Workshop Wednesday: Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to Increase Access (Apr. 3, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.)

Throughout the 2024 spring semester, CATL’s “Workshop Wednesday” series has been centered around understanding neurodiversity and enhancing the accessibility of our courses to better serve our students. Join us as we conclude this semester’s workshop series with a session on using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) led by the Director of UW-Green Bay’s Student Accessibility Services, Lynn Niemi, and Art and Design Professor, Alison Gates. Attendees will continue the conversation about neurodiversity and explore how to use UDL to remove barriers in course materials and increase student access. This workshop will be held virtually via Zoom on Apr. 3rd, 2024, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Register today to receive an Outlook calendar invitation with the Zoom link.

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Workshop Wednesday: Improving Accessibility in Learning Materials (Mar. 6, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.)

Want to make your learning materials more accessible for your students? Meeting certain accessibility standards is not only required for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act but also a way to boost student success and engagement. Join CATL and Assistant Professor of Humanities, Kristopher Purzycki, on March 6th, 2024, from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. for a workshop on improving the accessibility of your course materials. Attendees will learn how to avoid common accessibility issues when creating and sharing digital content, such as PowerPoint presentations, PDFS, and Canvas materials. Attendees will also hear from experienced colleagues who will share their insights on how to implement accessibility in your syllabus and course design. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your students’ learning experience through the benefits of accessible design. This workshop will be held virtually via Zoom. Register today to receive an Outlook calendar invitation with the Zoom link.

Upcoming Workshop Wednesdays

On the first Wednesday of February, March, and April, CATL will host a “Workshop Wednesday” event from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

  • Apr. 3 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Topic: Universal Design for Learning

Workshop Wednesday: Students’ Experiences at UWGB via Neurodiverse Viewpoints (Feb. 7, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.)

Although “neurodiverse” is an umbrella term that can refer to a wide variety of minds, there may be some overlap when it comes to the experiences, challenges, and triumphs that neurodiverse students encounter in higher ed. What are some common barriers these students face at UWGB and how can we help remove those barriers, or work with students to overcome them? What are some strengths and assets they bring to UWGB that we might be overlooking? Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 3:30 p.m. as we explore these questions and more through a student panel on neurodiversity. All UWGB faculty and staff are invited and can attend either in person in the Christie Theatre or virtually via Zoom. Registration is not required, but if you are interested, we encourage you to sign up to receive an Outlook calendar invitation with the livestream link. This event is jointly sponsored by Assistant Vice Chancellor Stacie Christian and CATL.

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Upcoming Workshop Wednesdays

On the first Wednesday of February, March, and April, CATL will host a “Workshop Wednesday” event from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

  • Mar. 6 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Topic: Accessibility
  • Apr. 3 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Topic: Universal Design for Learning

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
  • Oct. 25 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Cold Lunch & Hot Topics: Grading Practices and Efficiencies 
  • Nov. 29 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Career Infusion in Higher Education (Zoom link)

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.

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

Share Your Best Grading Tips with CATL & Other Instructors!

Do you have any grading advice to offer to fellow instructors? CATL is soliciting recommendations for using the Canvas Gradebook, staying on top of grading, implementing alternative grading approaches, or making the most out of Canvas Rubrics and SpeedGrader. Send us your best tips by completing this survey.

Then join CATL, along with other UWGB instructors, for our next “Cold Lunch & Hot Topics” on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in which we’ll share the tips you’ve submitted and host an informal discussion about grading practices and efficiencies. This hybrid event will be hosted on Zoom for those who want to join virtually and in person in the CATL conference room (Cofrin Library 405C).

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

CATL’s Workshop Wednesdays continue this month with a session on career infusion! Join CATL Director Kris Vespia for a brief presentation and open discussion about concrete ways instructors can infuse marketable skills and career information into their courses, including liberal arts and STEM fields. This virtual event will be hosted via Zoom on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. You can register to receive an Outlook calendar reminder or simply drop in using the Zoom link.