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Preparing for the Fall 2023 Semester — August 17 & 22

In person or online, join us to get ready for the Fall semester!

Posted in: Faculty Development, ITDS Events

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Instructional Technology and Design Services invites you to our faculty development event to help you get ready for the Fall semester! This year, we will be offering two opportunities to join us for this event: Online on Thursday, August 17, or In-Person on Tuesday, August 22. Looking for more tips on how to prepare for the Fall semester? Check out our Start of the Semester Checklist!

This event will include sessions focused on course design best practices, how to set up and design your Fall course in Canvas, AI and other generative technologies, as well as strategies for effective assessment and student engagement. These sessions are applicable to teaching in-person, online or hybrid. Below, you can find a preview of some of the sessions we’ll be hosting:

Course Design Best Practices
The iterative process of course design relies on the growth and development of faculty’s comfort with technology and utilization of sound pedagogical strategies. In this session, instructional designers will share the course design process promoted by the Instructional Technology and Design Services group to enhance the teaching and learning experience for faculty and students alike.


Canvas: Ready, Set, Go! Preparing Your Courses for the Fall
From creating an announcement to designing a course landing page, this session will give you all the tools you need to build a solid, accessible Canvas course.  We will also share Canvas tips & tricks to ensure you have everything you need to effectively and efficiently prepare your Fall courses.


ChatGPT & Artificial Intelligence: Keeping Up & Responding with Effective Instructional Design
The use of ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence (AI) able to produce written work that sounds convincingly human-produced, exploded in popularity in late 2022 and poses many questions in higher education related to academic integrity and authenticity of work produced by our students. This workshop empowers faculty with a demonstration of the tool, opportunities to explore it within your own subject matter, strategies and approaches for responding to it in your classroom, and considerations on leveraging the tool and its potential benefits. We’ll conclude the session with an exploration of some of the latest ChatGPT developments and overviews of other relevant AI technology.


Promoting Student Engagement and Teamwork
Looking to increase student engagement in your course this semester? Join us for a look at some of the ways you can engage students during class and build in opportunities for students to work together in Canvas, with a look at some of the tools and strategies that promote active learning, teamwork, and collaboration.


How to Assess Your Students and Set Up your Gradebook in Canvas
This session will provide you with a robust overview of the different assessment options available in Canvas as well as other grading tips and tricks.