CTL Workshops

CTL Workshops

The CTL offers workshops and webinars on a wide range of topics. See our calendar to register. Workshops are organized into themes, or "Learning Paths," but faculty are welcome to pick and choose. Don’t see a topic you are interested in?  Let us know!

Choose Your Learning Path:

ESSENTIALS OF TEACHING AND LEARNING

This workshop series provides you with a foundation in important aspects of teaching and learning in higher education. Faculty seeking to earn the Essentials of Teaching and Learning Certificate will also complete one peer observation by visiting a TOP Course.  

  • Syllabus 101: Roadmap to Success: Your course syllabus is one of the most important documents you create for your class. It serves as an agreement between you and your students about your goals for the course and your expectations for your students, plus it conveys a first--and lasting--impression with your students. This session will provide information about the important components of a syllabus, ways in which you can enhance your course syllabus, and strategies for using your syllabus as a learning tool.

  • Introduction to Learning Objectives and Backward Design: This workshop clarifies the use of learning objectives and provides concrete steps to write objectives for your course. This is a one-week, fully online course in Canvas that is facilitate by CTL Instructional Designers.

  • Using Feedback to Improve Teaching and 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.

  • Inclusive Teaching and Learning: Any workshop from the Inclusive Teaching and Learning series will fulfill this requirement.

  • Getting Started with Active Teaching and Learning: Active learning requires students to be engaged in their learning rather than being passive listeners. To enhance learning, students must speak, write, think deeply, and collaborate with others about the content and concepts presented in class. This workshop provides an introduction to active teaching and active learning strategies that can be used during class.

COURSE DESIGN AND INSTRUCTIONAL ALIGNMENT

This workshop series provides a solid overview of course design fundamentals as well as training in the Quality Matters program. Instructional alignment ensures that course activities and assignments align with stated course goals.  These two topics are essential pillars in quality instruction and setting up students to succeed.

Course Design

  • Organizing Content in Canvas: This workshop will discuss ways of organizing and releasing course content using Canvas. With knowledge of how content can be accessed, instructors will be able to organize content consistently for students. The release of course content can be handled in different ways -- for example, through weekly overview pages, modules, controlled release, announcements, Inbox messages, and gradebook comments. Utilizing diverse methods of content release can increase instructor presence and student engagement in learning.

  • Making Teaching Decisions with Canvas Analytics: Learning management systems like Canvas capture various data that can help instructors to make data-driven teaching decisions. This workshop will explore student learning data available in Canvas and discuss how instructors can utilize the data for teaching. If there are any specific data you’d like to explore for your course, bring the idea to brainstorm how the data can be captured, interpreted, and used in teaching.

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

Quality Matters (QM) - Instructional Alignment

  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR): This workshop provides an overview of QM, the QM Standards, and peer review process. This full day workshop will be led by a QM Certified Facilitator and includes all participant materials.

  • Improving Your Online Course (IYOC): For people who are redesigning an existing online course. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own courses and develop a course improvement plan. The content is based on the 21 essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric. Participants come away with a plan for course improvement so enrolling in the workshop with a pre-developed online course is required.

  • Designing Your Online Course / Designing Your Blended Course (DYOC/DYBC): For people who are designing their first online or blended course. Includes an overview of the QM Rubric and provides a framework for participants to design an online course plan.

ENGAGED PEDAGOGY

This workshop series includes several tracks that cover specific instructional practices.  Instructors are invited to attend workshops in all tracks.

Active Learning

  • Getting Started with Active Teaching and Learning: Active learning requires students to be engaged in their learning rather than being passive listeners. To enhance learning, students must speak, write, think deeply, and collaborate with others about the content and concepts presented in class. This workshop provides an introduction to active teaching and active learning strategies that can be used during class.

Assessing Student Learning

  • Using Feedback to Improve Teaching and 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.

Classroom Management

  • First Day of Class: Starting Off on the Right Foot: The first day of class sets the tone for the entire semester. Come learn what strategies will help you start off right...and which things you must avoid, too! These simple techniques should help you be more effective and make your teaching more enjoyable.

  • Dealing with Disruptive Students: At times faculty are confronted with a problematic student whose behavior cannot be ignored. The behavior in question can range from mildly annoying to seriously disruptive. This session will review the five steps that faculty should engage in when dealing with problematic student behavior. We will then discuss actual examples of disruptive behavior and explore the best course of action.

Inclusive Teaching

  • Difference in the Classroom: The 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. (Facilitated by the Multicultural Resource Center)

  • Enhancing Cultural Awareness:  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. (Facilitated by the Office of International Programs)

  • Inclusive Teaching and Learning Practices:  This workshop aims to guide 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.  (Kim Buch and Susan Harden)

  • Viewpoint Diversity & 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.  

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

  • Developing a Fundable SoTL Grant: 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. 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.

  • Data Analytics and Research Methods for Your SoTL Grant: This workshop will provide an overview of standard methodologies for SoTL projects. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their research ideas and get feedback on cutting-edge tools for analytics-powered social science and behavioral research that they can use. Participants are encouraged to bring their research questions for discussion and will learn how they can partner with Project Mosaic to support their SoTL inquiry.

TEACHING AND LEARNING ONLINE

This series of workshops is for all faculty who teach online - both those who are new to online teaching and those who are experienced. Topics will include how to prepare to teach online, how to engage students and create instructor presence, how to assess student learning and provide feedback, and how to manage time.

  • Preparing to Teach Online: This self-paced course is for anyone developing and/or teaching an online course.  It explores the backwards design process beginning with learning outcomes, followed by online presence, syllabi, and more. It is a non-facilitated course where participants can work through the modules at their own pace based on their own needs and interests.

  • Canvas Foundations Online: This is a one-week asynchronous course that is facilitated by a 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.

  • 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 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.

CREATIVE TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY

Canvas

  • Starting with a Fresh Canvas: This workshop is for people who want to build their Canvas course from a clean slate. You will explore the Canvas interface, learn how to set the Home Page and communicate with your students, and practice adding content and resources - including the syllabus - to your Canvas course. We will also guide you in setting up Assignments that report to the Gradebook.

  • Canvas Foundations Online: This is a one-week asynchronous course that is facilitated by a 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.

  • Canvas Assignments and Gradebook: Would you like to make grades available to your students online? In this workshop, you'll learn how to use the Canvas Assignments page to set up your Gradebook to calculate course grades. You’ll also learn how to create and grade assignments, enter grades with SpeedGrader, and use rubrics for communicating expectations of quality.

  • Canvas Quizzing: Giving frequent low-stake quizzes is considered a great student-centered learning technique facilitating students to become accountable for their learning. Are you looking for ways to manage a number of quizzes in time-efficient manner? Or, are you looking for alternatives to Opscan fill-in-the-bubble testing? Then this workshop is for you!

  • Creating Videos in Canvas: Kaltura CaptureSpace allows you to add powerful media tools to Canvas, and combine the best features of video sharing, webcam recording, screen recording, in-video quizzing, and more. Creating and sharing multimedia learning content is easier than ever using these intuitive tools. This workshop will walk you through the most common features of Kaltura CaptureSpace in Canvas. It will also help establish a foundation for further exploration of sharing and using rich multimedia content across Canvas courses.

  • Canvas Open Swim: Want to explore new areas of Canvas or new instructional techniques with personalized attention available? The Center for Teaching and Learning consultants will be on hand to work with you and answer your questions. Please note: Open Swim is for Canvas users who have specific questions about Canvas tools and features. If you want to learn Canvas, please sign up for "Starting with a Fresh Canvas" or "Rebuilding My Moodle in Canvas".

See Canvas.uncc.edu for additional resources for learning Canvas.

Poll Everywhere

  • Teaching with Poll Everywhere: This 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.

WebEx

  • Getting Started: Using WebEx in Canvas (Part I): WebEx in Canvas provides numerous collaborative features to create a highly interactive virtual classroom. Get up and running with WebEx in your Canvas course! In this workshop, you will learn how to enable WebEx in Canvas, schedule WebEx sessions within your course, as well as best practices for managing your WebEx recordings.

  • Leading a Class: Using WebEx in Canvas (Part II):  Learn how to lead interactive classes, use tools like desktop sharing, whiteboard, polls and breakout rooms, and record class sessions.