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Training Opportunities

UPDATED April 6, 2020

 

Faculty Development, the Office of Distance and Extended Learning (ODEL), and ITAC have created a diverse set of workshops, drop-in sessions, and consultative sessions for faculty. These training opportunities will allow faculty to engage in discussions with experts, learn about various tools and techniques, and make decisions about classes.  I encourage all faculty to take advantage of these just-in-time sessions and appreciate the commitment and quick action of staff in all three of these offices. A list of training sessions, which is updated regularly, is available here: https://www.facdv.txstate.edu/Training-Opportunities.html  

 

Summer 2020 – Online Instruction in Summer I

 

To make summer 2020 courses as accessible as possible while ensuring the continued safety of our students, faculty, and staff, we will move scheduled class sections that start meeting in June to online/remote delivery, and return to face-to-face and online classroom delivery for the Summer II session (July 6 – August 5). The decision regarding the Summer II session could change according to public health advice and conditions. Read the full statement from the Provost sent April 1, 2020.

 

With the transition to online instruction for the 2020 Summer I term, the Office of Distance and Extended Learning (ODEL) along with staff in Information Technology (ITAC) and Faculty Development are prepared to support faculty who will be re-designing their courses for distance learning.  The timelines and intentionality connected with this transition allow us the opportunity to incorporate proven instructional techniques that effectively engage students and make the most efficient use of faculty time by aligning instruction to the strengths of online learning early in the course re-design process. 

 

Our institutional focus on student success motivated a policy (AA/PPS No. 02.03.20 – Maintenance and Improvement of Quality in Teaching) that requires anyone who will teach an online or hybrid course to first participate in an approved professional development program.  This requirement applies to all instructors of record teaching an online or hybrid course, including graduate/doctoral teaching assistants and per course faculty.  Instructional assistants are not required but may choose to participate.  More than 900 Texas State University faculty have already completed the professional development program and routinely evaluate these sessions positively.  

 

In the coming weeks, ODEL will launch a faculty onboarding system in the Canvas learning management system that will offer self-paced, differential training in modules.  Faculty may choose paths that fit their expected online strategy (e.g., Zoom meetings, audio conferencing, recorded lectures, use of the LMS, etc.).  Participants will be credited for what they may have already learned in recent workshops or know from experience using online techniques in the past.  While someone completely new to online teaching may require up to eight hours for self-paced on-boarding, most faculty would not.  By mid-April, anyone scheduled to teach a course in Summer I or an online or hybrid course in any summer term and who has not previously been approved for online teaching will receive a message from ODEL about how to access the professional development opportunities. 

 

Questions about support for online learning may be directed to the Office of Distance and Extended Learning at (512) 245-2322 or via email at distanceed@txstate.edu.  Questions about the summer 2020 schedule of classes and teaching assignments may be directed to department chairs and school directors.

 

Spring 2020 – Transition to Remote Instruction. 

 

Faculty Training Opportunities

March 16, 2020 through March 26, 2020
 

Sessions are delivered via Zoom, an online meeting platform available to all faculty, staff, and students.  Instructions for accessing Zoom are available here: https://itac.txstate.edu/support/online-meetings

Assistance is also available from ITAC by calling (512) 245-4822.

  • Consultative session with instructional designers (Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, 2020)

Faculty can connect to Zoom for consultation with an instructional designer from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday during spring break.  Instructional designers from ODEL will be available to help faculty with questions on adjusting their courses for remote course delivery.  Access the session any time via this Zoom link: https://txstate.zoom.us/my/gwenmorel

  • Drop-in sessions for faculty seeking assistance on the following topics:

 

Focus on Depth, Not Breadth: Modifying Content for Remote Course Delivery

Instructor: Candace Hastings, Faculty Development

Monday, March 16, 9:00 - 10:00 https://txstate.zoom.us/j/151276715

Monday, March 23, 9:00 - 10:00 https://txstate.zoom.us/j/502067518

Wednesday, March 25, 1:00 - 2:00  https://txstate.zoom.us/j/285071070

Adapting Learning Activities for Remote Course Delivery

Instructor: Candace Hastings, Faculty Development

Wednesday, March 18, 10:00 - 11:00 https://txstate.zoom.us/j/744495404

Tuesday, March 24, 9:00-10:00https://txstate.zoom.us/j/349152151

Alternatives to Lectures for Low-Tech Remote Course Delivery

Instructor: Candace Hastings, Faculty Development

Wednesday, March 18, 12:30 - 1:30 https://txstate.zoom.us/j/110911369

Monday, March 23, 1:00 - 2:00 https://txstate.zoom.us/j/822698549

Tuesday, March 24, 12:30 - 1:30 https://txstate.zoom.us/j/540439795

Managing Student Workloads for Remote Course Delivery

Instructor: Candace Hastings, Faculty Development

Monday, March 23 11 - Noon https://txstate.zoom.us/j/385608579

Tuesday, March 24, 2:00 - 3:00 https://txstate.zoom.us/j/286096181

Wednesday, March 25, 9:00 - 10:00 https://txstate.zoom.us/j/836473295

Establishing Communication Guidelines for Remote Course Delivery

Instructor: Candace Hastings, Faculty Development

Monday, March 16, 2:30 - 3:30 https://txstate.zoom.us/j/388748936

Wednesday, March 18, 2:00 - 3:00

https://txstate.zoom.us/j/412856119

Wednesday, March 25, 11:00-Noon https://txstate.zoom.us/j/356012943

Alternative Forms of Assessment for Remote Course Delivery

Instructor: Candace Hastings, Faculty Development

Tuesday, March 24, 3:30-4:30

https://txstate.zoom.us/j/325147522

Thursday, March 26, 9:00 - 10:00 https://txstate.zoom.us/j/558040623

 

 

  • Workshops for faculty seeking assistance on the following topics:

 

Keeping it Simple: Remote Teaching With Tools You Know

Instructor: Dana Willet, ODEL

Monday March 16, 1:00 - 2:00

https://zoom.us/j/5122456053

Thursday March 19, 10:00 - 11:00 https://zoom.us/j/5122456053

Tuesday, March 24, 9:00-10:00

https://zoom.us/j/5122456053

Quick Tips for Successful Audio Conferencing With Students

Instructor: Dana Willet, ODEL

Tuesday March 17, 10:30 - 11:30

https://zoom.us/j/5122456053

Wednesday March 25, 9:30-10:30

https://zoom.us/j/5122456053

Using Office 365 for Remote Teaching

Instructor: Dana Willet, ODEL

Wednesday, March 18, 12:30 - 1:30

https://zoom.us/j/5122456053

Thursday, March 26, 2:00-3:00

https://zoom.us/j/5122456053

 

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate: How to Keep Students Engaged While Teaching Remotely

Instructor: Tammi Butcher, ODEL

Monday, March 23, 10:00 - 11:00

https://txstate.zoom.us/j/744192378

Tuesday, March 24, 10:00 - 11:00

https://txstate.zoom.us/j/744192378

Wednesday March 25, 10:30-11:30

https://txstate.zoom.us/j/744192378

 

Remote Teaching Alternatives to the 90 Minute Lecture

Instructor: Gwen Morel, ODEL

Tuesday, March 24, 11:00 - 12:00 noon

https://txstate.zoom.us/my/gwenmorel

Thursday, March 26, 1:00 - 2:00

https://txstate.zoom.us/my/gwenmorel

 

 

 

 

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