The Center for Transformative Teaching is happy to announce two weeks of new workshops starting on Monday, July 6. Workshops will tackle online teaching, strategies to increase instructor-student connection, alternative assessments for students, accessibility, and inclusion in online classrooms. Workshops will be led by our knowledgeable team of instructional designers who will explain the topics mentioned above through instructional, interactive, and demonstrative methods. Several of the workshops will also involve breakout sessions for participants to share ideas.
Teaching Strategies that Increase Instructor-Student Connection
- Thursday, July 9, 10:00 a.m.
- 90-minute session - lecture, demonstration, faculty activity with breakout rooms
- Manda Williamson, Cal Garbin, and Amy Ort
This fall, instructors and students will experience a learning context unlike any they have encountered before. The extent to which faculty practice and envision care, empathy, and leadership can help ameliorate these challenges. The purpose of this session is to enable faculty to consider pedagogical methods to enhance the learning environment, and to partner with students to empower their learning.
This session will explain techniques that were initially developed and applied to improve student learning and performance. These same techniques also increase comprehensive communication between students and instructors about the content, process, learning, and evaluation of the course material. Questions about the session should be emailed to email@example.com.
Academic Integrity and Assessment
- Friday, July 10, 2:00 p.m.
- 90-minute session - interactive
- Sydney Brown, Tawnya Means, and Nate Pindell
In this session, participants will gain a greater understanding of their UNL colleagues' experiences with academic integrity and assessment, learn about best practices for increasing academic integrity along with increasing their familiarity with the tools and techniques used, and identify an assessment approach for their own classes. Questions about the session should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facilitating Group Work in an Online or Hybrid Classroom
- Monday, July 13, 10:00 a.m.
- 90-minute session - webinar and discussion
- Steven Cain and Amy Ort
Research has repeatedly shown the value of group work, but everyone has a story of discord between individuals working on a project. With the uncertainty that comes in today's world, many people are considering abandoning group projects in favor of having students work independently. But what gets lost along the way?
In this webinar, we will discuss the benefits of formal and informal group work, the challenges it presents, best practices for coordinating successful collaborative experiences, and how those best practices will apply when addressing a student body interacting from different locations. Questions about the session should be emailed to email@example.com.
Moving Beyond Exams
- Tuesday, July 14, 2:00 p.m.
- 90-minute session (tentative) - webinar and discussion
- Nate Pindell and Steven Cain
Quizzes, exams, and other forms of "traditional assessments" are the standard for assessing student learning. But an assessment of student progress can be completed using other research-backed methods.
In this webinar, we will discuss how the use of alternative assessments can foster unique experiences, a conducive environment for academic growth, and supports the Flexible Hybrid model (a way in which a course can be delivered to both face-to-face and remotely.)
Moving away from the traditional path may be daunting, but with different assessment techniques come additional benefits such as improving student learning and ensuring academic integrity. Questions about the session should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building a Better Container: Accessibility, Access, and Universal Design
- Thursday, July 16, 10:00 a.m.
- 90-minute session - interactive workshop with breakout rooms
- Jillian Manzer and Megan McLeay
The goal of this workshop is to provide faculty with an overview of the interrelationship between accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Faculty will learn some practical strategies and best practices they can adopt that will address common barriers, often limiting and preventing students from equally accessing higher education courses, experiences, and content. Participants will reflect on their current teaching practices and identify ways to improve the accessibility of their classes and incorporate various Universal Design for Learning techniques. Questions about the session should be emailed to email@example.com.
Building an Inclusive Classroom
- Friday, July 17, 2:00 p.m.
- 90-minute session - webinar and discussion
- Amy Ort and Steven Cain
The university has a strong commitment to ensuring that diversity and inclusiveness are essential parts of all classrooms. In online and hybrid environments, it can be challenging to recognize and support students from underrepresented populations.
This workshop will share several strategies you can use to model inclusivity and establish a respectful and supportive classroom culture, where all students feel comfortable fully participating in course activities.
Strategies covered will include using group work to ensure students in online and hybrid courses feel a sense of community, using inclusive language when setting course policies regarding online interactions, and using anonymous grading to reduce the effect of implicit biases. Questions about the session should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.