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.

February schedule:

Tuesday           February 6            1:30 – 2:45             Being Present in the Classroom

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • How to maximize both your students’ focus and your own to maximize learning
  • Flexibility in the classroom
  • Embracing silence
  • Reducing multi-tasking

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Wednesday     February 7     Postponed to February 21             1:30 – 2:45                  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.

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Friday              February 9                   11:00 – 12:15  Promoting the Growth Mindset     

We will discuss how we can promote and encourage the growth mindset in our students by addressing practices such as:

 

  • grading strategies that reward process as well as product
  • praising improvement and not just ability
  • providing feedback that directs students to strategies for improvement
  • incorporating reflection and goal-setting
  • identifying optimal levels of challenge at each step of the learning process

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Monday           February 12                12:00 – 1:15                It’s Never Too Early for Feedback

We will share ideas for getting and giving feedback that you can start using right away, when you and your students still have plenty of time to act on it. Among the topics we will cover are:

  • incorporating formative assessment
  • in-class strategies
  • creating electronic surveys using, for example, Google Forms, HuskyCT, and Qualtrics
  • using response apps like Socrative and PollEverywhere (if you are not adopting iClickers)
  • suggestions for Midterm feedback

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Wednesday     February 14                11:00 – 12:15              Using Reflective practice to Improve Your Teaching

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.

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Wednesday  February 14                        1:30 – 2:45              Developing and Using Rubrics

At this session, we will discuss

  • Types of rubrics
  • Using rubrics to save grading time, provide useful feedback, & promote student learning
  • Getting started with rubric construction
  • Using rubrics in HuskyCT

You may want to bring your laptop for the HuskyCT portion of the session.

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Friday           February 16        1:30-3:00                     Improv for Fun and Profit

Objectives:

  1. Have a fun 90 minutes!
  2. Come out of yourself and take some (safe) chances
  3. Discuss the implications for your teaching, or your non-teaching work

We will do silent, whole group improvs to begin, then move on to individual and small group improve activities, both silent and spoken.

Again, the first objective is to have fun!

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Wednesday   February 21   1:30 – 2:45     Aligning Technology with Pedagogical Goals

At this session, participants will discuss the answers to questions like

  • What are my main pedagogical goals & student learning objectives?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of my current use of teaching strategies and educational technology?
  • How might technology enhance student learning in my courses?
  • How can I align learning objectives & technology based activities?

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Thursday         February 22            11:00 – 12:15       Using Creativity (both yours AND your students’) in your Teaching

We will discuss such topics as:

  • Taking chances
  • Active learning
  • 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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Friday                        February 23            1:30 – 2:45               Turning Teaching Challenges Into Success

IN ROWE 319 AND VIA WEBEX

We will discuss challenges such as:

  • A lesson or activity that isn’t going well
  • The sea of blank faces
  • Getting more students to participate in discussions
  • Demonstrations/technology that doesn’t go as planned
  • 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                 February 28     1:30 – 2:45                  Effective Use of Small Group Instruction

IN ROWE 319 AND VIA WEBEX

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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March Schedule is as follows:

Wednesday     March 7                     1:30 – 2:45      Assessment Techniques for Examining Student Responses to Instruction

Are you sometimes surprised by your Student Evaluations of Teaching (SET)?  Are you interested in getting feedback from your students about your teaching effectiveness and their perceptions of their own learning?

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • Strategies to get meaningful feedback from students about teaching and learning
  • Interpreting feedback and using it mid-semester
  • Encouraging meaningful self-assessment
  • Using formative assessments and reflection to develop your teaching portfolio/files

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Wednesday     March 7                     1:30 – 2:45                  The Actor’s Tools & How They Can Enhance Your Teaching   (Laurel Hall 306)

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.

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Thursday         March 8     1:30 – 2:45          Reaching Underprepared Students

We will discuss topics such as:

  • How to recognize the underprepared students in your course
  • Steps to take, including strategies for differentiated instruction
  • What are our responsibilities and how can we meet them
  • What are the student’s responsibilities and how can we assist her/him in meeting them

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Wednesday, March 14     1:30 – 2:45         Options for 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

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Thursday         March 15                    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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Tuesday, March 20                 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 styles
  • Using class time to emphasize learning/study skills

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Wednesday                 March 21       1:30 – 2:45     Effective Presentations for Large and Small Groups

VIA WEBEX & in ROWE 319

We will discuss topics such as:

  • Breaking up the lecture- small group discussion, large group discussion, questions (yours and theirs)
  • Effective use of PowerPoint slides & other visuals
  • Speaking the students’, or audience’s language, and making the presentation fit the audience
  • Moving away from the board or the podium
  • Effective use of humor

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Wednesday                 March 28     1:30 – 2:45                    Building Rapport in the Classroom

We will discuss topics such as:

  • Importance of connection
  • Ways to show caring and develop trust
  • Establishing classroom policies
  • Honoring and challenging students’ beliefs
  • Promoting civility & respect

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Thursday                     March 29     1:30 – 3:00          HBL CLC         Developing Communications Skills through Improv

  • The First Objective is to enjoy the experience
  • Improv can help you and your students to think on your feet and to be comfortable in unfamiliar circumstances and surroundings
  • Be comfortable being spontaneous

Join us for some fund, and hopefully for some new learning

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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.

 

February schedule is as follows:

  • Tues., 2/6, 10:30 am – noon – Organizing Course Materials in HuskyCT (Rowe 319) – Rescheduled from 1/17 snow day
    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.
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  • Wed., 2/7, 1:30 – 3:00 – HuskyCT Basics – Intro and Overview for New Instructors (online via Blackboard Collaborate)
    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.
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  • Thurs., 2/15, 11:00-12:00 – Student Engagement & Technology
    The use of Classroom Response Systems is a proven way to engage students and let instructors know what students are thinking. This session will help you learn more about iClickers, PollEverywhere and TopHat.  Then you can decide what will work best for you and your students.

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  • Thurs., 2/15, 1:30 – 3:00  – Developing and Building Test, Surveys, and Pools (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_button

 

  • Tues., 2/20, 11:00-12:30 – Using LockDown Browser for Online Tests in HuskyCT (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.
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  • Tues, 2/27, 9:00-10:00 – Lecture/Video Recording Options
    We will be comparing different applications you can use to create content for your course including Kaltura, Lightboard Recording Room, and PowerPoint, etc.  The objective is that you will be able to make an informed decision about what you will use based on your needs.

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March Schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, 3/5 – 9:00-10:00 – Rowe 319 and online – iClicker Training
    The use of Classroom Response Systems or “clickers” is a proven way to engage students and let instructors know what students are thinking. This training will cover the following:
    • How to install/run the iClicker software
    • How to setup a Polling Session
    • How to run a Polling Session
    • How to link your Polling Sessions to HuskyCT
    • How to sync your roster and scores into HuskyCT
    • How to setup clicker Registration for your students in HuskyCT

WebEx to join online: https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/uconn-cmr/j.php?MTID=m06b8b12353e596e6bb4d9c62285baf48

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  • Tuesday, 3/13 – 9:00-10:30 – Rowe 319 and online –Kaltura and Collaborate

    Kaltura is an application built right into HuskyCT that allows instructors and students to record their own video and audio, such as screencasts and/or webcam recordings, and add them directly to their courses. Collaborate is a web-conferencing platform (similar to Skype or WebEx) built into HuskyCT and available to every instructor, allowing for remote/virtual live interaction with students. This session will cover the basics of each platform and how they can be used in your course through HuskyCT. You will be sent a link to the Collaborate if you decide to join online.

Blackboard Collaborate to join online: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d865cdd7b5354d12b5f9937ad5be3117

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  • Friday, 3/23 – 10:00-11:00 – Rowe 319 and online – iClicker Training
    The use of Classroom Response Systems or “clickers” is a proven way to engage students and let instructors know what students are thinking. This training will cover the following:
    • How to install/run the iClicker software
    • How to setup a Polling Session
    • How to run a Polling Session
    • How to link your Polling Sessions to HuskyCT
    • How to sync your roster and scores into HuskyCT
    • How to setup clicker Registration for your students in HuskyCT

WebEx to join online: https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/uconn-cmr/j.php?MTID=m42e96f22de09e9b33d6573efa682f506

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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.