The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning is coordinating a wide range of professional development activities to support faculty teaching remotely. Stipends are available for professional development related to improving distance education. Apply for a stipend by June 1.
Special note for OLC Workshop attendees. Some sessions may introduce you to the latest/greatest software to accomplish a particular task. Before dashing off to purchase a new tool, be sure to check this list of software that is available to SOU faculty and staff, then contact your Computing Coordinator for information about obtaining a tool that is not currently available to us. The CATL staff are always happy to talk tech tools and would be happy to discuss alternatives with you — we may be able to identify an alternative that we already have on hand.
Transparent Assignment Design for Remote Delivery (March 5 or May 7)
Faculty looking for ways to increase their learners’ success when delivering courses are invited to attend a TAD workshop via Zoom on March 5 or May 7. Both workshops will run 1:30-3:00. The workshop focuses on applying transparent assignment design principles to one of your own assignments. Sign up for a TAD workshop.
Amanda Casto, a recent participant, shared this feedback about what she took away from the workshop: “This strategy really helped me refine my assignments to make sure they are relevant to the course, accessible to all students, and clearly communicated. Game changer!”
OLC Asynchronous Online Workshops (March-May)
SOU’s ongoing membership in the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) includes complimentary seats in high-quality, asynchronous online workshops each year. We have seats available to faculty at no cost for any of the following workshops. Read about the workshops and sign up here for a workshop that meets your needs. Enrollment deadline: March 15.
- Exploring Interactive Video Tools — March 10
- Creating Effective Assessments — March 29
- Introduction to Online Presentation Tools — April 12
- Giving Effective Feedback — April 12
- Designing Courses with a Multimodal Approach — April 26
- Strategies for Facilitating Live, Online Sessions — April 28
- Increasing Interaction & Engagement — May 10
- Creating Rubrics — May 12
- Engaging Learners In Online Discussions — May 17
Humanizing Online Instruction (On Demand)
The three-day Humanizing Challenge sponsored by the California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative has been designed to equip faculty with knowledge of culturally responsive pedagogy and a toolkit of online teaching practices to support students experiencing trauma as a result of racial injustice, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization. Michelle Pacansky-Brock, one of the event coordinators, first came to our attention with a blog post about the value of creating a “liquid syllabus” in order to create connections with our students. She has also written about humanizing online teaching to equitize higher education.
The Challenge was initiated in August 2020 and conducted again in January 2021. Recordings for each day's webinars are posted for viewing at the event website. We encourage you to take advantage of these excellent presentations and the many helpful resources provided. A stipend is available for those who engage in the challenge for at least five hours.
Here’s what Erica Knotts (Communication) told us about her experience in the workshop last summer:
Throughout these three days, I learned how to create videos using Adobe Spark, how to create a Padlet discussion board, how to use Flipgrid, and how to use Google sites to make a liquid syllabus. Besides these tangible resources, we also spent a lot of time reflecting on the challenges our students face and how we can remove the “perfectionist” lens from our courses to make ourselves and our courses more approachable….Just by having the space and the time to test out these resources is incredibly beneficial.
Teresa Coker (Education) had this to add:
This workshop taught me how to send cues of trust and belonging to students, and how to break down instructor-student hierarchies by creating and using a liquid syllabus. I am currently working on developing a liquid syllabus to introduce students to me and my classes before classes even begin. I am also working on making my materials more accessible on mobile devices… This workshop was inspiring. The presenters not only had expertise and shared their great work, they also were vulnerable and showed their mistakes and areas they were still working on. I left feeling like I could and wanted to do this, rather than "that was nice, but not for me." I would highly recommend this workshop.
Alma Rosa Alvarez (English) came away from the workshop with new ideas and concrete plans for her courses:
I found the workshops very helpful... One of the complaints from students was that they craved human connection. These courses, I thought, would provide me with some opportunities to engage students in positive ways… I plan to implement a learning pact that I hope will make students feel like they have an invested professor. I also plan on reviewing the language I utilize in my syllabi.
Dee Fretwell (Business) also attended the summer session:
Humanity is struggling, and humanizing the online experience is one of the hardest tests of our teaching abilities. I gained greater mindfulness re: trust, exposure and socio-economic differences. I'm asking more of myself to better note potential inequities within the digital world. In the hurry and hustle of adapting to a 100% remote world, I find myself pulled between being more humane and thoughtful and getting the job done. This workshop was so important to remind us all to keep our goals student-forward.
Bonus Tracks (On Demand)
These opportunities round out our professional development activities, but do not qualify for stipends at this time.
Check out the 24 best presentations from the 2020 Global Moodle Moot.
2021 SUNY Online Summit
SUNY Online offers this playlist of sessions recorded at their 2021 Summit. Diverse topics include Improving Student Equity with Great Instructional Design, Meeting the Diverse Needs of All Learners, and How Faculty Can Support Online Student Success.
Innovative Educators Webinars
SOU maintains a membership with Innovative Educators to provide resources to our faculty. Take advantage of any of these general interest webinars or sign up to explore a series of webinars on online learning. Watch any time, anywhere at your convenience.
Anyone with an SOU email address can view any or all of these webinars on an on-demand basis until June 2021. Each runs about an hour.
Faculty Training For Online Learning
Innovative Educators has curated resources from national experts on online learning and is providing them free of charge to support faculty during this chaotic time. Once you register, you will receive email instructions for accessing all of the training within 24 hours. We will be adding new training sessions every Wednesday, and if you are registered, you will automatically get access to all new training sessions. Each webinar is 30-60 minutes long.
- Designing an Accessible Online Course: What Designers & Instructors Need to Know
- Implementing Online Master Courses: How to Gain Buy-In, Assure Quality Course Design and Improve Communication
- Moving Your Class Online in Response to COVID-19: Practical Advice from an Online Teacher and Instructor Coach
- Designing Successful Online Classes: An Overview of Best Practices
- Implementing Intentional Instructional Strategies to Foster Student Learning in the Online Classroom
Teaching Strategies & Technologies
- Dealing with Difficult and Disruptive Students in Online Classes
- How to Reconceptualize a “Class Period” in the Online Environment
- Preparing Faculty to Teach Online
- Personalizing Online Learning: Tools and Strategies to Increase Engagement and Success
- Creating Community and Engagement in Online Courses
Online Support Tools
- The Happiness Trifecta: What Covid-19 Can Teach Us About Happiness and Mindfulness
- Onboarding Online Learners for Success: Examining Orientation and Readiness Assessment Practice
- Building Student Support Resources for Online Learners
- Leveraging Technologies to Enhance Success for Diverse Generation Z Populations