Foundations of Teaching with Canvas: On-Your-Own Edition

CATL has a new self-paced course available!

Learn about how Canvas can support your in-person, hybrid, blended, or online course in this on-your-own, asynchronous course. After completing the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Use the core tools of Canvas – discussions, quizzes, assignments, grades, pages, and modules – within the context of how you’d like to teach your courses.
  • Use the communication tools bundled in Canvas – discussions, announcements, chat, Blackboard Collaborate, and Kaltura – to stay connected with your students.
  • Use Canvas to present course materials and assess student learning.

You’ll engage with these topics as you work through the Foundations course, applying them to one of your own concluded courses or an empty “master” course for future use. Participants that choose to confirm their completion of the training course by submitting their work will be eligible for a digital badge indicating their professional development efforts as well as opening further advanced training opportunities.

Signing Up

To sign up for the Foundations of Teaching with Canvas course, follow these steps:

  1. Open this link, https://uws-td.instructure.com/enroll/6GACEA.
  2. Sign in with your UW-Green Bay username and password.
  3. Once signed in, click on the [Enroll in Course]
  4. You’re now enrolled in the course as a student. Click on [Go to the Course] to begin immediately.

If you enroll in the course and can’t find it later, refer to this guide from Canvas on adding courses to your Dashboard.

Drop-in Sessions Continue through Oct. 2

As you embark on the semester, CATL is here to help. We’ll continue to offer drop-in session office hours to answer the questions that the start of the semester has likely raised. We’ve shuffled the times around in an attempt to accommodate as many folks as possible, so see the full schedule under the calendar of events at https://blog.uwgb.edu/catl/calendar/. We’ll be hosting these sessions via this Blackboard Collaborate Ultra room. Can’t make it? You can also view recordings of various CATL webinars here or request a consultation by clicking the button on the CATL homepage.

 

Teaching Toolbox

CATL continues to add to the Teaching Toolbox: a suite of resources to help you build and carry out your courses. 

Technology Toolkit 

In this section of the new CATL Resources site, we’ve created some guides to help you think about how you might wish to use technology to support your learning outcomes and pedagogyWe’ve created technology guides for things like Collaborate Ultra, VoiceThread, Kaltura My Media Video Recording, Video Quizzes, and more!

View the Technology Toolkit Here

Resilient Teaching Toolkit 

In this section, we’ve created some resources about how to teach when the center of gravity for your courses may be in flux due to the nature of the Fall 2020 semester. Some pages include things like optional attendance policies, interpersonal activities, equity challenges, and preserving class community. We’ve also created pages around “Practical Hybrid Course Tips” and how to “Navigate masked in-person and online group work.”  

View the Resilient Teaching Toolkit Here

The Fall Showcase (October 2020)

Have you ever put in a ton of work to overhaul a class? How about committee work to assess a program? This work is often thankless and goes unnoticed. The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and the Provosts’ Office seek to change that with an event specifically designed to spotlight this important work. The Fall Showcase will bring together bring (asynchronously) some of our most creative minds and highlight their work at investigating the effectiveness of teaching and learning strategies.

What

The fall showcase will be a virtual poster session. Presenters will submit a virtual poster (on a PowerPoint template provided by the Center) along with a short description of their work. This description will stand-in for the “spiel” that one might give in a live poster session in a face-to-face event.

Attendees and presenters will be able to interact through VoiceThread.

In this way we hope to simulate the give-and-take of a live poster session.

Examples

Examples of submissions may include UW-Green Bay Teaching Scholars projects, UW Teaching Fellows and Scholars projects, scholarly teaching efforts, or creative attempts at changing assignments to deal with pandemic circumstances.

Timeline

Since this is a multi-stage event, there are multiple deadlines:

  • Deadline to apply for presenters: Sep. 25
    • CATL will notify presenters by Oct. 2 and include presentation kit (template and guidelines for talking points, etc.)
  • Deadline to submit presentation: Oct. 16
    • The Center will prepare the online gallery of presentations
  • Open comment period for attendees: Oct. 20–Oct. 23
    • Attendees and presenters will engage in back-and-forth regarding topics

How

Email a brief description of the project you would like to present along with a summary of the methods you used and your findings (it is o.k. to submit anticipated findings).

Send your email to catl@uwgb.edu

Who

Individuals or groups who have engaged in educational research, scholarship of teaching and learning, scholarly teaching, or innovative assessment practices.

Call for Applications: UWGB Teaching Scholars (2020-21) 

Dear Colleagues: 

Access. Think of all the ways you have heard that word recently. UW-Green Bay is an access institution. Do we practice equity-minded instruction that promotes inclusion and access? Do our students have adequate internet access to engage in learning right now? Are we using universal design principles to ensure access for all? How will our current range of instructional modalities influence how we and our students access education and each other? How does living in a pandemic influence our personal bandwidth access to function as educators and learners?  

Given the myriad ways it is a critical issue right now, access is the 2020-21 theme for the UWGB Teaching Scholars. The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL), with financial support from the Office of the Provost, is currently accepting applications for the academic year.  This program provides faculty and instructors of all experience levels – from new instructors to the most senior tenured professors – the opportunity to share their teaching expertise and further develop their craft. Being a Teaching Scholar is an honor and a recognition of teaching excellence. It is also a professional development opportunity designed to promote continuous growth as an educator. 

Directed by Kris Vespia (Psychology), the program offers opportunities to discuss teaching with colleagues, develop new teaching strategies, read materials about teaching and learning, and assess a learning goal through a scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) project. We will also build a community to support one another through the challenges and joys of this academic year. 

The Teaching Scholars program has the following major components: 

  • Scholars will attend at least four of the five scheduled meetings, to be held on the following dates from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.Oct. 2Oct. 23, Feb. 5, and April 9.* All meetings will be virtual. 
  • Scholars will read and discuss materials (e.g., chapters, articles) selected to fit with the annual theme (Access) and the selected scholars’ particular interests within it.   
  • Scholars will develop and implement a scholarship of teaching and learning project with guidance from the director. This year scholars may complete projects in pairs or as a group, particularly if they are interested in assessment of learning goals related to advanced “core-hort” CATL trainings from this summer. 
  • Scholars will participate in a formative peer-review of their teaching. 
  • Scholars will share the results of their SoTL project with the campus community in the Fall of 2021. 

*NoteIt may be possible to change the meeting times after Scholars are selected, so please do not let that be an obstacle to applying. 

Up to five faculty members and instructors will be selected, and each will receive $500.00 as a stipend. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to design their SoTL project in the Fall of 2020 and implement it in Spring 2021.  If you are a 12-month, non-instructional staff member who teaches an introductory/gateway course, please reach out to your supervisor to see if they are supportive of this opportunity. 12-month staff receiving this stipend on overload may need to complete an Alternative Work Schedule Request to account for stipend-related activities performed on regularly-scheduled work time for their primary appointment, and the stipend will need to be approved by the Position & Compensation Review Committee. 

To apply for this professional development opportunity, please submit the following as one PDF to CATL (catl@uwgb.edu).  

  • 2page letter of interest detailing your: a) teaching philosophy, b) teaching accomplishments, c) interest in the students and access theme (very broadly defined), and d) very rough description of a teaching or learning challenge or problem you propose to address with a SoTL project. Please include a sentence or two indicating your commitment to attend at least 4 of the 5 scheduled meetings, along with your availability on the currently selected days/times. 
  • A brief CV (approximately 2-3 pages, with an emphasis on teaching and any SoTL experience) 
  • simple one-sentence statement of agreement from your unit chair indicating they are aware of and support your application to the program. 

Deadline: September 21, 2020  

Sample proposals from previous Scholars are available on the CATL website if you would like additional guidance on the letter of interest. If you have any questions about the program or your proposed SoTL project, please contact Kris Vespia (vespiak@uwgb.edu).