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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.

Fall 2021 Programming

October 20

  • October 20 Wednesday, 12 p.m.

Chat with an Instructional Designer

Learner Motivation

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

In this inaugural Chat with an ID session, the ID team will take your questions and pose several of their own as we examine how theories of motivation can inform our approach and understanding of teaching and learning. We will consider how relationships, choice, reward, mindset, and relevancy have the potential to positively impact what our students do and how they do it.

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October 26

  • October 26 Tuesday, 1 p.m.

WMUx Makers Lab Series:

Integrating a Digital Humanities Project into Your Course

 Date: Tuesday, October 26       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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October 29

  • October 29 Friday, 12 p.m.

Ungrading Roundtable

 Date: Friday, October 29       Time: 12 - 1:30 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Join us for a roundtable on "ungrading," an umbrella term for assessment practices that address potential equity and inclusion problems associated with traditional grading practices. Presenters include Dr. Jonathan Bush, Professor of English and Cara E. Masselink, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy. Participants will be asked to read a few short articles prior to attending.

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November 2

  • November 2 Tuesday, 12 p.m.

Chat with an Instructional Designer

Engaging your Learners

 Date: Tuesday, November 2       Time: 12 - 1 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

In this Chat with an ID session, the ID team will take your questions and pose several of their own as we consider how to increase engagement in virtual and face-to-face classrooms. We will explore ways to grasp student attention, build confidence and self-directedness, and tap into their need for relevance and satisfaction, including their need for connection with us, their peers, and course content.

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November 8

  • November 8 Monday, 1 p.m.

Injecting Personality into Your Asynchronous Course

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

Although you do not meet your students in person when you teach asynchronously, you can still forge connections and emphasize inclusive teaching in ways that create better learning outcomes. Dr. Angie Moe, Professor of Sociology and Dr. Gwen Tarbox, Professor of English, share their LMS course shells and discuss best practices.

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November 9

  • November 9 Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.

WMUx Makers Lab Series:

Teaching Poems from the Common Read Text

"Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience"

 Date: Tuesday, November 9       Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Interested in incorporating WMU's Common Read text into your Spring course? Participants will discuss a selection of poems from this year's Common Read, "Ink Knows No Borders," and plan activities for their classes. Facilitated by Dr. Gwen Tarbox and Dr. Maria Gigante. An Instructor Guide is available to all participants.

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November 12

  • November 12 Friday, 12 p.m.

Inclusive Teaching Roundtable

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

Inclusive teaching can impact student learning in every discipline. Join this open conversation facilitated by Dr. Lofty Durham, Associate Professor of Theatre, to ask questions, get information, and brainstorm action steps.

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November 17

  • November 17 Wednesday, 12 p.m.

Chat with an Instructional Designer

Teaching with Technology

 Date: Wednesday, November 17       Time: 12 - 1 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Chat with an ID about Teaching with Technology. In this one hour chat via Webex, the Instructional Design (ID) team will take your questions and pose several of their own as we examine teaching with technology. We will explore processes for integrating tech into your classes, student expectations surrounding technology usage, and future trends in educational technology.

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November 18

  • November 18 Thursday, 2:30 p.m.

Early Career Faculty series:

Balancing Recognition, Competence, and Service

 Date: Thursday, November 18       Time: 2:30 - 4 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Roundtable/Q&A with WMU faculty on setting professional development goals for the tenure and promotion process.

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November 19

  • November 19 Friday, 10 a.m.

Graduate Student/PTI series:

Structuring a Teaching Philosophy Statement

 Date: Friday, November 19       Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.       Location: Online via Webex

Participants will learn tips on writing an informative, concise statement of teaching philosophy that they can use for Ph.D. applications and job market portfolios.

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December 1

  • December 1 Wednesday, 12 p.m.

Chat with an Instructional Designer

Educational Media

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

Chat with an ID about Educational Media. In this one hour chat via Webex, the Instructional Design (ID) team will take your questions and pose several of their own as we examine educational media. We will explore different types of educational media, reasons for incorporating more media into your classes, best practices for creating and using media, and possibilities for integrating student created media into assessment.

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December 10

  • December 10 Friday, 10:30 a.m.

WMUx/OFD Book Club:

Drive by Daniel Pink

 Date: Friday, December 10       Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.       Location: Online via Webex

The WMUx/OFD Book Club fosters friendly and lively discussion related to pedagogy. The Book Club sessions will be open to instructors of all ranks on a first-come-first-served basis. Our first Book Club session focuses on the book Drive, by Daniel Pink. This session is capped at 15 participants, so get ready to claim your spot!

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