Summer 2021 Event Digest

In addition to further programming still in the works, CATL invites you to take a look below at some of the workshops, presentations, and ongoing programs we have planned for the summer. Click on any of the titles listed below to learn more and stay tuned for updates!

  • Distance Education Certificate Program
    The Provost’s Office is launching a Distance Education Certificate program in June. 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.
  • Reading Circle: “Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead)” (Aug. 12, 2021)
    This summer, CATL is supporting faculty and staff-led Reading Circles—book discussions that are open to the campus community. One of these will be on Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead).
  • Reading Circle: "Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom" (July 15 & Aug. 5, 6–7 p.m.)
    This summer, CATL is supporting faculty and staff-led reading circles—book discussions that are open to the campus community—and Tracy Fernandez Rysavy (English) will be leading one on bell hooks’s Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom! Participants will meet via Zoom on Thursday, July 15, and Thursday, Aug. 5 from 6–7 p.m. to discuss our thoughts on the book. There are a limited number…
  • Summer Office Hours
    CATL staff will be available to answer questions, brainstorm assignment design ideas, or test new technologies with you during a virtual Open Office Hours this Summer. Join us via Microsoft Teams Currently scheduled dates and times: Wednesday, Jun. 30 from 8–10 a.m. Wednesday, Jul. 7, from 8–10 a.m. Wednesday, Jul. 14 from 8–10 a.m. Wednesday,…
  • Classic Quizzes & New Quizzes (July 21, 12–1 p.m.)
    In this presentation, CATL staff will highlight the feature differences between Classic Quizzes and New Quizzes in Canvas and cover tips & tricks from use cases. There will be time for questions, but if you have one in mind, don’t hesitate to reach out before! 
  • Canvas Banners Workshop (July 27, 1–2 p.m.)
    In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of creating banners with Canva, a free online tool for creating graphics. Attendees will also learn some basic tips on graphic design and web accessibility that they can apply in their own Canvas courses. 
  • VoiceThread Workshops (Aug. 5, 9–10 a.m. & Aug. 6, 12–1 p.m.)
    CATL staff will briefly demonstrate using the VoiceThread assignment builder for creating “watch,” “comment,” and “create” assignments. This is intended to be a workshop, so please come with ideas, fully designed assignments with which we can tinker, or past snafus you might wish to address. 
  • Canvas Accessibility FAQ (Aug. 18, 10–11 a.m.)
    Learn how to make your course more accessible using Canvas tools (Pages Accessibility Checker) and integrations (automatic, machine-generated captions with Kaltura; UDOIT Accessibility Checker). There will be time at the end of the session for a short Q & A on these tools and general accessibility questions. 
  • Workshop: What Will You Carry Forward? (Aug. 23, 12–1:15 p.m.)
    Join CATL for a "show and tell" event where some of your fellow instructors will show how they are moving on from last year. What did they keep? What will they discard?


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