Events

Winter 2019 Events & Professional Development

For software training by ATUS staff for Office and Adobe products, see the TRAINING site.

We welcome one-on-one trainings and consultations via our Learning Systems staff.

Professional development offerings for fall, winter, and spring quarters will be available on this page as each term arrives. For past events, see the Events Archive.

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Except where noted, sessions to not require an RSVP. All are free and open to the Western community.

Presentation and webinar materials will be available on the following Canvas sites:

Weekly 

MONDAY MORNING MENTOR

The CIIA and Extended Education continue this quarter to offer MONDAY MORNING MENTOR (click "Join this Course" for offerings). Join us for the video, coffee/tea & discussion. Each Monday (see below), a new online teaching strategy video is made available and accessible for 7 days. Even if you cannot join us, you can watch the videos on your own during the week they are available.

Mondays – 1/28-3/17, 10-11 AM, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center)

  • 1/28: What Can I do to Manage and Reduce Academic Job Stress?
  • 2/4 (Online Only): What Behavioral Changes Can I Make to Inspire Enthusiasm in My Classroom?
  • 2/11: What Brain-Based Techniques Can I Use to Engage Students During Class?
  • 2/18 (Online Only): How Can I Effectively Supervise Teaching and Research Assistants?
  • 2/25: What are 10 Tips to Collaborate with Colleagues?
  • 3/4: Why is Intercultural Competence Important and How Can it Improve my Teaching?
  • 11/12: What Are Five Methods that Help Students Become More Effective Learners?
  • 3/17: How Can Improving Student Feedback Improve the Quality of Each Educational Encounter?

Week 3

PRESENTATION: Liberating Yourself from the Classroom with Screencast-O-Matic (also offered 3/22)

Tues., Jan. 22, 3-4 PM, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center)

Explore how you can use Screencast-O-Matic’s powerful set of tools to open up the possibilities for delivering content to your students. ATUS instructional designer, Kevin Dixey, will show you the intuitive user interface for recording your screen with audio and easy ways to share these videos online. Screencast-O-Matic might just become one of your favorite classroom (and office) tools!

Week 4 

INTERACTIVE SESSION: Getting Better Student Outcomes through Transparent Assignment Design

Thurs., Jan. 31, 10-11 AM, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center)    

Clearly communicating to your students what you want them to do, why you want them to do it, and how their work will be evaluated has proven to yield higher-quality outcomes. Students who understand the purpose, tasks, and criteria of an academic assignment upfront experience higher academic confidence, an increased sense of belonging, and greater awareness that they are mastering the skills that employers value. Michael Wilder, ATUS Assistant Director, will guide this interactive workshop with examples and opportunities to practice improving the effectiveness of assignments through transparent, clear, and concise communication.

Week 6

WEBINAR: Grading Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity and Rigor

Wed., Feb. 13, 10-11 AM, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center)

Struggling with how to make online quizzes more secure as well as accessible? Join us for this webinar with optional follow-up Q&A presented by Flower Darby, Senior Instructional Designer at Northern Arizona University. Through grading methods such as Specifications Grading—a technique that uses a two-level grading rubric rather than the traditional point system, faculty can raise the standard for student work, while also increasing motivation, promoting academic integrity, and allowing diverse learners to succeed, all while making assessment less stressful for everyone.

If you cannot join us live, the slides and videos will be posted a couple of days after the webinar at https://www.cccoer.org/webinar/ (currently past webinars are available)

Week 8

PRESENTATION: The ABCs of Making Your Canvas Course Accessible

Fri., Mar. 1, 12-1 PM, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center)

Accessibility is essential for educators and institutions wanting fulfill their commitment to providing high quality content for all people. Join ATUS instructional designer Kevin Dixey to learn some easy-to-implement techniques for making your Canvas class open to all learners.

Week 9

OPEN EDUCATION WEEK

Times will vary.

Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its goal is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Universities and organizations around the globe will be sharing open educational resources and practices; specific events most relevant to higher education will be promoted by CIIA/ATUS soon!

Week 10

INTERACTIVE SESSION: Making the Grade: Ensuring Graded Assessments Do What You Intend​

Wed., Mar. 13, 10-11 AM, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center)

Join CIIA/ATUS instructional designer, Justina Brown as she shares tips and tricks for making grades accurately reflect syllabus requirements and student learning, while making the grading process safe and sane for instructors. Based on attendees interests, she can also discuss the benefits and challenges of rubrics, the joys of SpeedGrader, and some fun ways to tweak assignments to meet the learning goals for your classes.

Week 11

PRESENTATION: Liberating Yourself from the Classroom with Screencast-O-Matic (also offered 1/22)

Fri., Mar. 22, 3-4 PM, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center)

Explore how you can use Screencast-O-Matic’s powerful set of tools to open up the possibilities for delivering content to your students. ATUS instructional designer, Kevin Dixey, will show you the intuitive user interface for recording your screen with audio and easy ways to share these videos online. Screencast-O-Matic might just become one of your favorite classroom (and office) tools!

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Remember to utilize the Faculty Drop-in Center (HH 154) dedicated support space for instructional technologies and design, small group trainings, or individualized instruction on technologies provided by Western, including Canvas, lecture-capture software, web-conferencing options, and response systems. Faculty may use the space by:

  • Using Drop-in Hours: Mondays 3-4:30 and Thursdays 10-11:30
  • Making Appointments: TLT.FDIC@wwu.edu or CanvasHelp@wwu.edu
  • Taking Chances: Just stop by!