Call for CATL Facilitators (Due Aug. 17, 2021)

CATL is searching for three CATL Facilitators to facilitate programming on the Marinette, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan campuses in 2021–22. CATL Facilitators work closely with other members of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning to ensure that all faculty & instructional staff have access to CATL programming regardless of their location. Depending on the event or programming, the facilitator’s tasks may range from organizing a meeting space and setting up a video conference connection to facilitating a discussion of key questions or issues that we wish to engage in collectively across our four-campus institution.

If you are a member of any of these campuses and are interested in applying, please complete the brief application form linked below by Tuesday, Aug. 17. We hope to have consultants in place by the beginning of the contract period (Aug. 23, 2021).

Apply Here

Call for Participants: Liquid Syllabus Pilot

Looking to spice up your syllabus for Fall 2021? Consider going digital with a liquid syllabus! CATL is looking for instructors to pilot our liquid syllabus Canvas template. A liquid syllabus is a media-rich, web-friendly syllabus written in welcoming, student-centered language. Our template takes these elements into consideration and packages them conveniently in Canvas’s built-in Syllabus page. If you are interested in trying out our template and providing us with feedback, please register below.

Register Here

FAQ

Does the liquid syllabus template meet the University’s requirements for a syllabus?

Yes, the template meets all the requirements on the University’s syllabus checklist.

If I sign up for the pilot, do I have to use the template for my fall courses?

While we encourage you to try using the template for a course this fall, you are also welcome to use it for a course in a future semester or just experiment with it in a sandbox course.

How do I get access to the template?

When you register, we will ask you to provide a link to the instructional course or sandbox course you’d like the template added to. A CATL member will import the template into the Syllabus page of your Canvas course and then email you to notify you when it’s ready to use.

Can I change, add, or delete parts of the template?

Certainly! In fact, we highly encourage you to make the template your own. Our language is there as an example, but it will mean more to your students if your messages are customized. After making changes, we encourage you to check your template against the University’s syllabus guidelines to ensure that your final product still meets all standards.

I need a PDF or print version of my syllabus—what should I do?

We will include instructions on how to save your syllabus as a PDF when you register, but the short version is that in your browser you can right-click on the body of your Syllabus page, select “Print”, and then change the printer destination to “Save As PDF”.

How can I learn more about liquid syllabi or this template?

Our blog post on liquid syllabi is a great introduction to the concept if you want to learn more before you sign up. We also have a session recording where we go through our liquid syllabus template and explain each section in detail. As always, feel free to email us at catl@uwgb.edu if you have more questions.

Distance Education Certificate Program

The Provost’s Office has launched a Distance Education Certificate program. With the help of the CARES Act and the Provost’s Office, instructors who participate will earn stipends for completing courses in the program. Anyone developing or reconfiguring a course for any of the distance education modalities is encouraged to participate.

The certificate program consists of three courses. Instructors will earn stipends after completing each of the courses, which act as steps in the certification sequence. Instructors will earn a badge after completing the first and second courses in the sequence, and the distance education certificate after completing the third course.


Course Availability & Deadlines

  1. January 2022: Registration for Teaching with Technology Basecamp & Course Design Trail Guides is open!
    • note: Distance Education Retreats is only available in Fall & Spring.
  2. Spring 2022: Registration for Teaching with Technology Basecamp, Course Design Trail Guides, and Distance Education Retreats is open! (links to register below).

To comply with HR policy, after registering, CATL will reach out to your unit chair so they can approve your participation. Once approved, you will receive an email welcoming you to the course. We encourage registrants to finish the course before the end of the semester in which they enroll, or reapply for a subsequent semester to complete the course. For example,

  • Fall registrants should finish before Dec. 10, 2021
  • January registrants can begin Jan. 3, 2022 and must finish by Jan 21, 2022
  • Spring registrants can begin Jan. 24 and must finish by May 13, 2022

If you have questions about the course, please contact CATL at catl@uwgb.edu. If you have any questions about the approval process, please contact HR at hr@uwgb.edu.

Tents illuminated from within on a dark night.The first course is called Teaching with Technology Basecamp. This course includes information on course development in distance environments as well as technical information on Canvas and the various physical and digital rooms instructors will use for teaching distance education courses. As a basecamp, it will provide the essentials you need to be successful on the path to building your course.

Register for “Basecamp” Here

While the basecamp will provide essentials, the second course, called Distance Education Trail Guides, picks up where the first course leaves off. The trail guides course centers on developing learning pathways for students. This course is for you if you have completed the basecamp and would like to explore more systematically how to develop distance education courses. You will be able to choose from one of two options: developing a synchronous course or developing an asynchronous course.

Register for “Trail Guides” Here

The second course helps with course development but, as we all know, planning and doing present separate issues.

A geodesic retreat in the woods.In the third course, Distance Education Retreats, you will participate in a community of practice that provides help and support during the teaching of your distance educations course while also exploring a topic of interest related to the teaching of your distance education course.

Register for “DE Retreats” Here

Call for Applications: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Teaching Consultants (Due Fri., May 21, 2021)

Faculty and instructors are invited to apply for the new Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Teaching Consultants Program. Selected participants will develop and evaluate faculty development projects designed to increase the use of equity-minded and inclusive pedagogies or practices by others within their college. They will earn a $5,000 stipend over the course of a calendar year and have the support of CATL, the Director of Inclusive Excellence, and the Pride Center. To learn more about the program and to apply, please see the call here. Please direct questions to Caroline Boswell, Stacie Christian, or Kris Vespia.

Teaching Enhancement Grant. Open to faculty, lecturers, and teaching academic staff seeking to enhance their teaching skills or develop innovative teaching strategies! Applications due Friday, Apr. 30. UW-Green Bay.

Teaching Enhancement Grant Proposals (Due Friday, Apr. 30, 2021)

The Instructional Development Council (IDC) is accepting applications for Teaching Enhancement Grants (TEG), through support from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. The Teaching Enhancement Grant program is designed to support professional development activities that will enhance a faculty member’s teaching skills or result in the development of innovative teaching strategies.

All full-time faculty, lecturers and teaching academic staff whose primary responsibility is teaching for the current academic year are strongly encouraged to apply! Click the button below for full details.

TEG applications are due Friday, April 30, 2021

Application Info