Webinars & Classes

As part of OIA’s mission to build capacity for excellent teaching on our campus, we offer a wide variety of workshops, webinars and facilitated online mini-courses to individuals who teach for the UA.

All of our professional development offerings incorporate Universal Design principles. Registration for these offerings includes space for participants to request any disability-related accommodations that will facilitate their full participation, such as ASL interpreting, captioned videos, Braille or electronic text. Please use the Contact Us link to ask any other questions about the accessibility of our offerings.

Credentialing

The OIA offers credentials (certificates of completion) for our Mini-Courses and many of our workshops. EDGE Learning is the University system that is used to grant certificates. After logging in with your netID and password, you can view and print your certificates, search for professional development classes and certifications. If you have questions on this system please contact Gabriel Rodriguez.

 


Introduction to Teaching Online

October 18 - 29, 2021

In this 10-day online mini-course, participants will experience taking an online course while learning about methods, tools, and best practices for teaching hybrid and fully online courses. Registration will be capped at 40 participants. This mini-course is offered in D2L.

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The new Gen Ed program emphasizes interdisciplinary thinking, perspective-taking, and reflection. In this series we explore the course proposal process for the new program. In these two Deep Dive sessions, we will provide an overview of the course proposal process and provide some tips, tricks, and considerations for your course proposal preparation. Participants will have the opportunity to explore some of the proposal preparation support elements and ask questions. 

 

For further information, questions, or concerns please contact: Katie Southard

 

Session 1: The New General Education: Your How-to-Guide for Preparing a Course Proposal

Webinar Information: Monday September 20th, 2:00-3:00PM (AZ time)

 

In this session, we discuss the course proposal preparation process for the new General Education (GE) program. Participants will leave the session with a clearer understanding of the course proposal timeline, materials, and available support. 

 

Session 2: Demystifying the GE Course Review Process

Webinar Information: Wednesday September 22nd, 2:00-3:00PM (AZ time)

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In this session, we will hear from Susan Miller-Cochran (Executive Director of General Education) and Joan Curry (Chair of the University-Wide General Education Committee) about “nuts and bolts” of the course proposal review process. The conversation will focus on key considerations for transitioning courses to the new curriculum, what to expect during the review process, and suggested pathways for support.

 


 

Session 1: Cataloguing Learning Throughout the Semester

September 24, 10-11:00 AM (AZ Time)l

Location: Hybrid (Zoom link and library room is included in registration link)

Blurb: In this session, we will discuss how students can catalogue learning using ePortfolios, make connections across materials and learning goals, and look at tips/tricks for teaching students about curating learning artifacts. Register Here.

 

Session 2: Digital Ethics in ePortfolios

November 5, 10-11:00 AM (AZ Time)

Location: Hybrid (Zoom link and library room is included in registration link)

Blurb: In this session, we will discuss the ePortfolio Organization, AAEEBL's, Guide to Digital Ethics in ePortfolios and how to use this resource meaningfully in the class, help guide students in these discussions, and generate resources. Register Here.

 

Session 3: ePortfolios and Transfer of Learning: Reflecting Forward

December 3, 10-11:00 AM (AZ Time)

Location: Hybrid (Zoom link and library room is included in registration link)

Blurb: In this session, we will discuss how learning ePortfolios, reflection, and cataloguing learning can help students develop learning goals for future courses and meaningfully transfer learning. We will discuss activities that facilitate transfer and resources for students. Register Here.

For questions, please reach out to Emily Jo Schwaller.


Preparing for Faculty Job Applications Series

This series of participatory workshops focuses on the academic job market and addresses topics such as writing teaching, research, and diversity statements; creating ePortfolios; managing your online presence; and preparing for interviews. The series will conclude with an application materials review where attendees can get feedback on materials drafted throughout the series.

All workshops are FREE to attend and are facilitated through Zoom. The Zoom meeting link is provided after registration. An in-person option is available, but seats are limited.

Materials from the series will be made available through the Preparing Faculty Job Applications Resources Shared Folder(link is external). Use your UArizona email and password to access the folder.

This series co-hosted by the Graduate Center, the Office of Instruction and Assessment(link is external)Postdoctoral Affairs(link is external), the Think Tank Writing Center(link is external), and the Graduate and Professional Student Council(link is external).

Please visit the series webpage for additional information.


Coming Soon!

Webinar Recordings

These are recordings of live webinars that took place during the Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters.  All recordings are of Zoom sessions.

The 2021 Mini-Course schedule below is subject to change, as we evaluate how best to meet instructors' needs for the Spring semester.

You can expect to spend about an hour a day on the content for these online mini-courses. Where indicated below, some include synchronous meetings, but most of the work for these will be at your own pace. Registration for Mini-Courses opens approximately three weeks prior to the start date.

 

Dates Mini-Courses
September 20-October 1, 2021

Intentional Learning Relationships Registration closed. 

This two-week, fully online mini-course introduces strategies for intentionally building and strengthening instructor-student relationships. Drawing from a cultural humility perspective, the course integrates contributions from culturally responsive pedagogies, intercultural teaching competence, and anti-racist work. The course will focus on both foundational reflections and active application to participants’ course materials. Your expected time investment is 1 to 2 hours per day during the regular work week via our D2L course site. This course includes 2-4 optional live conversations on Zoom, Tuesday and/or Thursday 11 am – 12 pm.

October 18-29, 2021

Introduction to Teaching Online Register

In this 10-day online mini-course, participants will experience taking an online course while learning about methods, tools, and best practices for teaching hybrid and fully online courses. Registration will be capped at 40 participants. This mini-course is offered in D2L.

TBD

Reimagining Slides

This five day online mini-course will invite participants to dust off those text heavy, bullet point laden lecture slides and reimagine the power and purpose of what is projected on a screen. This mini-course is offered in D2L.

TBD

Reimagining Online Lectures

This five day online mini-course will invite participants to reconsider the construct of “lecture” as it relates to online teaching and learning. Participants will explore ways that online content might be created and delivered. This mini-course is offered in D2L.

TBD

Designing Effective Writing Assignments and Rubrics
This mini-course includes a face-to-face session, TBD.

Participants in this 5-day mini-course will learn strategies to design (or redesign) a writing assignment for maximizing student engagement and success. This mini-course is paired with a face-to-face workshop focusing on developing a fair, effective, and efficient rubric for your assignment. This mini-course is offered in D2L.

Dates Mini-Courses
January 2022

Building Your D2L Course Site (BYOD2L)

This is a one-week mostly asynchronous online workshop designed to help you plan and build D2L course sites. It offers guidance, resources, a structured work schedule, and peer support to plan and build an online course site in D2L that supports learning and teaching despite uncertain and shifting conditions. Whatever your teaching modality, a course site is fundamental for equity, inclusion, flexibility, and staying connected with students. All courses should have a D2L course site.

January 2022

Getting Started with Flipped Learning 

This course introduces the flipped learning teaching strategy along with other best practices for facilitating your course (e.g., universal design for learning (UDL) and effective communication for virtual teaching teams). Mini-course participants will engage with interactive video lectures, contribute to discussion forums, and engage with short online readings. The course is one weeklong and contains four (4) modules.

January 2022

Fine-Tuning Your Course as a Road Map for Learning 

This 5-day, fully online mini-course allows instructors to refine an existing course plan and syllabus. Using the methodology of backward design and the principle of alignment, participants will revise and peer-review the learning outcomes, assessment plan, and other aspects of their courses to create an effective “road map” for learning via the course syllabus.

February 2022

Building Communities in Online Courses 

Participants in this 1-week, asynchronous, fully online mini-course will explore and discover the impact that instructor presence, collaboration, personalized learning and social networking can have on the development of community, connectedness, and learning in online courses. Participants can expect to spend 1-2 hours each day exploring content and participating in activities. This mini-course is offered in D2L. 

March 2022

Designing Multimedia Assignments 

Participants in this five-day, hybrid mini-course will explore strategies for successfully designing, adapting and implementing multimedia assignments in their online courses to maximize student engagement and success. Participants will design a multimedia assignment and experiment with different multimedia tools. This mini-course is in Zoom and D2L.

April 2022

Reimagining Slides

This five day online mini-course will invite participants to dust off those text heavy, bullet point laden lecture slides and reimagine the power and purpose of what is projected on a screen. This mini-course is offered in D2L.

July 2022

Building Communities in Online Courses 

Participants in this 1-week, asynchronous, fully online mini-course will discover the impact that instructor presence, collaboration, personalized learning and social networking can have on the development of community, connectedness,  and learning in online courses. Participants can expect to spend 1-2 hours per day exploring content and participating in activities. This mini-course is offered in D2L.

August 2022

Inclusive Collaborative Learning 

In this 5-day mini-course, participants will learn about, experience, and create a plan for applying inclusive, accessible, and equity-minded collaborative learning in their courses. This will include considerations of inclusive collaborative learning for in-person, asynchronous, Live Online, and hybrid course environments. This mini-course is offered in D2L with optional synchronous Zoom sessions.

August 2022

Interactive Videos with PlayPosit 

This one-week mini course uses a scenario-based approach to explore the uses of interactive videos in promoting deeper thinking, assessing student learning, and sharing feedback. Participants will practice creating interactive videos or "bulbs" using PlayPosit, share their work with peers for review and feedback, and reflect on the use of interactive video in their own courses. Participants can expect to spend 1-2 hours completing course activities.

August 2022

Fine-Tuning Your Course as a Road Map for Learning

This 5-day, fully online mini-course allows you to refine an existing course plan and syllabus incorporating lessons learned during the pandemic. Using the methodology of backward design and the principle of alignment, you will revise and peer-review the learning outcomes, assessment plan, and other aspects of your course to create an effective “road map” for learning via the course syllabus for any course modality - including In-person, Flex In-Person, Live Online, and iCourses/fully Asynchronous courses. You will plan active and inclusive learning conditions for your students and articulate your instructional choices. This mini-course is offered in D2L. You are invited to two optional group conversations in Zoom to connect synchronously and further explore how to build on the lessons learned during the pandemic as we move forward.

August 2022

Course Level Assessments

This five-day fully online mini-course presents ideas for using assessment strategies in your course that are inclusive and engaging, help optimize student learning, and align with your course learning objectives. This mini-course is offered in D2L. Participants will be expected to complete activities each day but there are no synchronous online meeting times. Expect to spend 1-2 hours per day on the curriculum for each of the five days.

August 2022

Effective Online Discussions 

This five-day fully online mini-course presents strategies for designing and facilitating effective asynchronous online discussions that expand student exposure to curriculum, deepen learning, and increase student engagement. This mini-course is offered in D2L. Participants will be expected to complete activities each day but there are no synchronous online meeting times. Expect to spend 1-2 hours per day on the curriculum for each of the five days.

August 2022

Teaching a Large Online Course 

This five-day fully online mini-course presents instructional strategies and techniques for teaching large fully online courses that engage students, better personalize the instructional environment, and help reduce administrative overhead. This mini-course is offered in D2L. Participants will be expected to complete activities each day but there are no synchronous online meeting times. Expect to spend 1-2 hours per day on the curriculum for each of the five days.

 

The OIA has also created several mini-primers, which are short introductions to various teaching and learning topics, and include links to additional resources. A list of our mini-primers is available on this Mini-Primers page.