Teaching Workshop Series: Canvas as a Pedagogical Tool


Spring 2017 Teaching Workshop Series

Fridays, 9:30 - 11:30 am in the Faculty Center (MLIB 1705)

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This workshop is an opportunity to learn new ways to deal with difficult conversations that we all have from time to time in our classrooms. Our students might, for example, have a disagreement about the outcome of the recent elections, or a student might talk about religion in a way that offends another student in class, or the topic of race might come up. We know that our students will be faced with such challenges in their own future personal and professional lives. How can an instructor handle these kinds of conversations, in a way that helps students learn how to resolve conflict nonviolently and develop cooperative relationships across the differences that divide us? We will explores answers to this question in this experiential brown bag workshop.

Facilitator: David Derezotes, Professor, College of Social Work / Director, Peace & Conflict Studies Program / Director, Transforming Classroom into Inclusive Communities (TCIC) a CTLE Teaching Fellow Project

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**Note time/location: 11:30am - 1:00pm in the Student Union, Panorama East**

Graduate students writing dissertations and theses, and those preparing to do so, are invited to attend this presentation on how to make the dissertation-to-degree process a smooth and successful endeavor. Lead Thesis Editor Kelly Harward will present basic formatting guidelines for dissertations and theses, tips for reducing the time to publication, and will be on hand for Q & A.

Facilitator: Kelly Harward, Thesis Editor, The Graduate School

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Facilitator: Alyson Froehlich, Higher Education Instructional Consultant, CTLE / Assistant Professor, Psychology

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Facilitator: Mark St. André, Assistant Dean (Assessment & General Education), Undergraduate Studies

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Facilitator: Nathan Sanders, Senior Instructional Designer, Teaching & Learning Technologies (TLT)

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Throughout your life, you will find yourself in many situations where you must communicate your top-level research to people who aren’t experts in your field. The 3 Minute Thesis competition was developed to help researchers prepare short, compelling statements that clearly communicate complex ideas in memorable ways. Come learn strategies for presenting your research to family members, employers, politicians, and others. Featuring presentations by the winners of the University of Utah’s 2016 3 Minute Thesis competition.

Facilitator: Danny Nelson & 3MT Participants

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Martine Kei Green-Rogers, Assistant Professor, Theatre

Irene Ota, Academic Program Manager, Diversity Coordinator & Instructor, College of Social Work Administration

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Friday,  Oct. 28 | Information for Prospective Fulbright Students


Jolyn Schleiffarth, Fellowships & Benefits Coordinator, Graduate School

Howard Lehman, Professor, Political Science

Friday,  Nov. 18 | Canvas as a Pedagogical Platform

The architecture of Canvas opens opportunities to teachers and students to interact with the platform in the same ways they interact with the rest of the Internet: creatively, socially, dynamically. Canvas is a pedagogical tool that has an eye toward open adaptation — and toward learning out in the world, rather than only behind computer screens or inside brick-and-mortar classrooms. Canvas is not the course: it’s the launching pad for the course.

We will discuss how Canvas can support your teaching, and how using Modules, Quizzes, Rubrics and Collaborations can improve your assessment, feedback and communication with students. The Teaching and Learning Technology team will spend the last hour assisting and setting up appointments to address additional Canvas questions.


Jon Thomas, Director, Teaching & Learning Technologies

Friday,  Dec. 2 | Making Research Relevant and Understandable

This workshop includes discussion, writing and speaking activities designed to bring attention to the academy’s need to make our research more approachable across disciplines and communities. We will examine methods for making descriptions of our research more useful by focusing on its relevance, validity and accessibility, and borrowing techniques from #lolmythesis and Three Minute Thesis.


Jennifer Seagrave, Associate Instructor, Undergraduate Studies

Friday,  Oct. 7 |Slideology


Holly K. Johnson, HEI Consultant, CTLE / Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art & Art History

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Last Updated: 1/18/17