This Week at ATLE
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Movie Application: In groups, students discuss examples of movies that made use of a concept or event discussed in class, trying to identify at least one way the movie-makers got it right, and one way they got it wrong.
See the larger collection of tips here: http://www.usf.edu/atle/teaching/interactive-techniques.aspx.
If you'd like to share tips with the listserv, let us know (email@example.com)!
Workshop: Canvas E.R. (Emergency Room)
Just returning from a year's sabbatical? New to USF? Need a crash course on hosting your class on USF's learning management system (LMS), Canvas? Join ATLE Teaching Fellow, Cynthia Patterson, for this workshop for instructors new to Canvas.
Tues., August 19, 1:00-2:00
Workshop: Interactive Teaching Techniques
You may use some interactive techniques in your teaching already, like the "one minute paper" or "think-pair-share." We've got a list of 195 such techniques we'd love to share with you! (and we will want to learn from you what your favorites are).
Wed., Aug. 20, 9:30-10:30
Workshop: Creating Kindle, eBook, and other Cheap or Free Options for Your Students
From on-demand publishing to electronic books, there are many options for faculty to make material available to students that are low-cost or no cost. Find out what's possible (and what isn't) in this lively discussion.
Wed., Aug. 20, 11:00-12:00
Workshop: Flipping the Classroom
Learn how to deliver content via pre-recorded "lectures in a can" through Canvas, which frees up in-class time for case studies, activities, scenarios, role-plays, questions, reviews, and even games.
Thurs., Aug. 21 12:30-1:30
Unless otherwise noted, all workshops take place in SOC-025. Register online for all workshops: http://workshops.etg.usf.edu/.
Canvas Camp is This Tuesday! Come and go as needed (drop in/out welcome) – This is
a "Bring Your Own Device" Event (not held in a computer lab)
Join the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence for this new one-day event, co-hosted with Innovative Education, that will offer workshops and best practices on using Canvas. This event is open to graduate students, adjuncts, and full-time faculty. There is no limit on numbers of participants, and participants may feel free to drop in only for those sessions which interest them. Held in BSN-115. Register: http://www.cte.usf.edu/survey//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=98LH8n9K
8:00 Introduction and Overview of the Day
8:30 Getting Started in Canvas (Account Settings, Course Settings, Photo Roster, FDA, etc.)
9:30 Work Session
10:30 Work Session
11:00 Group Assignments (Groups, Collaborations)
11:30 Work Session
12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00 Quizzes, Respondus, Question Banks
1:30 Work Session
2:00 Grades & Speedgrader
3:00 Modules, Files, Pages
3:30 Work Session
4:00 BBB vs. Blackboard Collaborate
4:15 Q & A Session
4:45 Canvas Resources and Closing
Announcement: Adjunct Retreat on Saturday, August 23
SF Adjunct Instructors are invited to attend this one-day seminar dedicated to teaching practices. Designed for new and experienced instructors alike, this free seminar will discuss both basic and advanced techniques on topics such as course design, classroom management, lecturing effectively, assessment, and collaborative learning.
Register online here:http://www.cte.usf.edu/survey//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=9lLH8pl2
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Workshop room has changed!
ATLE has been fortunate to use the workspace space owned by Innovative Education in the SVC building, but this space has unexpectedly needed to undergo sudden renovation, and we have to move all workshops effective immediately. For the summer 2014 (and the remainder of this semester), we will be in SOC-025 (basement level of Social Science).
Announcement: Registration now open for fall/spring Peer Observation Groups
Peer Observation Groups provide an informal opportunity for USF faculty to observe each other's classes in small teams, both giving and receiving useful feedback on their teaching practices. Groups are constructed to be deliberately interdisciplinary, in order to maximize the chances that fellow teammates are not involved in each other's annual or tenure evaluations. This enables a more free-flowing exchange of ideas and strategies in a safe environment. Or, participants can make a special request to be placed with others in similar disciplines if content-related feedback is requested.
Participants are free to visit each other's classes with no written report, or to use this purpose-created visitation form. Peer observers are discouraged from providing criticism or suggestions for improvement (unless specifically requested by the instructor being observed). Instead, the focus is meant to be on the observers' own reflections concerning the witnessed best practices and effective techniques that the observers can then adopt in their own teaching.
Peer Observation Groups are reformed each academic year and usually kept to three or four members. Ideally, each member would observe a class from each of the other members at least once over that academic year. Groups are encouraged to meet casually once or twice during the year, to discuss visitations so far and to debrief particularly effective strategies.
ATLE plays several roles in the process: Assemble the Peer Observation Groups from individual registrations; Coordinate a kickoff event and a concluding event (hosted lunch provided at both); Create annual certificates of participation; Provide an optional visitation form.
Participation in the Peer Observation Groups is open to full-time faculty (9 or 12 month appointments) and adjuncts. Graduate students are encouraged to register for the PCT course, which will provide opportunities to build informal networks for similar purposes.
Please use the following link to register to join a 2014-2015 Peer Observation Group (single registrations only): http://www.cte.usf.edu/survey//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=n4LHmm82
Announcement: Faculty Learning Communities for Fall 2014 registrations now open
USF's Faculty Learning Communities will be made up of about ten faculty each and will meet several times during the academic year (see descriptions below for dates).
Creativity in the Classroom
Meeting Dates: 9/18, 10/9, 10/30, 11/20 (All dates are Thursdays, from 9:00 – 11:00am).
Faculty Champion: Angela Stuesse, Anthropology
The Creativity in the Classroom Faculty Learning Community will be focused on exploring ways to be more creative with our teaching methods, styles, and strategies.
Click here to register online: http://www.cte.usf.edu/survey//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=l4LHm532
12 Week Faculty Writing Group
Meeting Dates: Every Tuesday from September 2nd through November 18th (10:00-11:30am)
Faculty Champion: Nicole West, ATLE
Receive the free book "Writing a Journal Article in Twelve Weeks" and work through the program WITH fellow faculty members--by the end of the process, you'll have an article ready to submit to a journal!
Click here to register online: http://www.cte.usf.edu/survey//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=l4LHm832
The Flipped Classroom
Meeting Dates: 8/28, 9/11, 9/25, 10/09, 10/23, 11/06, and 11/13 (All dates are Thursdays, from 10:00am – 12:00pm).
Faculty Champion: Gerald Woods, Physics
This Flipped Classroom Faculty Learning Community will be focused on researching and developing various Flipped Classrooms to try out on either a small scale or a larger scale, depending on the Faculty's interest. Faculty will have an opportunity to test the effectiveness of a flipped classroom in one of their courses for the fall semester. The goal is that the Flipped Classroom experience will positively impact student success and bring about a high degree of Faculty satisfaction.
Click here to register online: http://www.cte.usf.edu/survey//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=n2LHml7K
Download Your eXplorance PDFs from Fall before they disappear!
http://Blueprod.forest.usf.edu/Blue – Click on Dashboard (left side) then View Report (right side) for the PDFs.
These include helpful comparisons to department and college averages.
Save the Dates - August 2014
ATLE holds the following major events in August:
- Canvas Camp (Aug 19)
- TA Training (Aug 22)
- Adjunct Retreat (Aug 23)
Mark your calendars now! Online registration for these events are below:
- Canvas Camp: http://www.cte.usf.edu/survey//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=98LH8n9K
- TA Training: http://www.cte.usf.edu/survey//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=98LH899K
- Adjunct Retreat: http://www.cte.usf.edu/survey//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=9lLH8pl2
New Section of ATLE Web Site on Policies
ATLE's Web site has added a new section on "policies and procedures" to provide links to faculty all in one place.
Have a look: http://www.usf.edu/atle/teaching/policies-and-procedures.aspx.
New ATLE page for ePortfolios
Learn how to use Google Sites to house your own teaching portfolio, or to ask students to create electronic portfolios for your class: http://www.usf.edu/atle/technology/eportfolios.aspx
New ATLE page for Higher Education Glossary
Joining our recent glossary of USF-specific terms (http://www.usf.edu/atle/services/faculty-glossary.aspx) we now have a glossary of terms for Higher Education in general. This is sure to be of use to instructors from outside the United States!
Canvas Help Files
There are several help files to get you going with Canvas:
- Overview of Using Canvas at USF (Video): http://bit.ly/1dhXb1W
- Using the Canvas Gradebook (Video): http://youtu.be/18F4WVEzBkI
- Canvas One-page Reference (Handout)
- All About Canvas (Handout)
- Canvas tutorial guides (Website): http://guides.instructure.com/m/4152
We've created a faculty-to-faculty listserv so that you can email each other with ideas, news, announcements, tricks, tips and workarounds about using Canvas (or ask questions of other subscribers). Several support staff will also be part of the list. To subscribe, visit http://listserv.admin.usf.edu/listserv/wa.exe?INDEX and locate "Canvas" in the alphabetical list, then click it to find the link to JOIN CANVAS.
"Teaching Essentials" Online Guide to Teaching
This free online "course" on how to teach was developed by national leaders in the field of education, and includes many videos and interactive features. There is no sign-up date, as enrollment is ongoing. Open to faculty member, adjuncts, and teaching assistants. Visit http://www.usf.edu/atle/events/teaching-essentials.aspx to learn more and self-enroll.
Instructional Resource Guide
A fully-online guide to the policies, procedures, resources, and services available to instructional staff at USF.
Open to faculty member, adjuncts, and teaching assistants.
No registration needed: http://wiki.etg.usf.edu/groups/irg/wiki/51185/Table_of_Contents.html
To join (or leave) the ATLE listserv, please visit http://listserv.admin.usf.edu/listserv/wa.exe?INDEX and locate "ATLE" in the alphabetical list, then click it to find the link to JOIN ATLE.
You may also follow ATLE events via several online options.
These also provide daily links of interest to teaching and learning: