During this fall semester, the need for Fall break is especially obvious, but the Thanksgiving holiday is not divorced from its history. Below are just a few resources we have come across in thinking through various topics around the holiday.
Racial Justice Resources for Thanksgiving from the POC Online Classroom blog.
Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance lesson plan/resource on “Thanksgiving Mourning”
Philip Deloria’s 2019 New York Times piece The Invention of Thanksgiving:
Massacres, myths, and the making of the great November holiday.
Colorado College’s Crown Faculty Center page on Teaching & Learning on Indigenous Land.
Plimoth Patuxet Museums’ online game for school-aged children and families looking at Wampanoag life prior to European settlement and the “First Thanksgiving.”
We’ve blocked off time on our calendars on weekdays from Nov. 30 through Dec. 30 to hold drop-in sessions around topics or whatever else you might need to discuss, so please stop in via Collaborate Ultra or request a consultation if you aren’t able to make these times. Check out CATL’s full calendar with all times here or click the bar below to expand the list of upcoming Office Hours.
CATL is eager to spend January with you!
There are options below for people who wish to reconnect with colleagues and some for those who wish to deepen their relationship with distance education.
Click to expand the sections below to see all the opportunities we have available! Once a program sparks your interest, click on the event name to learn more. You may also email questions as they arise in your mind to the Center at email@example.com. Finally, register for these sessions on Qualtrics.
This course is for instructors who would like to take their recently created pandemic courses and turn them into fully online classes. This is for you if you anticipate offering your pandemic course in the online environment in the future. Instructors will earn a stipend upon completion.
You may have found yourself grappling with how to incorporate students in more than one environment at the same time. Maybe you teach a “virtual classroom” course, but some students attend asynchronously. Maybe you teach hybrid or in-person but have some students who attend from at home. This course is for you if you incorporate students across space and time. We will take wisdom from the “hyflex” teaching style and adapt it to the circumstances of your courses, turning hyflex into “my-flex.”
This course is for instructors who have been assigned to a technology enhanced classroom and want foundational knowledge to successfully integrate elements of this technology into their spring classes while engaging with best practice in distance and blended/hybrid instruction. Instructors will earn a stipend upon completion.
This course is for instructors who understand the basic principles of culturally responsive pedagogy (CRP) and would like to engage in more substantive integration of CRP within their existing courses. The purpose of this course is to support instructors in moving from positive dispositions regarding CRP to its meaningful application in relationships to teaching and learning. Instructors will earn a stipend upon completion.
Pre-Institute Workshop (Jan. 11-12)
CATL is holding sessions embracing the name of “workshop” as an analogy: milling, sanding, and finishing courses or assignments. Attendees will build community as they dovetail one another’s successes and chisel away at shared challenges. Small group topics to true up our teaching will emerge organically from those who attend as we work together to embrace the grain of courses with character. Sign up to sand and buff out problem spots in your courses with colleagues who are addressing similar concerns. Click here for details.
Instructional Development Institute (Jan. 19 & 21)
CATL and the Instructional Development Council invites applicants to either lead or present synchronous sessions or submit asynchronous resources for our Virtual Instructional Development Institute on January 19 & 21, 2021. More information on how to apply may be found here. We also look forward to your attendance. It will be more fun if you are there!
This self-paced course takes about five hours to complete and is for those who are unfamiliar with Canvas and would like to start building their courses from a solid foundation.
This self-paced course takes about ten hours to complete and helps instructors strategize ways to help all students be full course participants if they engage synchronously or asynchronously.
With so many of us working remotely, we may struggle to find ways to discuss our experiences this election week, so CATL teamed up with Drs. David Voelker (History and Humanities) and Alison Staudinger (Democracy and Justice Studies, Political Science, and Women and Gender Studies) to offer an informal pop-up event.
David and Alison, who organized a “Dialogue Fellows” program a few years back, will co-facilitate a conversation this Friday, Nov. 6 on Microsoft Teams. The tentative time is 12 p.m.–1 p.m., but please stay tuned for updates on this post.
Click here to join the session via Microsoft Teams (UWGB login strongly encouraged)
While supporting students is one possible topic, participants will help direct our conversation.
This post is just a reminder that CATL has a collection of “syllabus snippets” available as you craft your syllabus for the fall. Please note the new addition: a snippet for a Policy on Children in Virtual Sessions care of the UW System caregiving task force.