Fall 2021 Events Digest

November

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!

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Workshop: Providing WISE Feedback to Students (Nov. 15, 3-4 p.m.)

Join CATL staff on Nov. 15, 3-4 p.m. for a workshop about the WISE feedback technique for providing constructive, encouraging feedback and how it can be applied to your class, regardless of size. Participants will engage with scenarios to practice applying WISE principles. Learn more.

October

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!

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Register for Conference: Equity in the College Classroom: Educating Ourselves as Educators (Oct. 1 & 15)

Oct. 1 and 15: UW System, Wisconsin Technical College System, WAICU, College of the Menominee Nation, and Ojibwe College are sponsoring a two-day, virtual professional development conference for Wisconsin faculty & instructors as part of our state-wide 60 Forward Initiative. Learn more.

Virtual Coffee and Conversation with Director of Student Success and Engagement (Oct. 4, starting at 9 a.m.)

Vince Lowery, Director of Student Success and Engagement, invites instructors to join him for virtual coffee and conversation Monday, Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. He offers this time as an opportunity to chat about creating flexibility in the classroom and how to connect students to resources they need to succeed.” Learn more.

Workshop: Collecting and Working with Mid-semester Feedback (Oct. 11, 3-4 p.m.)

Join CATL staff for a workshop on collecting mid-semester feedback Oct. 11 from 3-4 p.m. where participants will learn about several different techniques for collecting student feedback. Learn more.

Presentation & Discussion: Building Information Literacy and Racial Literacy Together (Oct. 14, 1-2 p.m.)

Join Christin DePouw (Associate Professor, Education & 2021-22 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Consultant) on Oct. 14 from 1-2 p.m. for guided conversations about humanizing pedagogies as a foundation for racial literacy in our classrooms. Learn more.

Exploring Open Educational Resources (OER) Workshop (Oct. 18, 2-3 p.m.)

In this virtual workshop, CATL and Library staff will help participants explore open educational resources for their courses. 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.


August

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.

Follow Up to Workshop “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. Learn more.

Presentation: HTML and Advanced Formatting in Canvas (Aug. 20, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)

Join CATL for a presentation and Q&A session Friday, August 20 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We’ll be covering the advanced and sometimes “hidden” editing features in Canvas pages, syllabi, assignments, and other areas of Canvas where the Rich Content Editor can be found. We’ll cover layouts, tables, buttons, callouts, linking within and between pages, and doing more with images.

This is a great topic for those who wish to freshen up the overall look and feel of their Canvas site, incorporate new or improved banner images, want to make their content more accessible, are building liquid syllabi, or just want to see more of what Canvas can do!

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Summer 2021 Event Digest

In addition to further programming still in the works, CATL invites you to take a look below at some of the workshops, presentations, and ongoing programs we have planned for the summer. Click on any of the titles listed below to learn more and stay tuned for updates!

  • 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.
  • Reading Circle: “Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead)” (Aug. 12, 2021)
    This summer, CATL is supporting faculty and staff-led Reading Circles—book discussions that are open to the campus community. One of these will be on Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead).
  • Reading Circle: "Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom" (July 15 & Aug. 5, 6–7 p.m.)
    This summer, CATL is supporting faculty and staff-led reading circles—book discussions that are open to the campus community—and Tracy Fernandez Rysavy (English) will be leading one on bell hooks’s Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom! Participants will meet via Zoom on Thursday, July 15, and Thursday, Aug. 5 from 6–7 p.m. to discuss our thoughts on the book. There are a limited number…
  • Summer Office Hours
    CATL staff will be available to answer questions, brainstorm assignment design ideas, or test new technologies with you during a virtual Open Office Hours this Summer. Join us via Microsoft Teams Currently scheduled dates and times: Wednesday, Jun. 30 from 8–10 a.m. Wednesday, Jul. 7, from 8–10 a.m. Wednesday, Jul. 14 from 8–10 a.m. Wednesday,…
  • Classic Quizzes & New Quizzes (July 21, 12–1 p.m.)
    In this presentation, CATL staff will highlight the feature differences between Classic Quizzes and New Quizzes in Canvas and cover tips & tricks from use cases. There will be time for questions, but if you have one in mind, don’t hesitate to reach out before! 
  • Canvas Banners Workshop (July 27, 1–2 p.m.)
    In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of creating banners with Canva, a free online tool for creating graphics. Attendees will also learn some basic tips on graphic design and web accessibility that they can apply in their own Canvas courses. 
  • VoiceThread Workshops (Aug. 5, 9–10 a.m. & Aug. 6, 12–1 p.m.)
    CATL staff will briefly demonstrate using the VoiceThread assignment builder for creating “watch,” “comment,” and “create” assignments. This is intended to be a workshop, so please come with ideas, fully designed assignments with which we can tinker, or past snafus you might wish to address. 
  • Presentation: Canvas Accessibility FAQ (Aug. 18 and Sept. 1)
    Learn how to make your course more accessible using Canvas tools (Pages Accessibility Checker) and integrations (automatic, machine-generated captions with Kaltura; UDOIT Accessibility Checker). There will be time at the end of the session for a short Q & A on these tools and general accessibility questions. 
  • Workshop: What Will You Carry Forward? (Aug. 23, 12–1:15 p.m.)
    CATL is partnering with faculty for a "show and tell" event where some of your fellow instructors will show how they are moving on from last year. What did they keep? What will they discard? Come and hear what your fellow instructors are thinking.
  • Workshop: Teaching with Zoom (Aug. 19, 20, 23, 24, 27, and 30)
    Need some time with a Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant from CATL as we transition into the fall semester? Join us for a workshop on teaching with Zoom on Aug. 19, 20, 23, 24, 27 or 30!
  • Presentation: Liquid Syllabi in Canvas (Aug. 27, 10–11 a.m.)
    Need some time with a Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant from CATL as we transition into the fall semester? Join us for a presentation on creating a liquid syllabus on Aug. 27!
  • Workshop: VoiceThread (Aug. 18, Aug. 27, and Sept. 1)
    Need some time with a Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant from CATL as we transition into the fall semester? Join us for a workshop on using VoiceThread on Aug. 18, Aug. 27, or Sept. 1!
  • Workshop: PlayPosit (Aug. 26 and 31)
    Need some time with a Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant from CATL as we transition into the fall semester? Join us for a workshop on using PlayPosit on Aug. 26 or 31!
  • Workshop: Using the Canvas Grades Tool (Aug. 25 and 30)
    Need some time with a Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant from CATL as we transition into the fall semester? Join us for a workshop on the Canvas "Grades" tool on Aug. 25 or 30!
  • Workshop: Teaching with Teams Q&A (Aug. 23, 26, and 31)
    Need some time with a Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant from CATL as we transition into the fall semester? Join us for a Q&A on Teaching with Teams on Aug. 23, 26, or 31!
  • Presentation: HTML and Advanced Formatting in Canvas (Aug. 20, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)
    Join CATL for a presentation and Q&A session Friday, August 20 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We'll be covering the advanced and sometimes "hidden" editing features in Canvas pages, syllabi, assignments, and other areas of Canvas where the Rich Content Editor can be found. We'll cover layouts, tables, buttons, callouts, linking within and between pages, and doing more with images.

 

Presentation: Canvas Accessibility FAQ (Aug. 18 and Sept. 1)

Learn how to make your course more accessible using Canvas tools (Pages Accessibility Checker) and integrations (automatic, machinegenerated captions with Kaltura; UDOIT Accessibility Checker). There will be time at the end of the session for a short Q & A on these tools and general accessibility questions. 

Here are the times for our presentation on accessibility in Canvas:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 18, 10–11 a.m. 
  • Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2–3 p.m. 

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