Virtual Coffee and Conversation with Director of Student Success and Engagement (Oct. 4, starting at 9 a.m.)

Vince Lowery, Director of Student Success and Engagement, invites instructors to join him for virtual coffee and conversation Monday, October 4th at 9 a.m. He offers this time as an opportunity to chat about creating flexibility in the classroom and how to connect students to resources they need to succeed.

Join in via Zoom

 

 

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.

Registration for all courses 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. For example, summer registrants should finish before the contract period starts on August 23. 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.

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

More details on this opportunity are forthcoming, so instructors are encouraged to stay tuned to The Cowbell and their UWGB email in the coming weeks.

UWGB Team Joins National Efforts in OER Promotion and Adoption

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Grafik: Markus Büsges, leomaria,
CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Building on the preliminary work for the recently funded OER Strategic Priority Initiative proposal, a small team from UW-Green Bay has been accepted to participate in the inaugural AAC&U Institute on Open Educational Resources. The team will collaborate with leaders in the open educational resource (OER) field as well as other institutions to “design and implement a campus transformation strategy to accelerate campus OER plans for large scale engagement and adoption.”

OER adoption aligns with UW-Green Bay strategic goals 3, 4, and 5, and has been shown to reduce time to graduation and student debt (Florida Virtual Campus 2018), improve student learning outcomes (Jhangiani et al. 2019), and reduce DFW rates for part-time, first and second-generation students (Colvard et al. 2018; Griffiths et al. 2020).

Instructors interested in participating in the OER Strategic Priority Initiative should look for upcoming information this fall. General questions regarding OERs can be directed to UW-Green Bay libraries, refdesk@uwgb.edu, or the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, catl@uwgb.edu.

Faculty College 2021 Registration Open

In most years, Faculty College requires an application and a commitment to travel for a week’s worth of reflection and professional development. This year, UW-System has opened the experience to all who wish to attend by making it virtual. You do not even need to be faculty to attend; staff are welcome as well, since we all share in the educational mission of the University. Participants may register for one or both of the sessions. The first session—May 24–25, 9:30 a.m.–noon—focuses on equity-minded wellness, and the second—May 26–27, 9:30 a.m.–noon—centers around equity-minded pedagogy. Both bring in nationally recognized speakers who will offer keynote talks and online workshops. To register, or find out more, please see the Faculty College website.