RTL Workshops for Fall Instruction

July 6, 2021

As part of the Semester in the Cloud program, Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) is offering a set of four summer workshops for instructors and GSIs preparing to teach remote courses and sections in the Fall semester. These virtual workshops will focus on how to (re)design your course or section to increase student learning, create engaging audio and video materials, use campus tools to record those materials, and improve the accessibility of your course materials.

Please note: All workshops are scheduled from 10-11:30 am. The workshop segment will be from 10-11:15 am followed by 15 minutes for Q&A. Even if you are not able to attend the entire workshop, please feel free to attend and leave at your convenience. A recording will be made available to all participants.

Registration is open for all campus community members via the Research, Teaching, and Learning Upcoming Events page.

Wednesday, July 7
What Comes First? How We Can (Re)order What We Teach to Align with How People Learn
As instructors, we’re often encouraged to incorporate different teaching strategies to increase student engagement and improve learning; for example, playing a video clip, discussing in small groups, or using poll questions. How do we decide what to include and when? Does the order matter? In this interactive workshop, we will consider how people learn and use the 5E learning cycle model as a tool to understand and align teaching choices. Participants will have the opportunity to collaboratively and individually examine current class segments and identify potential changes.

Wednesday, July 14
Maximizing Media Production for Student Engagement
How do we design media that fosters student engagement? What are evidence-based strategies for incorporating multiple kinds of media effectively? In this interactive workshop, participants will explore key elements and strategies for DIY audio and media production processes. Participants will discuss the role of pre-production (i.e., planning and preparation prior to recording) as an important component to developing engaging media content and consider its benefits and challenges. Participants will also engage with resources for maximizing digital media workflows for pre-production, production, and post-production.
This workshop will be offered again August 19 as part of the Back-to-Campus Workshop Series.

Wednesday, July 21
Asynchronous Lecture Recording
Need to record asynchronous lecture content to provide to your students? Not sure what to use or how to get started? In this workshop, you’ll learn about the various tools (including Zoom and Kaltura Capture) you can use, and understand the pros and cons of each. You’ll leave knowing how to get started and where to turn to for help with each option. We’ll focus on the two primary tools that RTL supports for lecture capture (Zoom and Kaltura Capture) but will also touch upon the circumstances in which you might want to use other tools.
This workshop will be offered again August 18 as part of the Back-to-Campus Workshop Series.

Wednesday, July 28
Moving from Red to Green: Ally in bCourses and Improving Accessibility
Ever wonder about the red indicators next to your bCourses files? The Ally tool provides instructors with visual indicators (students do not see the indicators) gauging the accessibility of files and assigns an accessibility score. Attend this workshop to learn how to improve the accessibility of your bCourses files so students using assistive technologies can better access content. For an overview of this tool, see the Ally tutorial for instructors using bCourses.

In addition to providing accessibility indicators, the Ally tool also converts files to HTML, EPUB, electronic braille, MP3 (audio), and over 70 translated languages. This supports students with disabilities, English language learners, and students who prefer to engage with learning materials on mobile devices.
This workshop will be offered again August 16 as part of the Back-to-Campus Workshop Series.

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