Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Turn your syllabus into an infographic

Ever wondering what it might look like to have a visual summary of your syllabus? Erin McLaughlin teaches “Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric” at Notre Dame, and here she prepared a infographic of her course syllabus:

SYLLABUS WR 13300 | Piktochart Infographic Editor

Interesting in a discussion about tips, the tool, and more examples? Visit this article at:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CTL Workshops: Writing a Successful CTL Grant, Turnitin, Clickers, and more!

Hi folks, we’re off and running with a new academic term!  
Now is also a perfect time to come in to the CTL and brush up on your technology skills and pedagogical techniques.  We continue to offer 1:1 assistance, and are offering the following workshops next week.  You may register for any of these events by emailing us at (ctl@usd.edu) or calling us at 605-677-5411.  If you need accommodations to participate in any of these events, contact disability services at 605 677-6389 at least 48 hours in advance.  If you would like to attend any of these workshops (but not web seminars) by Collaborate, please let us know 48 hours in advance by emailing (ctl@usd.edu). 

Introduction to SMART Board
Aug 25 9-10am MT110 
Join us to learn the basics of SMART Board and classroom techniques and use.

Clickers (Audience Response Systems) 
Aug 26 1-2pm MT110  
This workshop discusses how to use clickers in your teaching. We will also introduce TurningPoint a polling software system and how to create a participant list.

TurnItIn
Aug 27 10-11am MT110 
Turnitin is the leading plagiarism detector and is integrated with D2L. This class will teach you how to view originality reports and use grademarks to leave feedback. 

Writing A Successful CTL Grant
Aug 27 3-4pm MT110 
This workshop will provide strategies for writing a successful grant application for the CTL/MCI grants.  

Collaborate
Aug 28 2-3pm MT110
Collaborate is a web conferencing software that can be used for student presentations, live lectures, virtual office hours, and group work. This workshop discusses how to create a Collaborate room in D2L, how to add and manage attendees for the room, and how to manage archived room recordings, and  surveys main tools available in Collaborate

Concept Mapping
Sep 3 10-11am MT110
Interested in how to use concept mapping/mind mapping to engage your students in meaningful learning? This workshop will introduce you to a piece of free concept mapping software and possible instructional strategies. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Funding and Award Opportunities: CTL Grants

Hi folks!

The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce that its call for grant proposals is now open.   The CTL will award grants that average between $500-$750 for travel, speakers, or projects that demonstrably improve some facet of teaching or student learning at USD.  Please note that grant monies must be spent by May 1, 2015.  The submission deadline is 5pm (Central) September 8, 2014.  Award announcements are expected on or before October 3, 2014.!  Please contact Bruce Kelley, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at 677-5411 or at Bruce.Kelley@usd.edu if you have any questions about this call for proposals.

Click on this link to browse the formal call.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fall 2014 CTL event

Welcome back! At CTL we have a series of exciting events and workshops for you! All our old and new friends, please come and join us!

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

CTL Reading Group

Hi folks, we are pleased to announce that the CTL reading group’s book is now available.  We will be reading Maryellen Weimer’s Inspired College Teaching:  A Career-Long Resource for Professional Growth.  Times that the reading group will meet are listed below.  New for this year, we will focus on Weimer’s book both Fall and Spring semester (it’s that good!), reading chapters 1-6 during the fall, and chapters 7-10 in the spring.

Dr. Weimer examines faculty life and teaching from beginning to end, and shows how a career-long quest for great teaching can be exciting and fulfilling.  As always, books are free.  The chapters in this book are fairly self-contained, so faculty may sign up to participate both fall and spring semesters or just one or the other.  When you respond to sign up, please let us know if you prefer the Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 time or the Wednesday, 9:00-10:00 time (dates are below).  Participants may switch back and forth as needed to accommodate their schedules.  You can sign up by emailing us at CTL@usd.edu or by calling 605-677-5411

CTL Reading Group dates and times:

First Fall meeting (Chapters 1-2)
Tues, Sept 16, 3:30-4:30                  MUC East Lounge (227)
Wed, Sept 17, 9:00-10:00                MUC 216

Second Fall meeting (Chapters 3-4)
Tues, Oct 14, 3:30-4:30pm              MUC 216
Wed, Oct 15, 9:00-10:00                  MUC 216

Third Fall Meeting (Chapters 5-6)
Tues, Nov 4, 3:30-4:30                     MUC 216
Wed, Nov 5, 9:00-10:00                   MUC 216

First Spring meeting (Chapters 7-8)
Tues, Jan 27, 3:30-4:30                    MUC 216
Wed, Jan 28, 9:00-10:00                  MUC 216

Second Spring meeting (Chapters 9-10)
Tues, Feb 24, 3:30-4:30                   MUC 216
Wed, Feb 25, 9:00-10:00                 MUC 216


   


Upcoming D2L Workshops: August 11-22

Hi folks, as we approach the beginning of the fall semester (where did the summer go?)  now is a great time to come in to the CTL and brush up on your technology skills.  We continue to offer 1:1 assistance on pedagogical technology, and are offering the workshops listed below during the next two weeks.

You may register for any of these events by emailing us at (ctl@usd.edu) or calling us at 605-677-5411.  If you need accommodations to participate in any of these events, contact disability services at 605 677-6389 at least 48 hours in advance.  If you would like to attend any of these workshops (but not web seminars) by Collaborate, please let us know 48 hours in advance by emailing (ctl@usd.edu). 

What’s new in D2L
When: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10-11am
Where: MT110
This course will show you all the new features with the most recent D2L upgrade. Comparisons will be made between the previous version of D2L and the new version of D2L. 

D2L1
When: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 2-3pm
Where: MT110
This introductory course will instruct you with on overview of D2L, including how to access and activate a course, how to customize your course, and how to manage course content.

D2L2
When: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 2-3pm
Where: MT110
This class explains how to set up and manage your gradebook, how to enter and export grades, and how to utilize the classlist for emailing students and viewing user progress.

D2L3
When: Thursday, August 21, 2014   2-3pm
Where: MT110
This course will teach you how to use communication tools in D2L, including course calendar, news item, pager, and discussion.

D2L4
When: Friday, August 22, 2014 2-3pm
Where: MT110
This course will discuss the purpose and use of the Dropbox tool and how to create, edit, and grade a quiz.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

D2L series

Come and join us next week for a feast of D2L workshop series! 
You may register for either of these events by emailing us at (ctl@usd.edu) or calling us at 605-677-5411.  If you need accommodations to participate in any of these events, contact disability services at 605 677-6389 at least 48 hours in advance.  If you would like to attend any of these workshops (but not web seminars) by Collaborate, please let us know 48 hours in advance by emailing (ctl@usd.edu). 

D2L1
When: Monday, August 4, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: MT110
This introductory course will instruct you with on overview of D2L, including how to access and activate a course, how to customize your course, and how to manage course content.

D2L2
When: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: MT110
This class explains how to set up and manage your gradebook, how to enter and export grades, and how to utilize the classlist for emailing students and viewing user progress.

D2L3
When: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: MT110
This course will teach you how to use communication tools in D2L, including course calendar, news item, pager, and discussion.

D2L4
When: Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: MT110
This course will discuss the purpose and use of the Dropbox tool and how to create, edit, and grade a quiz.

D2L5
When:Friday, August 8, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: MT110
This course explains the user progress features of D2L, including: student statistics for discussions, content and dropboxes, as well as quiz analytics.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Copyright and Fair use

How does copyright apply to the courses I teach? How to avoid copyright pitfalls when using media and other materials in your online course?
Hope this presentation prepared by our university librarians and Eric Mosterd from Center for Teaching and Learning could be of help!


Invitation to Participate in USD's First MOOC on course design

Hi folks, 

The CTL is excited to offer you a brand new way to learn about teaching.  “Don’t Panic!  The Professor’s Guide to Teaching:  Course Design” is a four-week MOOC that will help participants develop interesting, engaging classes that will provide students with opportunities for truly significant learning.  Information for this course may be found at  https://www.canvas.net/courses/don-t-panic-the-professor-s-guide-to-teaching-course-design .  The course will run from September 8 through October 7.  We anticipate that successful completion will take about 2 hours a week.  Participants who finish the course within the specified guidelines will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Although this MOOC is available worldwide, we have developed it specifically as a way to help USD distance faculty and graduate students.  We will host additional on-campus “meet-ups”, and are always available to you for greater information or 1:1 pedagogical and technological assistance.

This is an exciting first for the CTL, and we look forward to sharing our experiences with the rest of the university community.

Sincerely,


Bruce (and the whole CTL Team!)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Social Media in the Classroom: Taking Facebook as an Example

Created by: Carlee Andress & Ryan Los, Graduate Associates for the Center for Teaching and Learning
Most college students have to admit – they hate homework and studying through group assignments. However, the truth is that they like to learn through social media.  Students are not creatures of isolation, but rather creatures of convenience and getting 6 different schedules to match, conquering 75 pages of text, coming to mutual understanding of the content, and then finally producing an A+ power point presentation is not exactly convenient!
People in general learn best when it is fun and interesting. Our parents had the newspaper thrown at their door step every morning, and so they enjoyed a daily dose of reading and learning over a cup of morning coffee. Similarly, students read Buzzfeed, blogs, and Facebook posts whenever they want (even multiple times a day), because it is virtually thrown at their fingertips.
Professors now have an incredible opportunity to implement course work and classroom information onto a Facebook Course page; professors can access and contribute to the same programs that students love to use, which can potentially make homework and group assignments more useful and convenient for their students. As a professor, you could be asking yourself, “how could this work” or “what would this look like” or maybe even doubting it altogether with an opposing response of “my students wouldn’t get their work done even if I posted it on their Facebook page”. However, many professors have utilized Facebook for their course and the results have been outstanding.
Even now students are coming together to learn topics from class through Facebook and other forms of social media. Picture this: Monday and Wednesday’s lecture was a bit overwhelming and boring. Most of the students tried reading the text, but they said the information still doesn’t make sense. There is a test coming up, and all of the sudden the entire class is in the same boat – extreme panic. Prior to options of social media being made available, students would have lined up at the office door during office hours, but it is no longer this way.
Today students will watch videos and other lectures on YouTube. When a student finds a quality video, they will message it to the whole class through Facebook.  Another student will get lecture notes from a different university professor and can then post it to her classmates on Facebook. A different student will look up scholarly journal articles and post them, where? That’s right – on Facebook. Students are already using Facebook to supplement lectures and text books, because the students learn when it is easy and convenient, and Facebook is just that.
It may be helpful for professors to start a Facebook page for their students. This way all of the students can easily add links and posts that they find interesting and helpful. The professor can also post information, add comments, and direct students to videos, pictures, and professional websites that weren’t covered in class. The most beneficial learning tool a professor could use in the new age of social media is one that is convenient - since Facebook is widely accepted and easy to use, help your students by starting a course Facebook page today.
To begin creating a Facebook page for your class, please view the following link: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/05/teachers-guide-to-creating-facebook.html
As always, the CTL is here to help and answer any questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to email ctl@usd.edu, call 605-677-5411, or drop by McKusick Room 107!
The CTL is dedicated to the development of extraordinary teaching and learning at the University of South Dakota.

References
Educational Technology and Mobile Computing. (2014). Teacher’s Guide to Creating Facebook Group for Students. [Website] http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/05/teachers-guide-to-creating-facebook.html
           Facebook Inc. (2013). Introducing a Facebook Guide for Educators and Community Leaders. [Website] https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-safety/introducing-a-facebook-guide-for-educators-and-community-leaders/625839830770136
Tomassini, J. (2013). Teachers Gravitate to Social Networks Tailored for Educators. Education Week [Website]  http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/01/09/15social_ep.h32.html 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CTL workshops July 21-August 1


Hi folks, summer can be a perfect time to come in to the CTL and brush up on your technology skills.  We continue to offer 1:1 assistance on pedagogical technology, and are offering the following workshops the next two weeks.  You may register for either of these events by emailing us at (ctl@usd.edu) or calling us at 605-677-5411.  If you need accommodations to participate in any of these events, contact disability services at 605 677-6389 at least 48 hours in advance.  If you would like to attend any of these workshops (but not web seminars) by Collaborate, please let us know 48 hours in advance by emailing (ctl@usd.edu). 

D2L One Hour Mini Workshop
When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: MT110
This workshop will provide you a brief introduction to the basic process of setting up a D2L course. Our follow-up D2L1-5 workshop series in Aug will provide you in-depth information about each D2L feature. 

TurnItIn
When: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: MT110
Turnitin is the leading plagiarism detector and is integrated with D2L. This class will teach you how to view originality reports and use grademarks to leave feedback.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CTL workshops July 2-July 16

Hi folks, summer can be a perfect time to come in to the CTL and brush up on your technology skills.  We continue to offer 1:1 assistance on pedagogical technology, and are offering the following workshops the next two weeks.  You may register for either of these events by emailing us at (ctl@usd.edu) or calling us at 605-677-5411. 

SMART Board Basics
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   MT110
Join us to learn the basics of SMART Board and classroom techniques and use.

Google Docs
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM    MT110
In this Google Docs workshop, you will explore the basic uses of collaborative writing technologies to improve group projects. You will learn how to create, edit, upload, and share a Google document.

Google Sites
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   MT110
This workshop will cover the main features of Google Sites, a collaborative web space and portfolio tool. Google Sites can be used to create simple webpages that can be edited by multiple users. This tool has been used by faculty to allow students to create portfolios as well as facilitating group work. Sites can also be used as a simple replacement for blogs or wikis.

If you need accommodations to participate in any of these events, contact disability services at 605 677-6389 at least 48 hours in advance.  If you would like to attend any of these workshops (but not web seminars) by Collaborate, please let us know 48 hours in advance by emailing (ctl@usd.edu). 


The CTL is dedicated to the development of extraordinary teaching and learning at the University of South Dakota.