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.

July schedule as follows:

Monday, July 10        2:00 – 3:15                  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

 

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

 

Monday, July 24        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.

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.

 

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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.

 

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., 7/19              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

 

Fri.,  7/28         10:00-12:00 pm – Kaltura and 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

 

August schedule is as follows:

 

Wed., 8/2            2:30-4:00 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.

Register here

 

Thurs.,  8/3        11:00-12:30 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

 

Tues., 8/8           11:00-12:30pm  – Assessments & Assignments in HuskyCT

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

 

Tues., 8/15         1:30-3:00 pm – Developing and Building Test, Surveys, and Pools (via WebEx)

 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., 8/16         11:00 – 12:30 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.

Register here

 

Wed., 8/16         3:00-4:00 pm – Using Rubrics in HuskyCT

The Rubrics tool in HuskyCT allows instructors to create, edit, and use rubrics for grading in a number of different areas in courses, and for a number of different uses. Rubrics are highly customizable and can be adapted to many pedagogical purposes. For those who use rubrics, this tool can be very beneficial to both students and instructors. This session will cover how to create, deploy, and use rubrics, as well as what students see when rubrics are used in a course.

Register here

 

Thurs., 8/17      11:00-12:30 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

 

Thurs., 8/17      2:00-3:00 pm – Using Rubrics in HuskyCT (via WebEx)

The Rubrics tool in HuskyCT allows instructors to create, edit, and use rubrics for grading in a number of different areas in courses, and for a number of different uses. Rubrics are highly customizable and can be adapted to many pedagogical purposes. For those who use rubrics, this tool can be very beneficial to both students and instructors. This session will cover how to create, deploy, and use rubrics, as well as what students see when rubrics are used in a course.

Register here

 

Wed., 8/23        1:00-2:30 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.

Register here

 

Wed., 8/23        3:30-4:30 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

 

Thurs., 8/31     11:00-12:30 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

 

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

 

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EdTech Training

Friday, August 4                10:00-11:30         Kaltura & Collaborate – Register here

Tuesday, August 8           10:00-11:00         iClicker – Personal Response Systems – Register here

Wednesday, August 9    9:30-11:00           Kaltura & Collaborate – Register here

Thursday August 10        1:00-2:30              Kaltura & Collaborate (online using Collaborate) – Register here

Monday, August 14         2:00-3:00              iClicker – Personal Response Systems – Register here

Tuesday, August 15         1:30-3:00              Kaltura & Collaborate – Register here

Wednesday, August 16 9:30-10:30           iClicker – Personal Response Systems (online using WebEx) – Register here

Friday, August 18             10:00-11:30         Kaltura & Collaborate (online using Collaborate) – Register here

Monday, August 21         1:00-2:00              iClicker – Personal Response Systems – Register here

Wednesday, August 23 10:00-11:00         iClicker – Personal Response System (online using WebEx) – Register here

Friday, August 25             9:30-11:00           Kaltura & Collaborate – Register here

Monday, August 28         10:30-11:30         iClicker – Personal Response System – Register here

Friday September 1        9:30-11:00           Kaltura & Collaborate – Register here

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.

iClicker – Personal Response System

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

For questions, please contact EdTech@uconn.edu