Regardless of what your classroom and office look like this fall, the Academic Commons is here to help you (and your students) succeed. Join us for virtual workshops on a range of topics including educational technology tools, writing retreats, faculty book clubs, and more.
Faculty Learning Community: Online Course Design (Book Club)
Starts Monday, October 5
10 – 11 a.m.
Spend time with like-minded faculty in these weekly sessions. Explore concepts deeply through reading, discussion, and reflection and put online best practices into use with your course. This community will use the book Minds Online to discuss aspects of online course design. Participants will work to design or revise an online course module.
Studio & Canvas: Using Studio for Video Content in Your Canvas Course
Tuesday, November 10
12 – 1 p.m.
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about Studio, Canvas’ video recording tool. Studio allows easy recording and storage of new and existing video content, from introduction videos to screencasts, and supports useful features such as AI-generated subtitling and video quizzing.
Research Posters: On and Off the Wall
Monday, November 16
12 – 1 p.m.
This workshop will equip researchers to read posters quickly and craft posters that help the audience get their message. We will examine traditional and new poster designs and develop a toolkit for building strong, memorable, accessible posters.
Ally & Canvas: Create Accessible Course Materials with Ally
Wednesday, November 18
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In this workshop, participants will learn about the core principles of UDL and accessibility in education and will be introduced to Ally, the accessibility checker and remediation tool available in Canvas. The hands-on component of the workshop will involve reviewing the accessibility report for an instructor’s own course in Canvas and using Ally to do preliminary remediation of accessibility issues in Canvas course content.
Fall Writing Retreat
Friday, November 20
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join us this fall at our monthly half-day writing retreats, devoted solely to your writing projects. Most importantly, you’ll get quiet time to write. We’ll also have a writing consultant and librarian available to answer writing and research questions, help you find materials, talk over your journal choice, edit your work, or just read what you have so far.
How to Write More: Habits of Effective Writers
Monday, December 7
12 – 1 p.m.
Few of us ever learn how to write with consistency and fluency, yet being able to do so can mean the difference between being a highly regarded researcher and one who is overlooked. Studies have shown that successful writers practice specific habits that help them flourish and make the process of writing less mysterious. This workshop will focus on these habits and provide practical advice for fostering them in your own writing.