FDC Announces Active Learning Tuesdays Schedule for February and March

Jan. 29, 2019

FDC Announces Active Learning Tuesdays for February and March

The Faculty Development Center invites all interested Webster University faculty and staff to join them for Active Learning Tuesdays, workshops focused on engaged learning, technology, and student success.

All workshops are held on Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. in Sverdrup 119, the Active Learning space. Feel free to drop in or register now. RSVPs are appreciated.

February-March Workshop Schedule:

Feb. 5
Microsoft 365 + Canvas for Student Collaboration
Presented by Elvir Mandzukic, Faculty Development Coordinator

Learn to build engaging assignments and activities that connect Office documents in WorldClassRoom Canvas. You will learn and apply skills for connecting Microsoft OneDrive, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel and to assignments, activities, and collaborations in your course. We will also take a look at Microsoft Stream and Sway for video and webpage projects.

Feb. 12
Open Lab 3 to 5
Presented by Erik Palmore, Director, Faculty Development Center; and Elvir Mandzukic, Faculty Development Coordinator

Drop in to work with FDC staff on questions and ideas about your class. Come with any topic in mind, such as developing a class or assignment, using university technology, or learning strategies to engage students in the classroom.

Feb. 19
Creating High-Impact Syllabi in Concourse
Presented by Erik Palmore, Director of the Faculty Development Center

How can your syllabus be used as a tool to improve student learning, reduce the administrative work of teaching a course, and create an engaging learning experience for your students? In this workshop, we will discuss the essential components of a course from a student perspective and explore enhancements you can make to your syllabus to promote clarity and to reduce questions. We will also explore how the research on student engagement can inform the way we write our syllabi, helping us to create engaging classes where students have a positive experience and emerge successfully. This session will include an overview of the Concourse syllabus software and how you can use it to make an engaging syllabus.

Feb. 26
How to Make Your Class Materials Accessible
Presented by Erik Palmore, Director Faculty Development Center; and Liza Dister, Faculty Development Coordinator

Have you ever wondered what tools and tricks are available to ensure that your course materials are accessible to people of diverse skills, backgrounds, and abilities? In this workshop, we will explore the principles of universal design of instruction, with particular emphasis on ways you can make print and video materials accessible.

March 5
How to Get Your Students Excited about Your Course
Presented by Liza Dister, Faculty Development Coordinator

We all want our students to love coming to our classes, and each one of us has tricks that help get our students excited about learning. Join us as we share ideas for engaging and motivating our students, including:

  • Activities that help students see how course material is relevant to their lives
  • Strategies that spark students’ curiosity
  • Approaches to teaching content that students perceive as hard, boring, or overwhelming
  • Helping students feel competent so that they continue to feel motivated

Please, RSVP Here.

Please direct questions to AskFDC@webster.edu or call 314-246-8243.
For those interested in presenting at an Active Learning Tuesday, please contact AskFDC@webster.edu.

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