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.

How Do I: OER

Are you wanting some new, interesting instructional materials for your course but don’t have the time to start from scratch? Do you want to provide students with quality resources but not put a dent in their pocket book?

Then take a few minutes to learn about OERs (Open Educational Resources). It might save you time in the long run. This webinar will provide an overview of OERs; where you can find them; and how you can use them.

Judy Walker, Atkins Library, will lead the session. She is the Education/Psychology Librarian and also works closely with the Graduate Life Center and the English Language Training Institute.

 

 


NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using the University's Web conferencing system, Saba Meeting. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak. See the Saba Meeting technical requirements on our Saba Meeting Resources page.
 

Active Learning Conference 2016

Midday Mini Conference: Active Learning Classrooms
   April 8, 2016; 11:00-2:00
Student Union 340 A&B

Do you want to move beyond the Traditional Lecture/Test instructional model?  What is the first step down that road?  What does Active Learning look like?  Are you already taking steps toward the Active Learning instructional model?  Finally, why does it seem…fun!?! 

 This will be a fast-paced mid-day Mini-conference, so come prepared to ask questions!

*Instructors attending this poster session will receive priority consideration as Active Learning Academy instructors in the four new active learning classrooms that will be available as early as Fall, 2016!!


Dr. Beichner works his classroom.Dr. Bob Beichner is the chief architect of the SCALE-UP model at NC State, and will address questions such as,

"Why is Active Learning such an effective means of instructional practice?"  

"What is the  value of learning for all students in such an environment?"  

For his work, Beichner recently received the McGraw Prize in Education, an annual award that recognizes educational innovation. He is a professor of physics in NC State’s College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. 


Schedule:
10:30 - Registration & Setup
11:00 - Dr. Bob Beichner (NC State) will share his experience promoting the Active Learning space at NC State.
12:00 - Buffet Lunch and Invited Active Learning Instructors' Poster Session. Active Learning Academy instructors who have demonstrated unique approaches to instruction will share their stories during this interactive lunch and 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.

UNC Charlotte Participants should register below.
Participants from Invited Universities: Please call the CTL at 704-687-8080 to register.

 

Active Learning Conference-Description 1

  Active Learning Classroom 1

First Annual UNC Charlotte Active Learning Conference

   April 8, 2016; 11:00-2:00

   Student Activity Center 304 A&B

Do you want to move beyond the Traditional Lecture/Test instructional model?  What is the first step down that road?  What does Active Learning look like?  Are you already taking steps toward the Active Learning instructional model?  Finally, why does it seem…fun!?! 

This workshop will use the Active Learning instructional style so come prepared for an engaging and participatory event. This will be a fast-paced mid-day Mini-conference, so come prepared to ask questions!

10:30 - Registration

11:00 - Dr. Bob Beichner (NC State) will share his experience promoting the Active Learning space at NC State.  Beichner was also the chief architect of the SCALE-UP model at NC State, and will address questions of why Active Learning is such an effective means of instructional practice, how to promote Active Learning at the university level, and the value of learning for all students in such an environment.

12:00 - Buffet Lunch and Invited Active Learning Instructors' Poster Session. Active Learning Academy instructors who have demonstrated unique approaches to instruction will share their stories during this interactive lunch and 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.

INSTRUCTORS ATTENDING THIS POSTER SESSION WILL RECEIVE PRIORITY CONSIDERATION AS ACTIVE LEARNING ACADEMY INSTRUCTORS FOR PLACEMENT IN THE 4 NEW ACTIVE LEARNING CLASSROOMS THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE AS EARLY AS FALL 2016!

 

Martin - Enhancing Online Course Quality using Instructional Alignment

The concept of instructional alignment among objectives, instructional material, activities, and assessment is considered as the most essential aspect of increasing quality in online course design. This webinar will showcase an example of how this alignment is done in an online course based on the Quality Matters standards.

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 the University's Web conferencing system, Saba Meeting. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak. See the Saba Meeting technical requirements on our Saba Meeting Resources page.

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Session Resource: Enhancing Online Course Quality using Instructional Alignment PPT (PDF)

 

 

What It’s Like to Teach Online: Graduate and Large-Enrollment Courses

Can’t imagine what it’s like to teach fully online? Come and hear from our own faculty about their experiences teaching fully online. Dr. Jaesoon An will discuss a graduate-level instructional technology course she has taught. Dr. Debra Smith will share her experience teaching a large-enrollment undergraduate course in Africana Studies. When face-to-face interaction is completely removed from the teaching and learning environment, what aspects of teaching become important, differently from classroom-based classes including hybrid courses? This workshop will focus on key best practices for successfully teaching online.

Models of Blended Courses - Webinar

Do you hear all the talk about the blended, hybrid, or flipped class format and wonder if it would benefit your course? Are you already teaching in this technology-enhanced, active format?  Join this Webinar to discuss how you might begin transforming your course or to share your experience if you are teaching in this format already. To facilitate the discussion, we will introduce a variety of blended formats adopted by UNC Charlotte faculty members who redesigned large-enrollment courses.

Dr. Jaesoon An, Senior Instructional Deisgner in the Center for Teaching and Learning, will facilitate the Webinar.

 

 

 

Dr. Concepcion Godev, an Associate Professor in Languages and Culture Studies, will join Jaesoon to discuss her experience of redesigning the Spanish 1201 & 1202 sequence into a blended format and of helping other redesign projects.

 

NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using the University's Web conferencing system, Saba Meeting. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak. See the Saba Meeting technical requirements on our Saba Meeting Resources page.

Quality Online Course Showcase (Martin)

Sponsored and supported by Distance Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning, four faculty members at UNC Charlotte completed the Quality Matters course review program in 2015 and received certification on the design of their online courses. Join us for the final Webinar in this 4-part series.

Dr. Florence Martin, Associate Professor in the Instructional Systems Technology program in the College of Education, will lead the session. She'll discuss how she redesigned EIST 6150 to be recognized as a quality online course and show a demonstration of her Quality Matters certified course.




NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using the University's Web conferencing system, Saba Meeting. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak. See the Saba Meeting technical requirements on our Saba Meeting Resources page.

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Faculty Game Jam

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The Women + Video Games Festival, with the Center for Teaching and Learning, is hosting UNC Charlotte’s first faculty gamification jam. Faculty of all disciplines and skill levels can join us for an interactive workshop to create their own educational game.

Substantial research has been conducted on the benefits of using educational games (gamification) in and outside the classroom, but there are not many options in higher education. Let's change that and help our students learn with an engaging and fun educational tool.

The type of game and format is only limited by your imagination! You can use the coding skills you learned in the morning workshop, team up with other faculty to develop an on-line game, create a board/dice/card game or a prototype. Game-making software, and other gamification resources, can be found at http://womenandvideogamesfestival.blogspot.com/

If you plan to use downloaded software, please bring the laptop you will be using to the workshop. There will be laptops provided for those using web-based resources. Participants will continue the work on their unique gamifications throughout the week, and submit their final design by midnight on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the festival’s blog.

Winning games will be announced virtually on Sunday, February 21. The Center for Teaching and Learning will showcase the top 3 games in a Webinar later in the Spring Semester. The winning game will be featured as a face-to-face showcase. There are 2 time slots available to accommodate teaching schedules. Sign up for the one that works best for you, and let the gamification begin!

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Research Showcase 2016

The Center for Teaching and Learning invites all faculty members to attend the 2nd SoTL Research Showcase. The showcase will feature poster presentations from 18 different faculty members from a range of departments and disciplines in ten different projects funded by UNC Charlotte Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants program.

The event intends to showcase the impact of the SoTL grant and provide a venue for the dissemination of project findings to the campus community. This year’s showcase will on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm - 4:00pm in Robinson Lobby. 

Presenters:

Finding the “sweet spot”: Building intentional clinical experiences for preservice teachers, Paul Fitchett, Susan Harden, Heather Coffey, Joyce Brigman, & Thomas Fisher, Middle, Secondary, and K12 Education.

Flipping Traditional CS Education Upside Down: A Study of Interventions in Two Core Computing Courses, Celine Latulipe, Bruce Long, Mary Lou Maher, & Audrey Rorrer, College of Computing & Informatics.

Pedagogy of Service Learning as an Informal Science Education: Community Engagement, Engineering, and Underrepresented Youth, Brett Tempest, Civil Engineering, and Lisa Merriweather, Educational Leadership.

Gender, Race/ Ethnicity and Team-based Learning, Coral Wayland, Anthropology, and Lisa Walker, Sociology.

Pre-Service Teacher’s Preparedness to Teach African American Boys, Erin Miller, Reading & Elementary Education.

Intergenerational Forum: Training Aspiring Health Care Professionals through Community-based Participatory Research Experiences Othelia E. Lee, School of Social Work & Do-Hong Kim, Educational Leadership.

Implementation of Simulation Using High Fidelity Manikins: An Intervention to Enhance Learning and Performance for Advance Practice Nurses in Pediatrics, Marie H Thomas, Kathleen Jordan, & Colette Townsend‐Chambers, College of Health and Human Services School of Nursing.

Exploring the use of learning analytics from Moodle to enhance student learning and engagement in online courses, Florence Martin & Patti Wilkins Educational Leadership.

The Best of Both Worlds: Hybridized Second Language Methodology Instruction, Scott Kissau, Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education.

 

How Do I: Clicker Analytics

How do you know if you are using good question practices in your clicker polling sessions? Where do you go to examine classroom session data? This session will explore the function of the "manage" tab in Tuning Point and how faculty can use it for learning analytics and improving their polling experience.
 
Jessica Kapota, Instructional Designer in the Center for Teaching & Learning, will lead the session.

NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using the University's Web conferencing system, Saba Meeting. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak. See the Saba Meeting technical requirements on our Saba Meeting Resources page.
 

 

 

Martin - Creating Instructor Presence in Online Courses

A strong sense of instructor presence can help students feel connected to the course and the content, increase student and faculty satisfaction with the course, reduce the sense of isolation.  We will discuss a combination of instructional design and delivery methods that can create or strengthen the sense of instructor presence in an online course.

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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  • Use this link to attend: https://uncc.webex.com/uncc/k2/j.php?MTID=t3e19c71915738350bf9b95e333e9af60  (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.
     

Quality Online Course Showcase (Wilkins)

Patti Wilkins photoSponsored and supported by Distance Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning, four faculty members at UNC Charlotte completed the Quality Matters course review program in 2015 and received certification on the design of their online courses. Join us for the third Webinar in this 4-part series.

Dr. Patti Wilkins, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Instructional Systems Technology, College of Education, will lead the session. She'll discuss how she redesigned EIST 5100 to be recognized as a quality online course and show a demonstration of her Quality Matters certified course.

NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using the University's Web conferencing system, Saba Meeting. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak. See the Saba Meeting technical requirements on our Saba Meeting Resources page.

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How Do I: Starfish Appointments

Utilize Starfish to help make stronger connections with your students. This webinar will cover setting up your profile and office hours to assist you in making yourself appear more approachable. We will cover easy methods for students to schedule appointments with you utilizing the Starfish calendar.     
 
As you meet with students, you may wish refer them to additional support systems on campus.  With just a click of a few buttons, you can easily refer students to a variety of Academic Resources on campus. This will help your students see that you care more about their overall success and provide opportunities for them to connect with you on an individual level.
 
Fred Bowen photoLeeFredrick Bowen, Academic Advisor and Starfish Implementation Director, will lead this session.  He advises for undecided/undeclared students in the University Advising Center under University College and serves as the the project manager for Starfish implementation.
 
 
 
 
NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using the University's Web conferencing system, Saba Meeting. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak. See the Saba Meeting technical requirements on our Saba Meeting Resources page.

 

Enhancing Student Learning - Improving Learning Through Speaking

Communication Across the Curriculum Professional Development Series 2016

The Center for Teaching and Learning in cooperation with the Communication Across the Curriculum program will host a faculty professional development series.  This series will engage faculty from all disciplines as they strive to enhance student learning.

Photo of an active learning classroom

Improving Learning through Speaking

Participants will engage in easy to implement speaking to learn strategies that enhance student learning. 

Wed., Feb. 17, 12:30-1:45 pm, Kennedy 221

Registration:  http://cxc.uncc.edu/ 

 

 

 

Co- Facilitator: John Frederick, Director of Academic Planning and Assessment; Communication Studies Professor

Just for Adjuncts: Spring Reading Group

Student Engagement Techniques book coverCome discuss the "nuts and bolts" of teaching with your fellow adjuncts!  Discussion will be guided by topics in the book HStudent Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty.  (2009) by Elizabeth Barkley.  We will discuss how to keep students involved, motivated, and actively learning.   The ready-to-use guide shows how to apply each of the book's techniques in the classroom immediately.

Come to the reading group and take away valuable teaching tips and techniques that you can apply immediately.  We hope you will join us! 

We'll discuss strategies for thriving in the classroom:  
  • Student engagement and active learning
  • Student engagement and motivation
  • Tips and strategies for fostering motivation
  • Promote student autonomy
  • Help students learn to self-assess
  • Tips and strategies for building community 
  • and more!

A copy of the book will be available on reserve in the library.

Facilitated by 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.

Spring 2016 Meeting Dates:  January 29, February 26, April 22

Location: Kennedy 221

How Do I: Badges

 

One of Moodle's most underutilized features, Badges, offer exciting new possibilities for student engagement and motivation. This session will explore why Badges became an integral part of a new, hybrid writing course for the University Writing Program, how students responded to the use of Badges and techniques to incorporate badges into your Moodle course.  

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 the University's Web conferencing system, Saba Meeting. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak. See the Saba Meeting technical requirements on our Saba Meeting Resources page.

 

Streaming Video Search

Atkins Library's diverse collection of streaming videos is meant to assist students with research and learning and provide faculty with supplementary materials for teaching. The library has created a separate search site for our streaming videos to highlight the collection and give our users a one stop shop for discovery and access to these unique collections.

This webinar will provide an overview of the different streaming media collections the library offers, a demonstration of our new video search site, and tips and tricks to optimally use these videos for research and teaching.

Liz Siler photoLiz Siler, Atkins Library, will lead the session. She is the Non-Serial Electronic Resources Librarian in the Collection Development & Electronic Resources Department.

 

 

NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using the University's Web conferencing system, Saba Meeting. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak. See the Saba Meeting technical requirements on our Saba Meeting Resources page.

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How Do I: Activity Completion in Moodle

Have you ever wanted to track your students' progress or enable your students to easily track their own progress in a course? Then Moodle's Activity Completion is for you.
 
This webinar will first describe what Activity Completion is and where it may be useful. You will then see how to enable activity completion for a given course, how to set completion criteria for individual activities and how to track student progress through a series of simple demonstrations. 

Harini Ramaprasad photoDr. Harini Ramaprasad, Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UNC Charlotte, will lead the Webinar. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 2008. Her teaching interests are in the areas of operating systems, real-time systems, database systems and software engineering.

 

NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using the University's Web conferencing system, Saba Meeting. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak. See the Saba Meeting technical requirements on our Saba Meeting Resources page.

New York Times Access

Learn how the special features of our campus subscription to The New York Times in Education can enrich your curriculum and help foster students’ critical thinking, civic engagement, and global awareness. Users will find a variety of topics covered in depth through breaking news articles, blogs, videos and interactive features, as well as case studies, critical thinking discussion prompts, and other teaching tools you can adapt for use in class. The workshop will introduce these features and offer suggestions for making the most of this resource in class activities and assignments.

Alison Bradley, Head of Research & Information Services in Atkins Library and the Subject Librarian for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, will lead the workshop.

Designing Effective Rubrics for e-Portfolios

You have a portfolio project, but how do you assess it? Come and walk through the process of designing your own rubric including defining goals, matching criterion, and building the scale. This workshop is not platform specific and open to all with an interest in designing a rubric assessment. 

A collaboration between the Office of Assessment and Accreditation and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Using Assessment Data to Improve Student Learning

Workshop participants will learn how to use assessment data in conjunction withanalytic rubrics and curriculum maps to identify strategies for improving student learning. Presented by the Office of Assessment and Accreditation. Please see their site HERE for more information.

Curriculum Mapping

Workshop participants will learn how to map outcomes to assignments, curricular activities, and courses. Participants will need to bring their program’s student learning outcomes and/or course objectives to the workshop. Presented by the Office of Assessment and Accreditation. Please see their site HERE for more information.

Instructional Material, Universally Designed

UNC Charlotte is a rapidly growing university with almost 28,000 students from diverse backgrounds. This diversity includes not only culture or knowledge background but also students who live with a disability. At UNC Charlotte we are committed to providing equality of educational opportunity and ensuring accessible education to all students.

 This training focuses on Universal Design, and how full accessibility not only benefits students with disabilities, but also adds quality to your course. We will explore different types of disabilities and how students with disabilities access course information in different ways. We will then introduce the basics of how to make instructional materials accessible for all your students.

Khaleel Eksheir photoKate Montie photoKhaleel Eksheir, Assistive Technology Specialist, and Katie Montie, ADA Project Coordinator, in the Office of Disability Services will lead the session.

 
 
 
 

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of Disability Services and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Active Learning @ WCU Event Description

Building the House of Active Learning: MOVING IN!

The Active Learning Academy at UNC Charlotte has access to a largenumber of materials that we would like to share with Western Carolina University Workshop Participants. Below you will find these resources with a brief description of how to use them.  Rich Preville, Director of Classroom Support Services, and Dr. Kurt Richter, the organizer of the Active Learning Academy with the Center for Teaching and Learning, will gladly respond to your inquiries. 

DYOC

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 Designing Your Online Course (DYOC) workshop includes an overview of the QM Rubric and provides a framework for participants to design an online course plan. An integral element of the workshop is exploration of the eight General Standards of the QM Rubric, focusing on learning objectives and overall course alignment.

Participants will complete a Module Planning Worksheet to design one module of an online course. The worksheet includes course and module learning objectives, assessments that align with the learning objectives, instructional materials that support the learning objectives and activities, and tools and media that enhance student interaction with classmates, content, and the instructor.

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 must have an online course to work on throughout the session.

APPQMR Quality Matters Workshop

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.

Quality Online Course Showcase (Lynch)

Susan Lynch photoSponsored and supported by Distance Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning, four faculty members at UNC Charlotte completed the Quality Matters course review program in 2015 and received certification on the design of their online courses. Join us for the second Webinar in this 4-part series.

Dr. Susan Lynch, Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the RN/BSN Program in the School of Nursing, will lead the session. She'll discuss how she redesigned NURN 4201 to be recognized as a quality online course and show a demonstration of her QM certified course.

NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using the University's Web conferencing system, Saba Meeting. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak. See the Saba Meeting technical requirements on our Saba Meeting Resources page.

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Critical Reading with Library Sources

Critical reading and thoughtful synthesis are important research skills, but students often struggle with this part of the research process. This workshop will provide examples of class discussion questions, group work activities, and low-stakes assignments to increase students’ ability to critically read information sources. These strategies will apply if you are assigning a major research project, or if you only want to incorporate research and reading skills on a smaller scale throughout a course. Learn ways to hold students accountable to a closer reading of class materials, or give them the tools to choose and use quality sources for their own learning and discovery.

Stephanie Otis

Stephanie Otis is Associate Professor and Instruction Coordinator at J. Murrey Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte. Stephanie is also liaison librarian to the Honors College, University Writing Programs, and the Department of Global, International, and Area Studies. Her most recent work and research focuses on critical reading in library instruction.

 

 

 

How Do I: BYOD Testing

When faced with an ever-increasing number of students in large on-campus classes, faculty with limited resources may feel overwhelmed with the prospect of testing such large groups. This session explains how a group of faculty in the Kinesiology Department solved the problem using the campus wifi network and a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD ) exam model.

Bret Wood photoTrudy Moore-Harrison photoBret Wood, Lecturer, Clinical Coordinator, Athletic Training Education Program, and Trudy Moore-Harrison, Lecturer & Graduate Program Coordinator & Director of Health Risk Assessment Program, will lead the session.

 

NOTE: This workshop will be held online using the University's Web conferencing system, Saba Meeting. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak. See the Saba Meeting technical requirements on our Saba Meeting Resources page.

Quality Online Course Showcase

Meredith Troutman-Jordan photoSponsored and supported by Distance Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning, four faculty members at UNC Charlotte completed the course review program provided by Quality Matters and received a certification on the design of online courses. Join the first webinar of a 4-part series for a demonstration of a QM certified course.

Dr. Meredith Troutman-Jordan, an Associate Professor in School of Nursing, will lead the session discussing how she designed NURS 4420 to be recognized as a quality online course.

NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using the University's Web conferencing system, Saba Meeting. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak. See the Saba Meeting technical requirements on our Saba Meeting Resources page.

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SPECIAL LECTURE OCT. 30: How Students Learn: Strategies for Teaching Based on the New Science of Learning

There is a proliferation of misinformation pertaining to how students learn and how best to teach. Students themselves often do not fully understand their own cognitive processes, typically relying on implicit assumptions and trial-and-error to learn new material. The good news is that research provides clear evidence pertaining to what works best in the classroom with respect to human motivation and learning. This session is designed to provide you with evidence about how students learn, show you methods to get students more involved in the content, and demonstrate relevant applications from pedagogical research that can be used in just about any class. You will even have the opportunity to try out a few classroom strategies designed to increase student engagement.
 
About the speaker:
 
Todd ZakrajsekDr. Todd Zakrajsek, Executive Director of the Academy of Educators, UNC School of Medicine, is an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. Todd is the immediate past Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to his work at UNC, he was the Inaugural Director of the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching at Central Michigan University and the founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Oregon University, where he also taught in the psychology department as a tenured associate professor. Todd currently directs two Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning, one annually in Traverse City, Michigan, and the other in Bethesda, Maryland. Todd also sits on two educationally related boards: ERI for Lenovo Computer and TEI for Microsoft. Dr. Zakrajsek received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio University.
 
Dr. Zakrajsek has published and presented widely on the topic of student learning, including workshops and conference keynote addresses in 43 states and 6 countries.

The Center for Teaching and Learning Common Read this semester is Dr. Zakrajsek's book:  The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain.  He has a forthcoming book entitled: 101 Intentionally Designed Educational Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success.

There will be a book-signing after the event.  This event is open to all UNC Charlotte faculty, students, and staff.  Registration is free.


Watch Dr. Todd Zakrajsek's 2015 TEDxUNC Talk Improve Learning by Thinking about Learning:

Read his book:

The New Science of Learning

And preview his forthcoming book:

Teaching for Learning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculog Open Swim

Sit with a consultant to discuss your Curriculog questions.

Curriculog Originator Session

Originator Session

The Curriculog Originator Session is designed for individuals that will create proposals for additions or modifications to curriculum (courses, minors, concentrations, certificates and degree/major programs). This is a hands-on session where you will create a test proposal.

Topics Covered:

1) Overview of the different proposal forms
2) Creating a proposal

Turning a Teaching Project or Idea into a Fundable Research Project: SoTL Grant Workshop

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is about using scholarly inquiry into student learning to advance the practice of teaching by making research findings public. Terms closely related to SoTL in the literature are good teaching (that which promotes student learning and desired outcomes and is recognized by student satisfaction, peer review, etc.) and scholarly teaching (in which teaching is regarded as an area of study andthe teaching and learning knowledge base is regarded as an additional discipline in which to develop expertise).  Research methods in SoTL include reflection and analysis, interviews and focus groups, questionnaires and surveys, content analysis of text, secondary analysis of existing data, observational research, and case studies, among others.

To promote faculty engagement in SoTL, UNC Charlotte offers a SoTL grant program through the Center for Teaching and Learning. 

This workshop will discuss how SoTL is a bridge between the teaching and research domains of faculty work.  It will also cover the SoTL grant program RFP and encourage faculty to turn ideas that interest them into projects eligible for this program.

Enhancing Engagement through Structured Discovery

Are you looking to bring more variety to your instruction?  Would you like to plan instructional sessions that differ from the usual interactive lectures that you typically present?  In this workshop, we will explore the use of structured discovery as an instructional design method to invigorate your course. 

Engaging Students With Structured Discovery

Are you looking to bring more variety to your instruction?  Would you like to plan instructional sessions that differ from the usual interactive lectures that you typically present?  In this workshop, we will explore the use of structured discovery as an instructional design method to invigorate your course.  

Discovery learning is a fascinating way to engage students with exploration, experiments, and problem-based inquiry.  It stretches their minds to build on prior learning and foster deep understanding.  If you would like to have your students be more active in the learning process, this is a good way for you to get started.  

Just for Adjuncts: Fall Reading Group

A Handbook for Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty and Teachers of AdultsCome discuss the "nuts and bolts" of teaching with your fellow adjuncts!  Discussion will be guided by topics in the very practical A Handbook for Adjunct/Part-time Faculty and Teachers of Adults, 7th edition (2011) by Donald Greive and Patricia Lesko.  We will use this short, practical guide that offers a wealth of practical advice that you can use immediately to thrive, not just survive, in the classroom.

 Want to know how to engage students (and why it matters), tips for teaching large courses and teaching adult students, teaching techniques, and more?  Come and join us! 

We'll discuss strategies for thriving in the classroom:  
  • Setting the tone of a class
  • Teaching styles and classroom communication
  • Strategies for teaching adults
  • Organizing your course and preparing lesson plans
  • Teaching large classes 
  • and more!

Copies of the book will be available on reserve in the library.

Fall 2015 Meeting Dates: Fri., Oct. 2; Fri., Oct. 30, Fri., Nov. 20.  

OCTOBER 2 PARKING INFORMATION

How Do I: Starfish

During this session you will learn how to raise flags, kudos, and referrals related in the process of early alert within Starfish. Instructors teaching a TOP 40 or Prospect for Success course will also learn how to complete a progress survey within the system. However, all instructors teaching a current course can still utilize the system to raise flags, kudos, and referrals. 
 
Starfish is an academic early alert and advising connect software system. It allows instructors to send systematic notifications to students regarding their academic progress in their courses referred to as flags, kudos, and referrals. The progress survey is an email notification that is sent to all TOP 40 and Prospect For Success instructors instructing them to complete a survey of specific flags within the system on student performance.

 

CTL Common Read: New Science of Learning

Paying attention to how students learn, and the environmental conditions and behaviors that support student success in your class can impact the teaching-learning dynamic in very positive ways.  This semester's common read will address the science behind the conditions that foster harmony between the brain and learning. Accordingly, we will engage and collaborate across spaces and time to engage our collective expertise in the exploration of "The New Science of Learning." 

How we'll do it

We'll develop a small learning community based on the focus of how students learn in harmony with their brains. As educators, we'll meet once each month to discuss major topics addressed by the book, "The New Science of Learning." While segments of the book serve as the focus of each meeting, participation in the face-to-face meetings is not dependent upon having read the prescribed sections of the book. These meetings will include brainstorms, topical discussions, and sharing of resources and strategies based on our collective experiences.  The physical environment is that of a casual gathering of friends and colleagues.

Between meetings, we'll take advantage of a virtual collaborative space like Moodle to extend the conversation and to house relevant resources.  This space will include topical discussions that play off of face-to-face meeting, as well as discussions and questions initiated by Common Read participants.  We'll leverage the virtual space to house articles and links to other web-based tools and resources that support our exploration.

Copies of the book are on reserve in the library.

Laurie Parker, Instructional Technologist, and Bobby Hobgood, Director of the Language Resource Center, will facilitate this learning community.

Fall 2015 Meetings (12-1 pm, Kennedy 221):  September 11October 16October 30November 13December 18

Martin - Enhancing Interaction in Online Courses

Interaction with course content and students is essential in the online environment. We will identify activities and technologies to enrich student to student interaction, student to instructor interaction, and student to content interaction.

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.

Login Information:

  • Use this link to attend: https://uncc.webex.com/uncc/k2/j.php?MTID=t04c9f7877f76ec111457bd7e74631905  (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.
     

Curriculog: Proposal Reviewer/Approver Session

The Curriculog Reviewer/Approver Session is designed for individuals that will review, modify and/or approve the proposed additions or modifications to curriculum (courses, minors, concentrations, certificates and degree/major programs).  Individuals that should attend this session include (but are not limited to): members of the Graduate Council, members of the Undergraduate Course and Curriculum Committee, college curriculum committee members, subject librarians, associate deans, deans, and department chairs/school directors. 

Topics Covered:

  1. High-level overview of how proposals are created
  2. Accessing proposals for review
  3. Reviewing/Approving a proposal

Martin - 10 Best Practices for Teaching Online

Learn practices that contribute to an effective, efficient, and satisfying online teaching experience for both faculty and students. We will discuss best practices for planning, preparation, setting expectations, creating presence, creating community, increasing interaction, enhancing communication, providing feedback and creating effective assessments in the online environment.

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: 10 Best Practices for Teaching Online slides [PDF - 2.3 MB]
 

 

Just for Adjuncts!

The Center for Teaching & Learning has new professional development programs just for adjuncts.

This workshop will discuss teaching and learning resources and programs available just for adjuncts, including a new online orientation, learning community, reading group, and more. This is also an opportunity to provide input that will guide our future instructional and professional development programming for adjunct faculty.

Preventing Plagiarism

Plagiarism. If you teach long enough, you will eventually encounter it.

This workshop will explore strategies that instructors can use to prevent and discourage plagiarism. It will also cover the university's protocol for dealing with plagiarism in the event that it does happen.

Fostering Critical Thinking

This workshop will discuss strategies that instructors can use to encourage critical thinking among students. Participants will learn about activities that ask students to go beyond just acknowledging, showing understanding of, or even applying content - rather these activities ask students to use knowledge in a way that can analyze or critique existing situations or knowledge, or even can create new knowledge.

Hobgood: Presentation Materials that Pop

This webinar will present ways to “translate” visual materials from a face-to-face course for online delivery. Learn about design elements can enhance your students’ or audience’s understanding of the media you use in your online course.

Bobby Hobgood photoDr. Bobby Hobgood, Director of the Language Resource Center in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies, will lead the session. In his role, he supports the use of technology by both faculty and students in the study of languages and world cultures. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the College of Education where he teaches advanced foreign language methods online.



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.

Login Information:

  • Use this link to attend: https://uncc.webex.com/uncc/k2/j.php?MTID=t9616c6f22cc83b980ef43f9ffc2014f8  (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.

 

Hobgood: Web Presenter's Toolkit

Checking for understanding and getting non-verbal participant feedback can be almost second nature in face-to-face classes. How do you do those same things naturally in a web conference environment? This workshop will provide tips and tools for online instructors or presenters to check their audience’s understanding and to respond.

Bobby Hobgood photoDr. Bobby Hobgood, Director of the Language Resource Center in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies, will lead the session. In his role, he supports the use of technology by both faculty and students in the study of languages and world cultures. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the College of Education where he teaches advanced foreign language methods online.



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.

Login Information:

  • Use this link to attend:  https://uncc.webex.com/uncc/k2/j.php?MTID=t6b15adc12af7be0486771ebfdac93ca7 (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.

 

Hobgood: Engaging Participants Web Conference

Participants in this workshop will learn techniques for facilitating engaging and interactive synchronous web conferences. Leading a discussion in a web format is different from a face-to-face format. Learn techniques for structuring your presentation and chunking content, building in ways for students to participate throughout, and for ensuring that students stay with you and each other every step of the way.

Bobby Hobgood photoDr. Bobby Hobgood, Director of the Language Resource Center in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies, will lead the session. In his role, he supports the use of technology by both faculty and students in the study of languages and world cultures. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the College of Education where he teaches advanced foreign language methods online.



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.

Login Information:

Teaching with Clickers: Anywhere Polling and Mac

Clickers, or classroom response systems, are a great tool for facilitating discussion in classrooms and gathering data. UNCC currently uses Turning Technologies for our clicker system. Come to our line of workshops to learn this highly effective classroom technology.

This workshop is for faculty interested in using clickers in conjunction with a Mac operating system, Prezi, or other content delivery systems. If you use Power Point for your content delivery please see our "Teaching with Clickers:Power Point Polling and PC" workshop.

Survival Guide for International Instructors

The nature of American students, in confluence with certain socio-cultural and psychological factors, precipitate peculiar environments and challenges for international instructors. Dr. Charles Hutchison, an international professor and author of the forthcoming book, Experiences of Immigrant Professors, will lead a hearty discussion on the research on the nature of American classroom, and how the above-mentioned factors influence teaching and learning in the American classroom. Ideas for becoming a more proficient instructor in the American classroom will also be discussed.