Fall 2019 Events & Professional Development
Learning about instructional strategies and technologies is never-ending. To help the Western teaching community strengthen our repertoire, ATUS and CIIA share professional development offerings each term. For past events, see the Events Archive. For software training in Office and Adobe products, go to the HR Learning Library and search for "Student Technology Center."
We welcome one-on-one trainings and consultations via our Learning Systems staff.
Online Teaching & Learning Videos
On-Demand Access to the Monday Morning Mentor weekly 20-minute videos
Monday Morning Mentor delivers a 20-minute online program each week, addressing some of today’s most important academic issues. Each program video is available for on-demand viewing for one full week. A Certificate of Attendance is also available. Please access the materials from our Canvas site:
Monday Morning Mentor – Click to "Join this Course" and you will receive weekly announcements when a new video is released as well as access to an archive of supplemental documents to these videos.
Here are the video presentations available this fall:
- 09/23: How Can I Increase Student Completion Rates in Online Learning?
- 09/30: How Can I Use Microactivities to Engage Students and Improve Learning Retention?
- 10/07: How Can I Build Community with My Online Faculty?
- 10/14: What Culturally Responsive Teaching Techniques Can I Use to Improve Learning?
- 10/21: How Can I Create Platform for Difficult Conversations in the Online Classroom?
- 10/28: How Can I Manage the Disconnect Between Faculty and Student Perceptions of Rigor to Increase Learning?
- 11/04: How Can I Ensure Academic Honesty in My Online Assignments
- 11/11: What Can Engagement in Games Teach Me About Engagement in My Courses?
- 11/18: How Can I Create an Effective Syllabus for My Online Class?
- 11/25: How Do I Design Effective Combinations of Gamified Elements to Encourage Deeper Learning?
- 12/02: How Does Consistency Improve Quality in Online Courses and Programs?
- 12/09: How Can I Teach Soft Skills to Better Prepare Students for the Workplace?
Access to the programs in the Monday Morning Mentor series is restricted to members of Western Washington University as the subscribing institution. The series is co-sponsored by the CIIA and Extended Education.
Promoting Active Learning: 2-Part Webinar Series
NOTE: Both of these webinars become available on the dates below; however, online access through an institutional license is available for one year after each event.
For more details and access information, see: ATUS/CIIA TLT Professional Development Click to "Join this Course."
Webinar 1 - Integrate Active Learning Strategies Into Large Classes: Tuesday, October 8 ~ 10:00-11:00 (PST)
The importance of active learning in higher education is well-established; research clearly shows that pedagogical strategies encouraging students to reflect, analyze, process and discuss course concepts lead to increased motivation, learning, critical thinking and engagement. Despite the plethora of benefits, transitioning teaching to embrace active learning can be challenging; a challenge that is intensified in large enrollment courses. This webinar overviews a range of approaches that can be integrated into large enrollment courses to engage students as active collaborators in the teaching-learning dynamic. We will examine strategies for creating interactive lectures, utilizing in-class active learning strategies, engaging students via dynamic out-of-class assignments and the role of classroom assessment techniques for fostering active learning. Throughout our exploration, the emphasis will be on effective and efficient instructional strategies that allow you to embrace active learning in large enrollment courses.
Webinar 2 - 10 Technology Tools To Promote Active Learning & Engagement: Thursday, November 7 ~ 10:00-11:00 (PST)
The value of active learning is clear. When students are motivated to reflect, analyze, process and discuss course concepts, they report increased motivation, learning, critical thinking, and engagement. Despite embracing the pedagogical value of active learning, creating a classroom environment that supports and fosters active learning is a challenge. Students frequently approach classroom activities with a passive stance that leaves instructors struggling to pique their attention, foster interaction, or promote participation. This presentation reviews ten technologies that can be integrated into the classroom to increase student engagement, create interactive lectures, facilitate classroom assessment techniques, and foster active learning. For each technology, we will explore pedagogical applications and considerations for implementation.
Online Ideas for Teaching and Learning
Not able to meet in person? Join us online! This quarter we're offering more self-guided professional development opportunities through Canvas.
- Accessibility Primer for Instructors Click to "Join this Course."
- Getting Started with Screencast-O-Matic Click to "Join this Course."
- Polling with Socrative - coming soon
- Exploring the Options with Canvas Course Templates - coming mid-fall
- The New Gradebook - coming late fall
Customized Professional Development
Let us meet you where you are! This year, ATUS Learning Systems/CIIA is reaching out to provide professional development at times and locations that are convenient to departments, faculty, and staff. We can customize our professional development to meet the immediate pedagogical and technical needs in the Western community. To discuss ways we can provide small group or department-wide offerings, please feel free to contact us.
Following are some examples of professional development opportunities that we have provided in the past:
- Liberating Yourself from the Classroom with Screencast-O-Matic
- The ABCs of Making Your Canvas Course Accessible
- Making the Grade: Ensuring Graded Assessments Do What You Intend
- Going Beyond Polling with Socrative
- Using Open Educational Resources
For more information, please feel free to contact Justina Brown at Justina.Brown@wwu.edu or 360-650-7210 for more information.