Call for 2023 OPID Spring Conference – The Joys of Teaching and Learning: Centering Students (Applications Due Monday, Jan. 9)

The UW System Office of Professional & Instructional Development (OPID) has announced the details for their annual spring conference on teaching and learning! The 2023 conference will be held in person in Madison and via Zoom on Apr. 20 & 21, 2023, and the theme for this year is “centering students.” OPID invites you to participate by submitting a proposal about your teaching and learning experiences, ideas, insights, questions, failures, and accomplishments. The call is open to all UW educators, and proposals are due Monday, Jan. 9, 2023.

Learn More & Apply

Theme

The Joys of Teaching & Learning: Centering Students

Description provided by the OPID 2023 Spring Conference on Teaching & Learning website.

From the classroom to department meetings and from learning management systems to addressing mental health and wellbeing, students are the focus of our professional lives. In the past few years, we have increased our attention to centering our teaching practices around the “whole student.” Re-examining assessment strategies, updating curriculum, exploring teaching methods and modalities while increasing flexibility and compassionate responses to students’ needs are just a few examples.

Centering Students is what we do as educators and is tied to our goals, challenges and the rewards of teaching and learning. As we deal with the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have an opportunity to explore what we have learned, and what we still need to learn, about connecting with and supporting students. How might we consider what we need in terms of self-care and care for colleagues so we can feel a sense of well-being and enable us to better care for others around us? How do we cultivate relationships and create a sense of community with our students? How do we bring student voices into our face-to-face, online, and blended learning environments? What opportunities are there to cultivate connections both within and external to our class environments? How can we meet students where they are, while advising and mentoring them to succeed beyond our learning contexts?

We invite you to contribute to the conversation about centering students by presenting at OPID’s 2023 Spring Conference. Please share your experiences, ideas, insights, questions, failures, and accomplishments so we can collaborate and learn together to explore possibilities for centering students in our teaching/learning contexts.

Read more about the theme and plenary speaker on the OPID 2023 Spring Conference on Teaching & Learning site!

Questions?

Programmatic inquiries may be directed to Fay Akindes, Director of Systemwide Professional and Instructional Development, UW System, fakindes@uwsa.edu, (608) 263-2684.

Distance Education Certificate and Course Enrollments (2022-23 AY)

CATL is excited to announce that we are continuing the Distance Education (DE) Certificate program that launched last year! Instructors developing or reworking a course for any of UWGB’s distance education modalities are encouraged to participate and complete the full certificate.

The Distance Education 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 Distance Education Certificate after completing the third course. Qualifying instructors will also earn stipends after completing the second and third courses in the sequence.

Course Availability, Deadlines, & Compensation

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

  • All full-time instructors will be automatically enrolled in LITE 101 in a cohort based on academic unit. The course will remain open indefinitely, and there is no deadline for completion.
  • Instructors working toward the DE Certificate who complete LITE 101 will be able to enroll in LITE 201 the following semester.
  • LITE 101 is not tied to a stipend.

Course 2: LITE 201 (Trail Guides)

  • Registration for the Fall 2022 cohort of LITE 201 closed September 30, 2022.
  • There will be a future call for a Spring cohort of LITE 201 that will begin in February 2023 and run through May 12, 2023. Stay tuned for more info!
  • Full-time instructors who complete LITE 201 within the 2022-23 academic year will qualify for a $750 stipend.*

Course 3: LITE 301 (Retreats)

  • Registration for the Fall 2022 cohort of LITE 301 closed Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022.
  • An additional cohort will run in Spring 2023. Stay tuned for more info!
  • Full-time instructors who complete LITE 301 within the 2022-23 academic year will qualify for a $750 stipend.*

*To receive compensation, participants must receive approval from their unit chair. Instructors that have already met their maximum overload payment for the academic year 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.

The first course in the DE Certificate series is called Learning and Integrating Technology for Education (LITE) 101. 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 DE 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: Trail Guides (formerly just 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 either a synchronous (LITE 201S) or asynchronous (LITE 201A) distance education course. The third course is offered as a cohort-based, semester-long community of practice.

In LITE 301: Retreats (formerly just 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.