2020 - 2021 Archived Workshops

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Zoom Recordings can be found on the UT Tyler Faculty Development Canvas Course

Making the Transition to Hybrid Learning with Microsoft Education

Instructor Danielle Olson, Microsoft Learning Consultant Program Manager, MIE Expert & MIE Fellow

Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Education has demonstrated remarkable resilience in the face of unforeseen global challenges. As schools prepare to make the shift to hybrid learning, it’s important to create a learning environment to ensure student success. Join us to learn how you can leverage free tools for communication and collaboration, create accessible and inclusive learning experiences, and support your learners' social and emotional needs during hybrid learning. " Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Universal Design for Learning

Facilitated by Dr. Frank Dykes

Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) take into consideration that students learn differently and, therefore, should be provided with different options for learning materials and for demonstrating learning. This workshop will help you understand the core concepts of UDL and apply them to your course setting. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Academic Innovation Faculty Learning Community

Liaison: Dr. Danielle Bailey

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Faculty 180 

Facilitated by Dr. Cheryl Parker

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Faculty 180 is a university-wide, web-based information management system enabling the collection, organization, sharing, analysis and presentation of critical data regarding faculty scholarship, research, and service activities. This workshop will show faculty how to maintain their scholarly activity data in the Faculty 180 database. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Service Learning Faculty Learning Community Meeting

Liaison: Drs. Rochell McWhorter and Joanna Neel

Date: Friday, September 18, 2020

The FLC Service-Learning Initiative strive to promote service-learning that engages the students, the faculty, and the community members in a mutually beneficial learning paradigm that produces a robust learning experience that prepares students to be more competitive in today's job market by providing real world experiences as part of their learning process and degree plan.

Designing Teaching for Diverse Learners

Keynote Speaker Dr. Stephen Chew, Samford University

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020

All people have brains that learn according to the same general principles. This allows us to design teaching that promotes learning for anyone. But people also have vastly different life experiences that shape their brains in unique ways. That requires us to design teaching that promotes learning for everyone. In this presentation, I will discuss cognitive principles of learning that are true for anyone, and I will discuss principles and practices that will help us to teach everyone. During this pandemic, there is uncertainty about how and where we will teach our students. If we understand the basic principles of how people learn we can develop effective learning experiences for students in any situation.  

Stephen Chew is a professor and chair of psychology at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Trained as a cognitive psychologist, one of his primary research areas is the cognitive basis of effective teaching and learning. His research interests include the use of examples in teaching, the impact of cognitive load on learning, and the tenacious misconceptions that students bring with them into the classroom. He is best known as the creator of a groundbreaking series of YouTube videos for students on how to study effectively in college based on cognitive research (www.samford.edu/how-to-study). Chew has received numerous honors for his teaching including the Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and a 2011 Professor of the Year award by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2018, he was awarded the American Psychology Foundation’s (APF) Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award.

Work - Life Balance Faculty Learning Community Check-In

Liaisons Drs. Lauren Kirby, Sarah Sass, and Staci Zolkoski

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2020

We will hold an unstructured virtual meeting to see how folks are handling our new normal. Feel free to share what has been working well for you or vent about the difficulties with childcare or other lifestyle changes. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Global Awareness & Diversity Faculty Learning Community Meeting

Liaison: Dr. Colin Snider

Topic:  "Working Toward Global Awareness and Diversity at UT-Tyler" 

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The FLC on Global Awareness and Diversity is designed to help faculty members incorporate global perspectives and diverse voices in the classroom in varying ways, from course material and content to students’ voices themselves. This FLC will also support faculty members in diversifying and transforming their classroom, even while it reaches out to the community to bridge the gap between the world, the community, and the campus. Members of the FLC will meet regularly with one another to plan upcoming events, share ideas, receive support in bringing global content to their courses, and promote global awareness and diversity throughout UT Tyler.

Student Writing FLC Workshop: Students as Writers: Removing Traditional Grades and Engaging Students in the Authentic Processes of Writing

Liaison Dr. Annamary Consalvo

Guest Speaker: Ian Wilkins

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020

Traditional grading practices in writing are both passive and fundamentally inauthentic. In the real world, writers don’t get grades—they get feedback, and then engage themselves in multiple revisions, as they constantly work to improve their writing. Why, then, do we attempt to teach writing in a way that focuses on the end point, rather than the process? When we remove this end point, by removing grades on individual pieces of student writing, we disrupt this passive model and allow students to invest themselves in the actual work of improving their writing, work that is never done. Combining this with a system of student self-assessment, in which students use class rubrics to provide evidence for the quality of their work and determine their own grades, we can put students in the driver’s seat, equipping them with the skills to be self-aware, resourceful, engaged learners.

Ian Wilkins is a fifth year teacher at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School in Groton, Massachusetts. He teaches freshman and sophomore English classes, and has taught Creative Writing. He also coaches the Mock Trial Team, and advises both the Creative Writing Club and Literary Magazine. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English Studies, Secondary Education from Fitchburg State University in 2015, and his Master of Arts in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College in 2019. Ian has pursued a deeper understanding of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) concepts and practices throughout his first years of teaching, under the tutelage of Katie Novak, his Assistant Superintendent and internationally acclaimed UDL author and presenter. He is always looking to find new ways to remove barriers to learning for all students, making them active participants in the design and evaluation of their education. After all of this work, including lots more professional development, Ian has begun to do some UDL consulting work with other school districts, specializing in showing how to apply UDL principles in a high school classroom.  Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

How to Build a Better Research Assignment

Facilitated by Ms. Sarah Norrell, Professional Librarian

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020

Regardless of the field within which you research, there are some fundamental proponents that never change: analyzing the existing literature, creating citations, avoiding plagiarism, etc. All too often, students struggling with these tasks in their class research assignments seek assistance in the library. What if there was a way for faculty and librarians to partner together so that these students struggle less, and develop into the researchers we know them to be? Join us as we discuss building just such a research assignment. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and the Muntz Library.

Creating PowerPoint Animations

Facilitated by Dr. Cheryl Parker

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

This hands on Workshop will cover the basics of PowerPoint animations. At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Group and ungroup objects for animating
  • Use Entrance, Emphasis, Exit, and Motion Paths Animation Features
  • Animate Smart Art
  • Set up a simple scene using the timeline

Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Student Research Faculty Learning Community

Liaisons: Drs. Kassie Archer and Christopher Thomas

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

This meeting we will host a one-hour round table discussion. The round table discussion is an open meeting to all faculty and staff to share ideas regarding how increase student understanding of all aspects of the research process through structured involvement in faculty research. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Student Writing Faculty Learning Community Workshop/Meeting

Liaison Dr. Annamary Consalvo

Date: Wednesday, October 14 , 2020

The FLC for The Study of Student Writing is a space for faculty members to inquire, learn, and consider various aspects of student writing pertaining to academic writing, that is, writing classes. Please come and share your ideas, get feedback on current practices, and support growth in student writing at our university. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Read & React Book Group: Academic Innovation FLC

Liaison: Dr. Danielle Bailey

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Book Title: A Guide for Sustaining Conversations on Racism, Identity, and our Mutual Humanity by Steve Burghardt, Kalima DeSuze and Linda Lausell Bryant. During this meeting we will discuss Part I.

Work- Life Balance FLC - Compassion, Meditation, and Social Justice

Liaisons Drs. Lauren Kirby, Sarah Sass, and Staci Zolkoski

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, chronic and systemic issues such as structural racism, income inequality, access to education and health care, and hunger and food insecurity have been more pronounced. What can we do about injustice and suffering in the world without overwhelm and burnout? Contemplative practices such as compassion meditation can help connect us with intentions to disrupt inequality that translate into action in a way that encourages sustained long-term change rather than burnout. Whether you want to take more action or provide self-care alongside your current activism, you're welcome to join us in viewing a talk (speaker TBD) on this topic, trying a compassion meditation demonstration, and taking some time to discuss afterward. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Managing Classroom Incivility

Keynote speaker: Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill - UT San Antonio

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020

Although we all hope that our classrooms will become an oasis of learning and civil communication that is not always the case. The abrupt switch to online instruction caused by the pandemic has added an additional layer of stress for both faculty and students. In addition to teaching and grading, faculty increasingly find themselves managing disruptive student behaviors, listening to student’s personal problems, and coping with their mental health issues and concerns. This presentation will focus on managing incivility in both the regular and online classroom and on learning to recognize and respond effectively to signs of mental illness on the part of our students. Providing students with the help they need not only benefits them, but also reduces your own teaching related stress.

Read & React Book Group: Academic Innovation FLC

Liaison: Dr. Danielle Bailey

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Beyond Multiple Guess: Best Practices for Assessment are Also Good for Learning

Keynote Speakers Dr. Karen Huxtable and Dr. Paul Diehl, UT Dallas

Date: Friday, November 13, 2020

KAREN HUXTABLE is Senior Lecturer III in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a member of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers and is a Piper Professor.

PAUL F. DIEHL is Associate Provost, Ashbel Smith Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Texas-Dallas. He has been the recipient of ten awards for teaching and mentoring over the course of his career.

Using interactive exercises, this workshop first identifies the appropriate learning goals for the use of multiple choice tests and what pitfalls to avoid. Then we will examine alternative assessment strategies, best practices, and alignment with course learning outcomes. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Service-Learning Faculty Learning Community Meeting/Workshop

Liaison: Dr. Rochell McWhorter

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Global Awareness & Diversity Faculty Learning Community Meeting

Liaison: Dr. Colin Snider

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Student Writing Faculty Learning Community Workshop/Meeting

Liaison Dr. Annamary Consalvo

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The FLC for The Study of Student Writing is a space for faculty members to inquire, learn, and consider various aspects of student writing pertaining to academic writing, that is, writing classes. Please come and share your ideas, get feedback on current practices, and support growth in student writing at our university. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Innovative Syllabus Designs

Facilitated by Ms. Susan Doty and Dr. Danielle Bailey

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020

What is Innovation in the Classroom? An Exploratory Panel 

Facilitated by Ms. Sarah Norrell, Professional Librarian

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Do you find yourself wanting to incorporate innovative technology, teaching methods, or assignments into your classrooms but aren’t sure where to start? Or perhaps you are curious about what actually constitutes innovation in the classroom? Join us for an exploratory discussion on what innovation looks like inside the classroom and within different disciplines!
Each panelist will discuss how they are innovating in their classrooms, what innovation means to them and their disciplines, and some of the easiest ways to begin your innovation journey. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own questions or innovative activities to share with the panel.


Creating Animated Videos - A Quick Start Guide for the Creatively Challenged

Facilitated by Dr. Cheryl Parker

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Ever wonder how to make animated educational videos?  Think you aren't creative enough? Worried you don’t have the technical skills? Then join this session to get an overview of different applications such as Powtoons & Toonley, how they work, and how you can get started in creating videos that are fun to make and enjoyable for your learners.

Read & React Book Group: Academic Innovation

Liaison: Dr. Danielle Bailey

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Book Title: A Guide for Sustaining Conversations on Racism, Identity, and our Mutual Humanity by Steve Burghardt, Kalima DeSuze and Linda Lausell Bryant. During this meeting we will discuss the second half of Part II.

Global Awareness and Diversity Faculty Learning Community Meeting

Liaison: Dr. Colin Snider

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The FLC on Global Awareness and Diversity is designed to help faculty members incorporate global perspectives and diverse voices in the classroom in varying ways, from course material and content to students’ voices themselves. This FLC will also support faculty members in diversifying and transforming their classroom, even while it reaches out to the community to bridge the gap between the world, the community, and the campus. Members of the new FLC will meet regularly with one another to plan upcoming events, share ideas, receive support in bringing global content to their courses, and promote global awareness and diversity throughout UT Tyler.

Student Writing Faculty Learning Community Workshop/Meeting

Liaison Dr. Annamary Consalvo

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The FLC for The Study of Student Writing is a space for faculty members to inquire, learn, and consider various aspects of student writing pertaining to academic writing, that is, writing classes. Please come and share your ideas, get feedback on current practices, and support growth in student writing at our university. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

The Library and Student Success

Facilitated by Ms. Sarah Meisch-Lacombe, Professional Librarian

Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2021

The library has myriad resources for students in every academic discipline, but many students use only a small fraction of these resources. What is stopping students from making the most of the library? How can we better incorporate the library into the UT Tyler student experience? We will discuss reasons students don’t use the library, strategies for familiarizing students with library resources, and how libraries support student success.

Faculty 180

Facilitated by Dr. Cheryl Parker

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Faculty 180 is a university-wide, web-based information management system enabling the collection, organization, sharing, analysis and presentation of critical data regarding faculty scholarship, research, and service activities. This workshop will show faculty how to maintain their scholarly activity data in the Faculty 180 database. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Read & React Book Group: Academic Innovation FLC

Liaison: Dr. Danielle Bailey

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Book Title: A Guide for Sustaining Conversations on Racism, Identity, and our Mutual Humanity by Steve Burghardt, Kalima DeSuze and Linda Lausell Bryant. During this meeting we will discuss Part III. 

Alone No More: Engagement Strategies to Enliven the Online Classroom

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jean Mandernach

Date: Thursday March 4, 2021

The online classroom offers a plethora of instructional opportunities. So many, in fact, that it may interfere with teaching effectiveness. The ubiquity of the online classroom combined with an ever-evolving list of instructional technologies, limitless educational resources, and a plethora of pedagogical tasks (facilitating discussions, grading, feedback, content development, one-to-one communication, etc.) often leaves faculty struggling to prioritize their limited teaching time.  While research supports the value and relevance of fostering an engaging, personalized, interactive online classroom, it stops short of explaining HOW to create this experience. In this session, we will explore practical, doable instructional strategies to enhance student engagement without overburdening faculty workload. You will learn incremental, intentional instructional strategies to connect with your students, motivate learning, and foster student success in both the synchronous and asynchronous online classroom.

Service-Learning Faculty Learning Community Meeting

Liaisons: Drs. Rochell McWhorter and Joanna Neel

Date: Friday March 5, 2021

The FLC Service-Learning Initiative strive to promote service-learning that engages the students, the faculty, and the community members in a mutually beneficial learning paradigm that produces a robust learning experience that prepares students to be more competitive in today's job market by providing real world experiences as part of their learning process and degree plan.

How Reducing Student Resistance Leads to Better Learning and Happier Faculty

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anton Tolman

Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Instructors encounter resistance when teaching, but for those seeking to implement active learning strategies, it can be especially visible. Often, instructor responses do not address underlying causes and can lead to increased frustration for all. By developing a comprehensive understanding of resistance, instructors can enhance their ability to effectively respond and create opportunities for student learning.  Participants in this workshop will be able to understand and reduce their own reactivity to resistance, explain the interacting factors contributing to student resistance, and develop a plan to assess and intervene to lower student resistance and enhance motivation to learn in their courses while improving their own satisfaction with their teaching.

Anton Tolman earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in Clinical Psychology in 1991.  After spending several years in private practice and in leadership positions in a state psychiatric facility, he joined the academy at Grand Valley State University in Michigan in 2000.  He is past-Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence, Professor of Behavioral Science, and Faculty Fellow for the Office of Teaching and Learning at Utah Valley University.  His areas of scholarly work focus on student metacognition, student resistance to learning, faculty metacognition, and issues of power in the classroom.  He is senior editor of the recently published Why Students Resist Learning:  A Practical Model for Understanding and Helping Students.  He is married with two grown children living in California (one an attorney and one the Prince in the Squatty Potty commercials), and is an avid reader and board gamer.

Work - Life Balance Faculty Learning Community Check-In

Liaisons Drs. Lauren Kirby, Sarah Sass, and Staci Zolkoski

Date: Friday,March 19, 2021

We will hold an unstructured virtual meeting to see how folks are handling our new normal. Feel free to share what has been working well for you or vent about the difficulties with childcare or other lifestyle changes. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Textbooks, the Pandemic, and How You Can Help Your Students

Facilitated by Sarah Meisch-Lacombe and Christine Forisha

Date: Monday, March 22, 2021

Rising textbook costs have been a concern for years, and 2020 showed how tenuous student finances can be. The Library has attempted to mitigate these costs by purchasing access to e-textbooks where possible, but our efforts can be much more widespread and cost-effective when we partner with faculty. Join librarians Sarah Meisch-Lacombe and Christine Forisha for this look at how the process works, why the library can purchase some texts and not others, and how to work with your liaison to identify free or low-cost options for your class.

Student Research Faculty Learning Community Meeting

Liaisons: Drs. Kassie Archer and Christopher Thomas

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

During this meeting, we will discuss our online repository for information related to student research, our efforts to better understand faculty needs related to student research, and the upcoming Lyceum research showcase. The meeting will also include student panelists who will share their thoughts on the benefits and barriers of engaging in student research.

Global Awareness and Diversity Faculty Learning Community Meeting

Liaison: Dr. Colin Snider

Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The FLC on Global Awareness and Diversity is designed to help faculty members incorporate global perspectives and diverse voices in the classroom in varying ways, from course material and content to students’ voices themselves. This FLC will also support faculty members in diversifying and transforming their classroom, even while it reaches out to the community to bridge the gap between the world, the community, and the campus. Members of the new FLC will meet regularly with one another to plan upcoming events, share ideas, receive support in bringing global content to their courses, and promote global awareness and diversity throughout UT Tyler.

The Mis-Education of Intersectionality: Understanding Power, Oppression, and Identity

Keynote Speaker: Jeff Perkins

Date: March 25, 2021

Intersectionality. A term that has been used in many ways and in many spaces---and not always in the right way. This interactive workshop will discuss Kimberlé Crenshaw's theory of intersectionality to understand its true meaning in relation to power, systems of oppression, community, and identity. This workshop will also look at historical examples of intersectional social movements from past to present and where the future of intersectionality can take us to creating more equitable spaces in our world. Sponsored by The Academic Innovation Faculty Learning Community and The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
 
Jeff Perkins (he/him/his) is an educator, writer, artist, and social justice advocate from Kansas City, Missouri. Jeff is passionate about empowering marginalized communities through higher education and the creative arts. He is interested in work that deals with educational equity and college access, specifically looking through an intersectional lens of race, ethnicity, class, and LGBTQ identities. He received both his BA in English-Creative Writing and MEd in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Jeff loves to educate and empower youth of color with tools for self-advocacy, leadership, and self-awareness. He has designed and facilitated many social justice workshops around inclusion, intersectionality, power and privilege. Jeff has presented his work at local, regional, and national conferences such as NCORE and NASPA. He approaches his work by focusing on community––inviting in others to not only be learners, but teachers in the space as well. Jeff loves to think about the many ways people navigate communities and what their individual needs are. When not engaging with youth leaders, you can find Jeff collecting vinyl records, writing poetry, practicing his DJ skills, going to used bookstores, or spending time with his mom and friends. He believes in the power of a good playlist with lots of Beyoncé and radical creativity.

Student Writing Faculty Learning Community Workshop/Meeting

Liaison Dr. Annamary Consalvo

Date: Friday, March 26, 2012

The FLC for The Study of Student Writing is a space for faculty members to inquire, learn, and consider various aspects of student writing pertaining to academic writing, that is, writing classes. Please come and share your ideas, get feedback on current practices, and support growth in student writing at our university. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Excel for Educators - 5 Tips for Easy Data Analysis 

Facilitated by Dr. Cheryl Parker

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Do spreadsheets make your eyes cross?  Does the thought of filtering & conditional formatting make you run for the hills?  Join this session for Cheryl's 5 top tips for easy data analysis.  By the end of this session, you will learn to love filtering and conditional formatting or your money back!