iClicker Cloud/Reef

In this workshop, we’ll demonstrate how teaching with iClickers 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 iClickers as well as teaching ideas (focusing specifically on “iClicker Cloud/Reef,” which can be used remotely).

Prior to attending the workshop, please watch this 11-minute video with ideas for incorporating clicker questions into the classroom.

Facilitated by Jen Garrett-Ostermiller, Holly Buckland Parker, and Laura Almstead.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation 1-2 days 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 Grade Center

The end of the semester is fast approaching and if you’re using the Blackboard Grade Center, this workshop will help you. The Grade Center is essentially a spreadsheet that can be customized to calculate your students’ weighted grades as they proceed through the course. However, beyond being just a spreadsheet, it’s connected to tools you’ve set up in your course for graded assignments and it has a private student-view called “My Grades.” Setting it up is not as hard as it may seem, and once you’ve set it up properly, it does a lot of the work for you. This workshop will show you how the various features work together, how to troubleshoot problems, and how you can test it to verify its accuracy.

Facilitated by Inés Berrizbeitia.

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.

iClicker Cloud/Reef

In this workshop, we’ll demonstrate how teaching with iClickers 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 iClickers as well as teaching ideas (focusing specifically on “iClicker Cloud/Reef,” which can be used remotely).

Prior to attending the workshop, please watch this 11-minute video with ideas for incorporating clicker questions into the classroom.

Facilitated by Jen Garrett-Ostermiller, Holly Buckland Parker, and Laura Almstead.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation 1-2 days 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!

Identifying and Supporting Students of Concern

This important presentation will discuss current mental health and behavioral trends and challenges in today’s college student population. We will identify best practices for faculty and/or staff in identifying, supporting, and referring students with behavioral and/or mental health concerns within and outside the classroom. Ethical and legal concerns in managing students at risk will be addressed, as well as how to effectively partner with and refer students to campus resources as part of a campus-wide and interdisciplinary approach to student success.

Presenters:

Joseph Russell, Assistant Dean of Students

John Paul Grogan, Public Health Outreach Dir, Center for Health & Wellbeing

Katie Tyler, Student Services Coordinator, CAS

Student Voices Panel Discussion: Building Classroom Connection During a Pandemic

10:30-11:30am – Watch a Recording of the Student Voices Panel Discussion: Building Classroom Connection During a Pandemic

How can faculty foster feelings of community and connection in courses, especially during the pandemic? How can faculty help students overcome feelings of isolation resulting from physical distancing, masking, and reduced opportunities for in-person connection with faculty and other students? How do these actions affect students’ experiences and learning in our courses?

A panel of current UVM undergraduate students (first years through seniors) will share their perspectives on learning across modalities this fall, with a particular focus on how their faculty have addressed needs for connection and inclusion. The panelists will reflect on ways trust and community have been built in classrooms thus far in the semester, what has been challenging or led to feelings of isolation or exclusion, and what faculty have done that has worked particularly well to foster learning. The panelists will share responses to some moderator-chosen questions and there will also be time for audience Q&A.

11:30-12:00pm – Conversations with Colleagues: Reflections on and Action Steps from the Student Panel

What did you learn from the student panelists? What ideas do you have to implement in your courses? What questions were raised that you’d like to think through with colleagues? Join CTL Staff and Faculty Associates for intimate discussions to share ideas and consider next steps to further engage your students with authentic connection and inclusion.

Student Voices Panel Discussion: Building Classroom Connection During a Pandemic

With apologies, this panel was accidentally listed, originally, from 1-2:30pm. It will be held 2-3:30pm.

2:00-3:00pm – Student Voices Panel Discussion: Building Classroom Connection During a Pandemic

How can faculty foster feelings of community and connection in courses, especially during the pandemic? How can faculty help students overcome feelings of isolation resulting from physical distancing, masking, and reduced opportunities for in-person connection with faculty and other students? How do these actions affect students’ experiences and learning in our courses?

A panel of current UVM undergraduate students (first years through seniors) will share their perspectives on learning across modalities this fall, with a particular focus on how their faculty have addressed needs for connection and inclusion. The panelists will reflect on ways trust and community have been built in classrooms thus far in the semester, what has been challenging or led to feelings of isolation or exclusion, and what faculty have done that has worked particularly well to foster learning. The panelists will share responses to some moderator-chosen questions and there will also be time for audience Q&A.

3:00-3:30pm – Conversations with Colleagues: Reflections on and Action Steps from the Student Panel

What did you learn from the student panelists? What ideas do you have to implement in your courses? What questions were raised that you’d like to think through with colleagues?

Facilitated by Jen Garrett-Ostermiller and Annie Murray-Close.

Writing Multiple Choice Questions

In these uncertain times, many faculty are seeking flexible assessment tools that minimize grading demands, can be used in both face-to-face and remote teaching contexts, and are familiar to students. Although multiple choice tests and quizzes offer a versatile and flexible option for assessment, many faculty and students believe that these tools assess test-taking skills rather than learning, are inherently “tricky,” and can only be used to measure basic knowledge. Yet evidence indicates that well-crafted questions can push students to use high-level thinking skills and foster gains in student learning.

In this session, Annie Murray-Close (Psychological Science) will discuss strategies for constructing good multiple choice questions and using multiple choice tests to promote student learning; the lessons from this session can be used in courses of all sizes that occur in face-to-face, hybrid, or online formats.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the day before 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!

Working with Undergraduate and Graduate TAs, Building Skills for the Present and Future

Undergraduate and Graduate TAs can be essential contributors to running successful courses. In this workshop we’ll discuss various roles that TAs can assume in a course, and help instructors reflect on how they might best utilize their UTAs/GTAs to achieve a meaningful experience for everyone.

The workshop will also gather faculty feedback on what types of professional development could be offered for UTAs/GTAs to help them become more effective TAs in particular courses.

Facilitated by Lizzy Pope, Kelly Hamshaw, and Sandy Wurthmann.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the day before 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.

Advanced Teams: Collaborative Docs, Polling, Channels, Pages, OneNote for Instructor Notes (Registration closed)

Pre-requisite- Teaching with Teams workshop or use of Teams for Teaching or running meetings.

This workshop will show the ways to use group documents in Team Channels for Collaborative Editing, how to run polls from Teams, how to create a Teams Page, as well as the use of OneNote for Instructor Notes and Student note-taking.

Facilitated by Holly Buckland Parker, CTL Faculty Professional Development Specialist

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the day 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!

For Faculty: Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom

October 1 – November 5, 2020
(Note: if you are a graduate student please see this event.)

Through real stories, reflection, and key research, learn how to create and sustain inclusive, student-centered learning environments. — The Center for Teaching Innovation, Cornell University

This is an invitation to faculty to join a new, 5-week learning community. Each member will participate in a Cornell University MOOC: Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom, an Online Course for Educators.

As we all participate in this 5-week online course, we will meet at the CTL three times to discuss what we are learning.

Register below to become part of this community. You will be contacted about meeting times.

For Grad Students: Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom

October 1-November 5, 2020
(Note: if you are a faculty member, please see this event.)

Through real stories, reflection, and key research, learn how to create and sustain inclusive, student-centered learning environments. — The Center for Teaching Innovation, Cornell University

This is an invitation to graduate students to join a new, 5-week learning community. Each member will participate in a Cornell University MOOC: Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom, an Online Course for Educators.

As we all participate in this 5-week online course, we will meet at the CTL three times to discuss what we are learning.

Register below to become part of this community. You will be contacted about meeting times.

“What would you do differently next time?” Harnessing the power of student reflections on their work

Students’ reflections on their work can enhance a sense of responsibility for their learning. They can also be a starting point for conversation and feedback about what is working and what could help further learning and performance in your course. In this workshop we’ll discuss these principles in the context of applications such as Exam Wrappers, Paper Wrappers, and other sources of students’ reflection and feedback.

This Sound Bites session will offer a quick opportunity to learn some new, concrete strategies to apply in your teaching. We will open with a 15-minute presentation, followed by a 15-minute follow-up conversation.

Facilitated by Allison Anacker.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation the day before 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 Grade Center (Registration Closed)

Though the Blackboard Grade Center can be daunting, learning a few key features will make your interactions with it easier and more productive.

This session prepares participants to:

  • Navigate the many aspects of the Grade Center.
  • Understand the two key features that make the Grade Center tick.
  • Create grade columns, both manually and auto-generated through Blackboard tools.
  • Use categories to organize your grading schema and calculate a final grade in a Weighted Total column.
  • Use Student Preview to see how the grades and feedback are viewed by students.

Before coming to the workshop, please do this brief homework.

The day before your workshop, you will receive communication from the CTL with information about how to join and participate in this event.

Facilitated by Hope Greenberg.

Flipgrid (Registration Closed)

Flipgrid, a video-based, asynchronous discussion tool, is available for free as part of UVM’s Microsoft Office 365 suite. Instructors set up prompts and parameters for student videos (including length limits of 15sec to 10min). Students respond to the prompts and to their classmates with their own original video recordings.

In this workshop, you’ll see a demonstration of Flipgrid’s functionality, learn how faculty set up Flipgrid, and try out participating in a Flipgrid discussion.

The goal of the workshop is to have participants experience Flipgrid while also considering effective ways to incorporate this flexible tool into classes to support student learning and engagement.

Prior to the workshop, please read about how to incorporate Flipgrid into your teaching.

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

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation 1-2 days 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 (Registration closed)

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

This session will be held in Teams and you’ll receive information the day before the event.

Facilitated by Holly Buckland Parker.

Advanced Teams (Registration Closed)

Prerequisite – Teaching with Teams workshop or use of Teams for Teaching or running meetings. We’ll cover collaborative document-editing, polls, pages, OneNote, etc.

This workshop will show the ways to use group documents in Team channels for collaborative editing, how to run polls from Teams, how to create a Teams page, as well as the use of OneNote for instructor notes and student note-taking.

Facilitated by Holly Buckland Parker, CTL Faculty Development Specialist.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation 1-2 days 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 with Teams (Registration Closed)

Microsoft Teams can be an engaging and community building component 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:

  • Use your pre-populated course “Team” for your class sessions
  • Create “channels” within your Team for project work and share documents
  • Create links on the Teams Calendar to class Team meetings
  • Learn how to download your course roster
  • Restrict presentation rights for class

The day before your workshop, you will receive communication from the CTL with information about how to join and participate in this event.

Facilitated by Holly Buckland Parker.

iClicker Cloud/Reef (Registration Closed)

In this workshop, we’ll demonstrate how teaching with iClickers 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 iClickers as well as teaching ideas (focusing specifically on “iClicker Cloud/Reef,” which can be used remotely).

Prior to attending the workshop, please watch this 11-minute video with ideas for incorporating clicker questions into the classroom.

Facilitated by Jen Garrett-Ostermiller, Holly Buckland Parker, and Laura Almstead.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation 1-2 days 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!

Screencasting with Screencast-O-Matic: Q&A

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.

This workshop is a repeat of a regularly offered program through CTL.

You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation 1-2 days 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 (Registration Closed)

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

This session will be held in Teams and you’ll receive information the day before the event.

Facilitated by Holly Buckland Parker.

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

In this workshop, we’ll cover how to set up a test, create and import questions, deploy it so students can take it, and finally, how to see results and grade the test. For those who are interested, the last optional segment will focus on the more advanced steps of using randomized question sets so Blackboard presents different versions of exams to students.

(Note: This workshop will not cover the Respondus Lockdown Browser or Monitor, but there will be a workshop on our calendar that focuses only on using those tools.)

The day before your workshop, you will receive communication from the CTL with information about how to join and participate in this event.

Facilitated by Inés Berrizbeitia.

Teaching with Teams (Registration Closed)

Microsoft Teams can be an engaging and community building component 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:

  • Use your pre-populated course “Team” for your class sessions
  • Create “channels” within your Team for project work and share documents
  • Create links on the Teams Calendar to class Team meetings
  • Learn how to download your course roster
  • Restrict presentation rights for class

The day before your workshop, you will receive communication from the CTL with information about how to join and participate in this event.

Facilitated by Holly Buckland Parker.

The Power of Transparent Assignment Design (Registration Closed)

The Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education project (TILT) is an award-winning, scholarly project focused on improving students’ learning experiences.

Faculty who have implemented TILT in their courses report “increases in students’ motivation in class, higher-level class discussions with sharper focus, more on-time completion of assignments, and fewer disputes about grades” (Winkelmes et al., 2016).

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 create a plan and, using the framework, complete the groundwork to “TILT” two of your own assignments.

Facilitated by Jen Garrett-Ostermiller and Susanmarie Harrington.


Reference:
Winkelmes, M., Bernacki, M., Butler, J., Zochowski, M., Golanics, J., & Weavil, K. H. (2016). A Teaching Intervention that Increases Underserved College Students’ Success. Peer Review, 18(1), 31-36. Retrieved from ProQuest.

Team Time (Registration Closed)

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

This session will be held in Teams and you’ll receive information the day before the event.

All Sessions:
September 1 @ 11am-12pm
September 2 @ 1-2pm
September 3 @ 11am-12pm
September 4 @ 9:30-10:30am
September 8 @ 10:30-11:30am
September 9 @ 3-4pm

Team Time (Registration Closed)

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

This session will be held in Teams and you’ll receive information the day before the event.

All Sessions:
September 1 @ 11am-12pm
September 2 @ 1-2pm
September 3 @ 11am-12pm
September 4 @ 9:30-10:30am
September 8 @ 10:30-11:30am
September 9 @ 3-4pm

Team Time

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

This session will be held in Teams and you’ll receive information the day before the event.

All Sessions:
September 1 @ 11am-12pm
September 2 @ 1-2pm
September 3 @ 11am-12pm
September 4 @ 9:30-10:30am
September 8 @ 10:30-11:30am
September 9 @ 3-4pm

Teams for Teaching

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.

Prior to the workshop please complete the tasks outlined here.

Facilitated by Holly Buckland Parker.

Team Time (Registration Closed)

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

This session will be held in Teams and you’ll receive information the day before the event.

All Sessions:
September 1 @ 11am-12pm
September 2 @ 1-2pm
September 3 @ 11am-12pm
September 4 @ 9:30-10:30am
September 8 @ 10:30-11:30am
September 9 @ 3-4pm