Workshops, Classes, & Webinars

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.

Credentials for Completion of Professional-Development Offerings


Clicker Webinars


Date & Time Webinars

Wednesday, August 7 & Thursday, August 8, 2019
(four separate sessions)

Introducing TurningPoint Web Polling
In this webinar you will learn the ins and outs of Turning Technologies other polling solution called TurningPoint web. Automatically save and manage results of your polls online. More information and Registration.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
11:00 am to 12:00 Noon

TurningPoint for Active Learning
UA Distinguished Professor Paul Blowers, a passionate advocate for active learning, uses TurningPoint extensively in his classes. More information and Registration.


Just-in-Time Workshops and Webinars

These workshops are designed to address topics that are high priority for instructors as they prepare for the start of the fall semester. They are open to any UA instructors, including TAs. Click here for further information on these offerings.

Registration link (for all offerings) We encourage you to register before the session, however no eager walk-ins will be turned away.  

If you encounter any issues when trying to register for any of the sessions, email Garry Forger and indicate which session you are registering for and the error message that you received.

Date & Time Just-in-Time Workshops & Webinars (PDF Flyer with schedule

Monday
August 12, 2019
10:00-10:30 am

What's New in D2L Brightspace?
Location: This session will be offered through a Zoom webinar.

Tuesday
August 13, 2019
10:00-10:50 am

Composing a Learning-Centered, Effective Syllabus
Location: Main Library 112*

Tuesday
August 13, 2019
11:00-11:50 am

Creating a D2L-Based Syllabus as a Tool for Learning
Location: Main Library 112*

Thursday
August 15, 2019
1:00-2:00 pm

A Beginner's Guide to Clickers 
Location: Main Library 112*
(Please bring your laptop to this session. If you don't have one, laptops will be available.)

Thursday
August 15, 2019
2:15-3:15 pm

A Beginner's Guide to Panopto
Location: Main Library 112*
(Please bring your laptop to this session. If you don't have one, laptops will be available.)

Thursday
August 15, 2019
2:15-3:15 pm

What Instructors New to D2L Brightspace Need to Know
Location: This session will be offered through a Zoom webinar at https://arizona.zoom.us/j/341785383.

Friday
August 16, 2019
10:00-11:30 am

Introduction to Examity
Location: Main Library 112* (Zoom access will also be available at https://arizona.zoom.us/j/254332944.)
(Please bring your laptop to this session. If you don't have one, laptops will be available.)

Friday
August 16, 2019
10:00-11:30 am

Two Main Ingredients for Accessibility in D2L Brightspace
Location: ILC 117
(Please bring your own device with an internet connection to this workshop in order to engage in hands-on practice.)

Friday
August 16, 2019
1:00-2:00 pm

A Beginner's Guide to Zoom
Location: Main Library 112*
(Please bring your laptop to this session. If you don't have one, laptops will be available.)

Monday
August 19, 2019
9:00-9:45 am

Designing Courses to Help Students Stay Organized
Location: This session will be offered through a Zoom webinar.

Monday
August 19, 2019
1:00-1:45 pm

Setting up the Gradebook in D2L Brightspace
Location: This session will be offered through a Zoom webinar.

Tuesday
August 20, 2019
10:00-11:30 am

Introduction to VoiceThread
Location: Main Library 112* (Zoom access will also be available at https://arizona.zoom.us/j/406751529.)
(Please bring your laptop to this session. If you don't have one, laptops will be available.)

Thursday
August 22, 2019
1:00-1:30 pm

What's New in D2L Brightspace?
Location: This session will be offered through a Zoom webinar.

Friday
August 23, 2019
10:00-11:30 am

Introduction to PlayPosit
Location: Main Library 112* (Zoom access will also be available at https://arizona.zoom.us/j/870993168.)
(Please bring your laptop to this session. If you don't have one, laptops will be available.)

*You will need to enter the library from the ILC courtyard to access this space, due to construction.

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Mini-Courses

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.

2019 Mini-Courses

Dates Mini-Courses
July 29-August 2, 2019

Fine-Tuning Your Course as a Road Map for Learning Register
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. This mini-course is paired with an optional peer-review and discussion meeting face-to-face on Thursday, Aug 8, 10-11:30 am or asynchronously online on the same day.

August 5-9, 2019 Reimagining Slides  Register
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.
August 19-23, 2019

Course-Level Assessment  Register
This five-day online mini-course introduces assessment strategies and techniques that can be implemented at the course level to measure student learning, course design, and teaching practices.

August 19-23, 2019

Effective Online Discussions  Register
This five-day mini-course introduces strategies for designing and facilitating effective online discussions that expand student exposure to curriculum, deepen learning, and increase student engagement. 

August 19-23, 2019

Teaching a Large Online Course  Register
This five-day online mini-course introduces instructional strategies and techniques for teaching large fully online courses. 

September 9-13, 2019

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. Breakfast will be provided. Space is limited.

September 16-20, 2019

Collaborative Learning by Design
(Online with synchronous meetings Sept. 17 & 19)
Participants in this 5-day mini-course will explore the design of evidence-based collaborative learning activities, discuss examples of effective collaborative learning activities from actual college courses, plan or revise a collaborative learning activity for a course of their choice, and give and receive feedback to and from colleagues.

September 23-27, 2019

Building Communities in Online Courses  
Participants in this fully online five-day mini-course will conceptualize community in online environments while exploring tools, techniques, and activities that support student-to-student and student-to-instructor connectedness.  This mini-course will be capped at 30 participants.

October 7-18, 2019

Introduction to Teaching Online
In this 14-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.

November 4-8, 2019

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. 

January 6-10, 2020

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.

2020 Mini-Courses

Dates Mini-Courses
January, 2020 (before the start of spring semester)

Course-Level Assessment
This five-day online mini-course introduces assessment strategies and techniques that can be implemented at the course level to measure student learning, course design, and teaching practices.

January, 2020 (before the start of spring semester)

Effective Online Discussions
This five-day online mini-course introduces strategies for designing and facilitating effective online discussions that expand student exposure to curriculum, deepen learning, and increase student engagement.

February, 2020

Facilitating Collaborative Learning 
(Online with synchronous meetings TBD) 
Participants in this 5-day mini-course will explore the implementation of evidence-based collaborative learning, observe examples of effective use of collaborative learning in actual college courses, create a plan for facilitating collaborative learning in a course of their choice, and give and receive feedback to and from colleagues. 

February, 2020

Building Communities in Online Courses
Participants in this fully online five-day mini-course will conceptualize community in online environments while exploring tools, techniques, and activities that support student-to-student and student-to-instructor connectedness.

March, 2020 Introduction to Teaching Online 
In this 14-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.
April, 2020  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.
May, 2020

Introduction to Teaching Online
In this 14-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.

June, 2020

Facilitating Collaborative Learning (Online with synchronous meetings TBD)
In this two-week, hybrid mini-course, participants will learn about, plan, and practice using evidence-based, active and collaborative learning strategies for teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. 


Self Paced Tutorials

The OIA offers several online, self paced tutorials that are available through D2L.  A list of available tutorials and descriptions, along with enrollment instructions, are available at this Tutorials page. 


Mini-Primers

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.