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2018 Annual Teaching Symposium

 August 13, 2018 | J. Willard Marriott Library | 8:30AM - 3:00PM

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Keynote Address

The Power of Community Engaged Learning

Dean McGovern

Dean McGovern

Executive Director
Bennion Community Service Center
Associate Professor
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
University of Utah



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Workshop Descriptions

The dreaded silence after the teacher asks the class a question. The student who aces every test but never voices her ideas in class. The class discussion that veers off into irrelevant material. You can save yourself and your students from these pitfalls and still have a class where even the back row is actively involved. This 45-minute workshop addresses how to create ground rules for class discussion, design tasks to promote critical thinking and perspective taking, and conduct effective small group activities. These tools can help you build a safe and stimulating classroom community where great discussion can flourish.

Presenter: Emily J. Nelson, D.M.A., Associated Instructor, University of Utah; Adjunct Professor, Westminster College 

Presentation Slides: All Together Now: Engaging Everyone in the Room in Class Discussion

As the U's international student population stabilizes and grows, more culturally and linguistically diverse students will enroll across the curriculum. This presentation, led by an expert on second language writing who's also taught at the Asia Campus in Korea, will lead participants in exploring and inventing strategies that focus on helping international students negotiate academic literacies in US-based classrooms.

Presenter: Jay Jordan, Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies and Utah Global 

Setting up your Canvas course can be tedious and time-consuming. With a content map and Canvas Design Tools, you can literally setup your course navigation and structure in minutes. This presentation will cover designing a content map, the functionality of Design Tools, and how to best utilize them.

Presenter: Nathan Sanders, Senior Instructional Designer, Teaching & Learning Technologies 

Canvas apps can help you leverage content by publishers and tools that aren’t native to Canvas. Join this session to learn about recommended apps by Teaching & Learning Technologies, as well as the process for getting them added to your course.

Presenter:  Jon Thomas, Director, Teaching & Learning Technologies

The most effective lessons are planned with careful attention to certain components. In this session, we will explore and evaluate effective lesson planning methods. We will discuss writing clear and concise learning objectives, managing your time effectively, and how to engage students in active learning. By the end of the session you will have the tools you need to plan your first or your 500th lesson more effectively.

Presenter: Adam Halstrom, PhD Candidate, English; Program Manager, Student Course Feedback, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence 

Creating Effective Lesson Plans - Presentation Slides

Active Learning Activities

Course Outcomes and Learning Objectives

Lesson Plan Alignment Grid

Lesson Plan Tempate


Interested in giving your Canvas pages some flair? Or simply offering more than one page? Come to this workshop to discover how to use simple design tools in Canvas to personalize your pages and make them more easily navigable and engaging for your students – and yourself!

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to: 
  • Create a test course on Canvas
  • Utilize the Canvas design tools to spice up your home page (or other pages)
  • Upload and embed a personalized image (or video) to use for your home page
  • Generate functional navigation links to other relevant course pages

Presenter: Katie M. Woods, MS, ATC, LAT, WEMT, Assistant Professor, Athletic Training, Dept of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training 

Page Design Screencast: Discovering Your Hidden Canvas 
Test Course Screencast: Discovering Your Hidden Canvas

Many students have told me over the years: “I could have never made it through your course without the TAs!” Which raises all sorts of questions, such as: Was that a criticism or a compliment? What role do TAs play in my classes? Do TAs play similar roles in other classes? What are my expectations of my TAs? What should TAs expect of themselves? All questions that surround the most basic question: How important is any TA’s role to the educational mission of the state of Utah’s flagship university? In this session I discuss these, along with other related issues. 

Presenter: David H. Temme, Professor (Lecturer), Department of Biology

In this workshop, we will discuss a variety of grading strategies for the diverse needs of your students. A couple grading examples will be provided such as, using rubrics for grading and providing feedback. The rational for providing specific and timely feedback will be discussed as well, as evidence-based strategies on providing effective feedback for students.

Presenter: Tara Putnam, MS, CAPE, Faculty Consultant, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence 

Lecture materials are often divided into slides as a basic organizational unit. In contrast, tools such as Evernote are organized around ideas that can be of varying length and complexity, and can incorporate a wide variety of media types. Several years ago I transitioned away from traditional presentation tools such as PowerPoint or Keynote, and instead developed an educational workflow using Evernote as a dynamic presentation tool during lectures as well as a platform for delivering course content to students. This workflow is tightly coupled with assignments and online discussions in Canvas. As an educator this has enabled me to save time and quickly adapt course content to the needs of the students.

Presenter: Christopher R. Butson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Faculty, Scientific Computing & Imaging (SCI) Institute 

Experiential or “hands-on” learning requires innovative engagement with ideas, often proving to be transformative for students. Providing opportunities to interact with course material in meaningful ways can motivate students to think creatively and to become life‐long learners. In this session, you’ll participate in an experiential learning exercise and discuss ways in which you can incorporate this approach to learning in your own discipline and classroom.

Presenter: Mira (Mimi) Locher, FAIA, LEED AP, Chair, School of Architecture

How do we help to create and sustain an authentically-inclusive environment so that everyone feels connected? Creating this environment means that the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives are treated with respect and value. Intentionally examining our implicit biases with compassion and empathy helps to put the concept of authentic inclusion into practice and policy. In this interactive workshop, we will examine the influence of implicit bias. We will look at ways to reduce the bias effect in order to create and sustain an inclusive environment for learning.

Presenter: David Parker, Director, Center for Creating Community

For many instructors, discussing difficult topics like racism or sexism can be difficult, especially if they are not speaking from personal experience. Students often experience these issues viscerally and having a professor who seems deeply uncomfortable even talking about the topic can be deeply frustrating for them. This workshop is a crash course on how instructors can talk about race, class, gender, and other sensitive topics in a way that keeps students comfortable and engaged. We'll cover some basic reading material that will give participants a starting place for further self-improvement with regards to race and gender.

Presenter: Kurt Güner, PhD Candidate, History

Engage your students in the learning process by using strategies that will encourage them to take an active role in their education. In this session you will learn several activities that can be used in classes from the humanities to the sciences and everywhere in between.

Presenter: Holly K. Johnson, Higher Education Instructional Consultant, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

Humans are “pattern crazy”, in that our brains are always paying attention to what can and can’t happen. We then use our current understanding of constraints and tradeoffs to navigate through our day-to-day life—and we tend to refer to shared aspects of this framework as “common sense”. In this session I discuss the idea that education largely involves increasing the “terrain” through which students can successfully navigate by expanding their “common sense tool box”. The examples discussed will lean more towards science/biology, yet I suspect that it applies to all disciplines. Feedback will be welcomed!

Presenter: David H. Temme, Professor (Lecturer), Department of Biology 

Ever wish you could peer into your students’ minds and figure out what is going on in there? The answer may not be as remote as you think. Researchers have learned a great deal about how the human brain works, and not surprisingly, there are some clear applications for education. Attend this session to take a tour of the mind of a learner, and come away with some practical tips for improving classroom instruction based on how we actually learn.

Presenter: Karen Marsh Schaeffer, Director, English for Academic Success, Dept of Linguistics 


Presentation Slides: Learning and Memory 
Handout: Learning and Memory

Teaching formulas can be so… formulaic and boring. Is there a better way? Come to this lively session to discuss how to translate formulas and equations for students, making it a dynamic, interactive process of learning.

Presenter: Patrick Tripeny, Director, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies; Professor, School of Architecture 

Online courses require media content, yet most faculty are not media professionals. This workshop is a crash course in lecture production for instructors who have little experience recording course videos. Topics covered will include a discussion of why instructors should record lecture videos, best practices for lecture recording, how to use Canvas video tools, and ideas for lectures that go beyond the ‘talking head’ format.

Presenter: Chris Hofman, Instructional Designer, Teaching & Learning Technologies 

Learn about Podcasting potential in the Marriott Library. What is Podcasting? Best Tips and Bad Habits. Digital Storytelling and how to formulate interview questions. Intro to the Marriott Library's Audio Studio to record your Podcasts. 


Robert J. Nelson has been the host of Smile Jamaica on local radio station KRCL since 1989. He has been Podcasting before there was a word for it. Learn from his 30 years of Digital Media experience in recording, editing, uploading and promoting Podcasts in Higher Education.

Presenter: Robert J. Nelson, Head of Media Studios, Marriott Library

Did you know that our brains process images 60,000x faster than they do text? PowerPoint is a dynamic tool instructors can use to relay valuable course information to help students retain knowledge long after the final exam. In this workshop, you will learn how to create impactful PowerPoint presentations using five basic tools: Layout, Type, Color, Icons, and Photos/Video.

Presenter: Holly K. Johnson, Higher Education Instructional Consultant, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

Although students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are intellectually capable of succeeding in higher education, their unique challenges and comorbidities contribute to very low completion rates. This workshop identifies the strengths and benefits that students with ASD bring to the university campus and offers best-practice tips and strategies for how to help them succeed in the classroom.

Presenter: Val D’Astous, Director, Utah Neurodiversity Workforce Program, Family and Consumer Studies 

As our classrooms become increasingly diverse, higher education institutions are addressing the positive impact that inclusive teaching has on student learning. This workshop will provide an overview of inclusive teaching principles and several strategies to set the tone for an inclusive classroom. We will focus on elements of an inclusive syllabus, the importance of the first days of class, and how to begin developing rapport with students.

Presenter: Liz Bond Rogers, Associate Instructor, Office for Inclusive Excellence / Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence 

This session will present strategies for designing and teaching library research skills for students in this age of emerging technological change. How can we help students be more effective researchers? What strategies can you implement to develop students’ confidence levels with using information resources? What U of U resources are available for you to help mentor and scaffold students as they do research across their college paths? Come and learn how the library can help you integrate library research resources into your course research assignments.

Presenter: Donna Harp Ziegenfuss, Ed.D., Associate Librarian, J. Willard Marriott Library 

In this workshop, we will discuss different types of assessments, and how assessment criteria can be developed and made clear to students. We will discuss options for preparing students for both high and low stake assessments. 

Presenter: Pamela K. Hardin, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, College of Nursing; Associate Director, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence

Using learning objectives as a framework, this workshop will review whole-class discussion strategies, introducing different types of class discussions and how they work for different subjects and classroom set-ups. Some of these include fishbowl discussions, moderated panels, or popcorn discussion (also known as a 'Quaker assembly'). In addition, this workshop will review setting up class discussions (and students) for success- some strategies that will be elaborated on include: mandatory 'discussion' questions, outlines, chosen moderators and more!

Presenter: CK Miller, Graduate Fellow, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence 

This session will introduce you to Blackboard Ally, a tool to help make course content more accessible for all students. Ally converts course content to accessible content on demand, allowing students to consume their content in the way that best fits their learning needs. Ally also includes an accessibility checker for faculty, and gives guidance on how to make your courses more accessible. Ally will be implemented in all Canvas courses starting in Fall 2018—this is your chance to learn some basics about digital accessibility, how to use Ally as a tool, and next steps you can take to create a more accessible course for your students.

Presenter: Amanda Jean Babcock, Assistant Director, UOnline Programs

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Last Updated: 8/20/18