the workshop with ideas that will help increase reflection, engagement, and participation from all students in a course.

Facilitated by Holly Buckland Parker & Susanmarie Harrington.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Teaching in Higher Education

In this workshop we will help you reflect on your teaching and share current research on teaching practices such as Kuh’s High Impact Practices and Universal Design for Learning.

(This workshop is a requirement of the Graduate Teaching Program)

Facilitated by Holly Buckland Parker & Susanmarie Harrington.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Audio Commenting: A Faster and More Engaging Way to Respond to Student Work

Join colleagues to learn how audio comments can increase clarity of instructor responses, reduce student stress, and improve grading and responding in remote environments. Our conversation will help you to fine-tune your approach to feedback and commenting so that you get the results you want. We will demonstrate creating audio comments in Blackboard and other software.

Facilitated by Susanmarie Harrington & Holly Buckland Parker.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Blackboard: Introduction (Canceled)

In this Blackboard workshop, we’ll introduce its basic functions and show how to:

  • Post materials in an organized manner
  • Modify the Course Menu
  • Use some of the communication tools
  • View the course as a student
  • Set up student small groups
  • Find help and resources

Facilitated by Holly Buckland-Parker.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Teams for Teaching this Fall 2021 (Canceled)

Find out if Microsoft Teams, a software available to UVM faculty, staff, and students, can be a part of your remote teaching plan. In this REMOTE workshop, we will explore Team’s features WHILE you experience its video conference functionality. You will learn how to:

  • Create a Team for your class and add your students
  • Create “places” within your Team for project work and share documents
  • How to create a link to connect Team to your Bb course site.

Facilitated by Holly Buckland Parker.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Team Time (Canceled)

In this session, you’ll learn how to schedule class meetings correctly (we don’t advise sharing links), record the meetings (and find and manage those recordings). You’ll also have the opportunity to get hands on-practice as we can take turns presenting, going into channels and break-out rooms, and using the OneNote Class Notebook and the whiteboard.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Facilitating Discussions 

If dialogue is essential to a participatory democracy, then college classes play an important role in teaching and practicing respectful and productive discussion. In this workshop, we’ll consider the purposes of discussion before moving to the more practical: strategies for engaging students in dialogue with each other. We’ll identify types of effective discussion questions and a variety of facilitation techniques for involving students in conversation. During the session, you’ll have time to plan for an upcoming class discussion, using the approaches shared in the workshop.

Facilitated by Jen Garrett-Ostermiller, CTL Faculty Development Specialist

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

 

Teams for Teaching in Fall 2021

Find out if Microsoft Teams, a software available to UVM faculty, staff, and students, can be a part of your remote teaching plan. In this REMOTE workshop, we will explore Team’s features WHILE you experience its video conference functionality. You will learn how to:

  • Create a Team for your class and add your students
  • Create “places” within your Team for project work and share documents
  • How to create a link to connect Team to your Bb course site.

Facilitated by Holly Buckland Parker.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Q&A: Screencasting with Screencast-O-Matic

During this live Q&A, you’ll have an opportunity to clarify questions and refine your knowledge of Screencast-O-Matic for increased confidence and independence in producing effective videos for your students. We can review any step along the way from planning to recording to editing to sharing.

Prior to the workshop please complete the tasks outlined here. Bring your Screencast-O-Matic questions to this live session!

Facilitated by Jen Garrett-Ostermiller, CTL Faculty Development Specialist

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Blackboard Tests & Quizzes (Part 3 of 3)

This third of three short Blackboard workshops covers how to give tests and quizzes. We’ll talk about different ways to import questions, build tests, and to “deploy” them for students to take them.

Blackboard will auto-grade some question types, but we’ll show how to grade the questions that need instructor input. We’ll also explain what Respondus tools are for (they will be covered in detail in a later workshop).

Facilitated by Inés Berrizbeitia.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Perusall: a Social Reader and Annotation Tool

Perusall is a collaborative annotation tool that integrates with Blackboard (meaning no separate login is needed). Perusall has been shown to increase pre-class reading significantly (greater than 90% of students consistently complete readings in classes using this tool). Students—in small groups up to 20—can collectively mark up readings with threaded questions and comments.

The software generates a “confusion report” for instructors, highlighting areas of the text that may warrant deeper in-class discussion, as well as an instructor-facing analytics report that enables grading of reading assignments. Perusall also has a feature that allows for collaborative annotation of instructor-created or publicly accessible videos.

Facilitated by Jen Garrett-Ostermiller, CTL Faculty Development Specialist.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

iClicker Student Response System

In this workshop, we demonstrate how teaching with iClicker can enhance student engagement, especially in large enrollment courses. Faculty can use clickers to poll students and get instant feedback on whether students understand concepts presented during lecture and in pre-class readings.

This workshop also covers the technical aspects of using iClicker (including comparison of “iClicker Cloud” and iClicker Classic”) and ideas for teaching with them. iClicker Cloud, a relatively new product, provides faculty with opportunities for asking additional question types, can create flashcards for students based on in-class polls, and is fully web-based.

Facilitated by Holly Buckland-Parker.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Team Time

This is an informal Teams practice session with Holly Parker as your guide as you try out class teams.

You’ll learn how to schedule class meetings correctly, record the meetings (and find and manage those recordings). You’ll also have the opportunity to get hands on-practice as we can take turns presenting, going into channels and break-out rooms, and using the OneNote Class Notebook and the whiteboard.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Teams for Teaching in Fall 2021

Find out if Microsoft Teams, a software available to UVM faculty, staff, and students, can be a part of your remote teaching plan. In this REMOTE workshop, we will explore Team’s features WHILE you experience its video conference functionality. You will learn how to:

  • Create a Team for your class and add your students
  • Create “places” within your Team for project work and share documents
  • How to create a link to connect Team to your Bb course site.

Facilitated by Holly Buckland Parker.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Classroom Technology Services: Classroom Orientation Session

The Classroom Technology Services (CTS) team is offering classroom orientation sessions in an open house format. Training will consist of operational functions of the system, using the control system, manipulating devices (both provided and personal), and using MS Teams for remote sessions. The CTS team will be available to assist with questions about classroom operations.

The sessions times:
10am-2pm
Wednesday 8/25 and Thursday 8/26
Lafayette 207, 210, and 211

Registration is not required.

Q&A: Screencasting with Screencast-o-matic

During this live Q&A, you’ll have an opportunity to clarify questions and refine your knowledge of Screencast-O-Matic for increased confidence and independence in producing effective videos for your students. We can review any step along the way from planning to recording to editing to sharing.

Prior to the workshop please complete the tasks outlined here. Bring your Screencast-O-Matic questions to this live session!

Facilitated by Jen Garrett-Ostermiller, CTL Faculty Development Specialist

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Student Friendly and Interactive Syllabi

A syllabus is an important part of students’ first impression of you and your course. It outlines the semester’s major work, describes course goals, your policies, and some relevant university policies…but how many syllabi end up looking like long legalistic documents that students won’t read? This workshop introduces some simple principles for making syllabi student-centered.

Additionally, we’ll introduce the interactive syllabus, a way of presenting your syllabus through a simple survey. This creates opportunities for students to interact with you and the syllabus–and perhaps even contribute to the syllabus. We’ll explore several options, both thematically and technologically, for using an interactive syllabus, including starting from a template to reduce your workload.

Facilitated by Jen Garrett-Ostermiller and Susanmarie Harrington.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Blackboard Tools for Student Work (Part 2 of 3)

In this second of three short Blackboard workshops, we’ll show how to use the Assignment Tool (for students to upload their work) and how to grade assignments. According to participants’ interests, we’ll look at the Blog and Journal tools, the Rubric tool, and the Discussion Board (with a brief look at its alternative, Yellowdig).

Facilitated by Inés Berrizbeitia.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Classroom Technology Services: Classroom Orientation Session

The Classroom Technology Services (CTS) team is offering classroom orientation sessions in an open house format. Training will consist of operational functions of the system, using the control system, manipulating devices (both provided and personal), and using MS Teams for remote sessions. The CTS team will be available to assist with questions about classroom operations.

The sessions times:
10am-2pm
Wednesday 8/25 and Thursday 8/26
Lafayette 207, 210, and 211

Registration is not required.

Blackboard Introduction (Part 1 of 3)

In this first of three short Blackboard workshops, we’ll introduce its basic functions and show how to:

  • Post materials in an organized manner
  • Modify the Course Menu
  • Use some of the communication tools
  • View the course as a student
  • Set up student small groups
  • Find help and resources

Facilitated by Inés Berrizbeitia.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Inhale: Reflecting & Connecting as We Begin Another Pandemic Semester

As the fall semester starts, we all return to campus changed by the pandemic. Last spring, we held a session to exhale together and make sense of how the pandemic had changed us and our teaching. We heard themes of flexibility and compassion, for students and ourselves. With classes about to start, let’s come together and inhale, entering the semester with connection, peer support, and intentional reflection. How are you implementing lessons learned from the past year? What are you feeling as you think about engaging with your classes in-person? What approaches are you excited to try? What questions are percolating in this new phase of the pandemic? Come prepared to listen, share, reflect, and inhale with colleagues.

Facilitated by Susanmarie Harrington and Jen Garrett-Ostermiller.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

The Power of Transparent Assignment Design

This workshop presents an overview of Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (TILT), an award-winning, scholarly project focused on improving students’ learning experiences. Evidence from a national study shows that when faculty implement small changes to enhance transparency to the design of even just two assignments, there are statistically significant benefits for all students and even larger gains for first-generation students, low-income students, and students of color (Winkelmes et al., 2016).

In this workshop, we’ll share examples and a simple framework for transparent assignment design—Purpose, Task, Criteria. You’ll be able to start the groundwork to “TILT” two of your own assignments.

Facilitated by Jen Garrett-Ostermiller and Susanmarie Harrington.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Teams for Teaching in Fall 2021

Find out if Microsoft Teams, a software available to UVM faculty, staff, and students, can be a part of your remote teaching plan. In this REMOTE workshop, we will explore Team’s features WHILE you experience its video conference functionality. You will learn how to:

  • Create a Team for your class and add your students
  • Create “places” within your Team for project work and share documents
  • How to create a link to connect Team to your Bb course site.

Facilitated by Holly Buckland Parker.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Cancelled: Q&A: Screencasting with Screencast-O-Matic

During this live Q&A, you’ll have an opportunity to clarify questions and refine your knowledge of Screencast-O-Matic for increased confidence and independence in producing effective videos for your students. We can review any steps along the way from planning to recording to editing to sharing.

Prior to the workshop please complete the tasks outlined here. Bring your Screencast-O-Matic questions to this live session!

Facilitated by Jen Garrett-Ostermiller, CTL Faculty Development Specialist

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Cancelled: Perusall: a Social Reader and Annotation Tool

This workshop has been cancelled. Please see the same listing for August 27th.

Perusall is a collaborative annotation tool that integrates with Blackboard (meaning no separate login is needed). Perusall has been shown to increase pre-class reading significantly (greater than 90% of students consistently complete readings in classes using this tool). Students—in small groups up to 20—can collectively mark up readings with threaded questions and comments.

The software generates a “confusion report” for instructors, highlighting areas of the text that may warrant deeper in-class discussion, as well as an instructor-facing analytics report that enables grading of reading assignments. Perusall also has a feature that allows for collaborative annotation of instructor-created or publicly accessible videos.

Facilitated by Jen Garrett-Ostermiller, CTL Faculty Development Specialist.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the afternoon prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!

Tests and Quizzes: Creating, Giving, and Grading Them in Blackboard

In the first part of this workshop, we’ll show how to:

  • Set up a test
  • Create questions (and look at the types of questions available)
  • Deploy it so students can take it
  • View results and grade it

Attendees who aren’t interested in the next part are welcome to opt out. After covering the basics listed above, we’ll cover two more advanced processes. How to:

  • Import test questions from a Word file or from other tests
  • Build randomized question sets so Blackboard presents different versions of exams to students

The day before your workshop, if you have registered, you’ll be added to the event and should see it on your own Teams calendar.

Facilitated by Inés Berrizbeitia.