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.

 

JANUARY

Monday, Jan 7             1:00-2:15        A Conversation about Strategies for Inclusive Teaching 

In this teaching talk we will discuss topics such as:

  • 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=713

 

Tuesday, Jan 8             1:00-2:15        Designing a Syllabus

At this session, participants will discuss issues like

  • Course design concerns
  • Syllabus requirements
  • Policy statements (what to include and why)
  • How students use a syllabus
  • Using the syllabus to engage and include students

You may bring a draft of your syllabus if you like.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=714

 

Wednesday, Jan 9       10:00-11:15                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.  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=715

 

Wednesday, Jan 9       1:30-2:45                     First Impressions, 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=728

 

Thursday, Jan 10         10:00-11:15                The intellectual benefits of playfulness: bringing play into your class through complicity games (HBL CLC)

Complicity games originated in the physical theatre work of Jacques Lecoq. In the classroom they can be used as a warm up to increase student focus and interest, as a useful, accessible metaphor to describe intellectual practice, as kinetic learning, and as a way to encourage participation and risk-taking.

Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. This is not a physically taxing workshop, but we will move. The workshop is designed to be accessible.

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.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=748

 

Thursday, Jan 10         1:00-2:15                   Designing a Syllabus

At this session, participants will discuss issues like

  • Course design concerns
  • Syllabus requirements
  • Policy statements (what to include and why)
  • How students use a syllabus
  • Using the syllabus to engage and include students

You may bring a draft of your syllabus if you like.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=716

 

Monday, Jan 14           11:00-12:15                 Creating a Positive Classroom Environment

We will discuss topics such as:

  • Maintaining a positive attitude
  • Making students feel welcome and showing you care
  • Encouraging student participation and active learning
  • Giving choices and engaging student passion
  • Celebrating both success and failure
  • Using humor to make and/or emphasize a point

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=729

 

Tuesday, Jan 15           2:00-3:15                    The Teaching Persona

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?

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=730

 

Wednesday, Jan 16     10:00-11:15    (Rowe 319 and via WebEx)    Sharing approaches to critical thinking

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 have implemented in your classes? How did you think about assessment of them? 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=717

 

 Wednesday, Jan 16     2:30-3:45                    Feedback and Assessment

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • Formative and summative assessment
  • Criterion referenced (individual performance) vs. Proportionate grading (the curve)
  • Simple everyday formative assessment strategies
  • Fairness in assessment
  • Alternatives to exams, tests, and quizzes
  • The final grade

Register here – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=731

 

Wednesday, Jan 23     1:30-2:45                     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=732

 

Thursday, Jan 24         3:00-4:15                    Using personal stories in the classroom

The goal of this workshop is to identify and develop two or three personal stories you can use to illustrate course content, promote vocational awareness in students, or establish rapport in the classroom. We will discuss ways that personal stories have changed the dynamics of a course and increased student learning and engagement.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=691

 

Monday, Jan 28           3:15-4:30                     Less Listening, More Active Participation

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • When do I need to lecture, and when may I allow students to learn on their own?
  • Overcoming obstacles to active learning
  • Opening the lecture to increase active learning
  • Strategies to activate the classroom
  • Making students part of the planning process
  • Active learning through projects, problem solving activities, experiments…
  • Giving choices
  • Specific things to consider for the beginner

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=733

 

Wednesday, Jan 30     2:00-3:15        (HBL CLC)             Using Improvisation and Role Play- an Active Participation 

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.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=734

 

FEBRUARY

Tuesday, Feb 5            2:00-3:15                     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=735

 

 Wednesday, Feb 6       11:00-12:15                 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

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=736

 

Wednesday, Feb 6       2:00-3:15                   Developing discussion & dialogue questions

As 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.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=719

 

Thursday, Feb 7           9:00-10:15                 Giving feedback

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

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=720

 

Friday, Feb 8              1:00-2:15                    Sharing approaches to critical thinking

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 have implemented in your classes? How did you think about assessment of them? 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=721

 

Monday, Feb 11          3:15-4:30                     Effective Questioning Techniques

In this session, participants will discuss topics like:

  • What kinds of questions should we ask?
  • How can we best formulate our questions?
  • How can we promote student learning through answering questions?
  • How can we use questions to assess learning?
  • How can instructors more effectively respond to questions?

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=737

 

Wednesday, Feb 13     2:00-3:15                    Classroom Climate- Accentuating the Positive

We will discuss topics such as:

  • Attentiveness
  • Active listening
  • Inclusive practice
  • Speaking kindly
  • Respecting others’ opinions
  • Accepting and giving constructive feedback

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=738

 

Thursday, Feb 14         9:00-10:15            (Oak 268)       The intellectual benefits of playfulness: bringing play into your class through complicity games

Complicity games originated in the physical theatre work of Jacques Lecoq. In the classroom they can be used as a warm up to increase student focus and interest, as a useful, accessible metaphor to describe intellectual practice, as kinetic learning, and as a way to encourage participation and risk-taking.

Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. This is not a physically taxing workshop, but we will move. The workshop is designed to be accessible.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=749

 

Tuesday, Feb 19          1:30-2:45                    Effective Use of Small Group Instruction in Classes of any Size

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=739

 

Thursday, Feb 21         3:00-4:15                    A Conversation about Strategies for Inclusive Teaching

In this teaching talk we will discuss topics such as:

  • 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=722

 

Wednesday Feb 27      1:30-2:45                    Leading Effective Discussions

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • How to maximize student participation
  • Reluctant speakers
  • Questions that lead to good instructions
  • Questions that do NOT lead to good discussions
  • Using student questions as a springboard to effective discussions

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=740

 

Thursday, Feb 28         10:00-11:15               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.  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=723

 

MARCH

Friday, Mar 1              11:00-12:15                Using personal stories in the classroom

The goal of this workshop is to identify and develop two or three personal stories you can use to illustrate course content, promote vocational awareness in students, or establish rapport in the classroom. We will discuss ways that personal stories have changed the dynamics of a course and increased student learning and engagement.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=724

 

Monday, Mar 4           3:15-4:30                     Strategies for Increasing Student Motivation

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
  • The role of student choice
  • Engaging student passion
  • The importance of the teacher/student relationship
  • Challenge and reward
  • The reluctant learner
  • Service learning and other experiential techniques

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=741

 

Wednesday, Mar 6     11:00-12:15                 Reflective Practice- for the Instructor and for the Students

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=747

 

Thursday, Mar 7         2:00-3:15                    Developing discussion & dialogue questions

As 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.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=725

 

Tuesday, Mar 12         1:30-2:45                     Teaching Creatively

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

Register at  – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=746

 

Wednesday, Mar 13               3:00-4:15         Managing Anxiety- yours and theirs

We will discuss topics such as:

  • Lack of confidence & experience
  • Preparation 101
  • The first day
  • Establishing a comfortable and safe learning environment
  • Promoting interaction and connection between students and between student and instructor
  • Shared goals and expectations

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=745

 

Thursday, Mar 14       3:00-4:15                    Giving feedback

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

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=726

 

Monday, Mar 18         3:15-4:30                     The Introvert as a Successful Teacher/Student

We will discuss topics such as:

  • Situations and learning environments where introverts thrive
  • Inclusive teaching strategies
  • Communication strategies
  • Distinguishing between introversion and lack of confidence
  • Developing a positive view of your temperament & personality

Register at –https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=744

 

Monday, Mar 25         11:00-12:15                 Creating a Positive Classroom Environment

We will discuss topics such as:

  • Maintaining a positive attitude
  • Making students feel welcome and showing you care
  • Encouraging student participation and active learning
  • Giving choices and engaging student passion
  • Celebrating both success and failure
  • Using humor to make and/or emphasize a point

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=743

 

Wednesday, March 27            2:30-3:45           (HBL CLC)          Using Improvisation and Role Play- an Active Participation Teaching Talk

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.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=742

 

Thursday, Mar 28                   2:00-3:15                    The intellectual benefits of playfulness: bringing play into your class through complicity games (HBL CLC)

Complicity games originated in the physical theatre work of Jacques Lecoq. In the classroom they can be used as a warm up to increase student focus and interest, as a useful, accessible metaphor to describe intellectual practice, as kinetic learning, and as a way to encourage participation and risk-taking.

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.

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=750

 

Friday, Mar 29                        11:00-12:15                            Sharing approaches to critical thinking

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 have implemented in your classes? How did you think about assessment of them? 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=727

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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.

HuskyCT Basics

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.

  • Tuesday, 1/8/19, 11-12:30 – Online via Bb Collaborate

Link to join: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/468da5df5fad40f583112bde3d0f3499

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=751

 

  • Monday, 1/14/19, 2-3:30 – Online via Bb Collaborate

Link to join: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/3bd46d47caca4edd84944c702a2517ad

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=752

 

  • Wednesday, 1/23/18, 10-11 – Online via Collaborate

Link to join: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/8b41a2997aba4aba834b8a4bcad0b899

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=753

 

Keep It Simple – Organizing Course Materials in HuskyCT

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.

Thursday, 1/17/19, 2-3:30 – Online via Bb Collaborate

Link to join: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/991a8b16e76049d68ce3a5374bac3d73

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=754

 

Assessments & Assignments in HuskyCT

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 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”)

Wednesday, 1/30/18, 10:30 – noon, Rowe 319

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=755

 

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.