This workshop focuses explore AI’s impact on fundamental aspects of academic writing, including critical thinking, creativity, and originality, while emphasizing the importance of academic integrity. Participants will share experiences, grapple with the challenges of technology integration, develop strategies to ensure academic integrity, and discuss the future of writing intensive classes in an AI-driven educational landscape.
Applying the Latest Research on Learning to Collaborative Learning
Learn three new findings from the latest research on how students learn and get support in applying the implications of these findings to your classes during this 1.5 hour workshop. We will examine findings from rigorous studies that investigate the biological, psychological, and social dimensions of learning sciences research, providing a micro to macro view of learning at different levels. This particular workshop will focus on studies that investigate how and when students collaborate effectively in the classroom setting to help you design group work activities that maximize the benefits of collaboration for you and your students.
In this workshop, we will discuss signs that a student may be in distress and work through a variety of scenarios to consider strategies for how instructors can communicate with and assist these students. We will also review when and how to make referrals to counseling resources on the Danforth campus. The workshop will be co-led by the Center for Teaching & Learning and the Habif Health & Wellness Center.
ChatGPT and other AI composition tools challenge instructors to revisit and potentially rethink their assessment practices. In this workshop, we will explore and discuss various ways that instructors can adapt their homework, exams, and writing assignments to take in account our new AI-assisted normal. We will consider both the potential challenges (e.g. academic honesty) and opportunities (e.g. new kinds of assignments) that AI presents. Participants will leave the workshop with a range of options and ideas to help them proactively prepare their assessments for the coming semester.
The CTL is happy to offer a number of 30-minute virtual conversations between August 16 – August 25th that will help you jump start your teaching planning for this fall.
All Virtual Conversations will be presented via Zoom, and registration is required.
Artificial intelligence technology will likely be used in your classes, given that it is widely available and incorporated into many other technologies. This session will provide a practical approach to addressing how you want your students to use AI in your classes. You’ll leave with ideas for how you can specify AI usage in your classroom and ways to communicate this with your students.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) governs the privacy of student educational records. But what does this law mean for us as instructors? In this session, the Office of the University Registrar will present FERPA best practices for faculty and answer your FERPA-related questions.
Creating Accessible and Interactive PDFs for Digital Reading
Students read on screens all the time, but due to constraints in digital reading tools, they may not be engaging deeply with the new ideas, worlds, and people available at their fingertips. This virtual conversation introduces several ways to support digital reading, particularly when reading with PDFs, a common document file type provided to students through Canvas and other tools. We will discuss how to make PDFs accessible and interactive for all students, coupled with instructional tools and strategies that help students engage more deeply with their reading materials in your classes.
iTeach Lightning Talks: Share Your Teaching Stories
While some students (and faculty) dread group projects, their use can boost learning and impart valuable skills. Well-designed and managed group projects can develop and enhance leadership, time management, problem-solving, and collaboration abilities.
In this session, we will learn skills to incorporate principle and practices of mindfulness, and cultural humility to teaching. Mindfulness has been shown to be an effective tool in cultivating moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, and surroundings which can enhance our ability to communicate more effectively with students and establish a positive learning environment.
Creating Social Connection through Two-stage Exams
We usually think of exams as solo endeavors, but two-stage exams add a second group component to the process. In a two-stage exam, students first take an exam by themselves and then retake the same exam together in a group. In this virtual conversation, we will discuss two-stage exams, their advantages, and the details of how to implement them in your courses.
Increasing Student Access and Agency with Open Pedagogy and Open Educational Resources
Some courses at WashU embrace open pedagogy practices and open educational resources (OERs), which involve students in the use or creation of shareable course materials, as opposed to using commercial texts and proprietary tools owned by publishers. We will share a range of examples from WashU instructors in different disciplines that include course materials developed for students by experts and with students as creators and contributors of course content. After providing you with ideas for how open pedagogy practices can be integrated into WashU classes, we will discuss your interests and questions on open practices that will help you increase students’ access and agency with course materials.
One small way to show your students compassion and help reduce their stress is by giving them opportunities to provide feedback about themselves and their experiences in your course. In this session, we will talk about short surveys you can give your students.
In this virtual conversation, we will share and discuss best practices on how faculty can support their graduate and undergraduate students who have an instructional role in courses and together, co-create an inclusive teaching and learning environment.
Curious about joining a Teaching Triangle, but not sure if it’s for you? Teaching Triangles is a semester-long, reciprocal classroom observation and reflection program geared towards helping faculty think through their teaching practices in a supportive, structured environment. Come to this short info session to learn more about this program and hear directly from past participants about their experiences.
These half-hour and hour-long tech trainings are geared toward helping you gain familiarity with educational technology tools that will support your pedagogical success.
All Tech Trainings are presented via Zoom, and registration is required.
Reduce emails about “How do I find Assignment X?” or “What is due this week?” with structures built into Canvas that can help students navigate your class and be prepared to engage with your course before and after class. You will experience challenges that students face by being a student in a new Canvas course and get ideas on how you can organize your own classes with Canvas Modules and Pages. In this session co-facilitated by two specialists who are also instructors and course designers, you will leave with specific ideas and tips that will help you and your students prepare for the classes ahead.
Support Accessibility and Literacy with Read&Write
Read&Write is a literacy support tool and assistive technology that makes online content more accessible, readable, and inclusive. It includes a variety of tools that support students in reading texts, learning unfamiliar words, researching materials, and proofreading written work. Learn more about how you and your students can use this tool for reading and writing tasks. This session is in partnership with Disability Resources.
We will explore Hypothes.is, a tool that enables users to place a conversational layer over an entire webpage or an OCR’d PDF, allowing for unique collaborative, interactive engagement with the text that students have been assigned to read. It enables sentence-level annotation, notetaking, and critique on top of written content and is fully integrated into Canvas. We’ll discuss some different pedagogical uses for this tool in your classes.
Classroom Walkthrough: Get to Know Your Class Equipment
This session will introduce the equipment installed in WashU pooled classrooms and show you how to use different technologies within the room with our Classroom Services staff who know the ins and outs of each classroom.
This session will walk through how to use the polling software Poll Everywhere to increase student engagement and to gauge student learning. We’ll look at the different types of questions that you can ask and show you how to get started with Poll Everywhere for both in-person and online synchronous courses.
Grades and other types of feedback provide structure and support that help students learn in your courses. However, it can become a time drain without a grading system that helps clarify the assignment expectations and streamline feedback. This session will provide you with tips for utilizing the features in Canvas Gradebook to speed up grading and help improve student assignments.
Answers for All: Inclusive Communication with Students using Piazza
Learn how to provide answers for all of your students with Piazza, where students can post questions and get answers from you and their peers. Piazza is designed for Q&A and integrated with Canvas. We’ll discuss ways to use Piazza to streamline communications with students in Canvas, plus show you ways to set up your class for more effective communication with them.
The Center for Teaching & Learning and Coalition for Language Teaching and Learning LTF Planning Committee are planning for a primarily in-person teaching fair this fall but will provide Zoom accommodations for those who are out of town or who have other circumstances that necessitate Zoom participation.
Roundtable discussants will engage with others on the panel and share a few best practices from their own teaching with the audience. Roundtable presentations will be 10-12 minutes in length (depending on number of participants in roundtable), with time for discussion at the end.