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.

 

Thursday         June 28                       2:00 – 3:15      Location: ROWE 131
Improvisation Techniques and How They Can Liven Up Your Classroom and/or Work Experience

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=527

 

 

Wednesday                July 11 2:30 – 3:45                  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=533

 

 

Thursday                     July 12                1:30 – 2:45                 Introversion in the Classroom:  Ways to Promote Success for Both Introverted Students AND Introverted Instructors

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=534

 

Tuesday                       July 24             3:00 – 4:15     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=535

 

 

Wednesday                July 25             1:00 – 2:15                  The Actor’s Tools & 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=536

 

 

Thursday         July 26                   2:00 – 3:15                     Creating a Positive Classroom Environment

We will discuss topics such as:

  • Maintaining a positive attitude & showing enthusiasm
  • Making students feel welcome and showing you care
  • Inclusive teaching and learning strategies
  • Encouraging student participation and active learning
  • Giving choices and engaging student passion
  • Using humor

Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=537

 

 

Monday           July 30             11:30 – 12:45              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=538

 

 

Tuesday           July 31                        2:00 – 3:15      Location: ROWE 132
Improvisation Techniques and How They Can Liven Up Your Classroom and/or Work Experience

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=532

 

 

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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

July Sessions:

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

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

 

August Schedule:

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

 

Wednesday, 8/15, 1:30-3:00
Location: Online via Blackboard Collaborate
Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=539

 

Monday, 8/20, 10:30-12:00
Location: Rowe 319
Register at – https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=540

 

HuskyCT In-Depth Workshops

Presenter: Dan Facchinetti

 

Keeping it Simple: Organizing Course Materials in HuskyCT

Tuesday, 8/14, 10:30-12:00

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=541

 

 

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.