2022 Virtual Instructional Development Institute: Opening Up Higher Education

Much of the rhetoric around higher education during COVID has been around closing down activities and opportunities, yet, for many instructors, the experience has been one of opening up their classes to new ways of teaching, new populations of students, and new expectations from administration. This year the Instructional Development Institute seeks to highlight the ways instructors have opened up their classes – and higher education by extension – in new ways. What new assignments have you developed, what new strategies have you used, what new course materials have you adopted, and what policies have you enacted to open your classrooms in new and innovative ways? Interested presenters could also consider how the “Open” theme relates to the use of Open Education Resources (OER), more open or inclusive classroom environments, streaming classes across locations, and our new identity as an open or “access” institution. 

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and the Instructional Development Council at UW-Green Bay invite applications for our Virtual Instructional Development Institute on Jan. 11 & 12, 2022. We’ve decided to hold the Institute a full week earlier than normal because over the past few years we have heard that it would be helpful to have time to implement strategies and methods learned at the Institute. We also hope to hold Post-Institute Workshops to provide time and space for instructors to do that work. 

There are multiple ways to participate. From roundtable discussions to virtual posters, we wish to showcase the thoughtful minds of our teaching and learning partners and highlight the ways these past semesters have opened up learning spaces. Please consider applying for the session format below that best suits you. Click to expand the descriptions of session formats below. Email CATL@uwgb.edu if you have any questions about session formats. 


How to Apply 

First, decide in which format you/you and your collaborators would prefer to share your projects or presentations.  Next, click on the link for the Qualtrics survey below. You will be asked to provide your name(s), a description of your project, and your preferred format. 

Synchronous Options ⌚

Focused conversations with participants around a specific pedagogical question, challenge, technique, or tool. You may apply individually or as a group.
A short, live presentation of research, scholarship, or other pedagogical strategy participants might wish to share with teaching and learning colleagues.
Decompression sessions led by volunteers (e.g. leading a mindfulness break, a pet slideshow, an online Zumba class, playing a game, going on an Instagram walk and post to a hashtag, and more!)

Asynchronous Options 📅

This is a virtual conference paper or presentation. These sessions consist of recorded presentations (up to 20 minutes long) with an online discussion board for Q & A or as PlayPosit video. On-demand sessions will open at the beginning of the conference and run until the end of the conference.

This is a virtual poster session. Presenters will submit a six-minute screencast detailing a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project which CATL will put into a VoiceThread so that presenters and participants can discuss asynchronously over the two days of the conference.

This resource is one that will be hosted on CATL’s blog in which presenters might create a teaching and learning resource to be posted after the Institute. Some ideas might include writing a reflection on a teaching practice or method, creating a multimedia post that highlights the ways in which they opened up their classes, projects, assignments, etc., or something else entirely!

Sample topics might include but are not limited to: 

  • Engagement techniques 
  • Community-building 
  • Belongingness 
  • Asset-focused pedagogy 
  • Discussion-based courses 
  • Equity-minded curricular design 
  • Collaborative assignment or project design 
  • Inclusive or culturally responsive pedagogies 
  • Equity in HIPs engagement
  • Anti-racist or social justice pedagogies
  • Mentoring and mentorship
  • Open education resources
  • Critically reflexive practice and professional growth

Submit your application by Dec. 3, 2021!

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