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Sessions by Demand

The Teaching & Learning Commons partners with other units to provide customized sessions on a variety of topics. Sessions can be designed to uniquely meet your needs, according to staff availability. For this reason, we typically require at least 10-14 days advance notice. A commitment of at least 4 attendees is requested.

Accessibility in Advance

Presented by: Chrys Dean

Teaching and Learning

Information for those building online courses. Accessibility requirements to be aware of when preparing course materials, and how to accommodate common accessibility challenges.


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Assessment Essentials #1: Getting Started with Assessment

What is it we’re assessing and why?

Presented by: Lou Slimak and Robynn Shannon

Teaching and Learning

Robynn Shannon (Assistant Director of Assessment in the Teaching and Learning Commons) and Lou Slimak (Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Assessment) will introduce workshop participants to the fundamentals of assessing student learning and dispel common misconceptions about assessment before moving on to an interactive, hands-on activity. The short introductory presentation will cover assessment at course, program, and institutional levels, assessment as a key step in backward, integrated course design, and using assessment results to improve learning.


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Assessment Essentials #2: Building Better Courses

How can I improve student learning in my courses?

Presented by: Lou Slimak and Robynn Shannon

Teaching and Learning

This workshop will begin with a short exploration of how courses can become more “learning-centered” through the principles of alignment of learning outcomes, activities, and assessment. Participants will be invited to contribute their own experiences to a discussion of using assessment results to improve learning. The workshop will conclude with interactive, hands-on activities for which participants are encouraged to bring a syllabus. Presented by Robynn Shannon (Assistant Director of Assessment in the Teaching and Learning Commons) and Lou Slimak (Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Assessment).


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Assessment Essentials #3: Refining Your Course-Level Assessments

How can I improve my assessment of student learning? Why can’t I just use grades as assessments?

Presented by: Lou Slimak and Robynn Shannon

Teaching and Learning

Incorporating authentic, embedded assessments of student learning into your courses can be challenging. In this interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to some assessment practices that start them on the road to creating their own embedded assessments. A brief introductory presentation will be followed with a hands-on activity for which participants are encouraged to bring a syllabus. Presenters are Robynn Shannon (Assistant Director of Assessment in the Teaching and Learning Commons) and Lou Slimak (Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Assessment).


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Assessment Essentials #4: Designing Better Assignments

Are there principles/guidelines for constructing good assignments?

Presented by: Lou Slimak and Robynn Shannon

Teaching and Learning

Workshop participants will be introduced to principles for developing assignments that align with learning activities and assessments. They will also be given guidelines for writing effective assignment prompts especially with an eye towards minimizing academic integrity violations. The brief introductory presentation will be followed with a hands-on activity for which participants are encouraged to bring a writing assignment prompt. Presented by Robynn Shannon (Assistant Director of Assessment in the Teaching and Learning Commons) and Lou Slimak (Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Assessment).


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Assessment Essentials #5: Connecting Learning in Courses to Learning Across an Entire Program

How can we evaluate progression in learning through the program?

Presented by: Lou Slimak and Robynn Shannon

Teaching and Learning

Making the leap from course-level to program-level assessment is not as difficult as it may sound. Presenters Lou Slimak (Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Assessment) and Robynn Shannon (Assistant Director of Assessment in the Teaching and Learning Commons) will explain what is needed for assessment of academic programs, the logistics of pulling together the pieces, and how assessment results can be used to improve program effectiveness. A hands-on activity on curriculum mapping will follow the presentation and participants are encouraged to bring either an existing curriculum map or a list of program learning goals/outcomes and a list of courses in the program.


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Assessment Essentials #6: Using Rubrics Effectively

How can we evaluate progression in learning through the program?

Presented by: Lou Slimak and Robynn Shannon

Teaching and Learning

An interactive, hands-on activity will follow the presentation.


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Dining & Etiquette: It's not really about the meal

Presented by: Career Services

Career Planning

Know the difference between the salad and entree fork? Unsure what type of dish to order and how much it should cost? Brushing up on your dining and general etiquette knowledge could land you the job of your dreams.

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eBook Overview

Presented by: Chrys Dean

Technology

Basic information about eBook formats, reading devices, creation tools, and publishing platform types.

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Engaging Students in Class

Presented by: Teaching and Learning Commons

Teaching and Learning

Learn new ways and techniques to keep your students engaged in class and enhance their knowledge and retention.


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Experiential Learning: Rise Above the Competition

Presented by: Career Services

Career Planning

Internships and co-ops can lay the foundation to a successful career after college. Related experience provides insight as to whether students are on the right career path. Valuable work experience can kick start a career!


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How do I handle an emergency?

Presented by: University Police

A safety program that explains how the police will respond if in fact a Flashpoint occurred. It also explains what is expected of you upon the police's arrival


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i-Clickers

Presented by: Teaching and Learning Commons

Teaching and Learning

iClicker is an intuitive student response system that is focused on formative assessment and pedagogy. It offers grade integration to blackboard and is very convenient way to track students learning in-class. Learn from other instructors who used iclicker to engage students in active learning.


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Interviewing Skills: Perform under pressure

Presented by: Career Services

Career Planning

Better to be over-dressed than under-dressed. Think conservative! Students should be able to answer questions, including: Why should I hire you? Why do you want to work for us?


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Job Offers and Benefits: Know what you're worth

Presented by: Career Services

Career Planning

The final phase of getting hired is the negotiation of salary and benefits. Students should know how to recognize a good offer, with the willingness and ability to negotiate.


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Job Search Process: Develop a Game Plan

Presented by: Career Services

Career Planning

We provide a step-by-step guide to landing a great job. It is important for students to create a personal branding strategy. Finding a job after college takes a lot of time, energy, and commitment. Being proactive is key


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Library Resources for Grants

Presented by: Library Staff

Career Planning

Learn ways to access grantmaker directories, books on fundraising, nonprofit management and online research tools to locate grants and funding opportunities.


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Making Assignments More Meaningful: Effective Feedback and Scoring Practices that Won’t Crush You

Presented by: Lou Slimak and Robynn Shannon

Teaching and Learning

Somewhere in between not giving our students adequate feedback on their work and feeling like we’re spending all our time grading papers, there’s a balance. It’s possible to give students feedback that will be effective in helping them improve their learning without burying yourself under a mountain of grading. Robynn Shannon will share tips and guidelines drawn from the teaching and learning literature and her own experiences in a “Writing Across the Curriculum” program.


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Networking: Is it Really Who You Know?

Presented by: Career Services

Career Planning

Making connections that work can help students secure interviews for internships or jobs. Students who successfully step out of their comfort zone can get a foot in the door.


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Preparing Your Course for Online Delivery

Presented by: Lydia Mong

Instructional Design

So perhaps you've been teaching in the classroom for years. Now you have to transform your course for online delivery. How will you do this? It's a process that requires thoughtful planning and careful construction with an eye on meeting Quality Matters, not to mention contact hour requirements and accessibility standards.


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Revising CV/Resume

Presented by: Career Services

Career Planning

Learn the difference between CV and resume. Understand the basics of the documents.

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S.M.A.R.T. Content Mapping

Presented by: Brian Lauffer

Teaching and Learning, Technology

S.M.A.R.T. Content Mapping will explore best practices for creating measurable and engaging content for your courses. Also covered are types of learning in Bloom’s Taxonomy, components of S.M.A.R.T. learning objectives, and methods to develop formative and summative learner-centered activities that directly support those objectives.


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So, you expect them to read that? Designing online text that begs to be read.

Presented by: Lydia Mong

Instructional Design

Most online courses are text based, even after media is added. However, research indicates that people don't read web pages. They scan them. How can we overcome this with our online course content so that students are less likely to miss vital information? This session will demonstrate how you can format on-screen text to make it more visually inviting. It will also show you how to evaluate the readability of your own writing.


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So you’ve got assessment data. Now what?

A workshop on the basics of data analysis and visualization.

Presented by: Lou Slimak and Robynn Shannon

Teaching and Learning

Sometimes the only thing standing in the way of using assessment results for improvement is the challenge of making sense of the data. Data analysis and visualization help to span the gap between collecting assessment information and improving students’ learning experiences. This workshop will introduce basic principles for data analysis and visualization and tools for doing both in Excel. Presented by Robynn Shannon, Assistant Director of Assessment in the Teaching and Learning Commons.


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Teaching Large Classes

Presented by: Teaching and Learning Commons

Teaching and Learning

Learn how to encourage attendance, reduce the feeling of anonymity, improve your lecture, use new technology and many other measures for an effective way to teach a large class


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Teaching Statement/Research Statement

Presented by: Teaching and Learning Commons

Teaching and Learning

Learn to write a summary of work and teaching philosophy. Know what should be included in these two statements and how to communicate these philosophies effectively.


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Writing Cover Letters

Presented by: Career Services

Career Planning

Learn how to describe your degree, values and career goals to align with a specific job or organization

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Your Way or My Way? Understanding Cultural Learning Styles

Presented by: Benson Njoroge

Teaching and Learning

Universities have continued to become cosmopolitan with learners coming from different countries and cultures. This workshop will help the instructors understand their learners from different countries and cultures.


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