Scott Memorial Library

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Upcoming CTL Workshops

FRIDAY, 9/22 MONDAY, 9/25 TUESDAY, 9/26 WEDNESDAY, 9/27 THURSDAY, 9/28
5:30pm Facilitating Discussions 101
12:00pm Not Another Test! Beyond High Stakes Testing
9:30am Timely Tech Trainings: iCE (interactive Curricula Experience)
11:00am Timely Tech Trainings: Blackboard Learn
1:00pm Timely Tech Trainings: NearPod
2:30pm Timely Tech Trainings: Collaborate
11:00am The Active Learning Lecture
FRIDAY, 9/29 MONDAY, 10/2 TUESDAY, 10/3 WEDNESDAY, 10/4 THURSDAY, 10/5
12:30pm Implementing Best Practices for Technology-Assisted Peer Reviews of Student Papers
9:00am Communicate Like a Pro---Think Like a Radio Host: Find Your Voice

MONDAY, 9/25

    Facilitating Discussions 101
    Instructor: Julie Phillips, PhD
    Date: 9/25/2017
    Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A, Center City Campus
    (Register for this workshop)

    Teaching through discussion rather than lecture presents unique set of opportunities and challenges for instructors. This workshop explores the power of discussion as a teaching tool and offers advice on strategies for incorporating discussion into in small, medium or large course environments.

    This experiential workshop will assist instructors in setting expectations for student preparation and involvement, developing a strategy for initiating conversations, and skills for sustaining and advancing a discussion. Participants will practice developing questions that launch productive discussions, effectives responses for probing responses and a sampling of discussion techniques for small or large groups.

    At the end of the session, participants should be able to:
    • Identify two ways to initiative a discussion in class
    • Describe key characteristics of good discussion questions
    • Explain two techniques for engaging learners in discussion

TUESDAY, 9/26

    Not Another Test! Beyond High Stakes Testing
    Date: 9/26/2017
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 307, Center City Campus
    (Register for this workshop)

    This session will demonstrate how no-stakes assessment used in class or as a low-stakes assignment can facilitate student self-regulation, retention of information and inform your instruction in real time. Many of us wonder just how much our students know or have retained from our lectures or the assigned work that is often necessary to understand the new information you are about to teach. We will explore some simple evidence-based teaching and student engagement strategies that will help you understand what you need to do differently in an upcoming class session and right on the spot as you are teaching. This can be particularly helpful in large classes but is also a valuable technique in any learning environment. A sampling of technologies will be discussed for this purpose including Nearpod, VoiceThread and Collaborate Ultra.

    At the end of the session, participants should be able to:
    • Understand the purposes of and differences between formative and summative assessments
    • Describe multiple formative assessment options for use in their courses
    • Create at least one formative assessment for immediate use in one or more courses


WEDNESDAY, 9/27

    Timely Tech Trainings: iCE (interactive Curricula Experience)
    Instructor: Edward Everett
    Date: 9/27/2017
    Time: 9:30am – 10:30am
    Location: Scott 405
    (Register for this workshop)

    A web-based platform and iPad app, iCE delivers faculty-generated content directly to students’ iPads, laptops or desktops for a connected learning experience. Faculty wishing to learn more or to adopt this interactive technology for storing, sharing and organizing instructional content must attend one of the iCE workshops.

    Timely Tech Trainings: Blackboard Learn
    Instructor: Edward Everett
    Date: 9/27/2017
    Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
    Location: Scott 405
    (Register for this workshop)

    Blackboard Learn is the course management system of the entire Jefferson campus. Explore the basic tools used to build a course in Blackboard Learn. This session is recommended for all faculty and organizational leaders new to Blackboard.

    Timely Tech Trainings: NearPod
    Instructor: Edward Everett
    Date: 9/27/2017
    Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
    Location: Scott 405
    (Register for this workshop)

    This session will explore NearPod, an Audience Response System that allows you to easily upload an existing PowerPoint presentation and add activities slides (polls, quizzes, drawings). The presenter dashboard is web-based and no special software needs to be installed.

    Timely Tech Trainings: Collaborate
    Instructor: Edward Everett
    Date: 9/27/2017
    Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
    Location: Scott 405
    (Register for this workshop)

    Collaborate is Blackboard’s virtual learning environment for courses, office hours, or conference calls. With a variety of audio and video communication tools, faculty and learners easily can join a session from almost any device with a wireless connection. Learn how to share content, demo an application or collaborate in real-time. Faculty can also establish virtual breakout rooms for learners to engage in small groups.

THURSDAY, 9/28

    The Active Learning Lecture
    Instructor: Julie Phillips, PhD
    Date: 9/28/2017
    Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A, Center City Campus
    (Register for this workshop)

    The large lecture presents a number of challenges to experienced and novice instructors alike. This workshop explores some of the challenges (and assumptions we make about what can or cannot happen in a large lecture) and describes a number of techniques to assist faculty transition from the “sage on the stage” to a “guide on the side.”

    This interactive workshop will:
    • describe benefits and challenges associated with a traditional lecture model
    • explore instructor and student assumptions about large enrollment courses
    • identify potential engaged learning activities for the large lecture courses
    • demonstrate a handful of techniques to enhance large lecture courses


TUESDAY, 10/3

    Implementing Best Practices for Technology-Assisted Peer Reviews of Student Papers
    Instructor: Madeleine Wilcox, PhD
    Date: 10/3/2017
    Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
    Location: Gutman Library, East Falls Campus
    (Register for this workshop)

    This project examined whether technology-assisted peer review enhanced active learning and student performance in more traditional classroom settings. Using direct (student papers) and indirect (student surveys) forms of assessment, we found that technology-assisted peer review was an effective means to improve student performance on papers, relative to peer review using hardcopies. Our findings also point towards the beneficial effects of anonymous peer review and of providing students with appropriate incentives and motivation to undertake the review.

    At the end of this session, participants should be able to:
    1) Use technology-assisted peer review in their classes
    2) Understand the challenges and rewards of using technological tools for student peer reviews

THURSDAY, 10/5

    Communicate Like a Pro---Think Like a Radio Host: Find Your Voice
    Instructor: Julie Phillips, PhD
    Date: 10/5/2017
    Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A, Center City Campus
    (Register for this workshop)

    Created as a series, but designed as discrete workshops, this eight part series focuses improving communication and presentation skills. Each workshop will focus on a finite skill required for effective communication. Each workshop begins with a mini-lecture on a specific communication or public speaking skill and then guides participants through a series of activities designed to highlight the skill while also providing strategies for later use.

    These sessions are interactive and experiential. The only way to confront the fear of public speaking or to improve communication skills is to practice. These workshops provide opportunities for practice and attempt to alleviate anxiety around public speaking though the process of desensitization and laughter.

    Participants are invited to attend all of the sessions or select the workshop(s) of most interest in need.

    Communicate Like a Pro: Think Like a Radio Host: Find Your Voice

    Fans of WKRP in Cincinnati and News Radio probably had a favorite personality from the fictionalized radio stations. For me, it was Les Nesman (“Oh, the humanity.”) and Bill McNeal (played by Phil Hartmann). Each of the radio hosts capitalized on their voice to delivery news, information and “gripping” music (a la Dr. Jonny Fever) to the listeners. As presenters, we must cultivate a signature style that addresses the speaker’s authenticity and vocal capabilities. This workshop encourages participants to reflect on the signature’s authentic speaking style they would like to cultivate experiment with simple techniques to add more energy, variety and interest to their voice.

    Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
    • Describe the concepts of a “signature” style
    • Identify the importance of vocal variety in communication settings
    • Apply at last two techniques to improve vocal variety