Wayne State University

Upcoming Workshops

Join us for our upcoming workshops!
 

Instructional Technology

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Calculating Grades with Canvas Want to learn more about the tools and capabilities of Canvas Grades? Join colleagues to discuss and learn how to use the multiple features of Grades and the Gradebook. This interactive workshop is for everyone interested in Grades. Participants will cover the basics of getting started to more advanced functions like SpeedGrader to increase instructor efficiency.  
Calculating Grades with Canvas (Webinar) Want to learn more about the tools and capabilities of Canvas Grades? Virtually join colleagues to discuss and learn how to use the multiple features of Grades and the Gradebook. This webinar will cover the basics of getting started to more advanced functions like SpeedGrader to increase instructor efficiency.
Canvas Basics Would you like to learn about CANVAS or how to use it to facilitate your class? Join colleagues to discuss how to: set up your CANVAS course site; navigate, organize and manage materials; and access available CANVAS features to get you started. The session will be hands on, bring a laptop or we will provide one.
Canvas Basics (Webinar) Would you like to learn about CANVAS or how to use it to facilitate your class? Virtually join colleagues to discuss how to: set up your CANVAS course site; navigate, organize and manage materials; and access available CANVAS features to get you started.
Canvas Days Are you in the final stages of designing your course in Canvas for the Fall 2018 semester and looking for some assistance? Join the Office for Teaching & Learning (OTL) and Computing & Information Technology (C&IT) teams for Canvas Days! Canvas Days consists of tailored one-on-one, 45-minute sessions to help you finalize your Fall 2018 course in Canvas. We strongly encourage attending Canvas Basics prior to your session, or utilizing the Canvas Online Resources. Once you register, please fill out the quick survey, as this will assist in assigning you a consultant that best fits your requests.  
Clicking with Your Students Are you interested in using polling to engage your students and assess their comprehension during class? iClicker provides real-time information to help gauge student understanding of important concepts. This interactive demonstration will show the features and functionality of iClicker Reef and Reef Quizzing alongside physical i>clicker remotes, while providing the information to incorporate iClicker into your classroom, regardless of the device used! BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to this demonstration if youd like to join in the fun! Those considering using iClicker as well as those who just need a refresher will benefit from this session.  
Connecting with Students in Canvas Would you like to connect with your students using Canvas? Join colleagues to learn how to connect with students in Canvas in your online, hybrid or traditional course. You will learn more about setting up groups in Canvas, using Discussions to connect students, and the Conferences features.  
Designing Your Course in Canvas Will you be designing a new hybrid or online course? Join colleagues to learn how to build a course module for your course in Canvas. We will focus on how to organize a hybrid or online course, how to select the appropriate Canvas features for engaging students, to conclude with building a course module for your hybrid or online course.
Getting Started with Echo360 Personal Capture Would you like to make your video lectures more exciting and keep students actively engaged? Join colleagues in this two-hour workshop to learn the basics of recording, editing and publishing a video using Echo360 Personal Capture. Topics include project setup, recording audio, basic editing techniques, and uploading videos to your course in Canvas. Participants will have the opportunity to practice using Echo360 Personal Capture to record, edit, and publish a brief video.
Introduction to Hybrid & Online Teaching Are you new to hybrid or online teaching? Would you like to learn more about the unique characteristics of hybrid and online teaching and learning? Join colleagues to discuss the critical differences between hybrid, online, and traditional courses, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design and evaluation. You will leave this session with frameworks for getting started in hybrid and online course development.

 

Assessment

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Classroom Assessment Techniques Do you want to get an informal sense of how well students are learning while class is taking place? Join colleagues to explore formative classroom assessment techniques for online, hybrid, and traditional learning environments. We will discuss a number of quick, easy, and effective strategies that engage students and improve learning.  
Cooperative and Collaborative Learning Do you encourage interaction among students during class? Do the groups work well together? How do your assessments reflect the importance of teamwork? We will look at the cycle of group work as an integrated whole, from the practicalities of making the groups to closing the loop on assessment to get better buy-in from the students, including the strategies of group quizzes and pyramid exams. Positive results from this approach include improved learning as well as enhanced feelings of satisfaction among students. Join colleagues to explore the nuts and bolts of cooperative and collaborative learning strategies and assessments. The workshop is facilitated by Professor Andrew Feig, Chemistry Department. Co-sponsored by The Office for Teaching and Learning and the WSU WIDER Program.  
Writing Effective Exams Do your exams effectively measure what you want your students to learn? How do you assess whether your exam was a good measure of student learning? Join colleagues to discuss strategies for aligning your exams with the measurement of your course learning outcomes. These tools will help you write your exams faster and be more intentional in the design of exam questions. Facilitated by Professor Andrew Feig, Chemistry Department. Co-sponsored by The Office for Teaching and Learning and the WSU WIDER Program. 

 

 

Diversity

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Activities for the First Day of Class Do you expect students to actively participate in your course throughout the semester? Set an example by engaging them in an active learning activity on the very first day. Join colleagues to learn about pedagogical strategies that can be implemented on the first day to help create an inclusive learning environment, build community, and clarify students personal learning outcome goals. 
Redesigning Assignments to be Transparent for All Students Do your students tell you that they don't understand your assignments? Not all assignments offer equitable opportunities for success to all students. Join colleagues in this hands-on workshop to learn how even small teaching interventions can have a big impact and how you can implement these changes right now. Please bring one take-home assignment you are ready to use in your class and apply a flexible framework that allows you to make your assignments transparent for all students.
Universal Design for Learning Would you like to know how to design curriculum to reach a variety of learners? Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for developing and delivering curriculum to meet the needs of all students. Join colleagues to discuss an overview of the UDL guidelines and how they apply to your course. This workshop is facilitated by Professor Susan Gabel, College of Education.  

 

 

Evidence-Based Teaching

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Designing Courses for Significant Learning Will you be designing a new course or enhancing a current one? Join colleagues for an extended workshop to learn about and apply Integrated Course Design, a framework to articulate and incorporate deeper facets of learning into your course. We also explore strategies of educative assessments to improve students learning and ways to enhance their performance with high quality feedback. In addition, we discuss active learning techniques that most appropriately fit your course, your students, and the learning tasks.  
Evidence-Based Teaching Methods Are you ready to get started with evidence-based teaching practices? Let us help you! In this workshop we will focus on taking a content element of your class and converting it to an effective student-centered activity. Bring with you to the workshop one element of a lecture that you want to work on or just bring an idea. Participants will leave this workshop with an evidence-based, student-centered activity tailored to a learning goal in their lecture. Lunch will be provided. Facilitated by Dr. Andrew Feig. Co-sponsored by The Office for Teaching and Learning and the WSU WIDER Program.  
Leading Effective Discussions Do you want the discussions you lead in class to be more effective? Do you want to start having discussions in class, but want to first learn how to do so successfully? Join colleagues to view videos of effective discussions and discuss what worked in the videos and how to apply the strategies. Videos will be of undergraduate students discussing science, but all disciplines are welcome. Faculty and graduate teaching assistants are welcome. Co-sponsored by the Office for Teaching and Learning and the WSU WIDER Grant Program. Facilitated by Dr. Karen Myhr, faculty in the Biology Department at WSU
Student-Centered Teaching Methods Are students getting the most out of your teaching? Not all teaching methods are equally effective. Research indicates that some teaching methods have a greater influence on student learning and retention. Join colleagues to learn about skills, tools, and processes for implementing evidence-based teaching practices.  
Teach Students How to Learn Do your diverse students have the skills necessary to be successful in your course? Join colleagues for this interactive session focused on strategies you can share with your students to make them better learners. The strategies discussed in this session to improve student metacognition, study skills, and motivation come from Saundra McGuires book Teach Students How to Learn, and are applicable to all disciplines. Dont miss this chance to help students perform better in your class and future courses.  
Writing Engaging Polling Questions How do you write challenging polling questions that help students learn? Join colleagues to discuss how to construct polling questions and scenarios that stimulate deep thinking and engage students in meaningful discussions.  

 

 

Geared Towards GTAs

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Activities for the First Day of Class Do you expect students to actively participate in your course throughout the semester? Set an example by engaging them in an active learning activity on the very first day. Join colleagues to learn about pedagogical strategies that can be implemented on the first day to help create an inclusive learning environment, build community, and clarify students personal learning outcome goals. 
Classroom Assessment Techniques Do you want to get an informal sense of how well students are learning while class is taking place? Join colleagues to explore formative classroom assessment techniques for online, hybrid, and traditional learning environments. We will discuss a number of quick, easy, and effective strategies that engage students and improve learning.  
Student-Centered Teaching Methods Are students getting the most out of your teaching? Not all teaching methods are equally effective. Research indicates that some teaching methods have a greater influence on student learning and retention. Join colleagues to learn about skills, tools, and processes for implementing evidence-based teaching practices.