Category: CTL News

Contains news and topics of interest to faculty and instructional staff at Michigan Tech.

May

May 13 at 3:00PM, CTL and Idea hub present: Online Education Session VIII: Tech Forward to Better: Lessons Learned during COVID-19

Over the past eight weeks, most everything about the way we engage with students changed as the pandemic challenged us to quickly put our classes online, identify new ways of assessing learning, and support students in their unique and varied situations–all while our homes became our offices, we experienced zoom fatigue, parents became teachers, and toilet paper became a precious commodity.

While we all envision a time when we can get back to normal, a look back through the chaos and uncertainty shows incredible stories of ingenuity, creativity and resilience. Times of crisis often lead to the biggest opportunities for innovation, and many of us have examples of things that we did in the online environment that we’re planning to keep and improve upon as we prepare for a Flex Fall.

Join us for the last in our spring 2020 series of virtual IDEA hub/CTL Online Education Sessions, on Wednesday, May 13 3:00 – 4:30pm, as we reflect back on the challenges of the semester, share our stories, and reframe our thinking around opportunities to go “forward to better” rather than “back to normal.” If you have a story you’d be willing to share, please respond to this brief google form by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, May 8. Selected story tellers will be asked to prepare a one-slide, two-minute overview of their best practice, new idea, or lesson learned.

Whether you want to share a story or listen to the stories of others, click the link to register and be added to the calendar invite which will include the Zoom link. If you have questions or do not get the calendar invite, please email margaret@mtu.edu.

Immediately following the session, join us in our virtual IDEA Pub for an end-of-semester happy hour from 4:30 – 5:00! As always, this will be a chance to kick back with your beverage of choice, socialize, and connect with one another. We’ll provide some prompts to get the conversation going.

Once you have registered with this link, you will be sent the link to join the meeting via zoom.


April


IDEA hub/CTL Online Education Session I

Friday April 3, 2020 from 3:00PM to 4:00PM

In the last two weeks, everything changed. We’ve scrambled to put our classes online, reorganize our lives, and adjust to the new normal. We’ve felt overwhelmed and uncertain about the future. These last two weeks have shown us the importance of community and connection–if we can’t meet in physical spaces, we’ll gather in virtual ones.

Join us for the first in a series of virtual IDEA hub/CTL Online Education Sessions, Friday April 3 from 3:00 – 4:00. In this first session, you’ll hear from a student panel about their experience transitioning to online learning: what they are thinking and feeling, what is working and what isn’t. You’ll see online tools modeled that you can use in your classes. And you’ll have a chance to connect with one another to share insights, frustrations, successes, concerns, and coping strategies.

Immediately following the meet up, join us in our virtual IDEA Pub for a happy hour from 4:00 – 5:00! This will be a chance to kick back with your beverage of choice, socialize, and connect with one another. We’ll provide some prompts to get the conversation going.

To register, see this link



IDEA Hub series continued

Tuesday April 7, 2020 at 3:00PM, Amlan Mukherjee from Civil and Environmental Engineering will speak for the first 10 minutes about Break Out Rooms in Zoom. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

To register for April 7, use this link

Friday April 10, at 3:00PM, Nancy Barr from Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics will speak for the first 10 minutes about Giving feedback online. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

To register for April 10, use this link

Tuesday April 14, at 3:00PM, Roman Sidorsov from Social Sciences will speak for the first 10 minutes about Testing. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

To register for April 14, use this link

Friday April 17, at 3:00PM, Libby Meyer from Visual and Performing Arts will speak for the first 10 minutes about Using Media. This will be followed by a question and answer session. 

To register for April 17, use this link

Tuesday April 21, at 3:00PM, Facilitators: James DeClerk (MEEM) & Travis Wakeham (Biological Sciences)  will speak for the first 10 minutes. This will be followed by a question and answer session. 

To register for April 21, use this link

Friday April 24, at 3:00PM. In this session, we will reflect and debrief on what we have learned during this sudden immersion in online learning and plan for the future

To register for April 24, use this link


February

Thursday February 13, 2020 at 12:00PM the CTL will present a lunch and learn titled Teaching and Learning STEM Faculty Institute Kickoff

In collaboration with the College of Engineering, the CTL has procured 25 copies of Richard Felder and Rebecca Brent’s book on integrating research-based practices into STEM teaching.  
In this session, we’ll survey the book and break attendees into groups based on experience and goals. Then, we’ll make plans to read, meet, and discuss the book during 4 additional meetings during spring semester. Registrants should come prepared to discuss “good” meeting times and share their own background and goals regarding active learning and research-based teaching.

Please register online. Attendance will be limited to 25, with lunch available for those who register by Monday, February 10, 2020


January

Tuesday January 21, 2020 at 12:00PM the CTL will present a lunch and learn titled Ed Tech Roundup.

Start the new semester by checking out some new teaching tools and resources. There’s something for everyone!

  • New Canvas Gradebook
  • Captioning Videos (New tools and Minigrants)
  • Integrated Library Resources (through Canvas Commons)
  • Accessibility Short Course
  • New Zoom Classroom   (Dillman 204)
  • Gradescope Artificial Intelligence Grading Tool

October

UDL Workshops: EquatIO- Making Math Digital and More Accessible

Learn how EquatIO provides tools to create digital math expressions that are more accessible to all learners. Math expressions used is STEM courses are commonly presented as images in documents or web pages.  These can be difficult to interpret for students with learning disabilities like dyslexia or dyscalculia, and those who use assistive technology.  We’ll review the features of the EquatIO toolbar including the AI prediction supported equation editor, the LaTeX editor and conversion options, the handwriting and speech input tools, the Desmos graphing calculator, the EquatIO mobile input option, and the amazing and powerful screenshot reader. See how EquatIO provides learners options for how they interact with math expressions, allowing them to create, edit and listen to math in new ways to support their learning.

This workshop will be held:
Tuesday October 1, 2019. 10AM – 11AM in Library 242. Please use this link to register for that date.
Monday October 7, 2019. 3:30PM -4:30PM in Library 242. Please use this link to register for that date.

UDL Workshops: Ally- Helping Make Course Content More Accessible

See how Ally indicators provide a visual status of your course files and how to access and implement Ally guidance to improve access.  Learn about common accessibility issues like scanned and untagged PDF’s, missing headings, and alternative descriptions and how to fix these issues in your course materials.  See how Ally’s course accessibility report provides an overview of course accessibility issues and helps you prioritize planned improvements. This workshop is a great chance to get answers to your most pressing course accessibility questions. This workshop will be held in Library 242.

October dates for this workshop are:
Thursday October 3, 2019. 2PM – 3PM in Library 242. Please use this link to register for that date.
Wednesday October 9, 2019. 3:30PM – 4:30PM in Library 242. Please use this link to register for that date.

CTL Coffee Chat: Quality Online Learning at Michigan Tech

Online education offerings are increasingly scrutinized for quality; often more so than typical on-campus courses. While some requirements are external, on a basic level, meeting these expectations is also in the best interest of students enrolled in our online offerings. These requirements
also provide the best opportunity to ensure that we, as a university, present our expertise in the best possible light, and demonstrate our commitment to high quality education regardless of delivery method. Please join us to discuss how Michigan Tech is working to ensure the quality of online education and bring any questions that you have regarding online teaching, new qualifications, and the online course review process. Please use this link to register by September 27, 2019.

Jackson CTL: Choosing and Using Media

A variety of presentation media are now available in – or can be brought into – almost every classroom.  In this workshop, we’ll consider best practices for using common media.  We’ll also examine the advantages and disadvantages of several different classroom media across a number of educational dimensions with an eye toward optimizing the information conveyed.
Please use this link  to register for the October 17, 2019 lunch and learn

 

CTL Instructional Award Presentation Series

In the first presentation of our fall award series, we’ll hear from two of our four 2019 instructional award winners. Dr. John Jaszczak, Professor of Physics and Interim Chemistry Chair, will share his extensive experiences using a variety of methods of full-class assessment of learning in large classes. Dr. Tim Schulz, University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering will then share his outstanding progress in online course curriculum and learning tool development. Following each presentation, we’ll recognize them with the 2019 CTL Award for Assessment (John) and Curriculum Development (Tim). Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and recognize two important contributors to Tech’s teaching mission!
Please use this link to register for the October 22, 2019 coffee chat

 

 


September

Lunch and Learn: Tuning Up Your Course Content

Busy students value options for how they “consume” their course materials. Having options can improve the usability, accessibility, and flexibility of materials. This approach aligns with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principle of providing students multiple means of representation. Join us as we review two new tools available to Michigan Tech instructors that can help improve their digital course content.  You’ll see how Ally can help you identify access issues, prioritize improvements, and provide alternative formats for your students, and how EquatIO can help you create more accessible digital math. This event will be held Tuesday September 17, 2019.

Register by September 13 to reserve lunch.

UDL Workshops: Ally- Helping Make Course Content More Accessible

See how Ally indicators provide a visual status of your course files and how to access and implement Ally guidance to improve access.  Learn about common accessibility issues like scanned and untagged PDF’s, missing headings, and alternative descriptions and how to fix these issues in your course materials.  See how Ally’s course accessibility report provides an overview of course accessibility issues and helps you prioritize planned improvements. This workshop is a great chance to get answers to your most pressing course accessibility questions. This workshop will be held in Library 242.

This workshop will be held:
Tuesday September 24, 2019. 2PM – 3PM in Library 242. Please use this link to register for that date.
Thursday September 26, 2019. 10AM – 11AM in Library 242. Please use this link to register for that date.
Thursday October 3, 2019. 2PM – 3PM in Library 242. Please use this link to register for that date.
Wednesday October 9, 2019. 3:30PM – 4:30PM in Library 242. Please use this link to register for that date.

 


August

Graduate Teaching Assistantship Orientation

New GTA’s must attend orientation on EITHER Thursday, August 29 2019 OR Friday August 30 2019 from 8:30-Noon in Rehki G05.    Each session will be limited to a total of 60 participants.  To reserve your seat, please register through one of the links below:

                  Thursday GTA Orientation (8:30-Noon, August 29)  <Use this link to register for Thursday>
                  Friday GTA Orientation (8:30-Noon, August 30)  <Use this link to register for Friday>
IMPORTANT NOTES:  
1) New GTAs who attended Michigan Tech as undergraduates may plan to arrive at their scheduled session at 9:00 AM.
 2) All international students whose first language is not English must take an English Language Assessment.  This assessment should take about 15 minutes  See the Michigan Tech Testing Center’s Language Assessment page for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Introduction to Canvas

The Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is offering an introductory workshop to orient instructors (and others who support instruction) with essential information to begin building their Canvas courses. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Navigate the Canvas Interface
  • Set user Profile and modify Notifications
  • Create a Homepage, Module, Assignment, and Quiz
  • Post Syllabus to a page

Tuesday, August 27th – 10 A.M. Use this link to register for Tuesday.
Thursday, August 29th– 2 P.M. Use this link to register for Thursday.

Canvas Workshop: Pages and Modules

The Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is offering a workshop to familiarize instructors (and others who support instruction) with the Pages and Modules tools in Canvas and how they can best be used to support your instructional goals. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Build different kinds of Modules and Pages
  • Create a course structure using Pages and/or Modules
  • Learn how to use pre-requisites and requirements in Modules
  • Create links directly from a Page to other course content and activities
  • Embed images and videos directly onto a Canvas page

Tuesday, August 27th– 2 P.M. Use this link to register for Tuesday.
Wednesday, September 4th– 2 P.M. Use this link to register for Wednesday.
Thursday, September 5th– 10 A.M. Use this link to register for Thursday.

Canvas Workshop: Assignments and Grades in Canvas

The Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is offering a hands-on workshop to familiarize instructors (and others who support instruction) with the basics they need to create Assignments and Assignment Groups. These tools will build your gradebook columns and gradebook structure. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Build basic assignments and quizzes
  • Establish assignment group structure in an organized manner
  • Calculate student grades accurately and efficiently
  • Use Canvas grading features and SpeedGrader

Thursday, August 29th– 10 A.M.  Use this link to register for Thursday the 29th.
Wednesday, September 4th– 3 P.M.Use this link to register for Wednesday.
Thursday, September 5th– 1 P.M. Use this link to register for Thursday the 5th.


May

UPTLC Pre-Conference Workshop titled “Reduce Those Pesky Problem Course Areas” will be conducted by Dr. Thomas Tobin, the Keynote speaker for the 2019 UPTLC on May 9, 2019 from 3:00PM to 5:00PM.

The keynote address will be “Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone, Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education” on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 9:00AM to 10:00AM, by Dr. Thomas Tobin, author of Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone, Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education.

Registration for both Pre-Conference workshop and UPTLC conference are required. https://www.mtu.edu/ctl/teaching-development/uptlc/


April

Innovating the Tech Experience: The Tech Forward conversations emphasized the need for students to be creative, adaptable, and collaborative thinkers and problem solvers in order to prepare them for the world they will enter after graduation. The “Education for the 21st Century” working group formed through the Tech Forward initiative invites instructors to attend this luncheon event on Tuesday April 2, 2019 to explore interdisciplinary instructional collaborations that could encourage these qualities in our students. Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday March 29, 2019. Click here to register.


March

Engaging and Educating Gen-Z: On Tuesday March 19, Gen-Z researcher, award-winning faculty member from Wright State Univeristy, and and Co-Author “of “Generation Z goes to College” will share with instructors and staff how expectations and preferences are changing for many of our incoming students.  Instructors who attend the keynote may also participate in facilitated conversation with the speaker, including ideas for how instruction can be adapted to better engage and connect with GenZ students. This event is sponsored by Michigan Tech Student Affairs.
Click here to register for the Keynote address at 8:30AM
Click here to register for the Facilitated Conversation Session at 11:00AM

Expo: Augmented and Virtual Reality in Teaching, Learning and Research:
A number of instructors are already putting Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) to work in their teaching and research.   This drop-in event provides everyone an opportunity to see this work already underway and interact with those involved!  Tuesday, March 26, 2:00-4:00 PM in the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, East Reading Room. No registration required. A summary of this work is also available at  here.

Lunch and Learn: Follow up to the Augmented and Virtual Reality in Teaching, Learning and Research Expo
As a follow up to the Expo, instructors are invited to a luncheon conversation on Friday March 29 at 12 noon,  about the future of instruction with AR and VR technologies.  We’ll brainstorm what facilities, technologies, and support might best enable these new teaching tools!
Click here to register for the lunch and learn.