Teaching Talks & Hands-On HuskyCT

Participate in a series of informal teaching talks during 2017 the spring semester

You are invited to participate in a series of informal teaching talks throughout 2017.  These are opportunities for participants to comfortably share teaching concerns and discuss techniques and strategies with colleagues, experts, and CETL staff.  All sessions will take place in Rowe 319.  All UConn instructors —graduate students, TAs, and APIRs, as well as adjunct, tenure-track and tenured faculty—are encouraged to attend.

The May schedule is as follows:

Monday, May 8            1:30 – 2:45              Writing (or revising) a Teaching Philosophy

At this session, participants will discuss the concept of the teaching philosophy—its attributes, value, and uses—as they begin to envision writing or revising a teaching philosophy of their own.  To prepare for this session, participants are encouraged to reflect on their own teaching by trying one of these brainstorming exercises (optional):
—Draft a letter to someone outside academia on the joys and challenges of teaching
—List the qualities of an effective teacher
—Free write about a memorable experience in the classroom or in the field
—Outline a dream course

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Thursday, May 11        1:30 – 2:45        Strategies for Increasing Student Motivation

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
  • The role of choice in motivation
  • Engaging student passion as a means of motivation
  • The importance of the teacher/student relationship in motivating students
  • Challenge and reward
  • The reluctant learner

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Tuesday, May 16                1:30 – 2:45              Mixing It Up:  Adding Variety to Your Classroom Instruction

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • Tips for breaking up a lecture
  • Questioning techniques (for review, critical thinking, etc.)
  • Using small group discussion to transition to whole group learning experiences
  • Brief activities to reinforce learning objectives
  • Student presentations
  • Videos, stories, & role play

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Wednesday, May 17   11:00 – 12:15              Teaching with Google Docs and Other Online Collaboration Tools

There are many ways in which students can participate in a course and collaborate with one another outside usual in-class face-to-face interactions. In this talk, we will share our use of different forms of online collaboration tools like Google Apps (Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Forms), Prezi, or VoiceThread. We will also explore how to make the most of HuskyCT tools like groups and the discussion board. Whether you are teaching online or face-to-face, these options can add variety to your course and give voice to students who might be reluctant to speak out in class.

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Thursday, May 18       1:30 – 2:45       Assembling a Teaching Portfolio

This talk is designed for instructors at all levels, including those who are interested in documenting their teaching for PTR purposes.

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • Reasons to document your teaching
  • The purpose & uses of a teaching portfolio
  • Tips & general guidelines
  • Portfolio components
  • Teaching Enhancement Plans

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Tuesday, May 23         1:30 – 2:45      Quick Hits: Successful Strategies by Award Winning Teachers

This talk is designed for instructors who are in the early stages of their teaching careers.  All are welcome to attend.

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • The first day of class
  • Grading & feedback
  • Communication skills
  • Taking advantage of available resources
  • Asking effective questions
  • Helping students make effective use of study time

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Attend all the sessions or choose only those covering the topics that most interest you. 

Contact Suzanne LaFleur if you have questions or would like more information.

 

HANDS-ON HUSKYCT Workshop

Is your HuskyCT Grade Center ready for midterm and final grade calculations? Do you have questions about using HuskyCT tools in your course? Join us for hands on guidance with HuskyCT, including Grade Center. Workshops take place in Rowe 319 except via Webex dates.

Please bring your laptop.

May schedule is as follows:

Tues,  5/2    2-3 pm – Grade Center Basics

The Grade Center in HuskyCT can be one of the most useful and time-saving features of the learning management system, but its many options and settings can cause confusion. This session will cover the basic functions of the Grade Center and break down its settings to help you make use of it in your teaching for both recording and calculating grades.

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Wed., 5/3               1-2 pmUsing Test, Surveys, and Pools

The Test, Surveys, and Pools tool allows instructors to create and administer assessments directly through HuskyCT, using a variety of question types including multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions, among many others. These assessments can be loaded into the system ahead of time, set up for a specific date and time, and many can be graded automatically. This session will cover the basics of using this tool, and we will review important settings, best practices, and discuss various assessment scenarios.

 

Friday, 5/5            noon – 1 pmGrade Center Preparation for Finals – Via WebEx

In this session, you will learn to ensure your Grade Center is set up to accurately record and calculate student grades within HuskyCT. We will cover specific settings and features including total points calculations, weighted percentage calculations, categorizing graded items, including/excluding graded items, incorporating tests/exams, assignments, discussions, as well as many other types of assessments and grades in your course.

 

Mon., 5/8               10-11 amChecking your Grade Center for Grade Calculation

In this session we will take a close look at participants’ Grade Center settings to make sure student grades are calculating correctly. We will review your grading policies and schema from your syllabus alongside HuskyCT as you prepare to submit final grades.

 

Tues., 5/9              12-1 pmChecking your Grade Center for Grade Calculation

In this session we will take a close look at participants’ Grade Center settings to make sure student grades are calculating correctly. We will review your grading policies and schema from your syllabus alongside HuskyCT as you prepare to submit final grades.

 

Tues., 5/16            3:30 – 4:30 pm – Exploring HuskyCT for Future Courses

This session will provide a general overview of a range of learning delivery tools available within HuskyCT. These include frequently used tools such as announcements, assignments, test/surveys/pools, and discussions, but we will also cover less frequently used but still very useful options such as Kaltura, journals, blogs, wikis, adaptive release, and others.

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Wed.,  5/17            1-2 pm – Kaltura & Collaborate

Kaltura is an application built right into HuskyCT that allows instructors and students to record their own video and audio, such as screencasts and/or webcam recordings, and add them directly to their courses. Collaborate is a web-conferencing platform (similar to Skype or WebEx) built into HuskyCT and available to every instructor, allowing for remote/virtual live interaction with students. This session will cover the basics of each platform and how they can be used in your course through HuskyCT.

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Thurs., 5/18          11-12 – Preparing to Teach w/ Online Tools – via WebEx

This session will cover both basic and in-depth uses of HuskyCT as an online platform for teaching and learning. We will cover topics such as how to communicate with students using HuskyCT, how to foster collaboration, and how to administer quizzes, exams, and assignments. This session is intended for instructors unfamiliar with online teaching, but anyone interested in learning more is welcome.

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Tues., 5/23            11-12 – Developing and Building Test, Quizzes, and Exams in HuskyCT

Many instructors administer online assessments through HuskyCT, and this session will cover the variety of settings that ensure a smooth experience for both you and your students. This session will cover creating questions outside of HuskyCT and uploading them into the system, as well as the range of available submission and feedback settings.

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Tues., 5/23            2-3 pm – Grade Center Basics – via WebEx

The Grade Center in HuskyCT can be one of the most useful and time-saving features of the learning management system, but its many options and settings can cause confusion. This session will cover the basic functions of the Grade Center and break down its settings to help you make use of it in your teaching for both recording and calculating grades.

Register here

 

Wed., 5/24            2:30-3:30 pm – Organizing Course Materials in HuskyCT

This session will cover options for presenting and arranging materials in your HuskyCT course in ways that minimize confusion for students. We will discuss various options for adding content, such as the difference between sorting materials into folders or learning modules, as well as controlling the visibility of content to students. We will also cover options for adding multimedia elements to your course, such as audio and video, among the variety of other content options available in the system.

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Tues., 5/30            1:30-2:30 pm – SafeAssign and Plagiarism

SafeAssign is a plagiarism detection software built right into HuskyCT and available to all instructors. This session will cover the application and use of SafeAssign as it relates to pedagogy, and will give you practical knowledge on setting up SafeAssignments and using SafeAssign reports in your evaluation of student work.

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Wed., May 31        2:30-3:30 pm – Fostering Collaboration Online Using HuskyCT

HuskyCT offers a number ways to incorporate online student collaborations such as discussion boards and group work, as well as increasingly popular methods that make use of live and recorded video and audio. This session will cover the tools available to instructors and students within HuskyCT and discuss various uses and best practices.

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Contact Daniel Facchinetti if you have questions or would like more information.