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September


Week of September 11
Lucas Hall 589 (and online)
Online in 9 Begins!
Weekly
Take your online course to the next level by participating in a 9-week series designed to help you efficiently develop or redesign your course. By the end of the series, you will have a completely finished course site, confidence with new technologies and strategies for managing your time and students. Join your colleagues in an interdisciplinary small group to share ideas and learn new tools and strategies guided by research-based, national standards.
Wednesday, September 13
Lucas Hall 589
12 Noon - 1:30 PM
DIY With a Guide: Kickoff and First Session
The new DIY with a Guide program offers faculty a self-paced opportunity to design a course in collaboration with an instructional designer in the CTL. This program is reserved for those faculty who have already successfully completed Online in 9. It is structured to build on what you learned in Online in 9 to design a next-level, quality-assured online course with carefully integrated technologies and instructional strategies to achieve course goals. Though the program is self-paced, the cohort will meet 4 times over lunch to share ideas and get valuable feedback from peers. The program consists of 4 modules spread out over the semester: Designing, Building, Testing, and Reflecting. The central components of the program are built around Chickering and Ehrmann's framework, “Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever.” At the end of the semester, faculty participants will have a completely designed, quality-assured course ready to offer students.
Thursday, September 14
Lucas Hall 589
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Writing UM Research Board Proposals
The UMRB accepts submissions twice annually, in October and in February. Find more information here. Review the Chair’s Letter for an overview and to learn the Board’s interest in supporting junior colleagues.
Our presenters include colleagues who have served on the UM Research Board and those who have received funding from it. Successful narrative samples will be available. Fall submissions are due October 10. Begin now to focus on submitting a proposal (maximum award is $75,000). Submitting in the fall may yield feedback to improve a proposal for the spring. Note that there is a 2-step process for eligibility for NTT faculty.
This program meets in the CTL Conference Room (589 Lucas Hall). Follow the signs to the corridor that’s painted red to find the CTL.
Wednesday, September 20
Lucas Hall 589
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Intercampus Course Sharing Info Session
This information session is designed to help you with your proposal for the UM-System Intercampus Course Sharing program where you can share an online course (newly developed or one you currently teach) with students at the other UM campuses. We'll talk about design, planning, timelines, and budgets. See you there!
Thursday, September 28 and Friday, September 29
JC Penney Conference Center
Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference
All day
The FTTC is an annual two-day regional conference held on the UMSL campus that hosts faculty, staff, and students from universities, community colleges, and K-12 schools. Our new conference format features a blend of concurrent sessions and workshops throughout both days of the conference. Join us for Thursday, Friday, or both days as we celebrate teaching and technology. This event is free for UMSL faculty and staff.


October


Tuesday, October 3
Lucas Hall 589
9:30 - 11:30 AM
Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) Training
PALS is a Campus Rules & Regulations Orientation. Any student employed as a peer tutor, advisor, undergraduate tutor, SI Leader, lab tutor or assistant, peer academic leader or mentor at UMSL needs this important training.
Note: If you have taken the PALS training within the last two years, you do not need to take PALS again.
Friday, October 6
Lucas Hall 589
12 Noon - 1:30 PM
DIY With a Guide: Second Session
This is a continuing fall series. Please bring your lunch if you'd like.
Thursday, October 5
Lucas Hall 589
2:30 - 4 PM
Building the Transparent Assignment
Recent research reveals that the design of course assignments can have a large impact on student learning. This workshop introduces the concept of transparency in assignment design, and presents a framework for assessing course assignments for transparency in four main areas. Participants are encouraged to bring an assignment to discuss with colleagues during this interactive, hands-on workshop. The intended outcome is to clarify instructor's goals for the assignment in a way that motivates students to deliver high-quality work.
Wednesday, October 11
Lucas Hall 589
2:30 - 4 PM
How I Moved My Course Over to Canvas
Learn about Canvas from your wonderful colleagues! Find out how they made the most of moving their Blackboard course to the new Canvas learning management system.
Thursday, October 19
Lucas Hall 589
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Teaching with Case Studies in Canvas
Cases come in many formats, from a simple “What would you do in this situation?” question to a detailed description of a situation with accompanying data to analyze. Whether to use a simple scenario-type case or a complex detailed one depends on your course objectives. Learn from faculty colleagues who teach online with case studies in 3 different and innovative ways in Canvas and determine what approach makes sense for you.


November


Wednesday, November 1
Lucas Hall 589
3:00 - 4:30 PM
MyVita Workshop
myVita is the new faculty accomplishment software that allows faculty to track their important work. UMSL is moving tenure and promotion decisions to myVITA in the very near future. Come learn how to add all of the information necessary for your successful bid for promotion or tenure and promotion.
Friday, November 3
Lucas Hall 589
12 Noon - 1:30 PM
DIY With a Guide: Second Session
This is a continuing fall series. Please bring your lunch if you'd like.
Wednesday, November 8
Lucas Hall 589
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Turning Quizzes Into Rich Discussions
Change your in-class quizzes into action-packed, game-like discussions that encourage debate, conversation and competition. Participate in a TBL (Team-Based Learning) format to explore group application exercise questions. We’ll begin with a TBL activity, then analyze the structure, process and essential characteristics of an effective TBL activity. Leave the workshop with an action plan on how you might convert a class session into a TBL exercise that enhances team cohesiveness, student accountability, and meaningful learning.
Thursday, November 9
Lucas Hall 589
12 Noon - 1:30 PM
Grading in Canvas: Biscuits and Grading
This workshop will focus solely on helping you make the most of the Canvas Gradebook. You'll find out secrets of the rubric tool, how to make your own columns, how to weight grade categories, and even how to give feedback from your iPad! Did I mention there will be biscuits!
Wednesday, November 15
Lucas Hall 589
12 Noon - 1:30 PM
Preparing for Promotion to Full Professor
Wednesday, November 15
Lucas Hall 589
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Preparing for Promotion and Tenure Review (Tenure-Track Faculty)
Thursday, November 16
Lucas Hall 589
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Preparing for Promotion to Non-Tenure Track Faculty Members
Wednesday, November 29
Lucas Hall 589
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Using Peer Review in Canvas
A Peer Review assignment in Canvas enables students to provide feedback on another student's assignment submission, even anonymously. Peer Review facilitates communication between students and can help students learn from each other. Leave the workshop with a guide that helps you set up a peer review assignment in Canvas.


December


Friday, December 1
Lucas Hall 589
12 Noon - 1:30 PM
DIY With a Guide: Second Session
This is a continuing fall series. Please bring your lunch if you'd like.
Tuesday, December 5
Lucas Hall 589
3 - 5 PM
The Procrastinator's Guide to the Canvas Galaxy
If you're the type who does your best work under pressure, then have we got a workshop for you. Since Blackboard will no longer be accessible after December 28, this workshop will help you know what you need to do before that day.
Wednesday, December 13
Lucas Hall 589
10 - 11:30 AM
Last Call: Canvas Migration Workshop
The train is leaving the station! If you want to bring anything over from MyGateway to Canvas, now is the time.
Friday, December 15
Lucas Hall 589
1 - 2:30 PM
The Procrastinator's Guide to the Canvas Galaxy
If you're the type who does your best work under pressure, then have we got a workshop for you. Since Blackboard will no longer be accessible after December 28, this workshop will help you know what you need to do before that day.
Monday, December 18
Lucas Hall 589
10 - 11:30 AM
Last Call: Canvas Migration Workshop
The train is leaving the station! If you want to bring anything over from MyGateway to Canvas, now is the time.
Tuesday, December 19
Lucas Hall 589
10 - 11:30 AM
Last Call: Canvas Migration Workshop
Instructors often assign collaborative group projects to help students develop the leadership, management and interpersonal skills they will need to be successful in today’s workplaces. To help instructors and students, Canvas offers group assignment options as well as group spaces for collaboration, management and communication. When assigning group projects, instructors can use Canvas’ Assignments, online Discussions and Collaborations (of which Google Docs is an option). In addition to these tools for specific assigned tasks, students can work and share together in their own Canvas group workspace, which is created automatically when a group is formed. In this session, we will walk through organizing Google Docs in your Drive and construction of a group assignment using Google Docs and Google Sheets.
Wednesday, December 27
Lucas Hall 589
10 - 11:30 AM
Last Call: Canvas Migration Workshop
The train is leaving the station! If you want to bring anything over from MyGateway to Canvas, now is the time.

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