REGISTER NOW: Academic Commons Workshops on Inclusivity in the Classroom, Writing Tips, Educational Technologies, and more

Jump into the fall semester with our Academic Commons workshops. All hybrid, you can attend sessions in-person or on Zoom. Workshops are open to all instructors, scholars, and staff.

Sessions for instructors cover tips to use educational technologies like Canvas, VoiceThread, and even AI tools to engage students.  Writing workshops, hosted by the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC), will teach grammar and editing tips, time management techniques, and more. Librarians from Gutman and Scott libraries will lead sessions on data management and sharing, systematic reviews, and AI-driven tools that help you annotate, read, and cite scholarly literature.

Keep reading for each workshop’s tile and a brief description. Visit our website to read full descriptions and instructor details.

Mini Writing Retreat
Friday, December 2, 8-11am
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom

Join us at our half-day writing retreat, 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.

Designing for Inclusivity: A Hands on Tour of Ally and Resources to Improve Accessibility
Wednesday, December 7, 12-1pm
LIS, Gutman Library or Zoom

Designing your content for inclusivity is critical to meeting the learning needs of 21st-century learners. Traditional learners enter the classroom with higher expectations about customization and access, while the non-traditional student population is ever-expanding and may struggle to fit learning into busy professional and personal lives. Gaining a better understanding of usability, accessibility and Universal Design for Learning encourages faculty to reduce barriers to access while encouraging persistence through the creation of adaptive content. Ally is a tool available within Canvas to assist with these goals. There are also many other resources available that can help to increase the accessibility of documents across various apps. Some minor adjustments in the creation process can have major impacts on increasing accessibility for learners.