Zoom Discussions on Online Teaching Hosted by the CTL
The Center for Teaching and Learning will host a series of 30-minute facilitated virtual conversations on topics of importance to those who are working to shift their teaching to an online format. Registration for these conversations is open to anyone currently teaching or who is currently an assistant in instruction in a for-credit course at WashU. Prior registration is required, and participation is limited to 20 for each conversation to ensure that everyone has the chance to discuss their ideas and concerns. We intend to add to this list of virtual discussions as needed. Please reach out to Julia Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Meg Gregory (email@example.com) if you have suggestions for further topics that might be of interest to you and your colleagues in the coming weeks.
Making Canvas Discussions Meaningful
Tuesday, April 7, 2-2:30pm
In this virtual conversation, we will discuss strategies for developing discussion thread prompts and assignment guidelines for Canvas discussions that can help to spark meaningful, asynchronous discussion.
Practicing Self-Care: Taking Care of Yourself in Traumatic Times
Wednesday, April 8, 2-2:30pm
Most of our recent programming has been about caring for students, but In this Zoom discussion we will talk about strategies for self-care. Tim Bono (Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and author of “Happiness 101”), will join CTL staff for a conversation about practical ideas for looking after your own well-being.
Writing Open-Note Exams
Thursday, April 9, 10-10:30 am
In this Zoom discussion, we will talk about strategies for writing effective open-note exams. We will consider kinds of questions that are best suited to this style of assessment and how to communicate about this change with your students.
Best Practices for Managing Video Files Thursday, April 9, 2-2:30pm
As instructors record multiple videos, the issue of effectively managing large files becomes critical. In this Zoom discussion, we will talk about optimal strategies and practices for organizing, storing and, accessing video files.