Workshops and Programs
Inclusive Educational Practices Panel Discussion
Co-sponsored by CTE, Student Senate, and the University Academic Support Center
Students and the Pandemic: A CTE Workshop Series - Spring 2021
The isolation brought on by the pandemic has made it difficult to get a clear sense of students’ needs and well-being. To help with that, CTE has scheduled a series of workshops over the coming weeks, exploring the issue from several perspectives. The first session on March 8, Students and the Pandemic: What the Data Say, will provide insights from local and national data on student decisions, mental health and resiliency during the pandemic. This will include narrative data from a study of more than 600 students at KU and three other universities. Sessions on March 15 and 18 will provide opportunities to hear from students themselves. They will feature panels of undergraduates and graduate students who will offer their perspectives on learning and living during the pandemic. The final session, on March 26, will look at how faculty have responded to student needs over the past year and will include many tips on successful activities and course transformations.
Click on the name of the workshop to link to a recording of each session, which will be posted shortly after each workshop.
Monday, March 8 from 12 to 1 pm
Students and the Pandemic: What the Data Say. This first session in the series will center on information collected over the past year on how our students are handling the pandemic. We will provide insights from local and national data on student decisions, mental health and resiliency during the pandemic. This will include survey and narrative data from an ongoing study of more than 600 students at KU and three other universities.
Monday, March 15 from 12 to 1 pm
Students and the Pandemic: What Undergraduates Say. On March 15, a panel of undergraduates will provide their perspectives on learning and living during the pandemic. That session will also provide an opportunity for faculty to ask questions of the students.
Thursday, March 18 from 12 to 1 pm
Students and the Pandemic: What Graduate Students Say. On March 18, a panel of graduate students will provide their perspectives on learning and living during the pandemic. That session will also provide an opportunity for faculty to ask questions of the students.
Friday, March 26 from 12 to 1 pm
How to Keep Students Engaged: Tips from Colleagues. Got distraction? Students checking out or never checking in? Wondering how you and your students can make it to May 6? Join Phil Duncan (Linguistics), Amy Leyerzapf (Leadership Studies), and Molly McVey (Engineering) for an interactive discussion of student engagement strategies.
Gradescope Assessments- Wednesday Jan. 27
CTE’s Winter 2021 Flexible Course Design Camp, January 12-15, 2021
KU faculty and instructional staff members are invited to participate in the Winter 2021 session of CTE's Flexible Course Design Camp. The FCD Camp is an online seminar for teachers who want to develop or refine their courses for socially distanced, hybrid and online formats for Spring 2021. The camp will help instructors identify strategies and resources for designing effective, inclusive, and engaging courses in these formats, and prepare to shift from one format to another if needed. The camp is appropriate for both instructors who are new to flexible course design and those with experience with flexible and online teaching.
Two Ways to Participate: Full and A la Carte!
Option 1: Full Camp. This is an adaptation of our popular summer 2020 program that will help you design, refine or enliven a course you are teaching this Spring in a supportive and collegial environment. This option is best for instructors new to flexible course design, who want to complete their course preparation during the week in a supportive community of peers, or who want revise several aspects of their course. The camp is designed with flexibility in mind. In case you are unable to attend all live sessions, we will model alternative approaches to engagement that you might use in your own courses.
Option 2: A la Carte (Individual Sessions). If you just have a couple of specific aspects of your course that you want to refine (e.g., you want to change your assessments, or improve attendance and engagement, or better support struggling students, or just hear about other course examples), this option lets you select the components of the camp (both synchronous and asynchronous) that fit best your needs. See the schedule below for the list of session topics. Sign up by completing the Camp application form (link below) and indicate which session(s) you would like to attend.
Winter Flexible Course Design Camp Schedule and Session Topics
Day & Time
Flex Teaching Essentials Session 1: Key Principles, Lessons from Fall 2020, Adopting an Equity-Minded Frame. This session will use key principles of flexible teaching, an equity-minded frame, and lessons from Fall 2020 to help you develop an overall vision and plan for your course adaptation.
2:00- 4:00 PM
Fall 2020 Course Case Studies. Several KU instructors will provide interactive “tours” of their Fall 2020 courses, facilitating a discussion of their course adaptation process, outcomes, and next steps. Participants can choose two Case Studies to attend in consecutive breakout sessions, followed by large group discussion of cross-cutting themes and strategies.
Essentials Session 2: Rethinking and Troubleshooting Assessments and Assignments. This session will help you rethink or troubleshoot your assessments and assignments, drawing on a set of best-practices recommendations developed by the Bay View Alliance (an alliance of research universities) to help instructors wrestle with the challenges of assessing learning during the pandemic.
Engaging Ideas Breakout Sessions: KU Partners. These 50-minute breakout sessions will help you explore ways to incorporate high-impact, engaging assignments and activities into your course by connecting with KU’s distinctive cultural and intellectual resources. Choose what you’re interested in. breakouts will include: Spencer Museum of Art, Lied Center Creating Connections Curriculum, Authentic Assignments and Open Pedagogy, Center for Undergraduate Research, and more.
Essentials Session 3: Planning and Implementing Instructional Activities. Develop your plan for instructional activities so that students will get the scaffolding, practice and feedback they need to meet course outcomes. Topics include group work, promoting student-to-student interaction, livening things up, and enabling remote participation without undermining attendance.
Tools and Techniques Breakout Sessions: KU Partners. These 50-minute breakout sessions led by collaborating units (e.g., IT, CODL, Writing Center, Libraries) will help you learn more about the tools and strategies you will need to implement your instructional activities. Choose what you are interested in. Example Breakout Sessions include: Blackboard options for student-to-student Writing Assignments; Promoting Information Literacy; Using VoiceThread for class interaction.
Essentials Session 4: Creating a Motivating and Inclusive Climate; Teaching the Whole Student. This session will focus on strategies for motivating and promoting a sense of belonging among your students, as well as strategies and resources for supporting and intervening with students who are struggling academically or personally.
Final Session: Putting it all together, evaluating course flow and navigation, and next steps. This session will help you decide how to space learning activities and assignments across the semester, when and how to gather student feedback, how to support your students as learners, and how to make your course site and materials easy to navigate. We will also talk though any lingering questions and challenges.
Spotlight on Care: Community Check-In
Thursday November 5, 12-1 PM
Hosted by The Commons, the IPSR Center for Compassionate and Sustainable Communities, and the Spencer Museum of Art; with support from the Environmental Studies Program, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Center for Faculty Development and Mentoring. The Commons, CCSC, and Spencer Museum are holding space for a community check-in. This time is set aside for open discussion, related to the well-being and care of ourselves and the community.
Teaching Through Post-Election Tension
Friday November 6, 10-11 AM or
Tuesday, November 10, 3-4 PM
2020 will go down as an extraordinarily challenging year. Tensions remain high because of the election, and we want to make sure instructors are prepared should frustrations surface in classes. Join us for a virtual discussion about the challenges we have faced in teaching and learning this year and how we can help students finish the year on a high note.
Fall Faculty Seminar: Strategies for Incorporating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in a COVID-19 Informed Class - Application deadline September 21
CTE’s Faculty Seminar gives faculty members an opportunity to develop teaching innovations and new models of teaching practice in a collegial setting that offers peer review and support. In the Fall 2020 seminar, participants will explore ideas for incorporating greater attention to diversity (broadly defined) and more inclusive practices in their classes. Participants who complete the program will receive a $1500 stipend/professional fund. Please read the attached RFP for details.
September FlexTeaching Virtual Check-Ins, Hosted by the Teaching and Learning Corps
Join us to debrief, troubleshoot and celebrate successes. A few weeks into what has to be one of the most unique and challenging semesters of anyone’s teaching career, what is working? What isn’t working? What new challenges have arisen? What ideas do you want to try?
Wednesday, September 9: 2-3 pm
- This session is open to all faculty and graduate teaching assistants
- Led by Kim Glover (Instructional Designer, CODL), Amy Leyerzapf (Faculty Consultant/ Leadership Studies) and Sarah Shrader (Faculty Consultant/ Pharmacy Practice).
Wednesday, September 16: 12-1 pm (Specifically for GTAs and New(er) Instructors)
- This session is reserved for instructors in their first three years at KU and Graduate Teaching Assistants.
- Led by Amy Leyerzapf (Faculty Consultant/ Leadership Studies), and Carrie La Voy (Faculty Consultant/ Curriculum and Teaching)
Thursday, September 24: 1-2 pm
- This session is open to all faculty and graduate teaching assistants
- Led by Susan Marshall (Faculty Consultant/ Psychology), Sean Seyer (Faculty Consultant/ Humanities), and Hannah Oliah-Donaldson (Faculty Consultant/ Communication Studies)
Themed 1-Hour Workshops
Monday, September 14, 3 - 4 PM: Agile Teaching: Gathering and Using Early Course Data and Feedback
Teaching during this semester is unfamiliar territory for all of us. Most instructors are experimenting with new teaching strategies and tools, and most of our students are learning in challenging circumstances. Against this backdrop, it will be important for us to question—often and early—how well our approaches are working. Whether you discover breakdowns in student learning or pleasant surprises, early data and feedback will support the agile and responsive teaching style needed this fall. This workshop will explore a set of tools and strategies you can use right now, this very semester, to assess student progress and gather feedback about how they are experiencing the course. We will also discuss how to make quick adaptations in response to this information and share the rationale for your improvements with your students. With Andrea Follmer Greenhoot, CTE/Psychology; Carl Luchies, Mechanical Engineering; and Joshua Potter, CTE.
Friday, September 18, 12 - 1 PM: Building Community in Our Virtual Classrooms
Susan Marshall, Psychology, and Kim Warren, History/Social Welfare, will host a virtual brown bag session highlighting ways in which KU instructors have shifted teaching during the COVID-influenced school environment. Student engagement is at the core of effective and inclusive teaching, so participants will have the chance to share and learn about practices to build student communities in our ever-shifting environments.
Monday, September 21, 2 - 3 PM: Integrating Teams into Your Classes
Microsoft Teams offers much potential for making classes more interactive, improving collaboration, and keeping students engaged outside the classroom. In this session, we will offer strategies for integrating Teams into your classes and providing examples of how it can enhance learning. You will hear from a newbie using Teams for the first time, as well as a Teams veteran. With Mary Klayder, English; Robert Tonnies, IT; and Doug Ward, CTE/Journalism and Mass Communications.
Wednesday, September 23, 2 - 3 PM: Creative Assignment Design
Our new environment brings new challenges, including too much screen time, complications around group work, and varying levels of student engagement. Creative assignments can address these challenges while motivating students to meet learning outcomes. Bring a favorite assignment to discuss engagement strategies with your colleagues! Facilitated by Jennifer Delgado, Physics & Astronomy; Amy Leyerzapf, Leadership Studies; and Sean Seyer, Humanities.
Thursday, October 8, 2 - 3 PM: An Uncommon Semester: Fostering Care in the “Classroom”
In this session we will foster a discussion on what is working well (and not so well) in fostering a positive ‘classroom’ climate this semester. We will discuss themes like personal reflection, perspective taking, empathy and voice. This session will include discussion of how to prepare for November, the impact the US election may have on constructive dialogue and learning, and strategies for raising critical consciousness. With Ward Lyles, Urban Planning, and Hannah Oliha-Donaldson, Communication Studies.
Tuesday, October 13, 12 - 1 PM: Documenting and Improving Flex Teaching Through Peer Review
An increased use of online and hybrid teaching has left many departments uncertain how to provide meaningful peer review without visiting a classroom. In this workshop, we will discuss how to do that with a system adapted from our Benchmarks framework. We will focus on how to document and reward the significant time and effort put into course adaptations, and to support self-reflection and continuous improvement of flexible teaching and learning. With Andrea Follmer Greenhoot, CTE/Psychology; Meagan Patterson, Educational Psychology; and Doug Ward, CTE/Journalism and Mass Communications.
GTA Support for Fall 2020
Please see below for the virtual programming that will be available through the Center for Teaching Excellence for graduate students in Fall 2020. We are asking those that are interested in joining the group (even sporadically) to fill out a survey for the program to tell us about yourself, your availability, and your topics of interest. Details about GTA programming can be found at https://cte.ku.edu/gta-resources.
GTA Flex Teaching and Learning Community (via Zoom)
If you are interested in joining a group that will start the week of Sept. 14 with the goal of providing a space for GTAs to come together and discuss how things are going in their course(s) this semester, please fill out this survey to tell us about yourself, your availability, and your topics of interest. Potential topics include the following; Building community in your class, Managing all of the technology, Balancing all of your roles, Getting early feedback from students, Supporting your students and yourself, Engaging students, Reflecting and looking forward, and Handling academic misconduct. These topics will be curated according to your needs and there will be opportunities for GTAs to co-lead a discussion about a topic of their choice. Details about the chosen day/time will be sent by Sept. 9 to all those that fill out the survey but people are welcome to join the group at any point.
Support Group for Preparing for the Academic Job Market (via Zoom)
If you are interested in joining a group that will start the week of Sept. 21 with the goal of providing a space for you to discuss the preparation of materials for the academic job market, please fill out this survey to tell us about yourself, your availability, and your topics of interest. The group will meet weekly and be administered using a “flipped” teaching method where content and resources associated with the topic will be provided before the weekly topic meetings. Using this method will give us more time during the meetings to discuss the topic as it directly relates to your preparation process and discuss any challenges/questions/opportunities. The group will start meeting the week of September 21st and weekly topics will include the following; Finding job advertisements and leveraging your network, Dissecting academic job advertisements, Writing a reflective teaching statement, Preparing a teaching portfolio, Writing a diversity statement, Writing a cover letter, and Curating your curriculum vitae. Details about the chosen day/time will be sent by Sept. 14 to all those that fill out the survey but people are welcome to join the group at any point.
Preparing for Flexible Teaching: 10 - 11 a.m. Friday 7/24, via Zoom
Fall courses will require flexible design and flexible thinking to reimagine in-person activities for online environments, accommodate students both in person and online, or readily shift instruction between contexts. These types of adaptability also require a fair amount of time upfront to develop. The good news is that you still have time to do that. The even better news is that in this webinar, we will talk about what flexible course design means and how you can create flexible courses that are equitable and meaningful. With Doug Ward (CTE/Journalism) and Dea Follmer Greenhoot (CTE/ Psychology) Click here for the recording. Here are links to the Chat text and a transcript of the session.
Social Distancing Ate My Classroom. Now What? 1 – 2 p.m. Friday 7/24, via Zoom.
Teaching in an era of social distancing will require faculty and students to make many adjustments. Classrooms have been adapted for safety, but safety and pedagogy often push in opposite directions. Group work, small discussions and other techniques that require close interaction among students and instructors will have to be rethought. So how can instructors adapt? Join us as we look at how classrooms of all sizes have changed and how instructors can make the best use of those spaces. With Dea Follmer Greenhoot (CTE/Psychology), Doug Ward (CTE/Journalism) and Kyle Velte (Law). Click here for the recording. Here are links to the Chat text and a transcript of the session.
Tuesday, July 28, 1-2 pm: SPARK Up Your Syllabus and Blackboard Site: Ways to Make Your Courses More Engaging
In this session, you will learn how to use Adobe Spark to create static graphics and web pages, and then how to make a banner image for your Blackboard class site, a one-page syllabus highlights document, and a web-based interactive syllabus. You’ll come away with at least a start on a Spark creation for your class. With Ali Brox (Faculty Consultant/ Environmental Studies) & Lisa McLendon (Faculty Consultant/Journalism). Click here for a link to the recording. Here is a link to a transcript of the session.
Thursday, July 30, 1-2 pm: Strategic Ways to Increase Student Engagement and Create an Online Community
When teaching online it is important to consider ways to engage students with course content, with each other, and with you as the instructor. Engaging activities and experiences are key to creating an online community of learners who can succeed in your course and who will feel satisfied with their online experience. This workshop will discuss ways you can be intentional and strategic about creating engagement within your online class environment. With Carolyn Huffman (Faculty Consultant/Biology), Susan Marshall (Faculty Consultant/Psychology), & Ann Lindbloom (CODL). Click here for the recording. Password: TBbJ52*8
Friday, July 31, 11 am -12 pm: Designing Inclusive and Equitable Online and Hybrid Courses
Intentional choices about both content and delivery can help you create inclusive and accessible online and hybrid courses that welcome and support all users. This session will address strategies and give examples for creating culturally, cognitively, and physically accessible and inclusive modes of delivery across disciplines and content areas. Instructional designer Kim Glover along with faculty consultants Ali Brox (Environmental Studies) and Amy Leyerzapf (Leadership Studies) will provide an overview of Universal Design for online and hybrid courses and address your burning questions in this hour-long workshop. When you register for this workshop, you will be asked to respond to the following two questions: (1) Rank the following 3 foci in order of importance to you design work: cultural, cognitive, physical, and (2) Provide a burning question you would like answered in the session. Click here for the recording.
Wednesday, August 5, 12 -1 pm: How Do I Do This Online? Rethinking Instructional Activities for the Online Environment
Spring 2020 was an interesting semester for us all. We found that some in-class activities and assessments readily translate into a digital space; some translate with challenges; and some require significant rethinking. We invite you to join us for a discussion on techniques and tools to promote student engagement in online and hybrid courses. With Sean Seyer (Faculty Consultant/Humanities), Nancy Jo Kepple (Faculty Consultant, Social Welfare), & Kim Glover (CODL). Click here for the recording.
Thursday, August 6, 11 am -12 pm: Making the Most of In-Person Time in Classes with Large Alternating Cohorts
Planning in-person class time involves thinking through the sorts of learning activities that can be carried out in a physically distanced classroom and the relationship between face-to-face activities and the learning activities completed online. For alternating cohort schedules, in which different groups of students attend class on different days of the week, you also need to decide what students will do during the alternate (online) days. In this session, three faculty consultants who are teaching large courses will faciltate a discussion of a range of options for handling in-person time. With Duane Myer (Faculty Consultant, Business), Lisa Sharpe-Elles (Faculty Consultant/Chemistry) & Emma Scioli (Faculty Consultant/Classics). Link to recording is here: (Access Password: $?fz87KC). Here are the slides.
Tuesday August 11, 1 pm - 2 pm: A little SPARKLE for Your Class: Designing Engaging Assignments using Adobe Spark
In this online workshop, you will learn how to use Adobe Spark to create static graphics and web pages, and then see some ideas for using both as part of class assignments. You’ll come away with some examples, plus inspiration for your own class. With Ali Brox (Faculty Consultant/ Environmental Studies) & Lisa McLendon (Faculty Consultant/Journalism). Ciick here for the recording. Password: Spark2020!
Thursday August 13, 1 pm - 2 pm: Inclusive and Engaging Classrooms: Centering Student Voices
In this session, participants will explore strategies for making distributed classrooms more inclusive and engaging. Colleagues from Architecture, Communication Studies, and Law offer practical tools for bringing student experiences and voices into the classroom in pedagogically relevant and meaningful ways. From the start of your course to the end, you can engage students, create room for their experiences to shine, and foster a robust learning community! With Shannon Criss (Faculty Consultant/Architecture), Kyle Velte (Faculty Consultant, Law), and Hannah Oliha-Donaldson (Faculty Consultant, Communication Studies).
Friday August 14, 1 pm - 2 pm: How Do I do This Online? Transforming In-Class Activities for the Online Environment.
In thinking about hybrid, flex, or online teaching for the fall, the issue of transitioning activities that you usually do in class looms large. Some in-class activities assessments readily translate into a digital space; some translate with challenges; and some require significant rethinking. We invite you to join us for a discussion on techniques and tools for transforming in-class activities for online, flex, and hybrid courses. Bring one in-class activity that you normally use for your course and are puzzling over how to translate into an online environment. We will work on transforming your activity! With Kyle Velte (Faculty Consultant, Law), Jennifer Delgado (Faculty Consultant, Physics and Astronomy), & E-Lu Chen (CODL).
Tuesday August 18, 1 pm - 2 pm: Exam Formats that Work in the Online Environment
Transitioning from in-class testing to online testing can pose some challenges. In this zoom meeting, we will discuss ways for testing what students have learned, while discouraging cheating in the process. Topics such as the use of Gradescope and other testing design parameters (pools, etc) will be discussed. It is also important to communicate with students about academic honesty and testing expectations. Samples of testing contracts and other academic integrity topics will round out the meeting. With Carolyn Huffman (Biology), Lisa Sharpe-Elles (Chemistry), and Jennifer Delgado (Physics). Click here for the recording. Password: J@m7Zun@ Here is a link to the slides.
Tech info sessions for instructors
The following information sessions are being provided by KU IT to help instructors prepare for the fall semester. The following online sessions are designed to provide weekly tips and updates to help instructors teaching this fall. Please register in advance. All presentations are scheduled to take place from noon to 1 p.m. on the date below and require registration to attend. Sessions will be recorded and accessible after the event.
Scheduling meetings and collaborating remotely | Thursday, July 30
This session will cover the basics of two technologies, Microsoft Bookings and Microsoft Teams. Trainer Linda Dixon will cover using Microsoft Bookings, which can enable others to schedule meetings with you or your team. In the last half of the meeting, Trainer Linda Dixon and Ed Tech Robert Tonnies will cover the basics of Teams, including for course use. You’ll receive information on how to get started and where to find additional resources and training.
Meeting online and creating video | Thurs., Aug. 6
By now, many instructors have become familiar with holding synchronous online meetings with Zoom and options for creating video. In this session, Media Producer John Rinnert will cover some basics and some tips on using Zoom and Mediahub.ku.edu (Kaltura). You’ll receive information on how to get started and where to find additional resources and training.
- Link to the recording
- Link to the presentation slides: 2020-08-06_2020InfoSessions_JohnRinnert_final.pptx
Mediahub (Kaltura) Deep Dive | Thurs., Aug. 12
By request, we scheduled a "deep dive" into mediahub.ku.edu (also known as Kaltura). The presentation and demo by Mediahub's John Rinnert, includes mediahub.ku.edu, Kaltura Express Capture, and Kaltura Capture.
Teaching from a classroom, teaching remotely | Thurs., Aug. 13
Over the summer, KU IT staff have been working to outfit instructors and classrooms with technology to enable flexible teaching. In this session, you’ll learn more about the types of classroom setup, as well as what to expect for various types of spaces. Media Producer John Rinnert will also offer some tips and tricks for instructors teaching remotely.
- Link to the recording
- Link to the presentation slides: 2020-08-13_2020InfoSessions_Classroom&InstructorTech.pptx
Resources for instructors and students | Thursday, Aug. 20
- Link to the recording
- Link to the presentation slides: 2020-08-20_2020InfoSessions_ResourcesforStudents.pptx
This session is especially for instructors and staff who work with students. In this informational session, Trainer and Outreach Specialist Julie Hartness will provide information that can be shared with students, including services, software, and support. In the last half of the session, Tom Roderick and Suzie Johannes will provide more information about new student-centric initiatives aimed at helping students gain access to technology, internet, and Adobe Creative Cloud for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Check-in: FAQs from instructors | Thurs., Aug, 28
This informational session covers commonly asked questions (and their answers) from the first week of the semester. Topics include Blackboard, Teams, Zoom, Classroom Technology, and Student Resources.
- Link to the recording
- Link to the presentations slides: 2020-08-27_2020InfoSessions_CheckIn&FAQ_updated.pptx
On Demand Department Workshops. Several campus units are offering On Demand Workshops on specific or general topics. See this document for a list of topics, units, and who to contact.
CTE Flexible Course Design Camp. Join CTE and friends for a week-long course design “camp” that will involve both asynchronous and synchronous activities that provide a supportive, collegial environment for instructors to adapt a course for online or flexible teaching environments. The Flexible Design Camp will be organized around the fall course design pricniples described in this Instructor Guidebook, will model approaches instructors can use in their own courses. It will embed optional consultations with other units to support particular dimensions of fall course design, such as CODL, IT, Libraries, the Center for Service Learning, Center for Undergraduate Research, or the Writing Center. Two sessions: June 22-26, and July 6-10. Contact email@example.com for information about the program.
GTA Flex and Online Teaching Program
Participate in CTE's self-paced and individualizable program that will help you prepare for your GTA role in Fall 2020. You will first reflect on your duties/roles for this Fall, and select a set of learning outcomes/competencies that align with your role and interest. You will then use a variety of resources aligned with those goals at your own pace, with opportunities for regular discussion groups/consultation with CTE Grad Student Fellows. At the completion of the program, you will produce a final assignment in which you reflect on your learning in your selected areas, and produce a plan that fits your role for fall. The program can be completed between July 6 and August 17, 2020. Must sign up by July 31. Participants who complete the program will receive a $500 stipend through Graduate Studies early in the Fall semester. Contact Kaila Colyott (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.