Follow-up to “What Will You Carry Forward?”

We will all carry literal and figurative things forward from the experience of teaching in the last year. Often, these two blend together. For example, perhaps an instructor re-worked an attendance policy to accommodate a student who had to return home to attend to a family member. The policy and the memory behind the policy will both linger. Or, perhaps an instructor created a series of virtual labs and now has videos, supporting data, and Canvas assignments which they can use to help students who are not able to attend a lab in-person. Last spring, the Center hosted a discussion and posted a blog article called “The Things We’ll Carry” which prompted a lot of reflection about the literal and figurative items that instructors will carry with them from teaching last year. At the end of the discussion, there was interest among instructors for a practical workshop in the fall where instructors could see how their colleagues had adapted the lessons of the pandemic to their preparations for the new school year.

With apologies to Tim O’Brien for the continued use of his metaphor, the Center responded by hosting another workshop called “What will you carry forward?”. This workshop featured four instructors who did a “show and tell” about how they incorporated lessons from the pandemic into their teaching. They then fielded questions from the audience.

Now, through the magic of video technology, we are extending that workshop to those who were not able to attend the live event.

Below you will find the “show and tell” portions and, importantly, you will be able to interact with the videos as well because they are streaming through a service called PlayPosit, which allows instructors to add interactive elements to videos.

Please interact with these videos on multiple levels. First, learn from what the presenters have to say. Second, use the interactions in PlayPosit to engage more deeply with the content and with other people who have watched the videos. Finally, if you would like to use PlayPosit in your own class, please contact CATL at dle@uwgb.edu to have it added to your courses.

First presentation

Breeyawn Lybbert, who teaches in Natural and Applied Sciences, discusses her four-point plan for increasing equity in her science classes.

Second presentation

Next, Praneet Tiwari, who teaches in the Cofrin School of Business, discusses multiple strategies for incorporating students who participate in-person, at home, and asynchronously.

Third presentation

Third, Nichole LaGrow, distance education coordinator in CATL and associate lecturer in English, discusses how she extends G.R.A.C.E. to herself and students (Guided autonomy, Resources, Authentic assessments, Community, Expectations).

Fourth presentation

Finally, Jillian Jacklin, who teaches in Democracy and Justice Studies, synthesizes the previous presentations and discusses how she balances all the tips within the realities of teaching a heavy course load.

Fall 2021 Events Digest

Office Hours

CATL staff will be available to answer questions, brainstorm assignment design ideas, or test new technologies with you during virtual Open Office Hours. Dates and times are below.

Join us via Microsoft Teams

  • Monday, Aug 23 from 8–9 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 24 from 1–2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 25 from noon–1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 26 from 10–11 a.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 27 from noon–1 p.m.

Teaching Tool Presentations & Workshop

Workshop: What Will You Carry Forward? (Aug. 23, 12–1:15 p.m.)

Last year changed everything—or did it?

CATL is partnering with faculty for a “show and tell” event via Microsoft Teams where some of your fellow instructors will show how they are moving on from last year. What did they keep? What will they discard? Learn more.

Workshop: Syllabi Building (Aug. 26, 1–3 p.m. & Aug. 27, 11 a.m–1 p.m.)

Come build your syllabi with friends in these workshops where we’ll offer templates, checklists, and snippets to help you set the tone for the semester. Learn more.

Distance Education Certificate Program

The Provost’s Office launched a Distance Education Certificate program in June. With the help of the CARES Act and the Provost’s Office, instructors who participate 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. Learn more.

Distance Education Certificate Program

The Provost’s Office has launched a Distance Education Certificate program. With the help of the CARES Act and the Provost’s Office, instructors who participate 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.

The certificate program consists of three courses. Instructors will earn stipends after completing each of the courses, which act as steps in the certification sequence. Instructors will earn a badge after completing the first and second courses in the sequence, and the distance education certificate after completing the third course.

Registration for all courses is open (links to register below).

To comply with HR policy, after registering, CATL will reach out to your unit chair so they can approve your participation. Once approved, you will receive an email welcoming you to the course. We encourage registrants to finish the course before the end of the semester in which they enroll. For example, summer registrants should finish before the contract period starts on August 23. If you have questions about the course, please contact CATL at catl@uwgb.edu. If you have any questions about the approval process, please contact HR at hr@uwgb.edu.

Tents illuminated from within on a dark night.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. Register for Basecamp.

Register for “Basecamp” Here

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.

Register for “Trail Guides” Here

The second course helps with course development but, as we all know, planning and doing present separate issues.

A geodesic retreat in the woods.In the third course, Distance Education Retreats, 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.

Register for “DE Retreats” Here

More details on this opportunity are forthcoming, so instructors are encouraged to stay tuned to The Cowbell and their UWGB email in the coming weeks.