MS Teams group photo from IDI wrap-up session

Highlights from the 2021 Instructional Development Institute

Each January the UW-Green Bay Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Development Council host the Instructional Development Institute, a conference for faculty and staff that promotes the continued development and application of best practices for teaching and learning. The conference was held virtually this year on Jan. 19 and 21 and consisted of a variety of synchronous and asynchronous presentations that explored this year’s theme, “Making Meaningful Connections”. UWGB staff and faculty made up the largest portion of presenters and attendees, though we also had individuals outside of UWGB both present and attend.

Troubling Connections: Five Lenses for Teaching Toward Justice, a presentation by our keynote speaker, Dr. Kevin Kumashiro, was perhaps the most popular session this year. The session explored fives lenses for understanding and making meaningful connections in higher education with an emphasis on how we might re-imagine and democratize education to work toward equity and justice. These five lenses are: 1) naming the moment, 2) curriculum as intervention, 3) contradictions of teaching, 4) learning through crisis, and 5) movement building as a frame. Dr. Kumashiro presented each lens one by one, providing both real world examples and citations for the philosophy behind them. Many attendees commented on how they were invigorated by the presentation, with some opting to dive deeper into these five lenses in a follow-up workshop later that afternoon.

Another standout session was The UWGB Land Acknowledgment: How to Meaningfully and Respectfully Recognize Wisconsin’s First Nations. The panel, comprised of several First Nations community members and instructors that teach in related studies, gave an overview of the First Nations people groups that once resided on the land our university now occupies. Attendees were encouraged to reflect on the importance of learning about and publicly acknowledging First Nations’ history. Our panelists offered several concrete suggestions for making the land acknowledgement a more regular part of our activities both for the university at large and within our individual classrooms.

The session Student Perspectives of Learning in a Pandemic, a live Q & A with a panel of five UWGB students and the Dean of Students, Mark Olkowski, also had high attendance. The panelists addressed instructor questions, offering honest feedback on topics like group work, discussions, virtual classroom settings, and instructor communication. The students often acknowledged the challenge of balancing academic rigor with a necessary level of flexibility to meet student needs during a pandemic when making their suggestions. The ability to honestly and openly engage with our students about teaching was a valuable experience for panelists and participants alike and we have already received requests to include student panels at future conferences.

In addition to these and many other live sessions, the Institute also included asynchronous “on-demand” sessions this year that span a range of topics from course accessibility to assessment of teaching. These asynchronous sessions come in the form of pre-recorded videos, PowerPoint presentations, and Canvas pages, paired with interactive elements like quizzes and discussions. During a time when it is understandably difficult to coordinate events synchronously, we were excited to have an opportunity to include more submissions in this way and hope to continue offering asynchronous options in the future.

If you were unable to attend this year, or attended but missed some of the sessions, it’s not too late to partake in what the Institute has to offer. Session recordings and other asynchronous content are now accessible in the Canvas course and will remain there until the end of spring semester. We highly encourage you to continue engaging with the materials there as you have the time and space. Consider also posting a comment or question in the session discussion boards to show support to your colleagues and contribute to these important conversations.

The Instructional Development Institute was made possible in great part through the hard work and participation of many of our faculty, staff, and students, so a huge “thank-you” to all that contributed to making this year’s conference a success. We very much enjoyed our time together and hope that you continue “making meaningful connections” in all that you do!

Drop-ins: Gradebooks, VoiceThread, MS Teams for Teaching, & PlayPosit

We’ve blocked off time on our calendars for Jan. 20 & Jan. 22 to hold drop-in sessions dedicated to the Canvas Grades tool, using VoiceThread, using MS Teams for Teaching, and using PlayPosit. Please join Drop-ins here on Collaborate Ultra if you have questions, or feel free to request a one-on-one consultation if these times don’t work for you.

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 Jan. 22

Course: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Action (Jan. 4-18)

👓 Description

This course is for instructors who understand the basic principles of culturally responsive pedagogy and would like to engage in more substantive integration of CRP within their existing courses. The purpose of this course is to support instructors in moving from positive dispositions regarding CRP to its meaningful application in relationships to teaching and learning. Instructors will earn a stipend upon completion.

Time commitment

This course is fully online and asynchronous, but will also have opportunities for participants to participate in optional synchronous discussions.

💵 Compensation

Participants will earn $1000 upon completing course deliverables. 

🔑 To register 

Please see our registration form to register for this or any other January program.

J-Term with CATL

CATL is eager to spend January with you!

There are options below for people who wish to reconnect with colleagues and some for those who wish to deepen their relationship with distance education.

Click to expand the sections below to see all the opportunities we have available! Once a program sparks your interest, click on the event name to learn more. You may also email questions as they arise in your mind to the Center at Finally, register for these sessions on Qualtrics.

Pandemic to Online (Jan. 4-18)

This course is for instructors who would like to take their recently created pandemic courses and turn them into fully online classes. This is for you if you anticipate offering your pandemic course in the online environment in the future. Instructors will earn a stipend upon completion.

My-flex (Jan. 4-18)

You may have found yourself grappling with how to incorporate students in more than one environment at the same time. Maybe you teach a “virtual classroom” course, but some students attend asynchronously. Maybe you teach hybrid or in-person but have some students who attend from at home. This course is for you if you incorporate students across space and time. We will take wisdom from the “hyflex” teaching style and adapt it to the circumstances of your courses, turning hyflex into “my-flex.”

Streaming/Recording classrooms (Jan. 4-18)

This course is for instructors who have been assigned to a technology enhanced classroom and want foundational knowledge to successfully integrate elements of this technology into their spring classes while engaging with best practice in distance and blended/hybrid instruction. Instructors will earn a stipend upon completion.

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Action (Jan. 4-18)

This course is for instructors who understand the basic principles of culturally responsive pedagogy (CRP) and would like to engage in more substantive integration of CRP within their existing courses. The purpose of this course is to support instructors in moving from positive dispositions regarding CRP to its meaningful application in relationships to teaching and learning. Instructors will earn a stipend upon completion.

Pre-Institute Workshop

CATL is holding sessions embracing the name of “workshop” as an analogymilling, sanding, and finishing courses or assignments. Attendees will build community as they dovetail one another’s successes and chisel away at shared challenges. Small group topics to true up our teaching will emerge organically from those who attend as we work together to embrace the grain of courses with character.  Sign up to sand and buff out problem spots in your courses with colleagues who are addressing similar concerns. Click here for details.

Virtual Instructional Development Institute: Making Meaningful Connections

CATL and the Instructional Development Council invites applicants to either lead or present synchronous sessions or submit asynchronous resources for our Virtual Instructional Development Institute on January 19 & 21, 2021. More information on how to apply may be found here. We also look forward to your attendance. It will be more fun if you are there!

Foundations of Teaching with Canvas 

This self-paced course takes about five hours to complete and is for those who are unfamiliar with Canvas and would like to start building their courses from a solid foundation. 

Pivotal Pedagogies

This self-paced course takes about ten hours to complete and helps instructors strategize ways to help all students be full course participants if they engage synchronously or asynchronously.

Virtual Instructional Development Institute: Making Meaningful Connections

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 January 19 & 21, 2021. There are many exciting 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 they make meaningful connections given our current contexts. Please consider applying for the session format below that best suits you.

Our Keynote speaker will be Dr. Kevin Kumashiro, whose work around education policy, curricular innovation, educational equity, and social justice work will help us to grapple with finding meaningful connections as a university.

Keynote Title: “Troubling Connections: Five Lenses for Teaching toward Justice”

How might university instructors dive into this moment of numerous national and global crises to re-imagine and democratize education?  This presentation examines ways that education centers on various forms of connection among students, educators, curriculum, community, and social movements.  We explore five lenses or conceptual frameworks for troubling how we understand and animate connections, and what these might mean for teaching and learning toward equity and justice: naming the moment, curriculum as intervention, contradictions of teaching, learning through crisis, and movement building as a frame.

Workshop Title: “A Deeper Dive into the Five Lenses”

This interactive workshop offers more illustrations of the five lenses from the keynote lecture, as well as prompts for applying the lenses in our programs and courses, and provides more time for participants to self-reflect, ask questions, and strategize ways to take these lenses and questions to their colleagues and students.

How to Apply

Decide in which format you/you and your collaborators would prefer to share your projects or presentations. Click to expand the descriptions of session formats below.

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. 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.

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 
  • Mentoring and mentorship 
  • Neoliberalism in higher education 
  • Critically reflexive practice and professional growth 
  • Anti-racist or social justice pedagogies
  • Academic freedom and freedom of expression

Submit your application by Dec. 11, 2020 (updated 12/1)

Click Here to Submit!