Member Event Recap: “Tips and Tricks Exchange” (Dec 10, 2021)

At this event, participants exchanged their favorite tips and tricks of “doing more with less” (i.e., providing high-level teaching and learning with reduced resources and more limited time). Slides.

Some tips:

NAME: Pamela McGranahan HOME UNIT: Nursing

TIME-SAVING TIP: Use the voice recording function in Canvas to offer feedback on assignments. It’s a nice break from staring at a screen, goes quickly, and allows the student to hear constructive guidance in your voice, so misunderstandings are reduced as well.

NAME: Casey Gallimore  HOME UNIT: School of Pharmacy

TIME-SAVING TIP:  If you have multiple instructors grading the  same assignment, create a shared Google Doc  where each instructor can add common  feedback comments. This is time saving for  instructors as it provides a shared bank of  applicable feedback comments that can be  copied and pasted into student assignments. It  also helps provide students with feedback that  is consistent across evaluators.

NAME: Dave Dwyer HOME UNIT: Nursing

TIME-SAVING TIP: Ensure your rubrics  are clear, detailed and coordinated with  the syllabus. This sounds obvious, but  there are often small discrepancies that  result in questions, concerns and  additional revisions. Tying the rubrics to  the syllabus (and repeating content,  when applicable!) is one way to avoid  questions about the project and allow  the student to work on the project with  confidence.

NAME: Claire Barrett HOME UNIT: University  Health Services

TIME-SAVING TIP:  Overcommunicate course  activities, assignments, an  deadlines in multiple places up  front to prevent individual  student inquiries throughout  the semester. For example, I  include deadlines in the  syllabus, in the grade book, on  the calendar, in the modules…you can’t miss them!

NAME: Andrea Poulos HOME UNIT: English/ESL

TIME-SAVING TIP: Sometimes  your class will meet  somewhere unusual/at a new  time. Rather than worrying if  students will remember, put  the info in an Assignment since  this will show up on the  students’ calendars. (Not an  Announcement = often don’t  read.)

NAME: Grace Lee HOME UNIT: Kinesiology

TIME-SAVING TIP: If students will be absent due to  illness/waiting on COVID results and feel well enough to  participate in class, ask fellow students in class to  “Zoom” in the ill student. This can help control the  number of students that potentially need to make up  work/class.

NAME: Morton Ann Gernsbacher HOME UNIT: Psychology

TIME-SAVING TIP: For student letters of recommendation,  ask students to give you information about themselves,  including the courses or other activities they have  participated in with you, the places to which they’re  applying and due dates, and other information about  themselves. Also, require that students complete as much  information about YOU (your name, address, title) as they  can on the forms that they submit!

NAME: Falina Enriquez, Dan Pell & Sandrine Pell HOME UNIT: Anthropology, CTLM, MMSD

TIME-SAVING TIP: Academic Reading Circles Academic Reading Circles (Seburn, 2015) is a  collaborative, student-centered approach to teaching academic reading. Students approach a  shared text from one of five assigned roles, then  pool their knowledge in a group discussion. Roles are Leader, Contextualizer, Visualizer, Connector, Highlighter. It shifts relations of power, empowers students, builds practical skills, and makes teaching reading EASIER by  letting students sent the agenda. Get any overview of ARC by stepping through this Prezi and read our ACTFL slides.

NAME: Heidi Evans HOME UNIT: English, Program in ESL

TIME-SAVING TIP: Make sure  your Canvas course is accessible  in manageable chunks. Before  each class day, check all pages  and associated Canvas objects  (quizzes, assignments, etc.) using  the Accessibility checker in the  rich content editor (the USDOIT  Accessibility will flag an overwhelming number of hits,  some of which are “false hits,” so  tackle this task in small “bites”.)

NAME: Heidi Evans HOME UNIT: English, Program in ESL

TIME-SAVING TIP: In Canvas,  create multiple pathways to  access important information.  In our ESL Canvas courses, we  have some resources which  can be accessed via the syllabus page, the home page,  and each weekly lesson page,  along with assignments (when  appropriate), via hyperlinks.

NAME: Tim Dalby HOME UNIT: Division of Continuing Studies –  Professional Degrees & Certificates.

TIME-SAVING TIP: Using the Canvas test feature.  While it does/did take a bit of work to set up, I found  I could repurpose questions from the question  banks and provide answers so learners could learn  through their mistakes/errors.

NAME: Ajay Sethi HOME UNIT: Population Health Sciences

TIME-SAVING TIP: I have found Canvas  Announcements to be very helpful. Since  previous years’ announcements are saved. I  use them to provide a lot of detail and  personalized language in my weekly  communication with students (every Friday at  7 AM). In a class with a lot of moving parts,  students appreciate the structured outline of  their upcoming week. They look like I put in a  lot of work into them, but I only have to update  the one from the previous year! The outline  helps me stay on task, too.

NAME: Kurt Kuehne HOME UNIT: Sociology

TIME-SAVING TIP: 1-2x per semester, I survey my students using an  anonymous online Qualtrics form. (Search for UW Qualtrics; it’s a  simple platform and we all have access through the university). I  ask for 2-3 things students like about the course, 2-3 they’d “like to  change,” what’s weighing on them this semester in school or life,  and any questions (noting that the surveys are anonymous and I  won’t be able to respond directly). This feedback is really helpful in  catching problems and confusions EARLY. I can’t know for sure, but  I strongly suspect that the surveys are saving a lot of time.

NAME: Tim Dalby HOME UNIT: Division of Continuing Studies –  Professional Degrees & Certificates

TIME-SAVING TIP: Zoom for Office hours – I have had so many more interactions with folks thanks to Zoom. No more need to travel – and scheduling is so easy with Calendly.

NAME: Dan &  Sandrine Pell HOME UNIT: CTLM /  MMSD

TIME-SAVING TIP: “Keep Calm and Phone a Friend” To provide opportunities for discussion in remote  and hybrid courses, we used a simple  strategy that allowed learners to  choose when and how to interact, both  in terms of tools and timing. Discussion  topics, problems and talking points  were posted each week. During the  week, learners choose when and how  to discuss with class partner, discussed the assigned topics with a  friend or family member. They summed  up their interaction in a discussion  post.