Seminars

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will be offering teaching seminars and presentations on topics to enhance teaching and learning. The seminars provide an opportunity to gather with colleagues to listen, discuss, comment, interact, and reflect on a number of topics. They are organized on a first-come, first-serve basis.

A boxed lunch will be provided, where specified.  If you have special dietary needs (vegetarian, gluten free, or both) please e-mail Stacey Valliere.  Requests made less than 7 days in advance of the seminar cannot be honored.

If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations, please contact Stacey Valliere at stacey.valliere@uconn.edu

The seminars are available to faculty, graduate students, and professional staff. Reservations are required and are accepted on a first-come-first serve basis. If you have signed up and are not able to attend, your colleagues would appreciate it if you unregistered, as we often have others who would like to register. Feedback from you is also important. It will help us focus as well as plan a more diverse program.

Spring 2017

Strategies to Work on Your English all Semester
Cynthia DeRoma, CETL – Faculty Development Programs
Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: 11:15 – 1:10 – ROWE 318 – Boxed Lunch Served
Eating a salad here and there or going to the gym once a year is not likely to give you the healthy body you might be looking for. Improving language skills is just like trying to get in shape: it takes a long-term, constant commitment. In this workshop, we will discuss ongoing strategies to work on your English that can be incorporated into your busy schedule or leisure time.

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Facilitating Challenging Conversations in the Classroom – Jane Fried
Jane Fried
Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 – HBL Collaborative Classroom – NO LUNCH
Join us for a special teaching seminar featuring Dr. Jane Fried to discuss facilitation strategies for the classroom based in theory and practice.

Jane Fried is Professor Emerita in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University where she directed the master’s degree program in student development for almost two decades. Her scholarship addresses multiculturalism, student development and brain-based learning. Dr. Fried is an experienced trainer, group facilitator and diversity educator.

Space is limited.

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Make it Look Good: Staples of Effective Slideshows and Multimedia for Educational Presentations
Stephen Stifano, Ph.D., Communication
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 – HBL Collaborative Classroom – NO LUNCH
The amount of work it takes to assemble effective educational content can be staggering.  After all that work is done, who cares about your powerpoint?  Everyone.  In this workshop, we’ll discuss the role of multimedia and slideshows in enhancing student learning, the pitfalls of bad presentation media, and  the principles of design and narrative that can take your content to the next level.  In a world full of short attention spans and competing multimedia devices, what you do with your presentation media matters.  This workshop will help you use slides and multimedia to better connect with your audience and reinforce your content.

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Overview of American English Pronunciation for International Faculty & TAs
Cynthia DeRoma, CETL – Faculty Development Programs
Friday, February 3, 2017
Time: 11:15 – 1:10 – ROWE 318 – Boxed Lunch Served
Do you sometimes feel like you need some help with your English pronunciation, but don’t know where to start?
It is not unusual for some students to negatively evaluate courses when they have trouble understanding  the instructor’s pronunciation, regardless of the actual quality of the teaching itself. In addition, differences in intonation can cause a speaker to sound boring or not interested in his or her subject matter. In this session, we will go over some common pronunciation issues involving individual sounds, stress, and intonation, to help international faculty and TAs identify areas of their spoken English that could be improved for clarity. We will also go over resources offered by CETL specifically targeted towards international instructors.

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Teaching International Students and Multicultural Awareness
Cynthia DeRoma, CETL – Faculty Development Programs
Friday, February 10, 2017
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 – Oak Hall, 117 – NO LUNCH
We will start this session by reflecting on how culture affects many aspects we take for granted in most university courses, including power relations, the role of the individual, time, and much more. We will then add the additional hurdle of negotiating all that in a different language. As we discuss how to take advantage of a linguistically and culturally diverse campus, participants will have a chance to share their experiences and learn more about:

– international students’ challenges and successes;

– what we can do to support non-native English speakers in our classes without lowering standards;

– additional resources inside and outside UConn.

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Building UConn’s Open Course Ware Repository
Kathleen Labadorf & Michael Rodriguez, University Library
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time: 11:15 – 1:10 – ROWE 318 – Boxed Lunch Served
Have you created amazing syllabi and other learning materials that you would like to share with the world? Join us today to help shape the newest Digital Repository @ UCONN. All items will be Open to the world for viewing. We’ll go over Creative Commons license options, creation, and how to add them to your work now. You choose how much freedom you will allow to users of your work and always keep your copyright.
Please bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone for some hands-on.

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Approaches and techniques for assessments in undergraduate courses
Michael Finiguerra, AVPT  CLAS
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 – HBL Collaborative Classroom – NO LUNCH
This seminar will cover assessment and evaluation at the undergraduate level, including formative, summative and alternative methods. Focus will be placed on novel approaches for use in large and small class sizes. Tips on how to design assessments and stories from ‘the field’ will show you how to emphasize critical thinking and not rote memorization. This will be an active participation lecture.

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Clicking with Prezi
Jamie Kleinman, AVPT – Psychological Sciences
Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 11:15 – 1:10 – ROWE 318 – Boxed Lunch Served
Classroom Response Systems, or clickers as they are commonly known, have been engaging students in classrooms for years. This session will introduce you to this polling technology and how it is used in collaboration with Prezi to engage and provide a voice to every student. This is a great opportunity to learn what clickers can do and see if they would work for you.

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Facilitating Challenging Conversations in the Classroom – Jane Fried
Jane Fried
Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 – Oak Hall, 117 – NO LUNCH
Join us for a special teaching seminar featuring Dr. Jane Fried to discuss facilitation strategies for the classroom based in theory and practice.

Jane Fried is Professor Emerita in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University where she directed the master’s degree program in student development for almost two decades. Her scholarship addresses multiculturalism, student development and brain-based learning. Dr. Fried is an experienced trainer, group facilitator and diversity educator.

Space is limited.

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Principles of Effective Course Design
David Des Armier and Timothy Stubbs, CETL – eCampus
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time: 11:15 – 1:10 – ROWE 318 – Boxed Lunch Served
In this introductory seminar, we will provide an overview of instructional design, a systematic process for planning a course. You will begin to build a course design framework and walk away with tools and resources to customize your course plan.

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Introduction Hybrid/Blended Courses
Jennifer Parker & Eileen Stuyniski, CETL-eCampus
Monday, March 6, 2017
Time: 11:15 – 1:10 – ROWE 318 – Boxed Lunch Served
Interested in learning more about hybrid/blended courses? This seminar will provide an introduction to hybrid/blended course design. We will describe the reasons for wanting to create a hybrid/blended course, explain how this course delivery approach will benefit you and your students, and identify specific pedagogical challenges. Also, we will highlight some of the various tools, processes, and methods available for creating a hybrid/blended course. This seminar is informational, however, a more advanced hybrid/blended seminar/workshop will be available later in the spring semester.

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Approaches and techniques for assessments in undergraduate courses
Michael Finiguerra, AVPT  CLAS
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 – HBL Collaborative Classroom – NO LUNCH
This seminar will cover assessment and evaluation at the undergraduate level, including formative, summative and alternative methods. Focus will be placed on novel approaches for use in large and small class sizes. Tips on how to design assessments and stories from ‘the field’ will show you how to emphasize critical thinking and not rote memorization. This will be an active participation lecture.

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Critical Service Learning through Interviewing and Video Advocacy
Mark Kohan, Susan Payne and Students from EDCI 2100, Curriculum & Instruction (EDCI)
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: 11:15 – 1:10 – ROWE 318 – Boxed Lunch Served
This workshop invites participants into the pedagogical moves made with a critical service learning course: Power, Privilege, and Public Education. The course aims to both protect and promote public education and its possibilities in an increasingly privatized world. It does so by providing a mechanism for students and school partners to story their lives, amplify the nature and needs of their work, and advocate for change through film to address educational inequity.

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Teaching International Students and Multicultural Awareness
Cynthia DeRoma, CETL – Faculty Development Programs
Friday, March 10, 2017
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 – HBL Collaborative Learning Classroom – NO LUNCH
We will start this session by reflecting on how culture affects many aspects we take for granted in most university courses, including power relations, the role of the individual, time, and much more. We will then add the additional hurdle of negotiating all that in a different language. As we discuss how to take advantage of a linguistically and culturally diverse campus, participants will have a chance to share their experiences and learn more about:

– international students’ challenges and successes;

– what we can do to support non-native English speakers in our classes without lowering standards;

– additional resources inside and outside UConn.

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Learning Technology to Enhance Reading, Writing, Studying and Research: Read & Write
Ryan Rood, Center for Students with Disabilities
Monday, March 20, 2017
Time: 11:15 – 1:10 – ROWE 318 – Boxed Lunch Served
The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) provides students with disabilities access to explore learning and assistive technologies to aid in the learning process as they pursue their programs of study. CSD’s goal is to increase student engagement in and out of the classroom by providing them with tools to actively participate in a dynamic learning community. The focus of these technologies is to enhance students overall success and independence with studying and learning. One software, Read & Write, in particular has become very popular among our student population. Read & Write is a customizable toolbar that integrates reading, writing, studying, and research support tools! This tool can also assist in creating documents that are accessible for students using screen readers. In this seminar, we will discuss, demonstrate, and encourage faculty to try out Read & Write on their personal laptops!

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Make it Look Good: Staples of Effective Slideshows and Multimedia for Educational Presentations (Rescheduled from Jan. 31st)
Stephen Stifano, Ph.D., Communication
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 – HBL Collaborative Classroom – NO LUNCH
The amount of work it takes to assemble effective educational content can be staggering.  After all that work is done, who cares about your powerpoint?  Everyone.  In this workshop, we’ll discuss the role of multimedia and slideshows in enhancing student learning, the pitfalls of bad presentation media, and  the principles of design and narrative that can take your content to the next level.  In a world full of short attention spans and competing multimedia devices, what you do with your presentation media matters.  This workshop will help you use slides and multimedia to better connect with your audience and reinforce your content.

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Introduction to Flipped Courses
David Des Armier and Jennifer Parker, CETL – eCampus
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 11:15 – 1:10 – ROWE 318 – Boxed Lunch Served
Want to learn more about flipped classroom approaches? This seminar will provide an introduction to designing a flipped course. We will describe the reasons for wanting to flip a course, explain how this course delivery approach will benefit you and your students, and identify specific pedagogical challenges. Also, we will highlight some of the various tools, processes, and methods available for creating a flipped course. This seminar is informational, however, a more advanced flipped seminar/workshop will be available later in the spring semester.

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Reaching All Learners – Apple Tools for Special Needs
Dave Marra, Apple Senior Systems Engineer
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 – Laurel Hall 305 –

Discover new ways Apple is making exciting technology available to all learners as part of its ongoing commitment to accessibility. For over 30 years, the Mac has shipped with dozens of accessibility features built in, at no additional cost, allowing it to be used right out of the box by people with disabilities. Now, with the innovative new iPad, Apple continues to set the standard by taking accessibility and learning to a whole new level.

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Information Literacy in the Age of Alt-Facts and Fake News
Lisa Blansett, English, and Donovan Reinwald, Library
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 – HBL Collaborative Classroom – NO LUNCH
While students who take First-Year Writing classes receive basic Information Literacy training, the needed skills evolve as they enter their majors and confront more complex real-world problems. How will you help your students make good choices in sources and guide them toward more critical reading when even the substance of fact is challenged and competing truths are purveyed? We will workshop classroom activities and assignments with participants so that you may take custom-tailored work to share with your students.

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Facilitating Your Online Course
David Morrow and Betsy Guala, CETL – eCampus
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 – HBL Collaborative Classroom – NO LUNCH
This seminar offers ideas to help improve the facilitation of an online course. Join your colleagues to discuss the many roles and best practices of an online facilitator. Whether you have taught online before or are completely new to online teaching, you will walk away with practical tools and ideas for improving the implementation of your online course.

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Learning and Assistive Technologies – CANCELLED
Alyssa Marinaccio, Center for Students with Disabilities
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 11:15 – 1:10 – ROWE 318 – Boxed Lunch Served
The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) provides students with disabilities access to explore learning and assistive technologies to aid in the learning process as they pursue their programs of study. CSD’s goal is to increase student engagement in and out of the classroom by providing them with tools to actively participate in a dynamic learning community. The focus of these technologies is to enhance students overall success and independence with studying and learning. In this seminar, we will discuss, demonstrate, and encourage faculty to try out some of the popular learning and assistive technologies students are using around campus.

 

 

Intercultural Communication
Cynthia DeRoma, CETL – Faculty Development Programs
Friday, March 31, 2017
Time: 11:15 – 1:10 – ROWE 318 – Boxed Lunch Served
As the UConn family grows more and more diverse, students and instructors need an increasing capacity to function in a culturally mixed group. This session will address how we can develop and foster an awareness of culture that goes beyond stereotyping ourselves and others in order to create more efficient relationships in the classroom and workplace.

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Intergroup Dialogue: An Introduction to Teaching and Learning Across Differences
Milagros Castillo-Montoya, Danielle DeRosa, Justin Evanovich, Jennifer McGarry & Charmane Thurmand, Educational Leadership
Friday, March 31, 2017
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 – Oak Hall, 117 – NO LUNCH
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce audience to the four stages of intergroup dialogue to promote social group identity development, understanding of social inequality, and enhance intergroup relations. We will provide audience with a simulated intergroup dialogue experience and share assignments that can be used in academic courses to cultivate intergroup learning.

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Facilitating Your Online Course (Repeat)
David Morrow and Betsy Guala, CETL – eCampus
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 – HBL Collaborative Classroom – NO LUNCH
This seminar offers ideas to help improve the facilitation of an online course. Join your colleagues to discuss the many roles and best practices of an online facilitator. Whether you have taught online before or are completely new to online teaching, you will walk away with practical tools and ideas for improving the implementation of your online course.

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Developing and Facilitating Engaging Online Discussions
Eileen Stuyniski and Timothy Stubbs, CETL – eCampus
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Time: 11:15 – 1:10 – ROWE 318 – Boxed Lunch Served
Online discussions are used to build dynamic learning communities, to synthesize key concepts and to promote critical thinking skills. Join us as we discuss tips for writing engaging prompts and successfully facilitating discussion forums. We will be sharing examples from a number of different disciplines.

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Teaching Your Online Course
David Morrow and Betsy Guala, CETL – eCampus
Friday, April 21, 2017
Time: 11:15 – 1:10 – ROWE 318 – Boxed Lunch Served
Are you looking for ideas to help improve the facilitation of your online course?
Join your colleagues to discuss the many roles and best practices of an online facilitator. Whether you have taught online before or are completely new to online teaching, you will walk away with practical tools and ideas for improving the implementation of your online course.

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