New Instructor Workshop
During mid-August, NTLC hosts its annual workshop for new faculty and instructional academic staff. This workshop focuses on teaching and student-related issues that directly impact new hires. Examples of effective strategies related to teaching, research and service are shared, often by seasoned faculty. One of the many benefits of attending this workshop is the camaraderie that is created and the wonderful networking that occurs.
Woven into the event are opportunities for instructor dialogue, exchange of classroom teaching practices, and new ideas. The workshop experience is designed to help instructors transition into their courses, learn about services and resources that the NTLC and others provide, and to connect to fellow educators who are passionate about teaching, and the research and service activities they are involved in.
First Year Instructor Program
This yearlong program provides a forum for new tenure-track faculty and instructional academic staff to explore issues that are beyond the scope of the New Instructor Workshop and are characteristic of ongoing teaching responsibilities. It offers 8 or more sessions designed to provide instructors with collegial support, access to seasoned faculty and administrators, and an opportunity to ask questions and network.
The 2020-21 Agenda Topics Include:
- Friday, September 25 – Dealing with Student Anxiety
- Friday, October 16 from 12:20 - 1:15 – Student Progress and Support Systems
- Join a team of campus experts who are here to support you and your students. Joshua Lind, Registrar's Office, will show you how to log into and use Access Stout. Amy Mcgovern, Associate Director of Housing, will walk you through connecting to Navigate, accessing Stout alerts and attending to progress reports. Jacqueline Bonneville, Associate Dean of Students, will share when and how instructors should contact the Dean of Students' office and what supports they might find there.
- Tuesday, October 27 from 2:30 - 4:00 pm - Active Learning Strategies for the STEM Laboratory Setting: Do They Work?
- Dr. Casie Bass is an Associate Professor within the Animal and Food Science Department at UW-River Falls and the 2018 recipient of the UWRF Distinguished Teacher Award. One of the core courses for Animal Science students she teaches is Physiology of Reproduction, a course typically taken by seniors. During the fall 2019 semester, Casie implemented some unusual active learning strategies (for example, working with clay) to the laboratory component… attend her virtual presentation to see if they worked!
- Tuesday, November 17th from 2:30 – 4:00 pm – Equity – minded Instruction
- Arriety Lowell, UW - River Falls Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning's Academic Integrity Fellow reminds us that no group of people are a monolith. All have their own experiences, concerns, cultural backgrounds, skills, expertise and anxieties. Equity and Inclusivity minded instruction is a way to acknowledge and support difference in our learners and provide a path to excellence for all of them. Explore small strategies that support the diversity of learners from office interactions to classroom conversations and short assignments to semester-long projects. Join us for an interactive, applied learning experience
- Friday, November 20th from 12:20 - 1:15 – Canvas Course Updates – Rich Text Editor & Blueprint Courses
Changes are coming to the Canvas Learning Management System. The Rich Text Editor in Canvas and the interface for editing text, linking files and laying out your Canvas interface will be updated in January of 2021. New legal updates to FERPA are impacting the way courses are shared and how multiple sections of online courses are managed. Please join Emily Laird as she introduces changes to Canvas’ rich text editor and explains how you can use blueprint courses to manage multiple sections of your course. .
- Friday, December 18 – Managing Classroom Learning Environments
- Friday, January 29 – RSD/MELT Framework
- Friday, February 19 – Group work
- Friday, March 26 - Growth Mindset
- Friday, April 23 – Intercultural Tune-up for Your Courses
- Friday, May 14 – Celebrate Successes – First Year Instructor Group
All first year instructors are invited to attend these sessions. Those who participated in the New Instructor Workshop are eligible to participate in the First Year Instructor Program. While participation in this program is optional, for those instructors who do get involved, they receive a financial incentive. Funding for the workshop series is provided by the Provost's Office and NTLC.