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Teaching Excellence

The Teaching Excellence Workshop Series provides discussions and hands-on learning on topics related to pedagogy and classroom assessment. 

Fall 2020 Webinar Series

 

October 2020

Student Learning Experiences During COVID

UNC students will share their experiences in online, hybrid, and fully in-person courses this fall. This is a great opportunity to learn about students' experiences and discuss teaching and learning with students!

  • October 7, 1:00-2:00 pm
  • Panelists: Adrian Costilla, Jose Reynoza Ayala, Ret North, and Rhi Parent
From Advising to Coaching: Developing Collaborative Relationships with Graduate Students

Coaching promotes a collaborative relationship where faculty advisors serve as a guide or facilitator of the system students navigate. A coaching framework shifts the relationship dynamic to more holistic conversations that support student’s personal and professional growth and development. In this webinar, Dr. Tamara Yakaboski will discuss what a coaching framework means and some activities for the classroom and one-on-one sessions that she uses with graduate students.

  • October 13, 12:00-1:00 pm
  • Presenter: Dr. Tamara Yakaboski
Advising Success with SSC Navigate

SSC Navigate is a platform that provides a more seamless way for faculty and advisors to coordinate services and communication to support student success. Navigate gives students and advisors access to services such as appointment scheduling, proactive appointment-based outreach, reminders, event check-in, tracking of student interactions, reporting, and analytics. This webinar will concentrate on essential features of Navigate such as appointment management, predictive analytics, early alerts, academic monitoring and tracking, and strategic outreach/campaign management and reporting.

  • October 15, 9:00-10:30 am
  • Presenter: Tabby Harraf
Open Textbook Network (OTN) Workshop

This webinar provides the opportunity for interested faculty to learn more about open textbooks.  Certified OTN presenter Jen Mayer will share context about the open education movement. Participants will have an opportunity to discover open textbooks in their field and engage in a discussion about open educational resources (OER). Open textbooks are licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. Not only do they save students money, but open textbooks can provide faculty with relevant content to customize their courses. Workshop participants are eligible to enter a drawing for a $200 stipend to review an open textbook in the Open Textbook Library. (We'll need to figure out the details, could have Jenna do the "drawings" for stipends).

  • October 22, 9:30-10:30 am
  • Presenter: Jen Mayer, Head of Library Research Services
Techie Tools to Enhance your Teaching

In this webinar Dr. Amanda Rutter will discuss her favorite techie tools for teaching. They include Flipgrid, Padlet, Survey Monkey, and Packback. The tools she will share can be used in-person and online, synchronously and asynchronously!

  • October 26, 10:30-11:30 am
  • Presenter: Dr. Amanda Rutter
Supporting Trans & Non-Binary Students' Academic Success

All students have the right to learn in a healthy and safe classroom. As the higher education community continues to work to create a more inclusive learning environment, the needs of our student across the gender spectrum are too often overlooked. This webinar will provide you with the foundational tools to create a classroom that is inclusive and supports the academic success of trans and non-binary students.

  • October 29, 9:00-10:15 am
  • Presenter: Stephen Loveless, Director, The Gender & Sexuality Resource Center

November 2020

Opening Up about Open Pedagogy

Open educational resources (OER) is about more than free textbooks and provide numerous benefits in addition to saving students money on course materials. During this webinar Dr. Bailie Peterson will share how her pedagogical approaches changed when she implemented OER in her Introductory to Philosophy, Moral Issues, and Formal Logic classes. She will share how students responded to her implementation of open pedagogical practices. In her experience, OER works especially well in LAC and lower level courses. Participants will discuss ideas on engaging students using open pedagogy approaches.

  • November 2, 1:00-2:00 pm
  • Presenter: Dr. Bailie Peterson
Incorporating Student Self-Care in the Classroom

Self-care refers to activities and practices that we can engage in on a regular basis to reduce stress and maintain and enhance our short- and longer-term health and well-being. UNC students balance courses, work responsibilities, and home life. Additionally, the pandemic has caused huge changes and challenges in their lives. In this webinar you’ll learn how you can support students by incorporating self-care into your courses and hear about students’ perceptions of in-class self-care activities.  These strategies will provide students with the ability to incorporate self-care activities within their busy schedules and build self-care strategies for academic and professional success.

  • November 4, 1:00-2:00 pm
  • Presenter: Nicole Schmittou, MS, RDN
Advising Success with SSC Navigate

SSC Navigate is a platform that provides a more seamless way for faculty and advisors to coordinate services and communication to support student success. Navigate gives students and advisors access to services such as appointment scheduling, proactive appointment-based outreach, reminders, event check-in, tracking of student interactions, reporting, and analytics. This webinar will concentrate on essential features of Navigate such as appointment management, predictive analytics, early alerts, academic monitoring and tracking, and strategic outreach/campaign management and reporting.

  • November 10, 9:00-10:30 am
  • Presenter: Tabby Harraf
The Benefits of Low-Stakes Assessment in Large LAC Courses

Low-stakes assessments contribute to positive classroom culture, increase student confidence and preparation, provide feedback to the professor on common misconceptions, and open up lines of communication between students and professors. In this webinar Dr. Marian Hamilton will discuss how she leverages Canvas to perform a daily, low-stakes assessment in a medium-to-large LAC introductory course. These daily assessments hold students accountable for attendance and participation without levying harsh penalties for personal circumstances, allow the professor to nimbly address misconceptions in real time, and increase the personal relationship between students and professor in a setting in which it would otherwise be easiest for students to remain anonymous faces. Student responses and feelings towards these daily assessments is generally positive and reinforces the benefits that the literature predicts they would have on sense of community, achievement, and overall preparedness for higher stakes exams. 

  • November 11, 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Presenter: Dr. Marian Hamilton
Techie Teaching Tools Panel: Peardeck, PackBack, and Plickers

Three UNC faculty will discuss different technologies they are using to enhance student learning - Peardeck, Packback, and Plickers! Learn how these tools can support interactive lectures, enhance student discussions and writing, and help you take attendance and conduct formative assessment in a socially distanced classroom.

  • November 18, 10:30-11:30 am
  • Panelists: Kelly Langley-Cook, Dr. Aaron Haberman, and Dr. Michael Kimball
Department-Level Strategies for Improving Student Retention

In this webinar Dr. Brian Iannacchione, chair of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department, will discuss CCJ's retention initiative, which has resulted in improved retention rates in the program. CCJ boasts a 4-year increase in retention of new transfer students (+23%), new first year students (+12), and an overall retention rate of +7%. Specifically, the CCJ department 1. requires attendance in all courses 2. places TAs in "high prediction" courses for retention and 3. Utilizes student evaluations to place professors in appropriate courses. 

  • November 18, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Presenter: Dr. Brian Iannacchione
Accessible PowerPoints for Classroom and OER

In the time of online courses and COVID-19, many of us are taking our PowerPoints and making them into course videos. During this webinar participants will learn tips for making their PowerPoint presentations accessible to students – beyond providing alt tags to images. Learn how to take your PowerPoint from slides to more and maintain accessibility. Attendees will receive a PowerPoint project to practice all they’ve learned.

  • November 19, 9:30-10:30 am
  • Presenter: Stephanie Wiegand, Online Learning Librarian