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Workshops & Events

Each semester, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning offers a full schedule of teaching and learning events. Details on this semester's events can be found below.

All workshops will be recorded and made available on the new CETL Faculty Development Hub. Click here if you would like more information or would like to request access to the Hub. 

What's New in D2L Webinar - Fall 2017 Edition

What's New in D2L Webinar - Fal 2017 Edition

Facilitated By: Amanda Dills

Friday, August 18th @ 12:00pm - 12:45pm


Ever since October 2016, D2L has been rolling out small improvements behind the scenes each month.  In this webinar, we will go over many of the new features and changes that have been added to D2L within the past year (like the new-and-improved Quiz creation tool), and point you towards additional training materials to help you master the tools featured.   This webinar will be streamed online (as well as recorded), and participants will be able to ask questions and interact during the live presentation. [Tech level and prerequisites:  Basic – Participants should be comfortable navigating around the D2L platform and have used D2L previously in their courses.]

To reserve a "virtual" seat for this panel discussion, please click here to fill out the "Workshop Registration Form." 

Workshop Series #1: Difficult Conversations in the Classroom (Aug. 29th - Sept. 20th)

It Matters: Creating a Safe and Encouraging Learning Environment for Healthy Group Discussions

Facilitated By: Ashley Riddle

Tuesday, August 29th @ 12:15pm - 1:15pm

When it comes to preparing for group discussions, setting up the environment to support these discussions is a very important first step. In this workshop, we will discuss how best to set up the learning environment so that students are encouraged to participate in healthy discussion, and are supported through the challenges that these discussions may bring. We will discuss the needs of the students, and the challenges we face as educators to meet these needs while also meeting the desired outcomes for classroom discussion. Participants will work together to create a list of steps that we can take to better prepare our learning environments for class discussions. 

To reserve a seat in this workshop, please click here to fill out the "Workshop Registration Form." 


Leading Discussions: What Classroom Research Says  

Basic elements to include in course design that promote group discussions

Facilitated By: Paul Gebb

Wednesday, September 6th @ 12:15pm - 1:15pm

As educators, we tend to teach in a style that mimics how we enjoyed learning. Let's face it, today's students prefer to learn differently than we did. This workshop will explore what research says about course design elements that promote classroom discussions. 

To reserve a seat in this workshop, please click here to fill out the "Workshop Registration Form." 


Leading Difficult Discussions in the Classroom Panel 

Panelists: Lindsay Bracken, Scott Davidson, Karen Youmans, and Lee Webb

Tuesday, September 12th @ 2:00pm

Disagreement is a part of the educational environment that can create significant learning experiences. "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle. A panel of OCU professors will discuss their classroom experiences while leading controversial discussions, strategies used when introducing potentially difficult topics, and how common classroom structures might benefit the learning environment. 

To reserve a seat for this panel discussion, please click here to fill out the "Workshop Registration Form." 


10 Commandments for Creating Discussion Board Assignments

Facilitated By: Amanda Dills

Wednesday, September 20th @ 12:15pm - 1:45pm

Discussion Boards can be a very powerful tool for peer-to-peer interaction within D2L. However, they also can be one of the most DIFFICULT tools for faculty to set up and manage effectively. In this workshop, we will go over some best practices for setting up and managing effective Discussion Board Assignments...that DON'T take you forever to grade! 

**Tech level and prerequisites: Intermediate - While this workshop will not focus extensively on technology (so D2L novices who are interested in using the Discussion Board in the future could certainly benefit), participants who have already attempted to use Discussion Boards in their classes will get the most from this workshop.

To reserve a seat in this workshop, please click here to fill out the "Workshop Registration Form." 


OKC MOA Presentation: Kahinde Wiley: A New Republic

OKC MOA Special Presentation: Kahinde Wiley: A New Republic

Wednesday, August 30 @ 12pm and 2pm

Presented by Bryon Chambers of Oklahoma City Museum of Art, this presentation is sure to paint a picture of the highly regarded Kahinde Wiley exhibit. Don't miss this opportunity! Click the link below for more information and to reserve your seat for this special presentation.

2017 Week At The Museum

What's New in Turnitin Webinar - Fall 2017 Edition

What's New in Turnitin Webinar - Fall 2017 Edition

Facilitated By: Amanda Dills

Friday, September 1st @ 12:00pm - 12:45pm

On August 1st, Turnitin’s interface updated to something called “Feedback Studio.” In this webinar, we’ll go over the main differences between Feedback Studio and the “old” version of Turnitin.  This webinar will also be an introduction to Turnitin for those who have never used it before.  [Tech level and prerequisites:  Basic/Intermediate  – Participants do not need to be familiar with Turnitin, but should be comfortable setting up Dropboxes in D2L.]

To reserve a "virtual" seat for this panel discussion, please click here to fill out the "Workshop Registration Form." 

D2L Conference: Oklahoma Connection

D2L Ignite Conference: Oklahoma Connection

Friday, September 29th @ 9:30am - 2:20pm

We are thrilled to be hosting a regional D2L Conference on our campus in September! The conference is free to attend, and faculty are invited to submit presentation proposals on topics related to D2L or digital learning in general. Following the conclusion of the regional conference at 2:20, CETL will be hosting a "Town Hall"-type meeting just for OCU faculty and staff, where conference attendees can share their reactions to the conference and give feedback on OCU's upcoming D2L course template makeover. 

For more information - including a conference schedule - or to register, visit: 

D2L Conference Information

3rd Annual Faculty Scholarship Forum

3rd Annual Faculty Scholarship Forum

Wednesday, October 4th @ 10:30am - 4pm

The 3rd Annual Faculty Scholarship Forum allows the OCU community (students, faculty, and staff) to share in knowledge acquired through applied study. This event is designed to highlight academic innovation, build community, and emphasize the study of evidence-based practices within scholarly research.

Come learn more about what faculty do when they are not teaching!

If you would like to submit a presentation, please click the link below. 

Deadline to submit: Sept. 20th, 2017.

3rd Annual Faculty Scholarship Presentation Submission Form

Instructional Technology Series: D2L Daylight Training

OKCU will be upgrading our instance of D2L to the new “Daylight” layout on December 19, 2017.  In these workshops, we will go over the major changes that faculty can expect to see after the upgrade.  Participants will also be able to experiment with their courses in a “Test Server,” which has been already upgraded to the Daylight Format.  [Tech level and prerequisites:  Basic – Since this workshop will be focusing on changes between the “old” and “new” versions of D2L, participants who have at least a basic current working knowledge of the system will get the most from the workshop. Additionally: If there is enough interest, specific workshops will be designated for true “D2L Newbies” and one for “D2L Super Users.”]


Daylight 101: D2L Daylight Training

Wednesday, November 8th @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm


Daylight 101: D2L Training

Tuesday, November 14th @ 12:15pm - 1:15pm


Daylight 102: D2L Training and What's New

Tuesday, January 9th @ 12:15 - 12:45

If you'd like to reserve a seat in any of these workshops, please click here to fill out the "Workshop Registration Form." 

Workshop Series #2: Contemplative Practices in Education (Jan 17th - Jan 31st)

An Introduction to Mindfulness for Educators

Facilitated By: Ashley Riddle

Wednesday, January 17th @ 2:30pm - 4pm

This workshop will focus on simple mindfulness techniques that busy faculty can use to help decrease stress, lower burnout rates, and increase happiness, gratitude, and compassion. We will touch briefly on the history of mindfulness, the benefits of practicing, and the science of how it works. Participants will leave with an understanding of what mindfulness is, as well as some simple, easy-to-implement techniques they can use in their daily lives. 

To reserve a seat in this workshop, please click here to fill out the "Workshop Registration Form." 


Contemplative Practices in the Classroom

Facilitated By: Ashley Riddle

Wednesday, January 24th @ 2:30pm - 4pm

This workshop will take a closer look at the broader topic of contemplative practices in education. Taking this discussion past Mindfulness and into other ways in which contemplative practices can be used in the classroom. We will also discuss guidelines and considerations to make before introducing these activities into the classroom. This will be an informative, but interactive session. Participants will discuss ways in which they could use contemplative practices in their classes, and leave with a plan to do so. 

**All are welcome, but it is recommended that participants come with a basic knowledge of Mindfulness. It is recommended that participants first attend, or watch, the Introduction to Mindfulness for Educators session before attending this session. 

To reserve a seat in this workshop, please click here to fill out the "Workshop Registration Form." 


Infusing Emotional Intelligence (Self-Awareness) into the Classroom

Facilitated By: Paul Gebb

Wednesday, January 31st @ 2:30pm - 4pm

Emotional Intelligence is a critical factor for student success during college and after graduation. Experiencing college life is not enough to improve EI skills such as: conflict resolution, interpersonal relationships, empathy, self-awareness, problem solving, and managing stress. This workshop will introduce miniature adjustments which will infuse EI training into the learning environment.

To reserve a seat for this panel discussion, please click here to fill out the "Workshop Registration Form." 

Workshop Series #3: Metacognition (Feb. 7th - Feb 21st)

An Introduction to Metacognition: Homework Strategies and Reading Comprehension to Help Your Students Learn

Facilitated By: Ashley Riddle

Wednesday, February 7th @ 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Do your students know how they learn? Chances are, the answer is no. Without a good understanding of how we learn, we can struggle to find the study strategies that work best for us. This workshop will be an introduction to metacognition for educators, and will provide participants with some techniques that can help you, help your students. Using the advice of Dr. Sandra McGuire, author of Teach Students How to Learn, we will learn some strategies we can teach our students to help them better understand how they learn and how to get more from the time spent studying.  

To reserve a seat in this workshop, please click here to fill out the "Workshop Registration Form." 


Metacognition and the Growth Mindset

Facilitated By: Paul Gebb

Wednesday, February 14th @ 12:15pm - 1:15pm

The power of "Yet" instead of "Now" can transform the learning environment. Students often work towards the end product or grade, but do not reflect on the effort, strategy, and progress. We should remind them that difficulty means "Not Yet", and this is okay.  We will discuss how to adapt our pedagogies and the classroom reward processes to include the concept of the growth mindset. 

To reserve a seat in this workshop, please click here to fill out the "Workshop Registration Form." 


Set It and Forget It: How to Set Up Auto-Graded Quizzes to Enhance Student Recall

Facilitated By: Amanda Dills

Wednesday, February 21st @ 12:15pm - 1:15pm

According to brain science research, having students practice repetitive recall can be a very effective strategy for knowledge retention.  In this workshop, you will learn how to set up Auto-Graded Quizzes that allow students to practice recalling information as many times as necessary.  We will also touch on 3rd party recall tools (like Kahoot and Quizlet) that can be used to promote student recall practice.  [Technology level and prerequisites:  Basic/Intermediate – Participants do not need to have experience with the D2L Quiz Tool before attending the workshop, but should be comfortable accessing and using the D2L platform.]

To reserve a seat for this panel discussion, please click here to fill out the "Workshop Registration Form." 

Workshop Series #4: Guest Speaker Series (Sept 26th - Nov. 3rd)

Common Copyright Questions 1: In the Classroom

Facilitated By: Kristen Burkholder

Tuesday, September 26 @ 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Many professors worry about whether or not it’s legal to use copyrighted materials in the classroom context, and may be hesitant to use these materials when in fact it is perfectly okay. If you ever have had such concerns, this workshop is for you! We will discuss some common classroom scenarios covering different types of materials. By the end of the hour, you should feel more confident in choosing and using copyrighted material in your classes.

To reserve a seat in this workshop, please click here to fill out the "Workshop Registration Form." 


Common Copyright Questions 2: Outside the Classroom

Facilitated By: Kristen Burkholder

Tuesday, October 24th @ 12:30pm - 1:30pm

The classroom isn’t the only place that faculty may want or need to use copyrighted materials: conferences, online venues, and publications are all possible places, too. Come to this workshop to discuss using other creators’ materials in these situations, and also learn about your own copyrights when you create materials and make them publicly available. By the end of the hour you should have a better understanding of how copyright works in the professional context

To reserve a seat in this workshop, please click here to fill out the "Workshop Registration Form." 


Music Copyright Do's and Don'ts

Facilitated By: Beth Fleming

Friday, November 3rd @ 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Music can often enrich your lesson plans or provide excellent backdrops to video footage you might make or might assign your students to make.  How can the rules of musical copyright law make your life difficult while using music in the classroom and how can knowing the basic rules behind what is allowed in music copyright assist you with your creative efforts?  We will discuss various aspects about how the campus wide blanket licensing can make using music in the classroom a breeze and exactly how you can figure out what musical clips are allowed as background music to YouTube productions.  Some general tips and tricks about how to innovatively incorporate music into your classroom in enlightening—and entirely legal ways!

To reserve a seat for this panel discussion, please click here to fill out the "Workshop Registration Form." 


Working with Students with Disabilities 101

Facilitated By: Jenny Minsberg

Friday, October 6th @ 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Do you really know what a Learning Disability is? What is your responsibility to serving students with disabilities under the law? Is ADD even a real thing? Most importantly, how can I help students in my class with disabilities? Learn all this and more during this session!

To reserve a seat for this panel discussion, please click here to fill out the "Workshop Registration Form." 


Distance Education Panel Discussion Series (Sept 13th - Feb 28th)

In this series of moderated Panel Discussions, we will explore the challenges and benefits of various types of technology-enhanced learning.  Panelists will include University Faculty from all of the Academic Colleges, and the primary goal of these discussions will be developing collaboration and connection across the University with regards to Distance Education.


Topic # 1: Distance Education Definitions and Onboarding

Wednesday, September 13th @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm


Topic # 2: Asynchronous Online Courses

Wednesday, October 11th @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm


Topic # 3: Low Residency and Hybrid Courses

Wednesday, November 1st @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm


Topic # 4: The Enhanced Classroom

Tuesday, January 23rd @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm


Topic # 5: Video Conferencing (Synchronous Online)

Wednesday, February 28th @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm


More information about this discussion series coming soon. If you'd like to reserve a seat in any of these discussions, please click here to fill out the "Workshop Registration Form." 

Social Events

CETL's Fall Welcome Back Event

Friday, August 25th (12pm - 3pm) 

Don't miss this year's Welcome Back Event! There will be games, snacks and lots of fun! We will showcase this year's Learning Communities and some exciting new changes to the Faculty Development Hub! Come sign up for a Learning Community, grab a snack and play our Welcome Back Scavenger Hunt!! 

The event lasts from 12pm- 3pm - come and go as you please!