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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!


During January 2024, the ID team offered over a dozen sessions in support of CELT's Winter Breakouts.   

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

The last few years have been tough for faculty. 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 talked about why it is worth the investment and what you have to gain!  A companion document is available for the series.  Session recordings are available below with each session description.

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!

Many of the topics addressed, as well as the materials we provided, 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 was offered on January 10, 2024 from 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm and was recorded.

Session 2: Controlling Your Chaos: Information Overload

In this session, discussed the different ways to communicate with all of your students whether in your course or with other communication methods. We talked about 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 was offered on January 12, 2024 from 9:00 am to 9:50 am and was recorded.

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

This session focused 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 was offered on January 16, 2024 from 9:00 am to 9:50 am and was recorded.

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 was designed to help 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 discussed different ideas that may work for you. Easy to Implement IDeas will be provided.

This session was offered on January 17, 2024 from 9:00 am to 9:50 am and recorded.

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.

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