Welcome to the Fall 2020 Semester! While this may not be the start that we would have anticipated, we hope you are excited to welcome students back to our classes, whether they are online, in person, or a little bit of both. We hope that the ideas and discussions from our summer programming will be useful as you settle into this semester.
- Want to see some quick tips for getting off to a good start, designing with flexibility in mind, planning for student engagement, and leveraging technology where it helps? Check out our “Top 10 List for a Great Start to Fall” Resource list!
- Canvas quick tips: leverage modules in a chronological order with items like pages (where you can input headings, text, video, and links) and assignments in the modules to guide students. Make sure to include due dates on assignments and tasks so they pop up in the students’ Canvas calendars!
- Check out this new resource on Videoconferencing Troubleshooting. It has great tips to try if you or your students are having issues with audio/video quality, joining/starting a meeting, or seeing a larger problem. Feel free to bookmark this page and share it with your students in your syllabus or Canvas course site! If students are having problems joining or are unable to attend, it is also a good idea to record the meeting or record a short lecture addressing your topic.
- If you are teaching in a HyFlex or video-enhanced classroom this fall, the Learning Technology Center is offering “office hours” during the first three weeks of September for assisting you with any questions or ideas you might have!
Introducing our New LEARN-LTC Fellows
To support new LEARN-LTC collaborative programming we are excited to welcome four faculty fellows:
- Anna Land (Assistant Professor, College of Business and Economics, IT Supply Chain Management) will be supporting TEACH. TEACH is a self-paced, asynchronous course in Canvas that helps instructors learn about key components (e.g., design, organization, supporting students, interaction, equity, access, etc.) that cross modalities. Up to 300 Instructors of record for the fall semester are eligible to receive a $100 stipend for completing the modules. In addition, up to 100 instructors of record for the fall semester are eligible to receive a $250 stipend for doing an application project. There’s still room and time for you to participate (deadline: September 15)! To enroll and get started, visit the following link: https://uwwtw.instructure.com/enroll/3DC8FD
- Eric Loepp (Assistant Professor, College of Letters and Sciences, Political Science) will be supporting the LTC in transitioning the traditional Institute for Online and Blended Teaching into a more flexible, asynchronous online Canvas course to meet the needs of more instructors wanting to learn about quality online teaching practices. Look for more information on this coming soon!
- Courtney Luedke (Associate Professor, College of Education and Professional Studies, Curriculum & Instruction) will be supporting the new Communities of Practice that will be launching in September. Courtney will be working with facilitators in each of the colleges who will be having frequent college-wide meetings to discuss teaching challenges and solutions. Courtney will also be working with two mentors in each college who will be holding office hours and be available for one-on-one consultations about teaching ideas. More information on these new LEARN-LTC programming pieces will be available soon!
- Jessica Bonjour (Associate Professor, College of Letters and Sciences, Chemistry) will be supporting an online quality project that will explore how we might bring together best practices around online teaching and incorporate them into a tool that instructors could use to guide online course development and facilitation.
Have Questions? Want to learn more?
As always, the LTC and LEARN are here to support you!
- The LTC is available to support your hybrid, remote, and online teaching, as well as help you with our technology tools that support your teaching and student learning. The LTC is available Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. via phone (262-472-1004) and email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Consultations via Webex, as well as face-to-face, can also be scheduled by appointment by contacting our phone or email listed above.
- The LEARN Center is available to discuss options and new ideas for activities or assessments via email (email@example.com). You can also reach the LEARN Center via phone (262-472-5134).
- An up-to-date list of technology training sessions can also be found in the LTC area of the sign-up tool and LEARN events (i.e. book groups and workshops) can also be found in the LEARN area of the sign-up tool!
Heather Pelzel (LEARN Center Director)
Nicole Weber (Director of Learning Technology)