Teaching Talks & Hands-On HuskyCT

Teaching Talks

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.

September schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, September 6       12:30 – 1:45                It’s never too early for feedback

We will share ideas for getting and giving feedback that you can start using right away, when you and your students still have plenty of time to act on it. Among the topics we will cover are:

– incorporating formative assessment

– in-class strategies

– creating electronic surveys using, for example, Google Forms, HuskyCT, and Qualtrics

– using response apps like Socrative and PollEverywhere (if you are not adopting iClickers)

– suggestions for Midterm feedback

Register here

 

Friday, September 8                1:30 – 2:45                  Creating a Positive Classroom Environment

We will discuss such topics as:

  • Maintaining a positive attitude
  • Making students feel welcome and showing you care
  • Encouraging student participation and active learning
  • Giving choices and engaging student passion
  • Sharing the instructor’s passion for the subject
  • Providing opportunities for active learning
  • Celebrating success and celebrating failure
  • Using humor to make and/or emphasize a point

Register here

 

Tuesday, September 12                    1:00 – 2:15                  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

Register here

 

Monday, September 18            1:00 – 2:15    Slow Learning for Deep Learning – Mindfulness Practices in the Classroom

Most instructors and students engage in a constant struggle against distraction. Simply banning electronic devices can create a false sense of focus, as students’ minds will continue wandering as they wonder about reactions to their latest Snap. Developing focus and increasing attention are only two of the many benefits of incorporating contemplative pedagogy into our classes. Mindfulness practices have been shown to help focus attention, suspend judgment, foster creativity, and enhance empathy and compassion. In this session, we will report on current research and share our own experiences and reflections on the use mindfulness practices.

Register here

 

Thursday, September 21                   1:30 – 2:45                  Public Speaking and Presentation Tips for Teachers

We will discuss topics such as:

  • Interrupting the lecture- small group discussion, large group discussion, questions- yours and theirs…
  • Effective use of PowerPoint slides
  • Speaking the students’, or audience’s language, and making the presentation fit the audience
  • Moving away from the board or the podium
  • Effective use of humor

Register here

 

Friday, September 22              10:00 – 11:15        It’s never too early for feedback (via WebEx)

We will share ideas for getting and giving feedback that you can start using right away, when you and your students still have plenty of time to act on it. Among the topics we will cover are:

– incorporating formative assessment

– in-class strategies

– creating electronic surveys using, for example, Google Forms, HuskyCT, and Qualtrics

– using response apps like Socrative and PollEverywhere (if you are not adopting iClickers)

– suggestions for Midterm feedback

Register here

 

Wednesday, September 27              2:00 – 3:15                  Less Listening, More Active Participation (via WebEx)

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • When do I need to lecture, and when may I allow students to learn on their own?
  • Overcoming obstacles to active learning
  • Opening the lecture to increase active learning
  • Strategies to activate the classroom
  • Making students part of the planning process
  • Active learning through projects, problem solving activities, experiments…
  • Giving choices
  • Specific things to consider for the beginner

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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.

 

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HANDS-ON HUSKYCT Workshops and other EdTech Workshops

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.

 

September Schedule is as follows:

9/1         9:30-11:00 pm– Kaltura and Collaborate (also available online)

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.

Register here

 

Fri., 9/1         1:00-2:00 am – iClicker Personal Response Systems (also available online)

The use of Classroom Response Systems or “clickers” is a proven way to engage students and let instructors know what students are thinking. This training will cover the following:

  • How to install/run the iClicker software
  • How to setup a Polling Session
  • How to run a Polling Session
  • How to link your Polling Sessions to HuskyCT
  • How to sync your roster and scores into HuskyCT
  • How to setup clicker Registration for your students in HuskyCT

Register here

 

9/5        1:00 – 2:00 pm– iClicker-Personal Response System (also available online)

The use of Classroom Response Systems or “clickers” is a proven way to engage students and let instructors know what students are thinking. This training will cover the following:

  • How to install/run the iClicker software
  • How to setup a Polling Session
  • How to run a Polling Session
  • How to link your Polling Sessions to HuskyCT
  • How to sync your roster and scores into HuskyCT
  • How to setup clicker Registration for your students in HuskyCT

Register here

 

 9/5           2:30-4:00 – Organizing Course Materials in HuskyCT (via WebEx)

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.

 

Register here

 

9/6       2:00 – 3:30 pm– Kaltura and Collaborate (also available online)

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.

Register here

 

9/7          10:30-12:00 – Assessments & Assignments in HuskyCT (Rowe 319)

HuskyCT provides a number of tools for assigning student work, collecting assignments such as papers and projects, and conducting other types of assessments such as tests and quizzes. This session will provide an overview of the tools available to instructors and how to use them, including the use and application of SafeAssign (a built-in plagiarism detection software) as it relates to pedagogy. (Please note: This session will cover the basics of using HuskyCT’s test/quizzing functions, but if you would like to learn about the details of that tool, you also may want to consider the “Developing and Building Test, Quizzes, and Exams in HuskyCT” workshop on August 15)

Register here

 

9/8        9:30 – 10:30 am– iClicker – Personal Response System (also available online)

The use of Classroom Response Systems or “clickers” is a proven way to engage students and let instructors know what students are thinking. This training will cover the following:

  • How to install/run the iClicker software
  • How to setup a Polling Session
  • How to run a Polling Session
  • How to link your Polling Sessions to HuskyCT
  • How to sync your roster and scores into HuskyCT
  • How to setup clicker Registration for your students in HuskyCT

Register here

 

9/11        10:30 – 12:00 pm– Kaltura and Collaborate (also available online)

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.

Register  here

 

9/13          1:30-3:00 – Developing and Building Test, Surveys, and Pools (Rowe 319)

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.

Register here

 

9/21          11:00-12:30 – 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

 

 

10/3        9:00 – 10:00 am– iClicker – Personal Response System (also available online)

The use of Classroom Response Systems or “clickers” is a proven way to engage students and let instructors know what students are thinking. This training will cover the following:

  • How to install/run the iClicker software
  • How to setup a Polling Session
  • How to run a Polling Session
  • How to link your Polling Sessions to HuskyCT
  • How to sync your roster and scores into HuskyCT
  • How to setup clicker Registration for your students in HuskyCT

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10/11       9:00 – 10:30 – Kaltura and Collaborate (also available online)

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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10/11         11:00-12:30 – Using Groups in HuskyCT (Rowe 319)

Instructors are able to create student groups in HuskyCT, and each group can have its own separate areas of the course with its own separate functions. This session will cover using online groups in HuskyCT, how to set them up and make best use of them, and some of the benefits and limitations of doing so.

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

Other EdTech: Contact Karen Skudlarek if you have questions or would like more information.