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Considerations for Teaching Accelerated Online Courses (March 4 Session)

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20 seats available


When

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Where

WAL - Wallace (05),
A650 (Teaching & Learning Services)

Event Contact

Michael Starenko

Presenters

Michael Starenko

Accelerated online courses are becoming increasingly common throughout higher education. Equivalent to semester-length classes in learning outcomes and time on task, accelerated online courses are currently being offered at RIT in 3-, 5-, 6-, 8-, and 10-week formats.

Research suggests that accelerated course formats in any mode (online, blended, or f2f) can be effective alternatives to traditional-length formats. All accelerated courses, however, need to be designed and taught differently in order to achieve comparable outcomes. Consequently, this workshop will focus on the unique characteristics of effective online accelerated courses.

During this 60-minute workshop you’ll have opportunities to:

  • Examine research findings and best practices from the literature on accelerated course design and teaching
  • Consider the special attributes of effective accelerated online learning environments
  • Exchange ideas with your colleagues on designing and teaching your accelerated online course
  • Identify RIT services and resources related to accelerated online course development

Registration Information: This workshop is open to all RIT faculty (adjunct as well as full-time) who are teaching an accelerated online course during Summer 2015 or AY2015-16. Seating is limited and advance registration is required.

(Note: This workshop is repeated on Friday, March 13, 1:00-2:00)

To request interpreting services, go to: http://myaccess.rit.edu/.

 


The deadline to register for this event is Monday, March 2, 2015 at 10:00am.

Teaching & Learning Commons Guided Tour

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35 seats available


When

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Where

WAL - Wallace (05),
A 650 TLS Training Area

Event Contact

Joseph Zelazny

Presenters

Joseph Zelazny
  • Guided tour of the Teaching and Learning Commons
  • Discuss your thoughts on using it and share ideas for improvement
  • Meet your colleagues across campus that also intent to use the Commons
  • Learn how to create your own online discussion groups
  • Learn how to share files within a discussion group

RIT faculty have consistently asked for a vehicle to easily share their experiences with new pedagogical models and technologies, discover and connect with colleagues who can offer support with the implementation of new pedagogical models and technologies, and find partners in other colleges for cross-disciplinary courses and other projects. The Commons is just that vehicle.

Whether you are new to the Commons or use it frequently, we certainly hope you can join us.

Any Questions:  Please contact Joe Zelazny, jjztwc@rit.edu.

 


The deadline to register for this event is Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 12:00pm.

Demystifying Student Learning Outcomes and Rubrics

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11 seats available


When

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Where

WAL - Wallace (05),
A650

Event Contact

Rebecca Johnson

Presenters

Marybeth Koon
Rebecca Johnson

Student learning outcomes—every syllabus has them, but do your students know what they mean? Do you know what your outcomes mean? In this workshop, we’ll look at learning outcomes, how to assess whether students have achieved them, and how outcomes and rubrics can be important tools in helping students to become self-directed learners. Faculty should bring a copy of their syllabus. The last 30 minutes of this 90-minute workshop will be devoted to a demo of the rubric tool in myCourses.

In this workshop you'll

  • Identify elements of a clear and useful learning outcome
  • Evaluate the clarity and utility of your learning outcomes
  • Identify criteria for creating a rubric
  • Identify RIT services and resources related to learning outcomes and assessment

Registration InformationThis workshop is open to all RIT faculty (adjunct as well as full-time). Seating is limited and advance registration is required.


The deadline to register for this event is Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 6:00pm.

Teachers on Teaching: Sandi Connelly

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9 seats available


When

Friday, March 13, 2015
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Where

WAL - Wallace (05),
A650

Event Contact

Jeremiah Parry-Hill

Presenters

Sandra Connelly

You want to try out a new teaching method, but what if it doesn't work? How can you preserve your investment of time, your teaching portfolio, and your learning outcomes?

Faculty are welcome to bring a lunch to this mid-day discussion on teaching with Sandi Connelly, Assistant Professor of Biology in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences. With a breadth of experience in blended, online, and flipped formats, Dr. Connelly has much to share about teaching experimentation, formulating a backup plan, and "taking safe risks."

 


The deadline to register for this event is Friday, March 13, 2015 at 11:00am.

Considerations for Teaching Accelerated Online Courses (March 13 Session)

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20 seats available


When

Friday, March 13, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Where

WAL - Wallace (05),
A650 (Teaching & Learning Services)

Event Contact

Michael Starenko

Presenters

Michael Starenko

Accelerated online courses are becoming increasingly common throughout higher education. Equivalent to semester-length classes in learning outcomes and time on task, accelerated online courses are currently being offered at RIT in 3-, 5-, 6-, 8-, and 10-week formats.

Research suggests that accelerated course formats in any mode (online, blended, or f2f) can be effective alternatives to traditional-length formats. All accelerated courses, however, need to be designed and taught differently in order to achieve comparable outcomes. Consequently, this workshop will focus on the unique characteristics of effective online accelerated courses.

During this 60-minute workshop you’ll have opportunities to:

  • Examine research findings and best practices from the literature on accelerated course design and teaching
  • Consider the special attributes of effective accelerated online learning environments
  • Exchange ideas with your colleagues on designing and teaching your accelerated online course
  • Identify RIT services and resources related to accelerated online course development

Registration Information: This workshop is open to all RIT faculty (adjunct as well as full-time) who are teaching an accelerated online course during Summer 2015 or AY2015-16. Seating is limited and advance registration is required.

(Note: This is a repeat of the Wednesday, March 4, workshop)

To request interpreting services, go to: http://myaccess.rit.edu/.

 

 


The deadline to register for this event is Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 6:00pm.

So, You Want to be a Mentor?

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46 seats available


When

Monday, March 16, 2015
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Where

CPC - Campus Center (03),
2610

Event Contact

Anne Canale

Presenters

Patrick Scanlon

So, You Want to be a Mentor? Panel Discussion

Join your colleagues for lunch, networking, and learning about being a mentor to other faculty! Experienced mentors will share strategies and rewards of participating in this enriching, valuable relationship. The panel will be facilitated by Dr. Patrick Scanlon (CLA) and will include past Excellence in Faculty Mentoring awardees and other experienced faculty mentors.

Panelists: 

  • Bob Barbato, PhD, Professor and Department Chair, Management, IB & Entrepreneurship, SCB
  • Chris Collison, PhD, Associate Professor, COS
  • Kirsten Condry, PhD, Associate Professor/Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Psychology, CLA
  • Twyla Cummings, PhD, Senior Associate Dean, Acting Administrative Chair, and Professor / Media Sciences, CIAS

Read more about Faculty Mentoring @ RIT

"Mentoring is not just for new faculty. All faculty members can benefit from purposefully developing a network of contacts and advisors who can help them navigate different phases of their careers. Senior faculty who act as mentors find they are reinvigorated by working closely with newer faculty and supporting their success."

Hosted by Faculty Career Development Services.

Lunch will be provided.


The deadline to register for this event is Monday, March 9, 2015 at 5:00pm.

myCourses Groups and Peer evaluations

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12 seats available


When

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Where

WAL - Wallace (05),
A650TLS Training Area

Event Contact

Marybeth Koon

Presenters

Marybeth Koon

myCourses offers two tools to help you manage groups, and group evaluation: the Groups tool and the PeerEval evaluation tool.

The Groups tool gives faculty a number of options for creating groups. Additionally, each group can have its own dropbox for assignments, its own discussion forum, and its own "locker" for document storage.

The online peer evaluation tool, PeerEval, lets each work group member evaluate the performance of their teammates, as well as their own performance. The instructor can view the evaluation results, and even allow students to view the ratings they received from other group members. peer2peer can be a helpful tool when evaluating the performance of a group on a specific project.

To request interpreting services, go to: http://myaccess.rit.edu/.


The deadline to register for this event is Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 2:00pm.

Adjunct Community: Managing Student Behavior in Your Class

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9 seats available


When

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Where

WAL - Wallace (05),
1540

Event Contact

Cheryl Herdklotz

Presenters

Dawn Soufleris
Thomas Hanney

Adjunct Community: Managing Student Behavior in Your Class

Get together with your fellow adjunct faculty for dinner and discussion on this important topic:

What do you do when you don’t understand students’ behavior or seemingly lack of effort ... or when you’re concerned about their health or safety? 

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Dawn Soufleris, RIT Associate Vice President for Student Behavior. Dawn will discuss what instructors face in today’s classroom and provide guidance and resources available to assist you when you have concerns or challenges. 

*This is a professional development and networking activity for RIT Adjunct faculty.*

Agenda:
5:30 Dinner and networking
6:00 Presentation: Managing Student Behavior in Your Class, Dr. Dawn Soufleris
6:30 Q & A, Discussion, and more networking!

Dinner will be provided!  Registrations MUST be received by Wednesday, March 11, 5 pm.

Facilitated by Tom Hanney, Sr. Lecturer, CMS, and hosted by Faculty Career Development Services, The Wallace Center.

Questions:  Tom Hanney, tfhism@rit.edu

To request interpreting services, go to: http://myAccess.rit.edu/

 


The deadline to register for this event is Friday, March 13, 2015 at 5:00pm.

Faculty: Communicating with Confidence - You Have To Give a Talk?

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30 seats available


When

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
9:00am - 11:00am

Where

CRS - Crossroads (89),
The River Room

Event Contact

Karen Pannoni

Presenters

Lisa Moretto

Who really likes to stand up in front of peers and present? As professors, you are fairly comfortable with your students, but what happens when we are with others who may know more than we do about a topic? What if our goal is to persuade and convince them of an idea and need them to commit time, money, or resources? The stakes are high.

This session provides techniques on:
• Planning and preparing a presentation.
• Focusing a presentation so that it captures and holds the audience’s attention.
• Differentiating between need-to-know and nice-to-know information.
• Devising an interesting opening.
• Developing an effective platform presence.
• Using body language to create a positive reaction.
• Using your voice to convey authority and enthusiasm.

For questions, please contact Korine Sherry kasnbt@rit.edu

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1209115. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Light Refreshments will be provided.

Interpreting services will be provided.


The deadline to register for this event is Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 5:00pm.

Creating Effective Videos - Using Camtasia Software

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12 seats available


When

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Where

WAL - Wallace (05),
TWC A650 TLS Training Area

Event Contact

Joseph Zelazny

Presenters

Marybeth Koon
Joseph Zelazny

During this session we will step through the process of creating a narrated presentation video. We will begin with the outlining and storyboarding process, move into the recording and production phase, and end with the publishing phase which includes captioning and hosting on the RIT video server.

Audience:
This session is intended for anyone new to creating their own course videos using Camtasia screencasting software.

Objectives:

Faculty will leave with the skills to create their own course videos and make them accessible to students via myCourses.


The deadline to register for this event is Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 3:00pm.

Establishing Your Instructor Presence Online

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12 seats available


When

Monday, April 6, 2015
10:30am - 12:00pm

Where

WAL - Wallace (05),
A-650

Event Contact

Marty Golia

Presenters

Marty Golia

Our lives are filled with relationships that are mediated via computer—we have social media “friends,” we videochat, we write and read blogs. So how can you use digital tools to connect with students in ways that express your passion for your subject and demonstrate your disciplinary expertise?

This workshop will discuss how to design opportunities to establish your online course presence and explore practices to connect with students throughout the course. These will include using both synchronous (real-time) student interactions, as well as asynchronous techniques that enable effective interaction while maintaining the “anytime, anywhere” attribute that attracts many students to online courses.

After completing this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of instructor presence in an online course
  • Describe course design elements that provide opportunities to establish and reinforce instructor presence
  • Use various myCourses tools to communicate messages and feedback to students
  • Determine an online teaching routine keeps you present and engaged while the course is running

The deadline to register for this event is Friday, April 3, 2015 at 5:00pm.

Getting Started with Adobe Connect

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15 seats available


When

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Where

WAL - Wallace (05),
A600 TLS Training Area

Event Contact

Marybeth Koon

Presenters

Marybeth Koon

Adobe Connect is a web-based communication tool that allows faculty and students to collaborate online in real-time. This real-time interaction is also known as "synchronous learning."

 

This 60-minute session for beginners will include:

  • Creating and managing your own "meeting room"
  • Sharing your content with others (desktop, application, and document sharing),
  • Recording your Connect session for future viewing
  • Setting up captioning services for accessibility,
  • Technical best practices for before and during a synchronous session

Bring Your Laptops If You Can!

Interpreting Services for this event can be requested through Access Services at http://myAccess.rit.edu.


The deadline to register for this event is Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 11:00am.

Teachers on Teaching: Kirsten Condry on Metacognition

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6 seats available


When

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Where

WAL - Wallace (05),
A650

Event Contact

Rebecca Johnson

Presenters

Kirsten Condry

Thinking about Thinking: Using Metacognition to Tackle Teaching Pet Peeves

They don't read the assignment! They can't write a clear topic sentence! Your students need to learn how to learn, but you don’t have time to teach them study skills. Not true. Dr. Kirsten Condry (Psychology) will lead a discussion about tools and strategies that you can use as in your teaching to help students succeed in your class and learn how to learn.

Faculty are welcome to bring a lunch to this mid-day discussion on teaching with Kirsten Condry, Associate Professor of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts.


The deadline to register for this event is Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 11:00am.

Dropboxes, Rubrics, and Grades! Oh My!

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14 seats available


When

Thursday, April 9, 2015
10:00am - 11:00am

Where

WAL - Wallace (05),
A600 TLS Training Area

Event Contact

Marybeth Koon

Presenters

Marybeth Koon

Come explore and apply tools you can leverage within myCourses to streamline the process for grading and sending students feedback on assignments. The myCourses' Dropbox, Grades, and Rubrics tools can work together to make assessing, marking up, sending feedback (both grade and comments) a more fluid process from within myCourses.

This 90-minute session will address the following topics:

  • Streamlining student Dropbox submissions with the process of entering grades and feedback
  • Electronic mark-up of student submissions with the Drobpox and integrated Grademark tools
  • Assessing student performance with customized, electronic rubrics
  • Setting up a consistent workflow through myCourses to review, grade, and administer feedback to students

Bring Your Laptops if You Can!

To request interpreting services, go to: http://myaccess.rit.edu/.


The deadline to register for this event is Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 8:00am.

Adobe Connect: Best Practices for a Successful Synchronous Experience

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15 seats available


When

Thursday, April 9, 2015
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Where

WAL - Wallace (05),
A600 TLS Training Area

Event Contact

Marybeth Koon

Presenters

Marybeth Koon

Within a live, virtual environment like Adobe Connect, the same methods of communication and interaction that are used in a classroom do not always work effectively - or at all - when applied.

In the absence face-to-face interaction, visual and audio cues like raised hands and laughter, as well as physical proximity to both people and classroom equipment, successfully managing both content delivery and student engagement depends a great deal on successful facilitation and applying the 'best-fit' tools that are available within a tool like Connect.

 This 60-minute session will address:

  • Facilitation strategies for managing both large and small group sessions
  • Instructional activities best suited for a live, interactive environment like Adobe Connect
  • Essential technical practices for before and during a live session

 Interpreting services can be requested through Access Services by going to: http://myaccess.rit.edu/.

Event link: https://connect.rit.edu/synchronous/


The deadline to register for this event is Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 1:00pm.

Getting Started with myCourses

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15 seats available


When

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
9:00am - 10:00am

Where

WAL - Wallace (05),
A600 TLS Training Area

Event Contact

Joseph Zelazny

Presenters

Joe Zelazny

This one-hour learning event provides an overview of myCourses, including all of the myCourses core tools. Open to all RIT faculty, including adjuncts.  Pre-registration is encouraged; walk-ins can attend if space permits.

 


The deadline to register for this event is Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00am.

myCourses Quizzing Tool

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15 seats available


When

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Where

WAL - Wallace (05),
A650 TLS Training Area

Event Contact

Marybeth Koon

Presenters

Marybeth Koon

myCourses offers an online Quizzing tool, which can be used effectively and efficiently for the administration of online activities such as high- and low-stakes assessments, review exercises on assigned readings, and setting up practice activities.

 

This 60-minute session will address topics such as:

  • Building a quiz
  • Creating your questions and options such as question randomization
  • Using publisher test banks
  • Examples of activities and assessments used with the Quizzing tool will also be shared.

 

Bring Your Laptops If You Can!

Interpreting services can be requested through Access Services by going to: http://myaccess.rit.edu/.

 


The deadline to register for this event is Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 12:00pm.

Timely Communications in myCourses with the News and Calendar tools

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15 seats available


When

Thursday, April 16, 2015
4:00pm - 5:00pm


Event Contact

Joseph Zelazny

Presenters

Joe Zelazny

Using the News and Calendar features in myCourses are great ways to keep your students informed and on track with course updates and timelines. This webinar will focus on how to set up News and Calendar events and how they can be used. The News tool is a great way to welcome your students at the beginning of the quarter, provide any week-to-week course highlights, and general information. The Calendar not only provides some standard RIT Calendar Events right on the myCourses’ home page, but you can also use this feature right within your own course to push out important dates to help both you and students manage time and course-related tasks.

Event link: https://connect.rit.edu/olweb


The deadline to register for this event is Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 4:00pm.

Getting Started with the RIT Wiki

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19 seats available


When

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
11:00am - 12:00pm

Where

WAL - Wallace (05),
TWC A650 TLS Training Area

Event Contact

Joseph Zelazny

Presenters

Joseph Zelazny

This session will provide RIT faculty and staff with a basic introduction to the RIT Confluence Wiki.

Wikis are group-editable websites that are ideal for fast and easy collaboration among groups of all sizes. Because of their simplicity, wikis have become a preferred method for collaboration in many classrooms, small offices, and large scale companies. Wikis present various opportunities for improving group productivity and information sharing. The RIT Confluence Wiki is a fully supported, secure wiki, and is available for RIT faculty and staff use.

If you are interested in learning more about the RIT Confluence Wiki, as well as viewing examples of how other RIT faculty and staff have used the Confluence wiki, please join us for this session.

Anyone who is interested in using the RIT Wiki, but unable to attend this training, may request an individual consultation at http://rit.edu/tls/consult/


The deadline to register for this event is Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 11:00am.