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.
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.
VoiceThread: Engaging Students and Facilitating Interaction
Thursday, December 10
10 – 11 a.m.
VoiceThread is a multimedia conversation tool for enhancing student engagement and online presence. With VoiceThread, instructors and/or students can create, share, and comment on images, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, videos, audio files, documents, and PDFs, using microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload.
Editing Recorded Lectures
Friday, December 11
1 – 2 p.m.
The purpose of this workshop is to provide instruction on how to edit your recorded lectures by using two simple and readily available video editing programs. We will go over using Imovie (Mac only) and Adobe Rush (Free to install with Adobe Creative Cloud). In this workshop, we will go over the basics, such as trimming, cutting, adjusting audio, and combining multiple videos into one.
Social Presence in the Classroom
Tuesday, December 15
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Emotions are inextricably linked to learning and cognition, with relationships between educators and learners at the center of that experience. This workshop will review best practices in establishing and maintaining meaningful interactions between learners and faculty. Together, let’s “reach through the screen” and connect with learners!
Wednesday, December 16
12 -1 p.m.
The elevator pitch! The purpose of this workshop is to introduce scientists to the idea that storytelling matters if they want to get resources and support for their science. Elements of a “good story” can apply to scholarly writing, and scholarly evidence demonstrates that certain elements of narrative writing increase citation frequency.
Active Learning: Building Your Toolkit
Thursday, December 17
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Active learning has been identified as a method of learning whereby student retention of material is much greater in comparison to the traditional lecture format. This session will introduce the faculty member to the definition of active learning, the benefits of active learning, and examples of active learning with attention given to the utilization of technology in its facilitation. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences (both positive and challenges) related to active learning.
Fall Writing Retreat
Friday, December 18
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join us for our monthly half-day writing retreats, devoted solely to your writing projects. You’ll get quiet time to write, and we’ll 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.
You can join us for all or part of the retreat each month, as your schedule allows.
Thursday, January 7
8 – 9:30 a.m.
Participants will review access to Canvas for faculty and students, its layout and organization, your dashboard, and introduce key course-building features. We will discuss five critical elements or actions to take in your Canvas course.