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The Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) will design workshops, on request, on topics related to teaching and learning using technology. In addition, we offer regularly scheduled workshops on a wide range of teaching and learning issues.

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Neuro-Instructional Design & Neuropedagogy: Strategies to Connect, Engage, and Retain Today's Diverse Students

Co-sponsored by
Teaching and Learning with Technology
Center for Faculty Excellence

September 17  |  3:30 - 5 p.m.  |  ACT 601


Research in neuroscience is expanding what educators know about the brain and the importance of creating optimal conditions for the learning to occur. This presentation introduces the concept of neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change based on experience, as well as the importance of social-emotional learning in and outside of the classroom. This presentation provides a practitioner-approach to integrating neuro-instructional design and neuropedagogy into online and blended programming to increase student engagement and retention. Attendees will leave this presentation with a list of customizable best practices that can be seamlessly integrated into current online and blended offerings.

Photo of Dr. Kristen Betts

Dr. Kristen Betts, Clinical Professor
EdD Program in Educational Leadership & Management
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Kristen Betts is a Clinical Professor in the EdD Program in Educational Leadership & Management in the School of Education at Drexel University. She has 20 years of experience in higher education serving in key leadership positions within private, public, and for-profit institutions. Dr. Betts’ expertise is in higher education, online and blended learning, course/program development, curriculum and instructional design, strategic planning, and evaluation. Dr. Betts publishes and presents nationally and internationally on critical issues in higher education, online and blended learning, neuropedagogy, neuro-instructional design, accreditation, accessibility, student/faculty recruitment and retention, eStudent Affairs, eAdvising, Online Human Touch, alternative instructional equivalency, and faculty development. Read more about Dr. Betts [pdf].

Dallas Workshops

All Dallas faculty, adjuncts, staff and GAs are invited to attend the following workshops. Some of the workshops will be conducted online through Blackboard Collaborate and others will be offered face-to-face in room 6700. Registration is not required.

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  • Tracking Student Performance  |  September 15  |  12 - 1 p.m.
  • Building Effective Peer Evaluation in Research Groups  |  October 9  |  2 - 3 p.m. 
  • Teaching with Collaborate and Tegrity  |  October 27  |  12 - 1 p.m.  |  Room 6700
  • Connecting Students with Content:  Build a New Course  |  November 18  |  2 - 3 p.m.
  • Getting Ready for Next Semester  |  December 2  |  12 - 1 p.m.  |  Room 6700

Houston Workshops

All Houston faculty, adjuncts, staff and GAs are invited to attend the following workshops. These workshops are offered jointly by the Office of Technology and the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology.

Registration is not required. All workshops will be conducted online through Blackboard Collaborate unless otherwise noted.

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  • Designing Blended Learning Using the Flipped Approach  |  September 9  |  12 - 1 p.m.
  • Blackboard Collaborate - Basic  |  September 14  |  12 - 1 p.m.
  • Review of Quality Matters Standards  |  September 23  |  12 - 1 p.m.
  • Explore Google Apps  |  September 29  |  1 - 2 p.m.
  • Blackboard Rubrics & Inline Grading  |  October 1  |  1 - 2 p.m.
  • Blackboard Blogs & Wikis  |  October 5  |  12 - 1 p.m.
  • Tips for Success in the Online Environment  |  October 13  |  12 - 1 p.m.
  • Blackboard:  Open Lab  |  October 15  |  12 - 1 p.m.  |  Room 4322
  • Blackboard Collaborate - Advanced  |  October 20  |  12 - 1 p.m.
  • Poster Design Basics  |  October 23  |  12 - 1 p.m.
  • Blackboard:  The Grade Center Statistics & Reports  |  October 26  |  1 - 2 p.m.
  • Respondus, LockDown Browser & Monitor  |  November 4  |  1 - 2 p.m.
  • Blackboard:  Getting Ready for Next Semester  |  November 16  |  12 - 1 p.m.

Live to the Desktop Presentations

These presentations will be conducted online through Blackboard Collaborate. Registration is not required.

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Teaching 2.0: Creating Pinterest Boards and Apps for Your Class

September 17  |  10 a.m.

Presented by Dr. Derek Crews, School of Management & Dr. Mandy Stewart, Teacher Education
Your class can use Pinterest as a way to find and share relevant information, give presentations, produce artifacts that will stay with them beyond the class, and comment on each other's work, all while connecting to other people in your field yet not in your class. Learn to create your own mobile apps for your courses to make them more interactive, immersive, and engaging, and to provide students with study tools, collaboration features, and instant feedback.

Creating Beloved Community in the Online Classroom

September 24 | 10 – 11 a.m.

Presented by Reanae McNeal, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Women’s Studies

This presentation delves into the power of creating beloved community in the online classroom through teaching, learning techniques, and activities that use online technology to build community. The term beloved community was frequently used by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to describe a wonderful society of justice, peace, and harmony.

The Utility of the Campus Podcast Tool in the Evaluation of Students' Clinical Competency

October 8 | 2 – 3 p.m.

Presented by Dr. Sneha Bharadwaj, Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

During Summer 2015 a total of 130 graduate students met weekly via Blackboard’s Collaborate sessions. Students’ clinical competencies were assessed using the podcast tool in the context of a flipped classroom. Find out how growing pains led to strategies for handling small groups to produce podcasts in breakout rooms.

Engaging Students with Experience-Based Learning In and Out of the Classroom

November 5 | 10 – 11 a.m.

Presented by Dr. Sarah Wainscott, Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

An overview of an undergraduate course in Communication Sciences is presented utilizing an experience-based learning model to develop course competencies while integrating student skills in collaboration, application, and problem-solving. Effective approaches include seminar presentations from professionals and community members, using team-based case studies, and out of class community service opportunities.

Teaching and Learning with Blackboard

Sessions (excluding Open Labs) will be delivered using Bb Collaborate. You will be able to listen and view these sessions from any location with connectivity. All Bb Collaborate sessions will be archived, allowing you to view them at a later date. Registration is not required.

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  •  Using Blackboard's Online Grading Tools  |  September 8  |  10 - 11 a.m.
  • Open Lab: Start of Semester Procedures  |  September 10  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  ACT 603
  • Hit the Nail on the Head with Blackboard Collaborate  |  September 16  |  11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Open Lab: My Blackboard and Navigation  |  September 24  |  2 - 4 p.m.  |  ACT 603
  • Tips for Managing Grade Center: Don't Let IT Manage YOU!  |  September 25  |  12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Connect with Instructors and Classmates using Blackboard IM  |  October 1  |  10 - 11 a.m.
  • Changes and Improvements to Blackboard's Calendar Feature  |  October 7  |  10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Open Lab: Blackboard Course Shells  |  October 16  |  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  |  ACT 603 
  • Open Lab: Blackboard Assignments  |  October 19  |  10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  |  ACT 503
  • Turnitin: Integrated Tools to Assist with Student Submissions and Tasks  |  October 22  |  1 - 2 p.m.
  • Be the Leader of the (Campus) Pack: Using Wikis, Blogs, Journals and Podcasts  |  November 9  |  10 - 11 a.m.
  • Open Lab: Course Content  |  November 10  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  ACT 603
  • Open Lab: End-of-Semester Procedures  |  November 17  |  12 - 2 p.m.  |  ACT 603
  • Seamless Semester-to-Semester Date Shifting with Blackboard's Date Management Tool  |  November 23  |  2 - 3 p.m.

Turning Technologies Clicker Demonstration

If you are interested in using clickers or personal response devices (PRD)  in your course but are not sure how to implement them, come to a demonstration hosted by Turning Technologies, TWU’s current PRD vendor. All three campuses can participate!

Register Today! Registration Deadline: September 14 by 5 p.m.

September 16  |  12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

  • Denton* – ACT 502
  • Dallas – Room 8201
  • Houston – Room 10111

Dr. Sandra Westmoreland (Biology) has had great success using them in her undergraduate Biology course. Read about how she uses personal response devices.

* A light lunch will be served.

Schedule a Workshop

To schedule a workshop for your department or program, contact the TLT group at 940.898.3409. The TLT group also sends information on all TLT events via email.

Special Events

The TLT group sponsors several special events for the TWU community. Each summer, the Teaching and Learning Symposium brings together the TWU Community to share best practices, models and lessons-learned in uses of technology both in the face-to-face and online classrooms. During the spring semester, TLT sponsors the Academic Success Lecture. The Hybrid Instruction Project, which begins in May, provides instruction and support to five faculty members who wish to convert a class to hybrid instruction. During the summer, several TLT sponsored events take place. In July, invited Teaching Assistants can participate in the PILOT program. This four-week course covers basic concepts for teaching online and F2F for Teaching Assistants. The Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy also convenes in June. A select group of faculty members and mentors work through the year to explore some aspect of teaching. In July, the Online Faculty Development Program is offered for new TWU faculty members. This program covers course development and pedagogical concepts for teaching online.

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