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 Friday, Dec. 10, 2021!

Click here to submit

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.

The Fall 2021 pilot is over, however, you can still request that the template be added to one of your courses! Simply email CATL@uwgb.edu with a link to your course(s) and we will import the template and provide you with some support documentation.

FAQ

What does the template look like?

You can view the basic, unfilled template here.

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 template, do I have to use it?

If you have the template added to your instructional course and decide not to use it, simply delete the content on the page or hide the Syllabus page in your course navigation. You can also request that the template be imported into a sandbox course if you want to experiment in a non-instructional course.

How do I get access to the template?

When you contact us, 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 sign up, 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.