Spring 2022 Events Digest

January

Consultations & Office Hours

Request a consultation with CATL staff to ask questions about anything teaching and learning related, brainstorm assignment design ideas, or if you need someone test new technologies with you, we’re here to help!

Request Consultation

2022 Post-IDI Workshops: Addressing the Barriers to a Welcoming Learning Environment (Jan. 14 & 18, multiple times)

In alignment with Dr. Tracie Addy’s keynote address and workshop at the Instructional Development Institute, we wish to create opportunities for instructors to work together and address barriers to creating welcoming learning environments.

Think of this as structured work-time with colleagues rather than a workshop or a presentation about the topic! Learn more.

Distance Education Certification Course Series (Jan. 24 – May 13)

  • Teaching with Technology Basecamp Course: 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. Learn more.
  • Course Design Trail Guides Course: 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. Learn more.
  • Distance Education Retreats: In the third course, 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. Learn more.

February

Consultations & Office Hours

Request a consultation with CATL staff to ask questions about anything teaching and learning related, brainstorm assignment design ideas, or if you need someone test new technologies with you, we’re here to help!

Request Consultation

Presentation & Discussion: Culturally Sustaining/Responsive Pedagogy (CSRP) and Moving Beyond Guest Speakers (Feb. 17, 1–2 p.m.)

Join Christin DePouw (Associate Professor, Education & 2021-22 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Consultant) for a presentation and guided conversation, on Feb. 17, from 1–2 p.m. In this conversation, we consider the reliance on guest speakers within EDI work and how this “add on” approach limits true institutional transformation. Learn more.

“Opening Access: Understanding the Neuroscience of Traumatic Stress and its Impact on  Engagement and Learning” with Dr. Mays Imad (Feb. 21, 3–4:30 p.m.)

Join Dr. Mays Imad and the CATL staff on Feb. 21 from 3–4:30 p.m. as we consider the power of knowledge and how understanding the neuroscience of toxic stress can empower us to self-regulate and help our students, cope, engage, connect, and learn. Learn more.

 

January 2022 Teaching and Learning Opportunities

Distance Education Certification Course Series (Jan. 3 – Jan. 21, 2022)

  • Teaching with Technology Basecamp Course: 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. Learn more.
  • Course Design Trail Guides Course: 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. Learn more.

2022 Instructional Development Institute (Jan. 11 & 12, 2022)

This year the Institute seeks to highlight how instructors have opened up their classes—and higher education by extension—in new ways. Don’t forget to register to virtually attend the Institute on Jan. 11 & 12, 2022!

Our keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Tracie M. Addy. Dr. Addy is the Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning at Lafayette College where she also directs the Center for the Integration of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship. Dr. Addy’s keynote talk, titled “The Critical Importance of Inclusive Teaching in Higher Education”, will help us think about openness in higher education as it relates to inclusive teaching. She will also be leading a follow-up workshop titled “What Inclusive Instructors Do: Creating Welcoming Learning Environments.” Learn more.

Presentation & Discussion: “Niceness” and Inequality in Teaching and Learning (Jan. 13, 1–2 p.m.)

Join Christin DePouw (Associate Professor, Education & 2021-22 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Consultant) for a presentation and guided conversation on Jan. 13 from 1–2 p.m., where we continue prior discussions of humanizing pedagogies and white emotionality with a focus on “Niceness” in education. Learn more.

2022 Post-IDI Workshops: Addressing the Barriers to a Welcoming Learning Environment (Jan. 14 & 18, multiple times)

In alignment with Dr. Tracie Addy’s keynote address and workshop at the Instructional Development Institute, we wish to create opportunities for instructors to work together and address barriers to creating welcoming learning environments.

Think of this as structured work-time with colleagues rather than a workshop or a presentation about the topic! Learn more.

2022 Post-IDI Workshops: Addressing the Barriers to a Welcoming Learning Environment (Jan. 14 & 18)

In alignment with Dr. Tracie Addy’s keynote address and workshop at the Instructional Development Institute, we wish to create opportunities for instructors to work together and address barriers to creating welcoming learning environments. Think of this as structured work-time with colleagues rather than a workshop or a presentation about the topic! 

CATL will facilitate one-hour sessions on Jan. 14 and 18 to coordinate co-working with colleagues who have similar goals for making courses more inclusive. Save your seat by registering here.

  • Jan. 14 from 8–9 a.m. | Open Workshop Time
    • Explore a workshop idea of your own to create a welcoming learning environment
  • Jan. 14 from 9–10 a.m. | Equity-minded or Inclusive Pedagogy 
    • Rework your syllabus (perhaps using CATL’s liquid syllabus template) and have it peer reviewed
    • Create a new introductory activity to foster belonging
    • Explore OER that might be suitable for your course
    • Explore options for labor-based grading
  • Jan. 14 from 1:30–2:30 p.m. | Vendor Training with PlayPosit About How to Use Peer Review Features
  • Jan. 14 from 2:30–3:30 p.m. | Equitable Course Design
    • Discuss course alignment between assessments and outcomes with a friend for another perspective
    • Develop and/or get feedback on the scaffolding you’ve created for a project
    • Create or revise a rubric to use clear, student-centered language and relevant, measurable criteria
  • Jan. 18 from 9–10 a.m.| Open Workshop Time
    • Explore a workshop idea of your own to create a welcoming learning environment
  • Jan. 18 between 10 a.m.–1 p.m.| Make Your Learning Materials Accessible
    • Identify an area in your course where you can offer an alternate means of engagement, representation, or action/expression
    • Learn to use the UDOIT accessibility checker
  • Jan. 18 from 2–3 p.m.| Open Workshop Time
    • Explore a workshop idea of your own to create a welcoming learning environment

2022 Virtual Instructional Development Institute: Opening Up Higher Education

Much of the rhetoric around higher education during COVID has been around closing down activities and opportunities, yet, for many instructors, the experience has been one of opening up their classes to new ways of teaching, new populations of students, and new expectations from administration. This year the Instructional Development Institute seeks to highlight the ways instructors have opened up their classes – and higher education by extension – in new ways. What new assignments have you developed, what new strategies have you used, what new course materials have you adopted, and what policies have you enacted to open your classrooms in new and innovative ways? Interested presenters could also consider how the “Open” theme relates to the use of Open Education Resources (OER), more open or inclusive classroom environments, streaming classes across locations, and our new identity as an open or “access” institution. 

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and the Instructional Development Council at UW-Green Bay invite applications for our Virtual Instructional Development Institute on Jan. 11 & 12, 2022. We’ve decided to hold the Institute a full week earlier than normal because over the past few years we have heard that it would be helpful to have time to implement strategies and methods learned at the Institute. We also hope to hold Post-Institute Workshops to provide time and space for instructors to do that work. 

There are multiple ways to participate. From roundtable discussions to virtual posters, we wish to showcase the thoughtful minds of our teaching and learning partners and highlight the ways these past semesters have opened up learning spaces. Please consider applying for the session format below that best suits you. Click to expand the descriptions of session formats below. Email CATL@uwgb.edu if you have any questions about session formats. 


How to Apply 

First, decide in which format you/you and your collaborators would prefer to share your projects or presentations.  Next, click on the link for the Qualtrics survey below. You will be asked to provide your name(s), a description of your project, and your preferred format. 

Synchronous Options ⌚

Focused conversations with participants around a specific pedagogical question, challenge, technique, or tool. You may apply individually or as a group.
A short, live presentation of research, scholarship, or other pedagogical strategy participants might wish to share with teaching and learning colleagues.
Decompression sessions led by volunteers (e.g. leading a mindfulness break, a pet slideshow, an online Zumba class, playing a game, going on an Instagram walk and post to a hashtag, and more!)

Asynchronous Options 📅

This is a virtual conference paper or presentation. These sessions consist of recorded presentations (up to 20 minutes long) with an online discussion board for Q & A or as PlayPosit video. On-demand sessions will open at the beginning of the conference and run until the end of the conference.

This is a virtual poster session. Presenters will submit a six-minute screencast detailing a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project which CATL will put into a VoiceThread so that presenters and participants can discuss asynchronously over the two days of the conference.

This resource is one that will be hosted on CATL’s blog in which presenters might create a teaching and learning resource to be posted after the Institute. Some ideas might include writing a reflection on a teaching practice or method, creating a multimedia post that highlights the ways in which they opened up their classes, projects, assignments, etc., or something else entirely!

Sample topics might include but are not limited to: 

  • Engagement techniques 
  • Community-building 
  • Belongingness 
  • Asset-focused pedagogy 
  • Discussion-based courses 
  • Equity-minded curricular design 
  • Collaborative assignment or project design 
  • Inclusive or culturally responsive pedagogies 
  • Equity in HIPs engagement
  • Anti-racist or social justice pedagogies
  • Mentoring and mentorship
  • Open education resources
  • Critically reflexive practice and professional growth

Submit your application by Friday, Dec. 10, 2021!

Click here to submit

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.


Course Availability & Deadlines

  1. January 2022: Registration for Teaching with Technology Basecamp & Course Design Trail Guides is open!
    • note: Distance Education Retreats is only available in Fall & Spring.
  2. Spring 2022: Registration for Teaching with Technology Basecamp, Course Design Trail Guides, and Distance Education Retreats 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, or reapply for a subsequent semester to complete the course. For example,

  • Fall registrants should finish before Dec. 10, 2021
  • January registrants can begin Jan. 3, 2022 and must finish by Jan 21, 2022
  • Spring registrants can begin Jan. 24 and must finish by May 13, 2022

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” 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