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Faculty Professional Development Events

Register for events by selecting the check boxes next to the workshops that you would like to attend. You may check more than one. Fill out the form at the bottom of the page and then click Submit. If you don't see the workshop you are looking for, please feel free to forward your suggested workshop topic to OAI@towson.edu.

 

JUNE

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)

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

Facilitator: Joe Brightman, Instructional Designer and Technologist, OAI

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Description:

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.

Notes:
  • 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.

October

Writing Across Borders: Working with the Second-Language Writers in Your Classroom (Film & Discussion)

Dates: October 8, 2015

Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Location: LA 2110

Facilitator: Wayne Robertson, Director of Towson University’s Writing Center, CLA

Cosponsors: Office of Academic Innovation and College of Liberal Arts

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Description: Wayne Robertson, the Director of Towson University’s Writing Center, will first show his thirty-minute film Writing Across Borders. Through interviews with international students and ESOL scholars, the film addresses many of the common challenges that second-language students face when writing for U.S. classrooms. It then provides strategies faculty can use to create supportive learning environments even as they navigate complex issues such as grading and providing constructive feedback. Following the film, Wayne will lead a discussion about best practices for working with second-language writers. Topics will include recognizing cultural differences that can impact student writing, designing writing assignments that encourage success, and grading and responding to second-language writers in ways that are fair and useful.

 

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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