Dear Colleagues: Happy New Year! And what a year it has been.
Before the semester officially begins, we wanted to draw attention to a few upcoming training opportunities that may be of interest.
Academic Technology Services has a number of Canvas trainings in January. They offer migration sessions (i.e., how to move your course content from Blackboard to Canvas) as well as sessions devoted to assessment. Faculty are also welcome to join ATS’s Friday office hours or make a one-on-one appointment with ATS staff. Departments are also welcome to request unit-level training opportunities.
Blackboard–to-Canvas Migration – click here to register
Wednesday, January 13 at 10:00am
Wednesday, January 27 at 10:00am
Canvas Assessments (Assignments, Quizzes, and Grades) – click here to register
Wednesday, January 6 at 2:30pm
Monday, January 11 at 11:30am
Wednesday, January 20 at 2:30pm
Monday, January 25 at 11:30am
ATS Office Hours – click here to register
Friday, January 8 at 10:00am
Friday, January 15 at 10:00am
Friday, January 22 at 10:00am
Friday, January 29 at 10:00am
To Schedule an Appointment – http://go.rutgers.edu/bookats
The Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research (CTAAR) has also announced several exciting January workshops.
Alternative Assessments for Online Classes (Panel) - click here to register
Thursday, January 7 at 2pm
Session Description: Facing challenges with proctoring technologies, many faculty have turned to different forms of assessment to replace traditional high stakes tests and exams. In this workshop, we hear from a panel of faculty who redesigned assessments last term. They will tell us about their successes and what they plan to do differently this term.
Seeking Panelists! Have you redesigned your class assessments? We are looking for panelists interested in talking about the assessment changes you made and how they worked. If you are interested in contributing as a panelist, please complete this quick survey.
Quantitative Disciplines Online Teaching Roundtable – click here to register
Friday, January 8 at 10:00am
Session Description: Faculty within quantitatively based disciplines face unique difficulties such as how to handle student submissions of problems or calculations, how to provide feedback on this work, and how to use technology to replicate a "blackboard" for writing out problems in synchronous or asynchronous sessions. This round table will provide an opportunity for faculty to engage in a conversation surrounding these challenges and potential solutions. A survey will be sent to all registered participants to help focus the discussion of this third meeting of the round table. New participants are welcome!
Remote/Online Instruction in Fall 2020: What We Learned – click here to register
Tuesday January 12 at 10:00am
Session Description: At the end of the fall 2020 term, CTAAR surveyed instructors about their experiences teaching, added additional student questions pertaining to online learning to the Student Instructional Ratings Survey, and also collected student feedback in a separate survey once the semester was complete. In this workshop, we will share:
Statistical and qualitative analysis of the Instructor Online/Remote Teaching Survey
Analysis of the additional questions added to the Student Instructional Ratings Survey
Analysis of the Rutgers Student Attitudes Toward Instruction Survey
During this event we will provide a space for Q&A and a forum to continue our discussion of how best to address the concerns raised by our instructors and students. We hope the discussion of these sources of data will inform decisions for the spring term.
Reflecting on Online Teaching Experiences – click here to register
Thursday, January 14 @ 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Session Description: In 2020, many instructors began teaching online for the first time. We learned new skills, redesigned courses, and developed new ways to engage students. Collectively, we developed a wealth of understanding about what works, what doesn’t work, and how to improve our courses for Spring 2021. In this workshop, we review what works best and share our knowledge, focusing on both synchronous and asynchronous teaching practices. This workshop is a collaboration between the Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research and the Academic Affairs Office of Faculty Development.
Brought to you by the P3 Collaboratory for Pedagogy, Professional Development, and Publicly-Engaged Scholarship at Rutgers University-Newark