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Fall 2020 Session Offerings

Empower Student Learning through Arts-integrated Teaching

Arts integration is an avenue through which to actively engage students in meaningful learning through art forms and creative processes. In this 2-day workshop series, 7 presenters from different departments at UW Oshkosh will present their curricula and share teaching experiences and assignments that guide students to make interdisciplinary connections through the arts. These strategies will include ways of integrating visual arts, music, performing arts, and other art forms into social science, storytelling, identity development, science, universal design for learning, education, leadership, and a variety of exploration, knowledge, and discovery in human experiences

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T.A.L.K.--Take Action Leave Knowing

Why this workshop? Are things really that bad? Am I a racist? Do I really have privilege? Am I an ally, a co-conspirator or a disruptor? Does it matter? Did I really just think/say that? How have I not known this? Why now? What can I even do about it?

Have you ever asked yourself one or more of these questions above? Whether you can answer all or none of these, this workshop is for you. Join Dr. Heidi J Nicholls, Dr. Marguerite Penick-Parks and Dr. Alphonso Simpson, on Saturday October 10th from 2-4pm CST to engage in real conversations centered around the above questions. Let us start to learn how to engage in these discussions, tap into terminology and self-reflection and leave with a greater competency. This workshop is designed as a first step to help equip you with the tools to begin to effectively dismantle systemic inequities and the skills and know-how to use these tools as we construct a carefully designed inclusive environment.

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2020 Provost's Teaching and Learning Summit

This three-day summit will focus on helping our newest students navigate their classes and their future.  Each day will be dedicated to a different aspect of teaching and learning in Higher Education


Preparing the Way: Creating an Inclusive Classroom Conducive to Debate and Learning in an Age of Extreme Conflict

 Probably not since the late 1960s have so many complex issues combined to enflame the fabric of American social life.  The corona virus pandemic, the presidential election, Black Lives Matter, state and regional-mandated mask policies, and the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett have all coalesced this semester, leading to the potential for engaging and important classroom debates to spill over into harmful personal conflicts.  In effort to continue to move our campus community toward a more racially and socially just perspective in the midst of these conflicts, this session will focus on how to establish productive guidelines for engaging classroom discussion and disagreement--the hallmarks of learning--while preventing the hostile, often hateful, attacks that so often punctuate our nation's political discourse. It will also focus on language that can be included in our syllabi to help establish a safe space for these disagreements. Speakers will offer strategies for handling conflicts if they arise and get out of hand in our classrooms. And, they will also provide insight into what to do to prepare and protect students from hostility when they are engaged in clinical practices, student teaching, or internships off campus.

Session Date: Friday, October 30 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


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Energizing Student Engagement with FlipGrid and More!

Tired of looking at bunch of greyed out circles representing your students on Collaborate Ultra? Wishing you could recognize your online students if you saw them on campus? Hoping for your questions to be met with engaged interest? Then, come to this workshop about motivating your students to engage with each other and you! Angela Westphal wowed instructors this summer with her inspired use of FlipGrid as a way to get her students communicating with each other. Now, she’s back to share how using FlipGrid and Collaborate Ultra helped her students form connections and a community during this fall semester.  As students create and post videos on FlipGrid, they move from greyed out silent participants to energized creators connecting with their peers and offering support. This workshop will focus on the details of creating assignments, sharing content, establishing norms and grading participation.


Session Date: Thursday, November 5, from 1:20-2:50 PM

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The Quest for Universal Design: Using UDOIT Cloud to Seek Out and Transform Inaccessible Content


When we talk about accessibility in course design, it is common to think in terms of accommodating students with disabilities. In reality, accessibility and universal design for learning (UDL) focuses on making course materials easier for ALL students to access and understand. Although incorporating these best practices into a course is not hard or time consuming when building NEW content, checking and fixing past materials can seem like a daunting task. Not anymore!  UDOIT Cloud is a new tool that will scan the vast terrain of your Canvas course and help you find a path to transforming your inaccessible content in ways that make it accessible to students. This session will not only demonstrate the latest gear in the quest for accessibility but will give you practical tips for and explanations of how to effectively use your gear to reach your ultimate destination: accessible course content founded on the principles of universal design.

Session Date: Friday, December 4th, from 9:10-10:40 AM


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LGBTQ Studies at UW Oshkosh: Students Call for Curriculum Infusion

When the Stonewall and Compton Cafeteria Riots and rise of the LGBTQ+ movements aren’t included in history classes, when the AIDS Quilt isn’t taught as an influential political artwork in an art history class, or when the contributions of Bayard Rustin aren’t included in a Civil Rights class, or when queerbating and queercoding aren’t included in media literacy class, the result is that LGBTQIA+ lives and contributions become invisible. When LGBTQIA+ lives and contributions are invisible, it has a real-life impact on LGBTQIA+ college students and continues to contribute to heterosexual and cisgender students’ internalization of their dominance in society. Additionally, when curriculum is fully inclusive, it goes beyond the mainstream narratives of LGBTQIA+ people to include the stories and contributions of LGBTQIA+ people across cultures, such as Two Spirit people in the Americas, the Hijras of India, and Muxe of southern Mexico, and the Māhū of Hawaii. By creating a more balanced curriculum, we benefit all students.  This session will feature a panel of students discussing why they chose the LGBTQ Studies certificate, why the infusion of LGBTQIA+ curriculum in all their classes is important to them, and effective methods of curriculum infusion that they have seen.

Session Date: Tuesday, January 12th, from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Writing Course-Level Learning Outcomes 

A syllabus that contains clearly expressed learning outcomes can help guide students’ efforts as they navigate through your course.  The writing of learning outcomes can also help you to focus on and reflect on your goals for the students in your courses.  They can also help guide the design of lessons and assessments for your course. For these reasons and others, the Higher Learning Commission, UW Oshkosh’s accrediting agency, requires every syllabus to clearly express the expected student learning outcomes for the course. A random survey of UW Oshkosh syllabi has revealed that some syllabi contain no learning outcomes, while some identify course “objectives” that are more a summary of course activities and assessments than learning outcomes. 

In this workshop, you will learn to write course-level learning outcomes that are clear, observable and measurable.  We will also discuss the ways in which writing student learning objectives can help you strengthen your teaching by prompting you to reflect on how every component of your course helps ensure that students are meeting your learning objectives for them. 

Session Date: 

  • Wednesday, Jan. 6th, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan.14th, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.


Preparing for Online Challenges Facing Students Through Case Studies

This session will explore online challenges related to academic misconduct, accessibility and Student Care. And, it will provide guidance on how to best direct students who are navigating unpredictable circumstances.  During the session, presenters will review case studies covering all of the above, accompanied by strategies on how to be prepared for the unexpected. Come to this session if you want to learn more about the online challenges facing students and the many resources and strategies available to best support them.

Session Date: Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  

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