Seminars

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.

If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations, please contact Stacey Valliere at stacey.valliere@uconn.edu

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.

 

FALL 2019 – Storrs Campus

 

Flip, Blend, Flend: Alternative Instructional Approaches
Tuesday,
10/8 – 12:30pm – 1:45pm
Rowe 319
Presenters: Jennifer Parker & Zachary Goldberg

This authentic workshop on flipped, blended and flended instructional approaches runs October 3-7 with required participation in an asynchronous online module (approximate 2 hours total) and then attendance on October 8th at a face-to-face workshop. Flipped, blended and flended approaches will be defined and brought to life using real UConn courses/cases. Participants should come prepared with a course project to conceptually apply one of the instructional approaches. The challenges of each approach will be discussed and reflected upon, as they relate to each participant’s specific project. The workshop will conclude with an explanation of University resources (and beyond) applicable to flipped, blended and flended course development. Note: More details about HuskyCT access to the online materials will be provided upon registration.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1065


Getting Started with Hybrid/Blended Instruction (Webinar)
Wednesday, 10/091:00pm to 2:30pm
Online/Webinar
Presenters: David Des Armier & Timothy Stubbs, CETL

Interested in learning more about hybrid/blended courses? This webinar will provide an introduction to hybrid/blended course design. We will describe how this course delivery approach will benefit you and your students, and identify specific pedagogical challenges associated with it. Some of the various tools, processes, and methods available for creating a hybrid/blended course will be highlighted. In this webinar, you will start working on a plan to “hybridize” one of your classes.

A webinar link will be sent to participants a few days before the event. You will benefit the most from this webinar if you attend using a computer rather than a mobile device or connecting via telephone.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1059

 

 

Principles of Effective Course Design
Wednesday, 10/16 – 12:30pm – 2:00pm
OAK Hall, Room 110
Presenters: David Morrow & Eileen Stuyniski

In this introductory seminar, we will provide an overview of instructional design (ID), 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. Please come prepared with a course or instructional topic to work on during the session.

You will be asked to:

  • Recognize how ID can help you and your students.
  • Identify situational factors impacting your course.
  • Write your learning objectives.
  • Plan your assessments.
  • Plan your activities/content.
  • Check your design plan for alignment.

Attendees should bring a laptop to this face-to-face workshop.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1068

 

 

Getting Started with Flipped Instruction
Wednesday, 10/23 – 12:30pm – 2:00pm
OAK Hall, Room 110

Presenters: David Morrow & Betsy Guala, CETL

Are you interested in learning about flipped classroom approaches? This seminar will introduce you to the topic of designing a flipped course. We will describe the reasons for wanting to flip a course, explain how this delivery approach will benefit you and your students, and identify specific pedagogical challenges. Also, we will highlight some of the tools and methods available for creating a flipped course. Please bring a laptop to this seminar for hands-on activities.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1067

 

 

 Developing and Facilitating Engaging Online Discussions
Wednesday, 11/13 – 12:20pm – 2:15pm
OAK Hall, Room 110
Presenters: David Des Armier & Eileen Stuyniski, CETL

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 discussion forums. We will be sharing examples from a number of different disciplines. This webinar is designed for faculty & TA’s who plan to teach online within six months of this workshop.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1066

 


FALL 2019 – AT OUR REGIONAL CAMPUSES

Hartford

When the honeymoon is over: Keeping students motivated throughout the semester
11:00 – 12:00 Thursday, September 12th -HTB Room 228
Presenter: Aynsley Diamond

How can I help my students connect with my subject and for them to understand its relevance in their curriculum, their major, and their life? In this session we will discuss:

  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Extrinsic motivation
  • Teaching strategies that you can use to increase the students and your connection and enjoyment in your course

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1041

 

Establishing boundaries for effective classroom management and instruction
11:00 – 12:00 Thursday, October 10th – HTB Room 228
Presenter: Aynsley Diamond

Be strict but be welcoming. Set deadlines but be flexible. Respond immediately but don’t get overwhelmed by email. Classroom management is rife with contradictions. In this session we will be talking about setting guidelines which will aid your effectiveness in the classroom and establish a healthy working relationships between you and your students starting on the first day.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1042

 

Leading productive discussions
11:00 – 12:00 Thursday, October 31 HTB Room 228
Presenter: Aynsley Diamond

In this session we will learn how discussion aids learning and engages students. Steps will be outlined to show how to create a purposeful plan for integrating discussion activities into your classes and how to effectively use prompts, questions, and supportive statements to encourage discussion which include all students. In addition, we will focus on strategies to mitigate student behavior and set productive guidelines.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1043

Small teaching: new ideas for group work
11:00 – 12:00 Thursday, December 5th – HTB Room 228
Presenter: Aynsley Diamond

Group work enhances students learning by building soft and hard skills simultaneously. Content is reinforced while also developing the foundations of cooperative learning. Join us for this session where we will focus on approaches and examples of how to effectively integrate group work learning experiences into your instruction.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1044

 

Waterbury

When the honeymoon is over: Keeping students motivated throughout the semester
Presenter: Aynsley Diamond
How can I help my students connect with my subject and for them to understand its relevance in their curriculum, their major, and their life? In this session we will discuss:

  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Extrinsic motivation
  • Teaching strategies that you can use to increase the students and your connection and enjoyment in your course

12:30 – 1:30 – Wednesday, September 18th -Room 201

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1046

 

 

HuskyCT Basics – Waterbury
12:30 – 1:30 – Tuesday, September 10th Room 217
Presenter: Dan Facchinetti, CETL

This session covers the basics of HuskyCT such as how to begin using HuskyCT, how the LMS can be used in academic and non-academic environments, basic functions and tools, and tips and tricks for beginner users.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1045

 

 

Establishing boundaries for effective classroom management and instruction
Presenter: Aynsley Diamond

Be strict but be welcoming. Set deadlines but be flexible. Respond immediately but don’t get overwhelmed by email. Classroom management is rife with contradictions. In this session we will be talking about setting guidelines which will aid your effectiveness in the classroom and establish a healthy working relationships between you and your students starting on the first day.

5:00 – 6:00 Wednesday, October 2nd – Room 201
Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1047

12:30 – 1:30 – Tuesday, October 8th – Room 217
Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1048

 

 

Leading productive discussions
Presenter: Aynsley Diamond

In this session we will learn how discussion aids learning and engages students. Steps will be outlined to show how to create a purposeful plan for integrating discussion activities into your classes and how to effectively use prompts, questions, and supportive statements to encourage discussion which include all students. In addition, we will focus on strategies to mitigate student behavior and set productive guidelines.

12:30 – 1:30 – Wednesday, November 6th – Room 201

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1049

12:30 – 1:30 – Tuesday, November 12th – Room 217

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1050

 

 

Small teaching: new ideas for group work
5:00 – 6:00 – Wednesday, December 4th – Room 201
Presenter: Aynsley Diamond

Group work enhances students learning by building soft and hard skills simultaneously. Content is reinforced while also developing the foundations of cooperative learning. Join us for this session where we will focus on approaches and examples of how to effectively integrate group work learning experiences into your instruction.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1051

 

Stamford

When the honeymoon is over: Keeping students motivated throughout the semester
9/30/2019 – 11:15 – 12:45 – Room 131
Presenter: Aynsley Diamond

How can I help my students connect with my subject and for them to understand its relevance in their curriculum, their major, and their life? In this session we will discuss:

  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Extrinsic motivation
  • Teaching strategies that you can use to increase the students and your connection and enjoyment in your course

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1052

 

 

Establishing boundaries for effective classroom management and instruction
10/28/2019 – 11:15 – 12:45 – Room 131
Presenter: Aynsley Diamond

Be strict but be welcoming. Set deadlines but be flexible. Respond immediately but don’t get overwhelmed by email. Classroom management is rife with contradictions. In this session we will be talking about setting guidelines which will aid your effectiveness in the classroom and establish a healthy working relationships between you and your students starting on the first day.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1053

 

Leading productive discussions
11/18/2019 – 11:15 – 12:45 – Room 131
Presenter: Aynsley Diamond

In this session we will learn how discussion aids learning and engages students. Steps will be outlined to show how to create a purposeful plan for integrating discussion activities into your classes and how to effectively use prompts, questions, and supportive statements to encourage discussion which include all students. In addition, we will focus on strategies to mitigate student behavior and set productive guidelines.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1054

 

AVPT

When the honeymoon is over: Keeping students motivated throughout the semester
11:00 – 12:00 Monday, September 16th – Room TBD
Presenter: Aynsley Diamond

How can I help my students connect with my subject and for them to understand its relevance in their curriculum, their major, and their life? In this session we will discuss:

  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Extrinsic motivation
  • Teaching strategies that you can use to increase the students and your connection and enjoyment in your course

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1055

 

Establishing boundaries for effective classroom management and instruction
11:00 – 12:00 Wednesday, October 16th – Room TBD
Presenter: Aynsley Diamond

Be strict but be welcoming. Set deadlines but be flexible. Respond immediately but don’t get overwhelmed by email. Classroom management is rife with contradictions. In this session we will be talking about setting guidelines which will aid your effectiveness in the classroom and establish a healthy working relationships between you and your students starting on the first day.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1056

 

Leading productive discussions
11:00 – 12:00 Wednesday, November 20th – Room TBD
Presenter: Aynsley Diamond

In this session we will learn how discussion aids learning and engages students. Steps will be outlined to show how to create a purposeful plan for integrating discussion activities into your classes and how to effectively use prompts, questions, and supportive statements to encourage discussion which include all students. In addition, we will focus on strategies to mitigate student behavior and set productive guidelines.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1057

 

Small teaching: new ideas for group work
11:00 – 12:00 Wednesday, December 11th – Room TBD
Presenter: Aynsley Diamond

Group work enhances students learning by building soft and hard skills simultaneously. Content is reinforced while also developing the foundations of cooperative learning. Join us for this session where we will focus on approaches and examples of how to effectively integrate group work learning experiences into your instruction.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1058