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.

June schedule as follows:

Thursday, June 8             1:30 – 2:45              Teaching Creatively

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • Tools to enhance creativity, such as SCAMPER, Synectics, Brainstorming, and others
  • The role of choice in motivating students to be more creative and productive
  • Presenting products creatively
  • Encouraging reluctant students to be more creative
  • Assessment techniques that encourage creative problem solving

Register here

 

Wednesday, June 14       12:30 – 1:45            Being Present in the Classroom

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • How to maximize both your students’ focus and your own to maximize learning
  • Flexibility in the classroom
  • Embracing silence
  • Reducing multi-tasking

Register here

 

Thursday, June 22           1:30 – 2:45              First Impressions and the First Day of Class

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • Strategies for the first day of class
  • Reaching out to students before classes begin
  • Setting expectations
  • The importance of first impressions

Register here

 

Thursday, June 22           3:00 – 4:15  “Specifications Grading: Maximizing Student Learning and Motivation while Saving Faculty Time”

At this session, participants will discuss

  • What specifications-based grading is
  • How specifications-based grading holds students to a higher standard and ties assessments and grades to student learning outcomes
  • How specifications-based grading can save faculty time by removing the focus on justifying partial credit
  • How to convert a current course to one that utilizes specifications-based grading

Register here

 

Friday, June 23                 11:00 – 12:15    Designing Your Syllabus

At this session, participants will discuss issues like

  • Course-design concerns
  • Syllabus requirements
  • Policy statements (what to include and why)
  • How students use a syllabus
  • Using the syllabus to engage students

If possible, bring a draft syllabus to work on during this session.

Register here

 

Friday, June 23                 1:00 – 2:15              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

Register here

 

Tuesday, June 27             11:00 – 12:15    Less Listening, More Active Participation

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
  • Integrating dynamic learning exercises into a lecture
  • Strategies to energize the classroom
  • Active learning through projects, problem solving activities, experiments…
  • Specific things to consider for the beginner

Register here

 

Wednesday, June 28        11:00 – 12:15         Multimodal Feedback Options

Are you spending a lot of your time giving feedback that your students don’t read? Are you worried your students don’t really use the feedback you give them in class? In this Teaching Talk we will talk about ways to give and receive feedback in different modalities, including audio, video, images, graphs, and several forms of writing (from margin annotations to HuskyCT forums to Google Docs). We will consider face-to-face, blended, and online environments.

Register here

 

July schedule as follows:

Wednesday, July 12     1:30 – 2:45   –    Making Learning Easier

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • Motivating students to read and prepare for class
  • Teaching students to think and write in your particular discipline
  • Using visuals and technology effectively
  • Accommodating different learning styles
  • Using class time to emphasize learning/study skills

Register here

 

Tuesday, July 18           1:30 – 2:45   –                Leading Effective Discussions

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • How to maximize student participation
  • Reluctant speakers
  • Questions that lead to good instructions
  • Questions that do NOT lead to good discussions
  • Using student questions as a springboard to effective discussions

Register here

 

Thursday, July 20         11:00 – 12:15    –    Feedback and Assessment

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • Formative and summative assessment
  • Criterion referenced (individual performance) vs. proportionate grading (the curve)
  • Simple everyday assessment strategies
  • Fairness in assessment
  • Alternatives to exams, tests, and quizzes
  • Classroom participation, homework, extra credit

Register here

 

Wednesday, July 26     1:30 – 2:45    –    Creating a Positive Classroom Atmosphere

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • Creating a welcoming environment for all students
  • Maximizing opportunities for active learning
  • Making learning relevant to students’ lives and experiences
  • Providing clear expectations & boundaries
  • Building the classroom community
  • Collaborative planning

Register here

 

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.

 

June schedule is as follows:

Tues., 6/13             11:00-12:00 pm – Exploring HuskyCT for Future Courses (via WebEx)

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.

Register here

 

Wed., 6/14             2-3:30 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.

Register here

 

Wed., 6/21             12:30-2:00 pm – Using Groups in HuskyCT

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.

Register here

 

Thurs., 6/22          11:00-12:00 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.
Held in Laurel Hall, 309

Register here

 

Tues., 6/27             1:30-3:00 pm – 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.

Register here

 

Wed., 6/28             1:30-2:30 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

 

July schedule is as follows:

Tues., 7/11              11:00-12:30pm – Exploring HuskyCT for Future Courses (via WebEx)

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.

Register here

 

Wed., 7/12              11:00-12:30 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.

Register here

 

Wed.,  7/19             11:00-12:30 pm – Using Groups in HuskyCT (via WebEx)

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.

Register here

Thurs.,  7/20         2:00-3:30 pm – 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

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