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