Faculty Workshops

Faculty Workshops
Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

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Active Learning with Microsoft Office 365 - A Workshop Series

Active Learning is an instructional method to actively engage your students in purposeful learning activities to build knowledge and understanding. (Bonwell and Eison, 1991)  

The first session will present Microsoft Office 365 cloud based applications. Learn new features including One Drive and 
Word for your classroom. Support critical reading, provide feedback and collaborate with your students using these 

The second session will present Microsoft Office 365 Yammer to create a learning community in your classroom. Create 
a social network to promote interaction and engagement opportunities beyond the classroom.

Backwards Design - Explore an Instructional Design Model

Backwards Design is an Instructional Design model to plan instruction, assessment and curriculum focusing on student understanding. Join us as we discuss the three phases of backwards design to help you as you develop lessons, units, assessments, or courses that focus on developing and deepening students’ understanding of important ideas.

Course Design for an inclusive classroom using UDL Principles

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research based process based on the science of learning. As an educational framework, UDL aims to support ALL learners and provides guidelines for the following:

  • Design of instructional methods
  • Development of flexible learning environments
  • Accommodation of individual learning differences

Learn simple instructional design methods using UDL to modify and customize your courses. This session will provide concrete takeaways for applications in your classroom.

For a detailed presentation on Universal Design for Learning by Prof. Cythnia Dieterich Please click here

Curating Research Resources in BlackBoard and increasing Student Engagement with Research

In this workshop, faculty will learn about two new, easy-to-use Blackboard tools that the SHU library supports: LibGuides tool and Library Resource Builder. Both tools allow faculty to introduce curated resources and research to their students right inside their Blackboard course shells. The LibGuides tool pulls directly from the library’s Research Guides (http://library.sacredheart.edu/Guides), embedding them along with other course content. The Library Resource Builder is a way to compile reading lists of current, peer-reviewed research in any discipline without the hassle of downloading and uploading articles, or finding the right links. The workshop will include demonstrations of the tools and hands on experiences for faculty.

Showcase your academic research through Digital Commons - SHU Library

Digital Commons is a service of Sacred Heart University Library that includes SHU faculty articles. Some articles link to the full text, while others link to journals in our Library catalog or to publisher websites. Digital Commons also include undergraduate work, SHU history and reports, the contents of the two SHU published journal, posters as well as audio and visual submissions. Digital Commons is a shared venture for the entire University. It provides a window into our campus and what makes SHU unique.

Explore Digital Storytelling to Capture Student Learning

Digital storytelling involves “combining the art of telling stories with a variety of digital multimedia, such as images, audio, and video.”* This workshop will discuss the educational use of digital storytelling to document impactful learning experiences. We will also share examples of experimental approaches to digital storytelling from SHU classrooms. Come and explore digital storytelling as an effective teaching practice based on your course goals.

*Robin, B. (2006). The educational uses of digital storytelling. Technology and teacher education annual, 1, 709. 

Feedback Strategies  - Integrate a Video Response System in your Teaching

FlipGrid is an online asynchronous video response tool. Instructors can create brief questions or prompts in a grid. Students can provide a 90 second video response. Students may also respond to their peers. Or, students might even trigger conversations. Many teaching activities can be designed using Flipgrid to promote engagement. Here are some examples

  • Introduce students in a Meet the Class topic
  • An icebreaker to spur discussion
  • A weekly Question and Answer forum on course content or feedback

How to select and integrate Open Educational resources in your courses?

Open Educational Resources are openly licensed textbooks and other materials for the classroom. Join us as we discuss how to select and integrate these materials in your course.  

A multi-media approach for task-design using Voicethread

Increase your student engagement and provide timely feedback. Provide students with a multi-media approach for student driven discussions and an asynchronous way to keep the conversation going beyond the classroom.