Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL)

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We are pleased to announce our 2014-2015 Workshop Schedule!!  Workshops are 1-2 hour face-to-face presentations/discussions/activities that are designed to help faculty and staff learn more about teaching and learning.  Our workshops are often collaborative endeavors carried out in association with the Faculty Development Committee, Assessment Committee, Diversity Initiative, High Impact Practices Committee and other campus partners. Participation in many events is limited because of space constraints so please, register well in advance to ensure your place! 

March: On-line and Hybrid Teaching

Social Media Monday: Instagram and Photography

March 2, 2:00 pm, 205 Mabee

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This session will give you tips and tricks to take better photos and free apps you can use to enhance your photos. We'll discuss the basics of Instagram and help you turn your photos into engagement on social media. This session has been organized by the Digital Media Taskforce and will be presented by Michaela Saunders and Jennifer Somers (We are also checking to see if Peggy Clark and MaryDorsey can help on this one).

Faculty Development Workshop: Optimizing Desire2Learn Use

March 6, 2:00-3:30, Kansas Room

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So, you’ve been using Desire2Learn for a little while now, are you ready to learn about some features to optimize your use of the system? Sue Taylor-Owens and Marc Routsong along with guest demonstrations by Jane Brown (SON) and Beck Dodge (SAS) will introduce you to adding your own videos, tracking which course materials students are viewing (or not viewing), groups, and automatically sending emails based on student actions. This demonstration is meant for anyone who uses or will begin using Desire2Learn for posting course materials.

Social Media Monday: SoundCloud

March 9, 2:00 pm, 205 Mabee

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This session will present SoundCloud, a social platform that allows you to share audio clips on other social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. The session will explore uses for this audio tool in the classroom. This session has been organized by the Digital Media Taskforce and will be presented by Michaela Saunders, Shane Bartley and Travis Perry.

A Different Creature All Together:  Effective Course Design For the On-Line Classes

March 12, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Vogel

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Many of us are asked to teach on-line classes but few of us have ever been shown how to organize and structure our classes effectively for the on-line learning environment.  This workshop will talk about the practical challenges of teaching on-line and will offer concrete tips, hints, and guides for creating an effective on-line class.

Teaching Technology Workshop:  Using VoiceThread to Create Engaging On-line Discussions

March 26, 3:00-4:00 pm, 206B Mabee

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VoiceThread is an app that allows students to easily record a short video comment that can be posted to the LMS.  Bringing faces and voices into on-line discussions creates a more personal and engaging way for students to learn to interact, discuss, and participate in the important debates in which you hope they will engage.  In this workshop you will be introduced to VoiceThread and will be shown how to create and post VT content.

April: Diversity

CTEL Players Present: Diversity Matters

April 9, 3:00-4:00 pm, TBA

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Dr. Sharon Sullivan directs the CTEL players in a series of short sketches highlighting issues of diversity that are encountered by faculty, staff, and students across campus.  Skits highlight teaching related challenges and classroom practice.  Designed to be fun and interactive.

The Art of Lecture

April 15, 3:00-4:00 pm, 207 Henderson

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A well-crafted lecture is essential to teaching practice.  Dr. Tony Silvestri (History) and Dr. Kim Morse (History) will share their insights and practical advice on creating and delivering lectures that work.

Teaching Technologies Workshop: Podcasting

April 16, 3:00-4:00 pm, 206B Mabee

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Students learn in many ways and instructors who use a variety of teaching tools are more likely to engage a larger number of students.  Podcasting could be another arrow in your teaching quiver.  You can create podcasts of course content or assign students a podcasting assignment.  In this workshop, you will learn about the tools needed for podcasting, the elements of an effective podcast, and the steps to follow to post a podcast to D2L.