Workshops

Workshops

The CTT and its partners provide opportunities to learn about specific pedagogical interventions, new technologies to support teaching, and to engage in lively discussions of effective pedagogy with colleagues from across the disciplines. We create workshops for the campus as a whole and also customize workshops for colleges and departments. Contact us for more information and check our calendar for upcoming workshops.

Getting Started with UDL

world-refresh(data-transfer)Fri-24-Sept In this session, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of UDL and learn methods of implementing UDL.

Encouraging Integrity: Using course design to create an anti-cheating classroom culture

file-favorite-star-2(basic)Tues-16-Nov This session aims to explore the reasons students cheat, and to provide strategies for building a classroom culture of learning through course design and harnessing students' intrinsic motivation.

Finding and Implementing OERs

hand-tablet(smart-devices)Tues-2-NovThis workshop will be beneficial for instructors who are interested in alternatives to or supplements for their current textbooks and looking for additional ways to provide equitable experiences in their classrooms.

An Introduction to Backward Design

video-meeting-group(video-meeting)Thurs-7-Oct In this workshop, participants will learn about the basic components of the backward design process and how it can help ensure alignment between course goals and assessments.

The Science of Teaching: How to take a Scholarly Approach to your own Classroom

video-meeting-group(video-meeting)Mon-18-Oct During workshop, participants will learn how to develop research questions about pedagogy, discuss potential methods to answer questions, give examples of where to find funding, and how to publish projects. Participants who attend in person are encouraged to bring a laptop or notebook to work through parts of the brainstorming process.

Past

Many of our past workshops provide resources referenced or used in the session. If you would like us to customize one of these workshops for a specific department or other group, please contact Eric French at efrench6@unl.edu.

Using the Canvas Gradebook

school-grade-a(school-science)During this workshop session, presenters shared Canvas grade book management tips that help save time and effort and increase the accuracy of grading.

Moving Forward with Equity

video-meeting-group(video-meeting)This workshop helped examine courses from before and during the pandemic to identify the strongest aspects of each.

Strategies for the First Day of Class

video-meeting-group(video-meeting)Mon-09-Aug In this workshop, you will learn research-based best practices for creating a first-day lesson plan. The session will also provide examples used by other faculty and guidance on developing activities for your own courses.

Engaging Environmental Justice through Art Objects

Mon-16-Aug: This interactive workshop invites STEM, social sciences, humanities, and arts faculty to broaden class discussion strategies by looking at ecology and sustainability through the lens of photography, sculpture, printmaking, and other art forms.

Aspirational Teaching: Fostering Co-Creation in Our Classrooms

This workshop will give instructors examples of different approaches for implementing co-creation within their classrooms to highlight the variety of ways that students can generate knowledge within a course. It will also include a hands-on activity to help instructors develop a specific co-creation activity for their courses.

Developing an Undergraduate Learning Assistant Program

This series of sessions began on March 29, 2021, and taught participants how to establish and manage an undergraduate teaching assistant program to support the needs of their course or program.

Teaching a Growth Mindset

In this session, conducted on April 14 2021, participants learned what a growth mindset is, how to convey a growth mindset to students, the impact one's own mindset has on students, and the various ways course materials and interactions can encourage students to adopt a growth mindset.

Lessons Learned from the Fall

Presented in January 2021, this workshop began by presenting data collected from the students that visited CAST this fall to help faculty and staff better understand the challenges that students were facing. The instructional designers then offered practical solutions for faculty to help better mitigate those challenges.

Making your course more user-friendly for students

Students are reporting that one of their biggest challenges this semester is dealing with the cognitive load required just to navigate their widely varying courses. While individual instructors can’t do much about all of this variation, they can work hard to ensure their own courses are as intuitive and easy to navigate as possible.

Engaging Students Through Art

Learn about the Sheldon Museum of Art and how you can incorporate art and/or the museum to further your teaching goals. Sheldon staff will discuss the museum’s collection, exhibitions, and other resources, as well as ways we have collaborated with faculty to design learning experiences tailored to their curricular needs.

Leveraging Student Feedback: The Power of Formative Surveys

This workshop focuses on the attributes, logistics, and effective use of formative student surveys. Participants will learn how to create effective and useful surveys in Canvas and will be given time to work on building their own formative surveys while receiving help from instructional designers.

Ensuring Exam Security

We will discuss different approaches that can be taken using technology presently available, including exam randomization techniques, dividing exams into smaller pieces and synchronizing their delivery, and implementing lock-down browsers.

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