The "Keep Teaching Fall Series" is hosted by the Office of Digital Learning and the Center for Faculty Excellence with select sessions featuring faculty co-presenters. Each session focuses on topics faculty can use to make the best of learning in class during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sessions will take place every Wednesday and Thursday through November 19.
Please direct questions to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 16 & 17
Beg, Borrow, and Steal: Ways To Find High Quality Free Content To Enhance Your Course
There are a ton of places to find materials you could use in your course, but how do you know what’s good? The Digital Learning Team has created a host of components you can import straight into your courses from Canvas Commons that make building, or just refreshing, even easier. We’ll also talk about other places you can find materials to help supplement your course.
September 23 & 24
Structuring My Online Course: How Do I Put It All Together And Explain It To My Students?
A well-organized course provides a clear path for students to progress. By providing structure and clear, welcoming instructions and information students will be more comfortable and confident and will ask fewer logistical questions. In this session we will discuss how to organize your course, use the course Home Page and/or a “Getting Started with the Course” page to welcome and orient your students, and write a syllabus that includes the information necessary for online students.
September 30 & October 1
Online Assessment: How Do I Know My Students Are Learning?
Assessments that are aligned with your learning outcomes provide reliable feedback about student learning and reinforce to students what needs to be mastered. A balanced assessment strategy in online courses can prevent surprise grades and the drama that often accompanies them. In this session, we discuss the “why” of aligning assessments with learning outcomes, the “what” of types of assessments to gather valid evidence that your students are learning what you intend for them to learn, and the “how” of developing assessments for online learning.
October 7 & 8
Maximizing Online Student Engagement with Course Readings
Have you ever had difficulty getting students to complete required readings? Is it a challenge to get them to think more critically about the content? This session will introduce methods for increasing your students’ engagement with course readings. Each method will be explored in detail, and materials will be supplied for you to use these activities with your own classes.
October 14 & 15
So You Are Teaching An 820, Now What?
Section numbers and their requirements seem to vary. What does it mean to have an 820 (remote) section and what learning technologies can you employ to make it successful? This session will quickly break down the distinctions of various section numbers and expand upon methods to use when teaching your 820 section in the Spring.
October 21 & 22
So You Are Teaching An 860, Now What?
Section numbers and their requirements seem to vary. What does it mean to have an 860 (hybrid) section, and what learning technologies can you employ to make it successful? This session will quickly break down the distinctions of various section numbers and expand upon methods to use when teaching your 860 section in the Spring.
October 28 & 29
Do you use Zoom to teach? Do you use Canvas? If you answered yes to both of these (and we have a feeling you did) then this session is for you! We will cover how to use the Zoom Canvas Integration to make your Zoom classes and class recordings more accessible for your students. We will also review some best teaching practices when using Zoom and answer your Zoom teaching questions.
November 4 & 5
Usability and Visual Design
Usability, findability, and visual design are critical aspects of the way your students experience your course. Just as you try to set a certain tone in your classroom to support student learning, your online class also has a tone and a feel to it. In this workshop we will discuss strategies for course organization that will help support optimal usability and ways to enhance your courses using appropriate visuals.
November 11 & 12
Let’s Talk Discussion Boards!
Discussion Boards have been around since the beginning of online learning and currently tend to get a bad rap due to misuse and misrepresentation of the tool. In this workshop, we will discuss the real role of discussion boards and how they can be that tool that helps you bridge the gap between your course objectives, your content, and connect YOU to your students.
November 18 & 19
New Semester Tune-Ups!
In this workshop we will discuss tips and tricks to refresh, revise, and prepare your course to start the new semester strong.
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