Back-To-School Workshops

We offered Fall 2022 Back-to-School workshops and drop-in sessions during the weeks of August 15th and August 22nd.  You will find the details, including registration links, below.

Pedagogy-Focused Workshops

Big Principles, Small Teaching

Monday, August 15, 1:00-2:30 (O'Neill 250 or via Zoom)

In his book by the same title, James Lang argues that there are modest changes we can make in our classroom practices that can have significant impacts on student learning.  This session will explore how small adjustments in course design and implementation informed by recent research from the learning sciences, can lead to greater motivation, more productive mindsets, and increased retention of material among students.

Register for Big Principles, Small Teaching

Planning for the First Day

Monday, August 22, 1:00-2:30 (O'Neill 250 or via Zoom)

The first day of class is an important opportunity for you to set the stage for the rest of the semester. In this workshop, we will discuss how to use your first class to set expectations for the course, get to know your students, engage students with course content, and create a positive learning environment.

Register for Planning for the First Day

Course Design Drop-in

Wednesday, August 24, 1:00-2:30 (O'Neill 250 or via Zoom)

Working out the specifics for an assignment, class session or course policies? Bring points you’re pondering about a course you’ll be teaching this year, and think together with CTE staff about how to approach them. We’ll meet with instructors on a first come, first served basis. To make drop-ins accessible to as many instructors as possible, they will be offered in person with the option to attend remotely. Please indicate when registering whether you plan to attend in person or via Zoom. You are welcome to participate in the other format if you change your mind, but having projected numbers is useful for our planning.

Register for Course Design Drop-in

Technology-Focused Workshops

Introduction to Canvas

Tuesday, August 16, 2:00-3:30 or Monday, August 22, 10:00-11:30 (via Zoom)

Canvas is an online learning management system that can serve as a central hub for a course online. It is an important tool for communicating with your students about course structure and requirements, and sharing course materials including syllabi, readings, and other media. During this workshop, we will introduce instructors to the Canvas platform and essential features such as Announcements, Files, Modules, Pages, and Discussions. The session will consist of 60 minutes of content followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.

Register for Introduction to Canvas: August 16 or August 22

Assignments and Grading in Canvas

Friday, August 19, 10:30-12:00 or Tuesday, August 23, 10:00-11:30 (via Zoom)

This session provides an overview of options for receiving, grading and managing student work in Canvas. We will review Gradebook settings that determine how grades and feedback are communicated to students. This session is recommended for anyone new to grading through Canvas, or anyone who has used Canvas grading and is interested in exploring it further. When you are registering for this workshop, you are invited to submit questions related to using assignments and grading in Canvas. We will address your questions in the presentation (first 60 minutes) or during the Q&A (last 30 minutes).

Register for Assignments and Grading in Canvas: August 19 or August 23

Tech Drop-in

Friday, August 19, 1:00-2:30 or Thursday, August 25, 2:00-3:30 (O'Neill 246 or via Zoom)

Bring questions on Canvas and other BC supported technologies, and CTE staff will answer them on a first come, first served basis. To make drop-ins accessible to as many instructors as possible, they will be offered in person with the option to attend remotely. Please indicate when registering whether you plan to attend in person or via Zoom. You are welcome to participate in the other format if you change your mind, but having projected numbers is useful for our planning.

Register for Tech Drop-in: August 19 or August 25

Poll Everywhere

Tuesday, August 23, 1:00-2:30 (via Zoom)

This session will provide an overview of the Poll Everywhere platform, a free, web-based tool for creating interactive activities and polls for students to participate in. We will cover creating and presenting activities in Poll Everywhere, registering students via the new Single sign-on integration and preparing them to participate, as well as viewing student responses and exporting grades from Poll Everywhere to Canvas.

Register for Poll Everywhere

Tech Tools for Collaborative Reading and Writing

Wednesday, August 24, 10:00-11:30 (via Zoom)

This workshop provides an overview of three tools instructors and students can use to discuss and interact with texts and documents: Google Docs; Perusall (which allows collaborative annotation of texts); and advanced Discussion Board features in Canvas. We’ll explore the structure and features of each tool, and consider how they lend themselves to collaboration for different purposes. The session will consist of 60 minutes of content followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.

Register for Tech Tools for Collaborative Reading and Writing

Canvas New Quizzes

Thursday, August 25, 10:00-11:30 (via Zoom)

This workshop will provide an overview of New Quizzes in Canvas, which will be visible as an alternative to current (Classic) Quizzes for all instructors starting October 7th and will replace Classic Quizzes in June 2024. Facilitators will show how to create a quiz (including the availability of new question types), how to grade quizzes and provide student accommodations, as well as additional features, including migrating from Classic Quizzes to New Quizzes. The session will consist of 60 minutes of content followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.

Register for Canvas New Quizzes

Session Recordings

Click the links below to see recordings from previous tech trainings:

Accommodation Requests

The Center for Teaching Excellence is committed to providing equal access to its events and programs. Individuals with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact centerforteaching@bc.edu.

Past Back-to-School Workshops