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East Tennessee State University

Workshops/Speakers

Fall 2019 Workshops and Speakers

The Center for Teaching Excellence sponsors workshops and events every semester and also recommends upcoming teaching and learning related events on campus, in the region, and online. 

Faculty Book Club
Wednesday August 21, 3-4 PM
Sherrod 311

Faculty Book Club is open to all ETSU faculty. CTE staff identify and provide the books, faculty read the book and come to a one-hour discussion of the text. Faculty book club meets once a term usually the week before classes begins. The fall 2019 book is Why Don’t Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham. The spring 2020 book selection is Thanks for the Feedback by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen.

Register for the Fall 2019 Book Club here!

Register for the Spring 2020 Book Club here!

TED Talk Lunch and Learn
Last Friday of Every Month at Noon
433 Sherrod Library

These luncheons are designed to be an informal way for faculty to hear ideas about teaching and discuss their thoughts. No preparation is necessary, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided. Ted Talk Lunch and Learn sessions take place on the last Friday of the month at noon.

Register for sessions here!

Community of Learners
Monday September 9, 2-3:30PM
433 Sherrod Library

Every classroom is a community. This “essential” helps faculty understand the best practices for high levels of instructor and student engagement, highly effective peer to peer interaction, developing a strong instructor presence, and strategies for being responsible to student needs.

This event is part of the four-part Teaching Essentials workshop series. Faculty who complete all four parts of the series will receive a certificate and a digital badge. This series may be particularly useful for new or junior faculty.

Register for events in this series here!

Universal Course Design for All
Wednesday September 11, 10-11:30AM
433 Sherrod Library

Students at ETSU come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide variety of learning needs and preferences. How can you ensure your courses are open, engaging, and accessible for all? Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for designing teaching and learning environments that are adaptable and flexible for all learners. This workshop will introduce the main concepts of UDL and invite participants to consider multiple ways to design outcomes, learning activities, and assessments that are accessible and engaging for all students.

This workshop is part of the Universal Design and Accessibility Workshop Series, a three-part workshop series offered in collaboration with Academic Technology Support and Disability Services. Faculty who complete all three parts of the series will receive a certificate, a sticker indicating the faculty member is UDA-friendly, and a D2L badge indicating completion of the series.  

Register for events in this series here!

Safe Zone Training for Faculty
Monday September 16, 12:45-3:45PM 
& Thursday October 24 9:45AM-12:45PM
Location TBD

The Safe Zone Program was created to promote acceptance and awareness of the diversity of gender identity and sexual orientation on ETSU campuses. It has also served as a way to provide a community of allies for LGBTQ people, as well as evidence of and visibility for the support of LGBTQ people and their allies within the ETSU community.

This Safe Zone training provides a standardized curriculum baseline for potential allies and members of the ETSU Safe Zone program and will enable faculty to become a source of support to the LGBTQ campus community.

Registration links forthcoming!

Teaching Adult Learners
Thursday September 19, 3-4:30PM 
433 Sherrod Library

Adult students are an essential part of the diverse fabric of ETSU students. Non-traditional learners have experiences, assets, and challenges that are distinct from traditionally aged students. This workshop offers an overview of adult learner experiences in the university and strategies for effectively responding to adult learners’ needs.

Register for this workshop here!

Respect for Students
Monday September 23, 2-3:30PM
433 Sherrod Library

The relationship between students and their teachers is built upon mutual trust and respect. This workshop includes strategies that will help faculty understand their students’ backgrounds and academic preparation. This “essential” also includes strategies for developing a course with an appropriate workload and level of difficulty. The workshop will also help faculty develop activities and assignments that will build students’ self-efficacy and encourage students to seek assistance.

This event is part of the four-part Teaching Essentials workshop series. Faculty who complete all four parts of the series will receive a certificate and a digital badge. This series may be particularly useful for new or junior faculty.

Register for events in this series here!

Open Textbook Network Workshop
Thursday October 3, 10-11:30AM and Friday October 4, 2:30-4:00PM 
Quillen Conference Room

Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. In partnership with the Open Textbook Network, Sherrod Library and the CTE are offering a two-hour session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. You’ll receive a $200 stipend for your participation and written review. Registration is required.

Registration here!

Creating Accessible Online Courses
Monday October 7, 10-11:30AM 
ATS Lab, Sherrod Library

This workshop will highlight best practices to use when making your online course accessible as well as help the learner distinguish the difference between the words “accommodation” and “accessibility”. Specifically, this workshop will cover how to make your syllabi, course documents, videos, and additional resources appropriate and accessible for all online students. Special attention will be paid to captioning, alt text, and using permalinks from the library to ensure your course meets accessibility requirements. 

This workshop is part of the Universal Design and Accessibility Workshop Series, a three-part workshop series offered in collaboration with Academic Technology Support and Disability Services. Faculty who complete all three parts of the series will receive a certificate, a sticker indicating the faculty member is UDA-friendly, and a D2L badge indicating completion of the series.  

Register for events in this series here!

Feedback Early and Often
Tuesday October 22, 2-3:30PM
433 Sherrod Library

This workshop introduces the basics of the assessment cycle, promotes the use of frequent low-stakes assessments, and provides a framework for providing students with actionable feedback.

This event is part of the four-part Teaching Essentials workshop series. Faculty who complete all four parts of the series will receive a certificate and a digital badge. This series may be particularly useful for new or junior faculty.

Register for events in this series here!

Disability in Higher Education
Wednesday October 30, 10-11:30AM
433 Sherrod Library

The first experience for many professors with students with disabilities is when they receive a Faculty Accommodation Form. Many have questions about “reasonable accommodations” and how best to work with the student. This workshop will provide an introduction to disability and disability in higher education. You will gain an understanding of many of the specific disabilities, the process for receiving accommodations and the application of accommodations often required. Attention will be given to faculty/student/institution responsibility for accommodation and best practices for working with students with disabilities.

This workshop is part of the Universal Design and Accessibility Workshop Series, a three-part workshop series offered in collaboration with Academic Technology Support and Disability Services. Faculty who complete all three parts of the series will receive a certificate, a sticker indicating the faculty member is UDA-friendly, and a D2L badge indicating completion of the series.  

Register for events in this series here!

Active and Collaborative Learning
Tuesday November 5, 2-3:30PM
433 Sherrod Library

Student-centered instructional strategies yield the best results for lasting student learning. This workshop will introduce faculty to active and collaborative instructional strategies designed to help students develop higher order critical thinking skills.

This event is part of the four-part Teaching Essentials workshop series. Faculty who complete all four parts of the series will receive a certificate and a digital badge. This series may be particularly useful for new or junior faculty.

Register for events in this series here!

Getting Started in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Friday November 15, 1-3PM
433 Sherrod Library

Interested in researching higher-education instructional practices, but not sure where to start? Join us as we explore the value of engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), how to ground our ideas in theory, and the various ways to structure our studies. Brainstorm with your colleagues about some promising directions for your own SOTL study! The first 20 to register get a free copy of the book, Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: A Guide to the Process, and How to Develop a Project from Start to Finish, by C. Bishop-Clark & B. Dietz-Uhler.

Register for this workshop here!

Engaging Students: On the Grid, Off the Grid, and Through Rapport
 

To increase student engagement, is it appropriate for students to have and use their devices in class, and if so, when? Further, how can we encourage engagement through our relationships with our students? Come to explore and share ideas. Participants are encouraged to bring their devices!

Presenter: Dr. Alison Barton

Workshop Slides

Teaching First Generation College Students

This workshop is designed to help ETSU faculty learn more about the strengths of first generation college students, the rewards of working with this unique population, and the challenges that may accompany working with students whose families have limited experience with university life and culture.  The workshop’s facilitators, Dr. Michelle Hurley, Director of ETSU’s Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program and Megan Stark, Tutor Coordinator for Trio Programs’ Student Support Services, have many years of experience working with first-generation students at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  During the session, participants will also learn more about teaching strategies and university resources for first-generation college students.

Workshop Slides

See also: "First Generation College Students" on the CTE Diversity & Inclusion page.

Open Textbook Network Workshop

The CTE co-sponsors workshops with Sherrod Library and the Open Textbook Network (OTN). Fall 2019 Workshop dates TBA.

Faculty Workshop Slides

We also co-sponsor the OER Awards Program. Learn about it here.

In our current ETSU OER Awards Program cycle, we will be awarding $30,000

This will save students $200,000/semester

Teaching Adult Learners

Adult students are an essential part of the diverse fabric of ETSU. Non-traditional learners have experiences, assets, and challenges that are distinct from traditionally aged students. This workshop offers an overview of adult learner experiences in the university and strategies for effectively responding to adult learners' needs.

Presenter: Dr. Amy Johnson

Workshop Slides

See also: "Adult Learners" on the CTE Diversity & Inclusion page.

Universal Design and Accessibility Workshop Series

This three-part workshop series is offered in collaboration with Academic Technology Support and Disability Services. Faculty who complete all three parts of the series will receive a certificate, a sticker indicating the faculty member is UDA-friendly, and a D2L badge indicating completion of the series. 

Workshop Slides for the sessions:

Disability in Higher Education

Creating Accessible Online Courses

Universal Course Design for All

See also: "Accessibility" on the CTE Diversity & Inclusion page.

See also: "Universal Design for Learning (UDL)" on the CTE Course Design Page.

Spring 2019 Events

Creating Accessible Online Courses
Thursday February 7, 2-3:30PM

This workshop will highlight best practices to use when making your online course accessible as well as help the learner distinguish the difference between the words "accommodation" and "accessibility".  Specifically, this workshop will cover how to make your syllabi, course documents, videos, and additional resources appropriate and accessible for all online students. Special attention will be paid to captioning, alt text, and using permalinks from the library to ensure your course meets accessibility requirements.

This workshop is part of the Universal Design and Accessibility Workshop Series, a three-part workshop series offered in collaboration with Academic Technology Support and Disability Services. Faculty who complete all three parts of the series will receive a certificate, a sticker indicating the faculty member is UDA-friendly, and a D2L badge indicating completion of the series.

Safe Zone Faculty Training
Tuesday February 12 & Friday March 1, 1-4 PM

The Safe Zone Program was created to promote acceptance and awareness of the diversity of gender identity and sexual orientation on ETSU campuses. It has also served as a way to provide a community of allies for LGBTQ people, as well as evidence of and visibility for the support of LGBTQ people and their allies within the ETSU community.

This Safe Zone training provides a standardized curriculum baseline for potential allies and members of the ETSU Safe Zone program and will enable faculty to become a source of support to the LGBTQ campus community.

Disability in Higher Education
Thursday February 28, 2-3:30PM

The first experience for many professors with students with disabilities is when they receive a Faculty Accommodation Form. Many have questions about “reasonable accommodations” and how best to work with the student. This workshop will provide an introduction to disability and disability in higher education. You will gain an understanding of many of the specific disabilities, the process for receiving accommodations and the application of accommodations often required. Attention will be given to faculty/student/institution responsibility for accommodation and best practices for working with students with disabilities.

This workshop is part of the Universal Design and Accessibility Workshop Series, a three-part workshop series offered in collaboration with Academic Technology Support and Disability Services. Faculty who complete all three parts of the series will receive a certificate, a sticker indicating the faculty member is UDA-friendly, and a D2L badge indicating completion of the series.

Engaging Students: On the Grid, Off the Grid, and Through Rapport
Friday March 1, 1-2:30PM

To increase student engagement, is it appropriate for students to have and use their devices in class, and if so, when? Further, how can we encourage engagement through our relationships with our students? Come to explore and share ideas. Participants are encouraged to bring their devices!

Universal Course Design for All
Thursday March 7, 2-3:30PM

Students at ETSU come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide variety of learning needs and preferences. How can you ensure your courses are open, engaging, and accessible for all? Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for designing teaching and learning environments that are adaptable and flexible for all learners. This workshop will introduce the main concepts of UDL and invite participants to consider multiple ways to design outcomes, learning activities, and assessments that are accessible and engaging for all students.

This workshop is part of the Universal Design and Accessibility Workshop Series, a three-part workshop series offered in collaboration with Academic Technology Support and Disability Services. Faculty who complete all three parts of the series will receive a certificate, a sticker indicating the faculty member is UDA-friendly, and a D2L badge indicating completion of the series.

Teaching First Generation College Students
Tuesday March 26, 2:30-4PM

This workshop is designed to help ETSU faculty learn more about the strengths of first generation college students, the rewards of working with this unique population, and the challenges that may accompany working with students whose families have limited experience with university life and culture.  The workshop’s facilitators, Dr. Michelle Hurley, Director of ETSU’s Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program and Megan Stark, Tutor Coordinator for Trio Programs’ Student Support Services, have many years of experience working with first-generation students at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  During the session, participants will also learn more about teaching strategies and university resources for first-generation college students.

Teaching Adult Learners
Thursday March 28, 3-4:30PM

Adult students are an essential part of the diverse fabric of ETSU. Non-traditional learners have experiences, assets, and challenges that are distinct from traditionally aged students. This workshop offers an overview of adult learner experiences in the university and strategies for effectively responding to adult learners' needs.

Getting Started in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Friday April 12, 1-3 PM

Interested in researching higher-education instructional practices, but not sure where to start? Join us as we explore the value of engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), how to ground our ideas in theory, and the various ways to structure our studies. Brainstorm with your colleagues about some promising directions for your own SOTL study! The first 20 to register get a free copy of the book, Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: A Guide to the Process, and How to Develop a Project from Start to Finish, by C. Bishop-Clark & B. Dietz-Uhler.

Unlikely: Film Screening and Discussion
Friday May 10, 9-12 PM

Join us for a screening of the film, Unlikely. Unlikely follows the stories of five students, using their experiences to explore barriers students face when pursuing an education or career. The film features educational leaders from Georgia State University, the University of Akron, Arizona State University, and SNHU. Film runtime is 114 minutes and will be followed by a discussion. Space is limited and registration is required.

TED Talk Lunch and Learn
Last Friday of Every Month at Noon

These brown bag luncheons are designed to be an informal way for faculty to hear ideas about teaching and discuss their thoughts.  No preparation or registration required.  Ted Talk Lunch and Learn sessions take place on the last Friday of the month at noon. No registration is required, just bring your own lunch. 

The Teaching Professor Annual Conference
June 7-9, 2019, New Orleans

If you’re like most higher education professionals, you don’t pursue excellence for its own sake—you pursue it because you want to affect the lives of your students.

There’s simply no better place than The Teaching Professor Annual Conference to explore and celebrate your commitment to the art and science of teaching.

This two-and-a-half-day event presents the newest thinking on improving teaching and learning. Meet and network with like-minded colleagues, and learn from innovators whose presentations showcase the proven methods and approaches that they’ve used with their students.

Register today for the 2019 Teaching Professor Annual Conference, held June 7-9 in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Conference for High-Impact Instructional Practices
Igniting the Spark of Learning

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

ETSU's Millennium Center

Early registration* until March 15, 2019

Featuring Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sarah Cavanagh

Dr. Cavanagh

*Early registration entitles you to attend the late afternoon workshop also held by Dr. Cavanagh,
2:30 - 4:00.  

*Registration is Free*

Register soon - Space is limited!

Click here to Register

 

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