November 22, 2021

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Dear Colleagues,


The IS team is offering seven Teaching workshops to help you grade more efficiently and equitably, engage students in their learning, and to get useful, actionable feedback on teaching. Register below or review the full program here.


Gradescope for Multiple Choice and Open-ended Tests  

Wed, 11/17, 10:00-11:00am


 i>clicker Cloud for Rich, Interactive and Feedback-filled Winter quarter Classes 

Monday, 11/22 at noon-1:00pm 


Getting better feedback from Fall quarter student evaluations (ESCIs) 

Monday, 11/29/2021 at 3-4pm, with Dr. Lisa Berry

Explore three strategies to get better response rates and more useful, actionable feedback from students.  Register here


Designing Rubrics for equitable, consistent grading of finals, projects and assignments 

Tues, 11/30, 11am-12:15pm, with Dr. Josh Kuntzman

Trouble-shoot your existing rubrics or create new scoring guides for your courses and assignments with a step-by-step discussion of rubric design.  Register here


Cool Tools for Class Collaboration and Communication 

Friday, 12/10, 2-3:15pm, with Dr. Mindy Colin (ID)

Join us for demonstrations and discussions about digital tools that promote class collaboration and communication, like backchannel chats, collaborative annotation of course materials, and quizzing apps.  Register here


Flipping and Blending In-person and Hybrid Courses

Mon, 12/13 3-4:15pm, with Drs. Mindy Colin and Lisa Berry (ID)

This flipped workshop will guide you through effective design strategies for blending and flipping (parts of) your course. To model effective flipped practices, pre-work is required Register here


Peer feedback on Winter quarter course syllabi and GS sites (for Instructors)

Tues, 12/14, 11am-12pm, with Drs. Lisa Berry and Linda Adler-Kassner

Workshop participants will discuss effective strategies for giving feedback on course artifacts, then form non-evaluative teaching feedback pairs. You'll be asked to spend 1-2 hours following the workshop reviewing your partner's Winter course syllabus and GauchoSpace site and offering (guided) asynchronous feedback. Note: peer review of teaching provides a complementary perspective to students' ESCI evaluations.   Register here


GauchoSpace Grading Workshop 

Tues, 12/14 2-3pm, RSVP here

This workshop will go over grading best practices for efficient and transparent grading in GauchoSpace.


Boosting In-class Participation

Wed,12/15, 2-3:15pm ON CAMPUS - South Hall 1431

Tired of having the same three students raising their hands in each class session? Join us for this practical workshop to explore ways of getting a wider variety of students to participate during lecture. We will discuss techniques for large, medium and small class sizes, common pitfalls, and lecture planning.  Register here


We’ll be back with more after the November break!


The Instructional Support Team