Teaching Talks & Hands-On HuskyCT

Teaching Talks

You are invited to participate in a series of informal teaching talks throughout 2017.  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.  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.

 

 

Wednesday                 May 9              1:30 – 2:45                  Making Learning Easier

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • Motivating students to read and prepare for class
  • Teaching students to think and write in your particular discipline
  • Using visuals and technology effectively
  • Accommodating different learning preferences
  • Using class time to emphasize learning/study skills

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Thursday         May 10           1:30 – 2:45                  Using Reflective Practice to 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.

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Wednesday              May 16                  11:00 – 12:15                     Assembling a Teaching Portfolio

This talk is designed for instructors at all levels, including those who are interested in documenting their teaching for PTR purposes.

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • Reasons to document your teaching
  • The purpose & uses of a teaching portfolio
  • Tips & general guidelines
  • Portfolio components
  • Teaching Enhancement Plans

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Thursday        May 17            1:00 – 2:15          Writing (or revising) your Teaching Philosophy

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.  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

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Thursday         May 17            3:00 – 4:15                  The Teaching Persona: The Effects of Personal Characteristics such as Gender, Age, etc.

In this session, participants will discuss topics like:

  • Effects of gender and age on how you present yourself, and what you can do as an instructor
  • How your personality affects your teaching style
  • Your sense of self and how it affects your work with students
  • How to develop an effective teaching persona
  • How much of teaching is a function of your personality?

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Wednesday       May 23           11:00 – 12:15             Writing (or revising) your Teaching Philosophy

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.  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

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Wednesday                 May 23                        1:00 – 2:15                  Assembling a Teaching Portfolio

This talk is designed for instructors at all levels, including those who are interested in documenting their teaching for PTR purposes.

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • Reasons to document your teaching
  • The purpose & uses of a teaching portfolio
  • Tips & general guidelines
  • Portfolio components
  • Teaching Enhancement Plans

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Wednesday                 May 23          3:00 – 4:15                   Mixing It Up: Adding Variety to your Classroom Instruction

This session will address strategies such as:

  • Breaking up the lecture: when, how (videos, stories, role play, Q & A, iClickers, small group discussion, brief activities…) why
  • Q & A as review
  • Restatement of key points by students as a check for understanding
  • Small group discussion of key points followed by whole group discussion
  • Brief activities to reinforce learning objectives

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Tuesday        May 29            1:30 – 2:45            Using Creativity (both yours AND your students’) in your Teaching

We will discuss such topics as:

  • Taking chances
  • Playing to your strengths
  • Creative presentation techniques
  • Making it safe to fail
  • Using music and art
  • Divergent and convergent thinking
  • Using student creativity to help plan more interesting lessons

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Wednesday              May 30          11:00 – 12:15                     Effective Use of Small Group Instruction 

We will discuss topics such as:

  • Why small groups increase student engagement, motivation, and learning
  • The types of learning goals/objectives that are best suited to small group work
  • Important considerations for designing and implementing small group learning activities
  • Practical tips

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Thursday                     May 31          2:00 – 3:15       (ROWE 132)            An Improv Session with a Discussion of Practical Applications for the Classroom

This is an interactive workshop where we will “do” more than “speak,” but there will be a discussion of how doing improv exercises can help students to be more willing to speak in class, as well as other practical applications.

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HANDS-ON HUSKYCT Workshops and other EdTech Workshops

Is your HuskyCT Grade Center ready for midterm and final grade calculations? Do you have questions about using HuskyCT tools in your course? Join us for hands on guidance with HuskyCT, including Grade Center. Workshops take place in Rowe 319 except via Webex dates.

Please bring your laptop.

No schedule planned for May:

 

HuskyCT Basics – Intro and Overview for New Instructors

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.

Presenter: Margaret Ascenzo

June & July Sessions:

Wednesday, 6/6, 11:12:30

Location: Rowe 319

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=514

 

Wednesday, 6/27, 2:00-3:30

Location: Online via Blackboard Collaborate

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=515

 

Tuesday, 7/10, 10:30-12:00

Location: Online via Blackboard Collaborate

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=516

 

Thursday, 7/19, 10:30-12:00

Location: Rowe 319

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=517

 

 

HuskyCT In-Depth Workshops

Presenter: Dan Facchinetti

Keeping it Simple: Organizing Course Materials in HuskyCT

Tuesday, 6/5, 10:30-noon

Location: Online via Blackboard Collaborate

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 options for adding content, such as the difference between sorting materials into folders or 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 content options available in the system.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=518

 

Developing and Building Test, Surveys, and Pools in HuskyCT

Thursday, 6/21, 11-12:30

Location: Rowe 319

Many instructors administer online assessments through HuskyCT, and this session will cover the variety of settings that ensure a smooth experience for both you and your students. This session will cover creating questions outside of HuskyCT and uploading them into the system, as well as the range of available submission and feedback settings.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=519

 

Assessments & Assignments in HuskyCT

Thursday, 7/12, 10:30-noon

Location: Rowe 319

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 session will provide an overview of the tools available to instructors and how to use them, including 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”)

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=520

 

Using HuskyCT to Foster Student Engagement

Wednesday, 7/18, 11-12:30

Location: Rowe 319

Many instructors say that students coming unprepared to class is one of the most common hindrances to learning. This session will showcase features in HuskyCT that promote engagement with learning materials, such as discussion boards, journals, blogs, and submission of various types of files. We will also cover tools that help instructors determine what students have accessed in a course.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=521

 

 

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.