An “all you can eat buffet” Moodle course for all faculty on the topic of Online and Hybrid Teaching has launched. An inclusive sub-committee worked to gather all the existing tools, tutorials, and emerging wisdom into one place for faculty to explore at their own pace as they prepare for fall courses. Every tool shared here is available to all members of the UP community and is well supported by our amazing ATSI and IT staffs.
The team is optimistic that your efforts this fall will feel a teensy bit less frenetic than the tectonic shift in March, as you engage with the Moodle Basecamp. The team was interdisciplinary, and the course itself allows for plenty of contributions and questions from the entire teaching community via the Forum functions. This includes a call for “Campus Coaches,” a roster of our peers who are willing to provide support—technical and moral—to anyone on campus. This roster grows each day through peer and self-nominations. We have an amazing, generous and talented faculty.
The Basecamp for Hybrid and Online Teaching is presented in scrollable blocks that faculty can dip in and out of as their time and needs dictate. The labelling is clear and intuitive. Everyone who teaches at UP has been enrolled in the course, and the team worked hard to have this ready in time to support the enormous effort faculty will put forth to be ready to welcome students in mid-August. For more information, please contact Jeffrey White at email@example.com.
The Learning Commons invites all students to connect with peer tutors, writing assistants, and speech and presentation consultants as an effective learning strategy for greater success in their college courses. Working with our tutors also makes your online learning experience at UP more social. This summer, we offer students the following online tutoring programs in Microsoft Teams:
- Math Resource Center: Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a math tutoring appointment.Provide two or three good days and times to meet.
- Writing Center: We have five writing assistants ready to support UP students during the summer term. Students can send an email request to email@example.com. Please include two to three good days and times to meet.
- Language Studio: Students can access language tutor hotlines at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
- Natural Sciences Center: Students can request biology, chemistry, and physics tutoring appointments at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Speech & Presentation Lab: Students can improve online presentation skills by requesting an appointment at email@example.com.
Students can find strategies for learning online at the college level by clicking here.
The Learning Commons’ virtual tutoring takes place on the Microsoft Teams platform which is available through the University’s Office 365 MyApps at this link.
To support the success of their virtual tutoring appointments student can take the following steps:
- Use a laptop or tablet with a camera and microphone.
- Become familiar with the Office 365 MyApps and search for the Teams app. Go to an introductory video on joining a meeting in Teams at this link.
- If possible, download the Microsoft Teams app on their device.
- Schedule appointments 48 hours in advance, if possible.
All questions regarding the Learning Commons’ virtual tutoring program can be directed to Jeffrey White, Learning Commons, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Learning Commons will operate on a reduced schedule during finals week. Content tutors and the Writing Center’s writing assistants will be available by appointment only on a limited basis. Writing and math tutor schedules are on WCONLINE at https://up.mywconline.net. Tutors in the Natural Sciences Center, Language Studio, Group Work Lab, and Speech and Presentation Lab, as well as our nursing and business tutors, will offer limited tutoring through our email hotlines posted on the Learning Commons website at www.up.edu/learningcommons.
The Learning Commons recently certified 16 tutors at Level 1. The following tutors have completed the Learning Commons’ nationally recognized tutor training and at least 25 hours of active tutoring time:
- Mikey Antkiewicz (Math)
- Valerie Chen (Nursing)
- Riley Dehmer (Math)
- Bao Huynh (Biology, Chemistry, and German)
- Kaylin Ingalls (Math)
- Hanna Leonard (Nursing)
- Ashley Lincoln (Nursing)
- Megan McClarnon (Statistics)
- Paul Meister (Math)
- Julianna Oliphant (Nursing)
- Princess Palicte (Nursing)
- Annie Smith (Finite Math)
- Clare Spinner (Math)
- Anna Tinoco (Math)
- Victor Tu (Math)
- Ali Venneberg (Statistics)
These students are also among fifty-five tutors and writing assistants who trained in March to shift all Learning Commons tutoring and Writing Center support online in Microsoft Teams. The Learning Commons trains all its content area tutors; the Level 1 training is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program Certification. Multiple research studies conclude that tutor training and program assessment are essential for high-quality tutoring programs and positive student outcomes.
For more information about the Learning Commons tutor training program, contact Jeffrey White at email@example.com.
The Learning Commons is now running all programs online, and student usage is up from the first week of online instruction, according to director Jeffrey White. By encouraging your students to connect with a peer tutor, you might help them to connect more deeply to learning and studying online while engaging socially with our peer tutors. Use this link to find out more.
A message from Jeffrey White and the Teaching and Learning Collaborative: “We’ve all been in a crunch over the past week and a half as the spread and unknown reach of the Coronavirus sent us all on many directions. Here are some basic ideas to consider as we navigate teaching online. Please use this link.
In the fog of the semester, we all can use some small teaching interventions to refresh our work with students. Join Lars Larson and Jeffrey White at this TLC brown bag event on Wednesday, February 12, 11:30-12:15, in the Murphy Room as they present ten suggestions for intentional teaching drawn from a variety of practitioners and researchers in teaching and learning.
For more information contact Karen Eifler, Garaventa Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the fog of the current semester, we all can use some small teaching interventions to refresh our work with students. Join Lars Larson and Jeffrey White at this TLC brown bag event on Wednesday, February 12, 11:30-12:15 p.m., in the Murphy Room as they present ten suggestions for intentional teaching drawn from a variety of practitioners and researchers in teaching and learning.
When students come to the Learning Commons for content tutoring, they often could use more work on how to study in general as well as the content area. How one approaches studying in one discipline varies from other disciplines, and how one approaches studying often impacts the grade earned by a student. The Learning Commons is launching a new pilot program to support students’ metacognitive approaches to studying. You can learn more about the program at this link.
Do you assign presentations and group projects in your classes? Do you often find that your students could use help in improving their presenting of material and working effectively in groups?
The Learning Commons in collaboration with the Department of Communication Studies offers peer consulting in our Speech and Presentation Lab and Groupwork Lab. These peer tutors are accomplished in the areas of presenting and working with groups, and they are trained by the Learning Commons in tutoring approaches. Students can make appointments by emailing a request with two or three good days and times to meet to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, a PowerPoint slide, or an assignment blurb about the Speech and Presentation Lab and Groupwork Lab, email Jeffrey White, Learning Commons administrator, at email@example.com.