Events & Workshops

Faculty Professional Development Events

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gold review Community chat and chew! QM Rubric Updates

Date:  Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Time:  12-1 p.m.
Location: CK404B (OAI's Active Learning Lab)
Facilitator: La Tonya Dyer
Description:  Join the Office of Academic Innovation and Gold Review Community members for a casual chat & chew session.  During our session, we will continue to discuss the Gold Review process for online courses and campus wide adoption of Quality Matters.  Join us for snacks and conversation on a range of topics including:

  • Recent updates to Quality Matters rubric
  • Faculty review chairs
  • Supported self-review
  • Impact of your participation
  • Determining the impact of your efforts (looking for research opportunities)

demonstration and discussion of clearalignment

Date: Monday, September 24, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: CK404B 
Can't join in person?  Join us online through Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/295229776 

Description: The concept of course alignment is very important when converting face-to-face courses to online or blended delivery formats.  A new educational technology tool called ClearAlignment uses a process that helps faculty align their course objectives and assessments in a streamlined and convenient way.

Dr. Sara Tarr, Founder and CEO of ClearAlignment, will provide a demonstration.  TU faculty who have piloted the tool will share their experiences.

Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

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Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop

Date:  September 27, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Cook Library Room 404B (OAI's Active Learning Lab)
Description: In this workshop attendees will learn to use a nationally recognized, research based tool (Quality Matters Rubric) designed to improve online and blended course quality to benefit online learners.

OAI has adopted the Quality Matters Rubric in its professional development offerings and other faculty supports.

This daylong workshop is open to all faculty, instructional designers, and administrators who wish to learn more about the Quality Matters Rubric.  A continental breakfast and lunch are included.

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October

Online Edge Certificate and Gold Review Overview

Date: October 2, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 12:30 PM
Location: Webex (https://goo.gl/LbmYBt
Meeting number (access code): 634 216 707
Meeting password: Fall2018
Description: Join the Office of Academic Innovation for a brief discussion and introduction to the Online Edge and Gold Review programs. The Online Edge Certificate Program assists Towson online instructors with developing the facilitation, pedagogical, and technical expertise necessary to support learning within the online environment.  The TU Gold Review Process is a comprehensive course review and instructional design support system based on the Quality Matters (QM) Standards. The TU Gold Review Process provides recognition of Towson’s exceptional online courses.

Visit our Online Edge and Gold Review websites for additional information. 

sotl drop in session: refining your question(s)

Date:  October 5, 2018
Time:  
1-2:30 PM
Location: 
Cook 507
Description:  
Join Assistant Provost Jane Neapolitan (OAI) and Associate Professor Cindy Ghent (BIOL) for an informal themed session on the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL).  All levels of classroom researchers are welcome.  Please bring your questions and any materials for which you would like feedback and suggestions from peers.

FreshTech - 3D Printing in higher education

Date: October 17, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location: CK 404B
Description: Are you interested in incorporating 3-D printing, technologies, or resources into your courses? If so then join us for the FreshTech - 3D Printing in higher education discussion panel. The panel will take place on October 17th at 12:00 PM in CK 404B (OAI Active Learning Lab).The panel of experienced TU faculty will discuss their experiences incorporating 3D printing technologies into their courses and TU staff will discuss the available campus resources and services.
Panelist:

  • Jan Baum, Center for Innovation + Entrepreneurship
  • Joshua DeMonte, Interdisciplinary Object Design
  • Suzanne Obenshain, Educational Technology & Literacy
  • Sonia Lawson, Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science
  • Bob Cave, OTS Student Support Services
  • David Merino, Office of Academic Innovation

Hosted by the Office of Academic Innovation and Office of Technology Services.

Want to save time? align now

Date:  October 24, 2018
Time: 
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location:
CK404B
Facilitator: Dr. Sara Tarr, ClearAlignment
Description: 
Although many of the things you do in face-to-face classes can be done in online courses, you will find the planning process different.  Rather than recreating what you are doing face-to-face, you will want to re-think and re-design your course for the online environment, incorporating tools and resources that are available online.  It all starts with course design, specifically, and aligned course design.

Always be learning.  Invest in you and invest in your online teaching experience by learning the how and why of course alignment.  By the end of the workshop, you will know how to bring your syllabus into alignment.

udl (universal design for learning) coffee house

Date:  October 29, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: CK404B
Can't join in person?  Join us online through Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/709214861 

Description:  Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a method of curriculum development aimed at reducing barriers that may exist for students in their learning.  UDL is designed around specific neural networks which inform three general principles for designing flexible curricula.

Faculty from the 2018 UDL Faculty Cohort will share how they modified their own courses in order to provide multiple means of engagement, representation, and action and expression for student learning.

Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

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November

sotl drop in session: peer review of instruments

Date:  November 2, 2018
Time:  
1-2:30 PM
Location: 
Cook 404B
Description:  
Join Assistant Provost Jane Neapolitan (OAI) and Associate Professor Cindy Ghent (BIOL) for an informal themed session on the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL).  All levels of classroom researchers are welcome.  Please bring your questions and any materials for which you would like feedback and suggestions from peers.

online teaching circle: engaging learners (distance education week)

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (Drop-ins welcome)
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.
Location: CK404B (OAI's Active Learning Lab); Online via WebEx (Session password: oai1); Call in 408-792-6300 or 877-668-4490 (Toll-Free) (Access Code: 794 667 569)
Description: All faculty are welcome to join our ongoing learning community about online and blended instruction.  This meeting will be focused on student engagement and will include two brief presentations from faculty colleagues, updates about campus technologies, and plenty of time for Q&A.

Optional Pre-Workshop Resources: This session draws from the video What Three Things Should I Do Each Week to Engage Online Students? that you can view at any time from Magna Publications 20-Minute Mentor series.  TU faculty and staff now have free unlimited access to the Magna Publications 20-Minute Mentor video series and The Teaching Professor newsletter.  The 20-Minute Mentor series offers on-demand videos grounded in sound educational theory and provides solutions to common classroom and administrative challenges.  Please request access from  and you will receive an email with instructions.

applying the quality matters rubric workshop

Date: November 9, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Cook Library Room 404B (OAI's Active Learning Lab)
Description:  In this workshop attendees will learn to use a nationally recognized, research based tool (Quality Matters Rubric) designed to improve online and blended course quality to benefit online learners.

OAI has adopted the Quality Matters Rubric in its professional development offerings and other faculty supports.

This daylong workshop is open to all faculty, instructional designers, and administrators who wish to learn more about the Quality Matters Rubric.  A continental breakfast and lunch are included.

build your own 3d files!

Date:  Friday, November 16, 2018
Time:  12-3 p.m.
Location:  CK404B OAI's Active Learning Lab
Description:  Join OAI's David Merino (Senior Multimedia Producer) and Chris Mueck (Graduate Assistant) for an overview of the creation, management and instructional use of 3D images on November 16th from 12-3 p.m.  In this workshop, participants will practice using photogrammertry to create 3D models of small objects using handheld mobile phones or tablets.  The presenters will also discuss the process used to create 3D models of buildings and geography using sophisticated drone photography.

For more information visit our web page:
https://www.towson.edu/provost/initiatives/leadership/teaching/academicinnovation/events.html

 

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December

Online Edge Certificate and Gold Review Overview

Date: December 6 , 2018
Time: 12:00 – 12:30 PM
Location: Webex (https://goo.gl/ZA2cpb)
Meeting number (access code): 790 604 438
Meeting password: Fall2018      
Description: Join the Office of Academic Innovation for a brief discussion and introduction to the Online Edge and Gold Review programs. The Online Edge Certificate Program assists Towson online instructors with developing the facilitation, pedagogical, and technical expertise necessary to support learning within the online environment.  The TU Gold Review Process is a comprehensive course review and instructional design support system based on the Quality Matters (QM) Standards. The TU Gold Review Process provides recognition of Towson’s exceptional online courses.

Visit our Online Edge and Gold Review websites for additional information.

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January 2019

online edge course design Workshop

Date(s):  January 3 - January 24, 2019
Location:  Fully Online
Description:  Over three weeks, faculty will take part in an intensive hands-on examination of the most recent methodologies and research regarding quality design of online courses, culminating in the design of a cohesive and engaging module of study.  The workshop will provide vast resources and experiences regarding the pedagogy and best practices that will enable faculty to provide robust, accessible online instruction.  As well, the workshop will feature a segment intended to help faculty establish their own needs and priorities for professional development within the context of conceptual change.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Write specific measurable learning objectives and course outcomes.
  • Provide students with activities and assessments that support mastery of stated objectives.
  • Establish and provide comprehensive grading guidelines and instructions.
  • Provide activities and assessments that promote learner engagement.
  • Provide activities and assessments that involve interpersonal interactions.
  • Create a comprehensive syllabus appropriate for the online setting.
  • Organize course content using a logical and consistent structure.
  • Identify tools and technologies that enable the achievement of objectives.
  • Design a cohesive module of online instruction.

This online workshop is both asynchronous and facilitated; you will have flexibility to complete workshop activities at any time or location you like, as long as you meet all deadlines.  Please be prepared to set aside at least 10-14 hours per week to complete the workshop activities.

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online edge facilitation workshop

Date(s):  January 3 - January 24, 2019
Location:  Fully Online
Description:  After an online course design is complete, and the semester starts, online instructors take on the varied roles of online facilitators.

In this workshop, participants will assess and hone their skills regarding online course facilitation.  For our purposes, facilitation includes all interactions, communication, and feedback that occur with students.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Create and maintain a learning environment that is safe, respectful, and inviting.
  • Communicate with students responsively, proactively, frequently, and in a timely manner.
  • Provide constructive feedback.
  • Make course modifications based on ongoing student feedback.
  • Facilitate discourse to enable learners' achievement of learning objectives
  • Implement learner-centered practics.

This online workshop is both asynchronous and facilitated; you will have flexibility to complete workshop activities at any time or location you like, as long as you meet all deadlines.  Please be prepared to set aside at least 10-14 hours per week to complete the workshop activities.

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February 2019

sotl drop in session: dealing with data

Date:  February 1, 2019
Time:  
1-2:30 PM
Location: 
Cook 404B
Description:  
Join Assistant Provost Jane Neapolitan (OAI) and Associate Professor Cindy Ghent (BIOL) for an informal themed session on the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL).  All levels of classroom researchers are welcome.  Please bring your questions and any materials for which you would like feedback and suggestions from peers.

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March 2019

sotl drop in session: framing and results

Date:  March 1, 2019
Time:  
1-2:30 PM
Location: 
Cook 404B
Description:  
Join Assistant Provost Jane Neapolitan (OAI) and Associate Professor Cindy Ghent (BIOL) for an informal themed session on the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL).  All levels of classroom researchers are welcome.  Please bring your questions and any materials for which you would like feedback and suggestions from peers.

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April 2019

sotl drop in session: telling your story

Date:  April 5, 2019
Time:  
1-2:30 PM
Location: 
Cook 404B
Description:  
Join Assistant Provost Jane Neapolitan (OAI) and Associate Professor Cindy Ghent (BIOL) for an informal themed session on the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL).  All levels of classroom researchers are welcome.  Please bring your questions and any materials for which you would like feedback and suggestions from peers.