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Events

WMUx hosts a variety of events and training sessions throughout the academic year.  These sessions are geared toward instructors, graduate assistants, and any others involved in creating learning experiences at Western Michigan University.

 

Summer 2022 Programming

  • May 9 Monday, 3 p.m.

  WMUx Maker's Lab Series

Academic Job Market

Letter of Intent

  Date: Monday, May 9        Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.        Location: Online via Webex

Every academic job application requires a letter of intent. Walk through models of effective letters and begin drafting your own.

  Sign up now for Academic Job Market: Letter of Intent

  • May 16 Monday, 3 p.m.

  WMUx Maker's Lab Series

Academic Job Market

Teaching Philosophy

 Date: Monday, May 16       Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

What are the elements of an effective teaching philosophy? You’ll answer key questions that will help you determine how to outline your own teaching philosophy in this hands-on session.

  Sign up now for Academic Job Market: Teaching Philosophy

  • May 18 Wednesday, 1 p.m.

  WMUx Maker's Lab Series

Academic Job Market

Interviewing Skills

 Date: Wednesday, May 18       Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Most first round interviews take place on Zoom, so we’ll show you how to make a great impression and navigate this technology like a pro.

  Sign up now for Academic Job Market: Interviewing Skills

  • May 20 Friday, 12 p.m.

  WMUx Accessible Teaching Series

Accessibility in the Digital Classroom

Introduction / Global Accessibility Awareness Day Workshop

  Date: Friday, May 20        Time: 12 - 1 p.m.        Location: Online via Webex

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is an awareness day focusing on digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people with disabilities and impairments. Learn more about how the WMU community and we can do our part as educators to create a digitally equitable learning experience for all students.

  Sign up now for Global Accessibility Awareness Day Workshop

  • June 7 Tuesday, 12 p.m.

  WMUx Book Club Series

Summer Book Club

What's New in Teaching and Learning?

 Date: Tuesday, June 7       Time: 12 - 1 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Book club participants will discuss 3 chapters from newly released texts on teaching and learning in the higher education context. The free texts will be made available through the WMU Library or as an electronic PDF and you will be contacted for your preference upon registration.

  Sign up now for Summer Book Club 1

  • June 6 Monday, 11 a.m.

  WMUx Accessible Teaching Series

Accessibility in the Digital Classroom

Fundamentals

 Date: Monday, June 6       Time: 11 - 12 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

A comprehensive overview of WMU's digital accessibility initiatives and resources. We will discuss classroom accommodations, accessible course content, and textbook and app purchasing.

  Sign up now for Accessibility in the Digital Classroom: Fundamentals

  • June 9 Thursday, 1 p.m.

  WMUx Accessible Teaching Series

Accessibility in the Digital Classroom

ALLY for Elearning

 Date: Thursday, June 9       Time: 1 - 2 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Learn via step-by-step instructions about Ally for Elearning and how accessible course content makes it easier for everyone to read and understand course materials, as well as improving the overall quality and usability of your resources.

  Sign up now for Accessibility in the Digital Classroom: ALLY for Elearning

  • June 13 Monday, 11 a.m.

  WMUx Accessible Teaching Series

Accessibility in the Digital Classroom

Microsoft Word and PowerPoint

 Date: Monday, June 13       Time: 11 - 12 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Discover best practices in accessibility as you create course content using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. You will practice and apply techniques to create and publish digitally accessible and higher quality course materials.

  Sign up now for Accessibility in the Digital Classroom: Microsoft Word and PowerPoint

  • July 11 Monday, 12 p.m.

  WMUx Media and Design Sessions

Design Basics

Creating Presentations Using WMU Branding

 Date: Monday, July 11       Time: 12 - 1 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Need to develop a conference or class presentation? This session will focus on making professional slides that make an impact using WMU-branded templates.

  Sign up now for Design Basics

  • July 12 Tuesday, 3 p.m.

  WMUx Media and Design Sessions

Developing Engaging Video Content

 Date: Tuesday, July 12       Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

New to making video lessons? Want to keep your students engaged as they watch course content? Join WMU’s video expert as he takes you through the dos and don’ts of effective video production. No experience necessary—we’ll give you pointers you can use immediately.

  Sign up now for Developing Engaging Video Content

  • July 13 Wednesday, 3 p.m.

  WMUx Media and Design Sessions

Creating Visually Interesting Posters and Infographics

 Date: Wednesday, July 13       Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Infographics and posters are a great way to convey complex information concisely. Learn how to turn a lecture, conference presentation, or class report into an infographic or poster using cutting-edge design principles.

  Sign up now for Creating Visually Interesting Posters and Infographics

  • July 14 Thursday, 12 p.m.

  WMUx Media and Design Sessions

Make Your Elearning Course Visually Appealing

 Date: Thursday, July 14       Time: 12 - 1 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

The default for Elearning shells is very…basic. With a few easy steps, you can create a feeling of connection and community in your Elearning course shell. See examples of effective sites and plan out some changes for your next Elearning course.

  Sign up now for Make Your Elearning Course Visually Appealing

  • July 18 Monday, 12 p.m.

  WMUx Approaches to Instruction Series

Approaches to Instruction

Cause and Effect

 Date: Monday, July 18       Time: 12 - 1:30 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

The Cause and Effect Model is designed to help students explore and make inferences about a specific action, situation, condition, or conflict through the development of causal models and examining patterns over time. The process helps students collectively and actively construct and deepen their understanding of the topic. Come to this interactive workshop to learn more and see how this technique can enhance your teaching!

  Sign up now for Cause and Effect

  • July 20 Wednesday, 12 p.m.

  WMUx Approaches to Instruction Series

Approaches to Instruction

Resolution of Conflict

 Date: Wednesday, July 20       Time: 12 - 1:30 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

In this interactive workshop we will test out the Resolution of Conflict Model. This model is specifically designed to help students construct deeper understanding of issues, think critically and analytically about a problem, and draw conclusions based on discussion and fact finding.

  Sign up now for Resolution of Conflict

  • July 22 Friday, 12 p.m.

  WMUx Approaches to Instruction Series

Approaches to Instruction

Jigsaw and Think-Pair-Share

 Date: Friday, July 22       Time: 12 - 1:30 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

In this interactive workshop, we will explore two cooperative learning strategies, Jigsaw and Think-Pair-Share. These strategies encourage independent thinking, collaboration, and sets the stage for deeper learning by asking students to become actively engaged in the learning process.

  Sign up now for Jigsaw and Think-Pair-Share

  • July 25 Monday, 12 p.m.

  WMUx Deck the Halls Series

Pip Deck Tactics

Ditch Dull Presentations

  Date: Monday, July 25       Time: 12 - 1 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Pip Decks provides users with dozens of strategies to make their presentations more engaging. Join us for a tour through some of the most popular Pip Deck strategies that you can use in your next conference or class presentation.

  Sign up now for Ditch Dull Presentations

  • July 26 Tuesday, 3 p.m.

  WMUx Deck the Halls Series

Creating a Card Deck for Your Class

  Date: Tuesday, July 26       Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Card decks integrate choice into your students' in-class or synchronous participation and help your students gain better understanding of your course goals. In addition to seeing examples, you can plan out some cards for your fall class.

  Sign up now for Creating a Card Deck for Your Class

  • July 27 Wednesday, 3 p.m.

  WMUx Deck the Halls Series

Creating Individual Activity and Assignment Cards

  Date: Wednesday, July 27       Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Want to streamline how you provide instructions to students? Bring a traditional assignment sheet with you to this session, and we’ll help you develop an activity or assignment card for use in your fall class.

  Sign up now for Creating Individual Activity and Assignment Cards

  • August 3 Wednesday, 12 p.m.

  WMUx Book Club Series

Summer Book Club

Common Read - Win or Learn

  Date: Wednesday, August 3       Time: 12 - 1 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

This year's Common Read book is Harlan Cohen's Win or Learn: The Naked Truth About Turning Every Rejection into Your Ultimate Success (2021). Written specifically for university graduate students and undergraduate students, Win or Learn helps you develop strategies to ask for help and to find unconventional ways to succeed. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion—copies of the book will be available in Waldo Library or for $6.26 in the University Bookstore.

  Sign up now for Summer Book Club 2

  • August 8 Monday, 12 p.m.

  WMUx Inclusive Teaching Series

Inclusive Representation

Syllabus & Content

  Date: Monday, August 8       Time: 12 - 1 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Use the framework of "Universal Design for Learning" (UDL) to assess and improve methods for representing diverse points of view.

  Sign up now for Inclusive Representation: Syllabus & Content

  • August 9 Tuesday, 12 p.m.

  WMUx Inclusive Teaching Series

Inclusive Action & Expression

Assignments, Rubrics

  Date: Tuesday, August 9       Time: 12 - 1 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Use the framework of "Universal Design for Learning" (UDL) to approach the design and evaluation of assignments that will enable all to learn.

  Sign up now for Inclusive Action & Expression: Assignments, Rubrics

  • August 10 Wednesday, 12 p.m.

  WMUx Inclusive Teaching Series

Inclusive Engagement

Discussions and Other Methods

  Date: Wednesday, August 10       Time: 12 - 1 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Use the framework of "Universal Design for Learning" (UDL) to develop new techniques for deeper engagement during discussions.

  Sign up now for Inclusive Engagement: Discussions and Other Methods

  • August 26 Friday, 9:30 a.m.

  WMUx Student Engagement Series

First Day of Class/Icebreakers

  Date: Friday, August 26       Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.       Location: Online via Webex

In this workshop, we will share tips on how to communicate course information clearly and facilitate icebreakers that are interactive and reinforce course content.

  Sign up now for First Day of Class/Icebreakers

  • August 26 Friday, 10:45 a.m.

  WMUx Student Engagement Series

In-person Class Discussion

  Date: Friday, August 26       Time: 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Learn how to set the stage for effective discussions, as well as a variety of protocols and strategies that work best for a variety of situations.

  Sign up now for In-person Class Discussion

  • August 26 Friday, 12 p.m.

  WMUx Student Engagement Series

Exit Tickets and Course Recaps

  Date: Friday, August 26       Time: 12 - 1 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Exit tickets and other forms of short assessment can help you figure out if students have picked up the important parts of a class session. In this workshop, we’ll go over these techniques, as well as helpful ways to keep students engaged between class sessions.

  Sign up now for Exit Tickets and Course Recaps

  • August 26 Friday, 2 p.m.

  WMUx Accessible Teaching Series

Accessibility in the Digital Classroom

ALLY for Elearning

 Date: Friday, August 26       Time: 2 - 3 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Learn via step-by-step instructions about Ally for Elearning and how accessible course content makes it easier for everyone to read and understand course materials, as well as improving the overall quality and usability of your resources.

  Sign up now for ALLY for Elearning

Spring 2022 Archive

  • February 10 Thursday, 3 p.m.

Run Your Own Writing Circle or Accountability Group

 Date: Thursday, February 10       Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.      Location: Online via Webex

Want to start a writing accountability group in your department or with your colleagues from across the university (or even at other universities)? This workshop will give you the theoretical background and practical tools to get a writing circle up and running. Open to faculty, instructors, and graduate students.

 
  • February 11 Friday, 1 p.m.

Graduate Mentoring: How Do I Help My Students Make Good Progress?

 Date: Friday, February 11       Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.      Location: Online via Webex

Experienced faculty mentors will discuss mentoring techniques and answer questions about managing graduate students' teaching, research, and projects. Open to board appointed faculty.

 
  • February 23 Wednesday, 12 p.m. & 6 p.m.

LMS Fundamentals

Intelligent Agents

 Date: Wednesday, February 23       Time: 12 - 1 p.m. OR 6 - 7 p.m.      Location: Online via Webex

Have you ever wished the Elearning system could send out automatic communication to students? Well, it can! Join us to explore how you might use the Intelligent Agent tool within Elearning to send automated email notifications to help support learning and communication in your courses. Open to faculty, instructors, and graduate students.

 
  • February 25 Friday, 1 p.m.

Developing an Effective Relationship with Faculty Mentors

 Date: Friday, February 25       Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.      Location: Online via Webex

A roundtable of experienced graduate students will share best practices for seeking out a mentor and working with a mentor productively. Open to graduate students.

 
  • March 3 Thursday, 12 p.m. & 6 p.m.

LMS Fundamentals

Gradebook

 Date: Thursday, March 3       Time: 12 - 1 p.m. OR 6 - 7 p.m.     Location: Online via Webex

Interested in joining us for the Gradebook part of our Fundamentals Series? In this workshop, we will examine the strengths and potential challenges of the Elearning gradebook. We will also review gradebook set up, discuss common gradebook issues, and clarify the process for exporting grades for submission to the registrar. Open to faculty, instructors, and graduate students.

 
  • March 15 Tuesday, 12 p.m.

LMS Fundamentals

Web Accessiblity

 Date: Tuesday, March 15       Time: 12 - 1 p.m.      Location: Online via Webex

Our Web Accessibility workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about the accessibility features in Elearning. We will explore how to use the Ally accessibility checker tool and provide you other with tips and tricks for creating and uploading digital course content. Open to faculty, instructors, and graduate students.

 
  • March 17 Thursday, 3 p.m.

WMUx Book Club

Staying Online by Robert Ubell

 Date: Thursday, March 17       Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.      Location: Online via Webex

The WMUx/OFD Book Club invites instructors to read and discuss timely and relevant books about higher education as a part of the workday. Through these discussions, we can broaden our perspectives, stay up-to-date on current trends, and face the rapidly evolving challenges in academia. Capped at 15 participants; the book is provided free of charge by WMUx. Open to faculty and instructors.

 
  • March 30 Wednesday, 12 p.m.

Hyflex Roundtable

 Date: Wednesday, March 30       Time: 12 - 1 p.m.      Location: Online via Webex

Have you been hearing the term Hyflex and want to know more? Join us for a roundtable on "hyflex," a flexible approach to course design that is a blending of "hybrid" and "flexible," which gives students a choice of how to attend a course. Open to faculty, instructors, and graduate students.

 
  • April 1 Friday, 12 p.m.

Getting Started: Responsive, Accessible, Inclusive, Anti-Oppressive Teaching

 Date: Friday, April 1       Time: 12 - 1:30 p.m.      Location: Online via Webex

Thinking about making changes for your classes in the fall? It's the perfect time for this introduction to the concepts and questions you can use to improve your course design to serve all students equitably and accessibly. Open to faculty, instructors, and graduate students.

 
  • April 8 Friday, 1 p.m.

WMUx Book Club

The Inequality Machine by Paul Tough

 Date: Friday, April 8       Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.      Location: Online via Webex

The WMUx/OFD Book Club invites instructors to read and discuss timely and relevant books about higher education as a part of the workday. Through these discussions, we can broaden our perspectives, stay up-to-date on current trends, and face the rapidly evolving challenges in academia. Capped at 15 participants; the book is provided free of change by WMUx. Open to faculty and instructors.

 

Fall 2021 Archive

October 26

  • October 26 Tuesday, 1 p.m.

WMUx Makers Lab Series:

Integrating a Digital Humanities Project into Your Course

 Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021       Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

In this inaugural WMUx Makers Lab session, participants will hear from Dr. Kristina Wirtz, Professor of Spanish, who has incorporated a Digital Humanities project into her course. They will also learn about future opportunities for using DH in their classes from Waldo Library Digital Librarian, Amy Bocko.

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