The Teaching and Learning Center
Dear Moravian University Colleagues,
Welcome to the new academic year during this exciting time of transition - special welcome to the newest members of Moravian University’s faculty discourse community. Below please find information about six upcoming September opportunities from TLC and OEI, including (1) Workshops and Events (2) NEW Professional Development Opportunity from OEI (3) Quality Matters (4) Instructional Technology Contact Information & Workshops (5) Canvas Resources (6) Apple Workshops
1. Workshops and Events
Three Communities of Practice:
'Learning from our Course Evaluations' “A new community of practice is forming in September for the 2021-22 school year centered around students' evaluations of our courses. Topics may include: how to process results such as lower than desired scores and difficult comments, how to know when changes are needed, and how to translate themes into meaningful change. We will also discuss the scholarly literature focused on teaching evaluations to understand some of the inherent biases and discuss strategies to address student concerns earlier in the semester.” Please contact Krista Rompolski for further details.
‘Processing Pedagogy for Promotion.’ This group will focus on how faculty articulate our pedagogical practice in the context of tenure and promotion. To learn more about this newly forming Community of Practice please reach out to: Kristin Baxter
'Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom MOOC' To learn more about this newly forming community of Practice please reach out to: Carol Moeller. Co sponsored by TLC and DEI.
Asynchronous, Our University Classroom(s): Fall Teaching and Learning. Please listen to this pre-recorded August panel to hear about how faculty from various disciplines prepare for Fall teaching during this time of transition. Arash Naraghi, Dawn Goodolf, Kelly Krieble, Nicole Tabor. (The link is in the title.)
Tuesday August 31, 12:00-1:00P Heritage Day Drop-in Session. Dr. Gillian Sharkey will be available in 1301 Main Street and via Zoom to answer your questions about this event and possibilities for teaching and learning about service before, during, and after Heritage Day. Zoom Link Passcode: 1742
Wednesday September 1, 3:45-4:45P Heritage Day Info Session. Please join Dr. Gillian Sharkey in 1301 Main Street and via Zoom for a presentation/discussion about this event and possibilities for teaching and learning about service before, during, and after Heritage Day. Zoom Link Passcode: 1742
Tuesday September 7, 11:30-12:00 Drop-in Hours for Covid Related Questions Please attend this drop-in session to ask questions about the quickly changing world of Covid, vaccines, and variants in the Moravian context: Dawn Goodolf, Colleen Payton, Kara Mosovsky, these sessions are part of a COVID 101: Vaccine series, so they are open to all faculty, staff, students, and admin. Zoom Link Passcode: 445572 Meeting ID: 972 6231 1952
Wednesday September 8, 1:30-2:00P Drop-in Hours for Covid Related Questions Please attend this drop-in session to ask questions about the quickly changing world of Covid, vaccines, and variants in the Moravian context: Dawn Goodolf, Colleen Payton, Kara Mosovsky, these sessions are part of our COVID 101: Vaccine series, so they are open to all faculty, staff, students, and admin. Zoom Link Passcode: 445572 Meeting ID: 972 6231 1952
Wednesday September 8, 3:00-4:00P Turnitin - Understanding a Tool to Support Academic Integrity
Register for this event
Monday September 13, 12:00-1:00P: Postponed until further notice Year Round Teaching and Learning: Making a Sustainable, Long-Term Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Moravian Classroom with Dr. Nicholas Creary, Associate Provost for Academic Inclusion and Innovation (co-hosted by DEI and TLC)
Tuesday September 14th, 3-4:30PM, Mental Health Advocate Training. This workshop will help attendees learn how to recognize and respond to mental health issues. The training will provide guidance on talking to students about their mental health, supporting them in seeking help, and referring them to the support resources available on campus. Participation is limited to 8 faculty per session. The training will be 90 minutes long. The same training will also be offered again on September 29th as well as later in the semester. To register, please send RSVP to: CounselingCenter@Moravian.edu. (co-hosted by Moravian Counseling Center and TLC)
Wednesday September 15, Heritage Day
Friday September 17, 11:00AM: Reeves Librarians Drop-In Hour in TLC. Please join our librarians from Reeves to discuss teaching, learning, and research opportunities in partnership with our library colleagues. Location: TLC 1301 Main Street at the corner of Elizabeth Ave.
Friday September 17, 12:00-1:00P Virtual LVAIC Non-tenure-track Faculty Networking Event. Registration Link.
Tuesday September 21, 1:00-2:00P Hybrid Teaching and the New Semester. Please join Sarah Rentz, David Castañeda, Bernie Canteñs, Liz Tate, Nate Furrman, Shari Dunham, and Nicole Tabor to discuss hybrid teaching during this time of transition back to campus. Register for this event.
Thursday September 23, 10:30-11:30A International Pedagogy Drop-In Hour in TLC. Please join Anize Appel from the Center for Global Education to discuss how to get started with new and innovative faculty-led travel courses that include domestic and international teaching opportunities. Location: TLC 1301 Main Street at the corner of Elizabeth Ave.
Thursday September 23, 12:00-1:00P Assessment: Session for New Faculty. Assessment Director Dana Dunn will introduce assessment at Moravian University for our first, second, and third year faculty. Zoom Link Passcode: 1742.
Monday, September 27, 10:45-11:15A Canvas Potpourri - Get Some Quick Tips
Learn some helpful tips and tricks that will make you look like a Canvas whiz. Register for this event
Tuesday September 28, 11:30-12:30P Transparency and Teaching: Using the TILT Framework. Karen Groller, Bess Van Asselt, and Nicole Tabor will introduce the TILT Framework: "The Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education project, help students understand how and why they are learning course content in particular ways." Zoom Link Passcode: 1742
Wednesday September 29th, 3-4:30PM: Mental Health Advocate Training. This workshop will help attendees learn how to recognize and respond to mental health issues. The training will provide guidance on talking to students about their mental health, supporting them in seeking help, and referring them to the support resources available on campus. Participation is limited to 8 faculty per session. The training will be 90 minutes long. This is the same training session offered on September 14th (please attend only one of these sessions). This training will also be offered again later in the semester. To register, please send RSVP to: CounselingCenter@Moravian.edu. (co-hosted by Moravian Counseling Center and TLC)
September Fridays, 8:00-10A: First and Second Year Faculty Discussion. Drop-in Zoom hours for first and second year faculty to discuss classroom organization goals, teaching and learning questions, and pedagogical support for new faculty. Join Nicole Tabor for this discussion, Zoom Link
September Wednesdays, 8:00-10A: All Faculty Discussion. Drop-in Zoom hours for all faculty to discuss pedagogical strategies. All faculty welcome. Join Nicole Tabor for this discussion, Zoom Link
2. Professional Development Opportunity from OEI:
Moravian University’s Designing for Quality: Best Practices in Online Course Design (Session 3)
Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and this will be our third time offering this course. The asynchronous course is geared toward faculty who are potentially interested in teaching online or hybrid in the future, however, even those who teach primarily in- person can still benefit from the content. The course covers essential topics in online course design and will be facilitated by the ID Team and by faculty colleagues who are experienced with teaching online.
*Complete this course and earn a $250 stipend plus a Moravian University Online Teaching Certificate. This is in addition to any other stipends you may have earned from completing workshops in the past. Contact Sarah Rentz or Bernie Cantens if you have any questions before signing up.
Designing for Quality: Best Practices in Online Course Design
Dates: September 15- October 6th.
Self- Enroll for Session 3.
3. Quality Matters Workshops :
Complete a Quality Matters Workshop - get $250!
- Improving My Online Course
- Evaluating Your Course Design
- Designing Your Online Course
For QM Certification: Applying the QM Rubric
For more information contact Sarah Rentz, Senior Instructional Designer at email@example.com
4. Instructional Technology Contact Information
- Click to find out how we can help Instructional Tech - Services We Offer
- Zoom Online Office Hours for September beginning Sep 6: Mon/Tue 3:00-4:00pm and Wed/Thu 9:00-10:00am Click to Join Liz and Nate
- Please click on our calendars below to schedule a Zoom session or feel free to email or call us.
Elizabeth Tate 610-861-1633 Liz's Google Calendar
Nathan Furman 610-625-7133 Nate’s Google Calendar
*To find videos and notes from past sessions click Instructional Technology Session Recordings
5. Canvas Resources:
For Canvas Shells: OEI has created a Student Resources Blueprint Module. This module was created using the Quality Matters Rubric and best practices, and it includes links to technical support services, academic support services, accessibility policies and services, and other essential student resources such as Reeves Library, Health Center, Student Life, Writing Center, and Counseling Center. These services are essential to help our students succeed in your courses and in their career paths. This module provides students with direct links to the corresponding offices and avoids the need for future updates or maintenance. The direct links also make it easy and efficient for students to navigate our “campus” online and to access the resources that are available for them to succeed. This module automatically appears in every faculty member's Canvas shell.
Faculty Technology Course: Don’t forget to check here for resources regarding the use of Macs/iPads, Canvas, EvaluationKit, Google Suite, Momentum, Notability, Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, Turnitin, YuJa and Zoom. Click here to access the Faculty Technology Resources in Canvas. Don’t forget to check out Liz’s Top Canvas Tips.
Student Technology Course: Similar to the Faculty Technology Resource course that is on all faculty Canvas dashboards, all students have access on their dashboard to a course that contains the following: Where to get technology help, the single sign-on page, instructions for using their Macbook and iPad, Canvas and Top 10 Tips, Google Suite, Momentum, Notability, Qualtrics, Respondus LockDown Browser, YuJa and Zoom. Click Student Technology Resources course to take a peek!
Faculty Writing Resources: All of the faculty at the college also have access to this course which was created to provide many resources that can help enrich writing in your curriculum.
Click here to access the Faculty Writing Resources course in Canvas.
“Improving my Online Course” There is no such thing as a perfect online course just as there is no such thing as a perfect in-person course. All courses are continuously improving each time they are taught. Online and hybrid courses can always be improved by making them more student friendly, accessible and effective. Moravian’s Online Education and Innovation instructional designers will be available for one-on-one coaching sessions to address specific needs for your Fall 2021 online or hybrid courses. To sign up for a session, please sign up here.
We have consolidated our instructional resources into one Canvas Shell: Moravian Online Education and Innovation Resources. Here you will find extensive information on the following:
- Moving online fundamentals
- Getting started with canvas
- Syllabus (How to upload your syllabus to Canvas)
- Assessment and Measurement
- Student Orientation
- Accessibility and Usability
- Zoom and Video Conferencing
- Course Technology
We know there are many unknowns about what this fall will bring, but we are here to support you. If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Bernie Cantens at email@example.com.
6. Apple workshops: Virtual one-on-one coaching sessions with Apple Professional Learning specialists are available for free to help educators hone their approach to online student learning and workflows. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a virtual coaching session.