Schedule of Events

SUmmer 2020

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 May

 Wed May 13 - Game Night with Rebecca Goldstein, 6:00 pm
Come play or be part of the audience as we experience Jackbox Party Pack 3. Take part in Trivia Murder Party where answering questions wrong leads to death. Nothing to worry about because you still get to compete as a ghost. See how well you know human behavior by guessing the percentage of people that in engage in various activities with Guesspionage. Provide answers to various prompts to earn the most votes in Quiplash 2. Or test out your drawing and slogan skills with Tee K.O. Be sure to have a second device (tablet preferred or phone) to play. Contact  rgoldstein@atu.edu with any questions.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9632139086?pwd=MVVsU0NHcHBmT2ZjL295eml3SUZNdz09Meeting ID: 963 213 9086
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Thurs. May 21 - Collecting Data to Inform Decision-Making Around Remote Learning (Academic Impressions webcast), 12:00-12:45 pm
Learn what data you can collect now to inform decision-making around remote and online learning moving forward. The transition to remote instruction has presented its fair share of challenges, but also represents an opportunity for data collection that many universities have yet to take advantage of. As you transition into summer and fall terms, collecting data related to the experience and needs of both faculty and students can equip you with important information like:
- Which technological and pedagogical aspects of remote learning have proven most difficult
- How remote learning is affecting student motivation
- Which support services are working well for students and which are lacking
- Which instructor(s) could help champion online education and further institutional goals around online growth strategy moving forward
Join us to learn how you can collect and use this type of data to inform decision-making and improve the quality of remote instruction at your institution. Our expert instructor--who has 14 years of experience in online education across institutional sizes and types—will teach you what questions to ask, how and when to ask them, and how to translate your results into action. This program has been designed for academic leaders, faculty developers, and online education professionals who wish to gain data-based insight on how to support and adjust remote learning at their institutions moving forward.
This webcast is free with the institution's subscription to Academic Impressions. Sign up for an account using your ATU email to register under the university's account. You should then be able to register for this webcast. A recording of this webcast will be available on the CETL Blackboard shell about 1 week after May 21.

Thurs. May 21 - Learning to Play Dungeons & Dragons, 6:00 pm
Over the past few years, interest and exposure to sword and sorcery role playing games (and in particular Dungeons and Dragons / D&D) has dramatically increased. From The Big Bang Theory to Stranger Things to Game of Thrones to most recently The Witcher, fantasy role playing games have re-entered the mainstream consciousness. Compounding this trend, many people started seeking out additional forms of entertainment with the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak. But picking up a role playing game can be intimidating for those new and unfamiliar to them. Role Playing games truly are for everyone, and this event will help introduce these marvelous forms of gaming entertainment to the ATU faculty and staff. This event will start by talking briefly about role playing games, how to play them virtually / online (and eventually face-to-face), and what you need to get started playing. At least half the time for this event will be allotted for answering any questions you might have about these games.
By day, Christopher Housenick, is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the College of Arts and Humanities.  By night, he organizes a biweekly Dungeons and Dragons group that fights orcs, trolls, and giants while saving the world, one die roll at a time.
WebEx Link for this event: https://atu.webex.com/atu/j.php?MTID=m9747000a938c9df6c82c8683136a4c6f

Mon. May 25 - Summer Well-Being Book Series, 2:30 pm
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz (A Toltec Wisdom Book). ISBN-13: 978-1878424310
The Well-Being Book Series takes place on the last Monday of each month at 2:30pm. We come together and discuss a different book/topic. All our welcome, whether you've read the book or not: there are always interesting conversation and perspectives.
WebEx Meeting: https://atu.webex.com/atu/j.php?MTID=m55f2f0132781bc61464f2ad32cdb5523 

Fri. May 29 - Making Your Online Courses More Experiential (Academic Impressions webcast), 2:00-3:00 pm
Learn strategies and acquirie tools to make your online courses more hands-on. It can be difficult for anyone teaching online—both veterans and newcomers—to design courses that are truly experiential. Ideas for hands-on projects and assignments that work well in an in-person setting don’t always translate neatly online, but with some creativity and the right collection of tools, it’s possible to create dynamic and engaging online courses for students that have learning by doing at their center. Whether you’re an experienced online educator or are brand new to remote instruction, this training will equip you with practical, easy-to-implement strategies that you can use to make your online courses more experiential. We’ll discuss how instructors can bring project- and scenario-based learning into the online space by:
- Matching course content and objectives to the right experiential activities
- Employing pedagogical strategies that are conducive to real-world learning
- Making use of a wider array of tools and technologies
This webcast is free with the institution's subscription to Academic Impressions. Sign up for an account using your ATU email to register under the university's account. You should then be able to register for this webcast. A recording of this webcast will be available on the CETL Blackboard shell about 1 week after May 29.

 

June

Thurs. June 4 - Ensuring Quality in Online Instruction (Academic Impressions webcast), 12:00-1:00 pm
Take a more strategic approach to incorporating quality metrics into your online instruction. Many institutions have made the decision to continue with online instruction for summer term and in some cases into the fall. On the horizon for many are more fully online or hybrid courses, which will necessitate a focus on quality in online learning that was not previously possible with the rapid transition to remote learning. In this training our expert will share a Quality Matters-inspired checklist that her institution developed to outline quality metrics in three key aspects of online instruction: assignments, testing, and accessibility considerations. As we walk through the checklist, she will offer practical strategies to help you improve quality in each of these specific areas.
This webcast is free with the institution's subscription to Academic Impressions. Sign up for an account using your ATU email to register under the university's account. You should then be able to register for this webcast. A recording of this webcast will be available on the CETL Blackboard shell about 1 week after June 4.

Wed. June 10 - Supporting Adjunct Faculty: A Training for Department Chairs (Academic Impressions webcast), 12:00-1:00 pm
Most academic departments today employ adjunct faculty, but few Chairs are well-versed in the ins and outs of managing them. Adjuncts face unique challenges orienting to and integrating within the department, and as a Chair you must figure out how to support them effectively to ensure maximum productivity and a positive experience for both students and faculty. In this training, our expert will share strategies for successfully supporting adjunct faculty both at the outset of and throughout the semester. You will learn how to:

This webcast is free with the institution's subscription to Academic Impressions. Sign up for an account using your ATU email to register under the university's account. You should then be able to register for this webcast. A recording of this webcast will be available on the CETL Blackboard shell about 1 week after June 4.

Mon. June 29 - Summer Well-Being Book Series, 2:30 pm
Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele. ISBN-13: 978-0974470641

 

July

Mon. July 27 - Summer Well-Being Book Series, 2:30 pm
Circle of Stones: Woman's Journey to Herself by Judith Duerk. ISBN-13: 978-1880913635

 

Fall 2020

 

Mon. Aug. 3-Mon. Aug. 10 - New Faculty Orientation

Wed. Aug. 12 - Professional Development Day - Faculty Advising Workshop, Carol Heisserer, Director, Academic Advising and Amanda Eller, Assistant Director, Academic Advisor, Southeast Missouri State University