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Upcoming Workshops for Faculty

Upcoming workshops are listed below. Registration closes one week before so we have time to get an accurate head count for refreshments. To see the workshop details and register, click on the title to expand it.

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Course Development Camp

Are you teaching a new course or thinking about revising one you already teach? Join us for some hands-on working sessions where we will guide you through the elements of course design and revision with lots of time for you to actually build your course. This mosquito-free event, organized by the UMA Faculty Development Center, will be held indoors, but there will be s’mores and campfire stories!

Register here for any or all of the days: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4378668/Course-Development-Camp


Day 1: Build Your Course - August 14

The first day of camp will provide an overview of the course design process, an introduction to Kaltura and blogs/journals in Blackboard, your course objectives and assessments planned, strategies for engaging your learners, and lots of great ideas from your colleagues. 

Who should attend

Adjuncts and full-time faculty who are new, will be building a new course, teaching a course new to them, or are new to Blackboard.

What you will get at the end of the day

  • Written course objectives
  • Plans for mastery assessments
  • Strategies for engaging students
  • Plans for collecting data and providing feedback to learners

Schedule for the day

8:30 - Coffee, informal time
9:00 - Backwards Design: concept introduction and discussions in small groups
10:00 - Choice time:

Learn It & Prove It (Course Objectives and Summative Assessments)
Student Engagement Strategies
Checking Progress & Correcting Course (Formative Assessment & Feedback) 

11:30 - Lunch

12:00 - Regrouping - share what we learned
12:30 - Mini workshop: Intro to Kaltura
1:00 - Mini workshop: Bb Journals/Blogs 
1:30 - Choice time: 

Learn It & Prove It (Course Objectives and Summative Assessments)
Student Engagement Strategies
Checking Progress & Correcting Course (Formative Assessment & Feedback)

3:00 pm: Adjourn


Day 2: Any Way You Want It - August 15

This is a free day for you to schedule time one-on-one or in a small group with an Instructional Designer or eLearning Specialist. Bring your own to do list and questions, and we will help you develop your course or explore ideas.

Who should attend

Any adjuncts and full-time faculty who would like some individualized support.

What you will get at the end of the day

  • You set the agenda, so you decide

Schedule for the day

8:30 - Coffee, informal time
9:00 - 3:00 YOU DECIDE: schedule an appointment for one-on-one support


Day 3: Building an Inclusive Course - August 16

The focus of camp this day is universal design, accessibility, classroom climate, diversity, and learning communities. The purpose is to help you include all of your learners in the learning opportunities in your course by recognizing their needs and creating a welcoming and safe environment for risk-taking. This also gives us an opportunity to address the unique needs of the adult learner and first-generation college student, which is a large part of our demographic, two areas that are not often addressed when talking about diversity, but that can be accommodated with a lot of the same strategies.

Who should attend

Any adjuncts and full-time faculty who would like to create a more inclusive classroom environment that will empower learners to engage deeply in course content.

What you will get at the end of the day

  • An understanding of Universal Design for Learning, as well as strategies and resources for designing a user-friendly course and materials to address the needs of all learners
  • An introduction to Blackboard Ally, a tool that will assess the accessibility of your Blackboard course
  • Practice with making your course materials more accessible
  • An articulated vision for how you will create a warm classroom climate and capitalize on the diversity of your learners
  • A plan for creating learning communities in your course

Schedule for the day

8:30 - Coffee, informal time
9:00 - 10:00 Universal Design for Learning & User-Friendly Courses
10:00 - 10:30 Blackboard Ally & Accessible Materials
10:30 - 11:30 Work time: Make your course materials accessible
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch
12:00 - 12:30 Mini workshop: Kaltura Video Quizzes
12:30 - 1:30 Diversity & Classroom Climate
1:30 - 3:00 Creating & Facilitating Learning Communities


Register here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4378668/Course-Development-Camp


About Our Session Formats

Lunch & Learn: this type of session is primarily focused on improving teaching and learning through a discussion format where faculty share their experiences and the session leaders facilitate the discussion and provide resources. These sessions are held on the Augusta & Bangor campuses, with remote participants connecting through Zoom.

Workshop: this type of session is designed to be hands-on, where faculty can come to learn about and try a tool, resource, or strategy. Leaders present how they use the tool, resource, or strategy, and provide instruction and space for practice. These sessions are held on the Augusta & Bangor campuses with remote participants connecting through Zoom.

Webinar: this type of session can cover a range of topics, but the main difference is that all participants join remotely online through Zoom. In a Faculty Show & Tell, a faculty member will highlight a tool or strategy that they use and walk the participants through their course or materials with details and lessons learned. In a technology webinar, time is spent in presentation mode, demonstrating a tool, with additional time spent in breakout sessions where participants can receive individualized assistance while they complete a task.

Accessibility Statement

The University provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities upon request. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for a workshop should contact Anne Fensie at anne.fensie@maine.edu or (207) 262-7979 to submit a request. Due to the lead-time needed to arrange certain accommodations, individuals should submit their request no later 1 week before the event.