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.

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.

Fall 2017

Principles of Effective Course Design (Webinar)
Timothy Stubbs, CETL-eCampus
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm – via WebEx
(Previously titled “Adding Instructional Design to Your Toolbox”)

In this introductory webinar, we will provide an overview of instructional design, a systematic process for planning a course. Participants will begin to build a course design framework based on a course they teach or want to teach. Participants will also walk away with tools and resources to customize their course plan. This “hands-on,” interactive webinar will be limited to 12 participants and offered via WebEx

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Collaborative Presenting Unleashed: Prezi in the Classroom
Jamie Kleinman
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
9:00 – 11:00 am – HBL CLC
During this hands-on workshop, Jamie Kleinman, a member of the International Prezi Educators’ Society will guide participants through a number of sample Prezis and lead a discussion about the pros and cons of different features. Participants will create two Prezis during the session using templates and images that will be provided. They will receive technical assistance from Jamie and at the conclusion of the workshop, participants will come together and discuss ways they might consider integrating Prezi into their courses, for example by using it during their lectures or by having their students use Prezi to create work products.

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Learning Technology to Enhance Reading, Writing, Studying and Research: Read & Write – Cancelled
Amanda Lor, Center for Students with Disabilities
Monday, September 11, 2017
1:30 – 3:30 pm – Laurel Hall 302
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!

 

 

Google Earth: Strategies for Active Pedagogy In and Out of the Classroom
Ken Foote, Geography
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
1:30 – 3:30 pm – Laurel Hall 302
Google Earth offers remarkable worldwide imagery that can help students understand and apply important concepts drawn from many disciplines. This workshop offers examples how Google Earth can be used in class to promote learning, discussion and student learning, as well as for projects that stimulate student interest in course topics.

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Introduction to Hybrid/Blended Courses – Cancelled
David Des Armier and Betsy Guala, eCampus
Friday, September 15, 2017
1:30 – 3:30 pm – Laurel Hall 305
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.

 

 

Introduction to Flipped Courses- Rescheduled
Timothy Stubbs and David Morrow, eCampus
Friday, September 22, 2017     Friday, October 13, 2017
1:30 – 3:00 pm – Laurel Hall 302
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 flipping a course, explain how it will benefit you and your students, and identify specific pedagogical challenges. Also, we will highlight some of the tools, processes, and methods available for creating a flipped course. A more advanced workshop on flipped approaches will be available later in the semester.

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Flip, Blend, Flend: Alternative Instructional Approaches – CANCELLED
Jennifer Parker & Eileen Stuyniski, CETL-eCampus
Monday, October 2, 2017 
1:30 – 3:30 pm – Laurel Hall, 302
This authentic workshop on flipped, blended and flended instructional approaches begins with required participation in an online module via HuskyCT and then attendance at a face-to-face workshop. Flipped, blended and flended approaches will be defined and brought to life using real UConn courses/cases. Participants should come prepared with a course project to conceptually apply one of the instructional approaches. The challenges of each approach will be discussed and reflected upon, as they relate to each participant’s specific project. The workshop will conclude with an explanation of University resources (and beyond) applicable to flipped, blended and flended course development.

 

Principles of Effective Course Design
Jennifer Parker and Cathy Healy, CETL-eCampus
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
9:00  11:00 am – HBL CLC
In this introductory workshop, we will provide an overview of instructional design, a systematic process for planning a course. Participants will begin to build a course design framework based on a course they teach or want to teach. Participants will also walk away with tools and resources to customize their course plan.

Please bring a laptop or tablet

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Transnational Ethnic Studies in Action: Course Expansion with a Focus on New Teaching Technologies and Student-Centered and Collaborative Pedagogy – CANCELLED
Mark Overmyer-Velazquez
Thursday, October 5, 2017
9:00 – 11:00 am – HBL CLC
Course redesign. Support work to transform existing 1-credit seminar into a full, 3-credit general education course utilizing strategies to enhance student learning. Examination and implementation of innovative teaching practices including training in new teaching technologies that deepen student engagement and participation.

 

 

Principles of Effective Course Design (Webinar)
David Des Armier & Tim Stubbs, CETL-eCampus
Monday, October 9, 2017 
12:30 – 2:30 pm – via WebEx
In this introductory webinar, we will provide an overview of instructional design, a systematic process for planning a course. Participants will begin to build a course design framework based on a course they teach or want to teach. Participants will also walk away with tools and resources to customize their course plan. This “hands-on,” interactive webinar will be limited to 12 participants and offered via WebEx.

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Redesigning the Theory of Computation Course using Flipped classroom – Cancelled
Parasara Sridhar Duggirala
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
1:30 – 3:30 pm – Laurel Hall 305
I will discuss the challenges associated with the redesign, present some of the feedback from previous iterations, and some of the new steps I have taken to overcome the challenges. Suggestions and discussions are welcome.

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Classroom Response Systems: Technology Meets Pedagogy
Jamie Kleinman, Psychological Science
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
9:00 – 11:00 am – HBL CLC
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 the classroom 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. We will also explore other ways to use technology during class to encourage engagement including online polling software and cloud-base software like google docs and sheets.

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Is this open access journal any good?
Carolyn Mills, University Library
Thursday, October 19, 2017
9:30 – 11:00 am – HBL CLC
Some faculty struggle to identify good quality open access journals in which to publish or to serve as an editor or reviewer. Many new open access journals exist now – some are good quality, some are exploitive, and some are in-between. This workshop will include a brief discussion of faculty concerns about identifying journals. The majority of the session will be devoted to identifying and demonstrating indicator web-based tools which can help faculty to appraise a journal’s quality.

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Improving P1 Student Pharmacist Readiness for Introductory Community Pharmacy Practice Experience
Lisa Holle and Jill Fitzgerald, Pharmacy Practice
Friday, October 27, 2017
1:30 – 3:30 pm – Laurel Hall, 305
Implementation of a virtual dispensing program to achieve stronger student learning outcomes related to pharmacist’s patient care process.

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Developing and Facilitating Engaging Online Discussions
Betsy Guala and Cathy Healy, CETL-eCampus
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
9:30 – 11:00 am – HBL CLC
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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Writing Across Technology: Developing Instructors to Teach 21st Century Composition
Brenda Brueggemann and Lisa Blansett, English/First-Year Writing
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
1:30 – 3:30 pm – Laurel Hall 302
The First-Year Writing Program mini grant enhances the education of both graduate students in the English Department and the approximately 3300 first-year students who in enroll in one of the largest service courses at the University. To this end, we developed a new curriculum to train our graduate students in methods for multimodal composition. “Multimodality” in composition refers to working not just “on paper” but with visual, aural, and even spatial means to create texts. The compositions that first-year writers produce will always include traditional academic essays, but we are adding other commonly used media such as infographics and other forms of data visualization, podcasts, web content, and video productions. To bring the undergraduate FYW curriculum into the 21st century, we first have to bring our instructors there. The grant awarded for our Writing Across Technology (WAT) initiative helped defray the costs of sending two graduate students and a faculty member to the Digital Media and Composition institute, where they began researching and producing teaching materials for new instructors. We now have two faculty and three graduate students with the research background to strengthen pedagogy and the technical skills to train the incoming class of new instructors.

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Promoting Active Learning through Blended and Flipped Classroom Design in HDFS Graduate Education
Annamaria Csizmadia, HDFS
Thursday, November 30, 2017
9:30 – 11:00 am – HBL CLC
This project focuses on redesigning HDFS 5102: Early and Middle Child Development, which is a graduate course in HDFS open to Master’s, Ph.D. students, and select Honors students. The project integrates (1) key course components to produce significant learning (Fink, 2003), (2) face-to-face (FTF) meetings with online instruction in a blended design, and (3) a flipped classroom to promote self-directed, active learning, and higher-order cognitive skills (Brame, 2013). This design maximizes existing resources and innovates graduate education in HDFS.
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Introduction to Facilitation your Online Course
Betsy Guala and Eileen Stuynisky, eCampus
Thursday, December 7, 2017
9:00 – 11:00 am – HBL CLC
Are you looking for new 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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Exploring Flexible Learning  
Format:
Hybrid/Blended via HuskyCT
Duration:
Wednesday, November 1st to Tuesday, November 14th.
Required In-Person Meetings:

In-person meetings will be held in Laurel Hall 305 on the following dates

  • Friday, November 3rd 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Friday, November 10th 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

eCampus is excited to announce our next offering of the short course, “Exploring Flexible Learning.” The two-week hybrid/blended short course provides faculty an opportunity to experience the hybrid/blended course environment from a student’s perspective while working to create their own hybrid/blended or flipped course. Participants will engage in approximately 4-6 hours of asynchronous online activities per week and attend two required in-person sessions Friday, November 3rd 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm and Friday, November 10th 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in Laurel Hall 305.

Space in the course is limited and reserved for faculty committed to attending both workshops and completing all online activities. The course content and activities are designed for faculty who will be planning, developing, and teaching a hybrid/blended course in a subsequent semester

PLEASE NOTE:  Faculty will need a laptop to participate in the in-person workshop sessions.

For more information on EFL, go to http://ecampus.uconn.edu/EFL.html

Direct Link to EFL Registration : https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/certificates/class_details.php?serclass=16