Date: October 14, 2020

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: Zoom

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Join us for a fun-filled morning at the #NWT Fall 2020 Retreat!
The Retreat features tools and strategies being used to support remote teaching in higher education today. Join breakout sessions to learn about the tools and strategies of your choice. Discover easy ways to stay connected and engaged with your students.

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Tentative Agenda
9:00 - 9:05am
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Center for Teaching Excellence

9:05 - 9:25am
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"Hallway Chat" Preview

Center for Teaching Excellence

Fill out your dance card and participate in a practice-run of the Hallway Chat activity that will take place at the end of the retreat! Follow these steps to setup your account before 11:45am.

9:35 - 10:35am

Breakout Sessions A

  • Create a Student-Friendly Syllabus
    Alexandra Bitton-Bailey, Andrew Wolpert, Ph.D. and Nikki Lyons | Join Breakout

    It is a common lament that students do not read their course syllabus. How can we design a syllabus that provides students with the information they need when they need it?

  • G-suite? Sweet!
    Misti Sharp, Ph.D. | Join Breakout

    Harness the power of the GoogleEDU suite of tools to foster active learning. View the presentation and resources.

  • VoiceThread for Active Learning
    Crystal Marull, Ph.D. | Join Breakout

    How can VoiceThread support active learning in your class?

  • Creating a Transparent Learning Path for Student Success
    Jennifer K. Smith and Joshua Fox | Join Breakout

    Research has found that making the purpose, tasks and evaluation criteria clear to students at the start of an assignment increases academic success. The Design Tools plugin for Canvas can save you time and help provide a framework for students to move through the course activities and assignments.

  • Creating Team Projects in STEM Courses
    Amie Baisley, Ph.D. | Join Breakout

    The use and benefit of team projects should not be just for senior-level design courses. This session will introduce strategies for creating team projects in your course, making them productive, and ensuring that the teams are successful. View the presentation.

  • 10:35 - 10:45am


    10:45 - 11:45am

    Breakout Sessions B

  • Zoom Tips to Foster Active Learning
    Alexandra Bitton-Bailey and Nikki Lyons | Join Breakout

    Are your students getting the most out of synchronous Zoom sessions? Here are some ideas to help you get the biggest learning bang for your time spent.

  • Flipgrid: Not Just Another Pretty App
    Laura Jervis and Allyson Haskell | Join Breakout

    The Flipgrid mission is to “empower every learner on the planet to share their voice and respect the diverse voices of others.” This session will share ideas for bringing your class together as a learning community. View the presentation.

  • Create Your Framework for Learning with Design Tools
    Brenda Such, Ph.D. and Lori Gibbons | Join Breakout

    This session is designed for instructors who have never used the Canvas Design Tools plugin. Learn how to adapt a template to meet your course needs. View the presentation: PowerPoint | PDF

  • Engagement with Readings and Peers through Perusall
    Heather Maness, Ph.D., Anita Anantharam, Ph.D. and Lindsay Lynch, Ed.D. | Join Breakout

    Are you looking for ways to motivate deep reading of texts and articles? Do you need an efficient way to engage all of your students in conversations about course readings? Perusall may be your solution! Learn how to integrate this robust tool into your Canvas course and gradebook. View the resources.

  • 11:45am - 12:00pm
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    "Hallway Chat"

    Center for Teaching Excellence


    Alexandra Bitton-Bailey

    Alexandra joined the Center for Teaching Excellence team in 2015. Since then, she has worked closely to support excellence in teaching and learning across the university. She works on a wide variety of initiatives and projects including Affordable UF, Pathways to Teaching Excellence Online Course Reviews, First Year Faculty Teaching Academy, the Teaching Beyond the Podium Podcast Series, and Interface.

    Allyson Haskell

    Allyson is a Senior Instructional Designer at the Center for Instructional Technology and Training. She has more than 8 years of experience in instructional design and delivery across K12 and higher ed settings. After completing her M.E. in Electrical Engineering she decided to make Gainesville her home and has worked at UF for most of her career. In addition to facilitating course design and development she also teaches workshops for faculty focused on course design and teaching with technology, and has presented at OLC Accelerate, Educause ELI, and AALHE conferences.

    Amie Baisley, Ph.D.

    Dr. Baisley is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Education in the UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Utah State University and her M.S. in structural engineering and B.S. in civil engineering from Arizona State University. Her teaching goals include creating student-centered, engaged environments that allow students to establish a strong foundation for the fundamentals.

    Andrew Wolpert, Ph.D.

    Dr. Andrew Wolpert is the Director of UF Quest and Associate Professor of Classics. After receiving his Ph.D. from the Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World at the University of Chicago, he taught first in the Department of the Classics at Harvard University and then jointly in the Department of Classics and the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin, where he had the pleasure of serving as the Associate Chair for the Department of History. In 2006, he joined the faculty of the University of Florida.

    Anita Anantharam, Ph.D.

    Dr. Anita Anantharam is an Associate Professor at the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research. Her research interests are in the fields of gender studies, transnational politics, and social justice movements, particularly around issues of food and sustainability. She has won awards for her teaching and research from USAID-MEAS, J. William Fulbright, and the U.S. Department of Education.

    Brenda Such, Ph.D.

    Brenda Such, Ph.D., is an assistant director of course production at the Center for Online Innovation and Production. She and her team focus on the building of online courses particularly for the social sciences, humanities, and digital arts. She also oversees multimedia production, and treasures the opportunities to innovate with new technologies for online education.

    Crystal MarullCrystal Marull, Ph.D.

    Dr. Crystal Marull became the Coordinator of the Online Spanish Program in 2017. She adopts an innovative approach that incorporates telecollaborative virtual exchanges to facilitate student conversations with native speakers located across the Spanish-speaking world. Her courses have received local and national recognition.

    Heather Maness, Ph.D.

    Dr. Maness is a triple Gator grad and has worked at UF in various capacities for over 15 years. She has a passion for leveraging technology, especially learning analytics, to solve education challenges that improve student learning. Her research focuses on stakeholder (employers and students) evaluation for curriculum development and continuous quality improvement.

    Jennifer SmithJennifer K. Smith

    Jennifer K. Smith is the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. She has served as the Associate Director of Course production for UF Online and as manager of Instructional Design Services at UF’s Center for Instructional Technology and Training. Prior to her work at CITT, Jennifer was an Associate Professor with the UF Theatre and Dance Department.

    Joshua Fox

    Joshua Fox is a Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Education and teaches early programming courses in Computer & Information Science & Engineering. He also serves as the Director of the Digital Arts and Sciences degree programs in CISE. He received a MS in Mobile Gaming and a BS in Game Development from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.

    Laura Jervis

    Laura Jervis is an Instructional Designer at the Center for Instructional Technology and Training. She has a bachelor’s of science in journalism and a master’s in bilingual/bicultural education from the University of Florida. Before finding instructional design, she taught academic English to post-secondary language learners. Now she applies her teaching experience and her passion for equity and inclusion to the work she does to support UF faculty.

    Lindsay Lynch, Ed.D.

    Dr. Lindsay Lynch is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Higher Education Administration and Policy and Coordinator for the Higher Education LEAD Ed.D. program. She has written and presented on innovative higher education funding solutions, including grants development, fundraising, and holistic advancement, particularly as these efforts relate to community colleges and open-access institutions.

    Lori Gibbons

    Lori Gibbons has had the pleasure to work for UF’s Center for Online Innovation & Production as a web developer for almost 2 years, has been a web designer for 3 years and a visual communicator for 15 years. With a Master’s of Arts in Mass Communication specializing in web design, Lori creates impactful user interfaces to achieve positive digital experiences for UF’s students and stakeholders.

    Misti Sharp, Ph.D.

    Misti Sharp is a lecturer in the Food and Resource Economics Department. She earned her Ph.D. from Colorado State University, focusing on water institutions for water conservation. Current research relates to both resource issues and issues in teaching. She teaches economically and quantitative related courses and is in the process of developing a study abroad opportunity for FRE undergraduates.

    Nikki Lyons

    Nikki assists with Pathways to Teaching Excellence online course reviews, teacher assistant training and development, and instructional design for the team. She spends her free time listening to podcasts, reading, catching up on her Netflix queue, crafting, cooking & eating, and going on field trips. Nikki earned her M.A. in Educational Technology from the University of Northern Iowa, and her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education.