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Faculty Development Opportunities

Series: Extending In-Class Learning for Student Success

The Title V-funded IDEAS Program is proud to announce its first series of free faculty professional development sessions for the spring semester. Descriptions and RSVP information for each session is provided below. Questions about any of these sessions must be directed to Dr. Carla Amaro-Jiménez at amaro@uta.edu
  

Blackboard Journaling to Increase Student Engagement and Success

February 27, 12-1 pm (Session Led by Dr. Jaya Davis, Associate Professor Criminology & Criminal Justice)

This presentation will introduce instructors to the journaling feature in Blackboard. We will discuss ideas for journaling to increase student engagement with course topics and practical use for communication and assessment. Participants will need to bring a mobile device (tablet or laptop) they can use during the session and have access to their courses in Blackboard. RSVP here.
 

Maximizing the use of Rubrics in your Teaching

March 6, 12-1 pm (Session Led by Dr. Andrew Milson, Professor, History Department)
 
This session will focus on the use and construction of rubrics that lead to student success. In this session participants will build a rubric in Blackboard, and learn specific ways to maximize their use, such as attaching a rubric to an assignment, grading with a rubric in BB, and copying the rubric for future semesters. Participants will need to bring a mobile device (tablet or laptop) they can use during the session as well as the syllabus for one of the courses they would like to build a rubric for. RSVP here.

Engaging and Captivating Students Online

March 20, 10-12 PM and 12-2 PM (Session Lead by Erik Christensen, South Florida State College)
 
Want to enhance student engagement in your class whether it is online, hybrid, or face-to-face? Come to this highly interactive session (which will be repeated back-to-back) and learn proven tips, tricks, and tactics that will greatly enhance the online presence of your course and have students’ saying that your course is “fun!” This will not only increase student participation and persistence, but improve student success. Leave with dozens of ideas you can implement immediately. RSVP here.
 
How to Effectively use Wikis, Blogs, and Discussion Boards to Support Learning
 
April 6, from 12-1 PM (Session Led by Dr. Robin Macaluso, Associate Professor, Chemistry)
 
This presentation will assist instructors in discerning between the three instructional tools to facilitate peer-peer and peer-faculty communication. We will also go through the mechanics of setting up blogs, wikis and discussion threads, and how to manage professional and academic communication through these tools. Participants will need to bring a mobile device (tablet or laptop) they can use during the session as well as have access to their courses in Blackboard. RSVP here.
 

Connecting with Students through Collaborate Ultra

April 24, 12-1 PM (Session Led by Dr. Nila Veerabathina, Assistant Professor in Practice, Physics)
 
Are you looking ways to connect with your online students or ways to teach a face-to-face class when you are away to attend a conference or out sick? This session will focus on the use of the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra tool to create and deliver engaging and interactive webinars to further support student learning. Participants will need to bring a mobile device (tablet or laptop) they can use during the session as well as have access to their courses in Blackboard. RSVP here.