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Fall 2021 Teaching & Learning Webinars
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Being Human: Trauma-Informed Instruction Practices (repeat of Spring session)
Dr. Allison Boye
Thursday, Sept. 2nd, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

It’s been a rough 18 months. 2020 may be long behind us, but the pandemic clearly isn’t, and neither are the struggles that went with it. Our students might still feel as world-weary as we are, and many are likely dealing with some very real personal stress and trauma as a result. Trauma-informed pedagogy reminds us to be aware of our students’ past and present experiences and how they might affect our students in the classroom. Join us for a session that will explore the principles of trauma-informed instruction and how we can create a learning sanctuary for our students in even the most difficult of times. 


Student Engagement Beyond the Classroom
Dr. Brandy Fair, Associate Dean, McKinney Campus
Thursday, Sept. 9th 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

There are multiple sessions about student engagement, active learning, etc. but what about the times students are not present in the classroom? What are some strategies to promote engagement beyond the assigned classroom times?  This session will discuss types of engagement as well as ideas for engagement with students before/during the semester.


Enduring Uncertainty: Teaching through the “Patchwork Pandemic”
Dr. Allison Boye
RESCHEDULED for Friday, Sept. 24th, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

We all thought things would be back to “normal” this fall, didn’t we? And yet, here we are, in Fall 2021, with the Delta Variant of the COVID-19 virus on the rise, and other variants like Lambda looming ahead.  Journalist Ed Yong coined the term “patchwork pandemic” to describe the country’s uneven experiences and resulting policy challenges; this “patchwork” has undoubtedly altered the path to our desired return to normalcy and the work we do at the college and in the classroom. It likewise remains unclear what the remainder of the fall semester might look like: will we experience another shutdown and disruption? This session will explore that pervasive uncertainty and consider ways in which faculty might work and teach around the challenges that it brings. 


Perusall: Using Social E-Readers to Build Community
Dr. Rachel Gunter
Tuesday, Sept. 21st, 1:00 -2:00 pm

Perusall is a social e-reader and annotation tool in Canvas that allows students to collaboratively read and annotate assigned material in a format similar to many familiar social media apps. Students can earn credit for thoughtfully commenting on assigned readings, responding to other students’ comments; and “liking” or upvoting comments. Students can also tag the professor to ask for help understanding parts of the reading. Perusall auto-grades as the students read and comment based on settings managed by the professor. Students develop camaraderie within their Perusall group while engaging with the material for credit. Dr. Rachel Gunter will provide a software demonstration and overview of how she has used Perusall in her own teaching. 


Canvas Design with Canva 
Professor Nicole Donawho
Wednesday, October 13th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

In this session, faculty will learn how to use the graphic design site, Canva, to create a Canvas course that is accessible, easy to navigate, and personalized. Attendees will learn the basics of what Canva has to offer, how to incorporate graphics into a Canvas course, and the essentials of accessibility and navigation.


In Their Shoes: The Importance of Empathy and Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom
Dr. Allison Boye
Tuesday, October 19, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

As academics, we might often think that our students need only buckle down to thrive in higher education; Angela Duckworth’s buzzworthy theory on “Grit” certainly perpetuates the idea that persistence is the primary key to success. However, we must not overlook the human element in the process of teaching and learning. In this session we will consider the crucial role emotional intelligence plays in effective teaching and explore opportunities for cultivating greater empathy for our students. 


So, your Student Cheated… Now What? A Panel Discussion about Academic Integrity Procedures
Panelists: Associate Dean of Students Amy Throop, Associate Dean Dr. Rachel Bzostek Walker, & Professor Melody Miyamoto Walters
Facilitator: Dr. Allison Boye
Wednesday, October 27, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

No instructor ever wants to have to deal with cheating or plagiarism from their students. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance it’s going to happen at some point in your teaching career – and probably more than once!  But what should you do when it does inevitably happen? Join us for a panel discussion featuring Associate Dean of Students Amy Throop, Associate Dean Dr. Rachel Bzostek Walker, and Professor Melody Miyamoto Walters to learn more about what you can and should do when faced with infractions of academic integrity. 


Think Big: Fostering Critical Thinking in our Students (repeat of spring session)
Dr. Allison Boye
Thursday, November 18th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Perhaps one of the most important things we can do is help our students become adept critical thinkers. This is, however, no small task! In this session we will explore how we define and recognize critical thinking, barriers we or our students might face, and approaches we might consider for overcoming those barriers as we strive to create space for and nurture critical thinking skills in our classrooms and beyond.


But I HAVE to Lecture:  Engaging Students with Dynamic Lecturing
Dr. Allison Boye
Monday, November 22, 2:00 -3:00  pm

Lecturing is a familiar and common teaching modality in many disciplines, and while it is often associated with student passivity, it doesn’t have to be! Lecturing and active learning are not necessarily mutually exclusive, and this session will consider a range of strategies for enhancing student learning and engagement during lectures.












Fall 2021 Roundtable Discussions

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Grading Policies and Practices 
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
CHEC 218

Grading might not be our favorite thing to do, but it’s certainly something we have to do! During this discussion, we’ll share and consider various grading policies and schemas, practices regarding revisions, resubmissions, and late work, grade dispute approaches, and anything else that might arise! 

Teaching Contentious Topics 

Thursday, Oct. 7, 3:00 – 4:00 pm 
CHEC 218

For many of us, it can be difficult to avoid contentious or sensitive topics in our classrooms. (Evolution? Climate change? Gender identity? Censorship? Politics? …) Whether those topics cause anxiety or excitement, join us for a discussion about how we approach and manage those topics in our own classes while fostering a positive learning environment for all. 

Higher Ed Exhausted

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 3:00– 4:00 pm
CHEC 218

Teachers, this one’s for you! The end of the fall semester is rapidly approaching, and the past 2 years have surely been like no others. In ongoing support of faculty mental health and self-care, join this discussion for an opportunity to build community, identify allies, share self-care practices, and hopefully re-energize while sharing the burden of fatigue with like-minded colleagues.