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.

Improving Your Online Course - ONLINE

QM Logo for ImprovementThe “Improving Your Online Course” workshop explores the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online courses. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own courses and develop a course improvement plan.

The content is based on the 21 essential (3 point) Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric. Participants come away with a plan for course improvement so you must have an existing online course you plan to improve in order to enroll in this workshop

Note: This workshop is taught fully online for 2 weeks November 6-20th, 2017. Although the session is asynchronous, attendees are asked to complete all assignments by the designated deadlines and fully participate in the online activities. 

Viewpoint Diversity and Civil Discourse in the Classroom

College is designed to teach students how to think - not what to think. An inclusive classroom must provide opportunities for students to form and express diverse viewpoints while respecting differing viewpoints of others.Teaching students how to engage in civil discourse can ensure that diverse viewpoints are discussed without offending others or disrupting the class.

This workshop will provide techniques and resources to help faculty engage students in safe and respectful discussions around diverse viewpoints and perspectives.

Webinar - The Power of Embeddable Content in Canvas (Cary)

Whether you've been teaching with Canvas for awhile or are just looking to add new features for next semester, join us for this Webinar. See how to get more out of Canvas.

You'll learn how to embed external content like:

  • YouTube videos
  • Soundcloud music
  • Padlet Walls for real time written collaboration
  • Custom image content such as slideshows and photo galleries 
  • Google Docs so they can be viewed and edited directly in Canvas instead of just using URL link
     

Photo of Justin CaryJustin Cary, a lecturer in the University Writing Program, will lead you on this adventure. 

 

 

 

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. You will be sent a link the day before the Webinar.

Online Faculty Learning Community Sep 29

The Online Faculty Learning Community (OFALC) is a cooperative group of faculty members who are interested in enhancing their online or blended learning courses, through active discussions of online teaching pedagogy, survey on best practices, and application of effective strategies to facilitate students’ success in their respective online or hybrid learning courses.

The Online Faculty Learning Community would be specifically beneficial for the faculty members who have recently developed a new or redesigned online course, and currently teaching the course this semester or plan to teach next semester. The program is intended to introduce an array of skills and strategies for online teaching.

Session Summary - Developing Meaningful Self-Assessment
In this presentation, Dr. Troutman-Jordan will share her experience incorporating Quality Matters standards into a hybrid course, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum. Specifically, she will focus on weekly self-assessments that were built into the course to allow students to gauge their own learning and progress.  Examples of self-assessment quizzes will be shared, how she explained the inclusion of these self-assessments to students, and how the participants of the Learning Community can utilize the self-assessments to enhance the in-person component of the course. 

Webinar - eBooks at Work

This webinar will go over important information about implementing eBooks in the classroom and in your research. We’ll take a look at different titles and demonstrate tools and tips for access and use in and out of the classroom.

Presenters:

Photo of Abby MooreAbby Moore, Interim Head of Research and Instruction Services as well as an Education Librarian at UNC Charlotte.

 

 

Photo of Liz SilerLiz Siler, Collection Development Librarian.

 

 

 

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. You will be sent a link the day before the Webinar.

Webinar - Active Learning in the STEM Classroom

In this webinar, we will review active learning approaches with an emphasis on STEM courses. The session will highlight current state of research in active learning, and review some of the best practices. We will also discuss resources available around campus, that may be helpful in designing and implementing such approaches.

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. You will be sent a link the day before the Webinar.

 

Taking a Different Path: Strategies for Personalized Adaptive Teaching and Learning - Webinar and Discussion

Personalized adaptive learning presents students with an individual learning experience by allowing them to progress on distinct learning paths through a course. In this webinar, the speakers from the University of Central Florida will present case reports from a pilot program, in which they have implemented unique strategies to optimize student learning, by incorporating adaptive learning technologies for online courses - the Math Pathway program (intermediate algebra, college algebra, trigonometry, and precalculus) and nursing pathophysiology course, from the faculty perspective. Challenges and practical considerations for richer student assessment will also be addressed.

A debrief session will follow the webinar, introducing opportunities for adaptive learning pilot programs and reference resources for faculty and programs.

CxC - Developing and Facilitating Peer Review

Learn how to make the most of peer review with this webinar. Peer review can be a productive and time saving pedagogical practice. It can increase student learning and performance on written and oral assignments as well as reduce your time grading. However, developing and facilitating effective peer review is challenging.

This webinar will help you meet these challenges by 1) introducing you to strategies that help students provide useful feedback and then utilize that feedback for revision and  2) addressing practical concerns about implementing peer review in a course. Whether you want to try peer review in your class but don’t know where to start or you have tried peer review but want some new ideas, this webinar is for you. 

Heather BastianHeather Bastian, the Associate Director of Communication Across the Curriculum (CxC), will lead the session. CxC is a faculty driven, student focused program that consults with departments and individual faculty on how to integrate communication into the curriculum in ways that best facilitate student learning. Heather received her PhD from the University of Kansas in English with a specialization in Composition and Rhetoric. She joined CxC with twelve years of experience teaching university-level writing and with research interests in the teaching of writing and writing program administration.

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. You will be sent a link the day before the Webinar.

CxC - Facilitating Student Discussions

Learn how to facilitate engaging class discussions and how to develop students as facilitators in this webinar. Structured discussions can be a powerful instructional strategy that deepen engagement with course content. They allow students to explore new ideas, recognize the contributions of others, and synthesize diverse viewpoints and information. They also can be used to enhance students’ communication competencies, especially when they are given the opportunity to facilitate. Students, however, need preparation and guidance to develop and practice these abilities.

This webinar will help you plan for leading in-class discussions and for preparing students to facilitate by 1) outlining features of effective discussions and facilitation and 2) discussing strategies that encourage and support both. Join us to refresh your discussion facilitation skills or learn some new ones.

Stephanie Norander photoStephanie Norander, Executive Director of the Communication Across the Curriculum (CxC) program, will lead the session. CxC is a faculty driven, student focused program that consults with departments and individual faculty on how to integrate communication into the curriculum in ways that best facilitate student learning. She joined CxC in 2015 with experience in creating communication centered faculty and organizational development programs, curriculum planning, and multi-section course administration. In addition, she has taught a wide range of communication courses in small, large, and online formats. Stephanie earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Ohio University with specializations in Organizational Communication and in Rhetoric.

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. You will be sent a link the day before the Webinar.

Login Information:

  • Use this link to attend: https://uncc.webex.com/uncc/k2/j.php?MTID=tf0c2e7bf32c803b086e03f3b0bb92d2b (if the link does not work, copy and paste the URL into your browser's Address bar).
  • On the Join Session page, enter your first & last 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.

Give Your Canvas Home Page a “New Look”

The home page is the flagship of your Canvas course and is the most immediate and visible part of your course to students. It should be 'intentionally beautiful' compared to other course pages.

This workshop will demonstrate easy-to-follow steps on how to use Canva.com to design custom navigation buttons and banners to portray a professional “look and feel” for your home page. Learn techniques to define a color scheme, overlay text on images, and import images into your home page in Canvas.

Webpage Design for Online Courses

If you use primarily use “pages” to organize and present lessons in Canvas, this workshop is for you.

Your web page design matters when you design courses in Canvas. In this workshop, learn how to apply web design principles related to type, font, colors, contrast, alignment, and spacing of text and images to make your content easy to digest by student. We will discuss webpage layout styles that can improve the readability and scannability of your lessons.

Brain-Based Presentation Techniques to Enhance Your Lectures

This workshop highlights presentation design techniques that apply practical brain-based neuroscience principles to enhance wordy, dull Powerpoint lectures. Learn strategies on how to communicate information that is clear and memorable, add interest to slide content, organize slides with structure and visual cues, and control information overload during lectures.

Creating Active Online Discussions

Do you want to use or improve discussion forums in your online or blended course?

In this workshop, we’ll show you how to define the purpose for your online discussion and how to write clear instructions that enable students participate in online discussions at the level you expect them to. We’ll also discuss strategies to balance your facilitation with student interaction and methods to promote critical thinking among students.

Creating Objectives that Work with Your Teaching Style

If you’ve ever felt like the creation of course or module objectives has limited or will limit the creativity and spontaneity that’s so much a part of good teaching, you’re not alone.

This workshop will show you how to create objectives that work for you and that will clarify, augment, and guide your teaching goals while ensuring students are learning what you want to them to learn. We’ll present multiple strategies for creating learning objectives, both at the course and module level, so you can choose the method that works best for your teaching style. You’ll leave with a number of resources that you’ll be able to put to immediate use in your courses.
 

Canvas Foundations

Work through exercises and activities to learn the most essential Canvas features for teaching...in a convenient asynchronous format! You will be guided through daily activities to learn key Canvas tools.

Course Format

This is a one week asynchronous course that is facilitated by Jessica Kapota, CTL Instructional Designer. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.  Participants will read material on their own and engage in daily exercises that will take approximately 2-3 hours a day. The course facilitator will monitor the discussion board, answer questions, and guide participants through the activities.

Course Objectives

  • Learn to navigate the Canvas interface: icons, pages, profile

  • Learn to create your course homepage and add/ organize content

  • Learn how to use assessment tools: assignments, rubrics, quizzes

  • Learn how to use the gradebook: setup your gradebook and use the handy Speedgrader tool

  • Learn best practices for each Canvas tool

Is this course right for you?

This is a course for instructors who have never taught in Canvas before. The interactive daily assignments will take approximately 2-3 hours a day, in a guided, easy-to-follow format.  You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. Those who complete all acitivites successfully will also earn an hour consultation with a CTL Instructional Designer!

Webinar - Online Literacy: Enhancing the Readability of Canvas Assignments

Students enter the university with varied levels of skill in reading comprehension. Our shift toward digital course materials makes this skill gap even more prominent. We will discuss strategies for identifying problems and improving the readability of assignments in Canvas.

Image of Cat MahaffeyCat Mahaffey, Associate Director of First-Year Writing in the University Writing Program, will lead the session. She researches online literacy and online writing instruction (OWI) and serves as a Quality Matters (QM) Faculty Fellow at UNC Charlotte.

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. You will be sent a link the day before the Webinar.

Webinar - Effective assessment practices for online learning

Are you worried about the effectiveness of your online course assessments? This webinar will provide research-based assessment tips and techniques that you can use immediately. Please come prepared to discuss at least one assessment used in your course.
 
Beth Oyarzun photoBeth Oyarzun, Educational Leadership Department, College of Education, will lead the session. She has been teaching online for over ten years, an online student for more than 5 years, and also researches effective instructional strategies for online learning. She will share assessment tips and techniques that she has learned from her teaching practice, research, and experience as an online student.
 
 
 
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. You will be sent a link the day before the Webinar.

Webinar: Hints and Tricks for your Accessible Canvas Course

Instructors are required to make online content accessible to all students. This workshop provides information about how to design your Canvas course so all students can access it easily and ensure they have a similar experience.

We will start by examining the concepts of accommodation, accessibility, and usability. We will also discuss challenges learners can encounter, creating accessible content, improving usability of content, and look at ways to incorporate best practices for multimedia.

Presenters:

Khalil Eksheir photoKhaleel Eksheir, Assistive Technology Specialist, Office of Disability Services, enjoys working with students who use Assistive Technology (AT). He provides consultation and support for their access to academic material and websites. Khalil has a MS in Engineering Systems Management with a concentration in Information Technology, and has been in the field of Assistive Technology since 2012.


 

Caryl Gordon photoCaryl Gordon, Technology Support Analyst - Advanced, Center for Teaching & Learning, provides technical support and training for faculty, staff, and students on the use of the current LMS and other academic technologies. She also works with the Adjunct Faculty Learning Community. Caryl is adjunct faculty with the American Studies department and uses Canvas to teach an online intensive writing course. 


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. You will be sent a link the day before the Webinar.

Early Alert Process Using CONNECT!

During this session you will learn how to raise early alerts using CONNECT by identifying students at-risk of failing based on current performance. Instructors teaching TOP 40 or Prospect for Success courses will also learn how to complete progress reports within the system. However, all instructors teaching a current course can still utilize the system to raise alerts.
 
CONNECT is an academic early alert system that has replaced Starfish for advising appointments and notes. It allows instructors to send systematic notifications to students regarding their academic progress in their courses via email. The progress report is an email notification that is sent to all TOP 40 and Prospect For Success faculty instructing them to complete the report by identifying only the students at-risk of failing if they continue their current trajectory in your course.
 
Fred Bowen photoLeeFredrick Bowen, Director for Academic Advising Systems in the Office of Undergraduate Education will lead this session. He also advises for undecided/undeclared students in the University Advising Center and teaches a Prospect for Success course in the fall semester.
 
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. You will be sent a link the day before the Webinar.

Login Information:

  • Use this link to attend:  https://uncc.webex.com/uncc/k2/j.php?MTID=tb53db9ef90deafecb46cf0f646919525  (if the link does not work, copy and paste the URL into your browser's Address bar).
  • On the Join Session page, enter your first & last 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.

Hints and Tricks for your Accessible Canvas Course Workshop

Instructors are required to make online content accessible to all students. This workshop provides information about how to design your Canvas course so all students can access it easily and ensure they have a similar experience.

We will start by examining the concepts of accommodation, accessibility, and usability. We will also discuss challenges learners can encounter, creating accessible content, improving usability of content, and look at ways to incorporate best practices for multimedia.
 

APPQMR ONLINE

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.

Note: This workshop is taught fully online for 2 weeks, starting from August 7th, 2017 through August 21st, 2017.
Although the session is asynchronous, attendees are asked to complete all assignments by the designated deadlines, and particiapte to the online activities. 

Facilitating Active Online Discussions

Do you want to use or improve discussion forums in your online or blended course?

In this workshop, we’ll show you how to create clear instructions that will help students participate in forums at the level you’re expecting. We’ll also discuss ways to balance your facilitation and students’ interaction, and methods to promote increased introspection, imagination, and critical thinking in students’ posts and in their replies to one another.

Resource: Facilitating Active Online Discussions slides [PDF]
 

Difference in the Classroom

Seven men and women smiling at the cameraThe real-life implications of implicit biases can create invisible barriers to opportunity and achievement for some students -- a stark contrast to the values and intentions of educators and administrators who dedicate their professional lives to their students' success. This workshop will focus on understanding our lens, and dissecting implicit bias and its effects in the classroom.
 
Regena Brown, M.Ed., Assistant Director of the Multicultural Resource Center, will lead the session.
 

Enhancing Cultural Awareness

Selfie of a group of girlsA founding pillar of UNC Charlotte is a commitment to global perspectives, as evidenced by the institution's adoption of the learning outcome for all undergraduate students to gain cultural awareness prior to graduation. Instilling a sense of cultural awareness in students is most successful when integrated into the curriculum.
 
The session leaders will present an overview of the common definition and assessment of culture at UNC Charlotte and explore cultural dimensions based on theory and research. Participants will receive resources for sample assignments and a mapping exercise to enhance student cultural awareness.
 
The session will be led by Joe Hoff, PhD, and Christina Sanchez, PhD, Office of International Programs.
 

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.

APPLY NOW!  ONLINE APPLICATION

Canvas VeriCite Assignments

VeriCite Logo

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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.


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Are Students Really Watching My Videos?

 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. You will be sent a link the day before the Webinar.

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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.  

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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.