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.

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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.

     

    JULY

    The Actor’s Tools: Their Positive Impact on Your Course
    Online
    Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

    “In this Teaching Talk we will focus upon use of the actors’ tools to enhance teaching, with a special focus on those skills needed for online teaching methods, such as videos and synchronous (WebEx or Collaborate) sessions. We will discuss use of the voice, face, and body to impart meaning, involving and interacting with the ‘audience,’ using energy and enthusiasm, as well as other tools actors use to communicate with the audience.

    Objective: By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate understanding of how to use actors’ tools to teach more effectively in an online course.”

    Thursday, July 2, 6:45-7:45 pm
    Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1584

    Monday, July 13, 7:00-8:00 pm
    Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1585

    Tuesday, July, 21, 6:30-7:30
    Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1597

    Thursday, July 30, 6:45-7:45
    Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1598

     

     

    Dealing with Stress in Your Distance Learning Course
    Online
    Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

    Focus: What causes your stress and that of your students. Some solutions, and some ways to ease the stress. The focus will be on distance learning courses.

    Objective: By the end of the Teaching Talk participants will have a greater understanding of what causes stress and how to manage it.

    We will discuss things such as:

    • causes
    • solutions
    • managing stress- yours and your students
    • easing stress through changing the dynamic

    Wednesday, July 22, 6:45-7:45
    Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1596

     

     

    Creating a Positive Distance Learning Course Environment
    Online-
    Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

    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…

                      Creating a Positive Online Classroom Environment

    As educators, it is important to create a supportive, positive, and welcoming learning environment where students can thrive.  We will consider ways to achieve this in our classes that have been abruptly moved online.  How can we maintain positivity when faced with uncertainty and new challenges?  How can we be welcoming, connected, and caring across distance and time?  How might we help students stay motivated and engaged?

    Objectives: Participants will leave the session having heard and discussed ideas for creating a positive learning environment in their online classes.

    We will discuss topics such as: 

    • Maintaining a welcoming, caring, and connected atmosphere
    • Communicating expectations
    • Strategies to keep students motivated and actively engaged
    • Celebrating success and failure (really!)
    • Humor

    Tuesday, July 7, 6:30-7:30 pm
    Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1589

    Monday, July 27, 6:45-7:45
    Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1599

     

    Making a Positive First Impression in Your Distance Learning Course
    Monday, July 6, 7:00-8:00 pm

    Online
    Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

    Participants will walk away with:

    • Specific strategies for making a good first impression as well as specific strategies for conducting the first class in a manner that will draw students in and, hopefully, be motivated to do well in the class.
      • We will discuss topics such as:
      • Preparing for the first class
      • How to begin- the very beginning
      • What to include, how to go about it
      • Introductions, yours and theirs…

    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1590

     

     

    Making a Good First Impression in your Distance Learning Class
    Online
    Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

    Participants will walk away with:

    • Specific strategies for making a good first impression as well as specific strategies for conducting the first class in a manner that will draw students in and, hopefully, be motivated to do well in the class.
      • We will discuss topics such as:
      • Preparing for the first class
      • How to begin- the very beginning
      • What to include, how to go about it
      • Introductions, yours and theirs…

    Tuesday, July 14 6:30-7:30
    Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1600

    Monday, July 20, 6:45-7:45
    Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1601

    Wednesday, July 29, 7:00-8:00
    Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1602

     

     

     

    Communicating Effectively in your Distance Learning Class
    Online
    Presenter: Wayne Trembly, CETL

    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 is shaped by the participants’ discussion, needs, and interests.

    Focus: Communicating effectively with both individual students and groups

    Objectives: Participants will leave the session having heard and discussed ideas for effectively communicating with students in an online format.

    We will discuss topics such as:

    • Communication during synchronous presentations
    • Communication when the learning is asynchronous
    • Use of HuskyCT tools such as Discussion Board, Announcements, & Messages
    • Email strategies
    • Your ideas, questions, and concerns

    Tuesday, July 28, 6:30-7:30
    Register – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1603

     

     

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    HANDS-ON HUSKYCT Workshops and other EdTech Workshops

     

    JULY

    Create short lecture videos for your class – Kaltura
    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, edit, and share videos. Also included will be instructions on how to caption your videos.

    Once registered and if you will be attending via online please plan to join 10 minutes before the session begins to make sure you connect successfully.

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

    Monday, July 6, 2:00-3:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1417

    Monday, July 20, 11:00-12:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1418

     

     

    Preparing your HuskyCT Grade Center for Grade Calculation and Submission
    Online
    Presenter: Dan 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.

    Tuesday, July 7, 2:30-3:30
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1507

     Wednesday, July 15, 11:00-12:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1508

     Thursday, July 23, 11:00-12:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1509

    Thursday, July 30, 11:00-12:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1510

     

     

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

    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, July 8, 1:00-2:00
    Register at –  https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1564

     

     

    Create video content for your upcoming event or training needs using Kaltura
    Online
    Presenter: Karen Skudlarek, CETL 

    Using UConn’s video platform, Kaltura, you can record and store videos, embed quizzes, and share videos on HuskyCT or another platform (i.e. website). This training will cover how staff, faculty or students can

    create, upload, store, edit and share videos for events and training. Also included will be instructions on how to caption your videos.

    (If you are looking for training on recording lectures for your class, we suggest attending a session entitled, “Create short lecture videos for your class – Kaltura”

    Please plan to join 10 minutes before the session begins to make sure you connect successfully.

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

    Wednesday, July 8, 9:30-11:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1483

    Wednesday, July 22, 10:00-11:30
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1484

     

     

    Developing and Building Online Assessments in HuskyCT
    Online
    Presenter: Dan 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.

    Wednesday, July 8, 2:30-3:30
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1501

     Tuesday, July 21, 11:00-12:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1502

    Wednesday, July 29, 2:30-3:30
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1503

     

     

    Need help with HuskyCT? HuskyCT open session (basics, organizing, grade center, LockDown Browser, assessments, etc.)
    Online 

    Did you try HuskyCT basics and still have questions? Did you try building your assessment in HuskyCT last week and still have questions? Do you plan to use LockDown Browser but have a few more questions? Need advice on Grade Center? EdTech will host a session for you to ask questions about HuskyCT features with which you continue to struggle. This will not be a training session, rather it will be an opportunity to ask a specific question related to HuskyCT features.

    Thursday, July 9, 11:00-12:00
    Presenter: Dan Facchinetti, CETL
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1512

    Friday, July 17, 12:00-1:00
    Presenter: Margaret Ascenzo, CETL
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1511

    Tuesday, July 28, 11:00-12:00
    Presenter: Dan Facchinetti, CETL
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1513

     

     

    Keeping It Simple – Organizing Course Materials in HuskyCT
    Online
    Presenter: Margaret Ascenzo, CETL

    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.

    Thursday, July 9, 2:00-3:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1498

    Wednesday, July 22, 12:30-1:30
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1499

    Monday, July 27, 12:30-1:30
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1500

     

     

    Webex Meetings and Webex Events
    Online
    Presenter: Karen Skudlarek, CETL

    This workshop is designed for staff and will increase your knowledge about and comfort level using WebEx Meetings as a way to host meetings online, continue teaching remotely, setup remote office hours, collaborate synchronously online, and using Webex Events to host webinars for a large number of participants.

    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

    Friday, July 10, 9:30-10:30
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1485

    Tuesday, July 14, 10:00-11:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1486

    Friday, July 24, 9:30-10:30
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1487

     

     

    Blackboard Collaborate vs. Webex for teaching and learning
    Online
    Presenter: Karen Skudlarek, CETL 

    This workshop is designed for teaching and learning remotely. This workshop will increase your knowledge about and comfort level using either WebEx or Blackboard Ultra Collaborate as a communication and collaboration tool for teaching and learning.

    You’ll learn how to use either of these products for small groups and online (virtual) office hours as well as which to use for your needs (office hours, guest lecturers, share screens in meetings, etc.).

    We will begin the workshop by going to my WebEx Personal Room 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

    Monday, July 13, 11:00-12:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1488

    Monday, July 27, 10:00-11:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1489

     

     

    HuskyCT Basics – Intro and Overview
    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.

    Monday, July 13, 12:30-1:30
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1492

    Thursday, July 16, 1:00-2:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1493

    Tuesday, July 21, 2:00-3:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1494

    Thursday, July 23, 2:00-3:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1495

    Thursday, July 30, 1:00-2:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1496

    Friday, July 31, 12:00-1:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1497

     

     

    Using LockDown Browser and Monitor for Online Tests in HuskyCT
    Online
    Presenter: Dan 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.

    Tuesday, July 14, 2:30-3:30
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1505

    Wednesday, July 22, 11:00-12:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1506

     

     

    DIY Closed Captioning & Creating Accessible Digital Content
    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.

    Once registered and if you will be attending via online please plan to join 10 minutes before the session begins to make sure you connect successfully.

    https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/meet/kps05003

    Thursday, July 16, 11:00-12:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1490

    Tuesday, July 28, 10:30-11:30
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1491

     

    AUGUST

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

    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.

    Thursday, August 6, 10:00-11:00
    Register at – https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1565

     

     

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

     

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