-----------------------Current Schedule and Registration-----------------------

Download a copy of the SUMMER 2014 workshop flyer and register online here: (unless otherwise noted). PLEASE NOTE: Workshops take place in the basement of the Social Sciences Building-SOC 025 (unless otherwise noted).

-----------------------List of Workshop Topics-----------------------

Active Learning vs. Guided Learning—the Great Debate

Is inquiry learning always indicated? Are drills and memorization ever warranted? There are debates in published journals on these and related questions, and we'll explore the controversy on our way to our own understanding of what fits each circumstance. Click here for HANDOUT 1 and HANDOUT 2.

Applying for the TA Teaching Award

Applications for the TA Teaching Award are due in early February. Learn how to use Google Sites to house your e-Portfolio, and gain insights into how to craft your application materials for maximum effect. Click here for more information

Anatomy of a Lecture 

Join us for this interactive discussion regarding ways you can structure your lectures for maximum impact, or at least keep students interested and engaged.

Back to Basics: What Really Matters in Teaching

Some pedagogies come in and out of vogue in publications about teaching, and yet there are a few core areas under the teacher's control that matter more than others. We'll explore those areas and provide a few tricks for keeping them in mind as you teach.

Being Interactive in LARGE Lecture Halls

It's easier logistically to be interactive with students when classes are smaller. How do we make the same interactions work for large lecture halls? We will isolate the interactive techniques that DO work in large lecture halls and address the problems (fixed seating, poor acoustics, etc.) that typically get in the way. Click here for HANDOUT.

Canvas Best Practices

Learn how to get started in Canvas and explore what's new and different in this learning management system. We will also discuss best practices in using the software. Click here for HANDOUT.

Canvas Best Practices II (Advanced)

So you've mastered (or at least understand) the basics of setting up your course(s) in Canvas. Now what? In this hands-on session, you will learn how to use several tools in Canvas including modules, files, and pages to organize your courses following principles of good course design. Click here for HANDOUT.

Canvas Crash Course for TAs

Get up to speed with this Canvas "crash course" specifically designed for USF Teaching Assistants. You will be guided through an overview of Canvas including the use of global and course settings, as well as a variety of day-to-day tasks for which you might have responsibility. Click here for HANDOUT.

Canvas E.R. (Emergency Room) – note: held in CPR 202

So you MEANT to develop your course on Canvas over the holidays, but that didn't quite happen. Or maybe you just joined the USF faculty this semester. So now you need emergency room treatment to jump start your spring 2014 courses. Join ATLE Advisory Board member, Cynthia Patterson, for this 75-minute crash course on setting up your class(es) in Canvas. Seating limited to 25. Dr. Patterson can also consult with English department faculty individually by appointment before and after the workshop as well, but email her directly for that alternative at: Click here for HANDOUT.

Canvas on the Go

Learn how to install and use Canvas's mobile (phone and tablet) apps to get more done when you are on the go, including messaging students and giving feedback on assignments using Speedgrader. Click here for more information.

Classroom Management

Join us for a lively discussion on strategies, reactions, and policies pertaining to classroom management issues. We'll use a micro-scenario approach to explore the issues and uncover the principles below. Click here for HANDOUT.

Course Design Basics 

Talk with faculty colleagues about some of the best practices for designing (or perhaps redesigning) your course. This discussion will also highlight principles of backwards design and offer tools for ensuring that your course is aligned.

Course Redesign: Self Starter Kit

It doesn't require an entire department, or even a large commitment of time, to re-invent and re-imagine your course. We will share ideas for jump-starting a course redesign that matches your skills and comfort level. Click here for HANDOUT.

Court Savvy: Tone Deafness, Reacting to Your Audience, and Selecting Content

From ignoring your audience's level of pre-knowledge to falling into tunnel vision from loving your own content too much, there are many ways things can go wrong when presenting information. But what is the "right" way? We will deconstruct several samples toward building a series of tools that you can use to gauge whether your material will be interesting for your own students.

Crafting a Study-Abroad Experience From a Faculty Perspective NEW

We'll discuss best practices (and things to avoid!) when creating a study abroad experience for your students. Faculty who have never attempted study abroad are especially encouraged to attend. Facilitated by Jennifer Collins. Click here to view the PRESENTATION.

Creating Classroom Exercises Based on Social Media

One of the ways to engage students in learning is with things they already know.  This workshop will present two sample exercises using twitter and Facebook as models for inquiry-based learning in a theatre class.  The workshop will include an opportunity for the participants to employ one or the other exercise and share the results. Facilitated by C. David Frankel.

Creating Great Group Assignments

Join us for this discussion about the most common student objections to group work and explore features in Canvas that can be used to facilitate truly cooperative learning experiences that you and your students will enjoy. Click here for HANDOUT.

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.

Cultivating a Culture of Academic Integrity

This workshop is designed to familiarize you with Turnitin, USF's new plagiarism detection software in Canvas, and to stimulate discussion about ways faculty can discourage student academic misconduct. Click here for HANDOUT.

Designing Digital Media Assignments with the USF Library's Digital Learning Studio

Are you tired of the same old paper assignments year after year? Would you like to infuse your assignments with more creative potential, but you're not sure how?  If you answered "yes" to these questions, then a digital media-oriented assignment may be just what you're looking for! In this workshop, you will learn how the USF Library's Digital Learning Studio can help you incorporate a digital media project into your courses. Facilitated by Maryellen Allen. Click here for PRESENTATION.

Designing Rubrics to Enhance Learning

Using rubrics in Canvas can be very useful and is relatively intuitive. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore using rubrics to assess various assignment types, including quizzes and discussions.

Developing an Effective Syllabus

A syllabus provides a basic outline of an academic course, but that isn't all it has to be. With some tweaking, syllabi can be developed in order to supplement and enhance the learning experience in your course, right from the start. Click here for HANDOUT.

Effective Lectures

We'll offer tips to help you organize your content, deliver with greater clarity, and enhance student recall of the material. Click here for HANDOUT.

Enhancing Student Assessment of Instruction

Low response rates? Low ratings? In this workshop we will discuss various strategies that can be used to enhance the quality and quantity of feedback you receive from students regarding your instruction. We will specifically look at ways of motivating students to complete USF's eXplorance Blue online evaluations.

Everything Assessment

From writing test questions to using rubrics, we'll explore ideas for optimizing your assessment strategies. We'll also talk about test construction, grading methods, extra credit, and Excel grade books. Click here for HANDOUT.

Flipping the Classroom

Learn how to deliver content via pre-recorded "lectures in a can" through Blackboard/Canvas, which frees up in-class time for case studies, activities, scenarios, role-plays, questions, reviews, and even games. Click here for HANDOUT.

Flipping the Classroom: An Example Using Good Practices—USF SMART Lab

Advantages of flipping the classroom will be discussed and how that has the potential to improve students' understanding and achievement. The evidence supporting this will be an overview of the SMART Lab which supports the mathematics flipped classrooms at USF. The design of the SMART Lab classes closely align with the seven principles for good practice for undergraduate education: increases faculty contact time with students, fosters cooperation, encourages active learning, provides prompt feedback, emphasizes time on task, communicates high expectations, and respects diverse talents and ways of learning. Data suggests this venture has positive implications on students' learning. Facilitated by Fran Hopf.


The principles that make video games (and other games) fun can be employed to add interest and motivation to your own courses without advanced training or tools. It's the PRINCIPLES we'll borrow, not the specific software or artistic tools. There are low-tech ways to mimic game principles. Click here for HANDOUT.

Grading Writing Assignments

From writing effective rubrics to other tricks of the trade, we'll examine best practices for grading papers and other forms of writing. Click here for HANDOUT.

iClicker: Student Engagement, Accountability, and More - Vendor Presentation

In this workshop, our campus representative from iClicker will demonstrate iClicker's capabilities, applications, and pedagogies, and will answer questions by the participants.

Intellectual Property and Copyright

Do you know what a Creative Commons license is? What are Fair Use guidelines and how do they apply in educational contexts? We will explore the answers to these questions and other issues related to intellectual property and copyright in the educational context. Facilitated by Drew Smith. Click here for more information.

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). Click here for HANDOUT.

iPad Apps for College Teaching

We'll isolate the top twenty apps useful for teaching, but also provide you with dozens more that are discipline-specific to give you ideas for how you might use iPads in the classroom. Come ready to share your own practices as well! Click here for HANDOUT.

Learning Activities That Work

Recent studies have revealed what works and what doesn't in terms of student study habits and practice activities. Many of these learning activities are driven by instructor decisions. Learn how you can maximize your students' success. Click here for HANDOUT.

Learning Strategies and Processes

In this workshop, we will talk about effective learning strategies, how the brain processes learning, dangers of multitasking, and different educational approaches adopted by top performing countries. Facilitated by Autar Kaw.

Lecture Capture (Panopto)—How to Get Started

USF has implemented a limited solution for lecture capture in several Tampa-campus buildings (especially Business, Education, and Engineering). We'll help you with the soft skills of lecture capture, such as how to be interesting as a "talking head," what to wear, and other do's and don'ts. Click here for HANDOUT.

Leveraging Laptops

What programs and apps are useful in the (lecture) classroom? We'll explore software AND strategies for how faculty can use student laptops to maximum effect in the classroom, and also talk about problems that can arise.

Maximizing Assessment in Canvas

This workshop is designed to show you how to get the most out of Canvas's assessment tools. We will take a more in-depth look at the Speedgrader and explore giving students substantive feedback using media comments.

PowerPoint and Beyond

Learn how to use some of the basic and advanced features of PowerPoint, as well as the top 10 DOs and DON'Ts for creating visually engaging classroom presentations. We will also explore steps to getting started with Prezi. Feel free to bring your own presentations with you to this hands-on workshop. Click here for HANDOUT.

Presenting with Prezi

In the PowerPoint and Beyond workshop, we introduced you to the non-linear, web-based presentation program, Prezi. Now, take your skills a step further in this interactive workshop where you'll learn how to create your own Prezi and avoid some of the common design pitfalls of new Prezi users. Click here for HANDOUT.

Respondus, Quizzes, and Question Banks—Oh My!

Learn how to use Respondus to create and import quizzes into Canvas and to convert Blackboard quizzes (that are already saved in Respondus) for use in Canvas. In addition, we will explore the use of question banks and familiarize you with the Respondus LockDown Browser. Click here for HANDOUT.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Learn the basics about doing research on your teaching (what to examine, how to design your study, how to assess) as well as ideas for journals where you can submit your manuscripts. Click here for HANDOUT.

Service-Learning: Engaging Students Through Community-Based Learning

This workshop provides an overview of service-learning, which integrates community service into course curricula through explicit learning objectives, preparation, and critical reflection. Participants will learn how to design a service-learning course that can provide students with structured opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom to community-identified concerns in real-world contexts. Facilitated by Lance Arney. Click HERE for more information.

Starting the Semester

We'll cover nuts and bolts to teaching at USF, including some last-second tweaks to your syllabus and course design, if needed. You'll also leave with resources and ideas to energize your teaching.

Taking the Plunge: Teaching Hybrid Courses with Blackboard Collaborate

Your students are over-committed, so sometimes they skip class to avoid making the trek to campus. What if you could deliver at least half of your course synchronously online using Blackboard Collaborate in Canvas? Then both you and your students could reduce the stress of commuting to campus. This workshop will familiarize you with the Blackboard Collaborate virtual classroom environment. If attending in person, you will need to bring a headset with built-in microphone. If attending virtually, the same equipment will be required, and you will be sent an invitation to join the virtual session. Facilitated by Cynthia Patterson. Click here for more INFORMATION.

Targeting and Enhancing Student Motivation

Classroom success often depends on student motivation. We will supply you with a toolset for helping to inspire and motivate students in your course content. Click here for HANDOUT.

Teaching as a Non-Native Speaker

We'll discuss ways to maximize your language skills and minimize cultural conflicts when teaching. Facilitated by Amanda Huensch. Click here for HANDOUT.

Teaching Portfolios

From building a philosophy-of-teaching statement to advice on how to document your teaching effectiveness, we'll discuss best practices in making a portfolio about your teaching not only useful for tenure/promotion, but also your growth as an educator. We will investigate electronic options as well. Click here for HANDOUT.

Teaching with Eportfolios

This workshop will provide an overview of the use of portfolios in higher education, and will discuss the applicability of eportfolio use, especially in senior "capstone" courses. Widely used in the field of Education, eportfolios can also be used in other academic settings, and creating an eportfolio is particularly useful for students as preparation for entering the job market. The Canvas eportfolio tool will be demonstrated, and additional proprietary eportfolio tools discussed. Facilitated by Cynthia Patterson. Click here for HANDOUT.

Their Cheating Ways: Student Academic (Mis)Conduct 

This workshop is intended to expose faculty to the myriad ways students cheat. Stay one step ahead of your students by familiarizing yourself with some of the new (and not so new) ways students use technology to try and outsmart their instructors.

Un-Lectures: Using PowerPoint Completely Differently

Rather than use PowerPoint to relay information (i.e., the answers), we'll talk about strategies for using it as a platform for questions, and also explore the myriad ways we can turn traditional lectures upside down. click here for PRESENTATION.

Unscripted Problems: Giving Employers What They Want

The future employers of your students often claim they want employees who can solve problems that we DON'T have answers for, but how do we create these skills in our students?

Using Clickers in the Classroom–An Evidence Based Approach

Many instructors are using clickers in the classroom.  But what do we know about effective use of clickers in the classroom? In this workshop, we will discuss research-based practices for use of clickers, and the current reasons and evidence behind such practices. Facilitated by Autar Kaw. Click here for HANDOUT.

Using Cooperative Learning in Large and Small Classes to Enhance Understanding

Do you want to engage students in group work effectively? Do you want responsibility of learning to be shared among all learners? Cooperative learning is a successful approach to the use of structured small groups to maximize students' learning. Come to this presentation to learn how to effectively implement cooperative learning in your large or small class. Facilitated by Cheryl Ellerbrock.

Using Popular Culture in Your Teaching

From zombies to Stephen Colbert, there are entire universes of content your students care about. Can we leverage this inherent motivation to serve our needs? Click here for HANDOUT.

Using Technology to Enhance Learner Motivation

In today's classroom, technology has the potential to be a distractor for students. Find out how you can use technology to increase learner motivation using various tools, media, and strategies. Click here for HANDOUT and PRESENTATION.

Using the Canvas Survey Tool to Enhance Learning

Join us as we discuss how to get anonymous student impact data from our Canvas LMS that helps us identify what worked well in our courses and what needs some enhancements.

Various Ways to Supplement Your Face-to-Face Classes Using Canvas

Now that you know the basics of Canvas, join us as we explore some instructionally effective ways to supplement your     face-to-face classes with the Canvas LMS.

Virtual Synchronicity: Meeting Students Online

Whether you are facilitating portions of your course online or need to meet with an individual student online, using tools like Big Blue Button or Blackboard Collaborate, which are integrated into Canvas, can make your interactions more meaningful and convenient.

Writing Lesson Plans

Lesson plans help you to effectively organize and deliver your course content to students. Learn about how to develop lesson plans that are well-thought-out and offer more than just an outline. Click here for HANDOUT 1 and HANDOUT 2.

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