Camera-Ready Learning: Roundtable Discussion: In the virtual learning space, the use of the camera can provide students and the instructor with valuable insights into engagement and depth of understanding. Yet activating the camera feature may also negatively impact social dynamics in the classroom. In this roundtable, we unpack the pros and cons of the use of the camera during virtual learning classes.
Navigating Teamwork Assignments - Group assignments are a common element in many courses. However, not all students are aware of the elements of effective teamwork. This professional development session will focus on providing faculty with information about how to help students organize and engage in effective teamwork to successfully complete group assignments.
The 15-Minute Lecture (recorded CTE PD session): Lecture is an essential component of instruction and disseminating information to students. But in the age of technology and heavy information that requires high cognitive demand, instructors need time and space to transfer information from short-term to long-term memory. In this session, we explore strategies for the mini-lecture or mini-lesson approach to engage students.
Zoom: Annotation Tools-Zoom offers instructors new tools to engage with the content on your screen. These tools offer faculty features to use text, drawing, highlighting, and spotlighting while sharing content. Students can also engage in these same tools. We will explore and practice these tools and how they can enhance the virtual learning space.
Digital Information Literacy ISLO (recorded CTE PD session) - Information is all around us every day, but how do we know what is credible, reliable information that serves the purposes of our research? In this session, we hear from diverse faculty who use formative strategies to guide students in their ability to leverage digital resources for their intended purposes.
Guest Recording Link in VidGrid- This short video provides instruction on using VidGrid's Guest Recording Link feature as a method for students to submit video assignments. This feature also can be used to obtain recordings from guest presenters/speakers that can then be embedded or linked into Canvas supplemental materials.
Student Disability Services 101 for Faculty Awareness (recorded CTE PD session) - This overview of Disability Services at Baker College will provide introductory information on the ADA in higher education, the processes for students to request accommodations at Baker, the procedures for instructors to verify and provide accommodations, and how to obtain more information or get assistance when uncertain about a student's accommodations.
UniCheck 2020 Edition(recorded CTE PD session) - Unicheck is the plagiarism detection tool used within Canvas to review written work that students submit via Canvas. In Spring 2020 Canvas updated Unicheck with new features as well as revised icons and color scheme. In this session participants will learn the basics of using Unicheck as well as what features have been updated.
VidGrid 101: Getting Started(recorded CTE PD session) - VidGrid is a new instructional technology tool adopted by Baker College during Summer 2020. It is a video capture and organization tool embedded into the Canvas LMS. This session will provide an initial orientation and provide participants with the information necessary to get started leveraging the tool to enhance their course content and engage students.
VidGrid Introduction(recorded of CTE PD session)- This is a recording of the presentation that was done for Running Start faculty during the Summer 2020 professional development meeting. This session covers a basic overview of VidGrid features and how they can be used in Baker College courses.
VidGrid: Video Editing (recorded CTE PD session)- VidGrid offers a suite of basic editing tools that can be easily used to edit videos added to your VIdGrid account. Additionally there are features and tools that can be inserted into the videos to enhance them and provide additional opportunities for student engagement. In this session participants will learn about: Editing Features, Adding Chapters, Combining Multiple Videos, and Adding In-Video Comments.
VidGrid: Video Assignments & Quizzes (Recorded PD): VidGrid video assignments and quizzes are unique ways that faculty can engage students or provide an alternative method of completing an assignment. In this session participants will learn about: Adding in-Video Questions, Adding in-Video Comments, Adding Images to Questions, Adding Student Video Assignments & Quizzes to Modules in Canvas, and Exporting in-Video Question Data.
Zoom: Polling (recorded CTE PD session) Zoom Poll Template Tips (document)
The polling feature for meetings allows you to create single choice or multiple choice polling questions for your meetings. In this session, participants will learn how to create polls for your Canvas Zoom course meetings, how to import and export poll questions, and how to access the polling results.
Canvas Quizzes for Beginners - Learn the basics of creating a quiz/test in Canvas, as well as some settings and features to help you feel more confident about virtual assessments.
Creating Virtual Communities and Small Groups - This session will go over strategies and practices for continuing to build a sense of community while working with your students virtually as well as how to work with students virtually in small groups to facilitate learning.
I'm Stressed, You're Stressed, We're All Stressed - We all face stress in our daily lives and in crisis situations. What can we do to further understand how stress affects us personally, how to accept anxiety, and how to reduce the effects of acute and chronic stress? This session will provide information as well as discussion as we answer these questions.
Leveraging Virtual Meeting Tools - This session will provide a review and discussion of tools and best practices for holding synchronous virtual sessions with students.
Research Guides and Electronic Library Resources - Research Guides and content available via the Baker College Library will be a valuable resource for instructors to support virtual instruction. This session will provide an overview of how instructors can access these resources and embed them in their courses in Canvas.
Teaching Strategies for Inclement Weather - There are several ways to keep students engaged in the course content through learning tools and strategies, primarily leveraging the Canvas LMS. In this session, we explore several ways to keep students interested in learning, including links to resources, discussions, PowerPoint narration, screencasting, and YouTube.
Webex Training - This training covers the basics of using Webex as a collaborative meeting tool.
Group Work and Cooperative Learning Groups - Group learning is positively associated with academic achievement. However, group work activities can be difficult to successfully implement in both the online and face-to-face classroom environments. In this session we will identify and analyze some of the challenges you may be facing in facilitating group work activities. A brief overview of how to apply a cooperative learning group strategy within your classrooms will be provided including planning engaging activities using group dynamics theory, determining the best team formation model to meet your activity goals, and motivating students to participate in, and contribute to, group work activities.
Managing Early Alerts - Monitoring student success in your course requires keeping a watchful eye on the activity of each student. The goal of the early alerts tool is to identify at-risk students as early as possible in order to perform effective interventions targeted at promoting Student Success. By responding quickly to student challenges and connecting students to the right resources, we can ensure we are meeting the individual needs of our students.
Understanding Student Ratings in IDEA - Since students have a direct exposure to faculty's teaching on a regular basis, faculty are now able to access student feedback through Campus Labs and IDEA resources. Acknowledging students' voices helps in gaining perspective on teaching practices and programmatic learning objectives. In this session, we will dive into the data collected within Campus Labs, navigating the essential and important learning objectives within a course/program. In addition, the session will explore teaching methods that directly align with learning objectives, and the IDEA resources that promote reflective practices. Finally, participants will have a chance to review available resources and research that promote conscious planning with the learning objectives in mind.
Verifying the Authenticity of Student Work with Unicheck - Unicheck is the plagiarism checker used in Canvas. In this 15-minute mini session, you will see a demonstration of how to turn on Unicheck for assignments submitted in Canvas. In addition, we will review the various features of the Unicheck report.
What's in a Proposal - Participants of this PD will learn more about proposals submissions for the 2020 Baker College Faculty Conference.
CTE Town Hall - In our town hall the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) introduces its team of faculty developers and discusses introduces its strategic focus and initiatives.
Formative Assessment - How do formative assessments contribute to a quality learning environment? In this session we will discuss best practices for creating and administering formative assessments as well as appropriate uses of formative assessment data.
Getting to Know Your Gen Z Students - Baker College is seeing a growing number of tradition students enrolling in online and on-ground courses. To help faculty better address the needs and strengths of Generation Z students (ages 10 to 24), this session will provide information on common traits of these individuals as students in both academics and in their journey toward rewarding careers. We will also explore how curriculum and assessments offer opportunities to target their interests and strengths.
Google Apps for Collaboration - Amazing advancements in technology have made it fun and easy for students to collaborate inside and outside the classroom. In this session, we will identify the benefits of using collaborative student projects, identify components necessary for effective project structure, and examine some of the Google Apps available for facilitating collaborative students work.
Intentional Class Planning (Face-to-Face Classroom)- Class time can sometimes seem too short or too long for agenda. The struggle becomes creating a cohesive class plan that combines productivity with practical needs. In this session, we will discuss methods of preparing for F2F class sessions using best practices for time management. Additional discussion will focus on creative solutions for class time challenges as well as approaches to multi-tasking and double duty activities.
Intentional Lesson Planning for Online - In this session, we explored how planning lessons for the online environment is a key component to students' success. Creating transparency, timely communication, and engagement opportunities can transform online teaching environments where students are confidence to succeed through collaboration and inquiry.
Making the Most of Discretionary Points - This PD session will provide you with a variety of possible options for using discretionary points within your courses. We will explore meaningful uses of discretionary points to enhance student learning and provide quality assessment measures by reviewing faculty examples. Time will be provided to workshop possible discretionary point uses for your own fall courses.
Mitigating Minimums - Do you teach a course that has minimum word or page expectations for responses on assignments? In this session we discuss these minimum expectations in the context of quality vs. quantity, as well as some strategies to promote student achievement without focusing on minimums.
Pear Deck Workshop for Education - This session covers the engaging application called Pear Deck, which integrates with Google Slides as a way to track student understanding and dialog. Pear Deck offers results in data form (spreadsheet) of student engagement as well as creative ways to formatively assess student knowledge, perceptions, and reflections.
Writing in the Classroom - Why do I have to write papers when this isn’t a composition class? We have all heard this question and struggled with a reply. In this session, we will look at the reasoning for and advantages to writing across disciplines as well as some methods of motivating students to embrace writing.