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New Faculty Teaching Institute Begins - August 15 and August 16

New Faculty Teaching Institute Begins - August 15 and August 16

Date and Time

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


August 15th, 8:45am - 4:00pm
August 16th, 9am - 12pm

This Institute kicks-off in August with a 1.5 day hands-on workshop focusing on both face-to-face and online course strategies. Topics will include course and syllabus design, first days of class, active learning strategies, interactive videos and syllabi, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and key Blackboard functions. Day two will feature interactive workshops with current Pew FTLC Teaching Award Winners and Faculty Associates.

Continuing in fall semester, participants will further develop their teaching skills by participating in a Mid-semester Interview about Teaching (MIT) or peer classroom observation, and attending one group meeting. Upon completion of the semester, faculty will be asked to submit a brief written reflection/evaluation of their experience. The Institute is designed specifically for faculty who are relatively new to teaching and is limited to 30 participants. Continental breakfast and lunch provided.

Please register on our website by Thursday, August 10. For answers to your questions please contact the FTLC at 616-331-3498 or [email protected]

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111 Henry Hall (HRY)

8:45 - 9:00am      
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9  - 12:00pm        
Welcome, Overview of FTLC Teaching Support
Christine Rener 
Director, Robert and Mary Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center
Vice Provost, Instructional Development and Innovation

- Reflections on Teaching
- Getting Started: Course Design and Syllabus Construction 
- Creating Welcoming and Interactive Syllabi

Dana Munk
Inclusive Excellence Faculty Fellow, Robert and Mary Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center

12 - 12:45pm      

1 - 4pm                  

1 - 2:20pm 
Essentials of Blackboard (111 HRY)
This hands-on seminar is recommended for faculty/staff who need to acquire the most commonly used features of Blackboard.

1 - 2:20pm
Blackboard Grade Center (113 HRY)
This hands-on seminar will guide instructors on how to organize their online Grade Center, record and post course grades, as well as calculate totals. This seminar will also show faculty how to create and collect online assignments and provide online feedback.

2:30 - 4pm
Getting Started with Video Creation using Relay & Ensemble Video (111 HRY)
In this hands-on seminar, learn how to create quick videos using Techsmith Relay that will help you personalize your course and bring course content to life. Participants will get an opportunity to explore how Techsmith Relay can be used to create a self-introduction video, narrate a PowerPoint, or create a screencast video recording of your Blackboard site.

2:30 - 4pm
Virtual Office Hours using Collaborate Ultra (113 HRY)
In this hands-on seminar, instructors will learn how to set-up Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for synchronous online meetings. By allowing students to participate in office hours virtually, you open up the opportunity to engage with more students without having to tie yourself to your physical office. Students can ask questions, discuss class material, go over assignments, and more, whenever and wherever is most convenient for you.

111 Henry Hall (HRY)

8:45 - 9am               
Continental Breakfast 

9 - 9:30am      
First Day: Creating a Welcoming Classroom
Maureen Wolverton, Liberal Studies
This session provides participants with strategies for creating a welcoming classroom on the first day of class. First day goals and hands-on activities lead to a larger discussion about how to promote inclusive excellence.

9:30 -10am  
Implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles in the Classroom to Support All Learners
Amy Schelling, College of Education
Learners are as unique as their fingerprints, displaying a wide variety of skills, needs, and interests. UDL is a framework for guiding educational practice that provides flexibility in the ways information is presented, in the ways students demonstrate knowledge, and in the ways students are engaged with the content. This session will outline the principles of UDL with examples and include a discussion of how we might implement UDL in our own courses.

10 - 10:30am          
Intentional Teaching through the use of Protocols and Thinking Routines
Catherine Meyer-Looze, College of Education
This session is  about facilitating deep learning through a constructivist approach to teaching. Participants will learn to begin with the end in mind and plan around the verbs and depth of knowledge (Webb’s or Bloom’s) with which the instructor is wishing to engage students.

10:30 - 10:45am          

10:45 - 11:15am          
Keeping Minds Engaged in the Classroom
Darren Walhof, Political Science
Learning depends on an active mind. This session will focus on ways to help students learn in the classroom by keeping their minds (and bodies) actively engaged.

11:15 - 11:45am          
Introduction to Flipped Learning
Robert Talbert, Mathematics
Flipped learning, sometimes referred to as "the flipped classroom," is an approach to teaching in which students encounter new concepts in their pre-class individual spaces rather than through in-class lectures, and the resulting time and space in class is refocused on active learning. In this session, we'll discuss the key elements of flipped learning and strategies for developing flipped learning environments for use in GVSU courses.


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