Summer and Beginning of Fall Semester Faculty/Staff Workshops at UW Eau Claire

Hybrid Faculty Workshops
During the first two weeks of June, approximately 130 faculty and instructional academic staff (IAS) attended a day long workshop on transforming an existing face-to-face class into a hybrid model. The workshop was offered five times from June 1-15. Another workshop was offered the week before the opening of semester. These workshops were co-presented by the Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Educational Technology (ET), and Learning and Technology Services (LTS) with support from Academic Affairs and the Office of the Provost.
Some of the topics covered in the workshop were; front-end course analysis, assessment, deciding what content needs to be delivered face-to-face and what can the learner accomplish outside of the classroom, using D2L to support the hybrid course, using social media, adding an audio component, and using technology enhanced assignments … or not. The participants were required, during the workshop, to begin to revise one module/unit of an existing course they intend to move to the hybrid learning mode so they could continue to redesign the course on their own after the workshop. Four follow-up sessions (1 ½ hours each) are being offered multiple times after the initial workshop to continue the support of the redesign. These sessions are:
1. Changing a course to a hybrid design including aligning objectives, assessments, and activities.
2. Assessment ideas and grading strategies for both online and face to face lessons.
3. Face to face and online activities to engage students with the content and with other students.
4. Organizing content into online and face to face chunks. Communication strategies and tools to use in both face to face and online lessons.
Most of the participants intend to add a hybrid component to their fall or spring semester courses. At the conclusion of the initial workshop a few of participants confided that this model will not work for them or their teaching style and will not be pursuing hybrid learning in their course delivery. All in all, this has been a very successful workshop series and we are looking forward to seeing many more hybrid courses being offered at UW-Eau Claire.
New Educators workshop
A two day workshop was offered for new faculty and IAS members at UW-Eau Claire. The workshop explored the issues of teaching challenges and concerns that they may be facing and who are our students. The next part of the workshop dealt with backward design; course goals and objectives, prioritizing content and skills, syllabus, assessment, and teaching learning activities. Lastly they were introduced to D2L and other instructional technologies that are available on campus.
All Educators Workshops—Teaching, Learning, and Technology Breakout Sessions
This one day event consisted of three tracks with multiple topics running the gamut from teaching and learning issues in the classroom to professional issues on campus to instructional technology to enhance instruction. Each session was 50 minutes. Here is a sampling of some of the sessions:
• Overview of Assessment Practices
• Assessing student learning using projects and papers
• Hybrid courses – Determining what will go online and what will stay in the classroom
• Civility in the classroom
• Tools, Collections, and Services Offered by McIntyre Library
• Funding Opportunities for Your Teaching, Research, and Scholarship
• Incorporating Social Media in you Classes
• Blog Assignments
• Multi-media Assignments
• Enhanced D2L

Faculty Workshop with Dr. Maryellen Weimer

Dr. Maryellen Weimer, Professor Emeritus of Teaching and Learning from Penn State University and editor of The Teaching Professor newsletter/Blog, presented two half-day workshops on the following topics; Teaching That Promotes Learning and Successfully Implementing Change in Teaching – Engaging Students. Fifty faculty and staff attended the sessions. As a follow-up of these workshops, two book discussion groups are being formed for the fall semester on Weimer’s book, “Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice.” The groups will meet eight times throughout the semester and apply one or more of the key changes in their courses to move the focus from teaching to learning.

Submitted by
UW-Eau Claire LTDC Rep Gene Leisz

Second Annual Tools for Teaching: Using Technology to Enhance Instruction

The second annual Tools for Teaching Showcase was held on Friday, February 25th, from 9:00 – 3:00. This event featured eighteen faculty, staff, and students from UW-Eau Claire who presented information on how instructional and Web 2.0 technologies used in their coursework enhanced student engagement and learning. Following the model of last year’s showcase, ten sessions (eight sessions last year) were presented in a dual track of 45 minutes each with remaining time for questions. Topics varied from the use of podcasts and Second Life to using TED Talks to initiate classroom discussion. Some of the other topics showcased were: Blogs, Digital Storytelling, Digital Video Assignments, and Poll 4.See more information at this URL,

Unlike last year we invited potential participants to submit a 300 word or less description of the technologies they were using and how it impacted student learning. Through this process we also solicited educators from beyond UW-Eau Claire (Stout, River Falls, and Barron County) to submit and present. Although we did not get submissions from outside of our campus we do plan to follow this model again next spring for the third annual showcase, which is scheduled for Friday, February 24, 2012.

This conference was co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Educational Technology (ET), and Learning and Technology Services (LTS) and supported by funding from the LTDC Professional Development Grant through UW System.

Submitted by Gene Leisz
UW-Eau Claire LTDC Rep

Happenings at UW-Eau Claire

UW-Eau Claire has a couple of new positions, new hires, and a Technology Showcase on the horizon.

First the new hires and positions. UW-Eau Claire’s Office of Academic Affairs has created a new area to assist faculty and staff to move traditional courses to fully online or hybrid mode. The name of the new area is Educational Technologies (ET). The ET team consists of an Educational Technology Fellow, Dr. JoAnne Juett (English department) and a new-to-campus instructional designer, Lois Slattery. It is their charge to make more accessible bottle-neck and core courses for the students. They are also dedicated to developing and promoting the use of technology in teaching and learning.

Another new hire in Learning and Technology Services (LTS) is April Pierson, Learning Technology Consultant. She will be helping faculty incorporate technology into their classes and help them decide what technology and grading criteria might be appropriate for a project. 

It is the intention that these two areas, ET and LTS, will work closely with our Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL.)

On Friday, February 25th, from 9:00 – 3:00 we will be presenting the 2nd annual Tools for Teaching Showcase. This event is the collaboration of LTS, ET, and CETL and is being partially supported by a UWS/LTDC Professional Development Grant. We will be showcasing faculty and staff who are using Web 2.0 tools and other technologies in their coursework to enhance student engagement and learning. Some of the topics showcased are: Blogs, Second Life, Digital Storytelling, Digital Video Assignments, and Poll 4.

Happenings at UW Eau Claire

Blended and Online Course Development Group:

During spring semester, fourteen educators met weekly to migrate one of their courses from the traditional classroom to the online environment; either totally or in a blended mode. The target delivery dates for the newly redesigned courses were summer or fall semester 2010. This community of practice was offered through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). The selected participants had to submit a proposal to CETL specifying what course and when it would be offered, also they had to agree to teach this course multiple times if enrollment warranted further offerings.

The training for the participants consisted of an initial face-to-face meeting (per group, blended/online) followed by a four week online (D2L course) component followed by several face-to-face meetings that were either in the mode of discussions, workshops, or demonstrations. Topics covered were course design [redesign] and using technology to aid the delivery of content (D2L, Dreamweaver, and Web 2.0 tools among others.)

Jessica Franson, Lead Instructional Design Specialist-College of Business, who is Eau Claire’s LTDC backup, was the lead trainer for the sessions and she also developed the four week online Teacher Training Course.

 New Educators Workshop:

Twelve new faculty attended a pre-contract workshop offered through CETL. This consisted of three day-long sessions with a fourth follow-up day. The topics covered during the workshop were; backward design, building a syllabus, assessment, and using technology … D2L, iClickers, Web 2.0 tools.

Offline to Online: Transforming Curriculum & Emerging Technologies

On August 31, Tanya Joosten, Interim Associate Director of UW-Milwaukee’s Learning & Technology Center, presented two seminars to approximately sixty faculty and staff. This event was sponsored by CETL. The morning session dealt with considerations of moving part or all of a course to the online environment and the pedagogical implications involved. The afternoon session focused on employing emerging technologies in the development and delivery of online and blended courses. New technologies, including open source and free software, and mobile technology were highlighted.

In the planning stages:

An Educational Technology advisory team is being formed to envision how Educational Technology can be integrated into curriculum across the UWEC campus and develop a Strategic Plan. Dr. JoAnne Juett, English, is the Educational Technology Fellow and is in charge of this task and the LTDC Rep is part of the advisory team. The priorities for 2010-2011are:

  1. Design and implement a professional development plan for online/hybrid experiences.
    1. Training
    2. Evaluation (course development)
    3. Assessment (course and delivery)
  2. Gather resources, tools, and models for an Educational Technology website

Web 2.0 Resource

The Technology to Enhance the Learning Experience Web site was created in collaboration with the College of Business (Jessica Franson, Catherine Artac and Karla Farrell; the COB Girls) and BITS training, Learning and Technology Services. The purpose of this site is to explore the use of online tech tools to aid instruction or to help learners build digital artifacts. It has a nice annotated listing of Web 2.0 tools and resources.

Happenings at UW-Eau Claire

Tools for Teaching: Using Technology to Enhance Instruction
This one-day technology conference was held on a Friday in February. Thirteen faculty and staff from UW-Eau Claire showcased technology that they were using in the classroom or that could be used in their instruction to enhance student learning. Topics varied from the use of iClickers and Second Life to using TED Talks to initiate classroom discussion. See more information at this URL,
The eight sessions were presented in a dual track of four topics each. This conference was co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Learning and Technology Services (LTS) and supported by funding from the LTDC Professional Development Grant through UWS. As we planned this event we felt that it was important to invite colleagues from other area campuses [Stout, River Falls, and Barron County] following the example of the May Day event that Stout hosted last year. Several of us attended their event which was the impetus for this conference. Lorna Wong also attended the conference as part of a campus visit. It is our intention to present this as an annual event and we will also continue to invite area colleagues.

Digital Story Telling
Digital story telling (DST) is growing at UW-Eau Claire. I have been invited to help instruct five different classes on how to create digital stories as part of student assignments. The subject areas are Ethics, English, and Special Education … numbering over 100 students. Dr. Beth Preston is one of the instructors. She is the faculty person who attended the Digital Story Telling conference in Madison two years ago and also one of the co-instructors of the for-credit Digital Story Telling course that was offered during Winterim in January. Emily Krusack, who was the other instructor, is another faculty who assigned DST in a creative writing English course. The two of them are planning on offering that course again this Winterim.

Elluminate Pilot
As the Elluminate pilot is winding down, most of the faculty who are using it at UW-Eau Claire have expressed the wish for this service to continue or to have access to a like product that would function out of D2L at the same level of ease and quality that Elluminate has offered them and their learners this semester. Cathy Thorsen* described her experience using Elluminate as “a smashing success for building community and group interaction/engagement with my distance learning students.”
*Cathy was one of the faculty who attended the LTDC Fall Technology Conference. She is a relative newbie on campus (two years, I believe) who took a lot away from that experience last fall. As a result of that opportunity she audited the Digital Story Telling course Beth and Emily taught in Winterim … and she is the faculty person from Special Education who is having her students create a DST assignment this semester.

Blended and Online Learning Groups
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), with funding support through the Office of Academic Affairs, offered the opportunity for a small group of faculty to convert their face-to-face courses to either blended or online. This program offers a stipend, mentoring, and training over a ten week period during spring semester to help instructors move their content to D2L for their course support. The groups were divided into Blended and Online and met on separate days. After the initial meeting each participant was enrolled in a four week online program created to help them get the feel of being a student in an online course … It also showed best practices of how to effectively use the tools and environment while recreating their courses. The four week online course was based on the model that UW-Eau Claire’s College of Business (COB) uses with their instructors before they are allowed to teach online. In addition to this online experience workshops using Dreamweaver, CSS, and WebDav were provided to build content beyond working with the tools in D2L. Staff from the COB and Learning and Technology Services (LTS) provided the training.
The first of these courses to be offered will be a three week online Interim course. The others will be offered either in summer or the fall semester of this year, with further offerings of these courses multiple times if enrollment warrants.

Submitted by Gene Leisz