Schedule studio time online with this reservation new system
The FCTL is happy to announce the roll out of their new online reservation system for their Mediasite and Learning Glass studios. Faculty can now see availability and reserve a time to use these resources. Please note, because Learning Glass and first-time Mediasite users will need to schedule when staffing is available, and all reservation requests must be confirmed by the FCTL before reservations are finalized. The reservation system can be found on the FCTL website under the Support > Reserve a Time in Our Studio. We would like to extend thanks to Brooks Travis, with the Meyer Library for his assistance in getting this reservation system up and running!
Call for diversity scholars applicants
Applications due Monday, September 7
Faculty who are interested in learning and implementing inclusive practices in the classroom as well as promoting a culture of community are encouraged to apply for a $250 Diversity Scholar stipend. A limited number of stipends will be available. Participants in this program earned a Diversity Scholars certificate and might be selected to serve as a mentor on diversity and inclusion to other faculty in their department or across campus.
Interested applicants should submit a one-page application to the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning by the end of the day, September 7, 2020. This should be a one-page letter outlining your primary goals and reasons for integrating equity-based practices into your courses and overall teaching.
Successful applicants are expected to participate in the four Diversity/Inclusive Practices Workshops facilitated by the Diversity Fellow, Dr. Judith Martínez. These sessions will be face-to-face and also provide options to attend virtually through web-conferencing. Lectures by other guest speakers will be included in the sessions as well. Scholars will be asked at the end of the sessions to showcase strategies to be applied in their courses, a description of implementation, and a possible assessment form of their objectives.
Mini diversity talks
Inclusive practices in times of COVID-19
September 23 @ 10:00–11:30 a.m.
This workshop will introduce a variety of practices that might be applied in the classroom while being mindful of everyone’s differences, background and needs.
Social distancing vs physical distancing: Creating a community in our classroom
October 21 @ 12:00–1:30 pm.
We will share, exchange ideas and strategies to be intentional on maintaining a classroom sense of community while navigating both pandemics.
Microaggressions: Intent vs impact
November 18 @11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
This is an introductory workshop on understanding the basics of what a microaggression is, and how it affects the recipients regardless of their intent.
Research based projects and pedagogical strategies in my classroom
December 2 @ 12:00pm
This will be a space for faculty to showcase intentional inclusive practices that they chose to incorporate into their teaching.
Online course development boot camps offered in different formats
You have your choice of different types of online course development boot campus:
- Two-week virtual boot camp
- Self-paced boot camp
Register now for the two-week virtual boot camp
The FCTL boot camp is offered virtually providing you the opportunity to participate through an online experience much like students do when taking an online or blended class.
The FCTL boot camp will assist you with developing and teaching an online course, using technology to teach a blended course, and being prepared to use online teaching tools and strategies as necessary during the upcoming semesters.
Some of things you’ll learn during the FCTL Boot Camp include:
- Best practices related to online and blended courses and teaching
- Technology tools that are used in these modalities (lecture capture, test proctoring tools, and others)
- How to translate learning activities to the online and blended classrooms so they create opportunities for student collaboration and engagement
- Legal and ethical issues such as copyright, accessibility, and academic integrity
The FCTL Boot Camp is an immersive-style experience providing you hands-on training and a structured process for accomplishing these objectives.
Upcoming boot camp:
- September 21–October 2
Throughout the two-week time frame, you will participate both synchronous and asynchronously; synchronous sessions will be held most days during 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All synchronous sessions will be recorded for later review. After you register you will receive an outline of all FCTL Boot Camp sessions and activities. Throughout the two-weeks, you will receive feedback and support from the FCTL instructional designers.
For more information contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning or visit the FCTL website. Please register through My Learning Connection by searching for “two week virtual online boot camp”.
Self-paced boot camp
Beginning June 1, 2020, the resources from the FCTL’s virtual online boot camps will be available as a self-paced course development boot camp. This self-paced version will cover many of the same things as the virtual and on-campus boot camps, but you will be participating at your own schedule and can contact the FCTL Instructional Designers at any time during this process. Their contact information is listed in the meet your instructional designers area of the modules.
What’s included in the self-paced course development boot camp
- Best practices related to online courses and teaching
- Different assessment options available in Blackboard
- How to remove potential barriers for students with disabilities.
- Strategies to foster community and engagement in the online classroom
- Strategies to prevent student cheating
- Copyright and fair use in distance education
How to find the self-paced boot camp (access begins June 1, 2020)
- Log into Blackboard and select the Community Tab at the top of the page.
- select Academic Community from the My Organizations module.
- Once in the site, on the main menu, locate “self-paced course development boot camp” to access the boot camp materials.
Upon completion of each of the activities within the module you will be able to print a certificate of completion.
Want to know more about teaching online?
In conjunction with the Provost’s office, 50 seats have been secured in Magna’s Get Started Teaching Online course. This course focuses on strategies for creating an online course, effective online teaching, and ways to engage with your students in an online environment. This is an asynchronous course available from now until September 25. Time to complete is about 8 hours and you will receive a certificate of completion after meeting course requirements.
Contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning if you are interested in taking advantage of this professional development opportunity.
Free resources for creating blended and online instruction
Check out these resources:
- EdSurge Digital Learning Network Higher Ed Home page
- Faculty Focus Home page
- IDEA Research and Resources Home page
- The K. Patricia Cross Academy Techniques Video Library
- OER Commons Home page
- Stanford – Tomorrow’s Professor Postings
- American Journal of Distance Education
- College Teaching
What is the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning?
The FCTL supports teaching excellence for faculty at all levels. Check out the many support services offered by the FCTL to see how you can benefit.
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