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.

 

Friday, November 3     1:30 – 2:45         Teaching That Course Again? Course Reflection and the Process of Revision

We’ll discuss an innovative course reflection-revision process that explains methods for systematically revising courses as they are being taught. This easily carried out and effective process involves evaluation at 3 time scales: daily; after each module in the course; and at the end of the whole course. The process moves from micro-level revisions to macro-level issues. Presentation, discussion, and activities answer, “What should I do differently next time around?

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Monday, November 6     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, November 9    2:00 – 3:15             Leading Effective Discussions

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • The attributes of effective classroom discussions
  • Preparation strategies
  • Questioning techniques
  • How to encourage students to speak and assessing students’ contributions to class discussions

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Monday, November 13        1:30 – 3:00 – Laurel Hall 302 – Improv for Fun

The objectives:
Laugh- forget your day to day troubles, stressors, deadlines and such. Get outside of yourself- and into a character that will allow you to creatively experiment, take chances, try on a different personality…Take part in a creative adventure- Improv is a creative, spontaneous exercise Move, speak and act like someone you would not normally be- laugh and have fun while creating a character who reacts to a situation or a strange environment Improve your spontaneity- in improv we must “let go,” and react to the situation and to what is said to us HAVE FUN- Need I explain? If so, you definitely need to come!

Discuss implications for our work life- this is the only “serious” objective. I promise it won’t be painful.

Participants will take part in an improv session that will focus on silent improvs, spoken improvs, individual improvs, small group improvs, movement, creating an improv character… At the end we will discuss possible implications for your teaching.

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 Wednesday, November 15            2:30 – 3:45           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

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Thursday, November 16     11:00 – 12:15                  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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Monday, November 27    1:30 – 2:45              What are my Grades Really Grading?

We plan our courses with a set of objectives in mind, but how much do we take them into account when planning our final exams and assignments? If we want to encourage critical thinking, does it make sense to have a multiple-choice exam with concepts from the textbook? In this hands-on session, we will look at the correlation between course objectives and assessments. We will look at concrete examples and consider each participant’s own case. The goal is for participants to leave with at least one test question or assignment that is well aligned with one of their objectives.

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Tuesday, November 28    11:30 – 12:45         Classroom Grouping Strategies – VIA WebEX

In this session, participants will discuss topics like:

  • Purposes for grouping
  • Flexible groups vs. the same groups for the entire semester
  • Forming the groups – what are the key elements
  • Individual tasks within the group, and how to keep track of performance
  • Grading group work

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Wednesday, November 29         1:30 – 2:45  Embracing Diversity in the Classroom

If we truly believe that our mission as educators involves providing all students with equal opportunities to learn, we have to be ready to do just that. In this session, we will address:

– the notion of cultural competence and cultural competency in the classroom

– how to welcome and incorporate diversity into our classes

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Friday, December 1            11:00 – 12:15        Promoting Critical Thinking Through Course Activities

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • Course goals related to critical thinking
  • The essential questions associated with your course
  • Inductive teaching methods
  • Curiosity triggers
  • Examples of and strategies for creating activities for both large and small classes

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Monday, December 4       1:30 – 2:45              Incorporating Writing and Communication Skills in the Classroom

Whatever a student’s major is, they will at some point have to communicate with an audience, be it at a job interview, community event, academic conference, office meeting, etc. This talk will discuss ideas for class content and assignments that:

– help students use course topics to communicate in spoken or written media using a variety of modalities and genres, such as print, audio, video, online, and social media

– help you measure students’ grasp of content and attainment of course objectives

– get students more actively involved in their own learning

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Wednesday, December 6                   2:00 – 3:15                  Effective Strategies for Increasing Student Motivation

At this session, participants will discuss topics like

  • Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
  • The role of choice
  • Engaging student passion as a means of motivation
  • The importance of the teacher/student relationship in motivating students
  • Challenge and reward
  • The reluctant learner

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Wednesday, December 13                 1:30 – 2:45                  Designing Your 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 students

If possible, bring a draft syllabus to work on during this session.

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Thursday, December 14                     11:00 – 12:15              Designing Your 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 students

If possible, bring a draft syllabus to work on during this session.

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

November Schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, November 13th – 10:00-11:30 – Kaltura and Collaborate (Rowe 319)

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.

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  • Tuesday, November 14th – 9:30-11:00 – Pedagogy and Effective Use of Technology   (Rowe 319)

We will discuss technology integration into your courses based on your teaching needs.  Some of the topics we may cover are student engagement in class, blended learning, collaborative learning, active learning, etc.

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  • Thursday, November 16th – 2:00-3:30 pm – Organizing Course Materials in HuskyCT (via WebEx)

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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  • Monday, November 20th – 10:00-11:00 WebEx Training (Online Only)

You will receive a WebEx invitation after you register for the training. You will connect to the training session using the link in the email. We will cover the following:

  • How to connect Audio
  • How to connect Video
  • How to host a meeting:
    • Mute participants
    • Invite (and remind if someone forgot the link)
    • Share desktop or application
    • Chat
    • Record
    • Polling
  • What is the Personal Room?
  • Scheduling a meeting
  • Smartphone Apps
  • What is the difference between a Meeting and Event?

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  • Wednesday, November 22nd – 10:00-11:30 – HuskyCT Grade Center Basics (via WebEx)

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.

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  • Tuesday, November 28th – 1:30-3:00 – Exploring HuskyCT for Future Courses (via WebEx)

This session will provide a general overview of a range of learning delivery tools available within HuskyCT. These include frequently used tools such as announcements, assignments, test/surveys/pools, and discussions, but we will also cover less frequently used but still very useful options such as Kaltura, journals, blogs, wikis, adaptive release, and others.

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  • Wednesday, November 29th – 10:30-12:00 – 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.

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December Schedule is as follows:

 

  • Thursday, 11/30 – 9:00-10:00 – Rowe 319 and online – iClicker-Personal Response SystemThe 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

link to WebEx: https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/uconn-cmr/j.php?MTID=md307504fa13529425a6685c7ef4b1390

Register at https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=356

 

 

  • Tues., 12/5, 1:30-3:00 pm – Preparing your Grade Center for Finals (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.

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  • Tuesday, 12/5 – 3:00-4:30 – 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.

link to Blackboard Collaborate: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/309b142ebe994b3b8ffc943499ac621c

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  • Monday, 12/11 – 10:00-11:00 – Rowe 319 and online – iClicker-Personal Response SystemThe 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

link to WebEx: https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/uconn-cmr/j.php?MTID=m74e8e64977790edd5da059869dbfcb84

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  • , 12/13, 11:00 am -12:30 pm – Organizing Course Materials in HuskyCT (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.

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  • Thursday, 12/14, 10:30 am -12:00 pm – Exploring HuskyCT for Future Courses (online via Blackboard Collaborate)

This session will provide a general overview of a range of learning delivery tools available within HuskyCT. These include frequently used tools such as announcements, assignments, test/surveys/pools, and discussions, and we will also cover multimedia/recording/web conference options such as Kaltura and Collaborate.

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  • Thursday, 12/18 – 1:30-3:00 – 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.

link to Blackboard Collaborate: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/04cdcdc5a65e487fa0abd099dcf4d8b9

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  • Wednesday, 12/20, 10:30 am -12:00 pm – 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.

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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.