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Register for Fall Teaching Academy Sessions 8/20-8/22/18 Register for Adjunct Fall Teaching Academy 8/22

laptop iconAll Monday and Tuesday sessions will be held at the Professional Studies Building (PSB). Please bring your own device if desired, as these are not computer labs.

The Wednesday sessions will be held in Library 214 which is  a computer lab with 8 computers available for use.

All sessions will be offered for distance attendees via Collaborate Ultra web conferencing. See links in the schedule below.

Parking enforcement does not begin until August 27th when classes begin.

The 5:30 -8:30pm adjunct sessions will be held in PSB.

Fall 2018 Teaching Academy Schedules:

  • Monday, August 20
    Time Session Title & Presenter Description Location
    9:00-10:15 AM Plenary: Supporting Student Success with Universal Design for Learning - Presenters: Katie Walker and Krista James, COE Universal Design for Learning is a scientifically set framework that provides a means of accessibility for diverse learners of all kinds. When a course is designed with UDL in mind, it allows a piece of mind for learners and instructors together. UDL reduces the barriers that learners will normally face when first being greeted to a course by providing accommodations for learners with learning disabilities, low bandwidth, and English as a second language learners to name a few.

    Join Collaborate Ultra session
    PSB 166
    10:30 -11:45 AM Teaching the Books of the Year - New Theme: Building Community Resilience - Presenters: Ian Hartman & Shannon Donovan

    The UAA/APU Books of the Year program offers faculty a chance to use shared texts to engage students in conversations around critical themes. Common intellectual experiences -- like Books of the Year programs – are a recognized, evidence-based High Impact Practice that supports student success. Our new two-year theme is “Building Community Resilience,” a hot topic in communities around the world, including Anchorage. These books will help us help students talk about these critical issues and tie them to our disciplines and contributions to our
    community.

    Join Collaborate Ultra session

    PSB 166

    10:30-11:10 AM

    11:15-11:55 AM

     

    Supporting Student Success using Blackboard's Retention Center
    (2 sessions)
    Presenter: Sue Burris, Blackboard Inc.

    The Blackboard Retention Center is a user-friendly progress tracking tool that helps instructors to easily identify, communicate with, and motivate at-risk students. Instructors can employ this tool to nudge those students who show signs of being at risk and intervene if necessary before it is too late for the students to turn things around. In this presentation, we will:
    • Identify behaviors exhibited by at risk students
    • Identify data useful in tracking student (and faculty) behavior and activity
    • Examine how to use the Retention Center to monitor students’ level of risk and involvement

    Join Collaborate Ultra session

    PSB 109
    10:30-11:45 AM Blackboard Overview - Presenter: Tina Coulston, AI&e & Katie Walker, SOE

    During this Overview of the Blackboard Learning Management system  we will look at the Blackboard Homepage, customizing the Notifications Dashboard, personalizing your homepage, navigating a course as an instructor, using the Course Menu, navigating the Control Panel, Modules and Content Areas, Announcements, Student Preview, Building Content, and brief look at the integrated tools available within Blackboard.

    Join Collaborate Ultra session

    PSB 111
    12-1 PM Lunch & Discussion Questions   PSB 166
    1-2:15 PM Improve Your Speaking Assignments: Leverage the Learning Commons' New Communication Center - Presenter: Marsha Olson

    Session Canceled 

    PSB 166

    1-2:15 PM

    Successful Strategies for Developing Engaging Discussion Questions on Blackboard and for Online Courses - Presenter: Sue Burris, Blackboard Inc.

    This session will focus on how to develop engaging on-line discussion questions that stimulate critical thinking and foster interaction. We will examine what research says about effective online discussions, consider tips for facilitating student and group interaction, and discuss criteria for assessing discussions. 

     Join Collaborate Ultra session

    PSB 111

    1-2:15 PM

    eLearning Distance Student Services Overview/RPNow - Presenters: Keith/Brittani, AI&e

    This session will cover the support we offer for online faculty and online students. We will also introduce our remote, online testing service with RPNow.

    Join Collaborate Ultra session

    PSB 109
    2:30-3:45 PM  Increase Student Success by Improving Your Syllabus - Presenter: Shawnalee Whitney

    Think of your course as a building, a physical space with a door, hallways, walls, and spaces that may or may not be inviting or clear. The syllabus is the cornerstone of that space; assignments frame experiences for all who enter. Informed by the most recent information and evidence-based practices on key course documents, this session will help new and experienced educators improve their syllabus.

    Join Collaborate Ultra session

    PSB 166
    2:30-3:45 PM  Effectively Engaging Students in Critical Conversations in the Classroom - Presenter: Libby Roderick  Join Collaborate Ultra session PSB 109
    2:30-3:45 PM Lessons from General Education Assessment - Presenter: Dan Kline

    Session Canceled 

    PSB 111
  • Tuesday, August 21
    Time Session Title & Presenter Description Location
    9-10:15 AM Plenary: The Faculty Role in Student Success: Lessons from Care Team Reports - Presenters: Members of the Care Team  Join Collaborate Ultra session PSB 166
    10:30 -11:45 AM Addressing Instances of Academic Misconduct - Presenter: Megan Kolendo, Dean of Students Office  Join Collaborate Ultra session PSB 166
    10:30-11:45 AM Improving Student Success with Open Educational Resources (OER) - Presenters: Veronica Howard & D'Arcy Hutchings

     What can faculty do at a time when students are struggling with degree completion and course enrollments are declining? Open Educational Resources can be one way for faculty to see a big impact in their courses. Students using OER resources are more likely to have access to required course materials, perform better in courses, and take more credits. Come learn how OER can improve student accessibility and course success. In this session you'll learn about finding, creating, and using OER resources.

    Join Collaborate Ultra session

    PSB 109
    10:30-11:45 AM Rubrics in Blackboard - Presenter: Sue Burris, Blackboard Inc.

    We will discuss and evaluate examples of rubrics. You will be able to identify when and why to use a rubric; construct a rubric within Blackboard; associate the rubric to a Blackboard assignment; select test questions, blogs, journals, wikis, and discussions; and complete the grading workflow using a rubric.

    • Discuss the “why” and “when” of using a rubric
    • Define components of quality rubrics
    • Create and edit rubrics
    • Associate a rubric with an assessment
    • Grade with rubric
     Join Collaborate Ultra session
    PSB 111
    12-1 PM Lunch & Discussion Questions   PSB 166
    1-2:15 PM Supporting Academic Integrity with Blackboard - Presenter: Sue Burris, Blackboard Inc.

    Participants will explore the context of cheating in online classrooms. We will consider how we recognize, address, and deter academic dishonesty among our students, and how we foster academic honesty. We will also examine countermeasures for improving academic honesty, pros and cons for these countermeasures, and tips for implementation.

    Join Collaborate Ultra session

    PSB 166

    1-2:15 PM

    Great Ideas for Teaching Students (GIFTS): Active Learning Techniques - Presenter: Stasia Straley  

    Session Canceled 

    PSB 109

    1-2:15 PM

    Quality Matters OverviewPresenter: Debbi Canavan

    This session provides an introduction to Quality Matters concepts, process, and rubric used to help assess quality in online course design. Information and processes for our QM Alaska System are also highlighted. 

    Join Collaborate Ultra session

    PSB 111
    2:30-3:55 PM  Community-Engaged Teaching: Where to Go and Where to Grow  - Presenter: Judith Owens-Manley

    This session, utilizing a very effective high-impact practice, will be appropriate for beginners to faculty more experienced with community engagement, since this is a mountain with no top. Designing a community-engaged experience in a course can range from what to put in your syllabus to how you develop community partnership(s) or designing assignments that integrate applied experience, direct or indirect, with course readings and reflection. Join us with an idea or a course in mind or listen in for ideas or future plans! Intended for: Part- and full-time faculty at all levels.

    Join Collaborate Ultra session

    PSB 109

    2:30-3:10 PM

    3:15-3:55 PM  

    Supporting Student Success using Blackboard's Retention Center (2 sessions: 2:30-3:10 & 3:15-3:55) - Presenter: Sue Burris, Blackboard Inc. The Blackboard Retention Center is a user-friendly progress tracking tool that helps instructors to easily identify, communicate with, and motivate at-risk students. Instructors can employ this tool to nudge those students who show signs of being at risk and intervene if necessary before it is too late for the students to turn things around. In this presentation, we will:
    • Identify behaviors exhibited by at risk students
    • Identify data useful in tracking student (and faculty) behavior and activity
    • Examine how to use the Retention Center to monitor students’ level of risk and involvement

    Join Collaborate Ultra session

    PSB 166

    2:30-4:00 PM 

    Blackboard Grade Center

    Presenters: Tina Coulston, AI&e; Katie Walker, SOE

    In this session we will cover all things Grade Center.  Topics include: Getting acquainted with the interface, automatically created columns and creating new columns, arranging columns, column options, entering grades, calculated columns, the Manage Menu, Reports Menu, Work Offline Menu, Grading with the Inline Grading Tool, entering scores , feedback, notes, clearing and ignoring attempts, and overriding grades.

    Join Collaborate Ultra session

    PSB 111
  • Wednesday, August 22
    Time Session Title & Presenter Description Location
    9-10 AM Effective Online Teaching Tips - Presenter: Sue Burris, Blackboard Inc.

     Lessons learned and best practices for teaching online. Examining how course design, building community, collaborating, interacting, and assessing impact online teaching/learning by incorporating best practices. 

    Join Collaborate Ultra session

    LIB 214
    10:10-10:50 AM

    Supporting Student Success using Blackboard's Retention Center
    - 
    Presenter: Sue Burris, Blackboard Inc.

    The Blackboard Retention Center is a user-friendly progress tracking tool that helps instructors to easily identify, communicate with, and motivate at-risk students. Instructors can employ this tool to nudge those students who show signs of being at risk and intervene if necessary before it is too late for the students to turn things around.

    Join Collaborate Ultra session

    LIB 214
    11:00-11:55 AM Authentic Assessments - Presenter: Sue Burris 

     We will explore different types of assessment approaches and how they enable learning and foster student improvement. We will also look at how authentic assessments can be executed in the online classroom. This will include examining the use of wikis, blogs, journals, discussions, assignments, tests, group collaboration, and ePortfolios as elements of authentic assessment.

    Join Collaborate Ultra session

    LIB 214
    12-1 PM Lunch   LIB 214
    1-2:15 PM ePortfolioPresenter: Shamai Thacker

     An introduction to the eWolf program Description: If you've ever considered adopting an ePortfolio as a way to have students highlight and reflect on their work, this session is for you. Come learn about the system we use (Digication) and how to make best use of this High Impact Practice.

    Join Collaborate Ultra session

    LIB 214
    2:30-3:45 PM CopyrightPresenter: Eric Baldwin


     An overview of considerations regarding the use of copyrighted material in the cyber classroom. Emphasis is on securing and documenting permissions and/or discovering alternative resources. We'll destroy some myths, provide examples of Best Practices methods and leave time to amuse ourselves with Q&A.

    Join Collaborate Ultra session

    LIB 214

    4-5 PM

    KalturaPresenter: Eric Baldwin & Andrew Skellen

    Kaltura is a third-party vendor providing cloud storage and distribution services of digital media. Learn how to access your library, upload and disseminate your media and create or record your own content for use (primarily) within the UAA Blackboard LMS. Includes an introduction to the user interface, tips on production, tagging and organization of media and basic accessibility tools.

    Join Collaborate Ultra session

    LIB 214
  • Adjunct Teaching Academy & Orientation, August 22
     
    PSB 166
    PSB 109
     
    5:00 PM Check In - Refreshments Available  
    5:30 PM Welcoming Remarks  
      Presenter: Shawnalee Whitney, Director, Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence  
    5:45 PM Plenary: The Faculty Role in Student Success: Lessons from Care Team Reports  
      Presenters: Michael Votava & Lisa Terwilliger, Dean of Students Office  
    6:30 PM Plenary: Support for Teaching and Learning  
      Presenters: Shawnalee Whitney, CAFE, and Heather Nash, AI&e  
    7:00 PM Blackboard Overview  Great Ideas for Teaching Students (GIFTS): Active Learning Techniques
      Presenters: Tina Coulston, AI&e & Katie Walker, SOE Presenter: Stasia Straley
    8:15 PM Consultations available  
    8:30 PM Sessions End  

 

Review past years event resources and schedules:

  • Winter Teaching Academy -  Thursday, JAN 11 (Day 1)
    Time
    Location 
    Title & Session Description
    Presenter 
    8:30-9:00 AM LIB 214

    Check in & Coffee/Conversation

    Announcements begin at 8:45 AM

     
     9:00-10:15 AM SSB 118 IRB Update: Changes to the Revised Common Rule

    Session for faculty and graduate students involved in research

    PowerPoint/Resources will be made available after session 

    Robert Boekmann IRB
    9:00-10:15 AM   LIB 214 Improving Course Accessibility

    Session will provide tools, resources, and how to help faculty meet accessibility standards in their course. Participants will gain hands-on experience evaluating and reformatting instructional materials for accessibility.

    Join by distance via Blackboard Collaborate 

    Tina Coulston AI&e
    10:30-11:45 AM   LIB 214 What’s New In Blackboard

    Session will provide an update to the Blackboard Course Management System. Participants will be introduced to Collaborate Ultra for web conferencing and will see how it compares to Collaborate (Original). Also learn about changes to inline grading. Bring your questions and challenges!

    Join by distance via Blackboard Collaborate 

    Tina Coulston AI&e
    12:00-1PM  LIB 214 Lunch / CATS: An alternative approach to student course evaluations

    Cornell University's Center for Teaching Excellence recommends the use of Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs). Designed to get at elements of teaching and learning that are specific to a particular course, pedagogy, or assignment.

     
    1:00-2:30 PM  LIB 214

    Using GER Assessment Results: Syllabi and Assignment Design across the Curriculum

    Join by distance via Blackboard Collaborate 

    Dan Kline 

    General Ed

     
    2:30-4:00 PM   LIB 214 Using GER Assessment Results:

    Evaluating Student Work across the Curriculum

    Join by distance via Blackboard Collaborate 

    Dan Kline 

    General Ed

    5:30-6:00 PM SSB 118 Lobby  Pizza and Conversation   
    6:00-7:30 PM SSB 118

    Plenary Session 

    Generation Z:
    Student Success & the Next Generation of Learners

    Claudia Lampman, UAA’s new Vice Provost for Student Success will share information on Generation Z, the generation coming after Millennials. What experiences have shaped their lives? What should we expect? How can we be better prepared to manage our multi-generational classrooms?

    Mari Hahn, Professor of Music, will share some of the instructional strategies she employed in her classes after hearing Dr. Lampman’s Gen Z presentation at the CAS Convocation in August.

    Presentation will be recorded/shared for future viewing

    Claudia Lampman

    Academic Affairs


    Mari Hahn

    Music

  • Winter Teaching Academy -  Friday, JAN 12 (Day 2)    
    Time
    Location 
    Title & Session Description
    Presenter 
    8:30-9:00 AM LIB 214

    Check in & Coffee/Conversation

    Announcements begin at 8:45 AM

     
    9:00-11 AM LIB 214

    Plenary Session - Deep, Meaningful, and Integrated: Improving Student Reflection to Increase Learning

    Patti Clayton is a nationally-recognized expert on student reflection and engaged learning. She has visited UAA in person in the past, but will join us via distance for this session. To learn more about her work, visit curricularengagement.com.

    Patti Clayton

    Curriculum Engagement

    11:00 AM-12:00 PM  LIB 214

    Lunch

    Transformative Student Experiences:  Expanding High Impact Practices at UAA | Report from UAA HIPs Team that attended AAC&U HIPs Institute

    Members of the HIPs Team
    12:00-12:55 AM   LIB 214

    Supporting Metacognition and Self-Exploration with ePortfolios

    Imagine having a space where students can see, reflect on, and showcase or share their growth and development. Think of the power of being able to compare the work you were submitting early in your college career with what you were achieving by the time you were ready to graduate. This transformative, reflective learning is supported through the use of ePortfolios, a strategy George Kuh has identified as a High Impact Practice. This January faculty, students, and staff will have access to two versions of our eportfolio software. "Classic Digication," in use at UAA since 2015, will be available throughout the remainder of the 2017-18 academic year. However, "New Digication" offers a significant set of enhancements that many UAA users have wished for including: custom look-and-feel for each page/section of their portfolio, directly load Microsoft files(e.g. Word files) into the portfolio (no longer needing to save documents as a PDF), direct access to your Google Drive files, one button load for video files coming from a tablet, laptop, phone, etc., and the ability to load multiple templates into a single portfolio. Come learn about how to start or improve your use of this High Impact Practice!

    Join by distance via Blackboard Collaborate 

     

    Paul Wasko

    eWolf ePortfolios

    1:00-1:55 PM  LIB 214

    Learning in Context: Community-Engagement

    Service Learning/Community Engagement (SLCE) is one of the most impactful of the high impact practices and places student learning in a context that is meaningful and relational.

    Whether providing a direct or indirect service, SLCE, when done well as a high impact practice, provides an awareness of social and economic issues in the community and a powerful context for personal, social, and academic growth. This session will explore possible contexts for student learning using SLCE as a high impact practice across the disciplines. We'll use LEAP learning outcomes to examine the use of selected community-based projects, service sites, and community partnerships as learning contexts for UAA students.

    Join by distance via Zoom

    Judy Owens-Manley

    CCEL

    2:00-2:55 PM  LIB 214

    A Conversation with Student Recipients of Major Scholarships and Undergraduate Research Awards: Empowering Students for Independent Learning

    UAA has a strong record of students receiving major scholarships (Rhodes, Truman) and is increasingly winning awards in Undergraduate Research, a recognized High Impact Practice. This session will include a facilitated conversation with a panel of students who will offer insights regarding the role interactions with faculty have played in helping them become independent learners and gain recognition for their work.

    Student Panelists:

    Samantha Mack (Rhodes Scholar)

    Jacob Shercliffe (Truman Scholar)

    Faculty Facilitator: Tracey Burke

    Join by distance via Zoom

    Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarship

    3:00-3:55 PM LIB 214

    Blackboard Open Lab

    Come to this open work session for help setting up your Blackboard course. AI&e Instructional Designers will be on hand to help with any of your course questions and concerns. Areas of interest may include: exporting/importing course content, adding a start here module and/or syllabus activity, organizing the grade center, designing learning activities and assessments, and learning to use Blackboard tools. 

    Tina Coulston AI&e

  • Adjunct Winter Teaching Academy -  Saturday, JAN 13 
     
    Time
    Location
    Title & Session Description
    Presenter
    10-10:15 AM LIB 214

    Check in & Coffee/Conversation

    Presentation on Teaching Resources begins at 9:45

     
    10:15-10:55 AM LIB 214

    Strategies that Improve Student Performance

    This session will explore three specific strategies to improve student performance: learning outcomes, rubrics, and reflection. We’ll introduce you to tools that are readily available and will explore how they can be paired with assignments to improve learning.

    Join by distance via Blackboard Collaborate 

     

    Shawnalee Whitney

    CAFE

    11:00-11:55 AM LIB 214

    The Benefits of Blackboard: Be more efficient by utilizing available Blackboard tools to your advantage. 

    Join by distance via Blackboard Collaborate 

    Tina Coulston AI&e 

    Katie Walker
    COE

    12:00-12:55 PM LIB 214

    Lunch / Supporting Students of Care and Concern

    Have you faced unexpected challenges in your classroom or online learning context? Could you easily refer students to resources if a problem were to arise? In this session we’ll use brief case studies to explore resources that support students facing challenges both personal and academic.

     

    Shawnalee Whitney

    CAFE

    1:00-1:55 PM LIB 214

    Blackboard Open Lab

    Come to this open work session for help setting up your Blackboard course. AI&e Instructional Designers will be on hand to help with any of your course questions and concerns. Areas of interest may include: exporting/importing course content, adding a start here module and/or syllabus activity, organizing the grade center, designing learning activities and assessments, and learning to use Blackboard tools. 

    Tina Coulston AI&e

    Katie Walker
    COE

 

  • Fall Teaching Academy 2017

    Fall Teaching Academy 2017

    Fall Teaching Academy

    This fall's Teaching Academy is designed to help you start the year smoothly, and take a deeper dive in areas where you'd like to gain confidence or develop new skills. We'll explore effective strategies for creating and assessing key course documents like assignments and syllabi, best practices in the use of student groups and teams, and systematic, reflective strategies to develop and demonstrate teaching excellence. There will be chances to learn about what the lessons being learned through our assessment of General Education Student Learning Outcomes, and the use of exceptionally powerful High-Impact Practices at UAA. In addition, there will be opportunities related to course design and facilitating online courses using Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate with sessions available in person and virtually. Join us!

    August 22 Teaching Academy Registration


    FALL TEACHING ACADEMY: ADJUNCT FOCUS

    Adjunct faculty:  Please join us for an evening specially designed to support your work at UAA.  Adjuncts are critical members of the UAA community and the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) and Academic Innovations and eLearning (AI&e) are pleased to offer an opportunity for teaching support and professional development at a time when we hope most of you can attend.

    We'll provide refreshments, information about the students we serve, key insights about essential course components, as well as opportunities to explore academic technologies that will help you better interface with your students and support their learning. To attend this opportunity please register here. 

    August 23 Session Registration


    FALL TEACHING ACADEMY: ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGIES

    Due to the extended events this fall AI&e is offering three additional sessions on Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate and Accessible Course content on August 24, 2017.

    AI&e will also be open to all faculty and have instructional designers availible for walk-in and one-on-one assistance August 23-25, 2017 in LIB 214. Please make sure to stop by if you need some assistance with Blackboard, Course Design, and/or eWolf ePortfolio. To attend this opportunity please register here. 

    August 24 Session Registration

    Feel free to register for all sessions that are of interest to you. Aug 24, 2017 sessions are also available virtually via Blackboard Collaborate, links are found in the daily schedule.

    • Schedule

       Tuesday, August 22

      Time Session Title Speaker Location
      8:30 am Coffee & Introductions   LIB 307
      9:00 am Improve Learning using your Syllabus and Assignments Shawnalee Whitney  LIB 307
        Community-Engaged Teaching: Where to Go and Where to Grow Judy Owens-Manley  LIB 214
      10:15 am Break    
      10:30 am Group Work? Ugh! Best Practices for using groups and teams    LIB 307
        Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness: Strategies to Develop & Demonstrate Teaching Excellence    LIB 214
      11:30 am Lunch: Presentation of High Impact Practices at UAA    
      1:00pm Assessment of General Education Intensive  Dan Kline LIB 307
        Session 1: Integrating GER Outcomes across the Curriculum    
      2:30 Break    
      2:45pm Session 2: Integrating High Impact Practices into the GER    
             

      Wednesday, August 23

      Time Session Title Speaker Location
       5:00 pm Pizza & Introductions   LIB 214 
       5:15 pm Introduction to UAA Resources & Information Shawnalee Whitney LIB 214
       6:00 pm Break    
       6:10 pm Overview of Academic Technologies for Course Design Lara Madden LIB 214
       6:45 pm Supporting Learning though Syllabi & Assignment Design Shawnalee Whitney LIB 214
       7:30 pm Break    

       7:40 pm

      Essential Elements for Course Design 
      (Includes worktime and Q & A sessions)
       Lara Madden LIB 214

       Wednesday August 23: Blackboard Collaborate Session Link

      Please Join us this evening through Blackboard Collaborate

      Thursday, August 24

      9:00 am AI&e Open Lab/Drop In for Blackboard Assistance & Course Design Questions   LIB 214
      12:00 pm LAB closed for lunch break    
      1:00 pm AI&e Open Lab/Drop In for Blackboard Assistance & Course Design Questions   LIB 214
      3:00 pm Course Navigation & Design: Using Blackboard to Build an Online Course Lara Madden LIB 214
      4:00 pm Facilitating an Online Course: BB Collaborate Lara Madden

      LIB 214

      5:00 pm Creating and Posting Accessible Course Content Lara Madden LIB 214

      Friday, August 25

      11:00 am - 2:00 pm AI&e Open Lab/Drop In for Blackboard Assistance & Course Design Questions   LIB 214
    • Workshop Descriptions
       Select the titles of the sessions to review descriptions
      • Facilitating an Online Course: BB Collaborate
        Participate in this hands-on session where you will learn to facilitate an online session by practicing the moderator tools in Blackboard Collaborate. Starting from the beginning, participants will learn how to set up a Collaborate session, how to prepare to teach using Collaborate, and how to get the most out of Collaborate interactive tools and features. 
      • Group work? UGH!  Best practices for using groups & teams
        Use of groups and teams is becoming more common in higher education because teamwork is more vital than ever before in professional life, but that doesn’t mean students are happy about it. This session will explore three specific practices that are easily implemented in use of groups and teams that result in improved outcomes. Intended for: Part- and full-time faculty at all levels

         

      • High Impact Practices at UAA: Lunch Presentation
        HIPs at UAA: A Report from the Team attending AAC&U's High Impact Practices Institute  This brief report from UAA’s HIPs team will share key insights from the team’s work at the AAC&U’s HIPs Institute this summer. For a deeper dive on HIPs, attend the session on HIPs in General Education later the same day. Intended for: Part- and full-time faculty at all levels
      • Introduction to UAA Resources & Information
        Learn about UAA's faculty resources and review the latest demographic data for UAA students. 
      • Overview of Academic Technologies for Course Design
        This session will review Blackboard and ePortfolio tools, and show examples of navigation and uses of both for course design. 
      • Improve Learning using your Syllabus and Assignments
        Think of your course as a building, a physical space with a door, hallways, walls, and spaces that may or may not be inviting or clear. The syllabus is the cornerstone of that space; assignments frame experiences for all who enter. Informed by the most recent information and evidence-based practices on key course documents, this session will help new and experienced educators improve some of the most vital materials driving the student experience in higher education. Intended forPart- and full-time faculty at all levels.

       

      • Assessment of General Education (2 Sessions)

        Session 1: Integrating GER Outcomes across the Curriculum. Intended for:
        Part- and full-time faculty at all levels

        Session 2: Integrating High Impact Practices into the GER.
        UAA has a number of robust programs and centers that support High-Impact Practices in high education, tested, evidence-based teaching and learning practices that are known to result in benefits for students from a wide range of backgrounds. At present, most students encounter these powerful practices and pedagogies by chance. What would happen if students encountered them in a more reliable and intentional way? In this session you'll become familiar with some of the HIPs in use at UAA, and will consider options for adopting such practices in your course. It may be that you're already doing things that align with a HIP and you could move more fully into a particular HIP by making only minor changes in your course(s).  Intended for: Part- and full-time faculty at all levels; may be of particular interest to those teaching General Education courses

      • Course Navigation & Design: Using Blackboard To Build an Online Course
        This session will detail how to use Blackboard to design your online course environment. Navigation, essential components, and communication planning. We will cover tool use and locations and give examples of using Blackboard components to design clean and quality navigation.
      • Community-Engaged Teaching: Where to Go and Where to Grow  
        This session, utilizing a very effective high-impact practice, will be appropriate for beginners to faculty more experienced  with community engagement, since this is a mountain with no top.  Designing a community-engaged experience in a course can range from what to put in your syllabus to how you develop community partnership(s) or designing assignments that integrate applied experience, direct or indirect, with course readings and reflection. Join us with an idea or a course in mind or listen in for ideas or future plans! Intended for: Part- and full-time faculty at all levels.
      • Creating and Posting Accessible Course Content 
        Are your course documents (like assignments and syllabi) and additional video content accessible to all students? Come learn how to review and update course content to create appropriate options for students who experience disabilities related to mobility, hearing, vision, or other challenges? UAA is committed to ensuring that all of its students – regardless of disability or other challenges – can accomplish their academic goals. In this workshop, faculty will explore principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an approach to designing courses and assignments in a way that serves all users and avoids segregating or stigmatizing any students. Bring selected course materials for this term (your syllabus is a good place to start) and learn ways to make sure these key materials are accessible.
      • Essential Elements for Course Design
        This session reviews the essential components of an online course design, these will include Getting Started, Communication Planning, course navigation and course design examples. This session is good for all faculty teaching at UAA. 
      • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness: Strategies to Develop & Demonstrate Teaching Excellence
        Looking for ways to demonstrate that what you’re doing is achieving learning outcomes? Are  you sure your teaching and learning approach is benefitting students? This session will offer three specific practices that will enable you to know how well you’re doing as a professional educator. Intended for: Part- and full-time faculty at all levels; may be of particular interest to those completing tenure/promotion files.

 

  • Winter Teaching Academy Spring 2017

    2017 Winter Teaching Academy
    January 10 - 12, 2017

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    Below you will find the Winter Academy daily schedules. Select the date tab to open each listing. Session descriptions are listed below by title.

    On the day of the event you may join virtually by selecting the event title. For additional information about virtual attendance, see the information at the bottom of this page.

    Session Descriptions

    • Assignment Charrette:  Oral Communication, Written Communication & Information Literacy
      Originally used in architecture education, a charrette is a way to constructively critique, reflect on, and improve work, or in this case, an assignment, through collaborative work. Though the approach may be new to some UAA faculty, assignment charrettes are increasingly common. For this charrette, we'll focus on assignments corresponding with three foundational learning outcomes: oral communication, written communication, and information literacy. These outcomes are in our General Education Requirements, of course, but they're common across courses and disciplines, too. To participate in the charrette, select an assignment you'd like to improve that includes one of the three learning outcomes (i.e. an assignment that includes a presentation or group interaction, a paper or essay, or an expectation for gathering and using information). Bring a hard copy of your assignment for use in peer exchange and, if desired, a laptop with a copy available for your own note-taking. 
    • Blackboard Tips for Updating to Spring 2017
      Come to any of the Blackboard sessions to get assistance exporting/importing course content, organizing grade center and using the date management tool to update your courses in the new single instance UA Blackboard environment. Less a workshop and more a work session with instructional design help in the room with you.
    • Building Positive Instructor Immediacy & Instructor Presence
      “Positive instructor immediacy and presence” describes nonverbal and verbal behaviors an instructor can use to increase interpersonal communication and decrease perceived distance between themselves and the learners they are hoping to reach.  Such behaviors have been demonstrated to positively impact student affective learning, cognition, and motivation. In this session you’ll explore things we, as faculty, can do in face to face and e-learning settings to help students feel connected and experience a sense of belonging, safety and welcome in our classes, and, as a result, have increased academic success
    • Community Engagement as a High Impact Practice: A Guide for Community-based Projects
      This session explores community engagement as a high impact practice through the community-based project. The session begins by defining and framing a community engaged course within the larger UAA context of contributing to the public good. It continues with discussing and outlining a community-based project into a course. Foregrounding the discussion will be the project, specifically designing, implementing, and reflecting on community engagement in the classroom. Community engagement as a high-impact practice creates enriching opportunities for students to learn through experience. 
    • eFiles for Promotion & Tenure
      Faculty at UAA now have the option of submitting their files for promotion and tenure electronically using eportfolios. Doing so means you no longer have to create enormous binders of paper documentation, but can instead compile this same information in an online environment. The eportfolio option permits you to compile your information over time and slowly build the file you will eventually submit. ePortfolios also allow you to link to other media as part of your file (videos, audio files, etc.) Join us for a session that explores how you can use this tool to create a file that showcases your teaching, research and service history at UAA.
    • Handling Challenging Topics & Difficult Dialogues
      In a recent statement to the UAA community, the Provost restated his “commitment to the values at the heart of the academic enterprise”, including “the expectation that we will engage in respectful, if passionate, discourse and utilize critical thinking when discussing or debating issues on which we may strongly disagree.”  In this session faculty will learn strategies for managing and facilitating student discussions of complex and divisive issues. Whether you are introducing a controversial topic intentionally as part of a learning exercise or one just comes up in class, this session with Steve Johnson, Director of Seawolf Debate, will help you successfully introduce and manage the exploration of challenging topics in the classroom in these tumultuous times.

     

    • Improving Accessibility 101: Evaluating Syllabi & Course Documents
      Are your course documents (like assignments and syllabi) accessible to all students? Come learn how to review and update course content  to create appropriate options for students who experience disabilities related to mobility, hearing, vision, or other challenges? UAA is committed to ensuring that all of its students – regardless of disability or other challenges – can accomplish their academic goals. In this workshop, faculty will explore principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an approach to designing courses and assignments in a way that serves all users and avoids segregating or stigmatizing any students. Bring selected course materials for this term (your syllabus is a good place to start) and learn ways to make sure these key materials are accessible. Open lab time available during the academy.
    • Improving Accessibility 102: Evaluating Additional Course Content and Video Resources
      Come learn how to review and update videos and other course content (such as PowerPoint slides) that may be included in your course. UAA is committed to ensuring that all of its students – regardless of disability or other challenges – can accomplish their academic goals. In this workshop, faculty will explore principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an approach to designing courses and assignments in a way that serves all users and avoids segregating or stigmatizing any students, as it pertains to videos and course materials such as PowerPoint slides. Bring a laptop and be prepared to review content you plan to use in the spring term. Open lab time available during the academy.
    • Quality Matters: Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
      (APPQMR) is a rigorous full day intensive for faculty, administrators and staff to become familiar with the QM rubric and how the standards inform online course design. Participants will leave with specific and measurable ways to improve their online courses. The time commitment to complete the workshop is an 8 hour intensive, 1 day course.
    • Quality Matters: Improving Your Online Course
      The "Improving Your Online Course" workshop explores the QM Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online and blended courses. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own online/blended courses and develop a course improvement plan.
    • Writing, Reflection & Knowledge Transfer with special guest speaker: Dr. Kathleen Yancey
      The opening session features a presentation (via distance) by Dr. Kathleen Blake Yancey, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University. Dr. Yancey, whose expertise encompasses the intersections of culture, literacy and technologies, will explore e-portfolios as a platform for improving students' written communication, reflection, and knowledge transfer.

     

  • Spring 2017 eWolf Intensive: Community of Practice
     

    May 2017 Intensive Event, May 11 and 12, 2017. Keynote Speakers Eddie Watson, Jeff Yan and Kelly Driscoll.

    Eddie Watson
    Keynote & Workshop Descriptions

    • How We Learn and Why ePortfolios Are Essential in Higher Education: Thursday Keynote
      Why is there so much interest in ePortfolios across higher education today?  The reasons are actually quite compelling and often grounded in what we know about learning.  This keynote presentation will explore answers to this overarching question by first considering what we empirically know about human cognition and how people learn.  From this foundation, we will consider the practices and pedagogies that employ ePortfolios and connect those practices to what we know about learning.  We will also explore the range of ways in which ePortfolios are being using in higher education, including teaching and learning, assessment, advising, and career development.  Example ePortfolios from each area will be shared.  The keynote will conclude with a brief summary of the most recent findings from the ePortfolio scholarship and recommendations will be provided regarding how that information should inform future ePortfolio practices.
    • Accomplishing the Goals of Signature Work Through ePortfolios: Thursday AM Workshop
      Higher education is currently facing a number of challenges, and in addition to affordability, chief among these challenges are the completion / attainment gap, and quality of learning concerns.  New initiatives from AAC&U are promoting notions of Signature Work that address these challenges.  With Signature Work, all students experience multiple high impact practices.  This is the new standard of quality learning in higher education; however, student engagement in numerous high impact practices may provide students with disparate learning experiences.  Without opportunities to foster integrative learning, the full potential of Signature Work will not be achieved.  Adoption of ePortfolio pedagogies and practices in conjunction with Signature Work strategies provide the greatest opportunities for higher education to meet its quality aspirations and is college completion / attainment goals.  This session will chronicle the current landscape of higher education and offer a best practice vision for Signature Work that embraces ePortfolios.
    • Teaching Naked Techniques:  A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes: Thursday PM Workshop
      In recent years, there has been an acceleration in the number of research findings regarding human learning and cognition, but these findings often are not easily translated into classroom practice. Evoking the plethora of research-based best practices detailed in Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes (Jossey-Bass, 2017), this session will provide new insights into how we learn as well as practical advice regarding how this information can be applied in the college classroom. New twists on well-established course design models will be provided. From this foundation, participants will explore a range of instructional strategies that will result in greater student achievement of articulated learning outcomes. Many of the strategies explored in this workshop ultimately support best practice in flipped classrooms; however, cognitive wrappers, feedback strategies, 25 word summaries, IF-AT activities,inventive recall approaches, emerging learning technologies, and true integrative learning are among the topics that will be additionally explored. Participants can expect to leave this workshop with strategies they can use in their classes the following day.
    • Interdisciplinarity in Teaching:  The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Friday Keynote
      Successful teaching, itself, is a very interdisciplinary endeavor.  Not only must you have expertise within your content domain, but you also need to have knowledge of educational psychology in practice, public speaking abilities, and a range of technological skills.  Also integral to successful teaching is “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” (SoTL).  SoTL argues that teaching excellence includes performing educational research within your own courses, and that you should approach your teaching with the same rigor with which you approach your research.  This keynote will share foundational principles regarding what we know regarding how people learn and offer an example of interdisciplinary educational research that reveals how SoTL is essential to ensuring that each of us is as successful as possible in our instruction.

    EWOLF INTENSIVE SCHEDULE

    Workshop Descriptions & Virtual Links below:

    Below you will find the eWolf Intensive: Community of Practice event information and daily schedules. Select from the tabs on the left column to open each section. Session descriptions are listed below by title. On the day of the event you may join virtually via Blackboard Collaborate by selecting the event title. For additional information about virtual attendance, see the information at the bottom of this page.

    Workshop Descriptions

    Select the titles of the sessions to review descriptions

    • eWolf ePortfolio Thursday & Friday Lunch Sessions; Jeff Yan & Kelly Driscoll
      Thursday Lunch: New Digication Feature Overview It's an exciting time at Digication as we rollout the New Digication ePortfolio design and editing tools. Join the luncheon roundtable to view a demonstration of the new features and discuss how these new features will support high impact practices in your classroom.
       
      Friday Lunch: New Digication: Conversations New Digication offers the opportunity to engage with ePortfolio content in new ways. Learn how to use the conversations features and explore opportunities for using these features for feedback on student work, peer review and collaboration, and lively discussions in course and project based ePortfolios.
    • Cross-curriculum Integration of ePortfolios in Geography and Environmental Studies: Jamie Trammell
      The Geography and Environmental Studies department were early adopters of ePortfolios as a core part of instruction and assessment. I present here how we have structured our curriculum to encourage growth in reflection, using the ePortfolio as our platform. I will also present how we have designed courses around these reflections and how that feeds into our programmatic assessments. 
    • EDEL 206 Assessment ePortfolio: Katie Walker
      Students in EDL 206 built an ePortfolio to share with other education students that has a variety of assessment types and purposes.
    • Eportfolio Assignments and Common Mis-steps by Students (and Instructors) - A Case Study from a Large Enrollment Course: Rachael Hannah
      Join Rachael Hannah (Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences) in a practical discussion and exploration of ePortfolio templates and how students use (or do not use) them for course assignments. I will share my experiences rolling out 4 assignments related to student communication reflection in BIOL A108. As a group we will explore my miss-steps and common student challenges with ePortfolio assignments and submissions. Please be prepared to share your concerns about ePortfolio assignments and “act” like a student.
    • ePortfolio: A Mechanism to Strengthen Universities and Employers Relationships: Terry Nelson
      Building a strong relationship between universities and employers is a goal of many higher education institutions. While there are many mechanisms used to achieve this objective, few universities have considered the concept of ePortfolios. In this session, we will share the results of a pilot we conducted that position employers as virtual ePortfolio mentors for students in two leadership classes. The unexpected results were job interview offers, mentoring opportunities, and a co-authorship.
    • JournEy Portfolio: Jamie Whitney
      E-portfolios were used by elementary school teachers and UAA students to cultivate partnerships between UAA and Alaska School Districts. Digication was used to design and implement e-portfolios in kindergarten and first grade combination classrooms at Polaris K-12 Charter School and used to assess and document their academic, social and emotional growth. They were later showcased to families during student-led parent/teacher conferences.

     

     

    • The JournEy Portfolio: Jenna Baldiviez & Mindi Vogel
      We will be discussing our journey of using digital portfolios at Polaris with K-12 students. We will have a quick presentation of what we are doing with eportfolios at Polaris, have students share their eportfolios, and have a discussion about using eportfolios.
    • Portals into the Past: Digital History: Elizabeth Dennison
      The story of my father's World War II years, both stateside and in Saipan, are told through his letters, photographs, and other artifacts in the ePortfolio, "E.J.Dennison's Portals into the Past: John W. Dennison: A Son of Omaha Goes to War and Returns." I used my experience of creating this digital archive to create an ePortfolio assignment for students in my Fall 2016 Historiography classes.
    • Reflections on our portfolio AAC&U keynote: Eva Gregg & Paul Wasko 
      Join as as we share our reflections from our 2017 keynote address at the AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities) annual conference in San Francisco March 2017. It was the first time that a Native Alaskan has keynoted at an AAC&U event.
    • Setting Students up for Success: Trish Jenkins
      In online English 311, Advanced Composition, students had to create a resource guide for newcomers to Anchorage in their ePorfolio space. To make the project manageable for students and set them up for success, I provided the following:
      • Clear instructions for using ePorfolio
      • An understanding of ePortfolio’s affordances
      • An understanding of design principles
      • Knowledge of the genre they were creating in the ePorfolio space 

      In my 30-minute session, I will review how I taught the resource guide assignment with a focus on meeting students’ needs by providing the four items above. I will share course materials related to the four items above.

    • Sharing Online Tutoring Experiences via ePortfolio: Katie Walker
      Coming Soon
    • Team Based Learning and eWolf Portfolios in Health Education Courses: Dr. Corrie Whitmore
      Dr. Whitmore will share how student teams in her courses utilized eWolf/Digication Portfolios to showcase nine health education interventions developed through team-based learning (TBL) in HS 433: "Health Education: Theory and Practice" courses. Dr. Whitmore has taught this course twice using an eWolf and TBL format and will share what worked and didn't work each time, along with practical ideas for creating classes that benefit from access to the eWolf tool.
    • Using eWolf for P & T Files: Kitty Deal
      Using eWolf for P & T allows faculty unique opportunities to organize and demonstrate examples of teaching, research, and service that outperforms a binder of papers.
  • Fall 2016 EduPass Course Design & Development Conference
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    The conference focus is online course design and (re)design and includes tracks for new faculty and faculty with eLearning experience. All online course design topics will incorporate using Blackboard Learn, eWolf ePortfolio, and other supported academic technologies.
     
    The guided course design labs scheduled throughout the conference are designed to make sure that all participants leave with tangible and usable course components and a roadmap for design completion. Join us in person or virtually over Blackboard Collaborate. 
     
    This year the conference will be held Sunday, August 21st through Tuesday, August 23rd to provide a flexible schedule and more work time with designers. 
     
    Adjunct faculty who are teaching online are also encouraged to participate in this free faculty professional development and course design opportunity.
     
  • Spring 2016 ePathways Faculty Makerspace Conference  

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    January 5 & 6, 2016, location: UAA Learning Resources Center (SMH Bldg)
    8:30a - 5:00p
    Hosted by Academic Innovations & eLearning

    “A makerspace is a physical location where people gather to
    share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build.”
     
    This conference is taking the place of AI&e's Bootcamp series. The focus of this conference is course design and redesign. There will be tracks for faculty new to online technologies and faculty with eLearning experience. The makerspace is designed to ensure that all participants leave with tangible and usable course components and a roadmap for design completion, as well as join the growing eLearning community.
     
    Conference Tracks

    (re)Design My Course
    (Bb Collaborate webinar sessions available)

    In this track you will have the opportunity to choose from sessions that will help you (re)create or enhance your online course environments utilizing Blackboard and/or eWolf. Session topics will focus on Course Architecture & Design, Aligning Objectives, Online Course Syllabus, Technology Test Kitchen, Instructor Presence and more. By the end of this track you will leave with a roadmap for completion as well as having elements of your course created. This track is for online, face 2 face, and hybrid course environments.

    QM ~ Improve Your Online Course (IYOC)
    (In-person only training)

    This track is a Quality Matters focused intensive. This workshop explores the QM Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online and blended courses. Participants will use the QM Rubric to review their own courses and develop a course improvement/redesign plan if needed. Choose this track if you have taught your online course for at least 2 semesters and/or are interested in possibly submitting your course for a QM Informal or Formal Peer Review in the future.  Participants must attend all IYOC sessions. Participants may also register for other intensive sessions when available.

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    Spring 2016 ePathways Faculty Makerspace Conference website

 

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