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.

 

November Schedule:

Thursday, November 8    11:00-12:15            A Guide to Reflective Teaching Practice – quick and simple, as well as more thorough and ongoing

We will discuss ways to use reflective practice to improve your teaching. We will discuss, quick, informal reflective techniques, as well as more formal ways to do “self-checks” related to your teaching practice.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=677

 

Monday, November 12           3:15 – 4:30                  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

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=678

 

Tuesday, November 13            11:00-12:15                Effective Use of Small Group Instruction in Classes of All Sizes

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

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=679

 

Tuesday               November 27            1:30  – 2:45                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

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=692

 

Thursday         November 29              11:00-12:15                 Giving Feedback on Student Work

In this teaching talk we will share approaches to giving constructive feedback on student work. We will discuss how much feedback is enough; using a variety of modes of feedback; relating feedback to course objectives; feedback from TA’s and professors; feedback from peers; workshop models; using HuskyCT to give feedback.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=689

 

Thursday         November 29              2:00-3:15         Teaching critical thinking through close reading – in any discipline!

How do you incorporate critical thinking into your course design? How do you build it into class time when class time already seems too short to cover all the content you want to cover? What are some critical literacy activities you can implement in your quantitative or hands-on classes? How would these activities play into the assessment of student performance in the course? In this teaching talk we will share experiences, challenges, and activities that can be modified to fit even a small amount of class time.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=690

 

December Schedule:

Tuesday, December 11    1:30-2:45                The Actor’s Tools- How They Can Assist You in the Classroom

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=694

 

Monday, December 17    3:15-4:30                First Impressions and the First Day of Class

We will discuss topics such as:

  • Things to think about and do before you step into the classroom
  • The first day of class
  • Setting the stage for the semester
  • Ice breakers
  • Encouraging student participation & questions

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=695

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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.

 

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

Thurs., Nov. 1, 10:30-11:30 am
Online via Blackboard Collaborate

Online Blackboard Collaborate Link  – https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/bff74dbea15b4b52a0044c342af88933

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=663

 

Mon., Nov. 12, 2-3 pm
Rowe 319

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=664

 

Mon., Dec 3, 2-3 pm
Online via Blackboard Collaborate

Online Blackboard Collaborate Link  – https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/16217de0c48e4d11b1c47598cc5268e2

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=665

 

Intro to DIY Closed Captioning
Tues., 11/6, 9:00am – 10:00am
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

Once registered and if you will be attending via online you will need to go to the link below. Please plan to join 10 minutes before the session begins to make sure you connect successfully.
https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/278a2a4d55b748678b02bce4ff15556a

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=681

 

HuskyCT for eCampus
Tues., 11/6, 11-12:30
Online via Collaborate

Link to Collaborate – https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/ac873750bab8497ea45e959f29501a10

This session will cover how to prepare your eCampus-designed course for upcoming terms. Topics will include: requesting new HuskyCT course sites, copying content from previous terms, changing availability dates of the course and its content, using important functions of your course, managing students and their work, and grading.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=668

 

Create Videos for Your Class
Thurs., 11/15, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
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. It will be available in person in Rowe 319 and online via Collaborate.

Once registered and if you will be attending via online you will need to go to the link below. Please plan to join 10 minutes before the session begins to make sure you connect successfully.
https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f87d3f49242d49ae9f46b2c97a286579

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=682

 

HuskyCT Grade Center Basics
Thurs., 11/15, 2-3:30
Rowe 319

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.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=669

 

 

Using LockDown Browser for Online Tests in HuskyCT
Tues., 11/20, 10:30-12
Rowe 319

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment when used for administering a test through HuskyCT. When taking a test using LockDown Browser, students are unable to print, copy, go to other websites, access other applications, or close a test until it is submitted for grading. This session will cover the use of LockDown Browser for tests, quizzes, and exams in your course, including recommended settings and best practices.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=670

 

 

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.

Mon., 12/3, 2-3 pm
Online via Blackboard Collaborate

Once registered and if you will be attending via online you will need to go to the link below.  Please plan to join 10 minutes before the session begins to make sure you connect successfully.

Online Blackboard Collaborate Link  – https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/16217de0c48e4d11b1c47598cc5268e2

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=665

 

Preparing your Grade Center for Finals
Weds., 12/5, 2-3:30
Online via Collaborate

In this session, you will learn to ensure your Grade Center is set up to accurately record and calculate student grades within HuskyCT. We will cover specific settings and features including total points calculations, weighted percentage calculations, categorizing graded items, including/excluding graded items, incorporating tests/exams, assignments, discussions, as well as many other types of assessments and grades in your course.

Once registered and if you will be attending via online you will need to go to the link below.  Please plan to join 10 minutes before the session begins to make sure you connect successfully.

Link to Collaborate – https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/61654368a50746d298020b5af744f468

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=671

 

Create Videos for Your Class
Monday, 12/10, 10:00-11:15
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. It will be available in person in Rowe 319 and online via Collaborate.

Once registered and if you will be attending via online you will need to go to the link below.  Please plan to join 10 minutes before the session begins to make sure you connect successfully.

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f87d3f49242d49ae9f46b2c97a286579

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=657

 

Preparing your Grade Center for Finals
Weds., 12/13, 11-12:30
Rowe 319

In this session, you will learn to ensure your Grade Center is set up to accurately record and calculate student grades within HuskyCT. We will cover specific settings and features including total points calculations, weighted percentage calculations, categorizing graded items, including/excluding graded items, incorporating tests/exams, assignments, discussions, as well as many other types of assessments and grades in your course.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=672

 

 

 

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.