Webinars & Drop-ins (Aug. 24–Sep. 4)

To accompany their growing set of resources, CATL will be offering a daily webinar and a separate daily drop-in session Aug. 24–Sep. 4 via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. See the full schedule under the calendar of events at https://blog.uwgb.edu/catl/calendar/NOTE: Links have been updated!

Drop-ins: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/dd560cd4d494482c92733937d333987f

Webinars: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/096b7fabbcfc41e582670f6ee63be3e0

Can’t make it? You can also view recordings of various CATL webinars here.

New Instructor Orientation

CATL will lead a New Faculty and Instructor Orientation session on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 9-noon where we plan to have a series of guided discussions and breakout sessions with our collaborators in the Office of Grants and Research and the Center for Civic Engagement.

We are hard at work to develop more events and resources for this event series throughout fall; we hope to have a series of opportunities in place by mid-September, but until then, new instructors can be sure to accept the course invitation to the Canvas resource course where we’ll be posting announcements, new resources, and programming updates.

Peer Assessment of Teaching (For Remote Instruction)

Sometimes a little collegiality is just what the doctor ordered to iron out the kinks in a course. 

We can all use some feedback every now and then and teaching in new environments calls upon new skills. A colleague with fresh eyes can help you spot what is going well and what can be improved.

The Center has adapted our regular peer assessment of teaching to suit the new pandemic format. Watch for more information to enlist a colleague (or two!) to be evaluation buddies. 

Note that this process is for formative evaluation only and is not intended for summative review for promotion or tenure. 

Tough Talks: Intersectional Identities

These talks engage our entire campus community in difficult conversations about the state of teaching, learning, and higher education. We designed them to bring folks with a variety of perspectives together to take part in thoughtful conversations about pressing issues.

This year, we’ve isolated a theme around “intersectionality” to provide ourselves with space to support our students and colleagues.

Watch for more information in the next few weeks about this series, collaborators, sessions, and opportunities to engage. 

Learning Circles

What is a Learning Circle? 

Learning circles are a new addition to our suite of CATL programming! 

These circles offer you a way to bring together instructors, staff, and/or students who have a shared interest in an issue that affects the landscape of higher education to build collective knowledge and support your professional development.  

We hope these learning circles gather people from different areas or disciplines to engage in conversations around shared issues. 

How do we get started?

If you and a few of your colleagues have been kicking around ideas about topics in higher-ed for which you would like to learn more, you should consider starting a Learning Circle. Once you have a few people already on board, then submit a proposal to open the circle to the rest of the UWGB community. Once you apply and hear back from a CATL memberCATL will handle signups and then hand over a full participant list so that your group can coordinate meetings. 

Call for Proposals:

Facilitator(s) will need to organize the following information for their proposal: 

  • Facilitator contact information, 
  • Learning circle topic/issue and brief description, 
  • Information about the expected number of meetings and when those meetings will take place, 
  • A plan for meeting with your participants: remotely, in-person, asynchronously or synchronously; this plan should account for participants joining remotely in all scenarios. 
  • A description of a deliverable or product this learning circle’s members might produce, 
  • A list of learning materials and their approximate cost (e.g. subscription to an e-book or journal, a physical book, printed materials, etc.), 
  • After you submit your proposal, CATL will reach out about a budget proposal for up to $330 in supplies and expenses. 

To start a learning circle:

Submit a Proposal

Learning Circle Criteria

  • Learning Circles can be a semester long commitment or an academic year. 
  • Learning Circles can be open to the UWGB campus community, but topics may split membership depending upon interest (faculty, instructional academic staff, non-instructional academic staff, graduate students, teaching assistants, and students). 
  • Should be between 5-15 individuals (if there aren’t at least 5 people interested in participating, we’ll keep the proposal for upcoming semesters in case there may be renewed interest; if there are more than 15, then we may split the group into two). 
  • The group must generate a product to share with the rest of the UWGB Campus via the CATL website or blog. 

Circle Members

Each circle will have a facilitator (the person who applies!) who will be the liaison to CATL, but the facilitator doesn’t need to have specialist knowledge in the learning circle topic.The facilitator will also be responsible for any awarded budget. Learning Circles are intended to be non-hierarchical and all members play an equal role in their success. Members decide as a group on the specific format of the circle in order to best meet the learning needs of the group, so as people apply to participate, CATL will remain in contact with the Learning Circle facilitator to firm up details and plans. 

Deliverables/Products

Products and deliverables for learning circles are not extensive: a book or literature review; a shared annotated bibliography; a checklist informed by your learning materials; a recommended statement to propose to the UC or Faculty Senate; a playlist of relevant media for others who wish to learn more.