Drop-in Sessions Continue through Oct. 2

As you embark on the semester, CATL is here to help. We’ll continue to offer drop-in session office hours to answer the questions that the start of the semester has likely raised. We’ve shuffled the times around in an attempt to accommodate as many folks as possible, so see the full schedule under the calendar of events at https://blog.uwgb.edu/catl/calendar/. We’ll be hosting these sessions via this Blackboard Collaborate Ultra room. Can’t make it? You can also view recordings of various CATL webinars here or request a consultation by clicking the button on the CATL homepage.

 

The Fall Showcase (October 2020)

Have you ever put in a ton of work to overhaul a class? How about committee work to assess a program? This work is often thankless and goes unnoticed. The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and the Provosts’ Office seek to change that with an event specifically designed to spotlight this important work. The Fall Showcase will bring together bring (asynchronously) some of our most creative minds and highlight their work at investigating the effectiveness of teaching and learning strategies.

What

The fall showcase will be a virtual poster session. Presenters will submit a virtual poster (on a PowerPoint template provided by the Center) along with a short description of their work. This description will stand-in for the “spiel” that one might give in a live poster session in a face-to-face event.

Attendees and presenters will be able to interact through VoiceThread.

In this way we hope to simulate the give-and-take of a live poster session.

Examples

Examples of submissions may include UW-Green Bay Teaching Scholars projects, UW Teaching Fellows and Scholars projects, scholarly teaching efforts, or creative attempts at changing assignments to deal with pandemic circumstances.

Timeline

Since this is a multi-stage event, there are multiple deadlines:

  • Deadline to apply for presenters: Sep. 25
    • CATL will notify presenters by Oct. 2 and include presentation kit (template and guidelines for talking points, etc.)
  • Deadline to submit presentation: Oct. 16
    • The Center will prepare the online gallery of presentations
  • Open comment period for attendees: Oct. 20–Oct. 23
    • Attendees and presenters will engage in back-and-forth regarding topics

How

Email a brief description of the project you would like to present along with a summary of the methods you used and your findings (it is o.k. to submit anticipated findings).

Send your email to catl@uwgb.edu

Who

Individuals or groups who have engaged in educational research, scholarship of teaching and learning, scholarly teaching, or innovative assessment practices.

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. 

Fall Showcase

The Fall Showcase will be a virtual poster session that highlights the scholarly teaching on campus. This work is rigorous and often goes unnoticed. We seek to bring it out into the light for the attention it deserves. So, if you have put work into a scholarship of teaching and learning project, this showcase is for you. It is also for you if you have put in a work on a departmental assessment project; prepared for an accreditation visit; or done a creative redesign of an assignment or course to deal with pandemic circumstances. In short we are looking for the creative and rigorous ways that you have worked on to improve your teaching and your students’ learning. See the full call for more information or email catl@uwgb.edu for more information. Submissions are due Sep. 25.