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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Spring 2019

Flip, Blend, Flend: Alternative Instructional Approaches
Tuesday, February 12th from 12:30 PM – 1:45PM
HBL CLC
David Des Armier and Eileen Stuyniski
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. Note: This workshop will include online coursework using HuskyCT prior to attending the day of the workshop. More details will be provided upon registration.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=791

 

Principles of Effective Course Design
Wednesday, February 27th from 12PM – 1:30
ROWE 319
Betsy Guala and Jennifer Parker, eCampus
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. Please come prepared with a course or instructional topic to work on during the session. 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.

Laptops are strongly recommended for this face-to-face workshop.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=794

 

Getting Started with Flipped Instruction
Friday, March 8th from 1:30 PM – 3PM
ROWE 318
Jennifer Parker and David Des Armier, Jr., eCampus
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=765

 

Getting Started with Hybrid/Blended Instruction – CANCELLED
Tuesday, March 12th, from 12:30 PM – 1:45PM
HB CLC
David Des Armier and Eileen Stuyniski
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.

 

 

Getting Started with Hybrid/Blended Instruction Webinar – CANCELLED
Tuesday, March 19 from 10:00-11:30 AM
Catherine Healy and David Morrow
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.

 

Getting Started with Flipped Instruction Webinar
Tuesday, April 2 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m
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Timothy Stubbs and David Morrow
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 later in the semester.

Note: To make the best use of time, participants will be asked to complete a short activity before the webinar.”

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=801

 

Innovation seminar series: Extended reality in and beyond the classroom
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – 10:00am – 11:30pm
Extended reality (XR) technologies (virtual, augmented, and mixed) are becoming mainstream. Faculty and students are implementing these technologies in a variety of disciplines and instructional contexts. Uncertainty about their potential impact remains, and many of us are just taking exploratory baby steps, never mind taking any “magic leap” to adoption. OPIM Innovate, an emerging technology initiative out of the School of Business has explored how students can gain these skills to make themselves more competitive in the work environment. Our projects have included working with faculty on classroom activities and hosting a number of classes in our research lab. The workshop is designed to facilitate and promote planning by anyone designing, supporting, or implementing of entry-level XR projects. The session is limited to 20 participants.

https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=828

 

Career Readiness Educator Forum for Faculty
Friday, April 5, 2019   1:30 – 2:30 in Rowe 132
A national movement has building Career Readiness at the heart of the evolving interaction taking place between students, Career Centers and Faculty. In an effort to keep UConn students competitive in the ever changing job market, the Center for Career Development seeks to partner with faculty and staff to provide a broader reach than can be achieved by one department alone.   The Forum is designed to elicit ideas and support from select faculty and staff around the types of career conversations they are engaging in and how faculty are currently infusing career readiness into their curriculums.    By engaging in this effort, Career Readiness Educators will learn about how Career Readiness can be infused into courses, develop common language when discussing career-related topics and acquire a better understanding of how you can collaborate with the center to help meet the career needs of your students.  Two faculty members who have been incorporating Career Readiness elements in their courses will be on hand to discuss their successes and impacts.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=842

 

Innovation seminar series: Untethered: How to Effectively Step Away from the Podium
Friday, April 12, 2019 –  1:30pm – 3:00pm
Jamie Kleinman will lead a workshop focused on how to use technological tools in ways that facilitate active learning within the classroom setting. She will demonstrate how she utilities a number of different tools such as WePresent, clickers, plickers, zip grade, open google docs and more in her courses to engage her students in active learning and connect with them during class time. Participants will discuss the pros and cons of various tools and learn how to determine which tool is right for which task.

https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=686

 

Developing and Facilitation Engaging Online Discussions
Wednesday, April 17        10:00 – 11:30 am
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=849

 

Career Readiness Educator Forum for Faculty
April 24, 2019   3:35 – 4:25 in HBL CLC
A national movement has building Career Readiness at the heart of the evolving interaction taking place between students, Career Centers and Faculty. In an effort to keep UConn students competitive in the ever changing job market, the Center for Career Development seeks to partner with faculty and staff to provide a broader reach than can be achieved by one department alone.   The Forum is designed to elicit ideas and support from select faculty and staff around the types of career conversations they are engaging in and how faculty are currently infusing career readiness into their curriculums.    By engaging in this effort, Career Readiness Educators will learn about how Career Readiness can be infused into courses, develop common language when discussing career-related topics and acquire a better understanding of how you can collaborate with the center to help meet the career needs of your students.  Two faculty members who have been incorporating Career Readiness elements in their courses will be on hand to discuss their successes and impacts.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=858