Winter Instructional Services Workshops
Our workshops provide evidence-based pedagogical practices, as well as training that will help faculty and staff hone their skills in the use of technology and other advanced tools to facilitate collaboration and enhance learning both in the classroom and online.
Most workshops will be held weekly on Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. in M1123 SPH II. Please check the Eventbrite registration for full dates, times, and locations. Registration is required.
- Jan. 17: Learning is Not a Spectator Sport: Using Active Learning to Create Excitement and Enhance Learning (DE&I)
- Jan. 24: Fostering Critical Thinking Skills (DE&I)
- Jan. 31: Evaluation to Improve Instruction (DE&I)
- Feb. 7: The Art of Asking: Ask Better Questions, Get Better Learning (DE&I)
- Feb. 14: A Celebration of SPH Teaching Success!
- Feb. 21: Canvas: Managing Graded Assignments
- Mar. 7: Drag and Drop Graphic Design with Canva* (not Canvas)
- Mar. 14: Fostering International Student Success at SPH (DE&I)
- Mar. 21: Classroom Response Systems: Increase Engagement and Improve Learning (DE&I)
- Mar. 28: Panopto: Lecture capture, analytics, and more
- Apr. 4: Accessibility 101: Principles of Inclusive Design (DE&I)
- Apr. 11: Web & Videoconferencing at SPH: Uses, Examples, and Opportunities
Learning is Not a Spectator Sport: Using Active Learning to Create Excitement and Enhance Learning (DE&I)
Compared to traditional, lecture-based instruction, instructional approaches that promote interactive engagement have been shown to result in significantly higher learning gains, better conceptual understanding, better problem-solving test scores, more positive student attitudes, and higher levels of student persistence. In fact, the benefits of active learning are so great that some have argued that it's unethical to teach any other way (Freeman et al. 2014).
In this session we will present strategies and easy-to-use tools to introduce active learning into your course without sacrificing content coverage. This session is eligible for 1 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit.
Critical thinking (CT) skills are highly valued both inside and outside of the classroom, but teaching CT is challenging. How successful are we? And how do we move from talking about critical thinking to doing it in the classroom? In this workshop, we will deconstruct the process of critical thinking to develop a working definition of it, and we will discuss strategies for teaching and fostering critical thinking skills both inside and outside the classroom. Both faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. This workshop is eligible for 1 CPE credit.
Current end of course evaluations provide summative information too late to impact your current class. Learn how to incorporate early feedback activities into your class to help improve student understanding of course material, invite students to reflect on their learning and development, and assess your own teaching in the classroom. This workshop is eligible for 1 CPE credit.
Asking questions is a good way to encourage participation, increase engagement, and improve learning. But not all questions are created equal. What makes a question a good question? In this workshop we discuss how to craft effective questions that help us achieve our learning objectives. This workshop is eligible for 1 CPE credit.
Join your fellow SPH faculty members to celebrate and the teaching successes that you enjoyed this year!
You will hear from several faculty members about how they used Canvas, technology, or different instructional approaches to engage students. You will also have an opportunity to discuss your own teaching successes with colleagues.
Pizza, salad, and refreshments will be provided by the Instructional Services team.
In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn how to create a variety of assignments, apply rubrics, manage due dates and availability dates, use Speedgrader, and leverage newly released Gradebook features to avoid grading headaches.
"Do you want to create awesome designs from scratch in as little as a few minutes?" This workshop will give you an overview of Canva, a tool that allows you to create high quality flyers, images, graphics and more with an easy to use drag and drop interface. You can use this tool to create designs for your class, slides, your Canvas course, or to promote your upcoming event. See for yourself at canva.com!
Over the last few decades, international student admissions in American Colleges and Universities have increased significantly. Key differences in classroom cultures and learning styles around world mean that these students commonly encounter considerable academic, social, and cultural challenges in American schools. It's important that faculty and staff understand and recognize the particular needs of these students, and offer support through meaningful assistance.
This workshop will focus on some of the most important obstacles and challenges experienced by international students, and recommend some techniques for fostering their success at SPH. This session is recommended for anyone who works with students from other countries. It is therefore suitable for both faculty and staff, and is eligible for 1 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit.
Classroom response systems (iClickers, polleverywhere.com, ...) are used to poll students and gather immediate feedback in response to questions posed by instructors. Research suggests that the use of CRS is associated with increased student engagement, increased learning, and better student outcomes. Strategies for using CRS in the classroom fall into three main categories: monitoring the classroom, real-time evaluation of student comprehension, and peer instruction. In this session we will discuss practical ways to implement each strategy.
Come to this workshop to learn about Panopto, an easy to use video tool for lecture capture, recording student presentations, and more!
Panopto is a great tool for integrating video into a course, facilitating self-paced learning, and allowing students to review difficult concepts. In this workshop you'll learn:
- How easy and seamless it is to record your lectures and deliver them to students
- How to access Panopto's advanced analytics to better understand student learning and where they might need extra help
- Other possible uses of this technology including flipping your class and recording student presentations
Accessible Education is the process of designing courses and developing a teaching style to meet the needs of people from a variety of backgrounds, abilities and learning styles. When you design your course to be accessible, you anticipate that people will have diverse needs, and so ensure that everyone in your class will be able to learn successfully.
The objective of this workshop is to introduce participants to the basics of accessibility and to provide guidelines, as well as practical tips and strategies to make courses, materials, and teaching more accessible to all students. This session is recommended for anyone interested in accessible education, and more broadly for anyone interested in understanding how to design materials that are accessible to diverse audiences. It is therefore suitable for both faculty and staff, and is eligible for 1 CPE credit.
This session will be a brief overview of SPH's web-conferencing and video-conferencing options, and how they might be used to enhance learning and teaching. This workshop will provide examples of uses and best practices and highlight the various platforms and options available to our faculty, staff, and students.