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April 2019

FWIL Demos and Discussion

April 22
303 Howe Library VT
Free

What is Rhetorical Discernment anyway? Join Professors Jean Bessette (English) and Randall Harp (Philosophy) to explore ways of teaching students to understand how and why different kinds of texts achieve different purposes for different audiences.

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Blackboard Ally for Accessible Courses

April 24
303 Howe Library VT
Free 17 spots left

A small, colorful, meter will soon appear next to your files in Blackboard... will yours be red or green? To help ensure that the content we put into our Blackboard course spaces is accessible to all students, UVM is implementing a new tool, Blackboard Ally.

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Roundtable: Teaching Language Online

April 25
303 Howe Library VT
Free Sold out

Given the increase in online course offerings, we're convening a roundtable for language faculty who teach online or are considering teaching online (hybrid or fully). Come share your concerns, your successes, and your questions related to technology or online pedagogy. We look forward to the conversation, sharing resources, and building institutional knowledge about teaching language online.

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May 2019

Eleventh Annual WID Institute

May 14
302 Howe Library

This faculty program covers many teaching-topics exploring how writing can work in courses and enhance student learning.

Participants will (re)design a course with an eye on writing assignments that invite students to go deeper into their discipline.

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A Theater Performance and Discussion
Cuts: Responding to Student Climate Concerns

May 14
Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center
Free 76 spots left

The nationally renowned University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Players have been invited to UVM for a performance and discussion of Cuts: Responding to Student Climate Concerns. Actors will perform a sketch about an African-American student who, at the end of an office-hour meeting, tells their instructor about a set of racially problematic comments that were made by students (and ignored by a professor) in another class. This sketch raises issues of how to work with students around climate issues, and discussion is interwoven throughout the performance.

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Role Play as a Teaching Technique

May 15
303 Howe Library VT
Free 15 spots left

As a supplement to the University of Michigan Center for Teaching and Learning’s theater performance of "Cuts: Responding to Student Climate Concerns," this workshop will expand on the use of role play particularly in a required Diversity 1 course.

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Visual Design: Let’s Focus on PowerPoint Presentations

May 20
303 Howe Library VT
Free Sold out

We've all sat through at least one presentation where the PowerPoint was confusing, hard to look at, or simply boring. In this hands-on workshop, we'll be learning some core graphic design principles and then applying them to create presentations that are clear, effective, and interesting

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Principles of Course (Re)Design

May 21
303 Howe Library VT
Free 14 spots left

This session offers big questions to guide instructors as they design new courses or alter existing courses for new class sizes and/or new curricular objectives. Topics include setting reasonable expectations for instructors and students, assignment scaffolding, incorporating student choice, creating community in the classroom, strategies for grading, and logistics and organization.

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Hit Pause: Lecture Breaks for Student Engagement and Learning

May 21
303 Howe Library VT
Free 14 spots left

This short workshop will showcase helpful ideas and activities from Gail Taylor Rice's Hitting Pause: 65 Lecture Breaks to Refresh and Reinforce Learning. Discussion will focus on practical ideas for fostering student engagement with better pacing and structure in any lecture class.

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Grading in a Motivating, Meaningful, and Manageable Way

May 21
303 Howe Library VT
Free 6 spots left

Are you interested in making your grading more efficient? Would you like to be more confident that your students meet the learning objectives? This workshop will introduce you to a different way of grading called, “Specifications Grading.” We'll show you examples of how this type of “contract grading” works in a college course and spend some time thinking about how to implement this type of grading in your own course so you can plan over the summer for the Fall semester.

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Teaching Effectively Online

May 22

Teaching Effectively Online is a 4-week online course that prepares faculty to teach online by exploring research-based best practices for designing courses, providing practical experience with a variety of tools, and perhaps most importantly, by providing faculty the change in perspective—teachers become students, a shift that is regularly described as game-changing.

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Crafting Multiple Choice and Clicker Questions for Higher-Level Thinking

May 22
303 Howe Library VT
Free 8 spots left

Multiple choice and clicker questions are used in a variety of disciplines to assess basic information, but well-crafted questions can do much more than that, pushing students to use high-level thinking skills and shaping their approach to studying. In this session, Annie Murray-Close (Psychological Science) and Nicole Phelps (History) will discuss strategies for constructing questions and explore some of the challenges associated with multiple choice and clicker questions; their examples will be drawn from the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities.

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Blackboard Ally for Accessible Courses

May 22
303 Howe Library VT
Free 13 spots left

A small, colorful, meter will soon appear next to your files in Blackboard... will yours be red or green? To help ensure that the content we put into our Blackboard course spaces is accessible to all students, UVM is implementing a new tool, Blackboard Ally. This new feature checks files against federal guidelines and, if necessary, helps you improve them. It also provides alternative formats of those files to your students (e.g. HTML, audio, tagged PDF, eBraille, and more) so that all your students can benefit.

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Blackboard Tools for Student Work

May 23
303 Howe Library VT
Free 14 spots left

What are the Blackboard tools for student work? How do you choose which to use? In this workshop you will try a variety of tools as a student, learn how to set them up in your own Blackboard course, and consider how to assess them.

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Increase Learning While Reducing Cheating

May 24
303 Howe Library VT
Free 18 spots left

Research shows that cheating behavior is linked, not to individual students, but to the environment in which those students are learning. This is good news, because it means you can actually reduce cheating in your classes. The additional good news is that the ways to decrease academic dishonesty are directly linked to methods for increasing deep learning. Come find out more about how to develop classes and assignments that motivate students to learn rather than cheat.

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