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 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.

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 the first two 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.

The first course is called Teaching with Technology Basecamp and instructors will earn $150 for completing it. This course widens the scope of the previous Foundations of Teaching in Canvas course to include information on course development in distance environments as well as technical information on 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. Instructors who complete the course this summer will earn $500.

Register for “Trail Guides” Here

The second course helps with course development but, as we all know, planning and doing present separate issues. The third course will provide help and support during the teaching of your distance educations course. Look to sign up for this course in August for the Fall Semester. As long as funding lasts, instructors will earn $500 for completing this course.

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.

 

CATL Needs Analysis

As we emerge from the pandemic together, the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning would like to align its efforts with the needs of the instructors we serve.

In that spirit, we are asking instructors to fill out a needs analysis survey.

The survey focuses on two main areas: 1) equity, diversity, and inclusion and 2) pedagogy. Each area will present you with various items and ask you to rate each according to your perceived skill level and the priority you would place on it for professional development.

The survey will then ask about the formats you prefer to engage with the items you rate as having high priority.

There will then be some space for open-ended responses.

Your responses will be anonymous and the survey should take about ten minutes to complete.

CATL needs analysis survey

Thank you

Thank you for taking the time to fill out the survey and all you do to make UW-Green Bay a great place for students and colleagues.

Invitation: HIPs Workshop Webinar (Apr. 30, 2021. 10:30 a.m.)

Posted on behalf of Dr. Carleen Vande Zande, Associate Vice President, UW System Office of Academic Programs & Faculty Advancement

After a two semester delay, I am pleased to announce a HIPs Workshop webinar by Dr. Katie Linder titled, Implementing High Impact Practices Across Modalities, to be held on April 30, 2021 from 10:30 AM – Noon (CDT). Dr. Linder is currently an associate dean at Kansas State University’s Global Campus. Previously, she directed the award-winning Ecampus Research Unit at Oregon State University.

Workshop Description

The concept of High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs) has been around for years, but the conversation about transitioning HIPs into online and blended/hybrid environments is just getting started. In this interactive workshop, Dr. Katie Linder, a co-editor of High-Impact Practices in Online Education, will guide participants through the steps needed to create an HIP implementation action plan that is applicable in face-to-face, blended/hybrid, and online classrooms. Participants will also learn more about the state of the research for HIPs and have the opportunity to discuss tips and strategies for incorporating various HIPs across modalities. Each participant will walk away with some new ideas for how to incorporate HIPs into a range of classroom settings as well as an increased awareness of how the constellation of HIPs can positively impact student learning across the modalities.

Additional details and registration information can be found at www.wisconsin.edu/hips-initiative/hips-workshop-webinar-2/. The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Please contact me if you have any questions about the workshop. Contact apfa@uwsa.edu if you have any difficulties registering.