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Faculty Development

Holy Cross is dedicated to supporting the professional development of our excellent liberal arts faculty as teacher-scholars at every stage of their career.

The College offers a comprehensive range of faculty development opportunities, from our new faculty orientation and faculty mentor programs to research leaves and conference travel support to course development grants and other support for pedagogical innovation. Additional support for scholarship is also provided through the Office of Sponsored Research and the Committee on Faculty Scholarship.

Gathered here are faculty development opportunities for January 2021 in preparation for the Spring semester. The first section provides information about Holy Cross opportunities. The second section provides information about external opportunities, through the Association of Midwest Colleges (ACM) and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). The third section lists past offerings, including those from the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).

2020–2021 Online Course Design

Digital Teaching and Learning Task Force

David Banville, Educational Design
Laurie Ann Britt-Smith, Center for Writing
Jim Cahill, Educational Design
Alicia Hansen, Libraries
Monica Locker, Libraries
Kristina Reardon, Center for Writing

Upcoming workshops January 2021

Special Event on Contract Grading

January 21, 1:00–2:30 pm  Asao Inoue, Professor and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Equity, and Inclusion for the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University, will lead an interactive presentation: What Does It Mean to Use Labor-Based Grading Contracts for Socially Just Teaching?

Link to register for the workshop

A Center for Writing event co-sponsored with the Departments of Classics, English, Mathematics & Computer Science, and Sociology & Anthropology; the Office of Multicultural Education, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Deans of the Faculty, and Academic Services and Learning Resources.

Colleague to Colleague: Student Academic Integrity

Monday, January 25, 1:00–2:30 pm, link to join

Alicia Hansen (Digital Teaching and Learning Task Force and Libraries’ Head of Research, Teaching & Learning) will facilitate the conversation and be joined by Dan Bitran (Psychology and Science Coordinator); Paco Gago-Jover (Spanish and Class Dean for 2021); Pat Kramer (Psychology and Class Dean for 2022); Kristina Reardon (Digital Teaching and Learning Task Force and Center for Writing); and Mary Roche (Chair, Religious Studies).

Continuing conversations that began last year, this session will address several aspects of student academic integrity for our courses in the coming semester. What were we seeing in our courses in the Fall? What differences did online courses and assessments create from previous experiences? How can we address concerns about cheating and collusion in online exams? How might we promote academic integrity in writing assignments? What several approaches might we take to respond to what we saw, and how could we reinforce the importance of academic integrity as a shared educational principle? Please join us to share your own experiences and suggestions. There will be time in the second half of the meeting for breakout groups to delve deeper into the different elements.

Colleague to Colleague series, 30 minute conversations

January 15, 10:00 am
Alex Browman (Psychology) - Student working groups: a Canvas/Zoom connection so you can get your groups from Canvas preloaded into Zoom: link to join

January 19, 10:00 am
Amy Finstein (Visual Arts) - Using Jamboard: link to join

January 22, 9:30 am
Sanjog Rupakheti (History) - Using Perusal, an app for group reading and notetaking: link to join

January 25, 10:00 am
Laurie Ann Britt-Smith (Center for Writing) - Creating journals using Canvas discussion boards: link to join

January 26, 10 am - 12 pm: Follow up to Asao Inoue Talk on Contract grading. Faculty may book 20-30 minute consultations with Sarah Klotz (English), Neel Smith (Classics), or Kristina Reardon (Center for Writing) to talk through how they might adapt some of Inoue’s suggestions for contract grading and/or course design to their spring 2021 classes.

Educational Technology/Canvas offerings

January 19, 1:00 pm - Video in the Classroom (Ed Tech; video platforms including Panopto): link to join

January 20, 11:00 am - Canvas: importing classes (Ed Tech; moving your Fall 2020 courses to Spring 2021): link to join

January 20, 2:00 pm - Canvas: an overview and template (Ed Tech; for those faculty who are new to Canvas): link to join

January 22, 10:00 am - Storied Scholars (Ed Tech; creating podcasts): link to join

January 25, 3:00 – 3:30 pm, Looking at Canvas Analytics in your Fall 2020 course(s) (led by Instructure): link to join

January 26, 1:00 pm - Moodle open forum (Ed Tech; q&a on Moodle features): link to join

January 27, 11:00 am - Web Platforms for Class Projects (Ed Tech; web visuals as ideas for classes): link to join

January 27, 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Looking at Canvas Analytics in your Fall 2020 course(s) (led by Instructure): link to join

First Year Advising program

January 28, 3:30 – 5:00 pm: Workshop for First Year Advisors

Holy Cross Resources

Spring 2021 Course Guidelines

Please review carefully these course guidelines sent to faculty by the College Curriculum Committee (updated version of January 5). Included are specific guidance on a number of aspects of remote and in-person teaching as well as elements to include on your course syllabus.

Checklist/Self-Assessment

Start by considering this checklist for online course design. What do you have already in your course and what do you want to develop further?

Resources to Access On Your Own Schedule

Course Assessments & Moodle Exams guide. This guide includes ways to strengthen academic integrity in exams given through Moodle or a learning management system.

Building Engagement in Online Courses guide. Ed Tech's guide to using Zoom and other online tools for building student engagement.

Creating & Integrating Short Videos into Canvas/Moodle: the recording of this session, offered on August 20
Designed for those who are new to creating videos for online learning, this workshop will feature both pedagogical and tech advice.

Several resources for teaching online are gathered on the Course Continuity site developed this spring by Educational Design and Digital Media Services.

Canvas training offered by Instructure

General webconferences offered by Instructure

To register for the general Instructure-led training sessions below or view other Instructure-led training opportunities:
1. Log in to Canvas
2. Click the Help link in the Canvas global navigation menu on the left
3. Click the Training Services Portal link in this menu
a. Click Authorize if prompted to obtain access to the training portal
b. Navigate through the Canvas Training Portal Tutorial
4. Click the Training Calendar tab
5. Training sessions listed are free for Holy Cross faculty members, so you may click on any training session to complete the registration.  Training sessions take place via videoconference.

Examples of webconferences offered:
Canvas: Group Work & Collaboration
Canvas Assignments
Canvas Quiz Basics
Managing Canvas Quizzes

Session Recordings



External Opportunities

Webinars about online learning and teaching available from Associated College of the Midwest (includes several liberal arts colleges)

The ACM is making publically available the recordings of their summer workshop series. You can access them all here. Topics include:

  • Teaching and learning with care and hope: ways of being with crisis, trauma, and uncertainty in the classroom and beyond
  • The liberal arts mindset at a distance: tactics for building a hybrid course
  • Reimagining your syllabus for responsiveness: aligning goals, assessment, and strategies for teaching
  • Developing effective assignments for the hybrid context and beyond
  • Design your course once for multiple modalities
  • Considerations for hands-on/performance/embodied experiences in remote learning environments
  • Engineering student collaboration and group work

AJCU Faculty Teaching Commons (teaching resources by discipline)

To support the work of faculty across the network during COVID-19, the AJCU has launched a set of online pages, collectively titled the AJCU Faculty Teaching Commons. The goal of the Commons is to provide a virtual space for:
    •    connecting with fellow faculty members in the Jesuit higher education network;
    •    reflecting on the pedagogical challenges of, and possibilities for, teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic;
    •    expanding our understanding of COVID-19’s implications for students of diverse racial and economic backgrounds, and
    •    preparing to teach in the coming academic year.   
 
The hope in launching this project is to build meaningful bridges among Jesuit college and university faculty, and across schools, thus enriching our Ignatian, educational mission. It essentially consists of a set of Google Docs for participants to exchange teaching information, ideas and questions by general disciplinary groupings
 
To participate, simply go to https://www.ajcunet.edu/faculty-teaching-commons and select the disciplinary group that is closest to your field. Once you write in the Google Doc there is no need to save the text. Your comments will automatically be saved for others to read.


Previous events in December 2020

Canvas/Instructure Workshop on Canvas Exams and Academic Integrity

Holy Cross Canvas Exams & Academic Integrity: Tim Mason from Instructure/Canvas will present tips and strategies to help structurally enhance academic integrity in Canvas exams.  Although this session focuses on Canvas, the technical tips can be used in Moodle, as well.  There will be an opportunity for Q&A.

Monday, December 7, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Tuesday, December 8, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Thursday, December 10, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

If you are interested in attending, please register for one or more of these Instructure/Canvas sessions using this Google Form to be added to the Google Calendar invite, which contains the Zoom meeting link and relevant details. 

Educational Design and Digital Media Services

The Educational Design and Digital Media Services group will be offering sessions in the next few weeks on a variety of educational technologies that can enhance existing course activities and provide students opportunities for deeper engagement with class content and expanded ways to demonstrate their learning.There is no signup/registration required. Please feel free to drop in as time allows.


“Storied Scholars:” Creating a podcast assignment (Holly, David): the pedagogical benefits of incorporating student-created podcasts in your class. We’ll review resources to help you and your students get from A to Z, describe best practices and strategies, and summarize the technical tools available for recording and storage.

Wednesday, 12/2, at 10:00 am: https://holycross.zoom.us/j/93146720354
Thursday (repeat session), 12/3, at 1:00 pm: https://holycross.zoom.us/j/96568334925

Open Moodle session (Rich): drop in and bring your general Moodle questions

Tuesday, 12/1, at 1:00 pm: https://holycross.zoom.us/j/96022748912
Friday (repeat session), 12/4, at 10:00 am: https://holycross.zoom.us/j/94346439315

Colleague to Colleague "Coffee Talks"
30-minute conversations between colleagues

Leah Cohen (English) and Jimena Bermejo (Theatre & Dance)
Adventures in Team Teaching
Friday, Dec 4, 10:00 am
https://holycross.zoom.us/j/95237119454

Neel Smith (Classics)
Specifications Grading - Continuing the Conversation
Friday, Dec 11, 10:00 am
https://holycross.zoom.us/j/95237119454

Previous events in July and August

Workshop: “Explore: Self-Diagnostic and Support Opportunities”
The Digital Teaching and Learning Task Force will take you through this list and the options available for further support

Thursday, July 9, 10:00 am OR
Friday, July 10, 10:00 am OR
Monday, July 13, 1:00 pm
Meetings will be held via Zoom; you will need to join with your Holy Cross email: https://holycross.zoom.us/j/92327578909

In-Person Teaching Q&A

John Cannon (Facilities), Jim Cahill and David Banville (Educational Design), Linda Eastley (Eastley & Partners, space consultants), and Deans

The In-Person Teaching Q&A session will be held on Tuesday, July 21 from 3:00 to 4:15.  Meeting Zoom link.

Four-week course design workshop: “Designing Engaging Online and Hybrid Learning” 
An intensive four-week course (course description available here) led by instructors from Centreity Learning Partners, specialists in online learning who have over twenty years of experience working with technology-enhanced learning, and based on an Ignatian Pedagogical framework. There will be a choice of dates: July 20–August 16 or July 27–August 23. Options will be offered for designing your course in Canvas or in Moodle. With the Canvas option, there will also be a STEM-focused course. This program involves a commitment of approximately 6 hours per week: 1–2 hours only in weekly synchronous sessions and 4 hours of weekly independent, asynchronous work building your course(s).

In light of the time commitment involved, a stipend of $500 is available for faculty who fully complete this course. Please complete this registration form.

Two-day intensive course design workshop: “Engaging Students Through Intentional Design and Delivery”
Led by the Holy Cross Digital Teaching and Learning Task Force and focused on pedagogical principles for online learning and course design, this workshop will cover standards for online courses, working in Canvas and Moodle templates, creating alignment between course outcomes and assignments, creating engaging discussion forms and other topics. It will be offered on two occasions: July 21–22 and August 4–5, each day 10 am – 3 pm with a break for lunch.

A stipend of $250 is available for faculty who fully complete this course. Please complete this registration form.

If you are interested in this workshop but cannot make either of those dates, please email the Deans of the Faculty.

Book-club discussion group
Led by Laurie Ann Britt-Smith, Director of the Center for Writing, and focused on the online teaching guide Personal, Accessible, Responsive, Strategic [https://wac.colostate.edu/books/practice/pars/].

Four chapters — two opportunities to discuss each. Attendance for all chapters NOT required. Join us as you can. Although the text is aimed at writing pedagogy, the discussion will be broader in the application of the concepts.

  • Intro/Chapter 1 “Personal”: Tues. July 14, 1:00-2:00; Wed. July 15, 10:30 -11:30
  • Chapter 2 “Accessible”:  Mon. July 27, 10:30-11:30; Tues. July 28, 1:00-2:00
  • Chapter 3 “Responsive”: Mon. August 3, 10:30-11:30; Thurs. August 6, 1:00-2:00
  • Chapter 4 “Strategic” and Conclusion: Mon. August 10, 10:30-11:30; Tues. August 11, 1:00-2:00

A small stipend is available for faculty participants: $20 per chapter, $100 for all four chapters. Please complete this registration form.

Canvas Workshops
The Educational Design team will be hosting several one-hour "Canvas: a template and overview" sessions starting Friday, July 17, at 10 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.  These sessions will also be repeated Thursday, July 23, at 10 a.m. and Friday, July 24, at 10 a.m.  These sessions will discuss the Canvas template, as well as provide a general overview of how all the features in Canvas work together.  The Zoom link for the sessions is here.  You will need to log in to the sessions using your Holy Cross email credentials.

 

Interactive Options for August

Live Sessions with the Digital Teaching and Learning Task Force and ITS

Teaching and learning online
Monday, 8/17, 10-11 am: Zoom: Learn and Play: link to join

Wednesday, 8/19, 9:30am-12:30 pm, Seminar for Montserrat faculty: Going Paperless (link will be sent to participants)

Thursday, 8/20 at 2 pm, Creating & Integrating Short Videos into Canvas/Moodle: link to recording of this session
Designed for those who are new to creating videos for online learning, this workshop will feature both pedagogical and tech advice.

Thursday, 8/20, 10-11am: Moodle Quizzes/Exams: Designing to Promote Academic Integrity: link to join
Tuesday, 8/25, 1-2pm: Moodle Quizzes/Exams: Designing to Promote Academic Integrity: link to join

Friday, 8/21, 10-11am, Building Engagement in Your Online Class and Zoom Sessions: link to join
Tuesday, 8/25, 2-3pm, Building Engagement in Your Online Class and Zoom Sessions: link to join

Monday, 8/24, 1-4pm Adapting an Assignment for an online environment
The Assignment Retreat is a drop in event that gives participants a space and time to work on course assignments. Use it as an appointment to work in solidarity with others virtually, together. Break out rooms will be available to those who would like to:

  • collaborate on assignments
  • share ideas about course design and activities
  • consult with the Center for Writing on assignments or class visits
  • speak with a research librarian about integrating library resources into your assignments
  • meet with Accessibility Services to answer accommodation or accessibility questions
  • learn more about support offered by Academic Services and Learning Resource (STEM+E, PAL, the College Transition Program, and more)

Join at any time between 1 pm and 4pm on August 24 at this link to join

Tuesday, 8/25, 1-2pm, Moodle Quizzes/Exams: Designing to Promote Academic Integrity: link to join

Tuesday, 8/25, 10-11am, Making Word and PDF Documents Accessible: link to join
Wednesday, 8/26, 1-2pm, Making Word and PDF Documents Accessible: link to join

Thursday, 8/27, 10-11am, Google Sites for Class Projects: link to join


Canvas (see also below for several offerings from Instructure on Canvas)
Friday, 8/14, 10-11:15am, Canvas: a template and overview: link to join

Monday, 8/17, 10-11:15am, Canvas: a template and overview: link to join

Friday, 8/21, 11am-12pm, Panopto & Canvas: link to join

Tuesday, 8/25, 10-11:15am, Canvas: a template and overview: link to join


Moodle
Wednesday, 8/19, 1-2pm, Moodle Template: link to join

Thursday, 8/20, 10-11am, Moodle Quizzes/Exams: Designing to Promote Academic Integrity: link to join

Friday, 8/21, 1-2pm, Panopto & Moodle: link to join

Tuesday, 8/25, 1-2pm, Moodle Quizzes/Exams: Designing to Promote Academic Integrity: link to join

Wednesday, 8/26, 10-11am, Moodle Template: link to join

Wednesday, 8/26, 2-3pm Moodle Gradebook: link to join


Zoom
Monday, 8/17, 10-11 am: Zoom: Learn and Play: link to join

Friday, 8/21, 10-11am, Building Engagement in Your Online Class and Zoom Sessions: link to join
Tuesday, 8/25, 2-3pm, Building Engagement in Your Online Class and Zoom Sessions: link to join


Panopto
Friday, 8/21, 11am-12pm, Panopto & Canvas: link to join

Friday, 8/21, 1-2pm, Panopto & Moodle: link to join

Canvas training offered by Instructure

Register for one or more of these offerings on this Google form.

Holy Cross Workshops on Specific Features of Canvas

Monday, 8/17, 2–4 pm: Deep dive assignments, Gradebook, and Speedgrader (Panopto- video recording of the session)
Tuesday, 8/18, 10 am–12 noon: Discussion, Collaboration and Building Engagement (Panopto- video recording of the session)
Thursday, 8/20, 2–4 pm: Quiz and Exam Building (Panopto- video recording of the session)

Holy Cross Course Design Using Canvas

A Canvas Instructional Designer will guide you through approaches for leveraging Canvas features to enhance your online course design and to maximize your students’ experience.  This two-hour session will be a blend of Instructional Design overview and hands-on work in your Canvas course.

September

Tuesday 9/22, 3:00pm-5pm  
Friday 9/25, 10am-12pm

August

Monday 8/24 2:00–4:00 PM (Panopto- video recording of the session)    or 6:00-8:00 PM (Panopto- video recording of the session
Tuesday 8/25 3:00-5:00 PM  
Wednesday 8/26 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday 8/27 2:00-4:00 PM
Friday 8/28 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Quickstart For Your Holy Cross Canvas Course

A Canvas Trainer will provide you with the basics to become familiar with Canvas to get started building your fall course(s).  This one-hour hands on session will touch upon navigating your Canvas course, adding content to modules, building assignments and quizzes, and resources for other elements of your course.

Wednesday 8/26 2:30-3:30 PM - (Panopto- video recording of the session)
Wednesday 8/26 3:30-4:30 PM - (Panopto- video recording of the session)
Thursday 8/27 10:00-11:00 AM-

Individual Appointments with our Instructure/Canvas Instructional Designer

Reserve time to meet individually with our Instructure/Canvas instructional designer Laurie Norris during the week of August 24–28 for a personal course design and consultation session. Book a 30-minute appointment.

Examples of webconferences offered:
Canvas: Group Work & Collaboration (registration required): offered Monday, 8/10 at 10:30–11:30am; Thursday, 8/20 at 4:00–5:00pm; Friday, 8/28 at 10:30–11:30am; Wednesday, 9/2 at 11:30am–12:30pm
Canvas Assignments (registration required): offered Tuesday, 8/11 12:00–1:00pm; Wednesday, 8/19 3:00–4:00pm; Thursday, 8/27 4:00–5:00pm; Monday, 8/31 5:30–6:30pm
Canvas Quiz Basics (registration required): offered Wednesday, 8/12 11:30am–12:30pm; Tuesday, 8/18 10:30–11:30am; Wednesday, 8/26 4:30–5:30pm
Managing Canvas Quizzes (registration required): offered Wednesday, 8/26 10:00–11:00 am; Monday, 8/31 2:30–3:30pm

 

 

HECCMA sponsored online workshops

Challenges and Principles for creating an online classroom community  
In this workshop, faculty participants will:

  • hear a refresher on online pedagogical principles
  • get tips and tricks from faculty colleagues from various disciplines
  • explore how these ideas may be applied in their own teaching practice

Date:  Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Time:  10:00am-11:30am
Location:  Zoom link (to be emailed after registering)
Cost:  Free to all HECCMA members
Please register here by Friday, July 31, to receive the Zoom link.

Key pedagogical principles for creating an engaging online STEM course
In this workshop, participants will:

  • be reminded of key pedagogical principles for online learning
  • hear tips and tricks from faculty colleagues in STEM fields who have had success teaching online
  • discuss how some of the ideas shared may be applied to your own teaching practice

Date:  Thursday, August 13, 2020
Time:  11:30am-1pm
Location:  Zoom link (to be emailed after registering)
Cost:  Free to all HECCMA members
Please register here by Friday, August 7, to receive the Zoom link.