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.

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FALL 2018

Flip, Blend, flend: Alternative Instructional Approaches
David DesArmier and Eileen Stuyniski, CETL-eCampus
Monday, September 17, 2018
1:30-3:30 pm – HBL CLC
This authentic workshop on flipped, blended and flended instructional approaches begins with required participation in an online module via HuskyCT and then attendance 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.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=584

 

Responding to (and Grading) Student Writing
Presenter: Tom Deans, CETL-Writing Center and English Dept.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
1:30-3:00
– HBL CLC
There are more and less effective ways of responding to drafts and papers. For example, since line-editing student writing doesn’t lead to much learning, what then, should we do? We’ll review what the research suggests works better; we’ll also explore some lesser known strategies, such as doing audio commentary for drafts and requiring students to do brief self-assessments when they submit their work.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=610

 

Principles of Effective Course Design 
Jennifer Parker and Betsy Guala, CETL-eCampus
Friday, September 21, 2018
1:30-3:00 pm – ROWE 319
In this introductory seminar, 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.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=600

 

Teaching Online Courses: A Panel Discussion
Desmond McCaffrey, CETL-eCampus
Monday, September 24, 2018
1:30-3:30 pm – HBL CLC
This panel discussion will feature UConn faculty experienced in online teaching. They will share their experiences, answer questions, and engage in discussions with participants around topics related to high quality teaching and engaged learning in online courses.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=614

 

Principles of Effective Course Design Webinar
Cathy Healy and Eileen Stuyniski, CETL-eCampus
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
10:00-11:30 am – Webinar

During the webinar, participants will begin to:

  • Identify Instructional Design models, principles, and practices.
  • Identify their situational factors impacting their course.
  • Write their learning objectives
  • Plan their assessments.
  • Plan their activities/content.
  • Check their design plan for alignment.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=585

 

Implementing Inclusive Teaching Principles and Facilitating Challenging Conversations
Noga Shemer, Anthropology
Friday, September 28, 2018
1:30-3:30
– ROWE 319 
This workshop provides concrete strategies for creating an inclusive learning environment in the classroom. We will then explore how instructors can build upon this foundation to facilitate and respond to challenging conversations. Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and discuss difficult classroom situations.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=615

 

Getting Started with Hybrid/Blended Instruction Webinar
Presenters: Kathy Healy and David Morrow, CETL-eCampus
Thursday, October 4, 2018
9:30-11:00 – Webinar
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 more advanced hybrid/blended seminar/workshop will be available in the spring semester.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=601

 

Principles of Effective Course Design
Presenters: Cathy Healy, Betsy Guala & Eileen Stuyniski, CETL-eCampus
October 10, 2018
10:00-11:30
– Webinar
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.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=623

 

Getting Started with Flipped Instruction
David DesArmier and Jennifer Parker, CETL-eCampus
Friday, October 12, 2018
1:30-3:00 pm – HBL CLC
Want to learn more about flipped classroom approaches? This seminar will provide an introduction to designing a flipped course. We will describe the reasons for wanting to flip a course, explain how this course delivery approach will benefit you and your students, and identify specific pedagogical challenges. Also, we will highlight some of the various tools, processes, and methods available for creating a flipped course. This seminar is informational, however, a more advanced flipped seminar/workshop will be available later in the spring semester.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=586

 

Getting Started with Hybrid/Blended Instruction
David DesArmier and Eileen Stuyniski, CETL-eCampus
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
1:30-3:00 pm – ROWE 319
Interested in learning more about hybrid/blended courses? This seminar will provide an introduction to hybrid/blended course design. We will describe the reasons for wanting to create a hybrid/blended course, explain how this course delivery approach will benefit you and your students, and identify specific pedagogical challenges. Also, we will highlight some of the various tools, processes, and methods available for creating a hybrid/blended course. This seminar is informational, however, a more advanced hybrid/blended seminar/workshop will be available later in the spring semester.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=587

 

Getting Started with Flipped Instruction Webinar
Tim Stubbs, David Morrow and Desmond McCaffrey, CETL-eCampus
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
1:00-2:30 pm – via Webinar
Want to learn more about flipped classroom approaches? This webinar will provide an introduction to designing a flipped course. We will describe the reasons for wanting to flip a course, explain how this course delivery approach will benefit you and your students, and identify specific pedagogical challenges. Also, we will highlight some of the various tools, processes, and methods available for creating a flipped course. This webinar is an introduction to the topic; however, a more advanced flipped seminar/workshop will be available in the Spring semester. Note: To make the best use of time, participants will be asked to complete a few short activities before the webinar.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=617

 

Evaluating Journal Quality for Authors
Presenter: Carolyn Mills, UConn Library
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
1:30:3:30– HBL CLC
Wondering how to find a quality journal in which to publish? This workshop will give you the tools to recognize what makes a journal a credible, quality place to publish and what tells you to stay away. Includes both Open Access and traditional journals.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=625

 

Approaches and Techniques for Assessments in Undergraduate Courses
Presenter: Michael Finiguerra
Thursday, October 25, 2018
1:30-3:30 – HBL CLC 
This seminar will cover assessment and evaluation at the undergraduate level, including formative, summative and alternative methods. Focus will be placed on novel approaches for use in large and small class sizes. Tips on how to design assessments and stories from ‘the field’ will show you how to emphasize critical thinking and not rote memorization. This will be an active participation lecture.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=603

 

Developing and Facilitating Engaging Online Discussions
Presenters: Cathy Healy and Betsy Guala, CETL-eCampus
October 30, 2018
10:00-11:30 – Webinar
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.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=624

 

Scholarly Author Metrics
Presenter: Carolyn Mills, UConn Library
November 13, 2018
 1:30-3:30– HBL CLC 

Are you going up for tenure or promotion? Can you provide direct evidence of your scholarly impact on the profession? This workshop will teach you to use both formal metrics (H index, citation rates, etc.) and informal metrics (Altmetrics, Impactstory, etc.) to show statistical evidence of the impact of your own publications and the journals and other venues in which you have published.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=649