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#AMINEXT? Classroom Conversations in the Shadow of Gun Violence

Gun violence has a marked effect on the way we conduct business on campus, the way we feel when we send our kids off to school, and the way we conduct conversations in our classrooms. It has also become increasingly clear that classroom climates are echoing the politically divided climate in our country. This makes the work of fostering civil discourse, maintaining professional neutrality, and creating inclusive environments more difficult but more imperative than ever. Research shows that schools who are proactive and equip teachers to face these challenging situations head on have significantly better outcomes for classroom management and the welfare of their students and faculty. This workshop is designed to give instructors a toolkit to draw from to help them navigate classroom conversations about gun violence, school shootings, or community injustice.

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Applying Ignatian Pedagogy

Based in St. Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises, Ignatian pedagogy is a student-centered approach to teaching and learning that incorporates five key elements: context, experience, reflection, action, and evaluation. In this session you'll learn what these terms mean in the context of Ignatian pedagogy, and how you can incorporate them to your course design.

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AR / VR in the Classroom

Augmented reality and virtual reality has taken off in the higher education classroom. Over the last five years, use of VR has increased 85% in educational settings. There are some great case studies and examples of best practices emerging from instructors all over the world. This workshop walks you through several exampls of how innovative instructors have used this in their own classrooms and shows you how to incorporate this into your own classroom in simple, easy-to-access ways.

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Blackboard Migration: Listening Sessions

Toward the end of the 2018-2019 Fall Term, Detroit Mercy will be migrating Blackboard from a service hosted in our on-campus ITS offices to a service hosted by Blackboard itself. The Instructional Design Studio wants to hear your concerns and questions as we work with ITS and Blackboard to plan and execute this transition. To that end, we've scheduled four listening sessions in the month of September. These are intended to give Blackboard users a chance to provide input and express concerns that IDS should consider as we plan the transition. Once we have a transition plan in place, IDS will hold further sessions to address the additional questions that are likely to arise.

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Class and room management

Every instructor and meeting facilitator has had a session where the room just got away. Before you knew it, you were out of time and you hadn’t even covered what was most important! Maybe participants didn’t listen or disregarded the instructions, the conversation collapsed or someone dominated the group discussion or no one wanted to speak at all. Fortunately, there are tried-and-true ways to handle all of these situations. This workshop teaches eight specific room management strategies to faculty and administrators to strengthen their facilitation skills. Whether you are managing a large lecture hall of students, a table of faculty working to come to consensus over an issue, or a small group of students you will find something that will make facilitating meetings and classes easier.

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Clickers in the Classroom

Student response systems, colloquially known as "clickers," keep students engaged during class and allow instructors to immediately assess progress and comprehension. This workshop will familiarize you with the TurningPoint Cloud system while exploring how the tools can support and enhance your classroom activities. You will also be provided with a TurningPoint Cloud Instructor Kit which includes everything you need to start using clickers right away.

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Coaching your Students to Give Quality Peer Feedback

Peer review can feel challenging to implement but when it’s facilitated well students are able to engage with each other and the material at a high level. This workshop will show you how to incorporate peer review into any course, design the review process so it’s effective for your population of students, and coach your students as they work through the peer review process.

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Creating and Using Rubrics

Rubrics are an extremely powerful and effective teaching tool that help save time when you grade and give students clear criteria that they can use to self-evaluate. In this class we will learn about the three most common types of rubrics that are used for grading, including a type of rubric called a single-point rubric that can be used to grade work where the parameters for success are not clearly defined and change from student to student. In addition to this, we'll workshop a new rubric or a rubric that you are already using, learn how to use it for student self-reflection and benchmarking, and learn how to use the rubric tool by putting it up on blackboard.

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Creating AR / VR models

This session will explore the creative aspect of incorporating AR / VR into your course. Available on PCs running Windows 10, Paint 3D is a great tool to add those creative elements. It can sometimes be a challenge to keep things interesting, so help your students stay engaged by adding fun 3D elements to your curriculum. This workshop will cover some basic functions of Paint 3D to get your creative juices flowing.

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Editing lecture captures with Camtasia and Office Mix

Recording your lecture in advance can better prepare your students. In addition to that, we can use edited videos to share skills, present research, and document events. In this session, we will cover editing with Camtasia and Office Mix. Cropping, cutting, splicing, and adding effects are some essentials that can make for a polished product.

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Flipping the classroom

The flipped classroom, at its core, is an instructional model where students gain their first exposure to learning prior to class and focus on the processing and higher level thinking in class where they can be guided by the instructor. This workshop will help you learn the mechanics of flipping and work with you to strategize to present materials before class in ways that make sense and ensure that your students will do the work and come to class prepared.

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From syllabus to Grade Center

Blackboard's Grade Center is a powerful, easy-to-use tool that can help you track student performance in any course. In this class we'll start with a syllabus and build out a full Grade Center from there. We'll talk about some schemes for using Blackboard to track face-to-face activities like participation and attendance. We'll look at different ways to manage categories that have lots of columns, and we'll discuss how the Grade Center can be set up to help you easily identify and contact students who are underperforming. Bring your own syllabus questions and so we can figure out solutions together!

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Giving Effective Feedback

Feedback is an essential part of a student's development and is often one of the most time consuming things that an instructor can do...but did you know that not all feedback is effective? This research-based workshop will help you learn to leverage your time, various instructional tools, and resources. By the end, you'll be able to give feedback that is meaningful, efficient and helps the student work towards meeting set goals on their own.

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Introducing... Collaborate Ultra!

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra has replaced the old-style Blackboard Collaborate as of Fall 2017. This new collaborate is a browser-based solution that no longer needs any downloads or installs to run. It also includes updated and upgraded versions of the features you're used to using in Collaborate. Applications and files are easier than ever to share, it's simple to set up and manage breakout rooms, and navigation has been made even more intuitive. Register for this workshop to learn how to use Collaborate Ultra and see how you can integrate it into your online classroom, use it for virtual office hours, create recordings of lectures, and so much more!

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Introduction to Blackboard

Whether you are teaching in the classroom or online, Blackboard can be a useful tool for enhancing your connection to students. By the end of this session, you'll know how you can use Blackboard to keep in touch with your students, provide access to core (or supplemental) media such as PowerPoint slides, videos, and readings, and streamline assignment collection.

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Keeping up with what they know: integrating formative assessment in the classroom

Incorporating formative assessments into your teaching not only informs your instruction but it can improve student engagement and encourage critical reflection. This workshop will teach you assessment strategies that you can use right away in your classes and also help you coach your students to use the formative data to their advantage as well.

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New Faculty Roundtable

Our New Faculty Roundtable is a time for you to sit and chat with other faculty and the Instructional Design Studio. Come have a cup of coffee and ask questions, get answers, and share your experience. Experienced faculty are also welcome to attend this roundtable and share what they know with new faculty. Outside of the first session, which starts at 1:30p, these roundtables are offered the fourth Thursdays of the month, 12:15p – 12:45p.

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Online Instruction: Pedagogy and Practice

This seven-week hybrid class will give you the opportunity to hone your online instruction strategies. This class takes a deeper dive into the mechanics behind planning an engaging, interactive, and student centered online class. We’ll cover topics like active learning, formative and summative assessments, and instructor presence. We’ll spend the in-person sessions mapping our courses and sharing ideas with each other.

The course is designed for instructors of all skill levels, from the new instructor to someone who has been teaching for a while and wants an infusion of new ideas and streamlined strategies. Even if you are not teaching fully online course, you are welcome to enroll. Many of the instructors in the previous cohort were surprised by how much information from the course worked in their face-to-face classes, too.

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Organizing Your Course Materials in Blackboard

Have you ever wondered how to best layout and structure a module or unit in Blackboard? This 50-minute hands on workshop will teach you how to create content, embed videos, use selective release, and organize your units in a way that is supported by Adult Learning Theory.

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Rethinking the Syllabus

Compliments to your Syllabus that Enhance Readability

How many times in your teaching career have you had to tell a student that the information they are asking about is in the syllabus...if they'd only read it and look it over. This workshop explores three different ways to help your students understand your syllabus! We'll cover creating and using pacing guides, interactive syllabi, and infographic syllabi. IDS will provide the template and technical support and you’ll provide the syllabus - we’ll work together to create something you can use over and over again in your classes and increase student understanding of your expectations, the workload, and the class as a whole.

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Roundtable Discussion

Our Faculty Round Table is a time for you to sit and chat with other faculty and the Instructional Design Studio. Come have a cup of coffee and ask questions, get answers, and share your experience. Each session will have a topic selected based current trends and concerns in higher education.

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Service Learning in the Classroom

University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic university in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions, believes that compassion starts the engine of learning and engagement. In this session, led by Fr. Tim Hipskind, Director of Service Learning at Detroit Mercy's Institute for Service and Leadership, you'll learn what Service Learning means at Detroit Mercy, how you can incorporate it into your courses, and how the Institute for Leadership and Service can provide support.

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Stepping Up Your Lecture Game

The current story around lecturing is that it is bad and boring, ineffective, and should be avoided at all costs. But the truth of the matter is, sometimes a lecture is the best way to communicate a concept or process. The question then becomes: how can we make our lectures more effective? In this session we will look at some strategies and techniques that you can use to make your lectures more engaging and memorable, whether you're lecturing online or in the classroom.



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Teaching Basics

This workshop is designed to get new and early career faculty up to speed for the new year! You’ll learn basic classroom management techniques and essential start-of-the-year survival skills. IDS will cover basic room management techniques like proximity and leveled questioning along with other tips and tricks to help create a classroom culture of learning and engagement. Experienced faculty are also welcome at this workshop if they would like to attend.

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Understanding how Students Use Textbooks: Lessons from the Research

One of the most common issues facing faculty at the university level is that students never seem to read their textbooks. As a result, fully utilizing the textbook in a course is a challenge. One landmark study on textbook use found that high school and university students struggle to use the assigned texts as a learning tool but community college students perform noticeably better. This workshop will explain why that is, outline how students use textbooks, and provide you with strategies to encourage and teach students to use their books more effectively in your courses.

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Using the Top Hat Classroom Response System

Interested in getting your students to use their mobile devices as a part of your lecture rather than a distraction from it? Top Hat's interactive, cloud-based teaching platform helps you engage your students inside and outside of the classroom with compelling content, tools and activities.

From 12:30-1:30PM Thursday, November 29, Corey Raubvogel from Top Hat representative will be hosting a session for Detroit Mercy faculty in the Instructional Design Studio. In this session, Corey will demonstrate how you can enhance your face-to-face lectures by using Top Hat to:

  • Poll your students to aggregate their thoughts on a subject presented in class, then show your students the poll results in real-time.
  • Push timed, in-class quizzes to your students without the need for distributing and collecting paper.
  • Streamline attendance taking.

Corey will also show how, once collected, this data can easily be pushed back to Blackboard's Grade Center for easy inclusion in student grade calculations.

If you're curious about how you might get started with classroom response, please consider coming to this session.

Lunch will be provided.


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Wireless Devices: From Distraction to Engagement

Restricting students' use of laptops and phones in the classroom ahs been shown to reduce student distraction. But it's difficult to enforce and prevents students from using devices for note-taking or research. Studies have shown that including interactive tasks such as formative assessment can help to maintain student focus without restricting the use of wireless devices. In this session we'll explore the Top Hat Classroom system and other tools that run on students' devices.

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Working with media: creation, storage, and publication

Understanding how media files (images, video and audio) are stored and compressed can free up room on your hard drives, preserve and enhance their quality, and enable you to confidently prepare media for publication. Have you ever been told by a publisher that you needed to resubmit your artwork in a different format, been sent an image or movie you couldn't open, or wondered which settings to use on your digital camera? This workshop will give you the knowledge and skills to solve these dilemmas yourself, using only free tools.

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