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Commons Meetups

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Fall semester meetups will take place every Friday from 1:00-1:45 on Zoom:

First Friday
Facilitators will share strategies for online teaching.

Second Friday
You will have opportunities to practice the strategies you've learned.

Schedule

Social Connections – How can we build community and culture in our courses? Practice some “Mind the Gap” and social connection activities

September 11: Social Connections  Strategies

September 18: Social Connections  Practices

Shavonne Coleman and Stephanie Holmsten

 

​Discussions – How can we engage students in thinking about the content? Engage in some activities that will help your students to engage more in the online environment

September 25: ​Discussions – Strategies

October 2: Discussions – Practices

Kayla Shearer and Dennis Passovoy

 

Making Thinking Visible – How do we show how we solve problems? Helping students to know how to think like a (disciplinary expert) often requires modeling. Participate in some activities that make thinking more visible.

October 9: Making Thinking Visible - Strategies

October 16: Making Thinking Visible - Practices

Kristin Patterson, Brandon Campitelli and Keely Finkelstein 

 

​Students Teaching Students – How can we share the responsibility? “The person who does the work, does the learning.” See how we can encourage students to learn by sharing.

October 23: ​Students Teaching Students  - Strategies

October 30: Students Teaching Students  - Practices

Kaitlyn Farrell and Heather Pleasants

 

​Assessing Learning – What do we want students to have learned? Aligning what we test and what we want our students to have learned is hard. Listen to some ideas about how to assess what we value in our students’ learning.

November 6: ​Assessing Learning - Strategies

November 13: ​Assessing Learning - Practices

Katie Pritchett and Karen Landolt

 

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Summer 2020 Bonus: UT Libraries

Integrating Research Assignments and Library Collections into your Online Course

If you’re concerned about assigning research projects and course materials from the libraries for your online course, join librarians to discuss accessing collections while campus is closed, scaffolding research assignments, building in assessment, and strategies for asynchronous and synchronous teaching to support research assignments.

 

Announcing the FIC Fall Book Club!

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This year we are reading Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes by Flower Darby with James M. Lang which can be obtained from the library. We do have some physical copies so email Anne Braseby to make arrangements.

Small Teaching Online presents research-based teaching techniques and outlines practical and feasible applications to implement small teaching strategies that will positively impact the online classroom. 

We will meet for four sessions, reading a part of the book each week. Discussions will focus on what we have learned and how the strategies can be implemented in our courses.

Join us Tuesdays at 4:00: September 8, 15, 22, 29.

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Tech Trainings

There are a variety of upcoming workshops and past recordings on campus-wide tools available to the UT Austin community.

Find sessions exploring the features of:

 

Canvas

The Canvas Team regularly offers workshops on a variety of topics and features. See the lineup for September 2020 with many traditional titles as well as the new "That One Thing...Canvas Edition" over lunch.

 

Zoom

The Canvas Team page includes the recording of the Canvas Team’s “Zoom Basics for Instructors” webinar from Aug. 19. It covers accessing the UT Zoom portal, scheduling meetings, Host Meeting controls - including Breakout Rooms and Polling - and where to find resources and support. They also discuss when to use the Canvas Zoom integration and when to use the Zoom web portal.

 

Panopto

Join the FIC and iSchool IT Lab teams for "Getting Started with Panopto" on Tuesdays at 2:00 in September. (Sept. 1-29)

 

Gradescope

Gradescope offers workshops every Thursday at 11:00am. Join us and learn how instructors use Gradescope. The workshops will offer guidance on how to deliver assessments remotely and outline various assessment options to meet your immediate needs, including:

  • Fully online assignments, no paper required
  • Existing paper-based assignments
  • Combining online and paper-based approaches 

They will also cover the grading and rubric-building workflow on Gradescope and walk attendees through both the instructor and student interface for creating and submitting assignments and viewing feedback.

 

Many videos have been produced for the various Commons sections. The purpose of this page is to have all six playlists in one place. We also have one comprehensive playlist on our Vimeo channel with videos from all sections.

  • To see all videos in a section: Click on the View All drop down button in the lower left corner of the black rectangle. You may collapse the menu but clicking on the button again.
  • To navigate videos in a section one at a time: Click on the Next button in the lower right corner of the black rectangle.

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Video Showcases

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UT Austin Technology Toolbox

 

Canvas

Visit the Canvas Training Center to learn more about the features that support your instructional goals.

 

Zoom

Zoom is a centrally supported video conferencing solution available to university faculty, staff and students that enables you to meet, teach, and learn from anywhere. It is integrated with Canvas, and you can host and join meetings from your mobile device, desktop client or the web. The Canvas Team has created a set of slides related to their “Using Zoom to Teach” workshop as well as these tutorials: Using Zoom to Teach and Using Zoom Breakout Rooms.

 

Panopto

Panopto is a video platform instructors can use to create course materials. Create asynchronous materials like video recordings, lecturing with PowerPoint or Keynote, and other video inputs like document cameras. Live streaming is also available for synchronous lecture capture and one-way audio/video delivery to students. See the comprehensive guide created by our partners in the School of Information IT Lab.

 

Gradescope

Resources for Gradescope: 

 

 

FIC Office Hours

The Faculty Innovation Center invites you to drop in for Virtual Office Hours facilitated by Matt Russell, our Online/Blended Learning Faculty Development Specialist. Please let us know which session you'd like to attend below, and submit any questions you'd like in advance.  You will receive an email with additional details including the Zoom meeting link one hour prior to the start of the session.

  • June 17: 3:00-4:00pm
  • June 24: 3:00-4:00pm
  • July 1: 3:00-4:00pm
  • July 8: 3:00-4:00pm
  • July 15: 3:00-4:00pm

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