Upcoming Events

Lunch & Learn Series

Fall 2019 Schedule 12:00-12:50pm in Innovation Plaza 164

The sessions are designed to be an opportunity for faculty and staff to learn about engaged/experiential teaching methods and new learning technologies in a relaxed environment.

All DSU faculty and staff are welcome to participate. Advanced registration is encouraged and seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Sessions will be held in Atwood Innovation Plaza room 164. Light refreshments such as drinks, brownies or cookies, and a fruit or vegetable tray will be provided are served. Please bring your own brown bag lunch.

If you have a topic for a discussion or are interested in presenting something yourself, email us and let us know.

Sep 05, 2019 Open Educational Resources


All faculty and staff are invited to attend our first Lunch & Learn of Fall semester on the topic of Open Educational Resources (OER). Below is an outline for what we will discuss at this event:

  • What is OER?
  • Benefits of using OER
  • DSU Faculty (Costel Ionita and Rob Gray) will discuss their experiences with OER
  • Where can you find OER course materials?
  • OER Course Design Application

We invite you to come and learn about the benefits and challenges of OER and the funding opportunity provided by the Atwood Retention Grant for the adoption of OER.

Light refreshments and drinks will be provided for those who register in advance.


Oct 10, 2019 Generation Z Students

12:00 pm-1:00 pm

This session will focus on Generation Z students (born post-1995) and how to best meet their learning needs.


Nov 05, 2019 What Faculty Can Learn About Students from TRIO

12:00 pm-1:00 pm



Fall 2019 Schedule

CTL manages and runs several hands-on workshops throughout the year.  We produce these workshops at the request of a department or group, or if we feel there is a topic that we are getting a lot of requests for.  Please let us know if there is training or a workshop you would like to see or participate in.

Sep 12, 2019 Canvas Workshop: Assignments and Assignment Groups

HCC 234

Creating and managing assignments is a fundamental skill in using Canvas effectively as an instructor. Come and learn about the different kinds of assignments you can create (Online, No Submission, on Paper, and External Tool) and the various options you can create for online submissions (Text Entry, Website URL, Media Recordings, File Uploads, and Cloud Submissions), and the various options you can use with assignments, including creating group assignments and using peer reviews, and adding a rubric to an assignment.

We’ll also show you how you can create assignment groups to organize your assignments and weight them differently in your grading, or apply grading rules to assignments, such as dropping the lowest score in an assignment group.


Sep 25, 2019 Support Active Learning with TurningPoint

2:00 pm-3:00 pm
HCC 325

Join Turning Technologies Account Consultant Tim Gordon for a hands-on event showing how to use TurningPoint to support active learning.


Oct 10, 2019 Canvas Workshop: Quizzes

1:00 pm-2:00 pm
HCC 234

Quizzes are a popular way to assess student knowledge (formative or summative) in Canvas. This workshop will demonstrate how to create and configure quizzes and give tips for effectively using Canvas to assess students.

We’ll show you how to create quizzes using different question types, and how to configure the various options and restrictions for quizzes, including how to create tests that must be taken in the DSU Testing Center using LockDown Browser. We’ll also discuss and demonstrate how you can use question banks to randomly pick questions from a pool of questions. Finally, we’ll show you how to use a third party tool (Respondus) to upload multiple questions at once to a quiz or question bank.


Nov 14, 2019 Canvas Workshop: Gradebook and SpeedGrader

1:00 pm-2:00 pm
HCC 234

Provost Lacourse has requested that all DSU courses use Canvas to record and communicate current grade information for students. This workshop will be all about managing the Canvas gradebook and using the Speedgrader. We’ll show you how to organize and manage your gradebook, including the following:

Set up and use a grading scale for letter grades
Use Speedgrader to grade student assignment submissions and provide feedback
Enter scores into the gradebook directly
Record appropriate scores for missing or late assignments
Excuse an assignment for a student
Export and import gradebook scores
Mute/unmute assignments
Viewing and sorting by various criteria
Set a default grade for an assignment
View grading history for gradebook entries
In addition, we’ll show how you can use SpeedGrader through a browser or the Canvas Teacher app to quickly grade assignment submissions and provide feedback.


Online Training

The following online training courses are available for registration. These courses are completely online and will be delivered through Canvas.

Sep 09, 2019 Growing with Canvas

Online through Canvas

This course was developed by the Services team at Instructure (the company that provides the Canvas LMS), and we’ve adapted it for use at DSU. The course consists of five modules and an introduction; each module (except for the introduction) should take approximately 1 ½ – 2 hours to complete. You’ll earn digital badges for completing each of the modules in the course, as well as a badge for completing all five modules.

Along with the “Growing with Canvas” course, you also have a “sandbox” course that you will use to try out what you are learning about Canvas without having to use one of your courses that has real students in it.


Sep 09, 2019 Online Teaching Certification

Online through Canvas

The Online Teaching Certification program is comprised of a 9-week online course where faculty will learn, practice, apply, and reflect on best practices and strategies for effective online teaching.

The OTC course is estimated to take 5-7 hours per week to successfully complete. The course is organized into three learning modules:
Managing the Online Classroom
Online Teaching Strategies
Building Community Online

Upon completion of the course, faculty will receive a certificate to include in their teaching portfolio in support of rank, tenure, and promotion activities.


Faculty Learning Communities

Fall 2019 Schedule

Each semester, the Center for Teaching & Learning sponsors a “Teacher Improvement Group” with regular face-to-face meetings for interested DSU faculty. The idea is to have a group of 5-8 teachers meet on a regular basis( 2-4 times per month) to discuss pedagogy and give each other feedback on teaching, based on individually determined improvement goals.  Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

Groups will be organized based on faculty interest and a meeting time will be determined by participants.

The objective of the group is to help advance a culture of teaching excellence at DSU.

Each participant will self-select some readings/learning material on pedagogy. Time will be allotted each meeting for some participants (2-3) to report on what they are learning from their respective reading. This opportunity will rotate so each participant will have multiple opportunities to report in the course of a semester. There will be open discussion time about the reported learnings. Each participant will record teaching sessions and have 2 or 3 focused opportunities during the semester to receive feedback from the other group members on their teaching. Participants will upload their recorded teaching sessions to a Canvas shell where other participants can view the teaching session and prepare feedback. The feedback from group members will be based on teaching goals the person in focus had set for him or herself with the option of having some overall feedback as well. A typical meeting agenda might look like this:

  1. Call to order
  2. Pedagogy learning reports and discussion (20-25 minutes)
  3. Group feedback on the teaching example (20-25 minutes)
  4. Determining who would be presenting reports and receiving feedback for next meeting
  5. Adjourn

If you would like to participate in this community, please contact Scott Allen.

Learning Innovation Discussions

CTL will occasionally provide discussions of learning innovation topics in a group setting for DSU faculty and staff.

Sep 19, 2019 Mixed Reality in Education

2:00 pm-3:30 pm

What is the future of Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR) in Education? This innovation discussion will feature the viewing of Bryan Alexander’s Future Trends Forum recorded webinar, followed by a discussion with application to teaching and learning at DSU.

Come and join us for the webinar viewing from approximately 2:00-3:00 pm, with a short discussion after. The Center for Teaching & Learning will provide drinks and light refreshments.

Register Here

Oct 24, 2019 Adaptive Learning

2:00 pm-3:30 pm

What is the future of Adaptive Learning in Higher Education? This innovation discussion will feature the viewing of a Future Trends Forum recorded webinar, followed by a discussion with application to teaching and learning at DSU.

Come and join us for the webinar viewing from approximately 2:00-3:00 pm, with a short discussion after. The Center for Teaching & Learning will provide drinks and light refreshments.


Annual Teaching & Learning Conference

Each year during the spring semester the Center for Teaching & Learning and the Teaching and Learning Committee join together to offer the Annual Teaching and Learning Conference at Dixie State University. The purpose of this conference is to provide an opportunity for DSU faculty and staff to share and learn new teaching and learning best practices, innovations, and lessons learned to promote the scholarship of teaching and learning on campus.

2019 Teaching & Learning Conference


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