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Writing Program informal workshop

Wednesday, Feb. 15, noon-12:55 p.m.—AAC room 284 (Chan Room)
(Feb. 14, 2017) Supporting Thesis, Dissertation and Capstone Writers—led by Juli Parrish. Do you find that your graduate students—who are finished with coursework and writing their theses, dissertations or capstone papers—still have a lot to learn about writing? How do you balance supporting their advanced research with providing the writing instruction they still need? We'll give some quick strategies for responding to dissertations and other long projects. RSVP to Lauren Salvador at 303-871-7448 or Pizza and an apple included.

Writing Program informal workshop number two

Thursday, March 2, noon-12:55 p.m.—AAC room 284 (Chan Room)
(Feb. 14, 2017) Getting Students Beyond Drive-by Quotation and Haphazard Summary—led by Doug Hesse. So you've made an assignment that requires analyzing or synthesizing sources, but several students are unable to do anything substantial with the readings beyond stringing together summaries or quotations. What do you do? We'll provide some quick practical advice for helping students do more than haphazardly cite or share glib opinions. RSVP to Lauren Salvador at 303-871-7448 or Pizza and an apple included.

Using video for teaching

Thursday, Feb. 23, 9-10:30 a.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
(Feb. 14, 2017) DU and the Office of Teaching and Learning support several tools for using video in your teaching, but which one is the right choice? Ben Johnson and Alex Martinez will ask some questions about your course goals and suggest the appropriate technology from our list of resources and provide a demonstration for each tool. Hands-on training for each tool can be provide in a personal consultation on a separate date. Register

Canvas Basics webinar

Monday, Feb. 27, 1-2:30 p.m.—online via vendor website:
(Feb. 14, 2017) This workshop is an introduction to Canvas for new users. Topics in this session will include general navigation of the Canvas interface, content creation and organization, notifications and communication, and assignments (including quizzes, graded discussions, papers). The last 30 minutes will be dedicated to Q&A. Facilitated by Ben Johnson, Office of Teaching and Learning. This workshop will be held online using our new web conferencing service Zoom. A microphone and headset are recommended, or you can join the audio via a telephone by dialing 1-646-558-8656 or 1-408-638-0968 (U.S. toll calls), meeting ID 401-653-867. Register

Advanced Canvas: Assignment & Grading Strategies (two sessions)

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 9-11 a.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345) register for Feb. 28
Wednesday, March 1, 1-3 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345) register for March 1
(Feb. 14, 2017) This workshop will cover creating course-level assessments, feedback strategies, and using Canvas to make it all easier! Topics in this session will include: assignment creation, rubrics, the Canvas SpeedGrader, and Canvas Gradebook. We'll have additional time for questions and a chance to set up one-on-one meetings with OTL staff for assistance on any remaining advanced scenarios. Facilitated by Ben Johnson and Terri Johnson, Office of Teaching and Learning.

Introduction to classroom clickers

Friday, Feb. 17, 9:30-11 a.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
(Feb. 7, 2017) Interested in how classroom response "clickers" are used for teaching before asking your students to purchase the devices? Join the OTL and the TurningTechnologies vendor training team for an introduction to the devices and some ways that they can be used in class. Please register

advanced classroom clickers

Friday, Feb. 17, noon-1:30 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
Are you already using TurningPoint clickers for your classroom participation? This session focuses on how to link them to your Canvas gradebook, create some more advanced questions, PowerPoint integration and an opportunity for Q&A with the experts. Lunch is included; please register

office of teaching & learning workshop

Wednesday, March 8
(Feb. 7, 2017) Interested in helping students integrate the components of their DU experience more effectively? Save the date for a keynote presentation (with lunch) and afternoon workshop with Kathleen Blake Yancey of Florida State University. She'll be addressing the value of ePortfolios for reflective, integrative learning and meaningful ways to incorporate this technology into your classes. More info to come!

writing fridays, sponsored by irise and the writing center

Friday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.—Chan Classroom (AAC room 284)
(Jan. 24, 2017) Faculty and graduate students are invited to join us for the first session of the Writing Fridays series, a cross-disciplinary writing group and writing support session. This program seeks to facilitate interdisciplinary conversations about research, scholarship and creative works that seek to promote equality for historically underrepresented communities within and outside the academy. Participants will work on a current project and discuss works-in-progress with colleagues from across campus. Coffee and muffins will be served. Register. Walk-ins also welcome.

workshops from university libraries

(Jan. 17, 2017) Each quarter the reference librarians offer a number of free workshops on a variety of topics and resources. This quarter they are offering online and in-person workshops on afternoons and evenings throughout the week. Workshop offerings this quarter include: "Finding, Using and Editing Online Images," "Read All About It! Evaluating News Sources," "Navigate Your Research with Compass," "Literature Reviews," and several more. View the complete list of workshops for winter 2017.

Experiential learning and public speaking: Using a TED type talk to teach public speaking

Wednesday, Jan. 25, noon-1 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
(Jan. 17, 2017) Ann Vessels teaches the Semester in Practice Seminar at the Sturm College of Law, a seminar that focuses on professional identity and public speaking for students who are working full time in the field. Public speaking is critical for all lawyers (and for students entering just about any field), and after many years of trying out various methods, Ann has found TED type talks to be a very successful means of teaching public speaking and bringing out the learning of students' experiences. In this Faculty Showcase, Ann will share how she prepares students for the TED type talk, the assignment, and how the talks live on after the class through videos students use when interviewing. Please register

Facilitating discussions for critical thinking

Monday, Jan. 30, 2-3:30 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
(Jan. 17, 2017) Discussions are common teaching methods for promoting critical thinking and reflective thought among students. However, discussions can suffer from surface-level responses, uneven participation and a lack of direction. In this workshop, participants will explore a framework for facilitating discussions toward deeper inquiry and have a chance to practice dissecting a discussion. We will share and explore best practice in facilitation as well as appropriate question stems and questioning strategies. Please register

Clickers in large classes: Dynamic learning and live assessment

Wednesday, Jan. 18, noon-1 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
(Jan. 10, 2017) Peer instruction devices (clickers) are a great tool to engage large classrooms providing live feedback on the understanding of discussed topics. This faculty showcase will focus on the use of clicker devices as a way of immediate assessment that allows the instructor to identify the concepts that are clear to the students, as well as detecting more challenging concepts and ideas that may need more attention. Based on the results of a One New Thing mini-grant from the Office of Teaching and Learning, Erika Trigoso Rubio will share the improvement of clicker questions in two large core curriculum classes. The showcase will focus on the transition between static and descriptive clicker questions to more dynamic and active inquiries that help engage a large number of students. Please register

Patent Basics

Thursday, Jan. 19, noon-1 p.m.—Engineering and Computer Science Building, room 410
(Jan. 3, 2017) Join the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer for this lunch-and-learn workshop on the basics of patents, to educate faculty about the patent application process. RSVP to by Jan. 16.