Below is the text only version of the October Edition of the Faculty Commons Newsletter
The leaves might not be changing yet, but hopefully you’re in a comfortable fall groove with your courses. That means it is time to solicit feedback, and check-in about other important teaching deadlines.
Read on for our trademark to-do lists, easy-to-use templates, and timely announcements about opportunities and programs that will keep you on track until winter.
Dear Faculty Commons,
In class the other day, I experimented with a new teaching technique and was really blown away by how much the students appreciated it (some students even came up after class saying how much they enjoyed and learned from the class activities that day). I’m going to keep an eye on doing this, but are there good ways to figure out what techniques are really engaging my students and capture that feedback?
Frantic for Feedback
5 things to consider when choosing ebooks
The spring 2019 textbook deadline is coming up on October 15!
Checking in with yourself
Do you find yourself sitting at your desk for several hours at a time?
Are you groaning when you stand up or sit down?
We got our desk setup checked by UD’s Ergonomics Program and we are feeling much better!
Using Canvas to collect and analyze students usage
Canvas has great learning analytics tools to help you examine relationships between student engagement and learning outcomes.
3 things to do at the Tech Open House
The annual Tech Fair has anew name and a new setup! All employees are welcome to come investigate and explore all the technology UD has to offer.
Online Learning Town Hall
October 2 | 1:30 PM
Are you interested in providing input into how IT can better support the growing need for online and hybrid courses?
Faculty Preview: Spring 2019 Narrative Art and Illustration Exhibition
October 3 | 4:00 PM
Get an up-close look at the books, prints, drawings, and paintings stated for the spring 2019 exhibition.
Roundtable: Making Group Work Work
October 5 | 3:30 PM
Engaging students in group work is not easy, but it is worth the effort! Dr. Dawn Berk, assistant professor of Mathematics and director of the Mathematical Sciences Learning Lab, will discuss what research indicates about group work and how to ensure that group work supports students’ learning.
Publishing: Navigating the confusing world of copyright, authors’ rights, and open access
October 23 | 1:00 PM
Join Dr. Julia Oestreich, director, University of Delaware Press, for a discussion about copyright, authors’ rights, and open access.
Tech Open House
October 23 | 11:00 AM
Formerly known as the Tech Fair, this year’s Tech Open House is an exciting event where you can explore all kinds of technology offerings at the University.
Faculty Commons Book Club
November 1 | 12:30 PM
Stephanie Kerschbaum, associate professor of English and Faculty Success Program Coordinator, will be guiding attendees through a discussion of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport.
Roundtable: The Procrastinator’s Guide to Canvas
November 2 | 3:30 PM
It’s the 11th hour for Sakai users! There are less than 100 days to migrate your courses off of Sakai and onto Canvas. Sakai closes on December 21, 2018!
Telling your Research Story with Analytics and Metrics
November 13 | 3:30 PM
You have dedicated a lot of time, energy, and work to your research. It makes sense that you would want to know how people are engaging with your work.