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2018 Session Information & Descriptions

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Sessions are open to everyone who teaches at UD. Registration has advantages: a guaranteed seat in popular sessions and a friendly e-mail reminder 24-hours before the event. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows. Register via the links on this page or visit the our Schedule page for chronological access to events.

Assistance is available year-round to help you achieve your teaching goals. Reach out to session presenters or contact us at faculty-commons or 831-0640.

Previous Session’s Sources:

Keep Calm and Teach On 2017

Keep Calm and Teach On 2016

Faculty Commons Welcome

The following link leads to a folder of Keep Calm and Teach On 2018 follow-up resources.

Individual files and weblinks will be added within the description field for each session.

Session Title

Session Description

A Good Rubric Goes a Long Way
Kathy Pusecker
August 16, 12:45-1:30pm
A rubric is a scoring guide that provides students with assignment expectations and can be used effectively to provide students with feedback on their work. Ideally, it contains criteria that are well connected to the desired student learning outcomes or objectives. It also has a rating scale and descriptors for each level of attainment of the criteria. Clear descriptors not only clarifiy for students the assignment expectations but in addition, using a rubric makes it easier and faster for the instructor to score students’ work.
Participants of this session will learn: how to create a rubric and apply it with consistency. Ideally, participants will attend this session with an assignment in mind. This session pairs very well with the Canvas Speedgrader offering.

Accessibility 101
Sarah Meadows & Cyndi Yurkovich
August 15, 10:30-11:15am
Accessibility and universal design practices are useful for everyone, but essential for someone with a disability. How someone experiences content on the internet can vary depending on the device they use and the accommodations they may need to interact with the content. In this session, you’ll learn some basic best practices and tips to make your Canvas course, documents, media, textbooks, and more accessible for everyone.



: Guide to enure your textbook publisher’s content
meets accessibility standards.
Affordable Course Content NOW! Treasure Hunt for Open Textbooks and Open Educational Resources
Meg Grotti
August 14, 11:15am-12:00pm
Where can you find course materials for free? How do you know you can use them without getting in trouble with copyright? What do we know about the effectiveness of leveraging open course content such as open textbooks? How can you leverage library materials to lower costs for students? This session will address these questions, provide a guide to the best places to start your search for quality, open content, and allow time for attendees to search for materials.

Ask IT, consult @, 831-6000
August 17, 9:00am-3:00pm
Client Support & Services’ staff will be on hand from 9am to 3pm for drop-in consultation that take on your tough IT questions. Topics include: connecting your new device to eduroam, configuring your phone to read UD mail, 2-factor authentication, data storage options, and many others.
Canvas Drop-in Consultations, t2c-info @
August 17, 9:00am-3:00pm
Staff will be available to help instructors address individual Canvas applications.
Canvas Extras: mobile apps, analytics and beyond
Mu He, t2c-info @
August 16, 3:00-3:45pm
Turbo charge your Canvas experience with some of the extras that are right at your fingertips. Learn about how Canvas analytics can help you understand how students are accessing and using your content and tools. Threadz, a data visualization application for your discussion tool, will quickly allow you to see how students are connecting with others. Find out about these applications and others that can enhance your teaching strategies.
Canvas Lite, t2c-info @
August 14, 9:00-9:45am
If you are new to using a learning management system (LMS) and want to understand what it can do for you, learn about how Canvas tools and how you can use them in your course.
Canvas Up and Running, t2c-info @
August 15, 9:00-10:30am
August 20, 2:15-3:45pm
Looking to get started with Canvas and need to know the basics? Attend one of the two offerings in the KCTO line-up. In this hands-on presentation, you will create a Canvas course, customize your home page, add your syllabus and files, and build a gradebook with assignments.
CTAL Writing good quiz and test questions
Kevin Guidry
August 15, 3:00-3:45pm
Attendees of this session will learn to create authentic multiple choice questions that go beyond simple recall and how to ensure that students are prepared for those questions (in quizzes, exams, etc.).


Create a Welcoming Classroom Atmosphere to Lower Students’ Affective Filters
Anna Ogunnaike
August 21, 2018, 9:00 AM-9:45 AM
What is the affective filter and how does it affect student learning and engagement? In this session, attendees will learn the answer to this question as well as how to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the classroom. We will share practical suggestions and facilitate a discussion to help you create an emotionally safe learning environment for your students.
Engaging First-Year Students with the Common Reader through the Library and Museums
Lauren Wallis
August 21, 1:30-2:15pm
Are you wondering how to get your First Year Seminar students to engage in discussion about the Common Reader? Do you want to make sure your students are aware of ways the Library can support them throughout their time at UD? The Library and Museums developed a self-guided orientation program to meet these two goals. Students are prompted to think critically about issues related to the Common Reader as they explore Library resources and interact with artifacts from Special Collections and Museums. Attend this session to learn about options for integrating this co-curricular learning experience into your course.
Faculty Commons Book Club: Common Reader: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Meghan Biery, FYE/LIFE Program
August 21, 12:00-1:30pm
Facilitated and lunch provided by First Year Seminar (FYS). Join us for
a discussion of the University’s Common Reader, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Discover how to make connections to your class content.
Forms and Surveys: 3 options available to you today
Sandy McVey
August 16, 11:15am-12:00pm
Discover the differences between 3 webform tools supported by UD to collect data: Google Forms, Canvas Surveys, and Qualtrics. After a brief overview attendees will create a form within their preferred application.

Generating Quality Discussion
Rose Muravchick
August 15, 1:30-2:15pm
A high-quality classroom discussion is one that engages many different voices and perspectives, regardless of how many students do or do not raise their hands to speak. In this session, you’ll learn some simple practices to get that discussion started, and consider how to integrate discussion within the design and delivery of your course. We’ll consider ways to engage even shy students in discussion, and how to frame student participation in discussion so that all students feel comfortable expressing themselves.


Google Drive and Team Drive for Beginners
Shari Galgano & Sandy McVey
August 14, 2:15-3:00pm
Are you ready to work more efficiently with Google Drive? Are you wondering if Team Drive is the right tool for sharing files with your organization? In this session we will answer those questions and more. Learn how to create, share, and collaborate with this powerful cloud based suite of tools. Additionally we will discuss tips for organizing and searching for files. Participants are encouraged to come with their Google Drive questions.

Google Insider Tips: optimizing Drive, Calendar, Sites, and add-ons
Shari Galgano & Sandy McVey
August 14, 3:00-3:45pm
Are you using the Google Suite of products and want to learn some effective techniques? This showcase session offers tips including: Calendar Appointment Slots, Sites easy web design, and favorite add-ons. Participants are invited to share their own favorites during this interactive exchange.

Grading just got easier: Canvas Speedgrader, t2c-info @
August 16, 1:30-2:15pm
Too much clicking? Not anymore. Come see how the Canvas Speedgrader tool works. You can include rubrics, annotations, media feedback and more!
Grading Writing Assignments: Thinking Outside the Box
Michael McCamley
August 13, 2:15-3:00pm
Grading writing assignments does not have to be long and grueling work. This brief workshop will offer tips and tricks to make grading writing more efficient, and more importantly, to encourage student learning from the assignments.

How to Develop and Direct a Study Abroad Program
Lisa Chieffo
August 16, 10:30-11:15am
Learn the basics of how, and why, to develop and direct a winter or summer study abroad program. This session is facilitated by Lisa Chieffo, Associate Director for Study Abroad in the Institute for Global Studies.

How to Use the Technology in your Classroom
Juley Dricken
August 20, 2:15-3:00pm
Join us for this overview of the various classroom layouts and technology connection hook-ups found in centrally scheduled UD classrooms. Learn which rooms have VGA or HDMI ports; if you don’t understand those terms you should definitely consider attending this session. Hands-on connection practice will be available for those who bring their teaching laptops.
How-to write challenging multiple-choice questions
Jackie Fajardo & Sandy McVey
August 20, 9:45-10:30am
Multiple-choice questions used during classroom polling activities, or in automated Canvas quizzes, are efficient measures to determine student understanding. Writing questions that provoke deep inquiry can be challenging. In this workshop we’ll explore and apply strategies to elevate your prompts from the basement of Bloom’s Taxonomy to upper levels of critical thinking.
iClicker for beginners
Sandy McVey
August 20, 9:00-9:45am
Instructors new to iClickers and rusty veterans will benefit from this introduction to the latest version of the software and review of fundamental tasks. Best practice discussions will help all get classes primed and ready for meaningful clicker activities on day one. Bring your teaching laptop for the best experience.
iClicker refresher
Sandy McVey
August 20 10:30-11:15am
Want to dust off the iClicker cobwebs before the semester begins? This compact session provides exactly what you need jump-start use of clickers this semester.
Improve student engagement and thinking through “write to learn” activities
Jennifer Follett
August 21, 3:00-3:45pm
TThe University Writing Center offers ways to improve student engagement and think through “write to learn” activities.

Integrating Career Development into Your Course Subjects
Career Services
August 20, 2018, 12:45 PM-1:30 PM
CCareer Services is more than just resume writing, interviewing, and networking. Want to learn how to integrate career/professional development into your classes? Want to connect your assignments (or use ours) to industries and jobs within your discipline (or beyond)? This session will provide an overview of CSC resources and how to make them work within an academic class.

Introducing the UD Online Testing Center
Tracy Branigan
August 13, 11:15-12:00pm
AAre you looking for a secure testing environment that will deter academic dishonesty and verify students’ identities? Do you need a scalable proctoring solution for a large class? Do you need help digitizing your paper or scantron exams for Canvas? Are you interested in remote proctoring services for online courses? This session will cover the UD Online Testing Center’s services.
JiTT FTW! Just-in-time teaching for the win!
Phil Duker
August 21, 2018, 10:30 AM-11:15 AM
Do you want your students to be more prepared for class? Do you also want to make the best use of class time? Just-in-Time Teaching is a technique that uses short quizzes to promote student engagement with the material while also clarifying for the instructor what topics and ideas need review in class. Come and learn how to leverage this powerful information gathering technique while adding little to no additional grading time.
Leveraging Libguides for Research Assignments
Kris Raser, Aimee Gee
August 21, 11:15am-12:00pm
ArAre your students asked to find specialized information, to consult multiple sources, or to become familiar with the literature and key data sources of the discipline? Are your students tackling interdisciplinary research requiring research across many types of scholarship? Then attend this session for a hands-on overview of how to leverage libguides in your class! These custom guides make it easy for students to find key resources, get live research assistance, or even teach themselves search skills through embedded tutorials– all from right within their Canvas course! View examples of custom course guides, and talk to librarians about how you can leverage libguides in your course.
Making Canvas Assignment Options work for you, t2c-info @
August 16, 2:15-3:00pm
DiDid you know that assignments in Canvas can be peer reviewed or that group assignments can be graded as a group or individually? There are even various options for how your students can submit their assignments, including a no submission or on paper. Come and learn how to use all the options in the Assignment tool to meet the needs of the different types of class assignments you give your students.
Maximizing Student Engagement with Mentimeter
Lyndsay Hepler
August 21, 2018, 9:45 AM-10:30 AM
ThThis session will introduce users to the online tool “Mentimeter”. Mentimeter allows for educators to create custom quizzes, short answers and other types of interactive content for students. From Mentimeter students can see peers responses to questions and educators are able to later analyze results to determine level of learning.
Mindful Teachingstrong>
Stacie Larkin
August 13, 2018, 1:30 PM-2:15 PM
Accumulating evidence suggests mindfulness fosters resilience in educators and may promote healthy students, classrooms and workplaces. This workshop will be an opportunity to explore mindfulness though breathwork and movement.

Radical (and Proven) Targeting Teaching Approach
Mark Stanton
August 13, 10:30-11:15am
By leveraging the power of self-motivation and UD’s proctored testing center, Mark Stanton has developed a teaching model that allows him to reward students who master content a free-lecture pass and an invitation to exclusive discussion groups. Students who need his guidance most benefit by participating in a smaller class experience on days when high-acheivers skip lecture. After several years of implementation, the success stats speak for themselves. Learn more about this innovative teaching model and determine if your course can be modified in a similar fashion.
Responding to sticky situations: academic & student life support
Office of Academic Enrichment,
Blue Hen Success Collaborative,
Office of the Dean of Students, and
Center for Counseling and Student Development

August 13, 2018, 9:00 AM-10:30 AM
There are lots of resources on campus to help students deal with challenges they encounter in and out of the classroom, but it isn’t always easy to make the right connections. This session will give participants the opportunity to discuss common challenges (e.g. frequent lateness or absence, poor performance on exams, inability to work well in teams…) and find the appropriate campus supports. Colleagues from Office of Academic Enrichment, Blue Hen Success Collaborative, Office of the Dean of Students, and Center for Counseling and Student Development will provide participants with resources and quick links to help smooth over those sticky situations.
Strategies for Streamlining Student Communications
Agnes Ly
August 15, 12:45-1:30pm
This session will facilitate discussion about and provide strategies for managing different streams of communication we have when teaching and working with students. We will focus on strategies that are particularly helpful when handling the more intense workload that comes with large enrollment classes (100+) and/or first-year students. We will touch upon topics such as email “tricks”, handling discussions about excused absences, using Canvas to create pseudo-personalized messages, and setting policies and expectations about communication expectations and boundaries.
Supporting the student BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) model for student engagement *
Jackie Fajardo & Sandy McVey
August 20, 11:15am-12:00pm
The debate to ban mobile devices or utilize them as learning tools continues. If you’re in the camp that encourages students to use their personal devices responsibly in class this session showcases some options you may want to adopt. The primary focus is PollEverywhere and iClicker Cloud. Nods to tools introduced in other kcto sessions include: Mentimeter and Google Slides Q&A. Participants will be encouraged to share their favorites and why. So if you Kahoot! join our cohort.

Sustaining Quality Discussions
Rose Muravchick
August 15, 2:15-3:00pm
Getting students to feel comfortable speaking is the first piece in the discussion puzzle. Once you’ve learned how to get discussion started, you’ll need to consider your own role as a facilitator. In this session, we’ll explore some strategies for sustaining a discussion that is on-task, meaningful, and respectful to multiple perspectives. We’ll also explore ways to keep students accountable for their participation beyond the common “one and done” tactic many students utilize to gain participation points.

Syllabus Check-up
Stacie Larkin
August 14, 1:30-2:15pm
ThThe clearer and the more explicit your syllabus is, the easier it will be for your students to understand what the course is about and what is expected of them. In this session, we will use the University of Delaware’s syllabus template as a guide to either help you develop or update your course syllabus.
Take Me to DELCAT! An Overview of the New Library, Museums and Press Website
Kris Raser
August 21, 2:15-3:00pm
A A new website for the Library, Museums and Press went live in July 2018. Take a guided tour of the new site to quickly find all of your favorites. Questions encouraged!
Teaching with Historic Delaware Newspapers: The Delaware Digital Newspaper Project and Chronicling America
Molly Olney Zide
August 14, 12:45-1:30pm
IfIf your upcoming courses have a focus on Delaware, state, and/or national history, primary resources, the history of newspaper publishing, join us to learn more aobut the rich, freely accessible resources available through Chronicling America, and get hands-on help finding materials to support the learning goals of your course.
Teaching with Streaming Media: Leveraging Library Resourcess
Meghann Matwichuk
August 14, 10:30-11:15am
The Library subscribes to 100,000+ streaming media titles through a variety of databases. Learn more about these resources and how you can incorporate them into your courses, as well as tips on navigating the complex streaming landscape.

Test Scoring & Survey Consulting for Smith Hall Scanning Services
Cindy Guerazzi
August 16, 9:00-9:45am
In a causal conversation style, participants will: learn how to fill out your control sheets to get the data you need, pick-up testing tips to ensure student id numbers are correctly coded and discover question analytic options to improve future tests.



The Quick and the Easy: Outcome-based Rubrics in Canvas

Ken Hyde
August 13, 3:00-3:45pm

In this hands-on workshop, I will lead participants through the process of using a simple batch process to quickly and easily upload course outcomes including built-in rubric templates to a Canvas course. We will then look at how to use the built-in rubric templates to create complex assignment-specific rubrics on the fly that can be used to increase the efficiency of the grading process and provide feedback to your students on their mastery of the course outcomes. Participants are encouraged to bring a current course syllabus which includes course outcomes as a digital file.
Using Library Resources in your Online/Hybrid Class
Susan Davi & Derek Dolby
August 14, 9:45-10:30am
This session will provide an overview of services that can help you stay copyright-conscious as you leverage the rich resources available at the library for your course. You will learn how to find or create permalinks to the library’s online content to ensure stable access. The session will also discuss the library’s Electronic Reserves service which scans paper copies of materials into PDF format and makes them available to students through DELCAT Discovery.

Zoom and Canvas Live Video Conferencing
Stacy Weile
August 16, 9:00-10:30am
This session will provide an overview of the Zoom and Canvas video conferencing software options for office hours, guest speakers, online classes, and general meetings.

* Session topics are offered for educational enrichment and may not be supported through central University resources.

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