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ECTL's 30th Anniversary

ECTL's 30th anniversary logo. Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning.

 

 

In 2021 the Ellbogen Center for Teaching & Learning turns 30! Throughout the year we will be honoring this occasion by sponsoring various events and programs that celebrate three decades of supporting teaching, learning, and student success.

 

Questions about ECTL programs? Contact us at: ellbogenctl@uwyo.edu 

 


Welcome to the ECTL Teaching & Learning Symposium

“30 Years of Building Community Around Teaching and Learning - Celebrating Resilience”

For 30 years, the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning (ECTL) has been the hub for faculty development at the University of Wyoming. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary and consider our next 30 years, the ECTL is sponsoring a Teaching & Learning Symposium on September 20 and 21 with funding from an Ellbogen Foundation endowment. This symposium provides an opportunity for the teaching and learning community to come together and share best practices, celebrate accomplishments, and discuss new learning and teaching practices dedicated to enriching the student learning experience.

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The symposium schedule is provided below. Most events/sessions are available in person or via Zoom with attendance options noted. Please REGISTER HERE (or scan the QR code) to sign up for all sessions you plan to attend. Sessions being recorded will be uploaded to a website following the symposium.

We appreciate registration by TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 for meal and room planning. 

We hope you will join us!

Questions? Please email the Ellbogen Center for Teaching & Learning at ellbogentl@uwyo.edu

 


 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 SCHEDULE 

Date

Time

Room

Title

Presenter(s)

Description

Attendance options

Monday 9/20

8:30-9:00

Family Rm Wyoming Union 212

Check-in and Continental Breakfast

 

 

*In-person only

Monday 9/20

9:00-10:00

Family Rm

Wyoming Union 212

What Keeps You Going? A Panel of Resilient Teachers

A panel of award-winning teachers

Come hear some of your peers share stories, advice, and practices for resilient teaching and learning. You will hear about what fuels their passion for teaching, lessons they have learned along the way, and tips for remaining resilient throughout the years.

*In-person

*Zoom

*Recording after symposium

Monday 9/20

10:15-11:15

 

Family Rm

Wyoming Union 212

 

Difficult Discussions

Fredrick Douglas Dixon (School of Culture Gender and Social Justice/Black Studies Center) and Lila Soto (School of Culture Gender and Social Justice/ American Studies)

Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, vaccinations --- conversations can be fraught in our lives and our classrooms. Join two of your colleagues with expertise and experience holding space in classrooms for difficult conversations.

*In-person

*Zoom

*Recording after symposium

Monday 9/20

10:15-11:15

 

Coe Library 123

Taking Care of You: Radical Self-care and Wellness

Julio Brionez (University Counseling Center)

 

Dr. Brionez will provide information and share scientific research on self-compassion (SC), suggest ways to integrate SC into your life, and lead attendees through an SC exercise for all physical ability levels.

*In-person

*Zoom

*Recording after symposium

Monday 9/20

11:30-1:30

11:30-12:00 Lunch 

12:00-1:00 Keynote

1:00-1:30 
Book Signing 

(bring your book; books not for sale)

Family Rm Wyoming Union 212

Keynote Luncheon: Creating Communities of Hope*

 

 

Kevin Gannon, Author of Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto (Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Professor of History at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa) – see full bio below.

It might seem foolish, perhaps impossible, to talk about a Pedagogy of Hope in our current context, shaped as it is by racism, violence, economic dislocation, political rancor, and—oh, by the way—a global pandemic. In higher education, we find ourselves in an environment of crisis, in teaching and learning spaces that are unfamiliar to many of us and significantly more difficult for all of us. This session WILL NOT talk about “silver linings” or “making the most of the new normal.” See full description below.

*In-person

*Zoom

*Recording after symposium

Monday 9/20

2:00-3:00

Family Rm

Wyoming Union 212

Canvas Course Design with DesignPLUS

Candace Ryder (College of Business)

Learn how DesignPLUS from Cidi Labs helped several colleges on campus elevate the design of their Canvas courses. We'll demonstrate the DesignPLUS tools and show examples of how they make it easier to develop more engaging and accessible Canvas courses - all without requiring HTML or CSS skills!

*In-person

*Zoom

*Recording after symposium

Monday 9/20

2:00-3:00

Coe Library 511

Teaching with Information, Digital, and Data Literacies

Samantha Peter & Kristina Clement (Libraries Education & Research Services)

Are you wondering how you can better incorporate research into your course? This session covers how to incorporate information, digital, and/or data literacies into your research assignments. This session includes a hands-on activity.

*In-person

*Zoom

*Recording after symposium

Monday 9/20

3:15-4:15

Coe Library 511

How Well are Students Writing in UW Communication-Intensive Courses? Some findings and implications from a Spring 2021 Project  

Rick Fisher (English/Communication Across the Curriculum/LeaRN), Janissa M.A. Martinez (Creative Writing), and Sarah Lee (Family & Consumer Sciences/Human Development & Family Sciences)

 

Join us in this interactive session to learn about results from a Spring 2021 assessment project that focused on evaluating students' effectiveness in writing for specific audiences and purposes. At this session, you'll also engage with other attendees to think about how these findings can help you improve writing assignments and other communication tasks in your course--no matter what discipline you're in or what level of students you work with! 

*In-person

*Zoom

*Recording after symposium 

Monday 9/20

4:30-6:00

4:30 Mingle and view SoTL poster presentations

5:00-5:30 Remarks and student essay winners

5:30-6:00 Mingle and view SoTL poster presentations

Family Room-Wyoming Union 212

30th Anniversary Celebration Reception

5:00-5:30

Jim Wangberg, founding director of the ECTL

Mary Garland, Ellbogen Foundation

UW President Ed Seidel

Student Contest Winners-The Impact of a Good Teacher
- Emily Smith, undergrad winner

- Tina Nirk, graduate winner

Enjoy wine and appetizers in celebration of our 30th Anniversary which includes:

*In-person only

 

 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 SCHEDULE

Date

Time

Room

Title

Presenter(s)

Description

Attendance options

Tuesday 9/21

9:00-9:50

Coe Library 510F

What is the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)?

Heather Webb and Janel Seeley (Ellbogen Center for Teaching & Learning)

Are you curious about ways to improve your teaching while also conducting scholarly research? Interested in starting a SoTL project? This workshop will provide a brief introduction to SoTL for faculty and graduate students interested in the inquiry into teaching practices to improve student learning and engage in the UW SoTL community.

*In-person

*Zoom

*Recording after symposium

Tuesday 9/21

9:00-9:50

Online

Exceeding your Learning Outcomes with Non-classroom-bound Active Learning

Rachel Watson (LAMP/Science Initiative)

After participating in this session, you will be able to design active learning curriculum that will facilitate learning in environments in which the brain learns best. We will ponder learning outcome data that indicates that students can exceed expectations in online learning environments. Finally, we will achieve all of this while modeling active learning modalities in our session together. Bring your jungle tiger and your sense of adventure!

*Zoom only

*Recording after the symposium 

Tuesday 9/21

10:00-11:45

Coe Library 511

Engagement via Escape Room Puzzles in the Classroom

Vicky Mayfield (Mathematics, Eastern Wyoming College)

Experience an escape room puzzle to inspire you to include them in your classroom and elsewhere.  Be prepared to work together in groups as you problem solve your way to the solutions that unlock the prize.  Benefits, tips, tricks, and pitfalls will be discussed.

*In-person only

Tuesday 9/21

10:30-11:30

Coe Library 123

Pandemic Influences on College Students’ Lives and Academic Wellness: Considering UW and National Data

April Heaney (LeaRN)

This interactive session will highlight emerging research on the effects of the pandemic on college students’ academic and overall wellbeing, including specific examples among UW’s student population. Afterward, participants will also share some of their own insights and reflections on experiences with students in the past few semesters.

*In-person

*Zoom

* Recording after the symposium

Tuesday 9/21

12:00-1:30

12:00-12:30 lunch

12:30-1:00 Certification Gradudate Presentations

1:00-1:30
Certification Information Session

Coe Library 511

Certification in Teaching & Learning Luncheon*

Certification Graduates:

Tawfik Elshehabi

Jennifer Tabler

Kimberly Frith

Gordon Custer

Jesse Alston

Ramesh Sivanpillai

 

Learn how you can earn certification(s) or badges in Teaching and Learning through the ECTL. Recent graduates of this program will present brief summaries of their experiences.

*In-person only

*Recording of presentations after the symposium 

 *We are past the deadline to submit our catering order and so we may not be able to accommodate dietary preferences. Boxed lunches will include sandwiches and sides. REGISTER HERE.

 


Keynote Speaker – Kevin Gannon | Monday, September 20 | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Creating Communities of Hope

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Kevin Gannon is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Professor of History at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. He is the author of Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, published in April, 2020, as part of the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education series from West Virginia University Press. He is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education, and his work has also appeared in outlets such as Vox, CNN, and The Washington Post. In 2016, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay. You can find Kevin online at his blog, thetattooedprof.com, and on Twitter: @TheTattooedProf.

Keynote Address: Creating Communities of Hope

It might seem foolish, perhaps impossible, to talk about a Pedagogy of Hope in our current context, shaped as it is by racism, violence, economic dislocation, political rancor, and—oh, by the way—a global pandemic. In higher education, we find ourselves in an environment of crisis, in teaching and learning spaces that are unfamiliar to many of us and significantly more difficult for all of us. This session WILL NOT talk about “silver linings” or “making the most of the new normal.” In fact, one of the crucial elements of acting with hope is an honest acknowledgment that “normal times” were unsatisfactory and unsustainable. It will not be a “how to teach online” training. It will, however, offer some avenues to ground our pedagogy in an ethic of hope, as opposed to a program dictated by fear. In our current context, a Pedagogy of Hope that fosters complexity, connectedness, community, and compassion is vital.

In this session, we’ll look at reflective strategies to own our own pedagogical stances, and to ensure they align with the values we profess. We’ll examine what research shows us about students’ sense of belonging, and ways in which our course design and teaching practices can be inclusive and welcoming. Finally, focusing on the idea of presence, we’ll formulate strategies to welcome (and re-welcome) students into being fully present with our courses and one another. Our goal is to be better equipped to create teaching and learning spaces that embody Hope, and that foster meaningful learning and student success.

 


 

Student Essay Contest

Winners of the essay contest have been chosen and a public announcement and presentation will be made in the fall as part of our 30th anniversary celebration.  Members of the review committee were truly inspired to read about the many ways that UW teachers have impacted their students as scholars and humans. They were humbled by the knowledgeable, committed, and caring faculty across the UW campus highlighted in the student essay submissions.

Contact Us

Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning

1000 E. University, Dept. 3334

Coe Library 510

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307)766-4847

Email: ellbogenctl@uwyo.edu

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