Workshop: What Will You Carry Forward? (Aug. 23, 12–1:15 p.m.)

Last year changed everything—or did it?

Join CATL for a “show and tell” event where some of your fellow instructors will show how they are moving on from last year. What did they keep? What will they discard?

We are centering the event on the idea of “flexibility” since it encapsulates many of the questions involved with making the transition from last year to this. For example, how and to what extent will you remain flexible in regards to due dates, attendance, participation, and more? How will you reuse all those online resources you made last year (labs, study guides, instructional videos) to remain flexible? How and to what extent will students be able to participate at a distance or asynchronously? Or, is now the time to teach students how to better be accountable for their own learning?

Come and hear what your fellow instructors are thinking.

Check back soon for details and registration!

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”.

Summer 2021 Event Digest

In addition to further programming still in the works, CATL invites you to take a look below at some of the workshops, presentations, and ongoing programs we have planned for the summer. Click on any of the titles listed below to learn more and stay tuned for updates!

  • Distance Education Certificate Program
    The Provost’s Office is launching a Distance Education Certificate program in June. With the help of the CARES Act and the Provost’s Office, instructors who participate this summer 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.
  • Reading Circle: “Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead)” (Aug. 12, 2021)
    This summer, CATL is supporting faculty and staff-led Reading Circles—book discussions that are open to the campus community. One of these will be on Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead).
  • Reading Circle: "Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom" (July 15 & Aug. 5, 6–7 p.m.)
    This summer, CATL is supporting faculty and staff-led reading circles—book discussions that are open to the campus community—and Tracy Fernandez Rysavy (English) will be leading one on bell hooks’s Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom! Participants will meet via Zoom on Thursday, July 15, and Thursday, Aug. 5 from 6–7 p.m. to discuss our thoughts on the book. There are a limited number…
  • Summer Office Hours
    CATL staff will be available to answer questions, brainstorm assignment design ideas, or test new technologies with you during a virtual Open Office Hours this Summer. Join us via Microsoft Teams Currently scheduled dates and times: Wednesday, Jun. 30 from 8–10 a.m. Wednesday, Jul. 7, from 8–10 a.m. Wednesday, Jul. 14 from 8–10 a.m. Wednesday,…
  • Classic Quizzes & New Quizzes (July 21, 12–1 p.m.)
    In this presentation, CATL staff will highlight the feature differences between Classic Quizzes and New Quizzes in Canvas and cover tips & tricks from use cases. There will be time for questions, but if you have one in mind, don’t hesitate to reach out before! 
  • Canvas Banners Workshop (July 27, 1–2 p.m.)
    In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of creating banners with Canva, a free online tool for creating graphics. Attendees will also learn some basic tips on graphic design and web accessibility that they can apply in their own Canvas courses. 
  • VoiceThread Workshops (Aug. 5, 9–10 a.m. & Aug. 6, 12–1 p.m.)
    CATL staff will briefly demonstrate using the VoiceThread assignment builder for creating “watch,” “comment,” and “create” assignments. This is intended to be a workshop, so please come with ideas, fully designed assignments with which we can tinker, or past snafus you might wish to address. 
  • Canvas Accessibility FAQ (Aug. 18, 10–11 a.m.)
    Learn how to make your course more accessible using Canvas tools (Pages Accessibility Checker) and integrations (automatic, machine-generated captions with Kaltura; UDOIT Accessibility Checker). There will be time at the end of the session for a short Q & A on these tools and general accessibility questions. 
  • Workshop: What Will You Carry Forward? (Aug. 23, 12–1:15 p.m.)
    Join CATL for a "show and tell" event where some of your fellow instructors will show how they are moving on from last year. What did they keep? What will they discard?

 

Canvas Accessibility FAQ (Aug. 18, 10–11 a.m.)

Learn how to make your course more accessible using Canvas tools (Pages Accessibility Checker) and integrations (automatic, machinegenerated captions with Kaltura; UDOIT Accessibility Checker). There will be time at the end of the session for a short Q & A on these tools and general accessibility questions. 

Join us via Microsoft Teams

VoiceThread Workshops (Aug. 5, 9–10 a.m. & Aug. 6, 12–1 p.m.)

CATL staff will briefly demonstrate using the VoiceThread assignment builder for creating “watch,” “comment,” and “create” assignments. This is intended to be a workshop, so please come with ideas, fully designed assignments with which we can tinker, or past snafus you might wish to address. 

Join us via Microsoft Teams