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July Newsletter

Teaching Online and High Impact Practices

Dave Andrews writes about his personal experiences regarding the sudden transition from teaching in person to teaching online and the strategies he is using for the move to online for the Fall 2020 semester.
Dr. Francine Schlosser, Professor, Odette School of Business, and Sydney Thompson, former student, discuss high impact practices at the University of Windsor in a video created in 2018.
CTL will publish 2-4 articles a month and looks forward to curating content from teaching and learning practitioners who want to share their personal thoughts, opinions, insights, reflections, and advice. Contact if you have an idea for a post.
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Indigenous Curriculum & Pedagogy Summer Series 2020

Pulling Together I – Foundations Series
Friday, July 17, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  |  Taught online via Microsoft Teams
Session 1 will introduce you to the Indigenous Peoples in Canada, their histories, and their cultures. It will also answer some of the questions that people often ask about Indigenous Peoples and debunk some of the common myths and misconceptions.

Pulling Together II – Foundations Series
Friday, July 24, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  |  Taught online via Microsoft Teams
Session 2 will examine the role of colonization and how it continues to affect Indigenous Peoples in Canada and define the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people today.

Pulling Together III – Foundations Series
Friday, August 14, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  |  Taught online via Microsoft Teams
In Canada, we are still dealing with the legacy of colonization. Media, institutions, and ordinary people still perpetuate harmful stereotypes and beliefs about Indigenous Peoples. This creates a society that continues to discriminate against Indigenous Peoples. Decolonization is the “undoing” of colonization and a process by which Indigenous Peoples are regaining their rightful place in Canada and are thriving. In session 3, we will address some of the challenges that exist because of centuries of institutionalized racism.

For registration information, visit

The following sessions are available to Instructors and GA/TAs.

Sprint Sessions in the Bb Café Virtual Classroom

Stop by for a half-hour (or slightly more) sprint sessions in the Bb Café Virtual Café to see demonstrations of various Blackboard tools or dive deeper into a hot topic. Quick informal sessions to help get you back into your day with a little more insight. 
View the schedule for these sessions.

Teaching in a Blackboard Learning Environment Self-paced course (TBLEUTC-O-S19-01)

Teaching in a Blackboard Learning Environment – TBLE (Online) will introduce current or future instructors to the essential components of a well-designed and implemented Blackboard course site experience for their students. This is an online course with lessons and activities that provide you with the experience of being both an instructor and a student in an online environment.
Schedule: Self-paced, online. Register, or find out more.

Other Blackboard Online Courses Available Self-paced

If you like to work at your own pace online and want to learn more about using Blackboard, register for one or more free online courses. If you are interested in using Blackboard to provide basic communications, some online assessments, and grading components, we encourage you to register for the following sequence of courses:
  1. Getting Started
  2. Assessing Learners
  3. Monitoring Student Performance


Being a GA/TA Online
Schedule: Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual classroom
Instructors: Elizabeth Ismail & Laura Chittle
During the workshop, participants will be provided with an introduction to being a GA/TA online, including some suggestions of how best to prepare to support online teaching. 
After registration, a link to the virtual classroom will be emailed.

Register, or find out more.

Save the Date: GATAcademy

We hope that you will encourage your graduate assistants (GAs) and teaching assistants (TAs) in your departments to participate in this year’s GATAcademy. This year, GATAcademy will be held completely online, as a week-long event from August 31st to September 4th, 2020.  
GATAcademy is a free professional development event exclusively for current and prospective graduate and teaching assistants. Workshops will feature material and activities for both new and experienced GAs/TAs that will help them improve their teaching and be more proficient in their role. Topics include using Blackboard Collaborate, being a GA/TA online, best practices in grading and feedback, and more! The unique characteristic of this event is that it is facilitated by GAs for GAs and TAs. As well, some sessions feature GA and faculty members co-facilitating workshops.

REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit

Arizona State University (ASU) is planning a massive, free virtual conference on July 13th and 14th to help faculty everywhere prepare for fall term under COVID. The conference will showcase best practices, techniques, and tools to provide actionable insight to Higher Education faculty around the concept of “the best of online education.”  Attendees can access 60+ curated sessions of 30 minutes during two 4-hour days of simultaneous learning tracks.
Register, or find out more.

Blackboard Conference

Blackboard's annual conference is taking place online this year July 21-22 for free. Award-winning educator Dr. Michael K. Moore, will be delivering the keynote. Moore's driving passion is broadening access to high-quality, affordable, and workforce-relevant educational opportunities. He will share his perspective on the need for innovative solutions to better serve the student of the future.
Visit bbworld for more information.
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