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August will be here before you know it and we’ve designed sessions addressing some of the most popular topics of interest to those who teach at UD. All events will be hosted in UD’s Faculty Commons, 116 Pearson Hall [map]. All sessions are 50 minutes. Schedule at a Glance.

Bring a bag lunch and stay involved from noon-1:00 by participating in kinesthetic learning exercises led by select faculty:

8/18: John (JB) Byrne and Jeongseok Seo, Center for Energy & Environmental Policy. Haiku assignment to focus students on central message.

8/19: Allan Carlsen, Theatre. Role play to communicate. Expression and body language to effectively promote inclusion.

8/20: Banjo Oriade, Physics and Astronomy. Origami to reinforce Science and Math concepts.

8/25: Dustyn Roberts, Mechanical Engineering. Gumdrops and toothpicks to build bridges. Learning about interpretation, perspective, iteration, etc.

Registration is not required. Sign-up for reminders and updates about this series.

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Boost Learning Using Google Apps Learn how Google App products support timely feedback, improve communication, streamline coursework, and develop team building skills students need to succeed. Participants will make an interactive quiz game using a simple Google spreadsheet. Tues, Aug 18, 9 a.m.
Wed, Aug 26, 2 p.m.
Canvas Basics – Getting your course set up Get help with making sure your course is ready to go. Import content from a previous course, add TAs and more. Wed, Aug 19, 10 a.m.
Tues, Aug 25, 1 p.m.
Canvas Rubrics and Speedgrader Do you use rubrics to assess student work? Come see how you can build a rubric in Canvas and use it with Speedgrader to grade your students’ work. Tues, Aug 18, 3 p.m.
Wed, Aug 26, 9 a.m.
Classroom Assessment Techniques to improve learning Classroom Assessment Techniques are formative evaluation methods that serve two purposes. They can help you to assess the degree to which your students understand the course content and they can provide you with information about the effectiveness of your teaching methods. Most are designed to be quick and easy to use and each CAT provides different kinds of information.CATS can provide you with:

  • day-to-day feedback that can be applied immediately;
  • useful information about what students have learned without the amount of time required for preparing tests, reading papers, etc.;
  • allow you to address student misconceptions or lack of understanding in a timely way;
  • help to foster good working relationships with students and encourage them to understand that teaching and learning are on-going processes that require full participation.

CATS help your students by:

  • developing their self-assessment and learning management skills;
  • reducing their feelings of isolation and impotence, especially in large classes;
  • increasing their understanding and ability to think critically about the course content;
  • showing them you are about their success in your classroom.
Wed, Aug 19, 2 p.m.
Tues, Aug 25, 10 a.m.
Desktop video conferencing options for the classroom and beyond Interested in providing online office hours, adding guest speakers to your classes from remote locations, or just meeting with colleagues at other universities without the need for travel?  We have many options to allow for easy audio and video connections from your desktop computer or mobile device.  Come to this session for suggestions and a comparison of products. Wed, Aug 19, 9 a.m.
Wed, Aug 26, 3 p.m.
Developing good collaborative learning assignments Research shows that good cooperative and collaborative group assignments can help improve learning in your class. In this session we will explore different group formations (pairs to small groups; informal to formal), how to choose a formation, and offer hints to help you develop effective assignments that fit your learning outcomes and your setting. Tues, Aug 20, 3 p.m.
Wed, Aug 26, 11 a.m.
Drop-in Syllabus Clinic with UD Librarians Are you incorporating assignments into your syllabus that require your students to conduct research? To create images, podcasts, video or multimedia? To use primary resources? If so, don’t go it alone! Librarians will be on hand to review syllabi to provide pointers and suggest opportunities to provide instruction to your class on a wide range of concepts and skills to support Information Literacy and Multimedia Literacy. Fri, Aug 21, 11a.m.-1p.m.
Extending Canvas Do you know how to put a custom link into your Canvas course menu? Did you know that you can add a button to your Canvas HTML editor? That you can create an interactive graph and use it as a Module page? The EduApp Center is a treasure trove of tools and features that Canvas does not offer on its own. Come to this session for a guided tour. Wed, Aug 19, 11 a.m.
Tues, Aug 25, 2 p.m.
i>clickers: Getting Started Interested in getting your students more involved during class? The majority of UD students purchased iclickers during freshman year so this option is low-hanging fruit for you. Bring your laptop and leave ready to use clickers in your first class. Consider using clickers to expedite the syllabus review so you can begin teaching from Day One. Tues, Aug 18, 1 p.m.
Thur, Aug 27, 9 a.m.
i>clickers: What’s New in Version 7 The new version combines i>clicker with i>grader and introduces a new web polling component. All those currently using i>clicker should begin using the new version this semester. Acquire the software and view the online training resources, or plan to attend this session to be up to speed for Fall 2015. Wed, Aug 19, 1 p.m.
Thur, Aug 27, 10 a.m.
i>clickers: Best Practices Simple tool…clever applications. Join this casual sharing session to discover ways to set up memorable teaching moments. Wed, Aug 19, 3 p.m.
Thur, Aug 27, 11 a.m.
Learning Interventions to help students stay on track Create strategies to confirm and redirect student engagement and learning using the LMS statistics Thur, Aug 20, 10 a.m.
Thur, Aug 20, 1 p.m.
Librarian Services Potluck SAn informal session where faculty can circulate among five tables for dessert (on Aug. 20) and for lunch (on Aug. 26) to talk to librarians about Library services that support instruction. Thur, Aug 20, 1 p.m.
Thur, Aug 26, 12 p.m.
Options for surveys in your classes This sessions introduces the benefits of two surveying tools supported by the University of Delaware, Google Forms and Qualtrics. Comparison criteria and an overview for each will be followed by deeper exploration of Qualtrics. Topics include: getting started and finding help, collaboration (sharing), distribution and viewing results. The session wraps up with an overview of UD’s IRB authorization for human subjects research policy that may need consideration if your data will be used for research purposes beyond your classroom. Mon, Aug 24, 11 a.m.
Thur, Aug 27, 3 p.m.
Polishing your Syllabus Participants will work together on polishing their syllabi, making sure the necessary elements that guide and engage students are there. We also will work on articulating learning outcomes, assessments, and assignments, and introducing an inclusive learning environment. Thur, Aug 20, 2 p.m.
Tues, Aug 25, 11 a.m.
Improving Learning and Making Grading Easier With Rubrics A rubric is a scoring tool that identifies the various criteria relevant to an assignment or learning outcome/objective, and then explicitly states the possible levels of achievement along a scale. Rubrics can be used to assess almost any type of student work, be it essays, final projects, oral presentations, or theatrical performances. When used at the time an assignment is given, students will understand your expectations of them.Come create a rubric for an assignment that connects to your student learning objectives. Come prepared with an assignment and leave with a working rubric that will make your grading faster, easier, and more consistent. Tues, Aug 18, 2 p.m.
Wed, Aug 26, 10 a.m.
Sakai Basics – Getting your course set up Get help with making sure your course is ready to go. Duplicate or import content, add your rosters, assign TAs and more. Tues, Aug 18, 10 a.m.
Thur, Aug 27, 1 p.m.
Sakai Top Tools Learn more about the Sakai tools that can enhance learning in your courses. Tues, Aug 18, 11 a.m.
Thur, Aug 27, 2 p.m.
Securing Student Information Learn how to locate and secure personally identifiable information (PII) stored on your computer. IT support staff will provide participants with information on safeguarding confidential information such as student grades. Additional computer security resources can be found at UD Computer and Information Security for Faculty.

Thur, Aug 20, 11 a.m.

Don’t miss the opportunity
to attend this valuable session!

WordPress for instruction Topics include:

  • Options for instructors: linking sites within a class, collaborating within a single site, etc.,
  • Roles for students: privileges associated with various roles,
  • How to access WordPress online help resources,
  • Assistance with participants’ individual WordPress sites as time allows.
Thur, Aug 20, 9 a.m.
Tues, Aug 25, 3 p.m.
Canvas Clinic Faculty and Teaching Assistants are welcome to drop-in and ask questions, or simply find a place to work on their courses in the Faculty Commons and ask for help as needed. IT-ATS consultants will be available to provide guidance in using Canvas@UD for Fall 2015. Fri Aug 28, 2015 9am – 12pm
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