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During the Fall 23 semester, the instructional design team is developing short and multi-session workshops encompassing a variety of topics to be offered during Winter Breakouts. We are also developing several facilitated online workshops to be offered during the Spring 24 semester.

By request, we are updating the popular Flexible Teaching Workshop to be available during the Spring 24 semester. Updates will be posted soon!

Winter Breakout Sessions

During Winter Breakouts, the ID team will be offering over a dozen sessions.  Registration is now open for Winter Breakouts through the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT).

Our featured workshop, Controlling Your Chaos:  Innovation and IDeas for Your Online Course, is a four-part series developed to help faculty consider a variety of Easy to Implement IDeas for your asynchronous online course(s).  

As we have had the opportunity to work with faculty, we realize that the last few years have been tough. It’s almost like we need a reset button to pull us out of the survival mode of learning to get back to what we love to do- teach.  How can we make that happen when we are all exhausted and not motivated for yet another change?  These sessions will talk about why it is worth the investment. Hint: You have a lot to gain!  

Consider the ideas and suggestions in these sessions to make your world easier.  Take what you can use from these sessions and leave the rest for another time. Breathe.  Use this opportunity to step back and think about how to make it easier for you!

Participation in all four sessions is encouraged, but not required. Many of the topics we will address, as well as the materials we provide, can be beneficial for teaching in any modality.

Session 1: Controlling Your Chaos: What’s in it for Me?

Many training opportunities focus on the needs of the student, but what about you, the faculty member? In this session we will explore what you can gain by taking the time to invest in your online courses before the start of a semester. We will reflect on the last few years and then take a moment to visualize what’s in your control to make your courses function more smoothly. Easy to Implement IDeas will be provided. 

This session will be offered on January 10, 2024 from 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm.

Session 2: Controlling Your Chaos: Information Overload

In this session, we will talk about the different ways to communicate with all of your students whether in your course or with other communication methods. We will also discuss the benefits of course structure and improving the clarity of written materials in your course in a way that should reduce the number of technical questions, or the need for clarification. The goal is to streamline communication with students. Easy to Implement IDeas will be provided.

This session will be offered on January 12, 2024 from 9:00 am to 9:50 am.

Session 3: Controlling Your Chaos: Let’s Be Real

This session is going to focus on the reality that “life” happens. To elaborate, you may be taking care of a loved one, your student may be dealing with a health crisis, workloads are demanding; it happens to all of us. Let’s focus on strategies on how to make your course a bit more flexible for you and for students. Easy to Implement IDeas will be provided.

This session will be offered on January 16, 2024 from 9:00 am to 9:50 am.

Session 4: Controlling Your Chaos: Making Connections

It’s you against the world! Sometimes it feels that way, doesn’t it? We all benefit from connecting with others. This session helps you find ways to create a learning environment where not only you and your students engage, but students engage with each other and engage with the content.  What makes your course the one students want to take? We will discuss different ideas that may work for you. Easy to Implement IDeas will be provided.

This session will be offered on January 17, 2024 from 9:00 am to 9:50 am.

Additional Winter Breakout Sessions

  • 2 Gradebook Open Sessions
  • Lift-Off Achieved:  Preparing for Semester Start
  • Now You See It:  Talking Access Control and Viewing Permissions
  • OSCQR?  What's that?
  • Making Life Easier with the Date Management Tool
  • The Great and Powerful Intelligent Agent
  • Viewing the Course as a Student
  • Living Education:  Using Video in Brightspace
  • New Discussion Tool in Brightspace
  • The Art of Copying:  Moving Course Content from Here to There

Facilitated Workshops for Spring 24

Asynchronous Online Course Development Best Practices

Based on our highly successful course development process, this workshop will provide weekly interactions and activities that lead to completing several course modules. This will be a facilitated workshop that will run 4 to 6 weeks.

Culturally inclusive online teaching and learning

Research has shown that reducing barriers in online courses can help students feel a sense of belonging, ensure they can access course materials, and support them in achieving learning goals. In this facilitated workshop, faculty will have the opportunity to learn about ways to help all students feel supported in their learning. The workshop will run 4 weeks.

Brightspace Training/Workshops

These sessions focus on a particular tool or skill set within Brightspace, and how to best use it. While these are technical “how to” sessions, we also look at the reasons why we use tools in certain ways to create a positive experience for our learners.

Contact Us

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