Co-writing Community (Weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Fall 2023)

Tara DaPra, one of CATL’s Instructional Development Consultants, will lead a “Co-Writing Community” this fall.  A Co-Writing Community is a zero-obligation, zero-preparation, zero-outside work activity. Use the time to work on creative or scholarly projects that might otherwise get pushed aside by the demands of teaching. Feel free to join early or late, weekly, or when your schedule allows. All faculty and staff are welcome! Please email daprat@uwgb.edu with any questions.

The Co-Writing Community will meet twice a week throughout the fall semester on Tuesdays from 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. and Thursdays from 7 – 8 p.m. Feel free to join early or late, weekly, or when your schedule allows! All meetings will be held virtually. Simply drop in with this Zoom link which will be reused for each session.

Workshop Wednesdays (Fall 2023)

New for Fall 2023, CATL will be hosting a “Workshop Wednesday” on the last Wednesday of each month from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

This Semester’s Workshop Wednesdays:

  • Sept. 27 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Engaging Students with Evidence-Based Activities (Zoom link)
  • Oct. 25 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Cold Lunch & Hot Topics
  • Nov. 29 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Career Infusion in Higher Education

Engaging Students with Evidence-Based Activities (Sept. 27, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.)

Congratulations on surviving your first week of the Fall 2023 semester. Your students are engaged and motivated to learn, eager to jot down every word, and participate in every activity you assign. Or maybe not. If you find that your students have started drifting off or pulling out their phones instead of doing their work, it might be time to consider some engagement strategies.

While we wish we could wave a magic wand and increase the engagement of all our students, we know that’s not realistic. There are some activities, however, that can increase participation and general motivation over time. Want to know more? Join CATL for our first virtual ‘Workshop Wednesday’ of the year on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 3:30 p.m. where we will tackle this issue. Drop-in via Zoom or register for an Outlook calendar invite!

Cold Lunch & Hot Topics (Oct. 25, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.)

Stay tuned for more details later in the semester!

Career Infusion in Higher Education (Nov. 29, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.)

Stay tuned for more details later in the semester!

Call for 2023-24 EDI Consultant Program (Applications Due Monday, Sept. 25)

The overarching goals of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Consultant program are to increase UWGB’s use of evidence-based inclusive and equity-minded teaching strategies, reduce equity gaps, and promote an academic environment in which all students feel welcome and have the opportunity to succeed. The program defines diversity broadly and has included projects on student parent advocacy, first generation college students, Indigenous pedagogies, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Now entering its third year, the EDI Consultant program has evolved and will be implementing some changes for 2023-24. In an attempt to serve even more instructors, UWGB will begin offering the program with two tiers. Thanks to generous support from Vice Chancellors Dr. Kate Burns and Dr. Dawn Crim, we are calling for applications to each tier with the hope that we can support both instructors with advanced skills in the pedagogies mentioned above and those who have little or no experience with inclusive teaching approaches, but who want to learn more.

Tier One – EDI Training and Micro-Credentialing

The first tier will be called the EDI Consultant Community of Practice. It will engage selected instructors in readings, peer review, and other activities designed to help them reflect upon and improve their own course(s) by following evidence-based principles of equity-minded, inclusive instruction and universal design (which aims at course design that serves the needs of all). The experience will run for the academic year. At the end of the year participants can claim the title of “EDI Consultant,” a certification or credential that will remain with them for their time at UWGB. We hope this community of practice will have at least one representative from each of the four colleges at UWGB. Instructors of all experience levels, both in teaching overall and in inclusive pedagogies, are welcome to apply.

Compensation

Selected applicants will receive a stipend of $1500 for the 2023-24 academic year. Participation will involve approximately 3 hybrid or virtual meetings per semester, completion of assigned readings, and a final deliverable of 2-3 modules of one of their current courses in Canvas with revisions made to enhance inclusivity and universal design practices. A short reflection paper on the kinds of course revisions made and why will also be required.

To Apply

Send an email to CATL@uwgb.edu that includes the following: name, unit, brief (2-3 page) teaching-related CV, and a one-half to one-page (maximum) statement of interest explaining why you wish to become an EDI Consultant and what courses or issues you hope to work on. Deadline: 9/25/23.

Tier Two – EDI Project Leaders

The second tier is intended for instructors who have completed Tier One of the program already and are prepared to independently enact (or continue with) a substantial, ongoing EDI-related project focused on instructor development. An example of a substantial, ongoing project might be something like offering well-developed monthly sessions during an academic year for instructors on teaching and supporting students who are neurodivergent. Standalone presentations or consultations with colleagues would not be sufficient to meet the criteria for a “substantial” and “ongoing” project.

Note that this additional tier is not routine or expected of consultants who have completed Tier One. The Tier Two EDI Project Leader grants are designed to support those who have completed Tier One and wish to continue existing programs or develop new program proposals with exceptional potential to have a positive, sustained impact on instructors either within a college or university-wide. Successful proposals will also be assigned an undergraduate intern to provide support for the project.

Compensation

Selected applicants will receive a stipend of $1500 for the 2023-24 academic year. The specific details of participation will be outlined in a written agreement at the beginning of the academic year based on the nature of the project.

To Apply

Send an email to CATL@uwgb.edu that includes the following: name, unit, brief (2-3 page) teaching-related CV, and a one-half to one-page statement of interest describing your proposed project and why or how you believe it will benefit UWGB instructors and, thus, UWGB students. Under separate cover, please ask your Dean or one of the EDI Consultant co-leaders (Stacie Christian or Kris Vespia) to write a short letter (about a paragraph) of support for this project and your involvement in it. That letter should also be sent to CATL@uwgb.edu. Deadline: 9/25/23.

Teaching with Technology Certificate and Course Enrollments (2023-24 AY)

CATL is continuing the Distance Education Certificate program under a new title this year, the “Teaching with Technology Certificate.” Instructors interested in learning more about how to leverage Canvas and other tools for effective teaching, regardless of modality, are encouraged to participate and complete the full certificate.

The Teaching with Technology Certificate consists of three courses which act as progressive steps in a sequence. Instructors will earn a digital badge after completing the first and second courses in the series, and the Teaching with Technology Certificate after completing the third course. Full-time instructors for the 2023-24 academic year will also earn stipends after completing the second and third courses in the sequence.*

Note: If you have already completed the Distance Education Certificate, this is not a new credential; it has simply been re-titled, so there is no need to re-enroll.

Course Availability, Deadlines, & Compensation

Course 1: Learning and Integrating Technology for Education (LITE) 101

  • All full-time instructors are automatically enrolled in LITE 101: Modalities & Technologies. The course will remain open indefinitely, and there is no deadline for completion.
    • If you are not a full-time instructor but would like to be added to the course, please email CATL@uwgb.edu.
  • LITE 101 is not tied to a stipend.
  • All instructors working toward the Teaching with Technology Certificate who complete LITE 101: Modalities & Technologies will be able to enroll in LITE 201: Course Design the following semester.

Course 2: LITE 201

  • The Fall 2023 cohort of LITE 201: Course Design will begin on Monday, Sept. 18, and run until the end of the fall semester.
  • Registration for the Fall 2023 cohort of LITE 201 will open on Monday, Aug. 21 and remain open through Friday, Sept. 15. Register today!
  • Full-time instructors who complete LITE 201 within the 2023-24 academic year will qualify for a $750 stipend.*
  • All instructors working toward the Teaching with Technology Certificate who complete LITE 201 will be able to enroll in LITE 301 the following semester.

Course 3: LITE 301

  • The Fall 2023 cohort of LITE 301: Course Revisions will begin on Monday, Sept. 25, and run until the end of the fall semester.
  • Registration for the Fall 2023 cohort of LITE 201 will open on Monday, Aug. 21 and remain open through Friday, Sept. 22. Register today! 
  • Full-time instructors who complete LITE 301 within the 2023-24 academic year will qualify for a $750 stipend.*
  • All instructors who complete LITE 301 will receive the Teaching with Technology Certificate.

*Only full-time instructors for the 2023-24 AY are eligible for compensation. To receive compensation, participants must receive approval from their unit chair. Instructors that have already met their maximum overload payment for the contract period do not qualify for compensation.

If you have questions about these courses, please contact CATL at catl@uwgb.edu. If you have questions about compensation or the payment process, please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu.

Course Descriptions

The first course in the series is called Learning and Integrating Technology for Education (LITE) 101: Modalities & Technologies. This self-paced course includes information about the different course modalities offered at UW-Green Bay, as well as the technologies you might use for teaching in each one, including in-person teaching. This course also serves as the foundation of the Teaching with Technology Certificate series because it provides an overview of our specific distance education modalities and the technologies that will help you to be successful in them.

LITE 201: Course Design (formerly called Trail Guides) picks up where the first course leaves off. LITE 201 course centers on developing learning pathways for students. This self-paced course is for you if you would like to explore how to develop distance education courses more systematically. Through LITE 201, you will develop a module for a distance education course. LITE 201 is self-paced but offered on a semester basis.

In LITE 301: Course Revisions (formerly called Retreats), you will be encouraged to reflect on your own teaching practices. LITE 301 focuses on the process of using feedback, reflection, and scholarly teaching practices to refine classes. You will, for example, explore scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) literature relevant to issues in your course or to revisions or teaching innovations you are considering. You will also engage with several of your colleagues through synchronous and asynchronous activities designed to support your efforts in reflecting on and refining your teaching practices. LITE 301 is offered as a cohort-based, semester-long community of practice.

LITE 115 Course: Enhancing Course Videos with PlayPosit

Is there a teaching technology that you’ve heard CATL talk about but haven’t gotten the chance to try out yet? Want to learn a new tool alongside fellow instructors so you can swap ideas and tips? In addition to the three courses in the Teaching with Technology Certificate, CATL is offering supplemental professional development training courses that explore certain teaching tools and techniques in more depth!

Learning and Integrating Technology for Education (LITE) 115: Enhancing Course Videos with PlayPosit will equip you with the guidance you need to start building interactive videos, called “bulbs,” for your own courses. Work through each module at your own pace as you discover the basics of PlayPosit, build your first bulb, and finally implement PlayPosit bulbs in one of your courses. Participants will also learn how to monitor bulbs and use PlayPosit’s analytics to reveal data on student engagement and achievement that may be informative for planning future iterations of a course.

Prerequisites: None (though completion of LITE 101 is recommended)

When: The Fall 2023 cohort of LITE 115 will begin on Monday, Sept. 18, and run until the end of the fall semester. Registration for the Fall 2023 cohort of LITE 115 will open on Monday, Aug. 21 and remain open through Friday, Sep 15.

Register

Badges

Participants will earn a digital badge for completing each of the three modules in LITE 115 that you can include in your email signature or embed in online portfolios or resumes as evidence of your commitment to professional development! Participants will not be obligated to complete all three modules and may participate at whichever level fits their interest and capacity.

Questions?

If you have any questions about LITE 115 or PlayPosit in general, please contact CATL (CATL@uwgb.edu). You can also check out our blog resources on PlayPosit as well as a selection of step-by-step guides in the UWGB IT Knowledgebase.