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Rethinking Student Assignments | Part 3: Multimodal Assignments – Structure vs. Choice

Rethinking Student Assignments | Part 3: Multimodal Assignments – Structure vs. Choice

Websites, podcasts, videos, even the dreaded Powerpoint presentation, I’ve helped instructors develop assignments around all of these modes and more. When I first started, I admit that I didn’t quite know what I was doing. It wasn’t that I didn’t understand the theoretical principles involved in getting a particular multimodal assignment to work . It was that I’d never tried to implement specific methods in an actual class before. But, thanks to a few early adopter faculty members, I learned very quickly what worked, what didn’t work, and what had potential….

Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment

Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment

Many in education have seen the various equality vs. equity graphics circulated throughout professional development sessions. One has various animals that are all expected to climb a tree despite their differences in mobility. In another, children of different heights are trying to watch a baseball game behind a fence but the crates they stand on to gain a viewing advantage are all the same height. …

W&M Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation to host New Faculty Course Design Institute

W&M Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation to host New Faculty Course Design Institute

The Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation (STLI) will host the New Faculty Course Design Institute (CDI) in August as part of the newly developed New Faculty Program. The CDI is a teaching & learning series that incorporates online asynchronous course design tutorials and resources combined with in-person deep dive opportunities focused on key instructional topics. The deep-dive sessions will be hosted in-person at the studio space on the ground floor in Swem Library on August 16, 19, and 23. Sessions will be led by experienced William & Mary instructors and co-educators from across the university. Participants are also invited to join President Katherine Rowe and Provost Peggy Agouris for a mixer at the Wren Building….

W&M Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation announces ‘21 – 22 Excellence in Teaching Fellows

W&M Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation announces ‘21 – 22 Excellence in Teaching Fellows

The Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation (STLI) recently selected Joan Gavaler and Leslie Cochrane as the Teaching Excellence Fellows for the upcoming 2021 – 2022 academic year.

Gavaler and Cochrane will serve as the second cohort of STLI Fellows since the program’s inception. By focusing on strategic priorities for the university related to teaching and learning, the fellows will develop learning opportunities and programming for instructors across the university in collaboration with the STLI team….

Apply to be a New Faculty Mentor

Apply to be a New Faculty Mentor

Do you wish you knew then what you know now? Are you interested in helping new colleagues navigate the intricacies of teaching at William & Mary? The Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation is looking for experienced teachers who would like to share their perspectives and serve as a resource. Faculty mentors will receive an award to participate in the program during the 2021-22 academic year….

Rethinking Student Assignments | Part 2: How to think about Technical Skills

Rethinking Student Assignments | Part 2: How to think about Technical Skills

What skills do you want your students to develop when they create a multimodal project? If you’re assigning an essay, you’re probably hoping students will improve their writing. That same expectation should apply to a multimodal project. At some level, you want the students to be better producers (and consumers) of whatever medium they’re creating. There are many skill sets at play in any multimodal assignment. …

Making your Course Modular

Making your Course Modular

Interested in modular course design but don’t know where to start? Have an existing Blackboard course that you’d like to revise to make it more user-friendly? In this hands-on workshop, Computer Science Professor and STLI Fellow Dana Willner we will work with participants to implement or revise modular design for your course. Part of module creation will involve using features of Blackboard to improve navigation for students and maintaining consistency….

Developing Confident and Responsible Writers in the Digital World

Developing Confident and Responsible Writers in the Digital World

Teaching and learning in the digital world brings the dual possibilities of promise and peril. Digital tools and expanded connectivity afford instructors a wide array of instructional possibilities. Learners benefit from access to information and the ability to more easily collaborate with peers. These affordances are balanced by several constraints as well. One particular challenge is ensuring academic integrity in digital spaces….

W&M Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation to host virtual panel on One Tribe One Day

W&M Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation to host virtual panel on One Tribe One Day

The Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation (STLI) will be hosting “Inspiring Teaching & Learning (Even in a Pandemic!)” as part of the eighth annual One Tribe One Day (OTOD) virtual events line-up on April 13 at 9 am. During the hour-long session, STLI Director Mark Hofer will be joined by instructors, including a STLI Faculty Teaching Innovation Fellow, undergraduate student partners, and STLI team members to share inspirational stories around innovation in teaching and learning and how the pandemic has impacted the classroom now and beyond….

Getting Started with Gradescope

Getting Started with Gradescope

Are you curious about a state-of-the-art technology that will transform your grading experience? Would you like to easily access detailed data about your exams and how students are doing on individual problems? Chemistry Professor and STLI Fellow Dana Lashley discusses Gradescope, an artificial intelligence-assisted grading platform, and how to streamline grading in a large class setting. After this learning lab, you will have the tools needed to get started on your next exam. …

Rethinking Student Assignments | Part 1: A Study in Communication

Rethinking Student Assignments | Part 1: A Study in Communication

One of the hardest things for many instructors to do is to create a non-paper-based or multi-modal assignment for their students. We get so much of our information from videos, podcasts, websites, and other multimodal sources, so it’s only natural that instructors would want to help students understand these communication modes critically. There are appealing assignment options out there like student-created websites, podcasts, or student-produced videos….

Develop a Website for your Teaching & Research

Develop a Website for your Teaching & Research

Are you interested in developing a web presence for your teaching research and publications that can be referenced in your syllabi, class sessions, PowerPoints, publications, and more? Join Anne Rasmussen, professor and STLI fellow, as she explores university-supported technologies used to practice editing, uploading, presenting, organizing, and storing audiovisual materials from her own ethnographic research….

One Word Entry Into Class Discussion

One Word Entry Into Class Discussion

Many of us have been there. You’re trying to facilitate a discussion over Zoom, you pose a question, you wait the appropriately awkward amount of time and …crickets. Perhaps students aren’t sure what they want to say — it may be that they are tired — or they could just be shy. Whatever the issue, discussion falls flat when students don’t engage. In the education courses I teach, I need students to read and respond to various pedagogical case studies. My goal is that students read the text and dig deeply into how the ideas espoused in the texts can transfer to their classroom practice….

Unbook Club: The Spark of Learning

Unbook Club: The Spark of Learning

Katalin Wargo, Candice Benjes-Small, and Alexandra Macdonald host another round of the UnBook Club, a reading group for those who don’t have time to read! We’ll summarize the chapters and then jump into participant discussion of effective strategies to use in your classes.

Building Your Course Around Design Principles

Building Your Course Around Design Principles

When you’re designing a new course or doing a major syllabus revision, where do you typically start? If you’re like me (and probably most instructors), you begin with the content. What are the key concepts, ideas, and understandings that I want students to take away from my course? Then, lay them out on the calendar and identify readings, activities, and assessments. …

Bolster Student Resilience without Changing Your Course

Bolster Student Resilience without Changing Your Course

Have you ever wanted to know how to help a student in distress? Do you want to make your class “less stressful,” but need ideas on how to do so? Join Meghan Sinton Miller, professor and STLI Fellow as she discusses ways to make classes flexible and supportive without having to change course content. Meghan also reviews ways to connect students to different support systems on-campus….

Respectful Discussions in the Classroom: 2020 Election & Beyond*

In 2016, many of our students came to class the day after the election with questions and/or concerns about how the outcome of the election might affect them personally, or their families and friends. Regardless of what you teach, acknowledging the outcome of the election (or the likely lack of a known outcome in the days after Nov. 3) and your students’ different perspectives and concerns is likely to be important to them….

Student Engagement Tips and Tricks for New Faculty

Student Engagement Tips and Tricks for New Faculty

When we came together last semester for our STLI Workshop: Small Teaching for New Faculty Katalin Wargo and Candice Benjes-Small discussed the book Small Teaching and shared problems of practice. During this workshop, it was discovered that many of the faculty experiences related specifically to student engagement online. As William & Mary continues the academic year in a blended learning environment, Katalin and Candice invite new faculty to join the conversation and share tips and tricks to engage students online….

W&M Libraries

W&M Libraries

Physically located in Swem Library, the Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation regularly collaborates with a range of partners in the library through programming, events, and initiatives. From our Advisory Council to Teaching Innovation Fellows to Educational Media Production Assistants, W&M Libraries is an integral partner for STLI’s mission and vision….

Vlogging for Online Courses with Higham & Co.

Vlogging for Online Courses with Higham & Co.

This special STLI workshop focused on the multimedia phenomenon known as vlogging and how you can use it in your online courses. Facilitated by Jeremy Higham of Higham & Company, the workshop will be broken up into two sections. In the first hour, Jeremy will discuss vlogging and how you can use it in your online courses. The second hour of the workshop will be dedicated to a hands-on demonstration. With extensive documentary experience, Higham has taught blogging both in the UK and India.

2021 ReVISION Bootcamp Live Sessions

2021 ReVISION Bootcamp Live Sessions

The ReVISION Bootcamp is an annual event for online instructors to revise their summer courses. New Tech Tools Sessions will highlight asynchronous/ synchronous tools that can be used in online courses. These sessions will walk through examples of how the tech tools have been used, provide useful links and resources, and offer time to ask questions. …

Small Steps to Student Engagement & Connection

Small Steps to Student Engagement & Connection

Engaging and connecting with students in remote, blended, and even socially distanced classrooms is a challenge. In this participatory workshop hosted by STLI Director Mark Hofer, you will draw on student engagement research to design small steps and an iterative process to effect meaningful changes in your teaching.

Digital storytelling tools for class projects

Digital storytelling tools for class projects

In this 90 minute workshop, Mike Blum and Shannon White explored some of STLI’s favorite tools for creating digital storytelling projects. Google Sites, Microsoft Sway, and ArcGIS Story Maps are all easy to use, powerful storytelling tools that students can jump right into for short assignments, presentations, or larger projects. Learn how to make the most of these tools supported by W&M.

Poll Everywhere Fall 2020 Kickoff Session

Poll Everywhere Fall 2020 Kickoff Session

Are you considering using Poll Everywhere (PollEV), or maybe an early adopter or anything in-between? If so, watch as STLI and a Poll Everywhere representative discuss new features in PollEV, share tips for Fall 2020, and answer questions. 

Student Accessibility Services Q&A

Student Accessibility Services Q&A

Instructors and co-educators joined Associate Dean of Students & Director of Student Accessibility Services Lesley Henderson and Coordinator of Student Accessibility Services Anna Whiston as they answered questions about implementing SAS accommodations.

Maintaining Academic Integrity in Extraordinary Times

Maintaining Academic Integrity in Extraordinary Times

In the third and final session of the Studio’s Spring 2020 Workshop Series, Senior Associate Dean of Students Dave Gilbert and STLI staff provide instructors with advice as to best practices to encourage integrity and prevent academic dishonesty….