Events & Workshops

Faculty Professional Development Events

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augmented and virtual reality town hall meeting

Date:  April 4, 2018
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: Cook 404B - OAI's Active Learning Lab

Join TU staff and faculty in a discussion regarding the instructional use of Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality technologies on Wednesday, April 4th in OAI's Active Learning Lab (Cook#404B).  Come share with others how you are using or would like to use these technologies within your classroom.

Also, provide your feedback to OTS on what, if any, other new or emerging technologies you are instructionally incorporating into your courses.  What challenges are you facing?  How could OTS make this easier for you?  Are your students benefitting?

applying the quality matters rubric workshop

Date:  April 10, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location:  Cook 404B (OAI's Active Learning Lab)

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 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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Drones @ tu

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Cook 404B Active Learning Lab 1-2 p.m.
                 Newell Field 2-3:00 p.m.
Presenters:  David Merino, Office of Academic Innovation, certified FAA drone pilot
                    Dr. Dana Kollmann, Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice
                    Gregg Wood, Office of Environmental Health and Safety

Join representatives from across campus for an open discussion on the instructional use of drones.  Learn how this groundbreaking technology is being used by TU faculty and staff to support research, teaching and learning.  Weather permitting after our discussion join us for a live demonstration of OAI's drone.


online edge facilitation workshop

Date(s):  June 4 - June 25, 2018
Location:  Fully Online

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 practices.

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 10-12 hours per week to complete the workshop activities.

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online edge: blended course design cohort

Date(s):  Full cohort dates - August 7 through November 12, 2018
August 7 through October 2, 2018
Faculty will participate in a blended workshop comprised of online activities punctuated with interactive in-person sessions.
October 3 through November 12, 2018
Faculty will work independently with ongoing support from the group to complete their course development.

Location:  Online with face-to-face sessions in Cook Library
The 3 face-to-face sessions are:
Tuesday, 8/7/2018 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Orientation
Thursday, 9/6/2018 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Overall course alignment
Thursday, 10/4/2018 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Course design plan and peer feedback

Over the course of a semester, faculty will work with colleagues in a blended workshop and then individually to develop their own blended course.  This experience is ideal for faculty who plan to offer a blended course in spring, summer, or fall of 2019.  It will be useful to faculty new to blended learning, or for experienced faculty who are interested in exploring new methods.

The workshop portion includes an overview of blended learning models and a series of activities that culminate in the design of a module or unit of blended instruction and a course plan.  The workshop itself acts as a model of one implementation of blended learning, occurring mostly online, and including three (3) face-to-face meetings.

By the end of the workshop portion, you should be able to:

  • Design a blended module of instruction.
  • Choose activities, assessments, and instructional modes (online/face-to-face) that foster achievement of course objectives and match instructional goals.
  • Integrate online and face-to-face components together into a holistic blended environment.
  • Write specific, measurable learning objectives and course outcomes.
  • Provide activities and assessments that promote learner engagement.

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