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Fall 2021 Workshops & Events

Wired Wednesday Topics

WIred Wednesday

  1. Authentic assessment with emerging technology (30 min) | Slides | Handout 1 | Handout 2
  2. Video tutorials to provide clear expectations (18 min) | Slides | Handout 1 | Handout 2
  3. Using objects or images as discussion starters (26 min) | Slides | Handout 1 | Handout 2 | Handout 3
  4. Intro to Canvas: Dashboard, Navigation & Settings (22 min)
  5. Canvas Course Organization & Cleanup (26 min)
  6. Canvas Course Home Page (26 min)
  7. Canvas Announcements Tool (32 min)
  8. Delivering the Syllabus and Course Calendar using Canvas (20 min)
  9. Organizing your Course Content into Modules in Canvas
  10. Creating Meaningful Assignments in Canvas
  11. Using Discussions Successfully in your Canvas Courses
  12. Setting up Quizzes in Canvas
  13. Working with Grades in Canvas

Facilitator: Carolyn Raynor

Each Wired Wednesday on Canvas had two corresponding drop-in sessions the following week offering hands-on help on the same topic.


Tech-4-Teaching Topics

Zoom Recordings Support Session
Zoom Recordings Support Session (33 min) | Zoom Recordings Help Page

New GEER-funded Equipment
New GEER-funded Equipment: Technology-Enhanced Classrooms, Recording Studios, and Lightboards (51 min) | Slides

Zoom: What is Changes and What is Comming
Zoom: What is Changed and What is Coming (1 hr) | Slides

eGlass Lightboards
Introducing eGlass Transparent Lightboards (53 min) | Slides

Facilitator: Cassidy Hall


Pedagogy of Care and Kindness
Pedagogy of Care and Kindness
Facilitator: Carolyn Raynor

What do you remember most about your favorite teacher growing up? Is it the way he or she made you feel as you learned that subject matter—the sense of excitement or discovery you felt, or the safety to take chances and make mistakes, or the confidence that you were valued as a human being. Few factors in education have a greater impact on a student’s educational experience than a caring relationship with his or her teacher. This workshop covers how a teaching philosophy based on a pedagogy of care and kindness can affect the learning environment for students and improve academic outcomes for learners. Pedagogy of Care and Kindness (30 min) | Slides | Handout 1 | Handout 2

Success Beyond the Classroom: How tutoring and peer-assisted study (SI-PASS) can help your students succeed.
Facilitators: Bart Sonnenberg, Erin Chapman

Join us for an introduction to the wide variety of Tutoring and College Success Programs available to UI students. Bart Sonnenberg from TCS will lead this session and offer ideas on how to encourage your students to reach out for assistance when they need it. The UI's SI-PASS program will also be discussed. Success Beyond the Classroom: How tutoring and peer-assisted study (SI-PASS) can help your students succeed. (50 min) | Slides | Handout 1

Teaching the Tough Stuff
Facilitator: Aman McLeod

In every academic discipline we address topics that challenge our students. We cover controversial issues and events that sometimes ruffle their feathers. Some students embrace the productive struggle. Others shut down. Still others push back or disrupt what could otherwise be a important learning opportunity. In this session, Dr. Aman McLeod, Associate Professor of Political Science and Affiliated Faculty in the College of Law, will share strategies for teaching the tough stuff, for attaining and sustaining productive engagement, and for addressing a broad array of student responses. Teaching the Tough Stuff (1 hr) | Slides

Faculty Spotlight Series
Nervous Systems: Art, Systems, and Politics since the 1960s
Facilitators: Johanna Gosse

Please join Dr. Johanna Gosse (Art and Design) and her co-editor, Timothy Stott (Trinity College, Dublin) for a discussion of their new book, Nervous Systems: Art, Systems, and Politics since the 1960s (Duke University Press). Like the book, the spotlight here shines across academic disciplines and salient issues relevant to them. Video Recording (58 min)

Canvas Instructor Training
Canvas Special Event Webinar
Facilitator: Kelly Kitchen, Canvas Rep

You are invited to participate in this special opportunity to help in your transition to the Canvas LMS. Kelly Kitchen, an experienced Canvas trainer with instructional design experience and product knowledge will provide a show-and-tell introduction to Canvas covering various features and time saving qualities of this product. Overview of Canvas (1.5 hrs)

Instructrecon - Oct 7th
InstructureCon Online!
Facilitator: Instructure

Canvas-sponsored virtual event 2021 Keynote Speakers: will.i.am - Grammy Award-winning Musician and Tech Entrepreneur, Dr. Kantokie Ford - Biomedical Scientist, Former White House Advisor, and Activist, and Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder and CEO of Feed.

Online Excellence
Fostering Social Presence and Community in the Online Classroom
Facilitators: Carolyn Raynor

Looking for inspiration and ideas to make your online courses engaging and impactful? In this workshop, we will demonstrate simple strategies to help students avoid feeling isolated and confused in your online course. We will also discuss how to intentionally design activities to improve student engagement and promote successful outcomes. Fostering Social Presence and Community in the Online Classroom (46 min) | Slides | Handout

Self-Regulated Learning
Self-Regulated Learning
Facilitator: Brian Smentkowski

Self-regulated learning refers to how students become masters of their own learning processes. Student plan for tasks, monitor their overall performance, and then reflect on the outcome in an effort to not only enhance learning, but to learn about their own learning.

Faculty Spotlight Series
Uncertainty Ahead: Using Scenario Planning and Alternative Futures to Align Research, Teaching, and Service to address Real World Issues
Facilitator: Dan Cronan

This presentation will describe a process used to address the socio-ecological systems, conflicts, and issues that have emerged over the last century. Alternative Futures and Scenario Planning provide researchers, stakeholders, and students with a methodology to understand key impacts and collectively decide on a suite of plausible scenarios for future decision making. Professor Dan Cronan (Landscape Architecture) will present previous and current projects to aid and inspire faculty, students, and researchers in aligning their teaching, research and service.

Trauma-informed Teaching and Learning
Facilitator: Carolyn Raynor, Heather Maib

Fight, flight, freeze...Did you know that more than two thirds of children have reported at least one traumatic event before the age of 16? And this is pre-pandemic. COVID-19 has not only created new trauma for families but potentially exacerbated the ones already present. Trauma is insidious in that it can slow down or completely stop our ability to learn. As educators, what can we do? This workshop covers practices aimed at helping learners feel safe, be connected, get regulated, and learn so they do not fall behind in class.

Student Feedback
Mentorship and Support Within the Community
Facilitators: Vanessa Sielert & friends

Sometimes the best way to learn how to build a plane is once you are flying. Please join Erin Chapman, Katherine Himes, Kathryn Schiffelbein and Vanessa Sielert as they explain how they built and developed the Athena Women’s Mentorship Program, midair!

Student Feedback
Beyond the Basics: A Panel Presentation
Facilitators: Deb Thorne, Sydney Freeman

This session will explore a variety of strategies and solutions to obtain and make the most of meaningful student feedback. We will delve into SETs and also consider their limitations and alternatives to improving teaching through feedback.

Faculty Spotlight Series, Lynda Freeman, D.H.Sc.
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Teaching While Black & Female in Medical Education
Facilitator: Lynda Freeman

"When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak." --Audre Lorde. This session will share a narrative of confronting marginalization while bringing one’s authentic and powerful identities into the classroom.

 


Spring 2021 Workshops & Events

2021
Good to Go? A Virtual and Collaborative Session to Prepare for Spring, 2021
Facilitators: Brian Smentkowski, Douglas Habib

We are hosting two virtual drop-in sessions for faculty wishing to discuss any aspect of their classes as the spring semester rapidly approaches. Collectively, we have learned a lot about different ways of engaging students and accomplishing learning goals in new and different instructional formats. We have also learned a lot about new and emerging technologies that can simplify our lives and ways to use BbLearn to keep our students on a path to success.

While we will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have, this is also an open invitation to share ideas or strategies that have worked for you and that may be helpful to others. It's also a nice way to reconnect at the beginning of year, so we hope to see you there! Virtual snacks will be provided.

Handle Controversy with Civility
Let us talk about it: handling what is happening in our classes
Facilitator: Brian Smentkowski

If you're interested in talking about how to discuss the events of and since last week, the tension and polarization that may escalate and affect our classes, and strategies for facilitating difficult dialogues, please drop in. We'll talk about how to talk about "real world" realities, the causes and consequences of misinformation and misunderstanding, and the challenges of educating in crisis times. Let's talk about it: handling what's happening in our classes (1.1 hr) | Slides | Sample Debate Guidelines | Suggested Syllabus Resources | Workshop Chat Insights

Promoting Dialogue in Class
Promoting Community and Dialogue in the Classroom
Facilitator: Douglas Habib

We often we want our students to interact with us, each other, and the material in the classroom. There are times when we've experienced it working well and those times when we can hear the crickets chirp. What's going on in your class that encourages either engagement or silence? What did successful dialogue look like and how can you capture and maintain it? Join us in this workshop in which you can dialogue with your colleagues to capture those elusive practices that help you create classroom communities that encourage meaningful interaction. Promoting Community and Dialogue in the Classroom (43 min)

Camtasia Studio & Snagit
Introducing Camtasia and Snagit
Facilitators: Cassidy Hall

Faculty and staff members who support instructional content now have access to Camtasia and Snagit by TechSmith. Snagit allows for capturing images and video and the ability to add text, callouts, and effects while Camtasia is a screen recorder and video editor with much more advanced features. This workshop will explain the difference between the two tools with a basic tutorial, and we'll share ideas for using this software to support teaching and learning in face to face and online environments. Introducing Camtasia and Snagit (1 hr) | Snagit & Camtasia (Handout)

Grade Center in BbLearn
BbLearn Grade Center Mentor Session
Facilitator: Douglas Habib

Does the BbLearn Grade Center get you down? Does it give you results you neither asked for nor liked? Do you try to drop the lowest grade only to find it didn't happen? Are your students constantly asking you to calculate their grade? If you answered yes to any of those questions, the BbLearn Grade Center 30 Minute Mentor session is for you. Zoom in from the comfort of your own office with questions and we will answer them during the session or connect you with the people who can. BbLearn Grade Center Mentor Session (36 min)

Peer Observation of Instruction
Supporting One Another through Peer Observation of Instruction
Facilitators: Brian Smentkowski, Rachel Halverson, Barb Kirchmeier, Bert Baumgaertner

This session draws together a group of faculty from different disciplines to discuss ways that instructional observations can be used to support one another's teaching and generate meaningful evidence of (and improvements in) instructional effort, innovation, and impact. We will share strategies, practices, and materials that are currently used in different disciplines and departments, as well as evidence-based practices, services, and materials available through CETL to enhance teaching, learning, and community in a collegial way. Supporting One Another through Peer Observation of Instruction (50 min)

Good Assignments + Meaningful Feedback = Learning Breakthroughs
Alternative Assessments & Feedback
Facilitator: Douglas Habib

As professors, we work to communicate practices and ideas and look for ways to encourage students to delve deep into our disciplines. Unfortunately, many of us have found that we spend more time creating test banks, arguing with students over three points, and wondering why our feedback to them appears to go unacknowledged. Maybe we can do different things to help our students show us what they are learning.

Come join your colleagues to discuss ways you can think of assessments and feedback differently. Tackle concepts like ungrading, specifications grading, and why students don't appear to do anything with your feedback. Alternative Assessments & Feedback (54 min) | Slides

Foster Critical Thinking
Fostering Critical Thinking and Thinkers
Facilitator: Brian Smentkowski

At the heart of the teaching and learning enterprise --and a liberal education itself-- is the development of independent, creative, and critical thinking and thinkers. Indeed, the fundamental mission of the university is to preserve, extend, and promote the tradition and practice of thinking things through. In this session, we will examine strategies to cultivate these skills, to liberate learning and thought, and to challenge intellectual deference and indifference. Fostering Critical Thinking and Thinkers (1 hr) | Slides

Undergraduate Research Symposium
2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium
Organizer: David Pfeiffer, Undergraduate Research
Resource Materials

Student presenters will monitor their posters online and respond to questions and comments submitted by viewers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Posters will be viewable throughout the day. The symposium will be open to the public but only members of the U of I community can interact with presenters via a chatroom. U of I visitors will need to sign in using an institutional email

Active Learning
2021 Active Learning Symposium
Organizer: Cassidy Hall
Resource Materials
The 6th Annual University of Idaho Active Learning Symposium is ointly sponsored by Collaboration and Classroom Technology Services and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. This year's symposium will again be an online event with sessions continuing throughout the day. Topics will include using technology, pandemic pedagogies, modeling active learning strategies, and active learning in all modalities whether in the classroom, online, or virtual. The day will include a panel discussion on the future of flexible course delivery options.
Student Success Conference
2021 Student Success Conference
Host: CETL
Resource Materials

This year, we can capture some of that energy and insight and bridge where we were to where we are, with an eye towards something even better next fall.

Student Success

Where the findings from the last Student Success Conference and our experiences this past year converge, we find four critical dimensions we can address with some intentionality: Clearing the Academic Path, Addressing the Whole Student, Establishing a Sense of Community, and Supporting At Risk Students.

Service Learning
2021 Celebration of Collaboration
Hosts: U of I
Resource Materials
The University of Idaho has a long and proud tradition of fostering sustainable relationships that improve the learning and lives of our students and strengthen our communities. Community engagement is, in fact, a cornerstone of who we are as a University. Our faculty, staff, students, and community partners collaborate in countless mutually beneficial ways, giving life and meaning to our land grant mission.

This is an opportunity for us to come together to recognize, honor, and celebrate our accomplishments, to share the creative dynamics of our collaborations, and to create opportunities for new ones to emerge. This is also a time to reflect on what we have learned during this most difficult year and to consider ways that we can strive to become better together through community engaged teaching, learning, scholarship, and service. Celebration of Collaboration (Opening Slides) | Word Cloud Results | Celebration of Collaboration (Closing Slides)
Learning Your Way
2021 Dual Credit Spring Institute: Supporting Student Success in an Ever-Changing Landscape
Facilitators: Marlyne Perez, Brian Smentkowski
Resource Materials

Think about Dual Credit at the programmatic and instructional level, explore strategies for improving the learning experiences of Dual Credit students generally --and to assure robust university-level learning experiences specifically, and discuss the development, distribution, alignment and delivery of content while focusing on learning, learners, and pathways to UI. Dual Credit Spring Institute: Supporting Student Success in an Ever-Changing Landscape (Slides)
The CIRTL Network: Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning
Graduate Professional Development Opportunities

Facilitators: Jerry McMurtry, Kate Strum, Amanda Palmer, Brian Smentkowski
Resource Materials


Professional development opportunities for graduate students and postdocs will be covered. Also discussed: engaging faculty members in opportunities made available through our membership with the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL). Graduate Professional Development Opportunities: What is CIRTL? (Slides)

Why Respecting My Name Matters
Honoring Names
Facilitators: Sock Frasure (they, them, theirs), Koda Hendrickson (they, them, theirs), Julia Keleher, M.S. (she, her, hers), Carson Poertner (he, him, his)

This is a fourth event in the speaker series “Diverse Dialogues: Issues of Equity and Education", The April event continues the series Issues of Equity in Education, organized by the EHHS Equity and Social Justice workgroup. Honoring Names: Why Respecting My Name Matters. The Diverse Dialogues series invites diverse voices to discuss transformative efforts in promoting equity and social justice. Honoring names shows respect and value for a person’s identity, personal history, and culture. Panelists from the University of Idaho community will share their experiences and perspectives about the impact of name misuse and the power behind their names.

 


Fall 2020 Workshops & Events

Effective Discussions in HyFlex Classes
Leading Effective Discussions in (Big) HyFlex Classes
Facilitator: Brian Smentkowski

We're learning some lessons in real time this semester, including how to facilitate discussion in HyFlex classes. We have also learned that there is considerable variation in what we can do depending on class size and set-up. In this session, we will share some evidence-based strategies (from our own faculty and yours truly) to overcome various obstacles and create engaged learning experiences in HyFlex classes. Leading Effective Discussions in (Big) Flexible Classes (1 hr)

Grade Center in BbLearn
BbLearn Grade Center Mentor Session
Facilitator: Douglas Habib

Does the BbLearn Grade Center get you down? Does it give you results you neither asked for nor liked? Do you try to drop the lowest grade only to find it didn't happen? Are your students constantly asking you to calculate their grade? If you answered yes to any of those questions, the BbLearn Grade Center 30 Minute Mentor session is for you. Zoom in from the comfort of your own office with questions and we will answer them during the session or connect you with the people who can. BbLearn Grade Center Mentor Session (1.1 hr) | Handout

Handle Controversy with Civility
Learn How to Handle Controversy with Civility
Facilitator: Brian Smentkowski

Nervous about engaging in political conversations with others, especially those you disagree with? Join Brian Smentkowski, U of I associate professor of political science, via Zoom, to learn more about how to have tough conversations this election season.

Reflext, Rethink, Revise
Mid-Semester Check-in: How's It Going?
Facilitators: Brian Smentkowski, Diane Kelly-Riley

Now that we have reached the middle of the term, it's healthy to pause and talk about how it's going for yourself. It's also a good time to see --and share-- what's working and what's not in our classes, and why and how we might engage in dialogue with our students about this topic.

Your experiences with new instructional formats and new challenges to traditional teaching methods and class types matter. So does your well-being. Please come and share what you've learned, what you're experiencing, and potential solutions. We'll also offer suggestions from the research on teaching and learning for how to facilitate informal, mid-semester check-ins (and their benefits) with your students about how things are going in your classes.

Honors
University Honors Program Faculty Workshop and Recognition Event
Facilitators: Brian Smentkowski, Sandra Reineke

Join the Honors Program and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) in Teaching and Learning Center Room 030 or via Zoom for a faculty workshop and recognition event. The event will be facilitated by Brian Smentkowski, CETL director, and Sandra Reineke, University Honors Program director, and will be a conversation on supporting honors teaching and learning contributions in the classroom and beyond. The event will also celebrate the innovations of honors faculty whose teaching makes a difference in the learning and the lives of honors students.

Keepting It Inclusive, Keepting it Accessible
Keeping it Inclusive, Keeping it Accessible
Facilitators: Erin Chapman, Amy Taylor, Alex Hollingshead

As we wrap up this semester and ramp up for spring, it's a good time to revisit ways we can keep our classes inclusive and accessible. Let's maintain our enthusiastic commitment to equity-minded instruction as we switch to online in a couple of weeks, take a well-deserved break, and then prepare for Spring 2021. Keeping it Inclusive, Keeping it Accessible (42 min) | Slides


Summer 2020 Workshops

HyFlex Teaching: A How-To Session
HyFlex Teaching: A How-To Session
Facilitator: Brian Smentkowski

HyFlex has suddenly become a hot topic. This session will present vetted and essential strategies to design and teach a highly flexible class this fall. Additional time will be allocated for addressing your specific pedagogical concerns, interests, challenges, and solutions. Flexible Teaching: A How-To Session (48 min) | Slides

Flexible Syllabi and Assessments
How to Design a Flexible Syllabus, Assignments, and Assessments
Facilitator: Douglas Habib

A good class starts with a good syllabus and just the right kind of assignments and activities necessary to meet the learning goals of the class. This session focuses on how to do this flexibly, for a class that might start off one way and end another, and for those that are designated HyFlex. How to Design a Flexible Syllabus, Assignments, and Assessments (1 hr) | Slides | Flexible Syllabus Example

HyFlex Teaching with Zoom
HyFlex Teaching with Zoom
Facilitator: Cassidy Hall

One of the challenges associated with the HyFlex model is reaching and teaching two different populations at the same time and curating instructional sessions for all students. This session shares strategies for using Zoom and your classroom presence to reach, teach, and include all students in your classes. Flexible Teaching with Zoom (1.3 hr) | Slides

Free Technologies that Enhance Engagement
Free Technologies that Enhance Engagement in your HyFlex Class
Facilitators: Cassidy Hall, Erin Chapman, Katrina Eichner

Students and faculty alike note the value of community, participation, engagement, and interaction in their classes. This session provides a show-and-tell of various free educational technologies that are easy to use, effective, and popular with students and faculty alike. Topics and technologies include Padlet, FlipGrid, Screencast-O-Matic, and others. Free Technologies to Enhance Engagement (1.5hr) | Slides

Engaging Students: Creative Alternatives
Engaging Students: Creative Alternatives
Facilitator: Douglas Habib

Sometimes we need to think outside of the box and consider different ways of accomplishing key learning goals. In periods of uncertainty, we also struggle, sometimes, to think of ways to simulate or replicate our favorite activities. In this session, we will explore strategies -- many of which come from our very own faculty -- to engage students in different kinds of learning experiences, within and across different instructional modalities. Engaging Students: Creative Alternatives (51 min) | Slides | Handout

Flexing your Labs and Collaborative Events
Flexing your Labs and Collaborative Educational Learning Experiences
Facilitators: Brian Smentkowski, Douglas Habib

This session presents work done in collaboration with leading STEM scholars and research institutions to advance a culture of flexible teaching and learning in lab and collaborative learning environments. A variety of accessible and adaptable strategies will be provided. Flexing Your Labs & Collaborative Educ Learning Experiences (1 hr) | Slides | Handout

All-In on Online
All-In on Online
Facilitator: Douglas Habib

So you have decided to go all online. In this session, we will discuss the key attributes of a successful online teaching and learning experience, from establishing agency and community to curating content, engaging students, and sharing work and feedback in an efficient, effective, and even creative manner. All-In on Online (59 min) | Slides | Online Template

Making Classes Accessible and Inclusive
Making your HyFlex, Online, or Other Classes Accessible and Inclusive
Facilitators: Alex Hollingshead, Amy Taylor, Erin Chapman

One of the challenges of teaching in a different way, or of teaching two different populations at the same time, is doing it all accessibly and inclusively. This session shares important tips and strategies to include all students in their learning experiences. Making Your Virtual & Online Classes Accessible and Inclusive (1 hr) | Slides

The Modified Tutorial Model
The Modified Tutorial Model - What it is and Why it Might be Right for Me
Facilitator: Douglas Habib

Adapted from the classic Oxford Model, the Modified Tutorial Model provides an outstanding way for you to both deliver instructional content to the whole class and create space for individualized and enriching learning experiences. There are many variations on the model, so come join a discussion on how it might work for you and your students. The Modified Tutorial Model - What it is and Why it Might be Right for Me (46 min) | Slides

Building a One-Stop Shop for your Class
Building a One-Stop Shop for your Class
Facilitator: Douglas Habib

This session will help faculty use BbLearn as a home-base for all of their content, assignments, assessments, and communications. Come and learn how BbLearn can serve as a great space for a great class. Building a One-Stop Shop for your Class (47 min) | Slides

Meet Your HyFlex Classroom
Meet Your HyFlex Classroom
Facilitators: Brian Smentkowski, Cassidy Hall, Ken Schmidt

This session will be done live from one of our newly designed classrooms with 20 hand-selected participants (all wearing face coverings). Jointly sponsored by CETL and ITS, this full simulation will introduce you to the technology in the classrooms, how to use the newly installed equipment, and how to navigate your way (literally) to a successful class. Meet Your Flexible Classroom (1.25 hr) | Classroom Technology page

Zoom Recordings into Microsoft Stream
How to save Zoom sessions, upload to MS Stream, and link to BbLearn
Facilitator: Douglas Habib

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is "what to do I do with my saved zoom session and how do I make it available to my students?". While we have a handy tutorial on FERPA-compliant video storage and access, we thought it would be helpful to do a quick and easy session on exactly how to retrieve your saved content and link it to your BbLearn course page using Microsoft Stream. How to save Zoom sessions, upload to MS Stream, and link to BbLearn (52 min) | Storing Zoom Recordings in MS Stream

What do I tell my students, part 2
What do I tell my students, part 2: Common syllabus language for a flexible fall
Facilitators: Barbara Kirchmeier, Erin Chapman

This summer, a group of faculty and professional staff got together to discuss and develop some plug-and-play syllabus language to help guide us through the fall. Barb and Erin will present the results of this work. What do I tell my students, part 2: Common syllabus language for a flexible fall (56 min) | Slides | Healthy Vandals Syllabus Policies | Syllabus Checklist

What do I tell my students, part 3
What do I tell my students, part 3: Unifying faculty and student expectations and compliance
Facilitators: Cari Fealy, Sara Graper

This session, facilitated by Cari Fealy, Associate Dean of Students and Sara Graper, Assistant Director of Conduct and Community Standards will focus on strategies and resources faculty can use to deal effectively with student behaviors as we prepare for and return to classes this Fall. We all have a lot of “What if?” and “How do I?” questions, and this session will provide concrete answers. This session will also share critically important information on the messages students are receiving and how a culture of civility and COVID-compliance is being cultivated among the student population. What do I tell my students, part 3: Unifying faculty and student expectations and compliance (1.2 hr) | Slides


Spring 2020 Workshops & Events

Faculty Spotlight Series, Steven Beyerlein, Ph.D.
Balancing Learning & Growth for Better Educational Outcomes
Facilitator: Steven Beyerlein
Resource Materials

Learning is the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught. Growth is the result of achieving positive changes in quality of life through broadening values, expanding life vision, and strengthening key identities. Integrating learning and growth requires deliberate planning, facilitation, and assessment. Come explore an educational framework that promotes both learning and growth.

EdPuzzle, Screencast-o-matic, Aww app
The Three-Minute Video Lecture
Facilitator: Vanessa Botts
Tools: EdPuzzleScreencast-o-maticAww app

Keep students engaged with lecture content by creating video screencasts that are short, focused and effective. When watching video lectures, student attention spans typically drop off after three minutes. This workshop will showcase how to create short, engaging video lectures that will keep your student's attention. Examples will be offered on how to break up longer lectures. Three free screencasting and interactive video tools will be demonstrated.

Zoom for Teaching
Zoom for Teaching and Office Hours
Facilitator: Cassidy Hall

If you teach synchronous online sessions, hybrid courses, or want to offer online office hours, join us to learn the tools Zoom has to offer to better support your students. From breakout rooms to polling to controlling participant audio and video, we'll cover all the important features to help your classes run smoothly. Zoom for Teaching & Office Hours | Part 1 (14 min) | Part 2 (14 min) | Slides

Moving Online in a Hurry?
Moving Online in a Hurry?
Facilitator: Douglas Habib

Discover the main tools and techniques that will help you switch from face-to-face to online delivery in a hurry. We'll focus on communicating with students, presenting learning materials, engagement, and assignments. Moving Online in a Hurry? (38 min)

Grade Center in BbLearn
BbLearn Grade Center Mentor Session
Facilitator: Douglas Habib

Does the BbLearn Grade Center get you down? Does it give you results you neither asked for nor liked? Do you try to drop the lowest grade only to find it didn't happen? Are your students constantly asking you to calculate their grade? If you answered yes to any of those questions, the BbLearn Grade Center 30 Minute Mentor session is for you. Zoom in from the comfort of your own office with questions and we will answer them during the session or connect you with the people who can.

Ready, Set, Video!
Ready, Set, Video!
Facilitator: Vanessa Botts
Tools: Screencast-o-maticAww app

Seamlessly convert your course for hybrid or online delivery with free and simple video screencasting platforms and online whiteboard tools such as Screencast-o-matic and Aww app. Join this workshop to learn more about these engagement tools for your class and how to integrate them into your BbLearn course. Ready, Set, Video! (8 min) | Slides

Bb: Assignments, Feedback, Grading
Assignments, Feedback, Grading
Facilitator: Douglas Habib

Learn how to round out the learning process in a digital environment by providing meaningful feedback to your students. We'll present ways to do so using BbLearn and open up the session for your questions. Assignments, Feedback, Grading: A Perfect Circle (31 min)

Bb: Tests and Quizzes
Tests and Quizzes
Facilitator: Douglas Habib

The test tool in BbLearn can be daunting. Come and learn techniques on how to use the tool quickly and effectively. We'll also open up the workshop for your questions on testing in digital environments as well as alternatives to testing. Tests and Quizzes (37 min)

Zoom for Tutoring
Online Tutoring through Zoom
Facilitator: Dale Mommer, Library

How your students can utilize this academic resource for your class. This workshop is designed to introduce faculty to a resource available to our students through online tutoring. Tutorial Program Coordinator, Dale Mommer, will demonstrate how your students can access online tutoring, the benefits of online tutoring, and how online tutoring can be tailored specifically for your class and students. Our Vandals Success Center Drop-In tutors are fully trained and ready to help students with online tutoring in the subjects of Accounting, Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Finance, Forest Resources, French, Geology, History, Marketing, Math (non-Polya classes), Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, and Statistics.

What do I tell my students?
What do I tell my students?
Facilitators: Kristin Haltinner, Brian Smentkowski

As we move our classes online, it is important to be mindful of the student experience. Through it all, our students are human beings directly affected by this transition. We need to think about what we communicate, when, and how in order to keep them meaningfully engaged with and in their class. Kristin Haltinner and Brian Smentkowski will discuss how we can communicate our commitment to learning and learners in this challenging time, and discuss some strategies for creating inclusive learning experiences. What do I tell my students, part 1? (31 min) | Slides

Comfort Zone: where the majic happens. . .
Creating Significant Learning Experiences
Facilitator: Douglas Habib

Shifting modalities in the middle of the semester while simultaneously providing enriching learning experiences for students can be challenging. Come learn how you can create significant learning experiences as you transition your face to face class to online delivery. We'll focus on the things you can do while keeping in mind that you and your students may have limited access to the Internet. Creating Significant Learning Experiences (34 min) | Slides

Collaboration Tool: teaching, learning, scholarship
Let's Get Engaged
Facilitator: Vanessa Botts
Tools: QuizletExplain Everything

Fostering engagement and interaction in online classes can be simple (and fun) for all concerned with some simple tools and strategies that will be showcased in this workshop. Several free, online platforms, that will engage students and increase their self-efficacy, will be demonstrated. Some of these include Quizlet, online rubric creation platforms (for self/peer assessment) and Explain Everything. Let's Get Engaged (10.5 min)

Zoom for Meetings
Zoom for Effective Meetings
Facilitator: Cassidy Hall

This 50 minute workshop will teach you everything you need to know about conducting meetings via Zoom. From recurring meetings to sharing documents within a meeting, we'll cover all the important features and model their use during this session. This session will be recorded. Zoom for Effective Meetings | Part 1 (15 min) | Part 2 (15 min) | Slides

Diversity & Inclusion
Keeping My Class Inclusive: Diversity, Inclusion, and Universal Design Online
Facilitators: Erin Chapman, Alex Hollingshead

As we move our classes online and into what may be unfamiliar territory for many of our students and faculty alike, it's important to be mindful of the diverse array of learners in our classes and how we can reach and teach them in an inclusive manner. This session will share a framework and applied strategies you can use on the fly. Keeping My Class Inclusive (37 min) | Slides

Labs, Studios, and Fieldwork: Creative solutions that work
Panel: B. Smentkowski, M.Overton, V.Sielert, M.Wilson, D.Habib

The sudden transition to online learning has raised a lot of “what about…” questions. In this session, a group of faculty from vastly different disciplines share creative and transferable strategies for engaging students in labs, studios, fieldwork, and service learning. Labs, Studios, and Fieldwork: Creative solutions that work (37 min)

I am afraid my students will cheat! What can I do?
Facilitators: Douglas Habib, Vanessa Botts
Tools: Kahoot!QuizletProProfs

The farther we are from our students and our “typical” ways of testing them, the more challenging it is –potentially– to assess what they know. This session focuses on various assumptions about academic dishonesty and provides some readily applicable solutions for your instantly online classes. This is a 30 minute session with optional Q/A for those who wish to stay longer. I am afraid my students will cheat! What can I do? (45 min)

Reflext, Rethink, Revise
How is it Going? Faculty and student perspectives on COVID-19's Impact
Facilitator: Erin Chapman

We're approaching that reflective stage when it's healthy to not only assess what's working and what's not, but to see if our perceptions, interests, obstacles, and solutions match those of our students. This session brings faculty and students together to address this timely topic. How is it Going? Faculty and student perspectives on COVID-19's Impact (58 min)

Portfolio Gen, Weebly, Wix
Show, don't Tell: Online Portfolios as Assessments
Facilitator: Vanessa Botts
Tools: Portfolio GenWeebly, Wix

Student-created online portfolios can provide proof of understanding as well as show links between theory and practice based on demonstrable skills. Plus, students find them fun and helpful within and beyond the classroom. In this workshop, we will illustrate the benefits (and how-to) of student-created online portfolios. Topics will include how and why portfolios can be used as an alternative means of formative or summative assessment for students to showcase their work, record progress, self-reflect, apply their learning and deepen their knowledge of the subject matter. Show, Don't Tell: Online Portfolios as Assessments (10 min) | Slides

Undergraduate Research Symposium
2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium
Organizer: Office of Undergraduate Research

This annual symposium is designed to showcase and celebrate the research and scholarly work in all disciplines by undergraduates at the University of Idaho. Due to on-going disruptions related to COVID-19, the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium will be run as a virtual (online) conference rather than an in-person event. Please visit the UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM by selecting University of Idaho from the dropdown menu. Presenters will monitor their posters for questions/comments between 11:30am - 1:30pm, although posters will be viewable all day. The symposium is open to the public but commenting requires visitors to sign in using an institutional email.

Active Learning
2020 Active Learning Symposium
Organizers: CETL & Doceo Center
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The 5th Annual University of Idaho Active Learning Symposium is being held virtually this year. All workshops will be 30 min long. Topics relate to modeling active learning strategies, active learning in large classrooms, active learning in an online or hybrid environment, using technology to support active learning, etc. Active Learning Symposium 9 presentations

Well-Being
Well-Being: Finding the Right Balance
Facilitatosr: Emily Tuschhoff, Cassidy Hall

Now that all classes have been moved online and we are sheltering-in-place, it is important to be mindful of how this transition may be affecting our well-being. This session will offer some strategies to add balance to your life by focusing on boundaries, social connection, routine, self-care, and well-deserved breaks from your technology tools. Well-Being: Finding the Right Balance (44 min) | Slides

Supporting Food Insecure Students
Facilitator: Vandal Health Education Event

Nearly half of all U of I students experienced food insecurity in 2019. In this online workshop, participants will define food insecurity, learn about what it means to be food insecure, brainstorm strategies to support students experiencing food insecurity, and learn about resources.

Virtual Exchange
Expanding Access to Global Learning through Virtual Exchange
Facilitators: Aryn Baxter, Megan Gibbons

Global learning is a vital and vibrant part of the University of Idaho's commitment to engaged learning. In this session, Aryn Baxter, Executive Director of International Programs at U of I, and Megan Gibbons, Director of the Center for Global Connections at Regis College, will introduce virtual exchange as a high impact pedagogical practice that can be integrated into existing courses to enhance teaching and learning for students locally and globally. Also known as collaborative online international learning (COIL), virtual exchange presents an opportunity to engage more students in global learning, even as opportunities for physical mobility are disrupted. Expanding Access to Global Learning through Virtual Exchange (57 min) | Slides

Reflext, Rethink, Revise
Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Facilitator: Brian Smentkowski

This was a tough semester. As much as we need to take a deep breath –you’ve earned it!-- it would also be great to reflect on that we’ve learned and how that can inform what we do next...no matter what “next” might look like.

In this session, we draw on faculty innovations and evidence-based practices to present an inventory of tips, tools, and techniques to support successful teaching and learning across all instructional modalities. We will look back on what has worked and what hasn’t, and think about how we can use what we have learned to prepare, flexibly, for Fall. Looking Back and Looking Ahead (48 min) | Slides

Green Dot Overview for Faculty & Staff
Facilitators: Emilie McClarnan, Erin Chapman

What's your Green Dot? The Green Dot Overview introduces the basic elements of the Green Dot Bystander Intervention program, focusing specifically on the vital role university employees play in establishing & reinforcing campus culture that students and colleagues exist within. The program will help employees understand the expanded role of “Bystander” and to equip university employees to integrate within their current job functions key behaviors that establish two norms: 1) power-based personal violence won’t be tolerated, 2) everyone- including faculty, staff & administrators- does their part to keep the campus community free from violence & fear of violence.

Honors Open House
2020 Honors Open House
Facilitators: Brian Smentkowski, Sandra Reineke

The University Honors Program exists to serve the educational aspirations and needs of a diverse group of high-potential students, who have chosen the University of Idaho as their academic home. Our program provides students with a challenging academic curriculum, supportive living groups and a vibrant intellectual community that engages students in distinctive curricular and extracurricular experiences designed to further develop as successful global citizens.


Fall 2019 Workshops & Events

Good Assignments + Meaningful Feedback = Learning Breakthroughs
Good Assignments + Meaningful Feedback = Learning Breakthroughs
Facilitator: Douglas Habib
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One sure-fire way to make this connection is by designing and linking good assignments to good feedback, and by giving students the opportunity to improve through our input. In this session, we will discuss how to create "transparent" assignments that make sense to the students; how to give good, useful, and timely feedback that helps them thrive or improve; and how to share your assessment of student progress and performance throughout the semester.

Ally
Enhancing Accessibility for Online Students
Facilitator: Karla Stroud (Ally Rep)
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Blackboard Ally can help make your online course more accessible. Built into BbLearn, Ally scans your course materials and converts them into formats ranging from audio to html to digital braille – to give students options in how they interact with content. Ally also provides feedback on ways to improve the accessibility of common file types and images. In short, it helps you to create an accessible and improved learning experience for all your students. This is especially important for online students who may not be close to the resources we provide on our Moscow campus. An accessibility specialist from Ally will host this online event and will touch on success stories using the Ally product, explain how it works, why it matters, and answer your questions.
Online Excellence
Creating Significant Online Learning Experiences
Facilitator: Kristin Haltinner
Looking for inspiration and ideas to make your online courses dynamic, engaging, and impactful? Come and see what Dr. Kristin Haltinner has done to accomplish those goals in her online Sociology class!
Bb Grade Center in BbLearn
Grade Center Tune-Up: Making Life Easier for You and Your Students
Facilitators: Douglas Habib, Vanessa Botts
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Get your grade center in order by attending this BbLearn Grade Center workshop session. We'll show you how to organize, troubleshoot, and display grades online using the BbLearn Grade Center.
Faculty Spotlight Series
Making Knowledge Free: The Role of OER
Faculty: Miranda Wilson, Sean Butterfield

Traditional textbooks can be prohibitively expensive and negatively impact the student experience, so music faculty Sean Butterfield and Miranda Wilson have spent the last three years creating free online textbooks with help from the digital experts on campus. This presentation will demonstrate how you can integrate any teaching style with this new, easy-to-use platform.

Service Learning
Nurturing Sustainable Service Learning Relationships
Facilitator: Rula Awwad Rafferty

Community engaged pedagogy is pivotal in advancing the land grant in its tripartite mission, instruction & learning, research/scholarship, and outreach and service. Similarly, it is an impelling approach to building capacity connecting academy and community, forging mutually beneficial relationships and venues for collaborations and success. In their own words as faculty and students; this session will share a few stories, opportunities, and resources.

Google Slides: Creating interactive presentations
How to Create Interactive Presentations and Slideshows

Facilitator: Cassidy Hall


Looking for a way to share information and promote interaction among your students? Tired of simply delivering and discussing content based off of PowerPoints? Then come to this session and learn how you --and your students-- can create dynamic and engaging interactive presentations and engage in them in real-time.
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
What is Culturally Responsive Pedagogy?
Facilitator: Vanessa Anthony Stevens
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The more we learn about learning, the more we realize the need to better understand our learners. Our learning population is rich in diversity, with students representing a broad array of cultural identities and reference points. In this session, Dr. Vanessa Anthony-Stevens, Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Studies, will share context, perspective, and strategies for integrating culturally responsive to pedagogy into our classes.
Faculty Spotlight Series: Casey Johnson, Ph.D.
What Do We Owe Knowers?
Faculty: Casey Johnson
We are, as knowers, engaged in epistemic projects like inquiry, learning, and increased understanding. Few of these projects can be accomplished without help from other knowers. This interdependence renders us vulnerable to the epistemic behavior of others. In light of these vulnerabilities, what do we owe one another? What are our epistemic obligations to other knowers?
Defusing Bias
Defusing the Bias Bomb in Class: Applied Strategies
Facilitators: Erin Chapman, Brian Smentkowski Resource Materials
Implicit and explicit biases confound and complicate our efforts to establish and maintain civil, respectful, and productive learning experiences and environments. This year, a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students formed a learning community to share and develop strategies to identify and defuse bias campus-wide. This session focuses specifically on our classes. We will work through an inventory of applied strategies to identify and address bias in our teaching and learning practices and spaces.
Graphic Syllabus
No Impression Like a First (and Lasting) Impression: The Graphic Syllabus
Facilitator: Katrina Eichner
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Looking for a way to genuinely connect with your students? Hoping to invite students along for an amazing learning experience in a way that speaks to them and works for you? Wishing to add a little color and life to your syllabi? Come and see how Dr. Katrina Eichner does this with her classes. Katrina will share an inventory of tips and tools you can use to create an awesome graphic syllabus.
Faculty Spotlight Series: Omi Hodwitz, Ph.D.
Educating Unique Populations: Pedagogy and Practices in Prison
Faculty: Omi Hodwitz
The University of Idaho is committed to providing transformative learning experiences for students of all backgrounds. Incarcerated students occupy a small yet growing portion of our U of I student base but are often overlooked in discussions of pedagogy and practice. This session will focus on their unique educational experiences and needs. We will discuss current U of I prison education initiatives, approaches and challenges to prison-based education, and lessons learned from the field.


Spring 2019 Workshops & Events

2019 Virtual Conference
2019 Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment
Organizers: DEE & CETL
The 10th annual Transforming the Teaching and Learning Environment Virtual Conference is free to all U of I faculty and staff. Participants will have access to 60 one-hour, closed-captioned sessions that are live and interactive via Zoom. All sessions will be recorded and available for at least 30 days after the conference ends. There are no concurrent sessions, which gives participants the option to attend all of them. Session topics include motivating students with cellphones, teaching online lab science courses, writing quality learning objectives and more.
Providing Meaningful Feedback
Helping Students Learn Through Meaningful Feedback on Well-Designed Assignments
Facilitators: Brian Smentkowski, Douglas Habib
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Our goal as teachers is to help our students learn. One sure-fire way to make this connection is by designing and linking good assignments to good feedback, and by giving students the opportunity to improve through our input. In this Zoom-based session we will discuss how to create “transparent” assignments that make sense to the students; how to give good, useful, and timely feedback that helps them thrive or improve; and how to share your assessment of student progress and performance (including grades in BbLearn) throughout the semester –and even before early warning grade dates kick in. This session is completely online via Zoom.

Faculty Spotlight Series
Designing and Assessing Inquiry-driven Exercises
Faculty: Kris Waynant, Chemistory
How do you communicate the value and relevance of your course to a broad array of students, especially in general education courses? Is it possible to tailor exercises to peak the interest and performance of majors and non-majors alike? In General Chemistry Lab, we are doing just that -- designing the course to show both the power of our field and the relation to theirs. Our assessment data show that students find a better overall value in the entire exercise when a part of it relates to them. Come see how we do it!
Google Street View
Google Street View App
Facilitator: Ron Hall
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Certified Google Street View Photographer, Ron Hall, will lead you through using the Google Street View App on your smart phone including exploring places around the world in 360, capturing your own 360 photos, and publishing 360 photos to Google Maps. Ron will also cover how to shoot 360 photo and video on the Ricoh Theta V equipment that is available for borrowing through the Doceo Center. Come join us to get your world on the map! All who attend will receive VEER foldable virtual reality glasses to use with your smartphone to improve the 360 experience.
Green Dot Overview for Faculty & Staff
Green Dot Overview for Faculty & Staff
Facilitators: Emilie McClarnan, Bekah MillerMacPhee
Resource Materials

The Green Dot Overview introduces the basic elements of the Green Dot Bystander Intervention program, focusing specifically on the vital role university faculty & staff play in establishing & reinforcing campus culture that students and colleagues exist within. The program will help employees understand the expanded role of “Bystander” and to equip university employees to integrate within their current job functions key behaviors that establish two norms: 1) power-based personal violence won’t be tolerated, 2) everyone - including faculty, staff & administrators - does their part to keep the campus community free from violence & fear of violence. This training is hands-on and action-oriented.

Grade Center in BbLearn
Midterm Grading Prep: BbLearn Grade Center
Facilitator: Douglas Habib
Resource Materials

Get your grade center in order by attending this BbLearn Grade Center workshop session. We'll show you how to organize, troubleshoot, and display grades online using the BbLearn Grade Center.

Faculty Spotlight Series
I Don't Deny and I'm Not a Skeptic, I Full Out Dissent: Navigating Politically Divisive Topics in Research and Teaching

Faculty: Kristin Haltinner & Dilshani Sarathchandra
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Questioned knowledge and skepticism rooted in and reflective of political division poses a unique challenge to faculty across academic disciplines. This session will use the case study of climate change to discuss how to navigate politically divisive topics in research and teaching. Special attention will be given to emotion management, data driven analysis, and enhancing critical thinking.
Student Success Conference
2019 Student Success Conference
Host: Office of the Provost and CETL
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The theme of the 2019 event is "Exploring the Intersections". Our goal is to bring faculty, staff, and students together to discuss points of convergence and divergence in our definitions, Students, Faculty, Staffcontexts, and actions and to consider concrete strategies designed to enhance student success. Your voice is critical to this effort.
New Technologies for Teaching and Learning
New Technologies for Teaching and Learning
Facilitator: Cassidy Hall
Join us for an interactive session featuring innovative devices and technology for teaching and learning, such as using voice-controlled AI, Microsoft OneDrive and Teams, the Meeting Owl with Zoom, and bendable cameras. Explore smartphone apps that can take automated attendance in class, and experiment with collaborative polling and online video discussion tools, as you learn about new ways to integrate technology effectively in your classes.
Faculty Spotlight Series
Preparing Profound Learners: Practices for Deepening Lifelong Learning
Faculty: Michael Kroth & Davin Carr-Chellman Resource Materials
As an institution, we are committed to transforming the learning and the lives of our students. In this session, Davin and Michael will discuss their recent article, “Preparing Profound Learners,” which focuses on profound learning and possibilities for deepening lifelong learning. Current research will inform a discussion of effective approaches and practices through the lens of personal and social transformation.

Ally

Accessibility and Inclusion: New Tools and Strategies to Educate ALL Learners
Facilitator: David Schlater
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This session shares practical advice and pedagogical strategies for using BbLearn's newest tool: Ally. Ally scans and identifies files uploaded to BbLearn and automatically provides alternative formats (HTML, ePub, Electronic Braille and Audio MP3) to your students. It also gives you information on how to make adjustments to course content and improve the overall accessibility of your course.

IMPLICIT BIAS

Implicit Bias: Applied Strategies
Facilitators: Erin Chapman, Brian Smentkowski
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What can you do when you experience implicit bias? What are some “in the moment” strategies you can use to cope with implicit bias, particularly when it is directed at you? This facilitated conversation will provide an opportunity brainstorm coping strategies and discuss tactics to disrupt and reduce implicit bias.
Handling Disclosures of Interpersonal Violence
Handling Disclosures of Interpersonal Violence
Facilitators: Emilie McClarnan, Bekah MillerMacPhee
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This training is hosted by the Women's Center, Violence Prevention Programs, the Office of Civil Rights Investigations, and CETL. By attending this training, you will gain:
  • An understanding of your obligations as a university employee, Title IX processes
  • Increased confidence in handling disclosures
  • Increased knowledge of resources and referrals
  • Increased knowledge of after-the-fact self-care.
Campus-Community Forum
2019 Campus-Community Forum (Service Learning)
Hosts: WSU & U of I
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The Campus-Community Forum is an annual event for community partners, faculty, students and staff to come together to discuss campus-community partnerships and student civic engagement. The theme for 2019 was Empowerment through Engagement: Advancing the Land Grant Mission and included a luncheon keynote address from George Luc, Co-founder and CEO of GivePulse, a platform to organize all community engagement activity with the goal to address social disparities.
Undergraduate Research Symposium
2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium
Organizer: David Pfeiffer, Undergraduate Research
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This annual symposium is designed to showcase and celebrate the research and scholarly work in all disciplines by undergraduates at the University of Idaho. The event is open to the public.

Active Learning
2019 Active Learning Symposium
Organizer: Cassidy Hall, Doceo Center
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The 4th Annual University of Idaho Active Learning Symposium will be held on April 30, 2019, taking place in Moscow at the Idaho Commons. All workshops are 50 minutes with four workshops to choose from during each session time (20 sessions total). All workshops can be attended remotely via Zoom for those who are not available to be in Moscow. Topics will relate to modeling active learning strategies, active learning in large classrooms, active learning in an online or hybrid environment, active learning beyond the classroom, active learning in a specific content area, etc. Breakfast and refreshments will be provided.


Fall 2018 Workshops & Events

Zoom Essentials
Zoom Essentials
Facilitator: Cassidy Hall
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Use Zoom web conferencing to conduct classroom meetings at a distance and to hold office hours. In this workshop, you will learn how to set up a free Zoom account, and practice using video and audio tools to collaborate with students within the virtual Zoom online meeting space. Learn how to join, schedule, record, share your screen, and manage meetings in Zoom.
New Technologies for Teaching and Learning
New Technologies for Teaching and Learning
Facilitator: Cassidy Hall
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and the Doceo Center provide not only a space for you to experiment with new and emerging technologies, but also the skill to help you integrate them into your classes. This session will showcase a variety of learning-centered tools that can be paired with your teaching and learning strategies and goals.

 

Zoom Accelerated
Zoom Accelerated
Facilitator: Cassidy Hall
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If you will be using Zoom to teach courses at a distance, join us to learn about ways to improve the experience for your students. We'll cover break-out rooms, saving chats, recording meetings, polling, co-hosting, etc. Practice using Zoom online polling tools, and learn how to co-host a guest speaker in a Zoom webinar.
Ally, Make it Accessible
Making Course Content More Accessible and Inclusive with BbLearn Ally
Facilitator: David Schlater
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The University of Idaho will be introducing Ally accessibility software into BbLearn in Spring 2019. Come hear from the Ally experts about this exciting new feature designed to better address student learning needs. Ally automatically checks for accessibility issues and generates alternative accessible file formats for your students (HTML, ePub, Electronic Braille and Audio MP3). It also offers guidance on how to improve the accessibility of course content—making it a more inclusive experience.
Grade Center in BbLearn
Midterm Grading Prep: BbLearn Grade Center
Facilitator: Douglas Habib
Resource Materials

Get your grade center in order by attending this BbLearn Grade Center workshop session. We'll show you how to organize, troubleshoot, and display grades online using the BbLearn Grade Center.

Teaching Large Classes
Size Matters: Tools and Strategies for Teaching Large Classes
Facilitator: Brian Smentkowski
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In this faculty-led session, we will examine some of the unique challenges of teaching and learning in large classes —attendance, anonymity, accountability, participation, and grading—and share an inventory of solutions that can be tailored to your large in-class and online courses.

Leading Inclusive IN-CLASS Discussions

Leading Inclusive IN-CLASS Discussions
Facilitator: Erin Chapman
Inclusive learning experiences don't just happen; they are made…carefully and with intentionality. Learn about applied strategies for designing inclusive learning environments and experiences.


Leading Effective ONLINE Discussions: An Online Workshop
Facilitator: Brian Smentkowski
Students and faculty routinely express concern about the quality of discussion in their online classes. Often, something is missing—effective facilitation, moderation, clear expectations, and accountability, for example—and both sides become frustrated. In this session, we will dissect these concerns—and those you bring to the table—to help you design and facilitate effective and inclusive online discussions.
Inspire Innovate
2018 Teaching & Learning with Technology mini-Conference
Host: CETL
Come and learn from your colleagues about how they have used technology to enhance learning and engagement. See a variety of examples from various courses and hear student feedback on learning with technology. Engage with a variety of new technology tools. This is a half-day, morning event with 45-minute sessions running simultaneously. Each participant can attend up to four sessions.
IMPLICIT BIAS - let's talk about it
Let's Talk About It! Exploring, Disrupting & Coping with Implicit Bias
Facilitators: Erin Chapman, Lysa Salsbury & Laura Holyoke
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What can you do when you experience implicit bias? What are some “in the moment” strategies you can use to cope with implicit bias, particularly when it is directed at you? This facilitated conversation provides an opportunity to (1) validate experiences of those who have experienced the sting of bias in the classroom, with colleagues, and by supervisors; (2) brainstorm coping strategies; (3) discuss tactics to disrupt and reduce implicit bias.
Ally
Accessibility and Inclusion: New Tools and Strategies to Educate ALL Learners
Facilitator: Douglas Habib
Resource Materials

This session shares practical advice and pedagogical strategies for using BbLearn's newest tool: Ally. Ally scans and identifies files uploaded to BbLearn and automatically provides alternative formats (HTML, ePub, Electronic Braille and Audio MP3) to your students. It also gives you information on how to make adjustments to course content and improve the overall accessibility of your course.
 


Spring 2018 Workshops & Events

Increase Student Satisfaction
Increase Student Satisfaction with a Digital Makeover
Facilitator: David Schlater
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Taking a student-centered approach to your digital course space is one way to improve student course satisfaction. Using the Student Preview Tool in BbLearn as a starting point, discuss how the first page of a course site can engage and guide students, and how to make the syllabus and BbLearn course structure match. Make grades transparent, organize student materials based on time, employ the Announcements Tool for communications, and use the Assignment Tool to create a simple digital workflow.
UDL
Creating Inclusive Learning Experiences through UDL
Facilitator: Alex Hollingshead
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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) explicitly acknowledges and addresses multiple means of expression, representation, and engagement in an effort to create meaningful learning experiences for ALL students. It is not about changing our teaching to accommodate individual students; it is about broadening our understanding of the different ways that students can learn and demonstrate their learning, and how we can build that into our classes and assignments.
Building an Online Community
Building an Online Learning Community
Facilitator: Carie Saunders
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Demonstrate simple community-building strategies to help students avoid feeling isolated and confused in your online course. Show several models and tools that feature frequent communication, shared learning spaces, and intentionally designed activities to build social presence and enhance learning and student support. Discuss how intentionally designed instructor presence, opportunity for dialog, and personalized learning experiences improve student engagement and successful outcomes.
How to Handle Difficult Discussions and Hot Topics
How to Handle Difficult Discussions and Hot Topics
Facilitator: Brian Smentkowski
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Part of our responsibility as teachers and scholars is to investigate and discuss issues that are often controversial and around which divergent opinions exist. We want our students to speak up, but…we've all been there. We want productive dialogue and civility to prevail in a climate of mutual respect. But how? Explore and practice context-appropriate strategies for (1) maintaining a productive and inclusive learning environment, (2) addressing hot topics and difficult dialogues, and (3) dealing effectively with incivility in our classes.
Classroom and Learning Assessment Techniques
2018 Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment
Host: Distance and Extended Education
9th Annual Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment virtual conference. 60 one-hour sessions offered live over 10 weekdays, providing the opportunity to engage with education professionals from all over the world. Topics range from gamification to mobile learning to flipped classroom to emerging technologies and more.
Content Delivery Alternatives
Alternatives to Recording Lectures
Facilitator: Douglas Habib
Online courses and seated courses with an online presence have a funny way of de-centering the professor as the source of information for students. Sure, there are times when one needs to present material or model how an expert in the field works, yet students have an infinite amount of information at their fingertips. How, then, can we marshal the opportunities online/LMS-based learning provides? Explore ways to take advantage of the online environment to guide students into both learning your course content and continuing their development as proficient practitioners of your discipline. After all, the one who is doing the work is the one who is learning.
Leading Effective Discussions
Providing Feedback in BbLearn
Facilitator: Douglas Habib
We all like to know where we stand and how we are doing. This holds true for students, as well. There are myriad ways of providing feedback to students in BbLearn. It's a blessing, and a curse. Explore options you can take to provide formative and summative assessments to students so they can see how they are doing, identify ways to improve and grow, and know where they stand. Explore ways to add a twist on the traditional written style of feedback through video and audio forms of feedback.
Collaboration Tools for Teaching, Learning, & Scholarship
Collaboration Tools for Teaching, Learning, & Scholarship
Facilitator: Cassidy Hall
Effective collaboration is an essential skill for teaching, learning, and scholarship. Fortunately, we have access to many tools to support the process. such as Microsoft Office 365 and Google tools. Explore how these tools function and how to leverage the abilities for both synchronous and asynchronous collaboration.
Three Steps to Student Learning
Attention, Engagement, & Application: Three Steps to Student Learning
Facilitator: Brian Smentkowski
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Examine the proposition all learning -–even the silent stuff-- is active learning and provides strategies for promoting, recognizing, and assessing it in its various forms. Based on research from the new science of learning, participants will learn a how to (1) gain and sustain attention, (2) facilitate cognitive engagement, and (3) provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge to different circumstances and contexts.
Inclusion by Design
Inclusion by Design
Facilitator: Dr. Lindsay Bernhagen
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Inclusive learning experiences don't just happen; they are made…carefully and with intentionality. Learn about applied strategies for designing inclusive learning environments and experiences.
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Use Groups in BbLearn: Tools & Tips
Facilitator: Carie Saunders
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Groups are an effective way for students to learn how to work in teams, which can reflect a more authentic project work experience. Groups can also help to reduce instructor grading workloads in larger classes. Practice using the BbLearn Group tool effectively to build learning communities, and learn how to set up group assignments and projects.
SoTL
Scholarly Teaching & Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
Facilitator: Brian Smentkowski
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If we look at teaching and learning as a research question, we would reasonably look at what we're doing and ask: "but are they learning?" Scholarly Teaching is about structuring and delivering our classes with this question –and an attempt to answer it—in mind. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) takes this one step further by going public with the process and the answer(s). Both are curiosity-based. Examine how scholarly teaching can improve student learning and how teaching and learning inquiry can become a form of scholarship.
Zoom
Strategies to Maximize Engagement in Virtual Online Sessions
Facilitator: Cassidy Hall
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Explore active learning strategies and innovative methods for engaging students in virtual online synchronous sessions. Share resources, technical tips, and solutions which can be applied right away in online Zoom sessions--such as polling and breakout groups.
  • Identify the kinds of learning activities that work best in synchronous online environments
  • Practice learning approaches to get students talking, sharing, and collaborating online synchronously
  • Explore the research on how to reinvigorate virtual online class sessions with active brainstorming and design thinking examples
Advancing Local-to-Global Learning
Advancing Local-to-Global Learning through Civic Engagement and Service Learning
Facilitator: Brian Smentkowski
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Consistent with UI's Strategic Plan goals of outreach that transforms learning, inspires innovation and culture, and improves lives within and across a diverse local-to-global community, explore strategies for creating impactful and sustainable civic engagement opportunities with academic merit and service learning initiatives that emphasize and document significant learning, all with an eye towards our local, regional, state, national, and international presence.
Active Learning
2018 Active Learning Symposium
Host: Active Learning Discussion Circle
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The 3rd Annual Active Learning Symposium offered 18 sessions on active learning throughout the day.
Student Success Conference
2018 Student Success Conference
Host: Office of the Provost and CETL
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  • PURPOSE: Bring together faculty and staff who support student success in different ways: to celebrate what's being done, to imagine what's possible, and to connect ideas and approaches to enhance student success at all levels, on and beyond campus.
  • GOAL: Connect ideas and identities, amplify and imagine novel ways of creating, and provide educational opportunities that transform the learning and lives of students.
TILT
Going Full Tilt: Transparency in Learning and Teaching
Facilitator: Dr. Cher Hendricks
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Based on an award-winning educational development and research project that helps faculty design and implement a transparent teaching framework to promote student success, TILT (Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education) consists of a number of strategies that can be applied across the curriculum and in various contexts, including assignments, curricula, assessments, and strategic initiatives designed to enhance student success equitably. Dr. Cher Hendricks, TILT trainer and UI Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, shares how the process works, how innovations in teaching can enhance student success broadly, and how TILT may be implemented at the University of Idaho.
Campus-Community Forum
2018 Service Learning Campus-Commmunity Forum
Host: UI & WSU
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This event brings together members of the University of Idaho, Washington State University, and the community to imagine, examine, and explore opportunities for creating and sustaining mutually beneficial Service Learning experiences.


Fall 2017 Workshops & Events

Zoom
Strategies to Maximize Engagement in Virtual Online Sessions
Facilitator: Cassidy Hall
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Explore active learning strategies and innovative methods for engaging students in virtual online synchronous sessions. Share resources, technical tips, and solutions which can be applied right away in online Zoom sessions--such as polling and breakout groups.
  • Identify the kinds of learning activities that work best in synchronous online environments
  • Practice learning approaches to get students talking, sharing, and collaborating online synchronously
  • Explore the research on how to reinvigorate virtual online class sessions with active brainstorming and design thinking examples
High-Impact Practices
Enhance Student Success with High-Impact Practices
Facilitator: Brian Smentkowski
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High Impact Practices (HIPs) have been shown to have a significant positive impact on student learning, engagement, and retention. In this session, participants will gain familiarity with the research on HIPs and explore an inventory of evidence-based teaching and learning practices that can be tailored to fit specific course and learning goals. Faculty and staff interested in developing and implementing high impact pedagogies, practices, and programs are encouraged to attend.
Leading Effective Discussions
Leading Effective Discussions
Facilitator: Brian Smentkowski
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Upwards of 80% of college faculty report that class discussion is their dominant and preferred method of instruction. In addition to ranking among the most-used pedagogical techniques, scholars such as McKeachie have argued that it is also one of the most valuable. There is, however, a distinction between "a discussion" and "a good discussion." Pedagogically, we should learn from the experience. Further, and perhaps especially in these times, we need to be able to facilitate effective discussions in our classes. Learn how to avoid "the Ophelia syndrome" through the Socratic Method (and the value of the word "yet"), and how discussion can be used to help students develop and present ideas, respond appropriately to others, and illustrate the value of logic, evidence, and collaborative learning.
BbLearn Grade Center Demystified
BbLearn Grade Center Demystified
Facilitator: Douglas Habib
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Find out how to organize, troubleshoot, and display grades online using the BbLearn Grade Center.

  • Verify grade center accuracy
  • Make grades visible
  • Reorganize grade columns
  • Delete hidden columns
  • Give extra credit
Classroom and Learning Assessment Techniques
Classroom and Learning Assessment Techniques
Facilitator: Brian Smentkowski
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How do we know and can show that learning is occurring in our classes? Explore a series of easy-to-use strategies designed to gauge learning within and across academic disciplines and instructional modalities, with an eye towards customized solutions for our classes. See how Learning Assessment Techniques (LATs) and Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) can be used to show what and how well our students are learning in real time, and what we can do to enhance student engagement and learning gains.
Rubrics
Rubrics: Digital/Design
Facilitator: Douglas Habib
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Explore how Rubrics can be used effectively in your courses. Discuss how Rubrics quickly inform students of your expectations for assignments, improve your consistency when grading, and reduce your overall time spent grading. Learn how to use the built-in BbLearn Rubric tool and pair it with the Inline grading tool to grade assignments online without the need to download student work.
Teaching Large Classes
Teaching Large Classes
Facilitator: Brian Smentkowski
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"Large" is a relative term; accordingly, the best research of "teaching and learning in large classes" focuses less on where we draw the line than on strategies for engaging students (and managing our effort) when the faculty to student ratio induces the belief that something's got to give. In this interactive session, we will explore the assumptions, challenges, and opportunities that come with teaching larger classes, as well as strategies to increase engagement, decrease anonymity, and balance instructional effort.
Teaching for Learning
Teaching for Learning: Making the Most of the New Science of Learning
Facilitator: Dr. Todd Zakrajsek
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Examine the proposition that all learning—even the silent stuff—is active learning. Learn about strategies you can use to promote, recognize, and assess learning in its various forms. Based on research from the new science of learning, read about how to (1) gain and sustain attention, (2) facilitate cognitive engagement, and (3) provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge to different circumstances and contexts.
Metacognition and Critical Reflection
Metacognition and Critical Reflection: What is the DEAL?
Facilitator: Brian Smentkowski
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If you are interested in meaningful critical refection, how students can articulate their learning, and how a simple "cognitive wrappers" rubric can help students become more aware of their learning experiences in the classroom, in the field, or abroad, please come and join the conversation. This session will share strategies and models that help students understand, articulate, and assess their learning processes, experiences, and findings within, across, and beyond the curriculum. Faculty seeking to develop and enhance community-, civic-, and (global) service-learning classes may find this session particularly applicable to their interests and efforts.
Screencasting
Screencasting
Facilitator: Cassidy Hall
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Learn how to record your screen and/or webcam with audio narration to create instructional videos and tutorials to support learners. Get practice capturing computer or software screen interactions, and converting them to helpful YouTube lessons for your students. Online screencasts can save instructors time by breaking down complex tasks in a repeatable online video format.