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.

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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.




Responding to Student Writing: Are There Better Ways to Grade?
Thursday, January 28, 2:00-3:00
Presenter: Tom Deans, Professor of English and Director, Writing Center

Research consistently shows that novice writers need sustained feedback in order to grow, but it also suggests that some of our most habitual and time-consuming feedback practices don’t have great outcomes. This workshop will explore several adaptations and alternatives that can make better use of our time, humanize writer-reader relationships, encourage students to take more responsibility for their own learning, and lead to improved results.

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Making Peer Review Work in Writing-Intensive Courses
Friday, January 29, 1:00-2:00
Presenter: Tom Deans, Professor of English and Director, Writing Center

Peer review of drafts is a signature pedagogy that can contribute to a more a vibrant and interactive classroom community, affirm writing as a social and iterative process, and distribute the labor of responding to writing. In this session will discuss several experience-tested strategies for making it work better, especially in online courses.

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Creating Presence and Meaningful Engagement in Online/DL Courses
Presenters: Kelsey Keefe and Simon Wang, CETL-eCampus

Are you and your students feeling isolated and anonymous in your online and DL courses? Want to learn strategies to overcome feelings of isolation and anonymity? If so, then join us to discuss ways to enhance instructor presence and engagement in online and DL courses. During this webinar, we will provide strategies to increase instructor presence and student engagement in online and DL courses during the fall and spring semesters.

Webinar outcomes:
1. Assess the current level of student engagement and instructor presence in their online and distance learning classes.
2. Identify best practices in online teaching and distance education that promote student engagement and instructor presence.
3. Access a variety of educational technology and pedagogy based resources to increase student-to-student and student-to-instructor interaction.
4. Implement strategies to increase meaningful student engagement and instructor presence in their classes.

Thursday, January 14, 1:00-2:00
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Tuesday, January 19, 2:00-3:00
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Principles of Effective Course Design
Presenters: David Des Armier and Jennifer Parker, CETL-eCampus

In this introductory and interactive webinar, we will provide an overview of instructional design, a systematic process for planning a course. You will begin to build a course design framework and walk away with tools and resources to customize your course plan. You will be asked to:

  • Identify situational factors impacting your course.
  • Write your course goals/objectives.
  • Plan your assessments.
  • Plan your activities.
  • Assess course alignment 

Tuesday, February 16, 1:00-2:30
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Linking Library Resources in HuskyCT
Instructors: Jason Nicosia and Sheila Lafferty of the UConn Library

This 90 minute workshop gives each participant hands-on experience in the proper way to integrate library resources such as articles, videos, and other electronic items into their HuskyCT course. The library has a wide variety of electronic resources that can be integrated into a HuskyCT course, but the way in which they can be integrated varies by resource. This workshop shows each participant the proper way to link all available resources using a step-by-step method.

Tuesday, January 12 at 11am-12:30pm
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Wednesday, January 20 at 1pm-2:30pm
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Developing & Facilitating Engaging Asynchronous Online Discussions
Presenters: Betsy Guala and Cathy Healy, CETL-eCampus

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 asynchronous discussion forums. We will be sharing examples from a number of different disciplines.

Tuesday, February 9, 1:00 – 2:30
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