Teaching Talks & Hands-On HuskyCT

Teaching Talks

You are invited to participate in a series of informal teaching talks.  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 unless otherwise noted.  All UConn instructors —graduate students, TAs, and APIRs, as well as adjunct, tenure-track and tenured faculty—are encouraged to attend.

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.

Link to HBL CLC Map – https://lib.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/FloorMap_Level2.pdf

Collaborative Learning Classroom is on the 2nd Floor of the Homer Babbidge Library. Once off the stairs or elevator take a left, take another left once through doors.

     

    SEPTEMBER

    Tuesday, September 3            11:00-12:15                             Reaching Under-prepared Students

    Participants will leave with specific strategies for identifying underprepared students, specifically areas in which they are underprepared, as well as strategies for bringing the students up to speed.

    We will discuss topics such as:

    • Turn it around: Consider how an unprepared or underprepared student feels
    • Assessing how prepared students are (quick, ungraded pretest, short writing assignment, small group then whole group discussion…)
    • Determining what needs to be done to bring them “up to speed”
    • Your responsibility, theirs, some of each?
    • The role of feedback. Types of feedback. The importance of feedback- read and comment upon rough drafts, have checkpoints for projects and actually check them
    • Freshmen in particular
    • On campus sources- the Writing Center, tutoring services, Q center, achieve.uconn.edu, the library…
    • Working in small groups, peer editing, peer feedback in general…
    • Study groups for test prep; groups that meet regularly throughout the semester
    • Consider giving work done early in the semester less value in grading: 1st test- 20%, 2nd test 30%, Final 40%, quizzes, HW, class participation 10%- something like that

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1012

     

    Wednesday, September 4      2:30-3:45                                 Turning Struggles into Success

    Participants will leave with specific strategies for turning struggles into success

    We will discuss topics such as:

    • When the lesson is going badly
    • The sea of blank faces
    • Getting more students to speak during discussions
    • Tech struggles
    • The demonstration/experiment didn’t go as planned
    • Learning from a struggle
    • Effective Strategies for Improving College Teaching and Learning

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1013

     

    Thursday, September 5           1:00-2:15                                 A conversation about inclusive teaching practices

    How do you think about inclusivity in your course design, classroom dynamics, and teaching practice? What concerns and opportunities would you like to discuss? In this teaching talk we discuss your questions and concerns, and explore resources related to:

    • welcoming all students and promoting belongingness
      • the relevance of diversity
      • kinds of inclusion
      • becoming aware of and examining our own assumptions and bias
      • the importance of dialogue and guidelines for dialogue

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1018

     

    Friday, September 6               11:00-12:15                             Icebreakers you can use in classrooms, large and small

    Building on theatre games, this workshop will introduce you to different ways to enhance student engagement with other students in the classroom through icebreakers. Some icebreakers are designed as on-the-spot, low-stakes games that don’t take a lot of time, while others are designed to support community building in more depth, over time. We will try some activities, and discuss how community and relationship building impacts learning.

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1019

     

     

    Monday, September 9            3:00-4:15                                 Managing Anxiety, Yours and Theirs

    Participants will come away with specific strategies for managing their own and their students’ anxieties

    We will discuss topics such as:

    • Causes of anxiety: Lack of confidence, Lack of knowledge, lack of preparation, lack of experience, the unknown…

    Solutions:

    • Prioritize tasks (It’s not ALL vital or ALL immediate)
    • work with a partner or friend, seek help from a colleague, a friend, a professional,
    • establish and follow routines,
    • move (exercise), get enough rest,
    • consider how to change the environment to make it more effective for you, breathe,
    • think positive thoughts and believe in yourself, consider accommodations, laugh- esp. when you want to cry (crying is okay, too)
    • Managing Student Anxiety:
    • Give choices
    • Be Flexible
    • Listen
    • Share all relevant information regarding grades, assignments, policies…
    • Make a connection with your students

    Register at  – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1014

     

    Thursday, September 12        11:00-12:15                             Crafting a teaching philosophy statement

    At this session, participants will discuss the concept of the teaching philosophy—its attributes, value, and uses—as they begin to envision writing a teaching philosophy of their own. We will do some writing and think-pair-share discussions. To prepare for this session, participants are encouraged to reflect on their own teaching by trying one of these brainstorming exercises (optional):

    • Draft a letter to someone outside academia on the joys and challenges of teaching
    • List the qualities of an effective teacher
    • Free write about a memorable experience in the classroom or in the field
    • Outline a dream course

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1020

     

    Friday, September 13             1:00-2:15                                 Crafting dialogue and discussion questions

    For instructors, posing good questions can make the difference for effective class discussion and dialogue. Come share how structured conversations promote critical thinking and build community in classes large and small. We will explore how you can design your course with discussion and dialogue opportunities in class and on HuskyCT, and what to think about when you’re crafting good questions for this purpose. Consider registering for the companion workshop, “Podcast and audio assignments” right afterwards!

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1021

     

     

    Friday, September 13             2:30-3:45                                 Podcast and audio assignments

    Students who are reticent to speak in whole-class discussions may display remarkable eloquence and engagement through other kinds of assignments requiring oral communication. In this teaching talk we will explore how assigning students to compose podcasts or other kinds of audio-recordings can:

    • encourage creativity, participation, and listening;
    • help scaffold the development of discussion skills; and
    • increase engagement with course material.

    We think of podcasts as a series of conversations or reflections on a particular topic or theme. The genre includes a range of approaches. But generally they are informal in tone and don’t necessarily require high production values. The term “podcast” might describe a one-off audio assignment, or a series of them.

    Participants are encouraged to find the recording function on their mobile devices, download a recording app, or bring a laptop with Audacity software (free, open source) downloaded. Consider registering for the companion workshop, “Crafting dialogue and discussion questions,” right before this one!

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1022

     

    Tuesday, September 17          11:00-12:15                             Reflective Practice and How It Can Inform and Improve Your Teaching

    We will discuss ways to use reflective practice to improve your teaching. We will emphasize quick, informal, reflective techniques, as well as more formal ways to do “self-checks” related to your teaching practice.  Journals, teaching portfolios, and reflecting on student feedback will be addressed.  We will also discuss strategies to help students reflect on their learning.

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1015

     

     

    Wednesday, September 18    11:00-12:15                             Giving feedback early in the semester

    Participants are encouraged to bring their syllabus or assignments. In this teaching talk we will discover opportunities for giving feedback on early assignments or activities and structuring feedback to support learning. We will discuss how much feedback is enough; consider different modes of feedback; and relate feedback to course objectives.

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1023

     

     

    Thursday, September 19        1:00-2:15                                 Effective Questioning Techniques

    Specific strategies regarding formulating and asking effective questions. An understanding of how an effective question differs from a less effective question. Ways to get answers to your questions…

    We will discuss topics such as:

    • What kinds of questions should be asked?
    • How do we form these questions?
    • How do we get answers to our questions?
    • How can we use questions to assess learning?
    • How can we more effectively respond to questions? …

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1016

     

     

    Tuesday, September 24          1:30-2:45                                 The Actor’s Tools and How They Can Enhance Your Teaching

    What can actors teach us about our “role” as teacher? We will discuss actor’s tools such as using your voice to maximum effect, body language, animation and enthusiasm, remaining fully attentive to what is happening with your “audience,” “playing to your audience,” and other acting techniques which can make your presentations more effective and engaging.

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1017

     

     

    Wednesday, September 25    10:00-11:15                             Bench cards, (or things I’d like to laminate)

    What are the core concepts in your course? What are the main things your students need to refer to, over and over? This is a creative workshop where instructors think through a “top ten” list of core concepts for a course and create laminated “bench cards.” Bench cards are typically used in the judicial system as handy, succinct reference tools for jurors and judges. In classrooms they are often used to post instructions. Another way they can be used is to give students a laminated list of habits of mind that are essential for success in the course, or a list of course objectives. You could also have them create their own lists for success in the course.

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1024

     

    Friday, September 27             2:00-3:15                                 Theater pedagogy: how to use skits and scenes that students create

    In this workshop we will try the creative process of developing scenes, with or without dialogue, to help illustrate course concepts. Then we will brainstorm ways to use theater pedagogy in course design, including the use of learning management systems in this kind of activity.

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1025

     

    OCTOBER

    Tuesday, October 1                 12:00-1:15                               Facilitation of discussions, in class and online

    Facilitating discussions can be made easier through some attention to some basic best practices for facilitation. In this teaching talk, you will share how you imagine using discussions in your course. We will practice some basic facilitation techniques, and we will begin to discuss ways to facilitate challenging conversations in class. Minimum enrollment for this teaching talk: 5

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1026

     

    Thursday, October 3               3:00-4:15                                 Mid-term reflection and formative assessment

    Ahead of this teaching talk, the facilitator will collect a list of pedagogical areas that participants want to focus on, and curate a set of brief readings or videos. We will read or view these and discuss them with our own courses in mind. Then we will spend some time writing reflectively about our current courses. Building upon this reflection, we will develop formative surveys to use to get feedback from our students.

    We may also develop a prompt or activity that you can use in your course to ask students to reflect on their work in the course at mid-term.

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1027

     

    Friday, October 4                    11:00-12:15                             Teacher as student: using different kinds of scholarship to refresh your practice

    “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki. Learning is easier when new concepts and data are connected to already acquired networks of knowledge and experience. As subject experts, it is common to lose touch with what it’s like to be a beginner, or novice, at the thing we are teaching. At this point in the semester, it can be helpful to do some exercises to help you take the perspective of students, particularly if you are teaching first-year students, but also if you encounter transfer students or anyone who is new to higher education or new to a particular discipline, field, or major.

     

    The workshop will consist of a variety of problem-solving exercises, done as individuals and in groups, followed by individual reflection in response to writing prompts related to those exercises and to uncovering your personal connection to the subject you will be teaching.

    If time permits, we can talk about ways to foster students’ enthusiasm for working in a specific field by becoming more aware of the discipline’s implicit intellectual approach, vocabulary, and controversies.

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1028

     

     

    Effective Use of Small Group Instruction
    Monday, October 7                 3:15-4:30
    Rowe 319
    Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

    Participants will walk away with specific strategies for using small group instruction in classes of any size

    We will discuss topics such as:

    • Why small groups
    • What types of learning goals are suited to small group work?
    • Techniques for set up, implementation…
    • Five specific considerations…

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1069

     

     

    Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
    Tuesday, October 15               1:30-2:45
    Rowe 319
    Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

    Participants will come away with specifc strategies for giving more effective presentations, in the classroom, at a workshop or other presentation, speaking one on one with a student, mentee, colleague…

    We will discuss topics such as:

    • A presentation is a presentation. There are many similarities between teaching a class and public speaking
    • Interrupt the lecture- small group discussion, large group discussion, questions- yours and theirs… Involve the class/audience as much and as often as possible
    • Effective use of PowerPoint slides- What to show, what not to show, how to use the slides
    • Speak the students’, or audience’s language, and making the presentation fit the audience
    • Move away from the board or the podium; get as close to the audience as possible
    • Effective use of humor
    • Dealing with our stress
    • Tell your stories when they are relevant
    • Make it relevant

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1070

     

     

    Leading Effective Discussions
    Thursday, October 17             1:00-2:15
    Rowe 319
    Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

    Participants will come away with specific strategies for leading effective discussions.

    At this session, participants will discuss topics like

    • Why Discussions?
    • Collaborative environment
    • Don’t dominate the discussion
    • How to maximize student participation
    • Wait time
    • Small group to large group
    • Reluctant speakers
    • Questions that lead to good discussions
    • Questions that do NOT lead to good discussions
    • Respectful disagreement
    • iClickers, Poll Everywhere…
    • Using student questions as a springboard to effective discussions

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1071

     

    Feedback and Assessment
    Wednesday, October 23         2:30-3:45
    Rowe 319
    Presenter: Wayne Trembly

    Participants will walk away with specific strategies for giving specific, useful feedback. How to fairly assess student work…

    At this session, participants will discuss topics such as:

    • Formative and summative assessment
    • Criterion referenced (individual performance) vs. Proportionate grading (curve)
    • Simple everyday formative assessment strategies
    • Fairness in assessment
    • Alternatives to exams, tests, and quizzes
    • Classroom participation, homework, extra credit, the “fudge factor”
    • Exit slips to help you to evaluate your effectiveness
    • The final grade

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1072

     

     

    Time Management within a Single Class
    Tuesday, October 29               2:00-3:15
    Rowe 319
    Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

    Participants will leave with specific time management strategies

    We will discuss such topics as:

    • Have a plan going in
    • Understand that nearly everything will take either more or less time than you expected it to. Adjust accordingly.
    • Do frequent time checks during class-
    • If there’s no clock in the room consult your watch or phone regularly
    • Start with your objectives- Prioritize the list
    • Active learning (discussion, mini-projects, projects, problems…) takes time.
    • Start on time. End on time.
    • Have a plan for what was not covered
    • At the end of class a brief wrap up or “exit slip” enhances learning.
    • Think about what you need to do after the class ends

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1073

     

     

    Teaching Creatively
    Thursday, October 31                         1:00-2:15
    Rowe 319
    Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

    Participants will leave with specific strategies for teaching more creatively

    At this session, participants will discuss topics like:

    • Tools to enhance creativity, such as SCAMPER, Synectics, Brainstorming, and others
    • The role of choice in motivating students to be more creative and productive
    • Presenting products creatively
    • Taking chances
    • Active learning
    • Bloom’s Taxonomy
    • Playing to your strengths
    • Finding creative ways to present material in order to increase student interest and participation
    • The role of improvisation, role play, story telling, modeling the real world…
    • Learning games, Ice Breakers…
    • Making it safe to fail
    • Using art and music
    • Divergent and convergent thinking
    • Using student creativity to help plan more interesting lessons
    • Encouraging reluctant students to be more creative
    • Assessment techniques that encourage creative problem solving

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1074

     

     

     

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    HANDS-ON HUSKYCT Workshops and other EdTech Workshops

     

    SEPTEMBER

    Create Videos for Your Class
    Tuesday, 9/3, 1:00-2:30
    Rowe 319 and Online

    Some advantages of using video in your class include the following:

    • Provides a way for students to review material
    • Provides instructors another way to present content (i.e. flip the classroom)
    • Record video “microlectures” before or after class to help with difficult concepts

    Using UConn’s video platform, Kaltura, you can record lectures, store videos, create quizzes and share them in your HuskyCT course. In addition students can use it for homework assignments or for discussions. The training will cover how faculty, staff or students can create, upload, store, edit and share videos.

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1030

     

     

    Using iClickers
    Thursday, 9/5, 9:00-10:00
    Rowe 319 and Online 

    The use of Student Response Systems or “clickers” is a proven way to engage students and let instructors know what students are thinking. We will demonstrate how to use iClicker Classic and later discuss the similarities and differences of iClicker Classic and iClicker Cloud versions of the software. The 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

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1031

     

    DIY Closed Captioning & Creating Accessible Digital Content
    Monday, 9/9, 1:30-2:30
    Rowe 319 and Online

    We will explore two applications (Kaltura and YouTube) that can be used to create closed captions for your videos. Both use computer-generated captioning which often requires that captions be edited by the video owner to improve accuracy. Research has shown that closed captions can benefit all learners as they watch the video content. Learn more about it here: https://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/8/a-rising-tide-how-closed-captions-can-benefit-all-students.  In addition, we’ll explore tools that you can use to make your documents accessible such as tagging images, using styles in Microsoft Word, etc.

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1032

     

    Portfolium training for instructors
    Tues., 9/10, 1:00-2:00
    Online

    This online session will be conducted by Portfolium staff to introduce faculty into using their eportfolio system in their courses. It will address assessment of learning outcomes and linking with HuskyCT.

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1004

     

    Keeping It Simple – Organizing Course Materials in HuskyCT
    Wednesday, 9/11, 10:30-12:00
    Online via Bb Collaborate
    Presenter: Daniel Facchinetti, CETL

    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 organizational strategies, such as ways to develop a straightforward main course menu, building in content areas, the difference between sorting materials into folders and 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 options available in the system.

    Registration link: https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1060

     

    Using iClickers
    Wednesday, 9/11, 1:00-2:00
    Rowe 319 and Online

    The use of Student Response Systems or “clickers” is a proven way to engage students and let instructors know what students are thinking. We will demonstrate how to use iClicker Classic and later discuss the similarities and differences of iClicker Classic and iClicker Cloud versions of the software. The 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

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1033

     

    Virtual Meetings: WebEx vs. Blackboard Collaborate
    Friday, 9/13, 9:00-10:00
    Online only using WebEx

    (https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/join/kps05003) and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d986329edfef42769b391c50935cdc6e)

    This workshop will increase your knowledge about and comfort level using either WebEx or Blackboard Ultra Collaborate as a communication and collaboration tool. You’ll learn how to use either of these products for small groups and online (virtual) office hours as well as which to use for your needs (office hours, guest lecturers, share screens in meetings, etc.).

    We will begin the workshop by going to my WebEx Personal Room at: https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/join/kps05003

    Then the second half of the training will be in Blackboard Collaborate at: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d986329edfef42769b391c50935cdc6e

    Before the Session Begins Please:

    1. Test if you can run WebEx on your computer and browser by going to: https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html
    2. Test if you can run Blackboard Collaborate Ultra on your computer and browser (Chrome recommended) by going to: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d986329edfef42769b391c50935cdc6e (the room will be empty but you’ll be able to turn on your audio and video by clicking the microphone and camera icons shown at the bottom of the screen).

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1034

     

    Create Videos for Your Class
    Monday, 9/16, 1:00-2:30
    Rowe 319 and Online

    Some advantages of using video in your class include the following:

    • Provides a way for students to review material
    • Provides instructors another way to present content (i.e. flip the classroom)
    • Record video “microlectures” before or after class to help with difficult concepts

    Using UConn’s video platform, Kaltura, you can record lectures, store videos, create quizzes and share them in your HuskyCT course. In addition students can use it for homework assignments or for discussions. The training will cover how faculty, staff or students can create, upload, store, edit and share videos.

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1035

     

    Assessments & Assignments in HuskyCT
    Tuesday, 9/17, 2:30-4:00
    Online
    Presenter: Daniel Facchinetti, CETL

    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 one-hour session will provide an overview of the tools available to instructors and how to use them, including online quizzes and exams as well as 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 Tests, Surveys, and Pools in HuskyCT”)

    Registration link: https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1061

     

    Developing and Building Test, Surveys, and Pools in HuskyCT
    Tuesday, 9/25, 10:30 – 12:00
    Online

    Presenter: Daniel Facchinetti, CETL

    Many instructors administer online assessments through HuskyCT, and this one-hour overview session covers the variety of settings that ensure a smooth experience for both you and your students. We will focus on the basics of test creation and a review of the options that determine the test-taking experience for your students.

    Registration link: https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1062

     

     

    DIY Closed Captioning & Creating Accessible Digital Content
    Thursday, 9/26, 10:00-11:00
    Rowe 319 and Online

    We will explore two applications (Kaltura and YouTube) that can be used to create closed captions for your videos. Both use computer-generated captioning which often requires that captions be edited by the video owner to improve accuracy. Research has shown that closed captions can benefit all learners as they watch the video content. Learn more about it here: https://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/8/a-rising-tide-how-closed-captions-can-benefit-all-students.  In addition, we’ll explore tools that you can use to make your documents accessible such as tagging images, using styles in Microsoft Word, etc.

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1036

     

    Using Groups in HuskyCT
    Thursday, 9/26, 10:00-11:30
    Online
    Presenter: Daniel Facchinetti, CETL

    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. Instructors will learn how to create student groups in HuskyCT, allowing each group have its own separate area of the course with its own separate functions, and enabling instructors and TAs to separate groups for grading.

    Registration link: https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1063

     

     

    Virtual Meetings: WebEx vs. Blackboard Collaborate
    Wednesday, 9/25, 1:00-2:00
    Online only using WebEx

    (https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/join/kps05003) and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d986329edfef42769b391c50935cdc6e)

    This workshop will increase your knowledge about and comfort level using either WebEx or Blackboard Ultra Collaborate as a communication and collaboration tool. You’ll learn how to use either of these products for small groups and online (virtual) office hours as well as which to use for your needs (office hours, guest lecturers, share screens in meetings, etc.).

    We will begin the workshop by going to my WebEx Personal Room at: https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/join/kps05003

    Then the second half of the training will be in Blackboard Collaborate at: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d986329edfef42769b391c50935cdc6e

    Before the Session Begins Please:

    1. Test if you can run WebEx on your computer and browser by going to: https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html
    2. Test if you can run Blackboard Collaborate Ultra on your computer and browser (Chrome recommended) by going to: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d986329edfef42769b391c50935cdc6e (the room will be empty but you’ll be able to turn on your audio and video by clicking the microphone and camera icons shown at the bottom of the screen).

    Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1037

     

    OCTOBER

    Create Videos for Your Class
    Tuesday, 10/1, 9:00-10:30
    Rowe 319 and Online

    Some advantages of using video in your class include the following:

    • Provides a way for students to review material
    • Provides instructors another way to present content (i.e. flip the classroom)
    • Record video “microlectures” before or after class to help with difficult concepts

    Using UConn’s video platform, Kaltura, you can record lectures, store videos, create quizzes and share them in your HuskyCT course. In addition students can use it for homework assignments or for discussions. The training will cover how faculty, staff or students can create, upload, store, edit and share videos.

    Register at –  https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1038

     

    HuskyCT Grade Center Basics
    Wednesday, 10/2, 2:30-4:00
    Online
    Presenter: Daniel Facchinetti, CETL

    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.

    Registration link: https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1064

     

     

     

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

    Other EdTech: Contact Karen Skudlarek if you have questions or would like more information.