July 2020 Archives

CTAAR is pleased to announce that the BluePulse tool for collecting feedback from students is available now. This pilot program will run from Summer 2020 through Spring 2021. 

Summer rosters are currently loaded, so any instructor who wants to use this tool can go to https://rutgers.m.bluepulse.com/ and begin creating questions immediately (if you do not see your course, please contact ctaar@docs.rutgers.edu for assistance). 

BluePulse can be used to collect anonymous student feedback for:

  • Formative feedback
  • Midcourse surveys
  • Quick "check-in" questions after lectures
  • Clicker-style questions during live sessions

More information about the pilot is available on our web site, and more information about how to use BluePulse can be found on the BluePulse help pages

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Managing Large Online Classes

Teaching online is especially challenging when managing large classes, because many activities that work with smaller groups are unwieldy when teaching to 100 or even 400 students. In this session, CTAAR examines how to manage students, assessment, and engagement in large classes. We cover creating and evaluating discussions in discussion forums, developing meaningful assessments that are possible to grade in a time-efficient manner, hosting and managing synchronous sessions using Zoom, and incorporating tools such as iClicker or TopHat to enrich content.

Thursday, July 16th 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Please RSVP at: https://ctaar.rutgers.edu/workshops/register/index.php?ws=1055

Peer Review of Online Teaching

In spring of 2020, peer review of teaching was suddenly halted by the rapid shift to remote teaching. In the fall term, peer review will need to continue so that faculty can have documentation of their successful teaching to use as evidence in teaching portfolios, and departments can better understand what is happening in virtual or partially virtual classrooms. For many instructors, the process of peer review of online teaching is entirely new. In this workshop, CTAAR discusses how to conduct online peer review of teaching, how to develop a rubric or guide that matches best practices for online teaching, and what to expect if someone will be reviewing your online course.

Wednesday August 5th, 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Please RSVP at: https://ctaar.rutgers.edu/workshops/register/index.php?ws=1058

Tuesday August 18th, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Please RSVP at: https://ctaar.rutgers.edu/workshops/register/index.php?ws=1059

Grading Schemes that Support Student Success

Grades have historically served a variety of purposes, from ranking students among their peers, to identifying high performing students who might excel in further study. However, scholarship of teaching and learning suggests that an instructor's grading scheme can significantly impact student learning. In particular, two related approaches to grading, Master Learning with Competency Based Grading, and Specifications Grading, align grades with learning objectives, and promote greater mastery of course material. In this workshop, CTAAR introduces different grading schemes while also reviewing general best practices for promoting grading transparency and reducing grade challenges including clear weighting, use of gradebook options in the LMS, and development of appropriate rubrics.

Thursday, August 13th 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Please RSVP at: https://ctaar.rutgers.edu/workshops/register/index.php?ws=1056

Personalizing Learning to Improve Outcomes

The constructivist approach to pedagogy affirms that learning is an individualistic practice, and that new knowledge is always built on an individual's prior understanding and experience. Personalized learning is an educational approach where instruction and assessments are aligned with individual students to address their diverse cultural backgrounds, interests, strengths, and learning needs. While it can be challenging to tailor activities for each individual in a course, students learn more when instructors create personalized learning environments. This session provides suggestions to move in this direction ranging from quick and simple strategies to more time-intensive approaches.

Tuesday, August 11th, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Please RSVP at: https://ctaar.rutgers.edu/workshops/register/index.php?ws=1057

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