Office of Academic Innovation

Faculty Professional Development Events

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The Tank at Towson Session 4:
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with Dr. Elizabeth Berquist

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015

Time: 12:00pm - 12:45pm

Location: WebEx

Event Password: thetank

Description: It’s a think tank. It’s a roundtable. It’s a webinar series. And, it’s an opportunity to be recognized for the innovative things you do every day. It’s The Tank at Towson.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.

Dr. Berquist is an Asst. Professor in the Department of Special Education where she works with pre-service educators and teaches a variety of courses including Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Differentiated Instruction. Her research interests include UDL, conceptual change, and enhancing university-school partnerships.

All sessions include live captioning.


The Faces of UDL 2015 Spring Program

Date:  Thursday, April 30, 2015

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Chesapeake Rooms, University Union

Sponsored by: Towson University Office of Academic Innovation, Towson University Office of the Presidential Scholar, Towson University Department of Special Education: Special Education Alumni Series

Description:  Diversity is the rule, not the exception in today's classroom.  The seats in our classrooms are filled with the faces of learners with unique backgrounds, abilities, and skills.  How can you address the needs of every learner in your classroom if the way they learn is as different as their DNA or fingerprint?  Join Matt Bergman as he shares their stories and his experiences infusing low-tech and high-tech UDL strategies into K-12 and higher education environments.

About Matt:  Matt Bergman works with students living in poverty at the Milton Hershey School (Hershey, PA).  He is a graduate instructor and course designer of several face-to-face and online courses, including Regional Training Center's (PA, MD, and NJ) graduate course on Universal Design for Learning.  Matt recently worked with the Florida Department of Education to design a five-hour online training course on UDL for K-12 teachers in the state of Florida.  He is a member of CAST's Professional Learning Cadre and shares his experiences utilizing the UDL framework while working with diverse populations.  Matt is passionate about sharing his knowledge of educational technology with educators around the globe through presentations and his Learn-Lead-Grow Blog ( 



Introduction to Blended Course Design Workshop

Dates: June 2 - 9, 2015

Time: Online, Asynchronous, with 2-hour on-campus follow-up meeting (on June 9)

Place: Online segment: Blackboard, On-campus meeting: CK 404B

Facilitator: Joe Brightman, Instructional Designer and Technologist, OAI

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This workshop models blended instructional practices in a one-week, online, asynchronous setting, followed by a two-hour in-person active learning group meeting at Towson. This experience is ideal for faculty interested in developing a blended course or in the beginning stages of the development process.

During the online segment of the workshop, participants will begin with an overview of the elements of blended course design and the pedagogy needed to support blended instruction. In addition, participants will explore blended instruction by reviewing resources, participating in active discussions, and evaluating their current course structure. The online segment of the workshop is both asynchronous and facilitated; you will have flexibility to complete workshop activities at any time or location you like, as long as you complete activities by each date and time indicated on the workshop calendar. During the in-person session you will use the blended course template provided to draft a plan for their own blended course. Participants will not be required to be at your computer at any specific times during the online class segment. If there is interest from the cohort, a WebEx meeting may be scheduled to support participants.

  • Please plan to reserve at least 10-12 hours of your time in order to complete the online segment of the course.
  • Please be sure to log in on the first day of the course to plan your week.
  • There will be a simple assignment due by the end of the first day.
  • Participants will select the time for the June 9 meeting, and attendance via phone or web is an option.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the elements of a student-centered blended course
  • Determine which learning activities will be conducted in-class or online, based on instructional goals
  • Discuss the change process and how to manage the transition from traditional to blended instruction

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Preparing Your Course for Online Delivery (21 Days Online)

Dates: June 4 (at noon) through June 24, 2015

Location: Online

Facilitator: Audrey Cutler, Senior Instructional Designer & Trainer

Description:  This three-week workshop will assist faculty to transition an existing face-to-face course into a robust, accessible online instructional offering.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Prepare an effective module of online instruction
  2. Create a syllabus for an online course
  3. Develop a course plan and gather materials for a quality course as defined by the Quality Matter Standards
  4. Locate instruction design, library, and technical resources to assist with the design process
  5. Evaluate technologies for potential use in online and blended courses

Format:  This online workshop is both asynchronous and facilitated; you will have flexibility to complete workshop activities at any time or location you like, as long as you complete activities by each date and time specified on the workshop calendar.  You will not be required to be at your computer at any specific times.  Expect to spend an average of 8-10 hours on the workshop each week.


Past Events

Past events have included: Campus Technology Open House, WebEx and Blackboard Teaching Circles, and workshops on topics such as Responding to Writing Effectively, Flipped Classrooms, Capturing Voice & Screens with Ease Using Screencast-O-Matic, Making Online Classes More Interactive, Creating High Impact Grading Guidelines, Preparing Your Course for Online Delivery, Blackboard 101, and Introduction to Blended Course Design.

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