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 Garry Forger.

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Introduction to Teaching Online | May 10-21, 2021

In this 10-day online mini-course participants experience taking an online course, while learning about methods, tools, and best practices for teaching hybrid and fully online courses. Interaction is asynchronous with optional synchronous activities. Registration is capped at 40 participants. This mini-course is offered in D2L. Facilitated by Gretchen Gibbs and Spencer Willis.

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The Office of General Education is pleased to announce its release of the General Education Quick Start. This is a module-based, self-paced introduction to the GE vision, curriculum and features for instructors preparing courses for the new UArizona General Education program.

The Quick Start is intentionally designed for flexible levels of engagement. At a quick pace, one could browse the materials in 1-2 hrs. At an in-depth pace, instructors can expect each module to take roughly 1-2 hours, with a total of 5 modules.

While the Quick Start was designed with instructors specifically in mind, anyone interested in learning about the GE curriculum is welcome to register! 

Registration: Quick Start is available through self-registration in D2L. Click here for self-registration information.

Questions? Contact Katie Southard

For more information about instructional support for the new GE program, please visit our General Education Instructional Support Menu


More webinar offerings 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.

Registration

When you click on Register you will be redirected to the UA credentialing system, Edge Learning, and taken to a page with information about the mini-course. To register, click on "Not Registered." If you have questions on this system or get an error message please contact Garry Forger.

 

Dates Mini-Courses
May 10-21, 2021 Introduction to Teaching Online Capacity has been reached for this mini-course.  Registration is closed
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.

July 2021

Collaborative Learning
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. This mini-course is offered in D2L.

July 2021

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. Registration will be capped at 40 participants. This mini-course is offered in D2L.

August or September 2021

Effective Online Discussions
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. This mini-course is offered in D2L.

August or September 2021

Teaching a Large Online Course
This five-day online mini-course introduces instructional strategies and techniques for teaching large fully online courses. This mini-course is offered in D2L.

July 2021

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

July 2021

Interactive Videos with PlayPosit
This course uses a scenario-based approach to introduce pedagogical best practices for using interactive videos in online education. Participants 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, and later share their work for peer review and feedback. The course duration is one-week long and contains four (modules). Each module follows a similar format: starting with a scenario description, then moving to best practices and PlayPosit "how tos", and finally end with an exercise creating bulbs. The time commitments for the course is approximately 8-10 hours per week. This mini-course is offered in D2L.

August 2021

Fine-Tuning Your Course as a Road Map for Learning

NOTE: This mini-course will be offered as a webinar series this August. Please check back for the webinar schedule.
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 offered in D2L.

August 2021 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

Intentional Learning Relationships, Pandemic Edition
This two-week, fully online mini-course introduces strategies for intentionally building and strengthening instructor-student relationships. We will focus on the online and hybrid learning contexts of the COVID-19 pandemic and explore several factors that impact building effective learning relationships at this time. Drawing from a cultural humility perspective, the course integrates contributions from culturally responsive teaching, intercultural teaching competence, trauma-informed pedagogy, 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. This course includes four optional live discussions on Zoom, each Tuesday and Thursday 3:00 to 3:45 pm. This mini-course is offered in D2L. 

TBD

Introduction to Teaching Online
In this 10-day online mini-course, participants experience taking an online course while learning about methods, tools, and best practices for teaching hybrid and fully online courses. 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
TBD

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.

TBD

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.

TBD

Teaching a Large Online Course

This five-day online mini-course introduces instructional strategies and techniques for teaching large fully online 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.

 

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.