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Workshops to help prepare your fall 2020 course for remote instruction

The CALS Instructional Continuity team is offering three workshops for CALS instructors as well as individuals teaching CALS courses remotely this year. Registration is appreciated but not required.  When registering you will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance. Each session will allot time for Q&A. The sessions will be recorded and made available as well. We hope to see many of you there!

Student Engagement Strategies – Tuesday, August 18, 11:00-12:30
Students who are learning remotely may become more easily isolated and disconnected from their instructors and peers. They may need more support, feedback, and communication from you as well as each other. How can you build a supportive learning environment that keeps students engaged and motivated to participate and learn? This webinar will share strategies and tools to help you engage, motivate, and communicate with your students.
Registration (encouraged, not required)
Link to join session

Assessment Strategies – Wednesday, August 19, 3:00-4:30
Assessments are fundamental to the learning experience. Fortunately, many of the assessments you use in your face-to-face course will also work well when you transition to remote instruction. This webinar will share strategies and tools to administer effective, secure, and interactive assessments and activities. A variety of ways for students to demonstrate their learning will be shared along with time-saving ways to grade digital submissions.
Registration (encouraged, not required)
Link to join session

Asynchronous and Synchronous Strategies – Monday, August 24, 10:00-11:30
Delivering content online can take several forms; your approach can be determined by evaluating your course goals and assessing your students’ needs. Asynchronous (anytime, anyplace) approaches to content delivery may include: recorded lectures, reading material, and simulations. Synchronous (live) approaches to content delivery may include: virtual lectures, one-on-one meetings, and guest presentations. This webinar will review the benefits and drawbacks of both approaches and offer strategies and tools for delivering content online.
Registration (encouraged, not required)
Link to join session

Looking for self-guided materials?  Check out the CALS Instructional Continuity Canvas course.

In additional to these CALS specific resources, UW–Madison is offering several workshops and forums in August and throughout the fall semester for instructors.