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Workshops and Learning Series

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin

The Teaching and Learning Center facilitates a variety of opportunities to bolster teaching and learning. Workshops are single events to learn specific skills and practice new methods. Learning Series are collections of classes or workshops related to a particular teaching and learning topic (or tool). Expect an equally meaningful experience whether you participate in a single workshop or complete a series. To register for a session, use the links provided on this page. Walk-ins are welcome!

Blackboard Learning Series

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The Blackboard series is for faculty and staff using Blackboard to deliver courses. Faculty are also welcome to drop by the TLC for BB Open Lab hours to try out Blackboard tools, discuss teaching ideas, and get hands-on guidance from TLC consultants!

Friday, March 22 at 10:00am-12:00pm

Friday, April 26 at 2:00pm-4:00pm

We Haven’t Officially Met - Introducing Blackboard Learn

Blackboard provides a virtual space to manage your courses. Within your Blackboard courses you have the ability to engage learners by sharing content, creating and grading assignments, and providing feedback. In this session, we will explore the what, why, and how.  We will look at the layout and navigation tools in Blackboard, how you create announcements and how you can use the Calendar to help keep your courses updated and organized. We will also explore the Control Panel and focus on course tools, customization settings, and utilities. 

·         Duration: 60 minutes

·         Hands on learning; BYOD-laptop recommended

Click the dates offered to register for those sessions:

Tuesday, February 12 at 11:00am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Thursday, February 21 at 2:00pm in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Help! I lost my syllabus! – Building Content in Blackboard

Your syllabus required an update, but you’ve already printed all these copies! Looking for a way to communicate updates quicker? Looking for more effective ways to share content and information? Blackboard provides a number of different types of content options including Items, Files, Images, Web Links, Folders, Modules, and more.  This session will explore considerations for using different types of content to help enhance teaching and learning experiences.

·         Duration: 60 minutes

·         Hands on learning; BYOD-laptop recommended

Click the dates offered to register for those sessions:

Tuesday, February 26 at 11:00am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Thursday, March 7 at 2:00pm in 910 Madison, Room 1026

Reclaiming Time and Increasing Productivity with Blackboard Assessments

Looking for ways to move some assessments online? Tired of trying to decipher handwriting? This session will explore the different types of assessments available in Blackboard. Blackboard allows you to create online assignments, tests, surveys, self and peer assessments, and more. Let’s talk about how surveys can be used for quick polls and ways to create pre and post assessments to measure student progress.

·         Time: 60 minutes

·         Hands on learning; BYOD-laptop recommended

Click the dates offered to register for those sessions:

Tuesday, March 12 at 11:00am in 910 Madison, Room 1026

Thursday, March 21 at 2:00pm in 910 Madison, Room 1026

Working Smarter (Not Harder) with the Blackboard Grade Center

There are many ways how the Grade Center in Blackboard can help you and your students. Staying organized, and providing timely grading & feedback are just some benefits of using the Blackboard Grade Center. In this session, participants will learn how to access and manage the Grade Center in Blackboard including weighting and categorizing grades efficiently, organizing the data better, and customizing the view of Grade Center. Helpful tips and tricks will be shared to help you master using the Blackboard Grade Center with confidence.

·         Duration: 60 minutes

·         Hands on learning; BYOD-laptop recommended

Click the dates offered to register for those sessions:

Tuesday, March 26 at 11:00am in 910 Madison, Room 1026

Thursday, April 4 at 2:00pm in GEB, B-107

Staying Informed with Blackboard Statistics, Reports, and Retention Information

A large part of a successful course is being able to see when students are succeeding and when they are falling behind.  In this session we will explore the statistics tracking feature that allows you to see what students have viewed, access reports on the usage of materials and student progress, and discuss how the Retention Center helps you monitor student progress and success. Be informed, stay informed!

·         Duration: 60 minutes

·         Hands on learning; BYOD-laptop recommended

Click the dates offered to register for those sessions:

Tuesday, April 23 at 11:00am in 920 Madison, Room 1026

Setting Expectations and Avoiding Confusion using Blackboard Rubrics & Inline Grading

Objectively grading online student work such as written papers, discussion groups and more is key to your students’ success.  In this session we will explore using Rubrics to help students better understand expectations for an assignment (also helps with grading), Inline Grading to give feedback within the assignment, and other feedback tools in Blackboard.

·         Duration: 60 minutes

·         Hands on learning; BYOD-laptop recommended

Click the dates offered to register for those sessions:

Thursday, April 25 at 2:00pm in GEB, B-107

Sparking Student Engagement - How to keep the Conversation Going using Blackboard Tools?

How do you engage learners in the classroom?  Discussion groups, blogs, wikis and journals are excellent ways to create dialogue within an online course, but also a great way to continue the discussion from a face to face class and promote active participation. Blackboard provides several options to support student collaborations and group work. In this session, we will compare different means of collaboration and communication within Blackboard and then explore the tools for providing feedback to your students.

·         Duration: 60 minutes

·         Hands on learning; BYOD-laptop recommended

Click the dates offered to register for those sessions:

Tuesday, April 9 at 11:00am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Thursday, April 18 at 2:00pm in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Creating and Deploying Case-Based Discussions to Encourage and Promote Clinical Reasoning Skills

Clinical reasoning is an essential part of a physician’s daily workflow, yet it remains a difficult skill to develop formally. This session will introduce you to Bb's Discussion Board tool and its many functions that can assist in promoting case-based and clinical reasoning decision-making skills for learners.

·         Duration: 60 minutes

·         Hands on learning; BYOD-laptop recommended

Click the date offered to register for the session:

Wednesday, April 24 at 11:00am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Designing and Developing Online Activities that Encourage Evidence-Based Practice Utilizing the Journal Tool in Bb

Promoting the use of Evidence-Based Practice helps to empower learners to use a problem-solving approach that leads to improved patient outcomes. Through the use of Bb Journals, learners can safely reflect and diagnose sample cases in an environment that is designed for process and training improvement.

·         Duration: 60 minutes

·         Hands on learning; BYOD-laptop recommended

Click the date offered to register for the session:

Wednesday, April 24 at 2:00pm in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Teaching TECHniques Office 365 Series

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Participants in the Office 365 series will discover ways to effectively use current applications to enhance teaching, increase student engagement, and support positive learning outcomes.

A Whole New World: Maximize Learning with Digitized Documents

Are you looking to boost learner engagement with content? Can your students benefit from interacting with your notes? In this session, we will discuss how transitioning traditional handouts to a digital format expands learning opportunities for students. You will also experience creating interactive documents using 5E instructional model and subject templates in WORD to reinforce learning objectives.

·         Duration: 60 minutes

·         Hands on learning; BYOD-laptop recommended

Click the dates offered to register for those sessions:

Wednesday, February 27 at 2:00pm in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Switch it Up: Supporting Flipped Classrooms with Sway

Did you know flipped learning is not the same as a flipped classroom? However, effectively flipping your classroom can lead to flipped learning. In this session, we will examine blended instruction as well as explore the four pillars of F-L-I-P. You will also practice applying key flip elements to a lesson in your own classroom using Sway.

·         Duration: 60 minutes

·         Hands on learning; BYOD-laptop recommended

Click the dates offered to register for those sessions:

Thursday, April 25 at 12:00pm in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Dinosaurs & Dodo Birds: Reviving Large Group Lectures with PowerPoint

It can be challenging to gain and keep the attention of large groups in lecture halls. A PowerPoint presentation is a popular accompaniment for lectures and can be a powerful tool for engaging learners with content. In this session, we will explore Mayer's 12 Principles of Multimedia Design and the influence of PowerPoint design on cognitive engagement. You will gain hands-on experience implementing the principles.

·         Duration: 60 minutes

·         Hands on learning; BYOD-laptop recommended

Click the dates offered to register for those sessions:

Wednesday, March 20 at 2:00pm in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Finding Meaning: Formative Assessments Using Forms

Would you like feedback from students that you can quickly access? Maybe you want students to have a place to collaborate and create a patient survey for a project. Perhaps you just want to check student understanding of complex concepts before the big exam. Well, Microsoft forms can be used to gather feedback and formative data efficiently and securely. Forms can even be shared via URL or QR code, as well as embedded in course sites. In this session we will explore effective practices in formative design utilizing this versatile tool. You will also experience creating and sharing a formative assessment as well as analyzing and transferring response data.

·         Duration: 60 minutes

·         Hands on learning; BYOD-laptop recommended

Click the dates offered to register for those sessions:

Wednesday, March 6 at 10:00am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

"Craft of Teaching" Learning Series

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Beginning in March 2019, the “Craft of Teaching” Learning Series is for faculty who are new to teaching or for those who would like a refresher on topics related to class structure, student engagement and course management.

Crafting a Teaching Philosophy

Thinking about who we are as teachers helps us as we develop strategies to work with our students in and outside of the classroom. This lunch time session will be a time for participants to begin the process of formulating their own teaching philosophy. All attendees will receive a copy of “The Courage to Teach” by Parker Palmer.

·         Duration: 60 minutes

·         Hands on learning; BYOD-laptop recommended

Lunch is provided for each of the Crafting a Teaching Philosophy sessions.

Click the dates offered to register for those sessions:

Tuesday, March 5 at 11:30am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Wednesday, March 13 at 11:30am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Thursday, March 21 at 11:30am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Writing Effective Learning Objectives

Though time consuming to create, crafting a well-articulated set of learning goals sets the foundation for all class activities and provides a mechanism for an instructor to best know whether students have mastered the class content. This short hands-on, interactive workshop will provide participants the tools they need to develop learning objectives for their courses.

·         Duration: 60 minutes

·         Hands on learning; BYOD-laptop recommended

Click the dates offered to register for those sessions:

Wednesday, April 3 at 11:00am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Tuesday, April 9 at 11:00am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Wednesday, April 17 at 11:00am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Engaging Our Students in the Classroom

Due in part to the pervasiveness of technology, students learn much differently than students in the past. More than ever, instructors need to think about our students’ learning styles, expectations, and ways to engage them in the classroom setting. This session will help participants think through the characteristics of today’s students, work through various learning theories applicable to these students, and discuss strategies for engaging them. All attendees will receive a copy of “What the Best College Teachers Do” by Ken Bain.

·         Duration: 60 minutes

·         Hands on learning; BYOD-laptop recommended

Click the dates offered to register for those sessions:

Wednesday, June 5 at 11:00am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Tuesday, June 11 at 11:00am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Wednesday, June 19 at 11:00am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Assessing Student Performance

How do we align our assessment strategies with our learning goals? How is it that we know that they have mastered the content we want them to learn in our courses? How do we structure our course to help them successfully master whatever assessment we use? We will discuss these and other questions in this interactive course. All attendees will receive a copy of “Effective Grading” by Barbara Walvoord.

·         Duration: 60 minutes

·         Hands on learning; BYOD-laptop recommended

Click the dates offered to register for those sessions:

Tuesday, July 9 at 11:00am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Wednesday, July 17 at 11:00am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Tuesday, July 23 at 11:00am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

UTHSC’s Academic Technology Ecosystem

UTHSC has a wide variety of tools available to faculty and students to help achieve pedagogical goals. This session will survey some of those tools and provide a chance to try some of them. We will discuss common pedagogical challenges and how technology might be used to resolve these issues.

·         Duration: 60 minutes

·         Hands on learning; BYOD-laptop recommended

Click the dates offered to register for those sessions:

Tuesday, August 6 at 11:00am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Wednesday, August 14 at 11:00am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Tuesday, August 20 at 11:00am in 920 Madison, Suite 424

Last Published: Apr 1, 2019