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Back-to-School Boot Camp

At the start of each semester, the CTE organizes Back-to-School Boot Camp, a week-long series of workshops meant to help instructors gear up for the new semester. Lunch each day provides a chance to connect with instructors from across the institution. Come for a single session or stay for the day!

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.

Fall 2019

Introduction to Canvas

Monday, August 19, 10:30-12:00, CTE Innovation Lab (O'Neill 250)

This workshop prepares you to integrate BC’s learning management system, Canvas, seamlessly into your class. We’ll show you how to customize Canvas for your class’s needs; manage your syllabus online; create and grade assignments; organize the content you upload; and preview your course from a student’s perspective. Work on your own course while we work together! Facilitated by Francesca Minonne, Megan Crotty, and Sara Suzuki. You are also invited to join us for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00.

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Maximizing Canvas

Monday, August 19, 1:00-2:30, CTE Innovation Lab (O'Neill 250)

There are many ways the advanced features of Canvas can help you achieve your course objectives. In this workshop, we will introduce you to: embedding media in your Canvas course, setting up group assignments, using the calendar feature for events related to your course (like office hour appointments!), creating discussions and quizzes, and using a rubric to grade assignments. We will also go over how to move content from a prior course into a new course, and introduce external tools that can be integrated with Canvas. Facilitated by Sarah Castricum, Megan Crotty, and Sara Suzuki. You are also invited to join us for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00.

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Designing Clearer Assignments

Tuesday, August 20, 10:30-12:00, CTE Innovation Lab (O'Neill 250)

It can be challenging to communicate expectations to students in ways they will understand, especially around content and skills they are just learning.  Striving for greater transparency can be one of the best strategies for fostering student success, however -- especially the success of our first generation and under-represented students.  This workshop will explore ways to make sure students understand the purpose of an assignment, the steps for completing it, and the criteria for a successful outcome. Facilitated by Stacy Grooters. You are also invited to join us for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00.

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Building Classroom Community

Tuesday, August 20, 1:00-2:30, CTE Innovation Lab (O'Neill 250)

Research shows that a strong sense of classroom community increases student engagement and learning. This interactive session will focus on fostering community at the beginning of the semester through syllabus design and evidence-based, low-stakes pedagogical practices. Participants will leave the session with a clear vision of their ideal classroom community and strategies that will help them navigate possible challenges. Facilitated by Kim Humphrey and Kelsey Norwood. You are also invited to join us for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00.

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Creating Online Lectures

Wednesday, August 21, 10:30-12:00, CTE Innovation Lab (O'Neill 250)

Instructors are using online lectures for a variety of purposes, from “flipping” the classroom to supplementing traditional approaches to teaching.  This workshop will demonstrate how to record a lecture and upload it to your Canvas course using Panopto, the personal capture system supported for courses at BC.  If you would like to practice making and uploading a recording, please bring a laptop; a Canvas practice site will be provided for you. Participants will also have the option to tour the CTE's new recording studio, which is an interruption-free, acoustically-enhanced space designed for instructors interested in designing online lectures. Facilitated by Scott Kinder, Megan Crotty, and Sara Suzuki. You are also invited to join us for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00.

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Drop-in Help: PRS, Zoom, and Canvas

Wednesday, August 21, 1:00-2:30, O'Neill 254

Bring any questions you may have about Canvas, iClicker, Poll Everywhere or Zoom, etc. and CTE staff will be ready to work with you individually as you prepare for the new semester. Facilitated by CTE staff. You are also invited to join us for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00.

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Facilitating Discussions

Thursday, August 22, 10:30-12:00, CTE Innovation Lab (O'Neill 250)

Whether you’re faced with a sea of silent students or trying to get a runaway conversation back on topic, leading class discussion can be one of the most challenging -- and enjoyable -- parts of your work as an instructor.  In this session, we’ll talk about the components of a successful discussion and consider concrete strategies for getting a conversation started and keeping it on track. Facilitated by Francesca Minonne. You are also invited to join us for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00.

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Lecturing for Learning

Thursday, August 22, 1:00-2:30, CTE Innovation Lab (O'Neill 250)

New approaches to teaching now give us many alternatives to the lecture, but speaking and presentation skills can still be essential in the classroom.  This session will explore ways to deliver engaging content and make the most of a strong lecture by interweaving it with other types of learning activities. Facilitated by Sarah Castricum. You are also invited to join us for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00.

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