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Online Teaching and Learning Summer Program


Hitchhikers Guide to Online Teaching

The events of recent months have been tough.  With little time to plan or adjust, many were thrown into a new teaching environment that demanded the use of unfamiliar technologies and teaching strategies.  This session will delve into this new world of “Alternative Delivery.”  We will highlight the main differences between the online and face-to-face environments and the learners that inhabit the space.  We will also offer tips and suggestions for working with and adapting to the new reality in which we find ourselves.

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Journey to Online - Planning Your Course (self-paced)

Our partners at the University of Wisconsin Extended Campus have put together a comprehensive online course designed to help instructors move their instruction online.  Like the other resources on this page, it will walk participants through differences in modalities and help them to begin planning outcomes, assessments and activities that will help online students learn in the best way possible.

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Selecting Materials and Strategies

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Online “Pit” Classes

Online classes work best with smaller class sizes, but due to the unusual circumstances, we may have to teach large classes in an online format. Ideas and best practices will be discussed in order to help alleviate some of the burden. We don’t want this fall to be the pits!

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Creating an Accessible Online Classroom for students With and Without Disabilities

Creating a course for students with disabilities can sometimes feel like a daunting task.  The truth is that there are several simple techniques that can help ALL learners experience your course in a manner that works for them.  Through a series of case studies, presenters will walk participants through the methods and strategies that will help build a more accessible course for every student. 

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Grading at the Speed of Light

Like King Arthur’s quest for the Grail, instructors are on an endless quest to make grading easier.   Thankfully, Canvas has tools that can make that happen. In this session we will explore some of these tools including SpeedGrader, rubrics and bulk download/upload.  The session will include tips and tricks on how to use the tools as well as hints on how to set up discussions and assignments to allow the tools to be used more effectively.

Into the Great Wide Open: Diversify Your Course Materials with OER and Library Resources

Librarians Erin McArthur and Joe Pirillo will guide you through options for moving beyond the textbook and incorporating alternative resources in your online course, including Open Educational Resources (OER) and library materials such as ebooks, case studies, and streaming video. Faculty guests will be invited to share their experiences using diversified materials in their courses.

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Labs Online??  Is that Possible?

STEM laboratory courses often include hands-on learning experiences, which teach students skills that are critical to succeeding in science. In the current environment, we may have to rethink frequent face-to-face experiential learning activities in courses that include a lab. How can we shift focus and provide similar skills and experiences in an online or hybrid environment?  In this session, we will discuss learning outcomes for lab courses and assessments that achieve these outcomes and explore a range of possible tools to provide alternatives to traditional laboratory experiences in STEM for your students.

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Superheros Need Not Apply: Teachng with HyFlex and Modified Tutorial Course Models

In order to meet the crisis related to the increased spread of COVID-19, to ensure the continuation of instruction, and to increase the likelihood of retaining students, instructors are being asked to teach their face-to-face courses in one of two models this fall: HyFlex or Modified Tutorial. There's been a lot of confusing information on campus about these two models. And, frankly, there's a lot of fake news out there about them as well.

This workshop has been created to address those confusions and provide much needed information about the HyFlex and Modified Tutorial models In turn, it will highlight useful strategies by which to implement in your classrooms in ways that are doable and won't demand you be a superhero.

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To Meet, or not to meet, That is the Question: Asynchronous or Synchronous Online Teaching

Traditionally online courses in higher education have a fairly strict, “No online meetings” policy.  Online learners need the flexibility to attend class any time day or night.  The issue now is that we are no longer teaching to online learners, we are teaching to face to face learners using alternative delivery methods.  What difference does that make?  What is an instructor to do?  This session will use results from the University’s student survey to explore online meeting options and provide tips and best practices for using synchronous and asynchronous instruction.  

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Journey to Online - Developing Your Course (self-paced)

Developing a high-quality online course requires attention to activity and assessment design, content delivery techniques, and the student experience. This course takes an in-depth look at alignment, engagement, and scaffolding as important components of high-quality online courses. It does this by considering how courses and lessons are organized, the connections between objectives and assessments, the different types of assignments and activities, and how learning materials are presented.

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Building an Online Course

Canvas Training for the Impatient

Don’t sweat the details! All you have to know about Canvas to get up and running in an hour. Covering very little detail this course is excellent for giving you a basic overview of getting around in Canvas. No need to register, this is an online course and will be offered multiple times. If you have already attended a previous session feel free to attend as often as you like. The instructor will be in the room early so if you have any questions about your hardware working you can test it before class begins.

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Canvas, The Cave of Doom

Come on board for this exploration into hidden features of Canvas. Bring your shovel and miners hat and well dig for gold.This Canvas course will cover a list of How Tos. It will jump from one alligator infested pit to another filling in moats of uncertainty. Below are a sample of topics that will be covered. · Extra Credit · Setting up a Grading Scheme · Initial course setting setup / take down · Gradebook hidden gems and traps The instructor will be in the room early so if you have any questions about your hardware working you can test it before class begins.

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Collaborate Ultra: The Multi-Purpose Tool to Power Up Your Course

Lectures, class discussions, breakout groups, and more! Collaborate Ultra is a powerful tool for synchronous and asynchronous teaching. This session will explore CU’s features such as: recording lectures, polling students, breakout groups, and screen sharing. Come see how this one tool offers a variety of solutions for delivering content and connecting with students. Let’s Power Up your course!

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Proctorio Setup

Proctorio is a remote proctoring service software.  The software will monitor student actions while taking exams.  This session will provide participants with general information on the application, and demonstrate the steps required to setup an online proctored examp.

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Video Creation on a Dime

Create high quality videos cheaply. During this 1 hour presentation we will walk you through the process of capturing, creating and editing video for your classroom. Expect to learn about screen capturing, lighting, audio and captioning for student who need accommodations. At the end of this hour you will have all the knowledge you need to create movies at least as good as Ed Wood.

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Facilitating an Online Course

Anti-Racist and Inclusive Online Teaching during the Racial Justice Uprisings and the Pandemic

This workshop provides strategies of responding to these two national crises within the classroom. Presenters will share the experiences of students who have been hit hard by these two crises, and students who have felt called to activism in response racial injustice. They will provide their own best practices for getting students engaged and excited about their learning. And, they will give examples of creating assignments that are relevant and address the current crises. More than that though, they will discuss how to be an anti-racist educator as we move online. This workshop is about creating a brave space for your students and incorporating inclusive and equitable practices within an anti-racist framework.

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Being Present When You're Not There

If we asked you what being present in a face to face class means, you could probably answer that easily But what does instructor presence mean in an online class?  How do we make sure students don’t feel the instructor disappears in an online class? These are not easy questions to answer, but using a combination of research and presenter experience, this session will provide strategies for being present online. Tactics for being present both in synchronous as well as asynchronous delivery will be shared, as well as tips for leveraging Canvas’ features in maintaining an instructor presence. 

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Connecting Students to On-Campus Experts = Increasing Student Success

This workshop will provide a range of strategies for collaborating with and connecting students to experts across campus who offer students opportunities to improve their academic progress. You will learn how the Writing Center works with students on all different types of writing assignments in departments and programs across the University as well as about options available for students to meet online synchronously and asynchronously. You will learn about how Project Success has adapted course instruction and support services to better meet the needs of students in a virtual setting. Through virtual platforms, program students receive continued support in the areas of academic accommodations, reading and mathematics support, and organizational tutoring. In addition, you will learn about the range of tutoring opportunities being offered by the Center for Academic Resources, from one-on-one and group tutoring to Supplemental Instruction. These opportunities assist students in increasing their content knowledge and understanding the material. Overall, this session will share opportunities by which your students can increase their knowledge, skills, and abilities in your course!

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Explore from a Distance

Many explore courses, especially the quest courses, include elements and activities that allow students to consider and understand themselves as participating members of an established learning community. These courses also promote student awareness of and engagement in campus and community life. This workshop will describe how to maintain these connections while preserving safe practices. It will also provide an opportunity to brainstorm with fellow instructors about how to effectively explore from a distance.

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From Snore to Roar: Creating Energizing and Engaging Online Learning Experiences

The results of the spring Remote Student Learning Survey confirm students’ difficulty engaging. 64% of students responding reported feeling isolated from their instructors and classmates. And, about a third of students named difficulty communicating with peers and instructors as an obstacle to their learning. This workshop will lead you through how to increase your communication with students, build community, create interactive engaging activities, and organize lively discussions. Such strategies will both increase students’ motivation to participate and their sense of belonging to a community of learners.

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Keeping Your Students Engaged: Active Learning in the Online Classroom 

Active learning strategies, such as collaborative assignments, peer instruction, case studies, and problem-based learning, lead to deeper learning and greater student engagement in STEM. Many STEM courses are rich with these experiences when meeting face-to-face; however, implementing these high-impact practices in online courses may seem intimidating and/or impossible. In this session, we will discuss several active learning strategies, how to design remote/virtual assessments that utilize these techniques, and the tools to effectively implement them online.

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Supporting the Whole Student in Online Teaching

In the sudden move to emergency remote teaching in the spring semester, many offices across campus that support student learning saw new emergent needs arise among students. Students with disabilities lost a range of support such as notetakers and accommodations during testing, students generally experienced more mental health challenges, and students in need of advising were harder to contact. Campus leaders will share the impact of the pandemic on students and their needs within it. Liz Whalley, Director of UARC, will share how her office provides advising services to students and how faculty advisors can consult and collaborate with UARC advisors. Kiersten Bloechl-Karlsen, Associate Dean of Students, will help you get ahead of the curve with information about how to support today’s college students who are working through medical, mental health, personal and other increasingly common life circumstances.  And, Sandy Cox, Director of the Counseling Center, will provide best practices for supporting students’ mental health in the online classroom.  Together, presenters will provide critical guidance on supporting the whole students and collaborating with their offices. . The Dean of Students Office and the Accessibility Center support students experiencing all types of challenges .   In turn, they will provide best practices in supporting the whole student and collaborating with their offices. Through integrating forms of student support into our online classrooms, we can improve students’ experience and increase student success.

Journey to Online - Teaching Your Online Course (self-paced)

The Learning Technologies team with UW Extended campus has developed an online, asynchronous course in Canvas to assist instructors with teaching their online course.  Topics included in the module-based course include resources on building community, managing online discussions and evaluating student work. 

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