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ARC21Aug: August 9-13

The Academic Resources Conference (ARC) is back for August, 2021. All events will be available online, and a few will also be available in-person as HyFlex sessions. As always, the ARC is free and open to all members of the Wichita State community including all instructors and staff. Visitors are also welcome.

How to attend: Under the heading, "Detailed Schedule by Day" below, you will find session titles and descriptions for each ARC session and workshop. You will also find a link to add the session to your Outlook Calendar, and this calendar hold includes the Zoom link to the session. If you do not use the Outlook Calendar, you can choose the "go to session directly" link to go right to the session during its scheduled time. 

If you are unable to attend in real-time, you will be able to view most sessions as a captioned recording. All recording links will be placed on this page in the session information area where the "go to session directly" link was before. Recordings will be available within a week of the session date.  If you have any questions, or if you would like to request an accommodation for a live event, please contact the Office of Instructional Resources at OIR@wichita.edu

NOTE: If you are a new GTA, there are a few sessions that are required for you and several sessions that are recommended.  You can identify these sessions this way:  **New GTA Recommended Session (recommended) or ***New GTA Required Session (required unless your program has told you it is not necessary).

ARC Schedule at a Glance

Schedule at a Glance
"Confronting Bias: Thriving Across Our Differences,"​
Time Monday, August 9 Tuesday August 10 (GTA-themed sessions) Tuesday August 10  Wednesday August 11 Thursday August 12 Friday August 13
9:00-9:50 Meet Ultra! Brad Katz

GTA Onboarding: Kerry Wilks and Carolyn Speer

Carolyn's Slides

Standardizing a curriculum.  Carrie Dickison Teams Meetings: New Updates, Tips, and Tricks. Ali Levine Excel New in 365: Special Functions and Data Types. Ali Levine. Workshop: Work through and. Ultra course conversion with Mary Morriss
10:00-10:50 Curriculum mapping at the program level. Carolyn Speer GTA Onboarding: Kerry Wilks and Carolyn Speer Workshop: Please help me with Ultra! Mary Morriss Teaching Resources for YOU. Carolyn Speer (TT, OneHe, FB, Labs, etc.) Accessibility Update with John Jones Workshop: Work through and. Ultra course conversion with Mary Morriss
11:00-11:50 Meet the OIR Website (Hammer and Carolyn) GTA Onboarding: Kerry Wilks and Carolyn Speer Workshop: Please help me with Ultra! Mary Morriss Accessibility for math and science courses. Jay Castor Inclusive Teaching Practices. Alicia Sanchez  
12:00-12:50 Adjunt and other part-time instructor special session. Carolyn Speer

GTA Lunch Break

Please check detailed schedule below for required and recommended sessions for new GTAs

Panel: Student Panel. Carolyn Shaw Moderator Freedom of Expression Panel.  Moderator: Rick Muma. Panel: Educational Technology Decisions at WSU. Ryan, Mark, John, Carolyn  
1:00-1:50 Library Session: Getting Started with OER. Maria Sclafani and Victoria Kroger Interaction and Instruction for Humans. John Jones Improving instructor presence and feedback in asynchronous classes. Carolyn Speer Library Session: Copyright Considerations for Teaching. Maria Sclafani and Jessica Pierpoint Library Services for Savvy Instructors. Angie Paul  
2:00-2:50 HyFlex: HyFlex? Hybrid? F2F? What are the options? What are the reasons? Carolyn Speer Teaching in the American Classroom: Freh Wuhib HyFlex: Meet the new master classroom: Ryan Corcoran HyFlex: You CAN afford video HyFlex: Book Discussion with President Muma: Broke  
3:00-3:50 The State of the Alternative Assessment Conversation in Higher Ed. Mark Porcaro Introduction to Blackboard. Carolyn Speer The Tenure and Promotion Process. Gery Markova Intro to Panopto: Carolyn Speer Classroom management for beginners. Carolyn Speer  
4:00-4:50 A Conversation about Student Retention. Lisa Garcia and Sarah Taylor. Preparing to teach for the first time. Carolyn Speer     Supporting Students with ASD in the Classroom. Trish Self  
LinkedIn Challenges "Having Difficult Conversations," "Delivery Tips for Speaking in Public" "Grant Writing for Education," "Confronting Bias: Thriving Across Our Differences," "Core Strategies for Teaching in Higher Ed,"  

ARC Workshops and Special Events

Workshops
Special Events
    • August 3, 1:00-3:00: Advanced Title IX with Sara Zafar. Note, this is a one-hour presentation followed by one hour of question time.  Recording:

 

Detailed ARC Schedule by Day

Monday, August 9

LinkedIn Learning Challenge: "Having Difficult Conversations," about 1 hour. Free for WSU employees and students, but you must follow these directions to activate your account. ** GTA Recommended Session

9:00-9:50am: Meet Ultra! This session will get instructors up to speed on what Ultra is, what the timeline for rollout will be, and what support instructors have available to them.  Hosted by Brad Katz from Blackboard. 

10:00-10:50am: Curriculum Mapping at the Program Level. This session is designed for department chairs and program directors. In it, we will cover the basics of curriculum mapping at the program level, discuss the ways OIR can assist with the process, and explain how Blackboard Goals tool can help. Presented by Carolyn Speer.  

11:00-11:50am: Meet the OIR Website. There are hundreds of pages full of training in the Office of Instructional Resources website, but if you don't know what's there, how can you use it effectively? This session will show you what OIR offers and how to easily locate it. Presented by Carolyn Speer and John Hammer. 

Noon-12:50pm: Adjunct and other Part-time Instructor Special Session. Are you an adjunct, part-time instructor, or GTA at Wichita State? This special session is for you. Join us for a conversation about the resources available to you. There will be lots of time for questions as well. Presented by Carolyn Speer.

1:00-1:50pm: Getting Started with OER. Are you an instructor who would like to reduce costs for your students but unsure how to do that? This session will show you how University Libraries can help you locate and use open educational resources (OER). Presented by Maria Sclafani and Victoria Koger

2:00-2:50pm: HyFlex Session: HyFlex? Hybrid? F2F? What are the Options? What are the Reasons? Are you unclear what the difference between HyFlex and Hybrid are? Would you like to think about ways you can structure your own classes for maximum flexibility? This session is for you! You are welcome to join us in person on campus in Devlin 010, or if you prefer to join the session online, it will also be live-streamed via Zoom. That is, this session about HyFlex will be offered in a HyFlex format!  Presented by Carolyn Speer

3:00-3:50pm: The State of the Alternative Assessment Conversation in Higher Ed. Alternative assessment is a hot topic in higher ed right now, but what is it, and what is its purpose? Come to this session to find out! Presented by Mark Porcaro.  

4:00-4:50pm: A Conversation About Student Retention.  What can instructors do to help ensure that students persist toward their degrees?  Join this conversation with Lisa Garcia and Sarah Taylor to discuss ideas.

Tuesday, August 10

LinkedIn Learning Challenge: "Grant Writing for Education," about 2 hours.  Free for WSU employees and students, but you must follow these directions to activate your account

LinkedIn Learning Challenge for GTAs: "Delivery Tips for Speaking in Public," about half an hour. Free for WSU employees and students, but you must follow these directions to activate your account

9:00-9:50am: Standardizing a Curriculum. Is your department considering standardizing the curriculum for a high-enrollment course? This session will walk you through the English Department's experience with their standardized curriculum courses to help you imagine the process in your own department. Presented by Carrie Dickison. 

10:00-11:50am: WORKSHOP: Please Help me With Ultra! This workshop will be an opportunity to hear about Ultra and to ask any questions you have about how it works, the timeline of adoption, and anything else you are wondering about. This workshop will also be offered on Friday, August 13 from 9:00-10:50. Presented by Mary Morriss. No recordings available for workshops.

Noon-12:50pm: PANEL. What Students Want Professors to Know. This panel discussion always turns out to be the highlight of the ARC, and you won't want to miss it. Hosted and moderated by Carolyn Shaw with student panelists. Add Student Panel to Calendar. Join Student Panel directly.

1:00-1:50pm: Interaction and Instruction for Humans. Is the digital world leading to worry that humans are being marginalized in the classroom? This session will focus on the ways that our shared humanity makes the classroom a valuable space for learning. Presented by John Jones.  ** New GTA Recommended Session

1:00-1:50pm: Improving Instructor Presence and Feedback in Asynchronous Classes. Instructor presenece is one of the keys to student satisfaction in asynchronous classes, but not all "showing up" is experienced as presence by students. This session will focus on how to use habits and tools to build a sense of instructor presence in your asynchronous course. Presented by Carolyn Speer

2:00-2:50pm: Teaching in the American Classroom. This popular and valuable session is designed for instructors who come to Wichita State from other countries, and of course all attendees are welcome. Presented by Frehiwot Wuhib. Add American Classroom to Calendar. Join American Calendar directly. *** New GTA Required Session (required for international GTAs Only)

2:00-2:50pm: HyFlex Session: Meet the New Master Classroom. The new master classrooms are central to our ability to offer HyFlex class sessions and full courses. You can attend this session either in person in Devlin 010 or synchronously via Zoom. Presented by Ryan Corcoran

  • No recording of this session because of a campus-wide connectivity outage

3:00-3:50pm: Introduction to Blackboard. Understanding Blackboard is central to teaching success! This session will introduce you to the system and also go over the Ultra timeline. Presented by Carolyn Speer.*** New GTA Required Session

3:00-3:50: The Tenure and Promotion Process. Are you new to a tenure-track position? This session is for you! Presented by Gery Markova and Laura Manning

  • No recording available due to campus-wide connectivity outage

4:00-4:50pm: Preparing to Teach for the First Time. Are you getting ready to teach for the first time? This session is for you. We will talk over the basics, address your fears and concerns, and get you on the road to success. Presented by Carolyn Speer. *** New GTA Required Session

Wednesday, August 11

LinkedIn Learning Challenge: "Confronting Bias: Thriving Across Our Differences," about 40 minutes.  Free for WSU employees and students, but you must follow these directions to activate your account

9:00-9:50am: Teams Meetings: New Updates, Tips, and Tricks. What is the difference between Teams Meetings and Zoom Meetings? As far as feature availability is concerned… very little! In fact, in some cases, Teams now has the edge. Teams meetings have transformed dramatically in the last year, so if you haven’t checked in for a while, you won’t want to miss this session. Presented by Ali Levine. Add Teams to Calendar. Join Teams directly.

10:00-10:50am: Teaching Resources for YOU. There are so many resources to help instructors improve in the craft of teaching, but if you don't know what they are or how to find them, then it's hard to benefit from them! This session will show you what the university has for you! Presented by Carolyn Speer. .** New GTA Recommended Session

11:00-11:50am: Accessibility for Math and Science Courses. This session has been cancelled. Please contact the Office of Instructional Resources with any questions about math and science accessibility: OIR@wichita.edu

Noon-12:50pm: Panel: Supporting Freedom of Expression on Campus. Wichita State values and supports freedom of expression, and this panel discussion will provide instructors and others with information about how to support FoE on our campus. This panel discussion will be led by President Rick Muma and include Teri Hall and Neal Allen. This session will be live streamed on YouTube.

1:00-1:50pm:  Copyright Considerations for Teaching. Do you know the lay of the copyright landscape for education? This University Libraries sponsored event will help! Presented by Maria Sclafani and Jessica Pierpoint.

2:00-2:50pm: HyFlex Session: You CAN Afford Video! Would you like to add video to your university website, your course, or on social media? Are you worried you don't have the budget to do what you want? This session will show you how you DO have the budget to have video! Come in person to Devlin 010 or join synchronously online for this HyFlex session. Presented by John Jones.

3:00-3:50pm: Introduction to Panopto. Panopto is the university's video creation and hosting solution. If you are unsure how to use it, this session is for you. Presented by Jay Minster from Panopto. ** New GTA Recommended Session

Thursday, August 12

LinkedIn Learning Challenge: "Core Strategies for Teaching in Higher Ed," 2 hours. Free for WSU employees and students, but you must follow these directions to activate your account. ** GTA Recommended Session

9:00-9:50am: Excel: New in 365: Special Functions and Data Types. Join this session to learn about some new time saving new functions and features in Excel, Office 365. We will take an in depth look at the new Excel Data Types; this is a game-changing new ability in Excel that will dramatically transform your workbooks in an instant. We will also explore new user-friendly array functions that are only available in Office 365 (spoiler alert: VLOOKUP is out and XLOOKUP is in!) Presented by Ali Levine

10:00-10:50am: Accessibility Update. All instructors are required to attend accessibility training each year. This session will fulfill that requirement and provide you with new and updated information. Presented by John Jones

11:00-11:50am: Inclusive Teaching Practices. This session will introduce instructors to inclusive teaching practices for the classroom as well as showing where you can find more resources on the WSU website. Presented by Alicia Sanchez. ** New GTA Recommended Session

Noon-12:50pm: Panel: Educational Technology Decisions at WSU. Have you always wondered how educational technology decisions were made at WSU? This panel discussion will explain the processes that drive our choices and give participants an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns. Panel will be moderated by John Jones and include Carolyn Speer, Ryan Corcoran, and Mark Porcaro as well. 

1:00-1:50pm: Library Services for Savvy Instructors. The University Libraries have so much! Do you know what resources and services are available to you for free? Come to this session to find out. Presented by Angie Paul. 

2:00-2:50pm: HyFlex Session: Book Discussion with President Muma. This HyFlex session will be a discussion of the book, Broke: The Racial Consequences of Underfunding Public Universities. You can get the digital version of this book free through University Libraries here. Presented by President Rick Muma. This session can be joined in person in Devlin 010 or synchronously online through Zoom. 

3:00-3:50pm: Classroom Management for Beginners. Are you new to teaching in a university environment? This session will address classroom management considerations and answer your questions about how to run a class. Presented by Carolyn Speer. Add Classroom Management to Calendar. Join Classroom Management directly.** New GTA Recommended Session

4:00-4:50pm: Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Like most other colleges, Wichita State has seen an increase in the number of ASD students in the last few years. This session will introduce ways to support ASD students both in and out of the classroom. Presented by Trish Self.

Recommended Recordings for New Instructors

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