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Online Development Opportunities (Fall 2018)

The Center for Teaching and Learning sponsors workshops and other events to provide Boise State instructors with opportunities to reinforce best-practices in teaching, learn from colleagues, and reflect upon the choices we make as teachers. Online workshops allow the Center for Teaching and Learning to meet the diverse needs of faculty, including distance faculty and adjunct faculty.

“I really found this short but very focused instruction useful–something I could learn from but complete in a short amount of time. The feedback was very useful.”

FALL 2018 ONLINE OFFERINGS

Identifying and Preventing Plagiarism (Self-Directed, Facilitated Version)

  • Available from 10/14/2018 through 10/28/2018. Register before 10/14/2018.
  • Facilitated by Kevin Wilson, IDEA Shop, and Teresa Focarile, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Register for Identifying and Preventing Plagiarism (Self-Directed Version)
  • This online workshop identifies some of the reasons why students plagiarize or otherwise engage in academic dishonesty, provides examples of technologies that either enable plagiarism or help to prevent it, illustrates strategies and techniques for identifying plagiarism, and provides strategies for creating “plagiarism-proof” assignments and assessments. In addition, the workshop offers an overview of Boise State policies and procedures associated with academic integrity. This is a self-directed, facilitated workshop, which means that you can proceed through it at your own pace with the assistance of facilitators from the IDEA Shop and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Introduction to Universal Design and Accessibility

  • Conducted asynchronously online, available from 08/26/2018 through 10/07/2018. Register at any time.
  • Counts toward the BUILD Certificate Program.
  • Facilitated by Kevin Wilson and Bob Casper, IDEA Shop
  • Register for Universal Design and Accessibility for Online Courses.
  • Available to participants during a 6-week period, this facilitated, self-paced online workshop is an introduction to designing courses that are usable and accessible for all users, regardless of their differing capabilities. In addition to familiarizing participants with the fundamental issues and ideas of universal design and accessibility, the workshop is intended to inspire further exploration of and advocacy for designing materials that benefit all students and help them achieve their educational goals. Although the focus of the workshop is on online learning, much of the material is applicable to face-to-face teaching and to any learning environment that uses digital materials. Workshop content is organized into three modules:
    • Universal Design
    • Accessibility
    • Assistive Technology

Implementing Universal Design for Learning in Blackboard

  • Conducted asynchronously online, available from 09/03/2018 through 11/12/2018. Register at any time.
  • Counts toward the BUILD Certificate Program.
  • Facilitated by Kevin Wilson, IDEA Shop, and Teresa Focarile, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Register for Universal Design and Accessibility for Online Courses.
  • Many faculty believe that accessibility is important, but do not necessarily know how to incorporate accessibility into online course materials.This online, facilitated workshop provides a conceptual and theoretical framework and robust concrete, practical strategies to guide faculty in building course material on Blackboard according to the best practices of Universal Design for Learning, thereby improving the accessibility and quality of the learning experience for all students. Participants will enrich their understanding of accessibility and universal design while strengthening their skills in course design. In addition, participants will take steps toward mastering many features of Blackboard. After completing the modules in this course, participants will be able to design engaging, effective, and accessible courses in Blackboard. NOTE: Completing the workshop will require between 5 and 7 hours.

The Universally Designed Rubric: Grading Student Work Submitted in Multiple Formats

  • Conducted asynchronously online, available from 10/01/2018 through 10/15/2018. Register before 10/01/2018.
  • Requires approximately two hours to complete.
  • Counts toward the BUILD Certificate Program.
  • Facilitated by Kevin Wilson, IDEA Shop.
  • Register for The Universally Designed Rubric.
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for the design of materials and instructional methods that are usable by a wide range of students. UDL recognizes that learners differ in the ways in which they navigate a learning environment and express what they know, and that learning systems should accommodate variability among learners from the outset. From these premises is drawn a central principle of UDL: provide students with multiple means of action and expression. One way to do so is to allow students to submit an assignment in one of several media. This facilitated, asynchronous online workshop focuses on a major research assignment in History 100: Themes in World History, one that asks students to document their research in either a 4- to 5-page paper, a food blog, or an 8-minute video. The workshop also explores the logistics of assessing a single assignment submitted in multiple media, with particular attention paid to the use of assessment rubrics.

How Accessible Is Your Syllabus?

  • Conducted asynchronously online, available from 12/01/2018 through 12/09/2018
  • Requires approximately two hours to complete.
  • Counts toward the BUILD Certificate Program.
  • Facilitated by Kevin Wilson, IDEA Shop, and Teresa Focarile, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Register for How Accessible Is Your Syllabus?
  • How accessible is your syllabus? That is, to what extent is it able to be used by all intended users, each with differing capabilities?  The goal of this workshop is to enable faculty to assess the extent to which their syllabus is accessible and to acquaint them with some relevant principles of accessibility. This facilitated, asynchronous online workshop (equivalent to a 2-hour face-to-face workshop) provides you with an opportunity to assess the extent to which your syllabus is accessible and to identify aspects of the syllabus that can be made more accessible. The workshop uses a checklist drawn from principles defined at accessiblesyllabus.tulane.edu and in other resources. The workshop also provides practice in using Microsoft Word’s accessibility checker. Finally, the workshop includes a brief online discussion.