All TWU faculty are invited to attend the 2014 Teaching and Learning Symposium. The Symposium will be held Thursday, August 21, 2014 with registration/check-in beginning at 8 a.m. This event is sponsored by the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT). Registration deadline: Monday, August 18 by 5 p.m.
About the Teaching and Learning Symposium
The Teaching and Learning Symposium, or TLS, is a one-day symposium that will bring together the TWU Community to share best practices, models and lessons-learned in uses of technology both in the face-to-face classroom and in the online classroom.
- Teaching with Classroom-based Technology – Successful teaching and learning techniques and/or activities using TWU’s classroom technologies
- Teaching with Online Technology – Successful teaching and learning techniques and/or activities using online technology
- Research in Teaching and Learning with Technology – Planned or ongoing research on topics related to teaching and learning with technology
- Creative Uses of Technology – Successful uses of technology tools
- Student Success – Successful teaching strategies aimed at learning enhancement and academic success
- Faculty Showcase – TWU Faculty Award for Distinction in Teaching, TWU Faculty Award for Distinction in Distance Education, and Non-TWU recognition related to Teaching and Online Course Design.
- 8 a.m. – Check-in (ACT 2 Lobby)
- 8:15 – 9:05 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Session (ACT 301)
- 9:15 – 10 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions
- 10:10 – 10:55 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions
- 11:05 – 11:50 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions
- 12 – 1 p.m. – Lunch and Technology Fair (SU 207)
- 12:30 – 1 p.m. – Poster Presentations (SU 207)
Foundations in Supporting Instruction for Denton and Dallas Graduate Assistants
These offerings, specifically for graduate assistants, focus on promising practices using Blackboard. Topics covered in these two hour workshops include (but are not limited to):
- Understanding the instructor and student views
- Posting and managing multimedia content
- Collecting and managing assignments
- Understanding and using Grade Center
- Communicating with students using a variety of tools
- Facilitating discussion and collaboration
All workshops will be held in ACT 503.
- August 26 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Register by August 22; 5 p.m.
- September 2 | 3 – 5 p.m. | Register by August 28; 5 p.m.
These offerings, specifically for adjuncts and teaching assistants, focus on promising practices using Blackboard as the Instructor of Record. Topics covered in these two hour workshops include (but are not limited to):
- Posting content using a variety of tools
- Developing e-communication practices
- Designing and managing discussion, collaboration, and group work
- Organizing Grade Center
- Creating and managing assignments and assessments
All workshops will be held in ACT 503.
- August 28 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Register by August 26; 5 p.m.
- September 2 | 5 – 7 p.m. | Register by August 28; 5 p.m.
Each Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy (PTLA) mentor and scholar pair has interest in various teaching and learning topics. These PTLA spotlights are your opportunity to hear what they have learned. Please join us! Each session will be delivered online in Blackboard Collaborate.
Participant access to the presentations.
Critical Thinking Through Student Participation
Presented by Dr. Laura Trujillo-Jenks, Teacher Education and Dr. Lisa Rosen, Psychology and Philosophy
Monday, September 15 | 10 – 11 a.m.
Delivering instruction can be done by allowing students opportunities to think critically about a given topic. Two ways to do this is reading and deciphering case studies and allowing for student debates.
All of the Live to the Desktop presentations will be conducted online in Blackboard Collaborate. Registration is not required.
Issues in Accessibility for Online Content
September 18 | 2 – 3 p.m.
This Live to the Desktop will feature general information on accessibility cases involving higher education. Presenters will focus on the 2010 Dear Colleague letter from the U.S. Department of Education and ramifications affecting the creation of online content and coursework.
Using YouTube and Vimeo to Deliver Accessible Videos
October 15 | 10 – 11 a.m.
This Live to the Desktop will feature two tools that can be used to deliver accessible video content. We will cover tool use, setting access permissions and captioning options. Presenters will provide information to help you decide which tool might be best for the video in your course. Information about producing scripts and obtaining transcription services will also be provided.
Creating Accessible Documents with Tagged PDFs
November 11 | 2 – 3 p.m.
This Live to the Desktop will focus on producing documents in Microsoft Word and converting those documents to tagged PDFs that can be read by a screen reader.
Upcoming Topics for Spring 2015
- Accommodation Features for General Productivity
- Accommodations for Online Students
- Issues in Accessibility When Using Third-Party Tools
All Dallas faculty and staff are invited to attend the following workshops. For more information, contact Rachel Raidenkov from the Dallas Office of Technology and Janet Bickel-Burton from the Dallas Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology. All of the following workshops will be held in ISHD room 6700 unless otherwise noted. Registration is not required.
- Blackboard Open Labs
- August 26 | 3 – 4 p.m.
- August 28 | 10 – 11 a.m. (IHSD 6704)
- Recording Lectures | September 5 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Tracking Student Performance: Alerts, User Progress, Course Reports & Retention Center | September 16 | 3 – 4 p.m.
- Testing A – Z | September 29 | 12 – 1 p.m.
- Blackboard Rubrics | October 14 | 3 – 4 p.m.
- Grade Center | October 28 | 3 – 4 p.m.
- Item Analysis & Test Questions Statistics | November 11 | 3 – 4 p.m.
- Getting Ready for Next Semester | November 24 | 12 – 1 p.m.
- Blackboard Collaborate and IM Chat | December 9 | 3 – 4 p.m.
- Getting Ready for Next Semester | December 16 | 3 – 4 p.m.
All Houston faculty and staff are invited to attend the following trainings that will cover topics including Blackboard preparation, Blackboard tools and other technology related topics. These trainings are offered jointly by the Office of Technology and the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology.
All sessions will be conducted online in Bb Collaborate. Registration is not required. A link to participate in the sessions will be provided on this page closer to the start of the trainings.
- Blackboard: Open Lab - Ask Questions or Get Help Through Bb Collaborate | September 2 | 12 - 1 p.m.
- Respondus Test Generator and Lockdown Browser | September 3 | 2 - 3 p.m.
- Blackboard: Blogs/Wikis | September 9 | 12 - 1 p.m.
- Blackboard Collaborate: Basic | September 11 | 12 - 1 p.m.
- Blackboard Collaborate: Advanced | September 16 | 12 - 1 p.m.
- Blackboard: New Features | September 23 | 12 - 1 p.m.
- Blackboard Rubrics | October 1 | 2 - 3 p.m.
- Respondus Test Generator and Lockdown Browser | October 6 | 12 - 1 p.m.
- Blackboard: Open Lab - Ask Questions or Get Help Through Bb Collaborate | October 9 | 12 - 1 p.m.
- Blackboard Collaborate: Basic | October 14 | 12 - 1 p.m.
- Blackboard Collaborate: Advanced | October 21 | 12 - 1 p.m.
- Poster Design Basics | October 28 | 12 - 1 p.m.
- Blackboard: The Grade Center and Course Reports | November 6 | 2 - 3 p.m.
- Respondus Test Generator and Lockdown Browser | November 14 | 2 - 3 p.m.
- Blackboard Collaborate: Plan | November 18 | 12 - 1 p.m.
- Blackboard: Getting Ready for Next Semester | December 1 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Come to an Open Lab and we will answer any question you have with the "how's" and "why's" of course design. Registration is not required.
- Blackboard: Open Lab | September 2 | 12 - 1 p.m. | IHSH 4115
- Blackboard: Open Lab | October 9 | 12 - 1 p.m. | IHSH 4115
September 22 - 26
Register Today! | Registration deadline: Friday, September 19 by 5 p.m.
Have you heard of the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric? It is a 43 standard rubric which looks at online and blended course design. Based in national standards of best practices, research literature and instructional design principles, the rubric standards suggest essential elements for the design of online and blended courses. This 5 day, online, asynchronous workshop introduces you to the QM standards and how you might use them in your online or blended course.
If you have questions about this course or anything else related to QM, please contact Alli Peterson, Instructional Designer III.
October 14 - 28
Registration coming soon.
The Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) workshop* is Quality Matter's flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses. It is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators and adjunct instructors who wish to understand more about the QM Rubric and process of course review.
This official QM workshop is facilitated through TWU. It is two weeks online and asynchronous. Participants can expect to spend about 10-15 hours per week in this workshop to successfully complete it. The APPQMR is the pre-requisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer.
If you have questions about QM or this workshops, contact Alli Peterson.
*The workshop is subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met.
Schedule a Workshop
To schedule a workshop for your department or program, contact the TLT group at 940.898.3409. The TLT group also sends information on all TLT events via email.
The TLT group also sponsors several special events for the TWU community. Each fall, the Online Educator Symposium brings together faculty and others to discuss teaching in the online environment. During the spring semester, TLT sponsors the Academic Success Series (a lecture and/or workshop session followed by two online sessions on related topics). During the summer, several TLT sponsored events take place. In June, invited Teaching Assistants can participate in the PILOT program. This four-week course covers basic concepts for teaching online and F2F for Teaching Assistants. The Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy also convenes in June. A select group of faculty members and mentors attend a three day institute on teaching and learning and work through the year to explore some aspect of teaching. In July, the Online Faculty Development Program is offered for new TWU faculty members. This program covers course development and pedagogical concepts for teaching online.
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