Colloquia Outlines

Accessibility and Usability

In this session we’ll define learning disabilities, describe the responsibilities of the instructor and help faculty find and use various accommodations for learning disabled students.

  1. Defining a Learning Disability?
  2. Supplying Accommodation
  3. Universal Design for Learning
  4. Assistive Technology
  5. Disability Services


Active Learning Institute

In this five-hour session we’ll help faculty integrated interactive learning strategies to help students become dynamically involved in their own education.

  1. Introduction to Active Learning
  2. Teaching Styles
  3. Active Learning Strategies
  4. How to incorporate Active Learning Strategies into Course Design
  5. Considerations with an Active Learning Classroom
  6. Tools and Technologies


Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (A)

This selection comprises an introduction to how the QM rubric mediates course design for maximum educational possibilities.

  1. Introduction to Quality Matters and the APPQMR Workshop
  2. Overview of the QM Rubric, Program, and Peer Review Process
  3. A Close Look at the General and Specific Standards in the QM Rubric
  4. Learning about Learning Objectives, Alignment, Helpful Recommendations
  5. The Peer Review Process and How to Apply the QM Rubric


APPQMR: Stepping up to Quality (B)

This workshop puts the elements of the QM workshop to the test by outlining the means for self-review as a preparation for an official review. Members of the CTLT staff will schedule one-on-one meetings with faculty who’d are moving forward.

  1. Review of Foundational QM Precepts
  2. Preparing a Course for Review
  3. Processing a Self-Review


Blackboard Introduction

Intended for faculty new to or inexperienced with the learning management system we’ll help instructors mount content, create assignments and set up discussions. Because LMS policies differ between schools we’ll familiarize instructors with various practices vital to course management.

  1. Course Building and Navigation – the basics of course structure
  2. Uploading Content – adding the syllabus, documents, PowerPoints, videos, hyperlinks, etc.
  3. Assignment Manager – setting up the interface to allow student to upload papers
  4. Discussion Board – the basics of asynchronous communication
  5. Standard Practices – opening and closing courses, requesting transfers between semesters, etc.


Blackboard Intermediate

For instructors who have taken the introduction course or who are otherwise familiar with the basics this session covers assessments, managing the grade center, and features a discussion of policies and tools helpful in promoting academic integrity. Bonus content includes an introduction to various approaches to course shell structure.

  1. Assessments – Creating, deploying, copying between sections
  2. Grade Center – Designing, grading, weighting grades
  3. Academic Integrity – Promoting integrity through assessment design; detecting plagiarism
  4. Course Structure Alternatives – Tool-based and Content-based designs


Blended Learning

Faculty teaching or considering hybrid courses will be introduced to the various ways these courses differ from both traditional and fully online course alternatives. Attendees will get hands on practice with creating learning activities and adjusting syllabi appropriate to this creative form of instruction.

  1. Introduction to Blended Learning
  2. Design Process
  3. Learning Objectives
  4. Assessment and Learning Activities
  5. Decision Making: F2F or Online
  6. Blended Learning Syllabus


Integrating Social Media with Coursework

In this session we’ll discuss how social media can be translated from a time-waster to a viable means of education for a generation who maybe more familiar with the former than that latter.

  1. Introduction to Social Media
  2. Blogging and Micro-blogging (e.g. WordPress or Twitter)
  3. Document Sharing (e.g. Google Docs or Microsoft OneDrive.com)
  4. Photo/Video Sharing (e.g. Flickr or YouTube)
  5. Social Networking (e.g. Facebook or LinkedIn)


Open (free!) Educational Resources

Cash-strapped students will appreciate courses with a low overhead due to the adoption of a growing cache of free educational tools, including textbooks, videos, graphics and more.

  1. Introduction to OER – what they are, why they exist, why we’d want to save students money!
  2. Finding OER – Cutting out the search engine step by identifying key repositories\\\
  3. Using OER – The Four R’s: Reuse, Revise, Remix, and Redistribute
  4. OER Sources – Practice by finding tools for use in our courses