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.

     

        APRIL

        Crafting discussion and dialogue questions
        Thursday, April 2                     1:00-2:15
        Online
        Presenter: Tina Huey, CETL 

        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.

        Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1174

         

         

        Communicating with Students in an Online Format
        Friday, 4/3, 2:00-3:15
        Online
        Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL 

        Note: Teaching Talks are designed as conversations among colleagues. Please come prepared to share ideas that have worked for you. Also come with whatever questions you may have. The more participatory the Talk is the more effective it will be.

        Focus: Communicating effectively with both individual students and groups

        We will discuss topics such as:

        • Use of “Discussion Board” in HuskyCT
        • Use of “Announcements” in HuskyCT
        • Use of “Messages” in HuskyCT
        • Communication during synchronous presentations
        • Communication when the learning is asynchronous
        • Use of email
        • Other forms of communication
        • Your ideas, questions, concerns, issues…

        Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1349

         

         

        Alt Assessment
        Monday, 4/6, 12:00-1:00
        Online at – https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/meet/mar18054
        Presenter: Martina Rosenberg, CETL

        What are Teaching Talks?

        Join us for an hour of your day to connect with your colleagues. These sessions serve as a springboard for discussions around a topic related to teaching and learning but really give you the chance to share the success and challenges you are facing in our new teaching reality. Each session has a topical theme but are shaped by the participants discussion, needs, and interests.

        The thematic focus for this particular session is…

        Alternative Assessments: Visual Organizers 

        How are you planning to adapt your final to the current teaching environment? What are your options and solutions for assessing this semester while teaching remotely?

        Proposed Objectives

        1. Explore a few visual organizers (infographic, flow chart, concept map)
        2. Discuss affordances of visual organizers as assessment option in different disciplines.
        3. Share what is on your mind

        Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1355

         

        Communicating with Students in an Online Format
        Monday, 4/6, 1:15-2:30
        Online
        Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL 

        Note: Teaching Talks are designed as conversations among colleagues. Please come prepared to share ideas that have worked for you. Also come with whatever questions you may have. The more participatory the Talk is the more effective it will be.

        Focus: Communicating effectively with both individual students and groups

        We will discuss topics such as:

        • Use of “Discussion Board” in HuskyCT
        • Use of “Announcements” in HuskyCT
        • Use of “Messages” in HuskyCT
        • Communication during synchronous presentations
        • Communication when the learning is asynchronous
        • Use of email
        • Other forms of communication
        • Your ideas, questions, concerns, issues…

        Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1350

         

        Alternative Assessments in an Online Course
        Monday, 4/6, 3:00-4:15
        Online
        Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

        Note: Teaching Talks are designed as conversations among colleagues. Please come prepared to share ideas that have worked for you. Also come with whatever questions you may have. The more participatory the Talk is the more effective it will be.

        Focus: Finding alternative ways to assess the learning in an online format. Deciding when the “tried and true” is appropriate and when we may need something else.

        We will discuss topics such as:

        • Formative assessments- how, how much, how often
        • Summative assessment:
        • Pass/Fail versus our normal grading system.
        • Giving tests and quizzes online- what works, what may not work. What about cheating?
        • Open book, open note, open computer, or a variation
        • Projects, presentations, or papers instead of or in addition to tests
        • Study guides
        • Student presentations online
        • Using Discussion Board, Announcements, and Messages to assess and to communicate
        • Blogs and journals
        • Small group projects and/or assessments

        Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1352

         

         

        MCQs 
        Wednesday, 4/8, 2:00-3:00
        Online at – https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/meet/mar18054
        Presenter: Martina Rosenberg, CETL

        What are Teaching Talks?

        Join us for an hour of your day to connect with your colleagues. These sessions serve as a springboard for discussions around a topic related to teaching and learning but really give you the chance to share the success and challenges you are facing in our new teaching reality. Each session has a topical theme but are shaped by the participants discussion, needs, and interests.

        The thematic focus for this particular session is…

        Better Multiple Choice Questions

        Do’s and Don’ts of good question design still apply whether on paper or in Husky CT. Transitioning to remote teaching is a chance to refine your assessments.

        Proposed Objectives

        1. Review what research tells us about best practices when assessing student learning with multiple choice questions
        2. Explain how your multiple choice questions assess progress towards learning objectives
        3. Share what is on your mind

        Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1356

         

        Communicating with Students in an Online Format
        Wednesday, 4/8, 4:00-5:15
        Online
        Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL 

        Note: Teaching Talks are designed as conversations among colleagues. Please come prepared to share ideas that have worked for you. Also come with whatever questions you may have. The more participatory the Talk is the more effective it will be.

        Focus: Communicating effectively with both individual students and groups

        We will discuss topics such as:

        • Use of “Discussion Board” in HuskyCT
        • Use of “Announcements” in HuskyCT
        • Use of “Messages” in HuskyCT
        • Communication during synchronous presentations
        • Communication when the learning is asynchronous
        • Use of email
        • Other forms of communication
        • Your ideas, questions, concerns, issues…

        Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1351

         

         

        Alternative Assessments in an Online Course
        Wednesday, 4/8, 1:15-2:30
        Online
        Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

        Note: Teaching Talks are designed as conversations among colleagues. Please come prepared to share ideas that have worked for you. Also come with whatever questions you may have. The more participatory the Talk is the more effective it will be.

        Focus: Finding alternative ways to assess the learning in an online format. Deciding when the “tried and true” is appropriate and when we may need something else.

        We will discuss topics such as:

        • Formative assessments- how, how much, how often
        • Summative assessment:
        • Pass/Fail versus our normal grading system.
        • Giving tests and quizzes online- what works, what may not work. What about cheating?
        • Open book, open note, open computer, or a variation
        • Projects, presentations, or papers instead of or in addition to tests
        • Study guides
        • Student presentations online
        • Using Discussion Board, Announcements, and Messages to assess and to communicate
        • Blogs and journals
        • Small group projects and/or assessments

        Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1353

         

        Alternative Assessments in an Online Course
        Thursday, 4/9, 2:00-3:15
        Online
        Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

        Note: Teaching Talks are designed as conversations among colleagues. Please come prepared to share ideas that have worked for you. Also come with whatever questions you may have. The more participatory the Talk is the more effective it will be.

        Focus: Finding alternative ways to assess the learning in an online format. Deciding when the “tried and true” is appropriate and when we may need something else.

        We will discuss topics such as:

        • Formative assessments- how, how much, how often
        • Summative assessment:
        • Pass/Fail versus our normal grading system.
        • Giving tests and quizzes online- what works, what may not work. What about cheating?
        • Open book, open note, open computer, or a variation
        • Projects, presentations, or papers instead of or in addition to tests
        • Study guides
        • Student presentations online
        • Using Discussion Board, Announcements, and Messages to assess and to communicate
        • Blogs and journals
        • Small group projects and/or assessments

        Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1354

         

         

        Conversations in Service Learning: The What, How, Who? And leveraging results
        Friday, April 10                        1:30-2:30
        Online
        Presenter: Julia Yakovich, Service Learning

        Learn about the pedagogy of Service Learning and how to integrate it into existing or new courses in efficient ways. We will discuss how to leverage the pedagogy for PTR purposes and how Service Learning can lead to grant funding and research in meaningful ways with students and partners. All faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome at any stage of Service Learning.

        Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1260

         

        Alt Assessment
        Monday, 4/13, 2:00-3:00
        Online at – https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/meet/mar18054
        Presenter: Martina Rosenberg, CETL

        What are Teaching Talks?

        Join us for an hour of your day to connect with your colleagues. These sessions serve as a springboard for discussions around a topic related to teaching and learning but really give you the chance to share the success and challenges you are facing in our new teaching reality. Each session has a topical theme but are shaped by the participants discussion, needs, and interests.

        The thematic focus for this particular session is…

        Alternative Assessments: Visual Organizers 

        How are you planning to adapt your final to the current teaching environment? What are your options and solutions for assessing this semester while teaching remotely?

        Proposed Objectives

        1. Explore a few visual organizers (infographic, flow chart, concept map)
        2. Discuss affordances of visual organizers as assessment option in different disciplines.
        3. Share what is on your mind

        Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1357

         

         

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        HANDS-ON HUSKYCT Workshops and other EdTech Workshops

         

        MARCH

          Developing and Building Test, Surveys, and Pools in HuskyCT
          Tuesday, 3/31, 10:30-11:30
          Online via Collaborate
          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.

          Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1275

           

           

          Keep Teaching: Creating Short Lecture Videos for Your Class
          Tuesday, 3/31, 11:00-12:30
          Online
          Presenter: Karen Skudlarek, CETL 

          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://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1286

           

          APRIL

          Using LockDown Browser and Monitor for Online Tests in HuskyCT

          Wednesday, 4/1, 10:30-11:30

          Online

          Presenter: Daniel Facchinetti, CETL

           

          LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down a student’s computer when used for administering a test through HuskyCT. Monitor is an additional feature that uses a student’s webcam to record them taking their test, which provides a means to review the student’s testing environment. 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, and Monitor creates a video record of the time they spent taking the test. This session will cover the use of LockDown Browser and Monitor for tests, quizzes, and exams in your course, including recommended settings and best practices.

           

          Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1261

           

           

           

          Need help with Kaltura? Kaltura open session 

          Wednesday, 4/1, 11:00-12:00
          Online

          Presenter: Karen Skudlarek, CETL – max enrollment 20

           

          Did you try Kaltura last week and still have questions? Karen will host a session for you to ask questions about Kaltura features with which you continue to struggle. This will not be a training session, rather it will be an opportunity to ask Karen a specific question related to Kaltura.

           

          Link for session: https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/meet/kps05003

           

          Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1345

           

           

           

          Recorded Video vs. Live Instructional Delivery 

          Wednesday, April 1, 1:00 – 2:00

          WebEx: https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/uconn-cmr/j.php?MTID=mff69c9c2e0bb881624ea32491bca5738

          Presenters: Betsy Guala & Cathy Healy, CETL-eCampus

           

          Join us for a discussion about the different content delivery options available, including Kaltura, Collaborate Ultra, and WebEx.

           

          By the end of this webinar, participants should be able to:

          1. Discuss the pros and cons of using synchronous and asynchronous content delivery platforms.
          2. Choose a lecture platform to deliver content to students best suited to the student population, subject matter, and technological ability of the instructor.
          3. Locate resources to assist in delivering content, either live or recorded.

           

          Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1347

           

           

          Keep Teaching: Teach Remotely Using Webex
          April 1, 1:30-3:00
          Online
          Presenter: Karen Skudlarek, CETL 

          Online using WebEx https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/join/kps05003.

          This workshop will increase your knowledge about and comfort level using WebEx as a way to host meetings online, continue teaching remotely, setup remote office hours, and collaborate synchronously online.

          We will meet in WebEx at: https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/join/kps05003

          Before the Session Begins Please:

          Test if you can run WebEx on your computer and browser on your computer by going to: https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html 

          Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1332

           

          Need help with HuskyCT basics? HuskyCT basics open session
          Wednesday, 4/1, 1:30-2:30
          Online
          Presenter: Margaret Ascenzo – CETL

          Did you try HuskyCT basic features last week and still have questions? Margaret will host a session for you to ask questions about HuskyCT basic features with which you continue to struggle. This will not be a training session, rather it will be an opportunity to ask Margaret a specific question related to HuskyCT basic features.

          Link will be sent the day before the event to those who register.

          Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1343

           

           

          DIY Closed Captioning & Creating Accessible Digital Content
          Thursday, 4/2, 9:30-10:30
          Online
          Presenter: Karen Skudlarek, CETL 

          We will discuss best practice when captioning and 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://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1291

           

           

          Developing and Building Online Assessments in HuskyCT
          Thursday, 4/2, 10:30-11:30
          Online via Collaborate
          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. 

          Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1262

           

             

            Keep Teaching: Teach Remotely Using Blackboard Collaborate
            Friday, 4/3, 9:00-10:00
            Online
            Presenter: Karen Skudlarek, CETL

            This workshop will increase your knowledge about and comfort level using Blackboard Ultra Collaborate as a way to continue teaching remotely, setup remote office hours, and collaborate synchronously online. You’ll learn how to use it for small groups and online (virtual) office hours, guest lecturers, share screens in meetings, etc.

            We will meet in Blackboard Collaborate at: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d986329edfef42769b391c50935cdc6e

            Before the Session Begins Please:

            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://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1292

             

               

              Using LockDown Browser and Monitor for Online Tests in HuskyCT
              Tuesday, 4/7, 2:30-3:30
              Online
              Presenter: Daniel Facchinetti, CETL

              LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down a student’s computer when used for administering a test through HuskyCT. Monitor is an additional feature that uses a student’s webcam to record them taking their test, which provides a means to review the student’s testing environment. 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, and Monitor creates a video record of the time they spent taking the test. This session will cover the use of LockDown Browser and Monitor for tests, quizzes, and exams in your course, including recommended settings and best practices.

              Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1263

               

                  HuskyCT Basics-Intro and Overview
                  Monday, 4/13, 1:00-2:00
                  Online
                  Presenter: Margaret Ascenzo, CETL

                  This session will introduce you to the new look of HuskyCT, and will cover 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.

                  Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1288

                   

                   

                  Keep Teaching: Developing and Building Online Assessments in HuskyCT
                  Tuesday, 4/14, 10:30-11:30
                  Online via Collaborate
                  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.

                  Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1264

                   

                   

                  Assessments & Assignments in HuskyCT
                  Tuesday, 4/21, 2:30-3:30
                  Online via Collaborate
                  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”)

                  Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1265

                   

                   

                  Preparing your Grade Center for Grade Calculation and Midterm/Final Grade Submission
                  Wednesday, 4/22, 10:30-11:30
                  Online via Collaborate
                  Presenter: Daniel Facchinetti, CETL

                  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. We will also cover how to send a grade column to Student Admin for midterm and final grade submission.

                  Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1266

                   

                   

                  HuskyCT Basics – Intro and Overview
                  Monday, 4/27, 1:30-2:30
                  Online via Collaborate
                  Presenter: Margaret Ascenzo, CETL

                  This session will introduce you to the new look of HuskyCT, and will cover 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.

                  Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1267

                   

                   

                  Preparing your Grade Center for Grade Calculation and Midterm/Final Grade Submission
                  Wednesday, 4/29, 2:30-3:30
                  Online via Collaborate
                  Presenter: Daniel Facchinetti, CETL

                  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. We will also cover how to send a grade column to Student Admin for midterm and final grade submission.

                  Registered at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1268

                   

                   

                  Contact edtech@uconn.edu if you have questions or would like more information.