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Featured Past Workshop

Reflecting on Inclusivity in Your Teaching - October 10, 2019

Participants in a workshop
Maria DeMoya (College of Communication) & Sara Hernandez (Center for Teaching and Learning) helped instructors to reflect on how they approach inclusivity in the classroom. They were able to help them learn new strategies for a more inclusive environment. This workshop provided practical and easy-to-use advice for identifying areas in teaching that could make all students feel heard and appreciated. Using case scenarios, small group discussions and best-practices, instructors will developed strategies they can apply to any class, regardless of subject matter. Additionally, participants were given resources they can apply to their teaching and course material preparation.

Online Delivery of Scientific Inquiry-Laboratory Classes
September 25, 2019 - Webinar

Margaret Workman (College of Science and Health) & Mark Potosnak (College of Science and Health) delivered a workshop about the potential for delivering online SI-laboratory classes. The SI-lab learning outcomes partially state, “Plan, design and conduct scientific investigations in a collaborative environment.” This workshop explored how this “collaborative environment” can be achieved online. First, results from a pilot online lab class were be presented. Second, participants worked through an online lab using provided materials and a laptop. Finally, participants learned about what online lab modules are available in their field.

So You've Assigned a Presentation in Class...Now What?
September 27, 2019 - DePaul Center

Kendra Knight (College of Communication) & Jay Baglia (College of Communication) revealed the "canon" of public speaking skills and provided focused guidance to help DePaul instructors prepare discipline-specific public speaking rubrics. They also helped instructors design teaching methods to develop students' preparedness, organization, delivery, and the appropriate use of visual aids. Their techniques are highly interactive, featuring “think & write” components and small group discussion, concluding with a hands-on construction of discipline-specific assessment criteria. They also helped to troubleshoot communication apprehension (also known as “stage fright”), issues with group presentations, and creating assignment descriptions.

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Reflecting on Inclusivity in Your Teaching
October 10, 2019 - JTR Library

Maria DeMoya (College of Communication) & Sara Hernandez (Center for Teaching and Learning) helped instructors to reflect on how they approach inclusivity in the classroom. They were able to help them learn new strategies for a more inclusive environment. This workshop provided practical and easy-to-use advice for identifying areas in teaching that could make all students feel heard and appreciated. Using case scenarios, small group discussions and best-practices, instructors will developed strategies they can apply to any class, regardless of subject matter. Additionally, participants were given resources they can apply to their teaching and course material preparation.

Download slides and handouts from this workshop.

Be Efficient, Not Busy: 5 Ways to Use D2L Like a Pro
October 17, 2019 and November 6, 2019 - Webinar

In this 30 minute webinar, resident tech wizards Erin Kasprzak and Bridget Wagner shared the secrets to specific tools in D2L and techniques for using them like an expert.

Strengthening Creative and Critical Thinking, Empathy, and Collaboration with Improvisation
October 25, 2019 - JTR Library

Lin Kahn, from the Theatre School, discussed facets of creative and critical thinking and explored these two modes of thinking with improvisational exercises. Improvisation can be used as a powerful tool to stimulate creative and critical thinking, strengthen interpersonal collaboration, enhance empathy, and spark long-lasting and meaningful experiential education. The artistic exercises in this workshop helped students take ownership of their learning and experience the important skill of face-to-face active listening.

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Warning: Learning can be Uncomfortable—and Transformative
December 2, 2019 - December 6, 2019 - D2L

Do you remember when you were presented with information that forced you to question or rethink your worldview? It may have been some time ago for experienced teachers, but it is important to remember it might be the FIRST TIME our students are engaged in these transformative discussions. How do we design a classroom climate that not only gives a voice to marginalized populations, but also to opinions that may exist in the margins? In this workshop, Kristen Pengelly and Adriane Stoner from the school of Communication discussed the opportunities that accompany challenging topics in the classroom and how to create an environment of trust, safety, and respect.

Strategies for Engaging Students with Poll Everywhere
December 5, 2019 - Webinar

In this webinar, participants learned how to embrace the power and convenience of mobile devices to engage students in low-stakes, real-time interactions and conduct formative assessments in the face-to-face classroom. Participants were introduced to DePaul's classroom response system solution that allows students to use their mobile devices for learning: Poll Everywhere. Presenters Alex Joppie and Erin Kasprzak discussed best practices for implementing interactive classroom response activities, as well as present case studies from DePaul faculty who have already implemented these mobile solutions in their classrooms.

Improv for Communication

Jan. 17th, 2020 - Lincoln Park Campus

Presenter Rob Adler, from The Theatre School, taught participants how to enhance presentation and communication skills, overcome stage fright, and learn the time-tested tools of professional actors for clearly communicating with individuals and/or large groups. By the end of the session, participants learned practical tools for communication and presentation, including: overcoming stage fright, making complex ideas simpler, effective storytelling, impromptu speaking, enhanced presence, mindfulness and effective communication.

VoiceThread 101: Audio/Visual Presentations and Discussions Online

Jan. 31st, 2020 - Loop Campus

In this workshop, Alex Joppie (Center for Teaching and Learning) introduced instructors to VoiceThread, a versatile tool integrated into D2L that can be used to set up voice -and video- enabled discussions, create interactive lectures where students can comment and ask questions, and allow students to record their own presentations online and share them with the class.

By the end of this workshop, participants were able to:

• Identify the primary use cases for VoiceThread

• Recall the steps for setting up a VoiceThread link in D2L and re-using it from quarter to quarter

• Create a video discussion activity incorporated incorporated into D2L

• Create an interactive narrated lecture incorporated into D2L

• Create a space for students to create and share narrated PowerPoints online