Cold Lunch & Hot Topics: “To Record or Not to Record? That is the Question” (Sept. 26 & 27)

Bring your lunch and join the conversation with CATL and instructors from across the institution as we discuss a hot topic in teaching and learning! Our September conversations will explore the issue of recording in-person classes for students. What are the potential benefits, drawbacks, issues, or alternatives?

  • Dates and Times:
    • Monday, Sept. 26 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Zoom link)
    • Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Zoom link)
  • Location: Cofrin Library 405C (CATL conference room) and virtual

Register to receive a calendar reminder and the virtual meeting links in advance or drop in during one or both sessions. If you’d like to prepare your thoughts before our meeting, you may find Romanelli, Smith, and Cain’s (2011) article, To record or not to record?, a good starting point.

Do you have an idea for a future Cold Lunch & Hot Topic? Email CATL Director Kris Vespia (

Session Recording: “Hypothesis: A Social Annotation Tool” (Thursday, Sept. 1, 2:30 p.m.)

Session Description

Learn more about our new tool, Hypothesis, and transform reading from a passive, individual activity to an active, collaborative exchange.

*Session led by vendor representative with CATL input.


Pre-Semester Workshops

Get ready to teach! CATL is offering a variety of pre-semester workshops to help instructors prepare their Fall 2022 courses. Each workshop will be held via Zoom. Drop in and meet the CATL team! 

Creating a Dynamic Syllabus: Best Practices (Thursday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m.)

Learn about creating effective syllabi and exchange your ideas with colleagues!

Click here to join the workshop via Zoom

Getting Started with Canvas: Building Your First Module (Thursday, Aug. 25, 1 p.m.) 

New to Canvas and not sure where to start? In this one-hour workshop, we will walk you through the essentials for building your first module!

Click here to join the workshop via Zoom

Building on the Basics: Effective Instruction Practices in Canvas (Thursday, Aug. 25, 2:00 p.m.) 

Have you used Canvas before but never at UWGB? Are you a returning instructor looking to use Canvas beyond the basics of modules and pages? Then please join us in this overview of some Canvas features included in the UWGB digital learning environment.

Click here to join the workshop via Zoom

Using PlayPosit in the Classroom to Collect Live Student Responses (Monday, Aug. 29, 10:30 a.m.)* 

Looking for an audience response system or “clickers” solution for your classroom? Join this session with PlayPosit and CATL to learn how to collect live responses with PlayPosit’s “broadcast” mode.

Click here to join the workshop via Zoom

*Session led by vendor representative with CATL input.

Fostering Engagement in High Enrolled Courses (Monday, Aug. 29, 2:30 p.m.) 

We know that active learning strategies and high-impact practices make a difference. How can we leverage these practices in a high-enrolled context? Join us to discuss strategies and best practices.

Click here to join the workshop via Zoom

Using Zoom in Streaming and Recording Classrooms (Tuesday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m.)

Learn how to use Zoom to record and stream lectures from specially equipped UWGB classrooms. This session will provide an overview of the entire process, from scheduling to sharing recordings.

Join the workshop in person on the UW-Green Bay Campus in MAC 210!


Click here to join the workshop via Zoom

Using the Syllabus to Set the Tone for Your Class (Tuesday, Aug. 30, 1 p.m.) 

How can a syllabus cover important information and also set a positive, welcoming tone? Attend this interactive session, share your ideas, and come away with new ones.

Click here to join the workshop via Zoom

Exploring the Possibilities of UWGB Modalities  (Wednesday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m.)

Let us help you navigate UWGB’s modalities. Join this interactive session to explore strategies and technology specific to the modalities you are teaching in this fall.

Click here to join the workshop via Zoom

PlayPosit 101: Intro to Interactive Bulbs with PlayPosit (Wednesday, Aug. 31, 12 p.m.)*

PlayPosit 101 is designed for faculty who have not used PlayPosit previously. Join us for an interactive tutorial that demonstrates how easy it is to add interactions to your video content.

Click here to join the workshop via Zoom

*Session led by vendor representative with CATL input.

Getting Your Canvas Gradebook Going (Thursday, Sept. 1, 1 p.m.)

Maintaining an accurate gradebook in Canvas benefits students in any class modality. Bring your questions to this session as we explore the ins and outs of using the feature-rich Canvas gradebook.

Click here to join the workshop via Zoom

Hypothesis: A Social Annotation Tool (Thursday, Sept. 1, 2:30 p.m.)*

Learn more about our new tool, Hypothesis, and transform reading from a passive, individual activity to an active, collaborative exchange.

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*Session led by vendor representative with CATL input.


Ungrading Teaching Circle (Summer 2022, Register by Jun. 8)

Have you ever considered ungrading but don’t know where to start? Looking for other instructors who are trying alternative forms of assessment in their courses? Seeking feedback on ungrading ideas? Join the Ungrading Teaching Circle this summer! In this short, low-stakes teaching series led by Kris Purzycki (Assistant Professor, Humanities), we’ll discuss the “whys” and “why nots” of ungrading before focusing on trying some techniques. Our series will conclude by applying our experiments to Canvas as we explore how the LMS can support ungrading and other alternative forms of assessment.

Participants will meet virtually four times during the summer based on collective availability. Please register by Wednesday, June 8, so that we can gauge interest and send out a poll to determine the meeting dates and times.


LTDC Virtual Showcase (June 21 & 22, 2022)

Submit a Proposal

The UW System Learning Technology Development Council (LTDC) is now accepting proposals for their annual virtual showcase. The theme for this year’s conference is “On Resourcefulness and Resiliency” with three tracks: “Student Experience and Success”, “Instructional Pedagogy”, and “Leveraging Learning Technology.” Proposals for both live sessions and pre-recorded short videos (TechTalks) are welcome. The deadline to submit proposals has been extended to Monday, May 9 at 12 p.m. Learn more and apply.

Register to Attend

Register to attend this free virtual conference on June 21 & 22, 2022! The showcase includes panels, presentations, and TechTalk virtual sessions in polysynchronous format (i.e., some presentations are pre-recorded while others are “live”). Register here.

Theme and Keynote

On Resourcefulness and Resiliency

The pandemic has taught us much as it relates to defining the student experience, helping our students find success, designing impactful learning experiences, and leveraging technology to promote deeper learning. Some things worked. Some things didn’t work. Yet as time goes on, we continue to learn, grow, and find new and better ways to improve our teaching, course design, and sense of belonging.

With no playbook on how to navigate a pandemic, we have found ways to strengthen our resourcefulness and resiliency. At times, we practiced resiliency to cope with constant changes. Other times we had to rely on our resourcefulness when sudden pivots were needed.

Reflecting on our journey, sharing our experiences, learning from them, and taking the knowledge gained into our next experiences is key to personal and professional growth. Join us this summer as we explore these themes of resourcefulness and resiliency as we emerge from the pandemic and define what becomes our new normal for teaching, learning, and the intentional use of technology.

Join keynote speakers Merlyna Valentine, international speaker, author, and consultant, and Katie Linder, Associate Vice Chancellor for Digital Strategy and Learning at the University of Colorado-Denver, instructors, and staff throughout UW-System on June 21 & 22, 2022 as we explore the themes of resourcefulness and resiliency as we design the new normal for teaching and learning.