Grad

Workshops

PFF-approved workshops are offered by the Graduate School, the Academy of Fellows for Teaching & Learning (AFTL), the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CET&L), the Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement (GATE), and other UC groups. This page and the Blackboard organization show which workshops qualify for credit for the present term. The workshops chosen by the PFF program typically focus on pedagogy.

Workshops lasting four hours or less are worth five activity points. Workshops lasting over four hours are worth ten activity points.

In order for students to receive activity points for attending a workshop, an activity log must be completed and submitted to gradpff@uc.edu within one month of the activity date. 

Workshops, Spring 2020

Due to COVID-19 workshop cancellations, PFF students are encouraged to particiapte in the following online workshop offerings for PFF recognition. These offerings will be periodically updated. 

Please note: PFF Legacy students are required to submit a one paragraph summary following the attended workshop. These summaries can be submitted via email to gradpff@uc.edu and are required within thirty days of the workshop. 

Managing Your Online Presence

Monday, April 6th, 2020
From 2:00-3:00 PM
Register to attend via Zoom. 

This workshop is worth five activity points. 

One of the most important aspects - if not the most important aspect - of any student’s learning is you, the instructor. Learn how to more effectively be involved in discussions, respond to questions, provide feedback and encouragement, so students feel more supported and engaged in your course.

Organizing Your Online Courses

Thursday, April 9th, 2020
From 2:00-3:00 PM
Register to attend via Zoom.

This workshop is worth five activity points. 

Students can become confused, frustrated, or disengaged if they find it challenging to simply navigate a course learning environment. Learn how to organize your course from the student’s point of view - using tools like creating a module roadmap, creating a predictable rhythm, and more.

Academic Impressions Webinar and Discussion: The Art and Practice of Giving and Receiving Feedback

Thursday, April 9th, 2020
From 2:00-3:30 PM
This workshop will be held via WebEx. The meeting number is 619 161 195 and the password is eNeqxGKF462. 

This workshop is worth five activity points. 

Giving feedback to someone in a way that is both direct and respectful is a challenging thing to do, even for the most seasoned managers. Most of us figure it out the hard way by fumbling, softening what we meant to say, or confusing the message. The challenge for managers is to convey your message clearly with backbone as well as heart. In this hour-long webinar, led by a certified executive coach and leadership development expert Mary McGuinness, President MMCG Inc.,  will provide simple but proven techniques, along with sample language, to help you become more confident and skilled at providing feedback directly. A group discussion will follow the viewing of the webinar.

Planning and Facilitating Quality Discussions

Thursday, April 14th, 2020
From 2:00-3:00 PM
Register to attend via Zoom.  

This workshop is worth five activity points. 

Learn techniques to help students get the most out of online discussions. Learn and discuss with online teaching and learning experts how to provide rubrics, create reflection activities, provide strategic feedback, and more.

Academic Impressions Webinar: Strategies to Confidently Communicate with Students Experiencing Mental Health Challenges

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
From 2:00-3:30 PM
This workshop will be held via WebEx. The meeting number is 611 698 341 and the password is DwhCvkpn364. 

This workshop is worth five activity points. 

Learn best practices for more effective interactions with students experiencing mental health issues, even if you’re not a counselor. Using common student scenarios, our instructor Dr. Jackie Leibsohn will explain and demonstrate the following essential interaction techniques: paraphrasing, empathy, feedback, questioning, directing, and discrepancy. 

Supporting Students in Distress

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
From 3:00-4:30 PM
This workshop will be held via WebEx. WebEx instructions for this meeting will be posted on the OneStop Faculty Development website.  

This workshop is worth five activity points. 

College can be a challenging time for students, as well as a time when significant mental health concerns can arise. Faculty and staff are often one of the first people that students come to when feeling distressed, especially when their distress impacts their academics and relationships. There are also times when a faculty or staff member may need to reach out to students of concern. Understanding some key element of distress, how to have a supportive conversation, and refer to appropriate resources, can help faculty and staff to feel more comfortable providing to students in their time of need.  The purpose of this workshop is to provide information on trends in college mental health to give context to individual student mental health struggles, signs of distress in college students, how to have a supportive conversation with a student when you are concerned about their mental health and well-being, and what mental health resources are available to students at UC. This workshop will enhance learning with discussions and role-plays.

Recording Effective Microlectures

Friday, April 17th, 2020
From 2:00-3:00 PM
Register to attend via Zoom. 

This workshop is worth five activity points. 

Microlectures are short (6 minutes or less), instructor-produced videos that are designed using a structured format to provide effective explanations of a single key concept or specific skill set. Learn how to use this format to help maintain student attention and allow students to reengage with the content when and if needed.

Engaging Students in Readings and Micro-Lectures

Monday, April 20th, 2020
From 2:00-3:00 PM
Register to attend via Zoom. 

This workshop is worth five activity points. 

There are a variety of ways to keep students engaged in the content and help them focus their attention on what is most important. Learn how to use a variety of practices to assess how well they are learning and making key connections, such as using guiding questions, preparing online discussion forums, developing skeletal outlines and more.

Taking Student Services Online in Response to COVID-19

This webinar can be viewed at any time through the Innovative Educators website.

This workshop is worth five activity points. 

As colleges and universities address the spread of COVID-19, many institutions are putting structures into place to move classes online. But, what about student services? What can institutions do to address student support needs and resources at a distance and how can institutions move quickly to take student services online? The presenter will cover who will be helping students, what the plan looks like, where students will be directed for support, and how to create meaningful online connections with students.

Advising & Counseling Online: Responding Effectively to Academic Mental Health Issues

This webinar can be viewed at any time through the Innovative Educators website.

This workshop is worth five activity points. 

Participants will learn how advising can be conducted online effectively and efficiently; i.e., one that serves to enhance success by addressing students’ academic and mental health needs and concerns. The webinar will accentuate proven virtual strategies that meet both students as well as institutional needs while preserving and reinforcing the advantages long associated with a face-to-face approach. 

Building an Online Learning Community: What to Start, Stop, and Continue

This webinar can be viewed at any time through the Mentoring Collective website.

This workshop is worth five activity points. 

Join a virtual panel of experts involved in online teaching and learning as they explore best practices in building online community. These experts combine years of experience in various online communities working with thousands of online learners. By the end of this webinar, participants will have received guidance on practices to start, stop, and continue on online learning platforms.

Ensuring Success for First Generation Students

This webinar can be viewed at any time through the Mentoring Collective website.

This workshop is worth five activity points. 

This workshop is led by Johns Hopkins University’s Director of Student Engagement. During this workshop, participants will hear about initiatives at Johns Hopkins regarding the success and support of first generation college students. Further, the speaker introduces core considerations regarding first generation student success, including student mentoring. Participants of this webinar will engage in the exploration of effective practices in mentoring and supporting first generation college students, observable at Johns Hopkins University. 

ASBMB Webinar: Inside a Faculty Search Committee

This webinar can be viewed at any time on YouTube

This workshop is worth five activity points. 

Hosted by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, although applicable to all, this webinar joins a panel to discuss the academic job search. Panelists range from a recent faculty hire to those experienced on search committees. This panel discusses many elements of the job search process, including but limited to: the use of networking, writing diversity statements, and familiarizing yourself with institution functions. Check out this webinar to gain further insight into the faculty search committee and academic job search process. 

Online Adjunct Faculty Webinar

This webinar can be viewed at any time on YouTube

This workshop is worth five activity points. 

Join the authors behind a study regarding online adjunct professors, carried out by the Learning House. These presenters discuss the findings of their data, broken into major conclusions regarding adjunct professors teaching online. Following a discussion regarding the conclusions from these data, the webinar hosts discuss recommendations for adjunct professors in online environments.