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.

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.

Maintaining Student Motivation and Interest in Online and Hybrid Courses

Conducted on July 22, this webinar taught strategies for assessing student interest and helping students stay motivated online. This webinar also went over strategies within Canvas to notice and respond when students begin to lose engagement.

Anti-Perfectionism: How to Roll with the Punches During a Pandemic

Conducted July 6, this session began by providing a few “anti-perfectionist” teaching strategies that involve figuring out when a teaching goal matters and when it might be appropriate to accept a less-than-perfect outcome.

Having a Great First Week Online

Conducted July 23, this workshop, aimed at faculty teaching face-to-face/hybrid courses, focused on making the best use of this time to prepare students to succeed in your fall course.

Creating a Sense of Community in Your Online or Hybrid Course

Conducted July 20, this workshop helped instructors create a sense of community in their online courses and gave guidance on making sure students feel connected to form a community of learners.

Using Zoom to Facilitate a Hybrid Course

Conducted on July 21, this workshop gave detailed instructions on the different settings and functions available in Zoom. The first hour covered Zoom basics, and the second hour covered more advanced features, including breakout rooms, Canvas integration, and more.

Building an Inclusive Classroom

Conducted on July 17, this workshop shares several strategies to model inclusivity and establish a respectful and supportive classroom culture where all students feel comfortable fully participating in course activities.

Building a Better Container: Accessibility, Access, and Universal Design

Conducted July 16, the goal of this workshop was to provide faculty with an overview of the interrelationship between accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Participants reflected on their current teaching practices and identified ways to improve the accessibility of their classes.

Essentials for Getting Started

In this workshop conducted on July 14, instructors were provided with strategies that have a significant impact on online learning, especially for the first week of classes. Strategies included ways to remove barriers to learning, incorporate essential Canvas features, begin building the course community, and facilitate student interactions.

Pivot Game

Conducted on July 8, this workshop required attendees to rethink existing learning activities from their own in-person teaching. The learning activity was then adapted from in-person to an online and blended learning activity.

Course Mapping: Applying Backward Design to your Course Planning

Conducted on July 7, the goal of this workshop was to guide participants through the backward design process to ensure that each aspect of their course design aligned with their overall goals.

Teaching Strategies that Increase Instructor-Student Connection

In this workshop conducted July 9, participants were challenged to consider pedagogical methods to enhance the learning environment, and to partner with students to empower learning. Facilitators were taught techniques through proactive, combination, and retroactive strategies.

Facilitating Group Work in an Online or Hybrid Classroom

This workshop conducted July 13, discusses 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.

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