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 online 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 CETL if you have questions or would like more information.

     

        JANUARY

        The Actor’s Tools and How They Can Enhance your effectiveness
        Tuesday, January 19, 6:45-7:45
        Online
        Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL
           

        We will discuss:
        • The three main actor’s tools: Face, voice, body
        • Other tools such as energy, enthusiasm, expression, concentration, focus, confidence, presence…

        Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1839

         

         

        The Teaching Persona
        Wednesday, January 20, 2:00-3:15
        Online
        Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL   

        Participants will leave with a clear understanding of the teaching persona- what it consists of, how to decide which parts of “you” that you will share with your students, how you will present yourself…
        At this session, participants will discuss topics like:
        • Effects of gender and age on how you present yourself, 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?
        • Why is the teaching persona important?

        Register- https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1840

         

        Creating a Positive Classroom Environment
        Monday, January 25, 2:00-3:15
        Online
        Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL   

        We will discuss:
        • Maintaining a positive attitude
        • Providing clear expectations and clear boundaries
        • Making a connection
        • Maximizing opportunities for active learning…

        Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1841

         

         

        Begin anew: re-humanizing the classroom
        Friday, Jan 22, 1:00 – 2:15
        Online: Link will be emailed; also see Event Details in fins.uconn.edu
        Presenters: Khalilah Arrington and Tina Huey

        What are Teaching Talks?

        Join us for an hour of your day to connect with your colleagues. These interactive 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 is shaped by the participants’ discussion, needs, and interests.

        The thematic focus for this particular session is re-humanizing the classroom.

        Proposed activities

        • Through mindfulness exercises and writing prompts, reflect on your recent teaching experience.
        • Identify priorities for your teaching in the near future.
        • Explore the framework of humanizing pedagogy
        • Share what is on your mind

        Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1917

         

         

        Effective Questioning Techniques
        Tuesday, January 26, 6:45-7:45
        Online
        Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL
           

        Specific strategies regarding formulating and asking effective questions. An understanding of how an effective question differs from a less effective question. Ways to get answers to your questions…
        We will discuss topics such as:
        • What kinds of questions should be asked?
        • How do we form these questions?
        • How do we get answers to our questions?
        • How can we use questions to assess learning?
        • How can we more effectively respond to questions? …

        Registerhttps://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1842

         

         

              Pandemic reflection series: the social and emotional contexts for learning
              Tuesday, January 19, 12:00 – 1:15
              Location: see event details in FINS or emailed link
              Presenters: Suzanne LaFleur and Tina Huey, CETL-Faculty Development and Khalilah Arrington, Ed. Psychology

              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 to reflect on the social and emotional contexts for learning.

              Proposed Objectives:

              • Share experiences and observations about how the pivot to remote teaching affected engagement and motivation among your students.
              • Discuss the value proposition of social networks, both in the course and outside it, for learning.
              • Share what is on your mind.

              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1890

               

               

              Crafting writing prompts and discussion questions
              Thursday, January 21, 12:00 – 1:30
              Location: see event details in FINS or emailed link
              Presenters: Tina Huey, CETL-Faculty Development

              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 writing prompts and discussion questions. Topics will include:

              • How you use questions in the classroom
              • How to be intentional in planning questions while remaining spontaneous
              • Length and scope of prompts for writing assignments, presentations, etc.
              • Effective prompts as a kind of “feed-forward”
              • How to incorporate evaluative criteria into prompts
              • Share what is on your mind

              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1891

               

               

              Giving Feedback
              Wednesday, January 27, 12:00 – 1:30
              Location: see event details in FINS or emailed link
              Presenters: Tina Huey, CETL-Faculty Development

              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 giving feedback. Topics will include:

              • discovering opportunities for giving feedback on early assignments or activities
              • sharing approaches to giving constructive feedback on student work
              • structuring feedback to support learning
              • how much feedback is enough
              • using a variety of modes of feedback
              • share what’s on your mind

              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1892

               

               

              FEBRUARY

              Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
              Tuesday, February 2, 2:00-3:15
              Online

              Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

              We will discuss:
              • Similarities and differences between a presentation and a class
              • Interrupting the presentation in a positive manner
              • Effective use of PowerPoint
              • Speak the audience’s language
              • Humor- use it!
              • Make it relevant…

              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1859

               

               

              Effective Communication in your Upcoming Class
              Wednesday, February 3, 6:45-7-45
              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
              Objectives: Participants will leave the Talk having heard and discussed ideas for effectively communicating with students in an online format.
              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 – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1860

               

               

              Mixing It Up: Adding variety to your Presentations
              Tuesday, February 9, 6:45-7:45

              Online
              Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

              We will discuss:
              • Breaking up the lecture- how, why, and when
              • Small group discussion in distance learning
              • Brief activities to reinforce key concepts
              • Long term projects- how to make them work…

              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1861

               

              The Introvert/Shy Person as a Successful Instructor/Student
              Thursday, February 11, 10:45-12:00

              Online
              Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

              We will discuss:
              • Situations where you will thrive
              • Communication strategies
              • Shy or lacking confidence?
              • Embracing and best using your personality type
              • Strategies for easing stress…

              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1862

               

               

               

              Strategies for Increasing Student Motivation
              Monday, February 15, 2:00-3:15

              Online
              Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

              We will discuss:
              • The role of choice
              • Engaging their passion and showing yours
              • Appropriate Levels of Challenge
              • Active learning
              • Class participation…

              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1863

               

               

              Teaching Creatively
              Tuesday, February 16, 6:45-7:45
              Online

              Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

              Participants will leave with specific strategies for teaching more creatively
              At this session, participants will discuss topics like:
              • Tools to enhance creativity, such as SCAMPER, Synectics, Brainstorming, and others
              • The role of choice in motivating students to be more creative and productive
              • Presenting products creatively
              • Taking chances
              • Active learning
              • Bloom’s Taxonomy
              • Playing to your strengths
              • Finding creative ways to present material in order to increase student interest and participation
              • The role of improvisation, role play, story telling, modeling the real world…
              • Learning games, Ice Breakers…
              • Making it safe to fail
              • Using art and music
              • Divergent and convergent thinking
              • Using student creativity to help plan more interesting lessons
              • Encouraging reluctant students to be more creative
              • Assessment techniques that encourage creative problem solving

              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1864

               

               

               

              Effective Use of Small Group Instruction
              Wednesday, February 24, 2:00-3:15

              Online
              Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

              Participants will walk away with specific strategies for using small group instruction in classes of any size

              We will discuss topics such as:

              • Why small groups
              • What types of learning goals are suited to small group work?
              • Techniques for set up, implementation…
              • Five specific considerations…

              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1865

               

               

              A Guide to Reflective Practice
              Thursday, February 25, 6:45-7:45

              Online
              Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

              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.

              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1866

               

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              HANDS-ON HUSKYCT Workshops and other EdTech Workshops

               

               JANUARY

              Using LockDown Browser and Monitor for Online Tests in HuskyCT
              Online- Link will be emailed to registered participants the day prior
              Presenter: Dan Facchinetti, CETL-EdTech

              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 ubmitted 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.

              Thursday, January 28, 11:00 – 12:30
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1911

               

               

              Developing and Building Online Assessments in HuskyCT
              Online- Link will be emailed to registered participants the day prior

              Presenter: Dan Facchinetti, CETL-EdTech

              Many instructors administer online assessments through HuskyCT, and this 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.

              Tuesday, January 26, 11:00-12:30
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1912

               

              HuskyCT basics – intro and overview
              Online
              Presenter: Margaret Ascenzo, CETL-EdTech

              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.

              Wednesday, January 20, 12:00-1:15
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1913

              Monday, January 25, 11:00-12:15
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1914

               

               

              FEBRUARY – APRIL

              Using LockDown Browser and Monitor for Online Tests in HuskyCT
              Online- Link will be emailed to registered participants the day prior
              Presenter: Dan Facchinetti, CETL-EdTech

              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 ubmitted 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.

              Tuesday, February 2, 2:30-4:00
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1918

              Tuesday, February 16, 2:30-4:00
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1919

              Thursday, March 4, 11:00-12:30
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1920

              Thursday, March 18, 11:00-12:30
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1921

              Tuesday, March 30, 2:30-4:00
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1922

              Wednesday, April 21, 2:30-4:00
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1923

               

               

              Developing and Building Online Assessments in HuskyCT
              Online- Link will be emailed to registered participants the day prior
              Presenter: Dan Facchinetti, CETL-EdTech

              Many instructors administer online assessments through HuskyCT, and this 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.

              Thursday, February 4, 2:30-4:00
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1924

              Thursday, February 18, 11:00-12:30
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1925

              Tuesday, March 2, 2:30-4:00
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1926

              Thursday, March 11, 11:00-12:30
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1927

              Wednesday, March 24, 2:30-4:00
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1928

              Thursday, April 1, 11:00-12:30
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1929

              Tuesday, April 20, 11:00-12:30
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1930

               

               

              Preparing your HuskyCT Grade Center for Grade Calculation and Submission
              Online- Link will be emailed to registered participants the day prior
              Presenter: Dan Facchinetti, CETL-EdTech

              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.

              Tuesday, February 9, 11:00-12:30
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1931

              Tuesday, February 23, 11:00-12:30
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1932

              Tuesday, March 9, 2:30-4:00
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1933

              Tuesday, March 16, 11:00-12:30
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1934

              Tuesday, April 13, 2:30-4:00
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1935

              Thursday, April 29, 11:00-12:30
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1936

               

               

              HuskyCT basics – intro and overview
              Online
              https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/meet/mma17002
              Presenter: Margaret Ascenzo, CETL-EdTech

              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.

              Wednesday, February 17, 11:30-12:15
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1937

               

               

              Keeping It Simple – Organizing Course Materials in HuskyCT
              Online –
              https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/meet/mma17002
              Presenter: Margaret Ascenzo, CETL-EdTech

              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 organizational strategies, such as ways to develop a straightforward main course menu, building in content areas, the difference between sorting materials into folders and 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 options available in the system.

              Monday, February 1, 12:00-1:15
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1938

              Wednesday, February 10, 12:30-1:45
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1939

              Wednesday, February 24, 11:00-12:15
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1940

               

               

              Specification grading: an alternate means of assessing learning based on mastery and process
              Online
              Presenters: Lauren Schlesselman, CETL-EdTech and Jamie Kleinman, Psychological Sciences

              As professors explore this new world of distance learning and look for ways to assess learning for the fall semester, they are searching for better ways to assess student work. This session will provide you with an alternative known as specification grading. Jamie Kleinman has been using specifications grading in her psychology courses for the past three years and will describe her experiences with this grading system, which helped her make a seamless transition to distance learning this spring semester. Specifications grading is a system designed to promote student motivation and mastery. All work is graded as pass or fail based on rubrics or ’specifications’ that are provided to students. Built into this system is a way for students to check their own work to determine if it meets the basic standard to pass and a feedback process for students to correct work that has not yet met the standard. Instead of focusing on getting grades, students focus on developing skills and engaging with the subject material in a way that promotes mastery through multiple levels of critique. While this system takes time to set up, once it has been established, grading is simplified for the instructor as they can use a checklist to make sure that student work meets the criteria to pass. Students are still assigned traditional grades by linking assignments together in bundles that correspond to grade levels. Jamie will bring course syllabi to explain how she uses this system and why it is an excellent way of approaching student work, today more than ever.

              Wednesday, February 10, 2:30-4:00
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1942

               

              Monday, February 22, 11:00-12:30
              Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1943

               

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

               

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