Using Poll Everywhere for Active and Engaged Learning

CTL Staff
Aug 25 2022 : 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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Instructors can use Poll Everywhere in class to encourage student participation, to provide students live feedback, and to gauge student understanding in real time. Instructors can choose from a variety of activities, such as multiple choice polls, Q&A, and open-ended responses, with students participating from mobile devices or laptops.

In this session, CTL staff will review the basics of managing activities in Poll Everywhere and provide examples of different ways that Poll Everywhere can support active learning, peer-to-peer learning, and other teaching goals.

This session will run for one hour, with an additional 15 minutes reserved for any remaining questions and answers.

Register for this workshop, which is part of the Teaching with Teachnology Tools Workshop Series.

Contact: ctl-help@lists.upenn.edu for more information.

Using Gradescope to Increase Grading Efficiency and Feedback Effectiveness

CTL Staff
Aug 24 2022 : 10:00 am to 11:00 am
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Gradescope is a tool that helps instructors and their TAs to more efficiently grade and provide feedback on assessments and homework, for both in-class and online assessments. Gradescope can be used within Canvas so students can easily access their grades and feedback.

In this session, CTL staff will provide an overview of how instructors can use Gradescope to meet their grading and feedback needs. We will share strategies for preparing yourself, your grading teams, and your students to use Gradescope successfully.

This session will run for one hour, with an additional 15 minutes reserved for any remaining questions and answers.

Register for this workshop, which is part of the Teaching with Teachnology Tools Workshop Series.

Contact: ctl-help@lists.upenn.edu for more information.

Introduction to Ed Discussion: A Tool for Online Communication and Peer Support

CTL Staff
Sep 01 2022 : 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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CTL/OLI Seminar Room (Room 134), Van Pelt Library

In the 2022-2023 academic year, Ed Discussion will replace Piazza as a University-supported tool for online Q&A and threaded discussion among students, instructors, and TAs. 

Ed Discussion can be added to Canvas or used as a standalone tool to promote communication, collaboration and problem-solving in order to help students better understand course materials. In this session, CTL staff will introduce the tool’s features and discuss how the tool can be set up and managed to meet instructors’ needs and goals for the fall semester. Note that Ed Discussion is not available in Law or the School of Medicine. 

This session will run for one hour, with an additional 15 minutes reserved for any remaining questions and answers.

Register for this workshop, which is part of the Teaching with Teachnology Tools Workshop Series.

Contact: ctl-help@lists.upenn.edu for more information.

Introduction to Ed Discussion: A Tool for Online Communication and Peer Support

CTL Staff
Aug 23 2022 : 10:00 am to 11:00 am
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In the 2022-2023 academic year, Ed Discussion will replace Piazza as a University-supported tool for online Q&A and threaded discussion among students, instructors, and TAs. 

Ed Discussion can be added to Canvas or used as a standalone tool to promote communication, collaboration and problem-solving in order to help students better understand course materials. In this session, CTL staff will introduce the tool’s features and discuss how the tool can be set up and managed to meet instructors’ needs and goals for the fall semester. Note that Ed Discussion is not available in Law or the School of Medicine. 

This session will run for one hour, with an additional 15 minutes reserved for any remaining questions and answers.

Register for this workshop, which is part of the Teaching with Teachnology Tools Workshop Series.

Contact: ctl-help@lists.upenn.edu for more information.

Organizing Your Class on Canvas

CTL Staff
Aug 22 2022 : 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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Creating a Canvas site that is organized in intuitive ways can save instructors’ time and help students know what is expected so they can focus on learning. This session will outline different ways of organizing your materials, including pages, modules, the calendar, and the syllabus tool. Through this session, instructors will consider ways to create clear Canvas sites that allow students to find what they need, connect to important information and updates, and progress through the course.

This session will run for one hour, with an additional 15 minutes reserved for any remaining questions and answers.

Register for this workshop, which is part of the Teaching with Teachnology Tools Workshop Series.

Contact: ctl-help@lists.upenn.edu for more information.

What Makes Being in Class in Person Meaningful? a Community Conversation among Instructors and Students

CTL Staff
Apr 18 2022 : 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
DRL 3N1H

As we wrap up the year’s return to in-person classes, this Community Conversation will bring together faculty and graduate and undergraduate students to explore what we value in learning together, and the teaching practices that make the most of that in-person experience. This is an opportunity for instructors and students to learn from one another, as we consider how we would like our teaching to develop in light of our experiences over the past two years.

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Contact: ctl-help@lists.upenn.edu for more information.

Getting Students into the Philadelphia Community

Herman Beavers, English & Domenic Vitiello, City and Regional Planning
Mar 22 2022 : 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
CTL/OLI Seminar Room Van Pelt 134

Herman Beavers of English and Domenic Vitiello of City and Regional Planning will facilitate this discussion on the value of connecting our students with Philadelphia, on what we can accomplish in our teaching by bringing students into the community, and on the logistics of how to do so.

Contact: ctl-help@lists.upenn.edu for more information.

Designing Assignments that Reduce Student Stress and Promote Learning

Tobias Baumgart, Chemistry & Masao Sako, Physics
Feb 25 2022 : 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
CTL/OLI Seminar Room Van Pelt 134

We assign students work to facilitate their learning – but students sometimes feel so stressed about that work that they find it difficult to learn. In this discussion, Tobias Baumgart of Chemistry and Masao Sako of Physics will explore strategies – from assignment types such as homework and exams, to grading and feedback approaches – to help students make the most of our classes.

Contact: ctl-help@lists.upenn.edu for more information.

Getting Students Ready to Engage in Class

Katie Barott, Biology and William Braham, Architecture
Feb 14 2022 : 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
CTL/OLI Seminar Room (Van Pelt 134)

In this conversation Katie Barott of Biology and William Braham of Architecture will discuss ways to encourage students to come to class prepared to engage with class content. We will consider how to set expectations for what students need to do ahead of class, and strategies and technologies (such as Perusall and Google Docs) to help students to do that thinking.

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How Has Teaching Politically Charged Topics Changed Over Time?

Kathy Peiss, History & Rogers Smith, Political Science
Apr 07 2022 : 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm
CTL/OLI Seminar Room (Van Pelt 134)

Kathy Peiss of History and Rogers Smith of PoliticalScience have both taught political topics and often controversial or troublingissues in American history and politics since the 1980s. In this conversation, they will describe their own strategies for talking about political topics and explore ways of addressing the changing political landscape and changing student expectations.

Contact: ctl-help@lists.upenn.edu for more information.

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