The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning is coordinating a wide range of professional development activities for faculty. Stipends are available for professional development related to improving distance education. Apply for a stipend by September 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.
eT/LT—Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Technology (Starts June 14, July 12 or August 9)
eT/LT (Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Technology) offers the opportunity to fine-tune your Moodle skills and apply best practices in blended learning to your courses. This series of two four-week sessions starts on June 14 and a second round will begin on July 12. You can choose to participate in one or both parts. The series features an optional one-hour Zoom session each week. You can earn badges for your efforts!
(Note: If you participated in 2020, you are welcome to join us again this summer. If you did not submit a stipend request for the full amount of this workshop last summer, you may request the difference for participating this summer. Check with Hart if you're unsure of your stipend status.)
Part I: Key Connections in Blended Learning — Start Dates: June 14 and July 12
- Key Connections in Blended Learning — Overview of Best Practices
- Student to Instructor Connections — Effective Feedback: Assignments, Rubrics and Gradebook
- Student to Student Connections — Forums and Groups
- Student to Content Connections — Resources and Effective Course Design
Part II: Tools for Student Success in Blended Learning — Start Dates: July 12 and August 9
- Tools for Engagement — Collaboration Tools and Stealth Activities
- Tools for Assessment — Quizzes and Questionnaires
- Tools for Collaboration — Groups, Peer Review and Workshop Activity
- Tools for Student-Centered Learning — Special Permissions and Peer Rating
eT/LT workshops will be facilitated by Hart Wilson. Sign up to participate in eT/LT.
PodSquad (Starts July 26)
If you've been bitten by the podcasting bug, you are not alone. More and more people are using podcasts in a variety of ways, including the classroom. CATL staff offer this five-week course this summer on podcasting, videocasting, and ways to make them work for you. Sessions begin the week of July 26.
Attend an interactive Zoom session each week. Mini-lectures and resources will be available in Moodle. To complete the course, you will produce a five to seven minute podcast.
Here is what is covered:
- Week 1: An overview of podcasting from 30,000 feet. Links, resources and other class material will be available. If you only want a basic explanation, this is a great way to start. (Anyone may attend just this class and skip the next three. However, stipends are only available to those who complete all five weeks.)
- Week 2: A deep dive into the electronic aspects, including microphones, software and systems to bring it all together.
- Week 3: A deep dive into editing and hosting your program, especially if you are interested in distribution.
- Week 4: Explore interview techniques and questions, plus get an introduction to copyright requirements and music.
- Week 5: Your turn to show us all what you have done. We will answer final questions, and watch and listen to your programs.
OLC Asynchronous Online Workshops (Start Dates Vary)
The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) offers these workshops to support best practice in online learning. Workshops are fully online and synchronous, requiring 6-8 total hours to participate in either the 3-day or 7-day format. See workshop descriptions. Sign up for a workshop.
- Designing a Flipped Classroom (June 7-13)
- Creating Effective Assessments (June 21-27)
- Exploring Interactive Video Tools (June 30-July 2)
- Designing Game-Based Learning (June 28-July 4)
- Introduction to Online Presentation Tools (July 26-August 1)
- Designing Gamified Learning Environments (July 26-August 1)
- Fundamentals: Engaging Learners In Online Discussions (July 26-August 1)
- Creating an Interactive Syllabus (July 28-30)
- Fundamentals: Giving Effective Feedback (August 9-15)
- Strategies for Facilitating Live, Online Sessions (August 18-20)
- Getting Started with Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) Course Design (August 23-29)
iAnnotate (June 21-25)
iAnnotate Is a conference to help educators use social annotation using the Hypothes.is tool currently adopted for use at SOU. The event is four hours each day from June 21-25. Register for the free workshop. Stipends for this four-day conference are available for up to 20 hours.
From Hypothes.is: “Given social annotation's dramatic growth during the massive migration to remote teaching and learning in the pandemic, I Annotate 2021 will have a special focus on annotation in education. In keeping with this year's theme — reading together — our touchstone across all sessions will be how more and more people are coming together through social annotation to share ideas, ask questions, and make connections.”
Kognito Student Support Simulation (On-Demand)
In these challenging times, our students face increasing pressures that can lead to emotional distress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and even thoughts of suicide. As faculty and staff, we can take small steps that make a big difference—but only if we know what those steps are.
SOU has worked with Kognito, a leading designer of interactive training simulations, to customize an online conversation simulation, At-Risk for Faculty & Staff, designed to enhance the mental health literacy of faculty and staff. Using role-plays with virtual students, the simulation provides practice conversations that teach users how to recognize the signs of emotional distress, initiate a conversation leveraging proven communication strategies and, most importantly, how to make a referral to support services. The simulation allows you to choose from a wide variety of responses, and go back and try different responses in a safe and controlled environment. It may be completed at the user’s desired pace at any time.
In addition to the 30-40 minute self-paced simulation, we’ll be holding follow-up guided discussions via Zoom facilitated by SOU staff. Our first discussion will be held on September 21 during the September Symposium. Mark your calendars for 10am-3:30 pm that day, and look for the specific time when the schedule becomes available.
No need to wait to get started, though. The At-Risk for Faculty & Staff simulation is now ready for you to log in and begin at your convenience. Learn more and see these instructions for accessing the simulation. (Note: This opportunity is not eligible for summer stipends as follow-up sessions will be held when participants will be on contract.)
Socially Just Design (On-Demand)
The Gardner Institute is offering a webinar series on Socially Just Design in Post Secondary Teaching. A $50 registration fee provides access to any or all of the seven modules presented in the series. They offer this free recording of an introduction to the idea of Socially Just Design and how it can change postsecondary education outcomes for millions of students. Let us know if you're interested in this series and we'll provide additional details.
From the series website:
Should race and ethnicity be the greatest predictors in college success?
Colleges and universities in the twenty-first century are not designed to optimally advance social justice and equity goals. One need only examine both who gets to go to college and who ultimately completes a postsecondary credential to see that race/ethnicity and family income determine far too much about who does and does not become a “college graduate.” Changing this inequitable reality requires colleges, universities, and educators of all kinds to actively and intentionally embrace socially just design in postsecondary education and to operationalize socially just design in the various subsystems – academic advising, academic labor, courses and the curriculum, transfer, etc. – that make up the broader postsecondary education system.
What can be done about it?
By examining the current systems, and the unjust design that creates the pitfall-filled road that many students face during their undergraduate education, institutions can begin to identify and address the unjust design. During the spring and summer of 2021, The Gardner Institute and a host of postsecondary education-focused organizations, institutions, and thought leaders will examine these systems and explore how socially just design can lead to more equitable educational outcomes. This unique series will provide at least seven successive system-redesign-focused installments that help colleges and universities better work towards more socially just design and equitable outcomes in higher education.