Jan 2021 Faculty Hub Programming

Greetings and happy new year from the Faculty Hub!

Below is a list of our schedule for January – please follow the links for registration information.  Sessions with the same title are duplicate sessions (#1, #2, etc). 

Wed., Jan. 6

Conversation: Student Workload (1st offering)

Across the country, students have expressed concern that the shift to remote learning has coincided with a substantial increase in workload. Is this the case or are instructors simply distributing and assessing coursework differently? If the latter, how can we help students adjust to and manage new or different workflows? Please join faculty from across campus to engage in informal conversation around this topic. Consider reading “The Strange Case of the Exploding Student Workload” prior to joining this session.

Time: 10-10:50 a.m.

Register: Conversation: Student Workload #1

 Panel: Alternative Assessment Methods

Are you planning to use or considering an alternative assessment method such as oral exams, student self-assessments, “ungrading,” or portfolio grading in your spring courses? This 50-min panel will feature short presentations (5-7 min) by Della Dumbaugh (Mathematics), Jan French (Anthropology), and Chris Miller (Political Science) followed by Q&A and open discussion on these alternative assessment methods. This panel will be moderated by Libby Gruner (Faculty Hub Associate, English).

Time: 2-2:50 p.m.

Register: Panel: Alternative Assessment Methods


Thurs., Jan. 7

Conversation: Course Design

Do you want an opportunity to reflect on the alignment between your course objectives, assessments, and course activities? Do you want to get feedback from others as you finalize your course design plans for the spring? Join us for this conversation to receive a few resources related to “backwards course design” and to have an opportunity to engage with faculty colleagues from across campus in an informal conversation about your course design process.

Time: 10-10:50 a.m.

Register: Conversation: Course Design

Morning Blend: Bb Course Organization

Do you have questions about how to organize your course materials in Blackboard? Join the Faculty Hub for Morning Blend on Blackboard Course Organization. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us for a short presentation (10-15 minutes), a takeaway document (tip sheet), and an informal discussion on strategies for organizing your course materials in Blackboard.

Time: 1-1:45 p.m.  (yes, this is an afternoon option–it’s morning somewhere!)

Zoom: Morning Blend Zoom room  (No registration required)


Fri., Jan. 8

Morning Blend: Bb Course Organization

We will offer a second session of Morning Blend on Friday morning.

Time: 9-9:45 a.m.

Zoom: Morning Blend Zoom room  (No registration required)

Workshop: Blended Classroom Experience #1

Do you want to experiment with blended learning before the spring semester begins? This workshop is designed to give faculty the opportunity to experience the blended classroom from multiple perspectives: remote learner, in-class learner, and in-class instructor. During this 90-minute session, each instructor will facilitate a brief 15-minute lecture, learning activity, and/or discussion. Then, remote and in-class learners will have the opportunity to provide feedback and reflections on their experiences. While the number of remote learners is not limited, we must cap the number of in-class learners to 10 and in-class instructors to 3.

Note: Priority registration for this initial session will be given to new or returning faculty who did not teach in-person last semester.  This workshop is also offered on January 14 and 15.

Time: 10:30-12 p.m.

Register:  Workshop: Blended Classroom Experience #1

Panel: Alternative Assessment Projects

Are you planning to use or considering an alternative assessment project such as podcasts, digital projects, or group projects? This 50-min panel will feature short presentations (5-7 min) by Dan Chen (Political Science), Melissa Freilich (Theatre & Dance), and Caroline Weist (Language, Literatures & Cultures) followed by Q&A and open discussion on these types of final projects.

Time: 1-1:50 p.m.

Register: Panel: Alternative Assessment Projects


Mon., Jan. 11

Workshop: Inclusive Pedagogy – Transparency

How can we use the concept of transparency to design more inclusive learning environments for our students? In this workshop, we will explore three teaching areas – the learning environment, the design of assignments, and grading practices – through the lens of transparency. Drawing from both research on inclusive teaching and the practical experiences of one another, we will work together to identify concrete strategies and tools for building more transparency into each respective area of our teaching. This 75-minute workshop will include time for participants to get feedback from colleagues on a teaching approach or artifact. Participants are encouraged to come to the workshop with a course policy, assignment description, or a grading approach in mind that they would like to make more transparent.

Time: 11-12:15pm

Register: Workshop: Transparent Teaching

Conversation: Student Workload (2nd offering)

We will offer a second opportunity to engage in dialogue about helping students manage and/or adjust to the workloads associated with remote and blended learning. See description above or click the registration link below for full details.

Time: 1-1:50 p.m.

Register: Conversation: Student Workload #2


Tues., Jan. 12

Panel: Tips for Engaging Students on Zoom

Is it possible to adapt videoconferencing technology to promote student engagement in learning? Having now used Zoom for teaching in online and blended coursed, we have found several ways to promote student engagement and inclusive teaching. Our tips will be shared with plenty of time for participants to ask questions or share their own tips! Panelists include Linda Boland, (Faculty Hub, Biology), Jessica Erickson, (Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Law) and special guest panelist, Claire Howell Major, Professor of Higher Education Administration at the University of Alabama and author of several books, including Teaching Online: A Guide to Theory, Research, and Practice.

Time: 11-11:50 a.m.

Register:  Panel: Zoom Pedagogy

 Panel: Social Annotation

Are you planning to use or considering whether to integrate social annotation into your spring courses?  This 50-min panel will feature short presentations (5-10 min) by Kristine Grayson (Faculty Hub Associate, Biology) and Libby Gruner (Faculty Hub Associate, English) followed by Q&A and open discussion. The panelists will discuss how/why they incorporated social annotation into their pedagogy with examples from Perusall and Hypothes.is.

Time: 2-2:50 p.m.

Register: Panel: Social Annotation


Wed., Jan. 13

Faculty Hub Institute: Data Visualizations in R

Click on the registration link to learn more about this multi-session, all-day faculty development opportunity.

Time: All Day

Register: Institute: Data Visualizations in R

Panel:  Making Use of an Imperfect Tool—Using Your SEI Results to Improve Your Teaching

University-administered student evaluations of instruction (SEIs) are imperfect tools.  As instructors, how can we re-frame our SEIs as formative?  Are there strategies for working with SEIs that can make them a useful professional development tool?  This 50-minute panel will feature brief presentations by Carthene Bazemore-Walker (Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusivity, and Thriving, A & S), Don Forsyth (Jepson School of Leadership), and Joe Ben Hoyle (Accounting, Robins School of Business), with time for Q & A on how to make use of your SEIs.  Moderated by Linda Boland (Faculty Hub, Biology).

Time:  10-10:50 a.m.

Register: Panel: Making Use of an Imperfect Tool


Thurs., Jan. 14

Panel: Collaborative Documents

Are you planning to use or want to learn more about using collaborative documents to engage students in your blended or remote courses? This 50-min panel will feature short presentations (5-10 min) by Saif Mekhari (Economics) and Fernando Otalora-Luna (Biology) followed by Q&A and open discussion. These panelists will discuss how/why they incorporated collaborative documents into their pedagogy and how their approach impacted student learning.

Time: 10-10:50 a.m.

Register: Panel: Collaborative Documents

Morning Blend: First Day

How do you approach the first day of a blended or remote class? Do you have strategies to share for cultivating community, connection, and curiosity on the first day? Join the Faculty Hub for our next session of Morning Blend: First Day. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us for a short presentation (10-15 minutes), a takeaway document (tip sheet), and an informal open discussion on strategies for approaching the first day of class.

Time: 1-1:45 p.m.

Zoom: Morning Blend Zoom room  (No registration required)

Workshop: Blended Classroom Experiences #2

We will offer a second session of the Blended Classroom Experience. See description from January 8 (above) or click the registration link below for full details.

Time: 2-3:30 p.m.

Register:  Blended Classroom Experience #2


Fri., Jan. 15

Morning Blend: First Day

We will offer a second session of Morning Blend on Friday morning (see above for full details).

Time: 9-9:45 a.m.

Zoom: Morning Blend Zoom room  (No registration required)

Faculty Hub Workshop: Blended Classroom Experiences #3

We will offer a third session of the Blended Classroom Experience. See description from January 8 (above) or click the registration link below for full details.

Time: 10:30-noon

Register: Blended Classroom Experience #3

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