Call for Participants: Canvas Skill Mastery Certification Opportunity

Canvas Certified Educator - Higher Ed Badge

The UWSA Office of Learning and Information Technology (OLIT) is pleased to issue this call for participants for the new Canvas skill mastery certification program offered by Instructure.

This professional development program for educators includes a series of six courses designed to strengthen knowledge and use of Canvas through hands-on experiences that lead to certification of their skill in using the Canvas platform. Courses are entirely run by Instructure’s Canvas Learning Services team, not by UW System Administration. Each of the courses takes approximately six weeks to complete. The estimated time commitment to complete a course and a reflection activity is 16 – 22 hours per course. One UW System cohort of 37 participants will launch Monday, March 29, 2021. More details about these courses are located in the Call for Participants – Canvas Certified Educator Program (Higher Education Track).

To qualify for the program, applicants must:

  • have reviewed this Call for Participants and understand the program expectations
  • have a full-time faculty or teaching academic staff appointment at a UW System institution (except UW-Madison) during the Spring 2021 semester
  • already have a working knowledge of using Canvas
  • demonstrate a keen interest in taking full advantage of Canvas in teaching your courses

The application process is very simple and requires applicants to submit a completed survey available at https://uwsystemadmin.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3IwuM04nwiiUy7r by Friday, March 5, 2021. Scholarship awards will be announced by Friday, March 12, 2021. We urge applicants to carefully consider their ability to accommodate the time commitment.  

Questions about the program may be directed to Renee Pfeifer-Luckett, Director, Learning Technology Development for the University of Wisconsin System Administration (e: rpfeifer-luckett@uwsa.edu;  t: 608-265-9559).

Online Teaching Institute Spring 2021 Applications Open

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The Call for the Spring 2021 Online Teaching Institute is now open.

The UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center (LTC) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for a Spring 2021 Online Teaching Institute. The overall goal of the institute is to align quality course design with best practices in online teaching, preparing faculty for online course development, and online/hybrid teaching in future academic terms.

This Spring Institute is designed to be fully asynchronous and completed over a ten week, work at your own pace, timeline. The course models a fully online course including readings, materials, and short homework assignments. Participants will be required to build a fully online unit of a course they could teach. There will be several optional synchronous workshops, including an orientation, student panel, and peer review session.

We will be accepting up to 25 applicants. Preference will be given to those faculty and full-time instructional academic staff in a first come, first serve basis. To ensure we can serve the entire UW-Whitewater community, we will also prioritize individuals who have not previously completed the Online / Blended teaching Institute since the summer of 2018.  Approved applicants will be emailed regarding their acceptance on Thursday, February 4th, 2021 and be enrolled in the Canvas course site.  Rolling applications will be accepted until March 1st . The Canvas course will open for participants on Monday, February 8th and final submission of work will be due April 16, 2021. 

The application takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. We recommend completing the application on a computer, as some questions involve typed responses.

For any additional information or questions, please contact the LTC.
Learning Technology Center
(262) 472-1004
ltc@uww.edu

Apply here: http://uwwhitewater.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9BQ4lxejeFD0A0C


Winterim Online Teaching Institute application

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The Call for the Winterim Online Teaching Institute remains open.

Applications remain open for the Winterim 2021 Online Teaching Institute. The overall goal of the institute is to align quality course design with best practices in online teaching, preparing faculty for online course development, and teaching in future academic terms.

This Winterim Institute is designed in a hybrid modality combining a series of short online workshops and asynchronous materials in Canvas. The course models hybrid and remote modalities including readings, materials, and short homework assignments. Participants will be required to build a fully online unit of a course they could teach.

There are six synchronous workshops M/W/F scheduled from 1:00 pm to 2:00pm in Webex from January 4 through January 15. These will include a student panel discussion and a peer to peer review session to share ideas and collaborate on online course designs in progress. There will also be additional optional Canvas labs. Final course materials will be due January 29th.

We will be accepting 25 applicants into the Institute for Online Teaching this winter. Preference will be given to those faculty and full-time instructional academic staff who fully complete the application in a first come, first serve basis and who have not previously completed the Online / Blended teaching Institute since the summer of 2018. Once we accept 25 applicants, we will close the application.

For any additional information or questions, please contact the LTC.
Learning Technology Center
(262) 472-1004
ltc@uww.edu

Apply here: http://uwwhitewater.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7NyGyL3OnrRwnop


Application for 2021 Winterim Online Teaching Institute now open

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The Call for the Winterim Online Teaching Institute is now open.


The UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center (LTC) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for a Winterim 2021 Online Teaching Institute in a shortened hybrid format. The overall goal of the institute is to align quality course design with best practices in online teaching, preparing faculty for online course development, and teaching in future academic terms.

This Winterim Institute is designed in a hybrid modality combining a series of short online workshops and asynchronous materials in Canvas. The course models hybrid and remote modalities including readings, materials, and short homework assignments. Participants will be required to build a fully online unit of a course they could teach.

There are six required synchronous workshops M/W/F scheduled from 1:00 pm to 2:00pm in Webex from January 4 through January 15. These will include a student panel discussion and a peer to peer review session to share ideas and collaborate on online course designs in progress. There will also be additional optional Canvas labs. Final course materials will be due January 29th.

We will be accepting 25 applicants into the Institute for Online Teaching this winter. Preference will be given to those faculty and full-time instructional academic staff who fully complete the application in a first come, first serve basis and who have not previously completed the Online / Blended teaching Institute since the summer of 2018. Once we accept 25 applicants, we will close the application. Applicants will be emailed regarding their acceptance on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 and be enrolled in the Canvas course site.

The application takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Any incomplete applications may be rejected. We recommend completing the application on a computer, as some questions involve typed responses.

For any additional information or questions, please contact the LTC.
Learning Technology Center
(262) 472-1004
ltc@uww.edu

Apply here: http://uwwhitewater.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7NyGyL3OnrRwnop


Call: Fall 2020 Institute for Online Teaching

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The Call for the Fall 2020 asynchronous Online Teaching Institute is now open.


The UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center (LTC) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for a Fall 2020 Institute for Online Teaching which will pilot fully asynchronous delivery of the institute. The overall goal of the institute is to align quality course design with best practices in online teaching, preparing faculty for online course development, and teaching in future academic terms.

This Fall Institute is designed to be fully asynchronous and completed over a ten week period. The course models a fully online course including readings, materials, and short homework assignments. Participants will be required to build a fully online unit of a course they could teach.

We will be accepting 25 applicants into the Institute for Online Teaching this fall. Preference will be given to those faculty and full-time instructional academic staff who fully complete the application in a first come, first serve basis and who have not previously completed the Online / Blended teaching Institute since the summer of 2018. Once we accept 25 applicants, we will close the application. Applicants will be emailed regarding their acceptance on Friday, September 18, 2020 and be enrolled in the Canvas course site. Those who complete the Institute will be eligible for a $500 stipend through the UW System Online Learning Initiative.

The application takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Any incomplete applications may be rejected. We recommend completing the application on a computer, as some questions involve typed responses.

For any additional information or questions, please contact the LTC.
Learning Technology Center
(262) 472-1004
ltc@uww.edu

Apply here: http://uwwhitewater.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bHHZ00F1HaqPU8t

Summer 2020 Online/Blended Teaching Institute Applications due May 13th

The UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center (LTC) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Summer 2020 Online/Blended Teaching Institute.
Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 13th, 2020. Deans will select participants from their College’s pool of applicants.

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Online/Blended Teaching Institute Summer 2020

The overall goal of the institute is to align quality course design with best practices in online teaching, preparing faculty for online course development, and teaching in future academic terms.

The Summer 2020 Institute will be offered entirely online via a combination of synchronous Webex seminars and asynchronous content in Canvas.  You will be able to complete the Institute remotely!

The schedule for the 2020 Online/Blended Teaching Institute:

June 19, 2020: choice of EITHER 9:00 am – noon OR 1:00pm – 4:00pm
June 26, 2020: choice of EITHER 9:00 am – noon OR 1:00pm – 4:00pm
July 10, 2020:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
July 17, 2020:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Submission of final Institute content July 31, 2020.

For any additional information or questions, please contact the LTC.
Learning Technology Center
(262) 472-1004
ltc@uww.edu

Apply here:
http://uwwhitewater.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1NaNlIAHkegdxt3

“Humanizing Your Courses” Workshop Series Spring 2020

You’re invited to attend this the continuation of the “Humanizing Your Courses” LEARN Center / LTC Workshop Series.  The first session this Spring on “Developing Affective Learning” is February 13 in the UC.  Lunch is provided!  Sign up here.

Humanizing Your Courses

Learning Domains workshop February 13

Inspired by the thinking of Michelle Pacansky-Brock, the “Humanizing Your Courses” series will explore ways to create human-centered learning experiences. Humanized learning leverages the potential of digital technologies to connect with students, foster relationships, and build community. Throughout Spring 2020, we will explore the main topics of Learning Domains, Accessibility, and Communities of Inquiry.

Upcoming sessions: times and locations to be determined
March 9th: Universal Design: Reaching our Diverse Learners
March 16th: Using campus technology for Universal Design
April 21st: Communities of Inquiry – Going beyond information conveyance to collaborative exploration

Call for Proposals: Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference 2020

As a member of the UW-Whitewater community, you are invited to submit a session proposal for the campus event 2020 Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference, “2020 Vision for Student Success.”  This special forum is meant to showcase the wide variety of ways we are all transforming the lives of our students through teaching and learning.  The Conference will be held Wednesday, May 20, 2020 on the UW-Whitewater campus.  It is sponsored by the LEARN Center, the Learning Technology Center, and the Office of Academic Assessment.

Proposals are due March 2nd, 2020.

Concurrent presentation sessions will last 45 minutes.  You are welcome to structure time to fit your presentation.  Remember Q&A!  A typical session consists of approximately 35 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions and answers. 

We encourage proposals in the following themes:

  • Student Engagement: Topics may include learner engagement strategies, discussing different ways of supporting students in courses, incorporating active learning strategies, measuring student success, or other engaging teaching activities.
  • Integrating Teaching and Technology: Topics may include lessons learned from Canvas, integrating emerging technology into teaching, using mobile devices (e.g., smartphones, tablets, etc.) or apps, leveraging analytics to improve teaching or learning, ePortfolio, or preparing students for 21st century skills (e.g., evaluating information, being a digital collaborator).
  • Access and Inclusion: Topics may include accessibility (Universal Design and supporting students with disabilities), access to remote learners, closing the equity gap for underrepresented minority students, meeting the needs of Hispanic-speaking and Latinx students, and supporting non-traditional students.
  • High Impact Practices: Topics may include showcasing high impact practices, community based learning, undergraduate research, collaborative teaching practices, first year experiences, or LEAP projects.
  • Something Else: Have an idea that doesn’t fit into the themes above? That’s okay! Submit your idea using the “Something Else” theme!

Sessions that involve collaboration and creativity are encouraged!

If you have any questions about the conference, please reach out to the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Deadline Approaching: LTC/LEARN Workshop Series

On behalf of the LTC and LEARN Center, we would like to invite you to attend the second session of a collaborative workshop series aimed at “Humanizing Your Courses.”  The theme of our second sessions focuses on Presence, Empathy and Awareness.

Monday, October 21 | 12:30-1:45PM | McGraw 19A

Presence, Empathy, and Awareness
Presented by Anneke Lisberg, Biological Sciences;
Kate Ksobiech, Communications;
Tony Millevolte, College of Integrated Studies

Sign up: https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details?id=16248
Please sign up by Wednesday, October 16

Humanizing Your Courses

Presence, Empathy, and Awareness

Inspired by the thinking of Michelle Pacansky-Brock, the “Humanizing Your Courses” series will explore ways to create human-centered learning experiences. This second workshop will feature a panel of some of our most “present” faculty members. We’ll explore examples from their classroom experiences, including face-to-face and online formats. They will provide tips and guidance on how to create a welcoming and human presence in the classroom, sense when students need extra support, and learn how to listen to and understand our students more directly. In addition, they will also discuss the challenges of remaining so highly focused on student needs.

Attendees will discuss:

  • Strategies to be more “present” in the classroom or online.
  • Approaches to displaying empathy and sensing when students need help.
  • Activities to facilitate knowing students better and creating formative feedback loops
  • Tips to be more aware of your OWN needs.
  • Tips for dealing with the challenges and issues associated with increased empathy

If you have any questions or concerns about the transition, please reach out to the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Applications Open: Winter 2020 Online/Blended Teaching Institute

The UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center (LTC) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Winter 2020 Online/Blended Teaching Institute.

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All faculty and teaching academic staff teaching at UW-Whitewater during the academic year 2019-2020 are eligible to apply for the Winter Institute for Online/Blended Teaching. Applications are due Monday, October 28, 2019. Deans will select participants from their College’s pool of applicants. Participants who successfully complete all of the Institute requirements may earn a $1,000 stipend from their respective college.

The Winter Institute prepares for teaching during the following Summer and Fall terms.
The Summer Institute prepares for teaching during the following Winterim or Spring terms.

The Online/Blended Teaching Institute is a series of interactive workshops focusing on best practices for teaching online and blended courses. By the conclusion of the institute, participants will develop a course module utilizing best practices for online/blended teaching. To apply: Application for Winter 2020 Online/Blended Teaching Institute.

This year in December, participants will learn about navigating the online/blended environment, designing engaging content utilizing technology, and creating appropriate digital assessments in two face-to-face workshops. In January, you will have the opportunity to practice these skills by participating in two online webinars. You will create a unit for an online course and discover strategies to facilitate interactive online teaching while managing an online classroom. Participants will be able to complete the January portion of the Winter institute remotely!

Dates for the 2020 Winter Online/Blended Teaching Institute:

December 6, 2019: Face-to-Face meeting (McGraw 19A), 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
December 13, 2019: Face-to-Face meeting (McGraw19A), 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
January 3, 2020: Online webinar using Webex, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
January 10, 2020: Online webinar using Webex, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Submission of final Institute content: January 31, 2020.

For any additional information or questions, please contact the LTC.

Learning Technology Center
(262) 472-1004
ltc@uww.edu

Application link: http://uwwhitewater.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5yDuOEd1M777Sh7