Aug. 13 Workshop: Blending Your Teaching with Instructional Media

OSU Memorial Union quadWant to know how to create instructional media for your on-campus courses and to learn best practices of hybrid/flipped/blended design and teaching? CTL and Academic Technology invite you to explore the new Faculty Media Center to learn how to make audio, video and other media, while beginning to plan an upcoming course. Tuesday, August 13th, 10am or 2pm, Kidder 100. Bring a laptop and your imagination! Register. Info: Faculty Media Center.

Apply by July 1st – Hybrid Learning Community

OSU orange bannersThe Center for Teaching and Learning invites faculty to apply to participate in the Fall ‘19 Hybrid Faculty Learning Community and to design a Corvallis campus hybrid course. Professional development funding is provided. Short proposals are due July 1. See Call for Hybrid Proposals. For more information, contact Cub Kahn, Hybrid Initiative Coordinator.

Hybrid Teaching Seminar

Columns and archway at Weatherford HallFour experienced hybrid course faculty from Liberal Arts, Education and CEOAS will share successful blended teaching methods to promote learning and student success in hybrid courses. All faculty, advisers and TAs welcome. Thursday, Feb. 22, 3:00-4:00 p.m., in Milam 215. Refreshments provided. Information: Cub.Kahn@oregonstate.edu.

Hybrid Funding Deadline Extended to Jan. 22

corridor full of international flagsCTL invites OSU faculty to submit brief proposals to take part in the Hybrid Faculty Learning Community in Spring 2018 and redesign an established Corvallis campus course as a hybrid course. Special consideration given for large-enrollment Bacc Core courses. The proposal due date has been extended to Jan. 22. See Call for Hybrid Proposals. Professional development funding is provided!

Funding for Faculty

The Center for Teaching and Learning invites OSU faculty to submit proposals to participate in the Hybrid Faculty Learning Community in Spring 2018 and redesign an established Corvallis campus course as a hybrid course. Special consideration given for large-enrollment Bacc Core courses. Proposals are due Jan. 8, 2018. Professional development funding is provided. See Call for Hybrid Proposals.

 

Teaching Hybrid: What Works Well?

Red maple leaves and blue skyThe Center for Teaching and Learning surveyed OSU Corvallis and Cascades campus faculty in Oct. 2016 to determine effective hybrid teaching practices from the perspective of instructors. Results: There was significant consensus among the 28 respondents from 7 OSU colleges. More than three-fourths of the instructors that used each of the following 11 practices rated these practices as “very effective” or “extremely effective”:

  1. Student-to-student interaction in both classroom and online environments
  2. Lectures of less than 15 minutes interspersed with other class activities
  3. Prompt and specific feedback given on assessments (e.g., quizzes, papers, projects)
  4. Real-world applications to connect theory to practice
  5. Active learning (e.g., think-pair-share, problem-solving exercises, group work)
  6. Group activities that have both an in-class and out-of-class component
  7. Learning activities outside of class prepare students to participate in class meetings
  8. Online content/learning activities referred to during face-to-face meetings to reinforce
  9. Student-to-instructor interaction in both the classroom and online environments
  10. Integration between classroom and online learning environments
  11. Classroom discussions

How many of these practices do you use in your teaching?

See Effective Hybrid Teaching Practices for a summary of the survey findings.

New Funding Opportunities: Hybrid and Transformative

pink rhododendron flowersThe Center for Teaching and Learning invites applications for two popular learning communities that begin in September:

1 – The Transformative Curriculum Professional Learning Community supports OSU faculty in defining and designing cross-disciplinary courses that transcend traditional academic boundaries. See the Transformative Curriculum Request for Proposals for details.

2 – The Hybrid Faculty Learning Community supports faculty redesigning Corvallis campus courses as hybrid courses. See the Hybrid Faculty Learning Community Request for Proposals for details.

Both learning communities are offered in a hybrid format that blends on-campus meetings with online resources and interaction. Both programs offer professional development funding for successful completion.

Proposals for these programs are due June 10. Space is limited; apply now!

Season’s Greetings and Opportunities Ahead

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As the culmination of the Fall term coincides with the season of giving, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the ways you contribute to student learning. Your time, talent, and expertise are the foundation of the gift of learning we give our students, which in turn they share with their families, communities, employers, and industries. While your attention might currently be focused on Winter course preparation, you should know that your teaching matters and that you are contributing to our broader OSU mission.

We also wanted to remind you of some of the exciting initiatives we have planned for the coming Winter.

  • Join CTL in a Professional Learning Community on Learning Communities (PLC on LCs). From January 2 – March 10 join a collegial group of educators who are united in building community, engaged in scholarly (evidence-based) teaching, and interested in learning how to facilitate their own professional and/or student-led learning communities across the University. As a hybrid course the first session will meet online; when meeting face-to-face the sessions will be held Thursdays from 10:00 – noon in Milam 215. CTL will provide a $500.00 compensation in professional development funds for all completers.
  • Starting January 3 Tuesday Teaching TALKS will begin again. These just-in-time, 90-minute workshops provide applicable instructional strategies. The strategies are modeled and participants work with colleagues to integrate the practices into their own teaching. These workshops are particularly helpful to those new to teaching, or for those simply in need of a refresher. The same topic is discussed every Tuesday at 10 and 2 in Milam 215. No need to register – just come on by! Attend one or all. Participants who complete the series now earn a Certificate in Teaching and Learning to be used on resumes or towards their promotion and tenure!
  • In partnership with Learn@OregonState, Tuesday Teaching TALKS will be followed by Thursday Tech Webinars. On Thursday of each week at 10 and 2 a webinar on how to integrate into Canvas many of the ideas discussed at TALKS will be shared. Registration is required for the webinars. Attend one or all.
  • On Thursday, January 26, the CTL, in collaboration with multiple units across campus, will be hosting the winter symposium entitled “Seeking Balance: Colleagues, Critical Conversations, and Chocolate.” Sessions will include practical strategies and open discussions around topics of interest. After lunch, there will be an “Ask an Expert Question Carnival” at which faculty and staff can ask on-campus experts about teaching and learning. Registration is recommended.
  • We’d also like to remind you to apply now to participate in the Hybrid Faculty Learning Community. CTL will provide professional development funds to instructors who participate in in spring 2017 and redesign a Corvallis campus course as a hybrid course. To apply, respond to the Request for Proposals by Jan. 10 or contact Cub Kahn.

Most of all, we’d like you to know how deeply we value your role in our mission to advance and celebrate teaching excellence – teaching excellence that provides extraordinary educational experiences for our students’ success.

Warmest wishes,

Kay Sagmiller, Director

Center for Teaching and Learning

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Enhance Your Teaching with Hybrid Techniques

Orange and green maple leaves in front of Women's Building on OSU campusLearn effective hybrid teaching practices in this hands-on CTL workshop on Thurs., Oct. 27, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Milam 215. Explore tools and techniques to integrate online and classroom learning. All faculty and GTA’s welcome. Please bring your laptop. Refreshments provided. Please register in advance. See you there!

Join CTL and TAC for Oct. 13 Hybrid Webinar

Top of OSU's Weatherford Hall, blue sky and golden leavesGet Started and Get Assistance to Make Your Course Hybrid  OSU faculty in 10 colleges have redesigned more than 100 classroom courses as hybrid (blended) courses that integrate significant online learning activity with reduced class meeting time. In this “30-minute brief” webinar you’ll quickly learn effective methods to design a hybrid course and find out about support available through the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Register now for this Technology Across the Curriculum  (TAC) webinar at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13.