Keep Calm and Teach On (KCTO), the annual back-to-school workshop series hosted at Faculty Commons, offered 35 sessions about UD’s teaching, technology, and ways to improve our students’ educational experiences. Featured favorites included Canvas topics, Morris Library resources, Zoom, student engagement, and incorporation of the themes from the Fall 2019 Common Reader, Educated, by Tara Westover.
Among the offerings were sessions to help instructors create work/life balance, hone presentation skills, consider a new way of grading, encourage students to question, develop an awareness of diversity, and explore interactive learning technologies.
Over 100 UD educators, attending three or more KCTO sessions on average, shared in the collegial atmosphere as they prepared to meet the needs of students enrolled in the fall semester. Presenter materials and recordings from select sessions are available at sites.udel.edu/kcto/schedule/.
Reflective comments from our participants underscore the value of this annual preparatory event:
“I think these workshops are incredibly valuable. Not only do they allow faculty/staff/instructors to continue learning and developing as professionals, but they provide spaces to connect with fellow coworkers we might never have met and share stories of struggle and success. It’s rare to have that safe, positive space.”
—Adam Morris, Human Development & Family Science
“It was helpful to have the basic structure for the session, but then allow participant questions to guide where we went ‘in-depth’…Your sessions are always helpful, and always well-run.”
—Jenny Lambe, Communication