Instructional Workshops

The Center holds regular e-learning, Canvas and instructional workshops as well as teaching circles, roundtables and other special events. We can also arrange a special workshop or consultation for departments, groups or individuals upon request. For details and the current schedule, please reference our calendar.

To request enrollment or individual consultation, or to a arrange a special departmental or group workshop on any of our workshop topics, please call extension 7-8080 or email ctl@uncc.edu.

Teaching with Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere LogoThis workshop will introduce faculty/staff to Poll Everywhere, and how to use the student response software in classroom and other learning spaces. During the workshop participants will explore how to get registered, creation of polling content within Poll Everywhere as well as Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, or Google Slides Polling.

We will also guide you on downloading your class roster from Canvas into Poll Everywhere. Once polling responses have been gathered, you will learn how to export grades from the polling responses into Canvas.
 

Summer Mini-Institute on Inclusive Teaching and Learning Practices

An institute to help faculty understand the principles of inclusive curriculum design and develop strategies for implementing those principles.

APPLY NOW!  ONLINE APPLICATION

Goals/Overview

This “mini-institute” will engage faculty in a 6-hour exploration of inclusive classrooms and concrete strategies to enhance the teaching-learning process in their own courses. On day one, participants will learn how unconscious bias can impact teaching and learning and concrete strategies to create inclusive classroom climates and prepare students for success in an increasingly diverse world. On day two, participants will apply learning to their own course(s), specifically focusing on course content, teaching styles, and assessment methods. During Fall semester, participants will share their work with colleagues in ongoing efforts to institutionalize the widespread practice of inclusive teaching and learning. This institute is interdisciplinary, so faculty from all colleges and programs are encouraged to participate.

Activities of the Institute

Summer Workshops: Three cohorts of twenty faculty will attend a three-hour workshop and a three-hour hands-on workshop during May 2017. Workshops will address key principles of the inclusive curriculum, global employability skills for students, and student involvement in curriculum design. These workshops will assist faculty in the development and implementation of course and curricular goals for understanding diversity.  

Faculty will attend ONE of the following three hour workshops.  Faculty will be placed into one of the sections upon acceptance into the institute.  Notifications will be made the first week of May.

  • Monday, May 15, 9 am - 12 pm
  • Tuesday, May 16, 9 am - 12 pm
  • Wednesday, May 17, 9 am - 12 pm
ALL faculty will then attend the following three-hour hands-on workshop on Thursday, May 18, 9 am - 12 pm.

Independent Follow-up Work: During summer 2017, institute members will develop strategies to apply workshop learnings to their course(s).  The goal of this work will be creating inclusive classrooms through a range of active learning and high-impact pedagogies that transcend disciplinary boundaries. During AY 2017-18, faculty will implement their inclusive classroom strategies and participate in activities designed to disseminate their work to other faculty and help institutionalize best practices in inclusive pedagogy.

Application Process: Faculty should apply to participate in this institute.  The application process will require faculty to declare which course they intend to develop through the institute and to agree to disseminate their work.

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Canvas VeriCite Assignments

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VeriCite is our new anti-plagiarism tool! We know that originality of students’ work is important to your teaching. VeriCite offers ease-of-use, flexibility and excellent features, and it is fully integrated with Canvas, including the Speedgrader.

Finalizing Your Canvas Gradebook

 By default the Canvas Gradebook does not display students’ final grades. Students will not see their final grade in courses with ungraded items.

In this workshop, you will explore the necessary steps to set up your Assignments and Gradebook so that the Canvas grades are the correct final grades. We will also guide you through the process to use the Canvas to Banner Grade Submission tool to correctly and successfully export your Canvas grades into Banner.

Note: We encourage you to attend the Canvas Assignments and Gradebook workshop before you attend this workshop: Mar. 30, Apr. 12, Apr. 24.

Active Learning Expo 2017

Active Learning Expo
   April 18, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Cone 210

 Do you want to move beyond the traditional Lecture/Test instructional model? What does Active Learning look like? Are you already taking steps toward the Active Learning instructional model?

Join the 2016-2017 Active Learning Academy members as they share their unique approaches to instruction during this interactive poster session. Get to know instructors who have experienced success in the classroom and listen to their stories of lessons learned right here on the UNC Charlotte campus.

Presentations include:

Creating an Active Learning Culture - Kristen Beach, Special Education;  Jessamyn Bowling, Public Health Sciences; Florence Okoro, Nursing; Celia Sinclair, Religious Studies; Ekaterina Terentieva, Languages & Culture Studies; Evan Wantland, Mathematics & Statistics; and Pilar Zuber, Public Health Sciences.

Retention, Engagement, and Buy-In: A Case for Active Learning - Kathy Asala, Chemistry; and Kendra Jason, Sociology.

Accountability in Team-Based Learning: Strangers in a New Land - Adam Johnson, Anthropology.

Using Clickers for Peer Presentation Feedback - Paul Gilles, Accounting.

Student Classroom Expectations and Experiences: A Survey of Active Learning at UNC Charlotte - Anne Cash, Reading & Elementary Education; Karen Cushing, Sociology; Bill Garcia, Geography & Earth Sciences; Margaret Geiger, Chemistry; Dina Massachi, American Studies; Harini Ramaprasad, Computer Science; and Sabrina Speights, Organizational Science.

Practical Active Learning Instructural Methods for College Courses - Mohsen Dorodchi, Computer Science; Erika Weber, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Ashley Bowers-Macrander, Biological Sciences; Mandy McCaslan, College of Health & Human Services; Stephanie Stewart, English Language Training Institute; David Fillmore, Theatre; Molly Redmond, Biological Sciences; and Courtney Smith-Orr, Electrical & Computer Engineering.

Hands On Learning: Why Did the Romans Use Arches in Their Construction? - Gwen Gill, College of Engineering.

 

Webinar - Online Cooperative Learning

Do you teach online or are you interested in learning strategies for teaching in online environments? Looking for ways to increase or improve student collaboration online?

Join us in this Webinar that will focus on cooperative learning strategies for online environments, using research-based strategies that faculty can implement immediately. Participants are encouraged to have an assignment that could be used with student groupings handy – but feel free to join the conversation with or without an assignment in hand!

Beth Oyarzun photoBeth Oyarzun, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Instructional Systems Technology, will lead the session. Before joining UNCC, Beth worked as an instructional designer in the higher education environment for more than ten years. As an instructional designer, she taught online courses in instructional technology while providing professional development for faculty in online teaching pedagogy. Prior to working in higher education, Beth was a high school mathematics teacher for nine years.

NOTE: This workshop will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak. You will be sent a login link the day before the Webinar.

Login Information:

  • Use this link to attend: https://uncc.webex.com/uncc/k2/j.php?MTID=t3a27b4fb405d252dd85fb62d155cdd7a  (if the link does not work, copy and paste the URL into your browser's Address bar).
  • On the Join Session page, enter your name and email address and click Join Now.
  • Login in 10 minutes before the start time to check your microphone.
  • If you experience any technical problems, please call WebEx Support at 866-229-3239.
     

Link to Beth's Presentation
 

Using Feedback to Improve Teaching & Learning

Feedback is integral to the teaching and learning process. Providing students with feedback can motivate and guide behavior change that translates into student success. Soliciting feedback from students allows faculty to make changes in their instructional strategies that also lead to student success.

This workshop provides an overview of tools and strategies for giving and receiving feedback – both traditional and technology-based – that can be easily incorporated into any course.

Nona McDuff Workshop - Inclusive Learning and Teaching Practices

In this workshop, Nona McDuff, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Kingston University, will assist faculty in the development and implementation of course and curricular goals for understanding diversity.  Attendees will discuss inclusive strategies as they apply to three key areas of the teaching and learning practice:  Course Content, Teaching Styles, and Assessment.  

The goals of this workshop are to:

  • Examine debates/drivers of diversity and inclusion in Higher Education
  • Raise awareness of unconscious bias and its impact on learning and teaching
  • Explore the principles of  inclusive learning and teaching through the example of Kingston University’s institutional Inclusive Curriculum Framework
  • Discuss with student curriculum consultants how to effectively promote student involvement in curriculum design and delivery
  • Reflect upon the relevance of Kingston’s inclusive curriculum framework to learning and teaching practice at UNC Charlotte

 

QM Check-in: Self Review

 In this session you will log into the Quality Matters Course Review Management System (CRMS) and complete your course Self Review, guided by a CTL QM Fellow. Then you will be paired with a CTL Instructional Designer who will help you resolve any remaining issues related to meeting the QM standards. Your goal is to request an Internal Review by April 7, 2017.

WebEx Part I: Using WebEx in Canvas

Get up and running with WebEx in your Canvas course! Learn how to enable WebEx in Canvas, schedule WebEx sessions within your course, as well as best practices for managing your WebEx recordings.

Once everything is configured for WebEx in Canvas, you will experience the collaborative features of this live, highly interactive virtual classroom. In WebEx Training Center, you can present and discuss learning materials using robust features that include two-way audio, video, content display, interactive whiteboard, application sharing, polls and breakout rooms for small group discussion.

Workshop Prerequisites: Access to a Canvas course. This workshop is part I of II.  We recommend that you to attend this session before the "WebEx Part II: Leading a Class" workshop, especially if you have never participated in a live Webinar.

Webinar - Final Grade Prep

It's "that" time of the semester ... time to upload your final grades! Learn how the "Treat Ungraded as 0" option works and how it affects student grades - especially if you have muted assignments.

Join Nicole Harris, our Canvas Administrator, as she demonstrates the new process of uploading grades from either an individual or combined Canvas course into Banner. 

NOTE: This workshop will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak. The day before the Webinar, you will be sent a link to attend.

Login Information:

  • Use this link to attend: https://uncc.webex.com/uncc/k2/j.php?MTID=tb355a5d625893e24d8d0a3fc4dbeddcb  (if the link does not work, copy and paste the URL into your browser's Address bar).
  • On the Join Session page, enter your name and email address and click Join Now.
  • Login in 10 minutes before the start time to check your microphone.
  • If you experience any technical problems, please call WebEx Support at 866-229-3239.
     

Nona McDuff Keynote - Hidden Biases and Inclusive Curriculum

Nona McDuff, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Kingston University, is the featured speaker for an event that will kick-off a week of workshops open to faculty and students on the topic of diversity and inclusion in the curriculum.  In her keynote address, Ms. McDuff will examine debates/drivers of diversity and inclusion in Higher Education and discuss unconscious bias and its impact on learning and teaching.  Subsequent workshop will explore the principles of inclusive learning and teaching.

Nona was recently appointed to the UK’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel to help decide the future of the way the government assess UK universities.

This event is made possible through funding from the Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund.

 

Faculty Guide - Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Awareness

C A N C E L L E D

Welcome to this Webinar series based on Students' Pathway to Success: A Faculty Guide, collaboratively written by the Top 40 Academy, a faculty professional learning community at UNC Charlotte. The book helps prepare faculty who teach students new to the university how create a positive academic experience for both first-time students and students who transfer in. Join the authors to hear detailed synopses about their topics and have the opportunity to ask them questions.

This session will focus on the Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Awareness chapter. This chapter informs faculty on the purpose and use of diversity initiatives on UNC Charlotte’s campus. We promote a learning environment that contributes to the understanding of inclusion and equity in society. We address the unique challenges and issues that minority students face and provide faculty with pedagogical approaches and campus resources to address those challenges to foster student success.

Your presenters:

Tina Katsanos, Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies, and Vaughn Schmutz, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology.

NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak.
 

Facilitating Difficult Discussions

While college classrooms provide students with an opportunity to discuss and unpack sensitive and controversial issues, leading these discussions can be a difficult and daunting task for faculty. At times, some students react negatively when their existing worldview is challenged during these discussions.

This workshop will provide attendees with tips on how to keep discussions respectful, while making room for the expression and exploration of multiple viewpoints.

Webinar - Podcasting in FYW

A core value of the First-Year Writing Program at UNC Charlotte is equipping students with flexible strategies for composing texts in a myriad of writing situations they will encounter in both their college life and beyond. In addition to helping students craft better academic texts, the First-Year Writing program also encourages students to write across modes, situations and media by incorporating a multi-modal approach to the teaching and practice of writing.

This webinar will provide a short overview of Sound-writing pedagogy in First-Year Writing and then move into the practical application of Podcasting for First-Year writing students. Participants will gain insight into how to create, edit and share a Podcast. You'll also engage in a discussion about how Podcasting can be used as a vehicle to transfer skills across disciplines and beyond First-Year Writing. 

Justin Cary PhotoJustin Cary, Lecturer in the First-Year Writing program, will lead the Webinar. His areas of expertise include writing with technology, social media and digital literacy. He's currently researching the effects of video game theory and principles on student motivation in the classroom.

 


NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak.

Login Information:

  • Use this link to attend: https://uncc.webex.com/uncc/k2/j.php?MTID=t5b633ba98088876bb3712ffb6e39a617  (if the link does not work, copy and paste the URL into your browser's Address bar).
  • On the Join Session page, enter your name and email address and click Join Now.
  • Login in 10 minutes before the start time to check your microphone.
  • If you experience any technical problems, please call WebEx Support at 866-229-3239.

Faculty Guide - Learning How to Learn

Welcome to this Webinar series based on Students' Pathway to Success: A Faculty Guide, collaboratively written by the Top 40 Academy, a faculty professional learning community at UNC Charlotte. The book helps prepare faculty who teach students new to the university how create a positive academic experience for both first-time students and students who transfer in. Join the authors to hear detailed synopses about their topics and have the opportunity to ask them questions.

This session will focus on the Learning How to Learn: Basic Skills, Making Connections, and Self-Direction chapter. There are different kinds of goals we associate with learning how to learn: learning basic academic skills, learning to inquire and construct knowledge, and learning how to be a self-directed learner. In this chapter, we describe each of these distinct goals and offer a number of suggestions for accomplishing each of them.

Your presenters:

Jamie Strickland, Senior Lecturer and Geography Undergraduate Coordinator in the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences, and Bill Garcia, Senior Lecturer and Earth Sciences Undergraduate Coordinator, also in the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences.

NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak.

Login Information:

  • Use this link to attend: https://uncc.webex.com/uncc/k2/j.php?MTID=ted8d62d644ab8ef63d2f29cb0cd8dca5  (if the link does not work, copy and paste the URL into your browser's Address bar).
  • On the Join Session page, enter your name and email address and click Join Now.
  • Login in 10 minutes before the start time to check your microphone.
  • If you experience any technical problems, please call WebEx Support at 866-229-3239.
     

Webinar - Design Beautiful Course Navigation Buttons

It’s time to beautify your Canvas course! Spice up the “look and feel” of your home page by adding professional looking web page buttons to your course navigation. This webinar will demonstrate easy-to-follow steps on using Canva.com to set button dimensions, select color schemes, layout text and images, save and import buttons into Canvas.

Kiran Budhrani photoKiran Budhrani, a graduate research assistant in the Center for Teaching & Learning who is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, will present this session. She was formerly an assistant professor in instructional design, instructional media, and e-learning development. For the past 10 years she has been training teachers and instructional designers to effectively use learning technologies and multimedia for course design, delivery and assessment.


NOTE: This session will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak.

Login Information:

  • Use this link to attend: https://uncc.webex.com/uncc/k2/j.php?MTID=teff787fa05fb32ebbe0e422464b2ab14  (if the link does not work, copy and paste the URL into your browser's Address bar).
  • On the Join Session page, enter your name and email address and click Join Now.
  • Login in 10 minutes before the start time to check your microphone.
  • If you experience any technical problems, please call WebEx Support at 866-229-3239.
     

 

Are Students Really Watching My Videos?

C A N C E L L E D

 Forecasting screenshotYou have spent lots of time creating videos for your courses. But do you know if your students are actually watching them?

In this Webinar, you will learn how to find viewing statistics for your videos in Canvas and learn some best practices for making videos that your students will watch.

Sam Eneman, Instructional Technology Specialist in the Center for Teaching & Learning, will lead the session.

NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak.
 

Faculty Guide - Civility

C A N C E L L E D

Welcome to this Webinar series based on Students' Pathway to Success: A Faculty Guide, collaboratively written by the Top 40 Academy, a faculty professional learning community at UNC Charlotte. The book helps prepare faculty who teach students new to the university how create a positive academic experience for both first-time students and students who transfer in. Join the authors to hear detailed synopses about their topics and have the opportunity to ask them questions.

This session will focus on the "Promoting Civility and Professionalism in the Classroom" chapter. In this chapter we examine ways to encourage civility and promote professionalism in the classroom. We offer strategies for faculty to build into their curriculum and encourage in everyday classroom practices. Campus resources are also offered to assist faculty who need to be aware of the potential, and management of, threatening behaviors.

Your presenters:

Honoré Missihoun, Ph.D., lecturer in the Department of Africana Studies, and Michelle Pass, Lecturer and Undergraduate Laboratory Director, Department of Biological Sciences.

NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak.
 

Putting Reflection to Work: Practical Teaching Strategies

Whether one is entering the board room, the operating room, the lab, or the classroom, professionals are expected to engage in reflective practices. As such, reflection is widely acknowledged in multiple disciplines as essential for students to learn. Yet reflection is notoriously difficult to teach. 

 

In Part 1 of this webinar series, I will provide an overview of reflection and general considerations for teaching it. In Part 2, I will provide specific teaching strategies for reflection, ranging from activities that require little to no time on your part to those that require more of your time. If you want reflective writing to be a centerpiece of your teaching or want reflection to be another option in your teaching strategies, these two webinars are for you.     
 
Presenter: 
Heather Bastian is the Associate Director of the Communication Across the Curriculum Program (CxC). CxC works with departments and individual faculty to help them integrate writing and speaking into their curriculum and teaching. Heather received her PhD from the University of Kansas in English with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition. She joins CxC with twelve years of experience teaching university-level writing and with research interests in the teaching of writing and writing program administration.  

Whether one is entering the board room, the operating room, the lab, or the classroom, professionals are expected to engage in reflective practices. As such, reflection is widely acknowledged in multiple disciplines as essential for students to learn. Yet reflection is notoriously difficult to teach. In this workshop, we will discuss numerous practical teaching strategies, ranging from activities that require little to no time on your part to those that require more of your time, that will get your students reflecting. If you want reflective writing to be a centerpiece of your teaching or want reflection to be another option in your teaching strategies, this workshop is for you.     

Presenter: Heather Bastian is the Associate Director of the Communication Across the Curriculum Program (CxC). CxC works with departments and individual faculty to help them integrate writing and speaking into their curriculum and teaching. Heather received her PhD from the University of Kansas in English with a specialization in Composition and Rhetoric. She joins CxC with twelve years of experience teaching university-level writing and with research interests in the teaching of writing and writing program administration.  

Binder - Research Assignments with Library Resources

Need some ideas for how to rethink research assignments for your class(es)? Maybe you are designing a class for next semester and want to think of a new way to engage students in research? The library and campus have added two resources that may help.

Amanda Binder photoIn this webinar we will discuss how The New York Times campus subscription and educational site, and the scholarly journal browsing application, BrowZine, may serve as inspiration for new course assignments, in-class activities, and discussions.

Amanda Binder, Social Sciences & History Librarian in Atlkins Library, will lead the session.


NOTE: This session will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak.

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  • Use this link to attend: https://uncc.webex.com/uncc/k2/j.php?MTID=tff6193c568233d36427e299ae47fadbb  (if the link does not work, copy and paste the URL into your browser's Address bar).
  • On the Join Session page, enter your name and email address and click Join Now.
  • Login in 10 minutes before the start time to check your microphone.
  • If you experience any technical problems, please call WebEx Support at 866-229-3239.

Faculty Guide - Syllabus

Welcome to this Webinar series based on Students' Pathway to Success: A Faculty Guide, collaboratively written by the Top 40 Academy, a faculty professional learning community at UNC Charlotte. The book helps prepare faculty who teach students new to the university how create a positive academic experience for both first-time students and students who transfer in. Join the authors to hear detailed synopses about their topics and have the opportunity to ask them questions.

This session will focus on the Constructing a Course Syllabus chapter. This chapter will guide you to prepare a syllabus that not only meets the legal and accreditation standards for UNC Charlotte, but also serves as a dynamic curricular resource for both your students and yourself.

Pedram Leilabady photoPedram Leilabady, Senior Lecturer and Freshman undergraduate advisor in the Department of Physics and Optical Science, will lead the session. Pedram's research interests lie broadly in the area of solid-state lasers and guided wave optics with emphasis on developing semiconductor industry compatible integration platforms for active and passive components at wafer level. His recent research interest is in the area of solid-state lighting.


NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak.

Login Information:

  • Use this link to attend: https://uncc.webex.com/uncc/k2/j.php?MTID=t74eabfdfff5279c4ac46e6a88028e769  (if the link does not work, copy and paste the URL into your browser's Address bar).
  • On the Join Session page, enter your name and email address and click Join Now.
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  • If you experience any technical problems, please call WebEx Support at 866-229-3239.

Budhrani - Effective Written Feedback in Canvas

Giving grades is not enough. Students look forward to meaningful feedback to know what they did right and what they can improve. Feedback is also most useful when it is given immediately. Join us in this webinar as we introduce you to the feedback continuum and discuss appropriate strategies for giving general vs. specific feedback using the annotation tools built into Canvas SpeedGrader.

Kiran Budhrani photoKiran Budhrani, a graduate research assistant in the Center for Teaching & Learning who is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, will present this session. She was formerly an assistant professor in instructional design, instructional media, and e-learning development. For the past 10 years she has been training teachers and instructional designers to effectively use learning technologies and multimedia for course design, delivery and assessment.


NOTE: This session will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak.

Login Information:

  • Use this link to attend: https://uncc.webex.com/uncc/k2/j.php?MTID=t8749c555dff0d95ce7fb9a9d2fc9d2d5  (if the link does not work, copy and paste the URL into your browser's Address bar).
  • On the Join Session page, enter your name and email address and click Join Now.
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  • If you experience any technical problems, please call WebEx Support at 866-229-3239.

 

Contemplative Practices Discussion Group

Are you seeking to transform your teaching while engaging in practices that offer vocational renewal? Our Spring 2017 reading will be: Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning by Daniel P. Barbezat  & Mirabai Bush.

Our aim is to create a contemplative culture and community of practice at UNC Charlotte that is dedicated to exploring contemplative pedagogy in the context of higher education. Contemplative pedagogy is introspective, bridging the inner life with outer world experiences; it is a critical first-person approach to learning.  In this community we will encourage practices aimed at deepening learning and well-being in ourselves and our students. Contemplative pedagogy offers a wide range of educational methods that can include: meditation, yoga, breathing work, deep listening exercises, visual arts, and reflective journaling.  Research has shown these practices can enrich one’s capacities for:

  • self-awareness

  • well-being

  • compassion and empathy

  • emotional regulation

  • academic performance

Each  session will begin with mindfulness meditation (no experience necessary).  We encourage each participant to have a journal for on-going reflection and discussion.

Jan  13  Chapter 5 Mindfulness  

Jan 27   Forward and  Chapter 1

Feb 3    Chapter 2 pp. 21-38  

Feb 17  Chapter 4  pp. 67-85

The discussion will be lead by:

Jane Dalton, MFA, Ph.D, Department of Art & Art History

Susan Harden, Ph.D., College of Education, Department of Middle, Secondary & K12 Education

Faculty Guide - Learner Centered Strategies

Welcome to this Webinar series based on Students' Pathway to Success: A Faculty Guide, collaboratively written by the Top 40 Academy, a faculty professional learning community at UNC Charlotte. The book helps prepare faculty who teach students new to the university how create a positive academic experience for both first-time students and students who transfer in. Join the authors to hear detailed synopses about their topics and have the opportunity to ask them questions.

This session will focus on the Learner Centered Instructional Strategies: A Crash Course chapter. This chapter illustrates the alternatives to traditional college lecturing (e.g. project-based learning, design thinking, team-based strategies, “flipped” classrooms) and how the focus on student-centered learning and redesigned learning environments results in more independent, life-long learners.

Delane Vanada photoDelane Ingalls Vanada, Assistant Professor of Art Education and Visual Studies, will present. Delane teaches courses in art education and the liberal studies curriculum; she is a university supervisor for undergraduate and graduate student art teachers in the College of Education. Her research focuses on learner-centered pedagogies and environments that foster students’ creative, critical and practical skills and social-emotional dispositions through the arts, the psychology of creativity and learning, and problem- and design-based learning.

NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak.

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Clone of APPQMR

Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered peer review process designed to certify the quality of online course design and online components. The QM Rubric is used in course reviews that result in continuous improvement and faculty development. The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop provides an overview of the QM Standards, peer review process and Quality Matters. This full day workshop will be led by a QM Certified Facilitator and includes all participant materials.

The APPQMR is the prerequisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer.

Making the Move to Canvas

 This two-hour, hands-on intensive workshop provides you with the perfect jumpstart to transition to Canvas. You will start fresh by understanding the interactivity of Canvas tools and how they influence your courses development. Then you will go next to developing your Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, and other resources.

Best practices on using Modules and Pages will support your course as you develop your course content in your Sandbox course.

Before You Attend

  1. Watch these three videos (total of 15 minutes)
    1. Course Layout
    2. Canvas Overview
    3. Canvas Modules
  2. Have your Sandbox course ready to use or request a Development Course Shell
  3. Have access (Google docs) to your syllabus, at least three to six course files, images, and list of assessment items  (Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes)

This 2-hour intensive workshop is presented as a guided, hands-on workshop.
 

Faculty Guide - Feedback

Welcome to this Webinar series based on Students' Pathway to Success: A Faculty Guide, collaboratively written by the Top 40 Academy, a faculty professional learning community at UNC Charlotte. The book helps prepare faculty who teach students new to the university how create a positive academic experience for both first-time students and students who transfer in. Join the authors to hear detailed synopses about their topics and have the opportunity to ask them questions.

This session will focus on the Student Feedback chapter. Feedback allows students the opportunity to identify what they have learned or mastered and what is yet to be learned or mastered. It allows instructors the opportunity to identify what has been mastered and what needs further instruction and attention.

Presenters: Desiré Taylor and Diane Cassidy

Desiré Taylor photoDesiré Taylor is a Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

 


 

Diane Cassidy photoDiane Cassidy is Senior Lecturer in the Computer Science Department. She has developed and taught several undergraduate courses for the College of Computing and Informatics and assisted in the revision and updating of key courses and curriculum plans.

 

 

NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak.

Login Information:

  • Use this link to attend: https://uncc.webex.com/uncc/k2/j.php?MTID=t09e35320102ec04a816484ae1ff84544  (if the link does not work, copy and paste the URL into your browser's Address bar).
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QM Check in for DE Faculty

This is your opportunity to provide a 3-5 minute tour of your online or hybrid course and make a plan for finishing the development. Small group pairings with common challenges will help to resolve issues with course design related to QM standards. Developers delivering in Fall 2017 will request an internal review by May 1 and developers who are already teaching should plan to have an internal review this semester. The goal is to move to completion and QM course certification and share information on the review process.

My Favorite Canvas Tools

Whether you're already teaching with Canvas or planning to transition in the Spring Semester, join us for this Webinar. Two "power users" will show you how they use their favorite tools and features to get more out of Canvas.

Julie Cook photoJulie Cook, University Writing Program, will focus on Tables, Kaltura Video Management, Analytics, Rubrics and Chat.

 

 


Lanny Inabnit photoLanny Inabnit, Department of Kinesiology, will show you how he uses SpeedGrader, Video and Document Embedding, Module layout, Quizzing and Syllabus/Calendar.

 

 


NOTE: This session will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak.

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Portfolios: Public Health

UNC Charlotte has a growing community of portfolio users, and we want to show them off! This Webinar series includes faculty presenters who discuss how they implemented a portfolio project into their program and courses, what their success and struggles were, and some of their best student examples.

Presenters: Andrew Harver and Crystal Nicole Piper


Andrew Harver in labAndrew Harver, PhD, AE-C, is a Professor of Public Health Sciences in the College of Health and Human Services at UNC Charlotte. For over 20 years Harver has been an advocate of “writing to learn” and incorporates substantive writing activities in all of his courses, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He is active in the university’s Communication Across the Curriculum initiatives, and an adopter of eportfolios to evidence integrated learning experiences. Harver serves as co-editor of 
The Field Guide to ePortfolio, a publication driven by AAEEBL and targeted for fall 2016 from AAC&U Publications involving over 50 authors from the eportfolio field.
 
Crystal Nicole Piper is an Associate Professor of Public Heath Sciences in the College of Health and Human Services at UNC Charlotte. In an attempt to better explain the multiple determinants associated with a specific condition, her research agenda integrates a life course approach to the study of chronic diseases and contributes to the advancement of her expertise in the field.
 
NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak.

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Critical Thinking Symposium

Join Key Stakeholders From Across the UNC System

The event has two goals:

  1. Engage faculty, academic leadership, and instructional staff in learning different ways to teach critical thinking across disciplines.
  2. Build capacity for faculty, librarians, faculty developers, student support services professionals, assessment and accreditation staff, and academic leaders to all play a key role in ensuring all students graduate with critical thinking skills.

Campuses are encouraged to send teams that include faculty, administrators, academic support staff, assessment and accreditation staff, general education faculty and leadership.  Individual participants are also welcome to attend.

Register for the Critical Thinking Symposium

 

DYBC

 The “Designing Your Blended Course” workshop explores the eight General Standards in the Quality Matters Rubric and provides a framework to build a blended course. While QM recognizes that each institution will define "blended" in its own way, this framework will work with any combination of face-to-face and online elements. Participants use the QM Rubric to review key blended elements and develop a course development plan.

Lisa Clark, a QM Master Reviewer and APPQMR face-to-face and online trainer, will lead the workshop. Lisa was introduced to QM in 2010 while attending an APPQMR workshop and has been passionate about it ever since. She teaches a variety of English, communication, women's history, and media literacy courses. Lisa has a BA in English from the Ohio State University, an MA from the Union Institute & University/Vermont College in English & Women's Studies, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Capella University. She currently serves as Dean of Online Programs at The University of Northwestern Ohio.

Note: Participants in this workshop need to have a blended course to work on throughout the session.

Taking Attendance in Canvas

The Attendance tool is used for taking attendance in Canvas courses. It can be used for online or face-to-face courses by tracking student presence and participation. This 30-minute webinar will show how to track attendance in the course, mark different categories, and how to integrate it into the Gradebook.

NOTE: This workshop will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak.

 

Folio Thinking and ePortfolios: Guiding Students into Integrated Learning

As students move through our courses, university experiences, community engagements, and into a discipline, how does “folio thinking” lead toward successfully making their learning visible to themselves, their discipline, and their future employers?  As faculty and advisors, how do we encourage and enable folio thinking?  The end product and goals are to foster self-sustained ownership of one’s own education.

This workshop will unpack the concept of “folio thinking,” and look at a variety of tactics we can use to create opportunities for the process of making and presenting learning using the eportfolio tool. These tactics might be highly focused in your course or live in the margins of your course.We will give an overview of Folio Thinking’s relation to Collection, Selection/Connection, Reflection, Projection abd tactics one might use in the various stages of portfolio work. Bring course descriptions and/or assignments to review, if you wish.  

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Connie G. Rothwell is a consultant in Communication across the Curriculum in the Office of Undergraduate Studies after a 27+ UNCC career teaching a variety of writing courses in English, First Year Writing, and the University Honors Program. She began her interest in portfolio work early in her career, learning from Kathleen Yancey, a professor at UNC Charlotte at the time.  She continued to develop her practice and understanding of portfolios, moving into eportfolios, through her own courses and the capstone Senior Portfolio in Honors.  Her goal is to help make eportfolio work engaging (not enraging) for faculty and often says, “We must be able to survive our own good ideas and intentions.”

 

Data Analytics and Research Methods for Your SOTL Grant

Unsure how to structure the research methodology of your SOTL grant?  Having a solid methodology section for your SOTL grant is essential to its success.  This workshop, led by Project Mosaic's Kailas Venkitasubramanian, will provide an overview of standard methodologies for SOTL projects.  Project Mosaic works with researchers across campus and facilitates data-intensive social science research. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their research ideas and get feedback on cutting-edge tools for analytics-powered social science and behavioral research that they can use. Participants are encouraged to bring their research questions for discussion and will learn how they can partner with Project Mosaic to support their SOTL inquiry.

Adjunct Faculty Reading Group

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Join your fellow adjuncts for a reading and discussion group that focuses on successful teaching practices.  You’ll learn from each other and broaden your network too.

Teaching topics will be chosen by the group at the first meeting.  Dr. Meg Morgan, group facilitator, will share articles and chapters for each topic to guide the discussions. These articles will provide context that will enable you to discuss and debate the topics.  However, this is an informal and friendly group -- so it’s ok if you haven’t finished all the reading ;-)  

Possible topics might include:

  • Setting the tone of a class

  • Teaching styles and classroom communication

  • Strategies for teaching millennials and adults

  • Organizing your course and preparing lesson plans

  • Preparing and assessing assignments

  • Teaching large classes

Adjuncts are welcome to come to any meetings throughout the semester - so please join us for lively and engaged discussions.

Dr. Meg Morgan, Emeritus Associate Professor of English, Recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching and Recipient of the Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence will facilitate this reading group.

Meetings will be held on Fridays in Kennedy 221:

Canvas Analytics

Learning management systems like Canvas capture various data that can help instructors to make teaching decisions. This workshop will explore student learning data available in Canvas and discuss how instructors can utilize the data. If you have any specific data you are interested in, bring along the idea to discuss and collaborate with other workshop participants.

Teaching Fully Online with Canvas

Facilitators of this workshop will demonstrate two online courses they have taught with Canvas. Discussion will range from how the course is structured and what a typical week looks like to tips on how to facilitate students’ quality work and active participation while managing the instructor’s own time. If you’d like to gather ideas for a smooth online teaching with Canvas, come join this workshop.

Putting Library Resource in Canvas

Find out how to incorporate library resources and services right into your Canvas course. You'll also learn how your personal librarian can support your instruction as well as your research.

Judy Walker photoJudy Walker, Education/Psychology Librarian in Atkins Library, will lead the session.

 

 

 

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7 Tips for Communicating in Canvas

Learn some tips about communicating with your students in Canvas using Inbox, Announcements and Notifications -- including some settings we weren't expecting!

NOTE: This workshop will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak.

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Martin - Effective Time Management

Online teaching is time consuming. We will discuss various strategies such as setting response times, creating clear grading rubrics, assigning discussion moderators, setting grading schedule, clarifying contact expectations that will assist in effectively managing time when teaching online.

Florence Martin photoDr. Florence Martin, Associate Professor in the Instructional Systems Technology program, will lead the session. She researches on technology tools that improve learning and performance (synchronous virtual classrooms, mobile technologies, learning analytics).

NOTE: This workshop will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak.

 

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Webinar Resources: "Effective Time Management Strategies to Teach Online" slides [PDF - 1.6 MB]

 

Organizing Content in Canvas

This workshop will discuss ways to organize course content and establish navigational pathways for students. In Canvas, one content can be accessed in multiple ways. Understanding how content can be accessed will help instructors to organize course content in a manner that’s clear and consistent for students. Another important aspect of content organization is managing students’ content access throughout the semester. Limiting access to future weeks' content can facilitate learning of the current week's materials. We will look into Modules and publishing options to manage the flow of student access to the course content.

Creating Videos in Canvas (Kaltura CaptureSpace)

Kaltura CaptureSpace allows you to add powerful media tools to Canvas, and combine the best features of video sharing, webcam recording, screen recording, and more. Creating and sharing multimedia learning content is easier than ever using these intuitive tools.

This workshop will walk you through the most common features of Kaltura CaptureSpace in Canvas. It will also help establish a foundation for further exploration of sharing and using rich multimedia content across Canvas courses.

Active Learning: A Teacher's Toolkit

Faculty are increasingly using active learning in higher education and UNC Charlotte has several new Active Learning Classrooms.  When faculty make the shift from a teaching-centered approach that relies on lectures to a learning-centered classroom that focuses on active learning, they quickly realize that they need to change their approach in the classroom.  This can seem daunting - but it shouldn't! This workshop will provide instructors easy-to-adopt activities that can be used to engage students in their learning.  

Helping Adult Students Succeed in Your Classroom

Did you know adult students make up 22% of UNC Charlotte's undergraduate population? Adult students can be a valuable intellectual and experiential resource in classrooms across campus. In this workshop, we'll discuss best practices in adult education and strategies for building relationships with adult students while helping them to succeed in your course. 

 

Kimberly Rodgers is an academic advisor with the Office of Adult Students and Evening Services (OASES). OASES staff teach, advise, advocate for, and support adult students throughout their transition into the university. Kimberly received her bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Women's Studies from James Madison University and is an alumna of UNC Charlotte having earned her master's degree from the College of Education in Community Counseling. She previously worked in Student Services at Rowan Cabarrus Community College and in Disability Services at UNC Charlotte. 

Universal Design Certificate Part II

This two-part certificate program will offer an understanding of the importance of Universal Design (UD) and how to build content that is universally accessible. An overview of common disabilities and strategies used to mediate barriers to access will be included. The program explains how to make materials universally designed to ensure access by the broadest range of individual needs.

With the completion of this certificate you will have a better understanding of Universal Design and disability. You will be able to make your content universally designed, so that it is more accessible, more readable, and more usable for the widest number of individuals. Moreover, the program will provide information that helps you build accessible web content.

The second session focuses on how to make MS Word documents and MS PowerPoint slides accessible. It will also review how to add Alternative Text to graphic content, how the use of styles contributes to the document and how to create accessible tables. This session also concentrates on how to make PDF files accessible. It will provide an understanding of PDF files, where they come from, which one is more accessible, and how to make them accessible.

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Universal Design Certificate Part I

This two-part certificate program will offer an understanding of the importance of Universal Design (UD) and how to build content that is universally accessible. An overview of common disabilities and strategies used to mediate barriers to access will be included. The program explains how to make materials universally designed to ensure access by the broadest range of individual needs.

With the completion of this certificate you will have a better understanding of Universal Design and disability. You will be able to make your content universally designed, so that it is more accessible, more readable, and more usable for the widest number of individuals. Moreover, the program will provide information that helps you build accessible web content.

The first session will explain universal design (UD) and discuss the importance of using this approach to ensure access for individuals on and off campus. Also discussed is the necessity of a UD perspective in the context of disability, the different types of disability and how accommodations, such as assistive technology, mediate the barriers to access. This session will also introduce the assistive technology commonly used on campus and how the AT intersects with Campus Information Technology. Moreover, an overview of web accessibility and Canvas accessibility is covered.

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Integrating New Library Resources + Services into your Courses

 
This workshop will highlight new library resources and services available to you and your students, and will help you think of ways to easily and creatively integrate them into your courses.  During the workshop you will learn about the library's eTextbook program and streaming media resources.  You will also learn how to integrate new resources, including BrowZine and the New York Times in Education, into your curriculum. Finally, you will learn how subject librarians can help you think creatively about library instruction, assisting you with ideas for assignments, particularly with a scaffolding approach.  This will also be a great opportunity to explore the features of the new library website!