Schedule of Events

Fall 2020

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Faculty/Staff Short Meditations every Friday at 2:00 via WebEx starting on August 14, facilitated by Erin Clair and Cynthia Eisemann. WebEx Link: https://atu.webex.com/atu/j.php?MTID=m468fef36ffc2c6be03b59d1f2061bbf0

Yoga Philosophy Chat every other Friday at noon via WebEx starting on August 21, facilitated by Alice Batch and Erin Clair. Dates: 8/21, 9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13. WebEx Link: https://atu.webex.com/atu/j.php?MTID=m70072bb20d59dd271e2ba68781398f2e

August

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

Tues. Aug. 11 - Backward Design: Aligning Outcomes to Activities and Assessments (Magna Publications online seminar), 1:00 pm
The best courses start with the end in mind. What will students learn or be able to do by the end of this class? This Magna Online Seminar helps you organize your workflow and equips you with the tools to line up your course learning elements with your student learning outcomes.
Email cetl@atu.edu if you would like to watch this seminar live. A recording will be put in the CETL Blackboard shell as soon as it is received from Magna.

Wed. Aug. 12 - Professional Development Day - Five Fast Universal Design for Learning Remote-Teaching Strategies by Thomas J. Tobin, 1:30-2:30 pm
To help make educational materials and practices inclusive and useful for all learners, this interactive keynote radically reflects on how faculty members and course designers can adopt Universal Design for Learning in order to create learning interactions that provide students with more time for study and practice in their busy days: broaden our focus away from learners with disabilities and toward a larger ease-of-use/general-inclusion framework.

Thurs. Aug. 13 - "Help! I'm Moving My Course Online!" - Practical Advice for New Online Instructors (Magna Publications online seminar), 1:00 pm
Whether you’re assigned to teach a class online at the last minute or just need to quickly transition to online teaching because of a campus closure or personal situation, there's no need to panic! New online classes do not need to have all the bells and whistles of established online classes—they just need to follow some simple design principles to help you and your students have the best experience possible on short notice. We are offering a free Magna Online Seminar, "Help! I’m Moving My Course Online!"– Practical Advice for New Online Instructors, in which you’ll learn some basic ideas to consider to help you design a course that is easy for your students to navigate. You and your students will make it through the semester! Registration for the live version of this seminar closes at 8:00 am Central on Thursday, August 13.
Dr. Bowen will be giving her Presidential Update at this time. A recording will be put in the CETL Blackboard shell as soon as it is received from Magna.

Tues. Aug. 18 - Maximizing Student Engagement with Course Readings (Magna Publications online seminar), 1:00 pm
Have you ever had difficulty getting students to complete required readings?  Is it a challenge to get them to think more critically about the content? This Magna Online Seminar will introduce four methods for increasing your students’ engagement with course readings.  Each method will be explored in detail, and all materials will be supplied for you to use these activities with your own classes.
Email cetl@atu.edu if you would like to watch this seminar live. A recording will be put in the CETL Blackboard shell as soon as it is received from Magna.

Thurs. Aug. 20 - Going Virtual: Incorporating Assignments Into Your Active Learning Toolkit (iClicker webinar), 2:00 pm
Teaching and learning in 2020 have required a whole new level of flexibility. Enter iClicker’s new Assignments feature, which engages students with pre-authored questions that they work through on their own schedule. In this webinar, iClicker training specialist Lindsey Thomas will explain how Assignments can be used for a wide range of teaching scenarios: whether you’re delivering classes synchronously or asynchronously, online or face-to-face, or whether you want to engage students before, during, or after class. Lindsey will show you how to create questions, set up an Assignment in your iClicker Cloud course, and track student progress. You’ll even have a chance to participate using our iClicker Reef app to get a feel for the student experience. This will be a great chance to ask any questions you might have about using iClicker in asynchronous and/or remote classes before the fall term begins. Can’t join us live? Register anyway! We'll send you the recording to view at your own convenience

Fri. Aug. 28 - Examining the Intersection of Equity, Trauma-Informed Pedagogy, and Social Emotional Learning by Dr. Mays Imad, Professor of Genetics, Biotechnology, and Bioethics and founding coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Center at Pima Community College (webinar, KSU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning), 1:30-3:00 pm
This webinar will interrogate what it means to teach for purpose, empowerment, and liberation. How do we leverage the neuroscience of now to help our students learn and thrive in turbulent times? We will also examine the theoretical framework and practical implications of trauma-informed pedagogy and social emotional learning. We hope you’ll join us for this important event! Registration is free, but attendance is limited; details for accessing the webinar will be sent to those who register. For more information, please contact Dr. Hillary Steiner, Associate Director for SoTL, at hsteiner@kennesaw.edu.

Mon. Aug. 31 - Wellness Monthly Book Club: Start Here: Mastering the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing, by Eric Langshur and Nate Klemp (ISBN 978-1501129131), 2:30 pm
https://atu.webex.com/atu/j.php?MTID=mf2f820489a9860b9e49472b67dec77ed

 

September

Tues. Sept. 1 - Reimagining STEM Education Through a Humanities Lens (Magna Publications online seminar), 1:00 pm
For STEM educators who are striving to meet student interest in inclusive and meaning-centered education, this Magna Online Seminar provides concrete, evidence-based strategies and a framework for reimagining a STEM education through a humanities lens.
Email cetl@atu.edu if you would like to watch this seminar live. A recording will be put in the CETL Blackboard shell as soon as it is received from Magna.

Wed. Sept. 9 - Structuring a Course So That All Students Participate (Chronicle of Higher Education webinar), 1:00 pm
When colleges abruptly closed this spring, everyone learned just how hard it is to replicate the engagement of in-classroom education online. With virtual education continuing this fall, the higher ed community is asking: how can faculty structure classes to encourage everyone to participate and collaborate? The Chronicle is gathering a panel of experts in higher ed to shed light on this essential issue. Hosted by Beth McMurtrie, the discussion will examine ways to prevent students from feeling disengaged and excluded during this unprecedented semester.
- How can students participate in and complete group work?
- How can professors engage students in ways better suited to the online classroom?
- How can universities ensure that the needs of students of color, first-gen, and lower-income students are being met?
Register now for our virtual forum to hear the answers to these questions and more.
Click on the title of the webinar to register.

Thurs. Sept. 10 - Harnessing the Power of Open Pedagogy and Open Syllabi to Promote Student Success (Magna Publications online seminar), 1:00 pm
Through the use of open pedagogy and open syllabi, instructors can empower students to play a larger role in the development and curation of learning materials for their classes. In this Magna Online Seminar, we will introduce the concepts of open pedagogy and open syllabi and discuss practical ways they have been successfully used in classroom settings with both commercial and open educational resource (OER) materials.
Email cetl@atu.edu if you would like to watch this seminar live. A recording will be put in the CETL Blackboard shell as soon as it is received from Magna.

Tues. Sept. 15 - Overcoming STEM Challenges When Designing Curriculum and Online Delivery (Magna Publications online seminar), 1:00 pm
It’s quite evident that improving retention and degree completion are complex tasks that involve the entire university structure. STEM education adds a layer of complexity that can be challenging when curriculum design and delivery modalities are changing toward an online system. This Magna Online Seminar will provide actionable advice on how to meet students’ interest in flexible learning options without compromising course quality or students’ achievement of mastering learning objective.
Email cetl@atu.edu if you would like to watch this seminar live. A recording will be put in the CETL Blackboard shell as soon as it is received from Magna.

Mon. Sept. 21 - Connecting with Online Students, Dr. Rebecca A. Glazier, Associate Professor, School of Public Affiars, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 12:00-1:00 pm, live online seminar
Webex link will be provided closer to the webinar.

Thurs. Sept. 24 - Beyond Pedagogy: Infusing Equity into Your Syllabus, Assignments, and Course Content (Magna Publications online seminar), 1:00 pm
Have you integrated inclusive pedagogies into your teaching and wonder what’s next? Are you ready to be more intentional about making your assignments and course content more equity-minded? This Magna Online Seminar will identify evidence-based approaches to add equity-minded content and improve the success of minoritized students in your disciplinary and institutional context.
Email cetl@atu.edu if you would like to watch this seminar live. A recording will be put in the CETL Blackboard shell as soon as it is received from Magna.

Mon. Sept. 28 - Webex Teams Question & Answer session with Sean Carnahan, 12-1 pm
Sean and others at OIS have been amazing with their assistance to faculty through this unusual semester. He has offered to have a Q&A session to continue that assistance. In addition to those with questions, faculty who have been using Webex Teams successfully in their course are encouraged to join in the discussion and share what has been working well.
See the Announcements in the CETL Blackboard shell for the Webex link for this meeting.

Mon. Sept. 28 - Wellness Monthly Book Club: The Prophet by Kahil Gibran (ISBN: 978-0394404288), 2:30 pm
https://atu.webex.com/atu/j.php?MTID=m3fbb13426b14823b89e0e1d92fbf1ca2 

 

October

Mon. Oct. 5 - Hybrid and Online Learning, Dr. Eric K. Leonard, Henkel Family Chair in International Affairs, Professor of Political Science, Shenandoah University, 12:00-1:00 pm, live online seminar
See the Announcements in the CETL Blackboard shell for the Webex link for this meeting.

Tues. Oct. 6 - Increasing Student Engagement, Persistence, and Success Online Using Emotion Science (Magna Publications online seminar), 1:00 pm
Emotions are strongly linked to how we pay attention, focus, engage, remember, and learn. This online seminar will present practical strategies for putting the power of emotions to work in online classes to help capture and hold students’ attention, better engage students in their learning, and ultimately help them persist and succeed.
Email cetl@atu.edu if you would like to watch this seminar live. A recording will be put in the CETL Blackboard shell as soon as it is received from Magna.

Fri. Oct. 9 - Preparing an Inclusive Online Course (ACUE webinar), 11:00 am
Panelists will share their thoughts and practices for approaching your online teaching with an inclusive mindset, ensuring your course reflects a diverse society and world. Learn inclusive strategies you can put into practice even before the first day of your online course to set the stage for creating a more equitable online learning environment.
You can register for this free webinar at the link above.

Mon. Oct. 12 - Advanced Blackboard: Inline grading/Bb Annotate, 12-1 pm
Bb Annotate offers a more robust feature set to provide customizable feedback to students. Features include a sidebar summary view, freehand drawing tools, various color selections, and much more. This session is designed for faculty of all comfort levels with this tool to participate. Experienced users can share ideas with each other and faculty new to this tool can see how other faculty are using it.
See the Announcements in the CETL Blackboard shell for the Webex link for this meeting.

Mon. Oct. 13 & Wed. Oct. 15 - Leveraging the Neuroscience of Trauma for Informed Teaching (Magna Publications online seminar), 1:00 pm
For educators who are teaching during stressful times, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and recognizing that both their students and they are disrupted by stress and anxiety, this two-part Magna Online Seminar provides actionable ideas and tools for teaching with a trauma-sensitive approach.
Email cetl@atu.edu if you would like to watch this seminar live. A recording will be put in the CETL Blackboard shell as soon as it is received from Magna.

Mon. Oct. 19 - Ally, 12-1 pm
Your class is full of diverse students with unique learning abilities. Providing them with more accessible original content means they can choose formats that work best for them: HTML for improved reading on mobile phones, Electronic Braille for the visually impaired, and Audio for learning on the go. Ally automatically scans your original content, and performs a series of steps to make them more accessible. This session is designed for faculty of all comfort levels with this tool to participate. Experienced users can share ideas with each other and faculty new to this tool can see how other faculty are using it.
See the Announcements in the CETL Blackboard shell for the Webex link for this meeting.

Tues. Oct. 20 - Advanced Leadership Philosophies: Comparing Servant and Toxic Leadership (Magna Publications online seminar), 1:00 pm
You’ve come across a multitude of leaders in your profession. Some good, some bad, and some somewhere in between. This online seminar will guide you in developing your own leadership style through exploring and comparing two opposing  styles, servant and toxic leadership.
Email cetl@atu.edu if you would like to watch this seminar live. A recording will be put in the CETL Blackboard shell as soon as it is received from Magna.

Fri. Oct. 23 - Overcoming Microaggressions as a Faculty Member (Academic Impressions webcast), 12:00 pm
Join us online for this free webcast to learn how microaggressions can trigger faculty, especially women and other underrepresented populations. During the webcast, you will have the chance to participate in a sample group coaching session to help you unpack and address common microaggressions you have experienced. Our expert speaker will offer three practical strategies for managing your response to microaggressions: Recognizing and naming the behavior; Developing greater self-awareness; Learning how to respond and not react.
Click on the link above to register for this free webcast.

Mon. Oct. 26 - Advanced Blackboard - Item analysis, 12-1 pm
Item analysis provides statistics on overall performance, test quality, and individual questions. This data helps you recognize questions that might be poor discriminators of student performance. Uses for item analysis include: Improve questions for future test administrations or to adjust credit on current attempts, Discuss test results with your class, Provide a basis for remedial work, Improve classroom instruction. This session is designed for faculty of all comfort levels with this tool to participate. Experienced users can share ideas with each other and faculty new to this tool can see how other faculty are using it.
See the Announcements in the CETL Blackboard shell for the Webex link for this meeting.

Mon. Oct. 26 - Wellness Monthly Book Club: Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices by Thich Nhat Hanh (ISBN: 978-1888375916), 2:30 pm
https://atu.webex.com/atu/j.php?MTID=md9c130c9413e428142d2b917eaac4da3

Tues. Oct. 27 - Supporting First-Gen Students through Inclusive Course Design (free webinar), 1:00 pm
For first-generation students, higher education offers a gateway to career advancement, valued social capital, and intergenerational mobility. Yet despite the best efforts of instructors, first-generation students face numerous challenges to successfully completing a degree, evidenced in higher drop-out rates compared to their peers. Understanding those challenges can help inform course design strategies that foster a greater sense of inclusion and belonging that can help all students find academic success.
Key Takeaways
• Learn about key tenets of inclusive design and accessibility and how they relate to the needs of first -generation learners
• Understand instructional strategies designed to address the specific challenges faced by first-generation learners
• Discover tools institutions can adopt to support learner preference and promote inclusive education
Click on the link above to register for this free webinar.

 

November

Mon. Nov. 2 - Flipgrid, 12-1 pm
Flipgrid is a free, simple way to foster short video-based discussions on classroom topics. Educators, learners, and families can use Flipgrid at school or at home to stay connected and share their continued learning experiences. This session is designed for faculty of all comfort levels with this tool to participate. Experienced users can share ideas with each other and faculty new to this tool can see how other faculty are using it.
See the Announcements in the CETL Blackboard shell for the Webex link for this meeting.

Tues. Nov. 3 - Tips for Department Chairs on Navigating Academic Departmental Relationships (Magna Publications online seminar), 1:00 pm
This Magna Online Seminar is for aspiring, new, and experienced academic chairs who desire a meaningful and productive working relationship with their deans and seek guidance in navigating the bureaucracy and politics of their institutions. You’ll receive insight about how to develop this important relationship to benefit and advance your department.
Email cetl@atu.edu if you would like to watch this seminar live. A recording will be put in the CETL Blackboard shell as soon as it is received from Magna.

Fri. Nov. 6 - Managing Zoom Fatique: Help Your Students Succeed in the Virtual Classroom (free Wiley webinar), 2-3 pm
If you’ve spent the last few months sitting through endless Zoom meetings, you’re probably familiar with Zoom Fatigue. But did you know that many students are reporting the same experience with their online courses? Join Dr. Jonathan Brennan as he shares research regarding the underlying causes of Zoom Fatigue and actionable methods to address it. During this session, you will learn practical strategies that you can quickly and easily implement in distance learning courses across all disciplines.
Click on the link above to register for this free webinar.

Mon. Nov. 9 - Advanced Blackboard - Adaptive Release, 12-1 pm
With adaptive release, instructors can create a set of rules to control how content is released to students in their courses. The rules may be related to availability, date and time, individual usernames, membership in course groups, review status of another item in the course, and Grade Center items such as scores, attempts, and calculated columns. This session is designed for faculty of all comfort levels with this tool to participate. Experienced users can share ideas with each other and faculty new to this tool can see how other faculty are using it.
See the Announcements in the CETL Blackboard shell for the Webex link for this meeting.

Mon. Nov. 16 - Webex Reports, 12-1 pm
Did you know that you can generate usage reports on Webex that provide information about each online event that you have hosted? We will discuss how to get these reports and how to use them to help manage your class.

Mon. Nov. 30 - Well That Didn't Work!, 12-1 pm
Did you try something in your class this year that didn't go well? Did you try something new and it was a total flop? Do you want to hear stories from other faculty so that you don't feel so bad about your class? Join us for this session to share stories about our own failures in the classroom and to commiserate together. No judgement allowed!

Mon. Nov. 30 - Wellness Monthly Book Club: This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life, by David Foster Wallace (ISBN: 978-0316068222), 2:30 pm
https://atu.webex.com/atu/j.php?MTID=m0fa77a47162b306579f2ee06b108cf3c 

 

February

Tues. Feb. 23 - The Role of Educational Developers in Teaching and Learning Excellence (Magna Publications online seminar), 1:00 pm
For educational developers who help faculty in any aspect of course preparation, delivery, or professional development, this Magna Online Seminar links this professional role to student achievement and success. You will take away a solid understanding of how educational development is vital in teaching and learning excellence and how it’s a discipline of supporting high quality student learning experiences.
Email cetl@atu.edu if you would like to watch this seminar live. A recording will be put in the CETL Blackboard shell as soon as it is received from Magna.