Spring 2022 Events Digest

January

Consultations & Office Hours

Request a consultation with CATL staff to ask questions about anything teaching and learning related, brainstorm assignment design ideas, or if you need someone test new technologies with you, we’re here to help!

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2022 Post-IDI Workshops: Addressing the Barriers to a Welcoming Learning Environment (Jan. 14 & 18, multiple times)

In alignment with Dr. Tracie Addy’s keynote address and workshop at the Instructional Development Institute, we wish to create opportunities for instructors to work together and address barriers to creating welcoming learning environments.

Think of this as structured work-time with colleagues rather than a workshop or a presentation about the topic! Learn more.

Distance Education Certification Course Series (Jan. 24 – May 13)

  • Teaching with Technology Basecamp Course: 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. Learn more.
  • Course Design Trail Guides Course: 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. Learn more.
  • Distance Education Retreats: In the third course, 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. Learn more.

February

Consultations & Office Hours

Request a consultation with CATL staff to ask questions about anything teaching and learning related, brainstorm assignment design ideas, or if you need someone test new technologies with you, we’re here to help!

Request Consultation

Presentation & Discussion: Culturally Sustaining/Responsive Pedagogy (CSRP) and Moving Beyond Guest Speakers (Feb. 17, 1–2 p.m.)

Join Christin DePouw (Associate Professor, Education & 2021-22 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Consultant) for a presentation and guided conversation, on Feb. 17, from 1–2 p.m. In this conversation, we consider the reliance on guest speakers within EDI work and how this “add on” approach limits true institutional transformation. Learn more.

“Opening Access: Understanding the Neuroscience of Traumatic Stress and its Impact on  Engagement and Learning” with Dr. Mays Imad (Feb. 21, 3–4:30 p.m.)

Join Dr. Mays Imad and the CATL staff on Feb. 21 from 3–4:30 p.m. as we consider the power of knowledge and how understanding the neuroscience of toxic stress can empower us to self-regulate and help our students, cope, engage, connect, and learn. Learn more.

 

CATL Concierge Assistance

In addition to consultations and professional development opportunities, CATL offers a limited menu of “concierge” services to help make instructors’ lives a little easier. How to request any of these support services can be found in the descriptions below.

Canvas “Once-Overs”

A Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant or Instructional Deisinger will do a spot check of your course in Canvas. A few things we’ll check for include course organization, features turned on or off, and basic accessibility features. If there’s something you’d like to get a closer look, such as the setup of discussion groups, let us know. Request a once-over by emailing CATL@uwgb.edu.

Transparency Checks

Not sure if your instructions are clear? Looking for a better way to phrase something because students always seem to miss your meaning? Send CATL@uwgb.edu a copy (or direct link in Canvas) of your instructions, syllabus language, etc. and we’re happy to take a look for transparency, inclusive language, and student-centered language. Looking to work with someone to review an entire course? We encourage you to schedule a consultation.

Canvas Integrations

In order to best manage instructor and student data in Canvas, campus Canvas admins ask that instructors wishing to use an integration requiring administrator action complete a request for integrations for their courses. The request form is available here.

A list of available apps is available on this page. Other limitations (such as whether we have an institutional license) vary by product. External App approval is done by UW-System based upon publisher compliance with System policies. To request an integration not listed, please email DLE@uwgb.edu. Most requests take 30-60 days to complete.

Caption Generation

Videos posted in Kaltura My Media now automatically generate “machine captioning.” This is an important step in making course materials accessible, but it isn’t perfect. If you require full-accuracy captions to comply with an SAS request, please email DLE@uwgb.edu with a sharable link to each video requiring captions.

Text-to-Canvas Quiz Conversion

CATL has limited access to a tool for converting and importing “quizzes” (or exams) to Canvas. The tool converts a formatted text document (.txt, .rtf, or Word) into a Canvas ‘quiz.’ Details of the formatting required can be found in this document (downloadable PDF). When you’ve got your document, use this brief form (instructor login required) to submit a link to the intended course and your documents of 20 or more questions for CATL to convert and upload. Note that depending on the volume of requests, it may take some time for CATL to process your document. We will upload your exam directly into Canvas in the Quizzes area and the confirmation message that the exam is available will include information on how to finish applying settings and making the exam available to students.

The Things We’ll Carry (May 14, 2021. 11 a.m– 12 noon)

The last year has changed the way we engage with students. A health crisis changed the means of classroom engagement while also putting a new onus on compassionate interactions with students. At the same time, social crises spurred many of us to engage students in conversations around how our disciplines could help them make sense of their world in new and more complicated ways. Many may have also helped students engage directly with bringing about a new and better world in response to the overlapping social/political/and health crises. CATL and the Center of Civic Engagement would like to engage with you in a discussion on what you will carry forward from this year and make a permanent part of your teaching. We will host a discussion on May 14 from 11am to noon (this link opens a Teams meeting). We hope to spend some time reflecting and engaging with you.

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