Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment - Western Washington University's Teaching and Learning Center

The Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment provides workshops and seminars, sponsors speakers, and holds open houses dedicated to supporting faculty use of innovations in their teaching. If you would like to suggest a workshop or speaker for the next academic year, please use our Suggestion Box form.

Upcoming CIIA-sponsored events are listed below. Often we provide online access to supporting materials associated with an event. For this reason, you may search events or view an archive of past events.

If you are looking for a particular event, use the search events feature.

Upcoming Events

 
WORKSHOP: Transforming Learning with Threshold Concepts
Location: Haggard Hall 222,  Date: 2/6/2015 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
What are the ideas that irreversibly changed the way you think about your discipline? Once you know them, you can make teaching decisions that transform student thinking. Threshold concepts involve identifying conceptual building blocks that potentially transform ways of thinking. Please join Carmen Werder and campus colleagues to explore disciplinary-based threshold concepts, hear case stories from a panel of faculty who have put this idea into practice, and have dedicated work time to identify threshold concepts in your courses. Light refreshments. RSVP appreciated via email:Justina.Brown@ww... more


Worried about Wearables?
Location: Haggard Hall 222,  Date: 2/11/2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
During this session, John Farquhar and several guest faculty members will discuss the topic of wearable technology (i.e. smartwatches and smartglasses). They will discuss concerns that faculty might have when wearable technology becomes more common place and implications for academic integrity. more


Geomapping with Google Tools
Location: Haggard Hall 222,  Date: 3/11/2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Having explored the potential of Google’s free experimental platform called “Fusion Tables,” Peter Agras will show how you can easily build online maps and share your data. In this session, he will demonstrate how you can get started with creating maps and customizing them to your needs. He will also look at how to set up your data to be shared with collaborators who can combine their own data with yours to create a single expanded data set. more


Past Events

 
WEBINAR: Designing & Teaching a Course with a Critical Thinking Focus
Location: Viking Union 567,  Date: 1/20/2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for a live, web-based presentation by Dr. Linda Nilson, Director, Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University. This seminar will cover strategies to not only develop students' critical thinking skills, but also blend critical thinking lessons into an instructor's specific discipline and subject matter. We will explore the complex topic of critical thinking and get a perspective on how a student conceptualizes—and practices—critical thinking in the classroom. (single-site interactive web presentation) Learn More Sponsored by CIIA more


Digital Storytelling
Location: Haggard Hall 222,  Date: 1/14/2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Our ability to tell stories is what sets us apart from every other creature on earth. Since our earliest moments the human race has gathered together and told their stories in order to explain the world around them. With digital and mobile tools we have unprecedented options for creating stories but navigating the overwhelming number of social media networks and complex systems can make the act of telling a simple story more of a job than a joy. Join AJ Barse and Kevin Dixey to discuss methods and technologies to help anyone easily capture or express any story using a mobile device or the web ... more


Learning Technology Group: Using Rubrics to Increase Feedback and Save Time in Canvas
Location: ONLINE,  Date: 12/3/2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Join Kevin Dixey, Peter Agras, and Justina Brown for this session on how to use the various kinds of and settings for rubrics in Canvas. When complemented with SpeedGrader and free form comments, rubrics can make grading easier and faster while increasing feedback for students. We will use the BigBlueButton web conferencing tool via Canvas. We will not be meeting in person. Direct your browser to our Canvas site, log in, enroll, and follow the directions. Need assistance? Call x7210. Learning Technology Group more


FACULTY GUR GROUP – Depth vs. Breadth: Using Big Ideas to Unburden Your GUR Curriculum
Location: Bond Hall 111,  Date: 11/25/2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Choosing the big ideas for your GUR course can provide a road map for what content to cover and what to eliminate. Join Georgianne Connell (Biology) for two sessions on unburdening the curriculum. The first will be an explanation of the process she went through to unburden the curriculum for Biology 101, and the second will be a workshop to allow you to begin the process of unburdening with your own GUR course. Faculty GUR Group more


FACULTY GUR GROUP – Depth vs. Breadth: Using Big Ideas to Unburden Your GUR Curriculum
Location: Bond Hall 111,  Date: 11/18/2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Choosing the big ideas for your GUR course can provide a road map for what content to cover and what to eliminate. Join Georgianne Connell (Biology) for two sessions on unburdening the curriculum. The first will be an explanation of the process she went through to unburden the curriculum for Biology 101, and the second will be a workshop to allow you to begin the process of unburdening with your own GUR course. Faculty GUR Group more


WORKSHOPS: Open Educational Resources with special guest, Boyoung Chae
Location: Haggard Hall 222,  Date: 11/7/2014 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Join one or both of these sessions lead by Dr. Boyoung Chae, Policy Associate, eLearning and Open Education, Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges. She is volunteering her time to visit with our campus and share her expertise about finding, using, creating, and curating openly-licensed educational materials. Sign up for one or both workshops. Refreshments provided. Free. * 11-11:45: Overview & Introduction of OER * 1-2: Finding and Using OER Hands-on Workshop Space is limited: RSVP Required. Sponsors: CIIA, Writing Instruction Support, TLA, and Extended Education more


Learning Technology Group Webinar: Creative Cloud (via Big Blue Button)
Location: ONLINE,  Date: 11/5/2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
AJ Barse will guide us through the newest version of Adobe Creative Cloud and show us the all-the-rage connective creative work flow. We will use the BigBlueButton web conferencing tool via Canvas. We will not be meeting in person. Direct your browser to our Canvas site, log in, enroll, and follow the directions. Need assistance? Call x7210. Archive video will be available on our public site. See also: Resources for Creative more


WEBINAR: Discussing OER and Open Policy with Creative Commons, featuring Cable Green
Location: Viking Union 567,  Date: 10/14/2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Join us for tea and treats--and a live web-based presentation just for WWU by Cable Green, Director of Global Learning for Creative Commons (and former Director of eLearning & Open Education for the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges). Cable will discuss how the Internet, increasingly affordable computing, open licensing, open access journals, and open educational resources (OER) provide the foundation for a world in which a quality education can be a basic human right. Cable will discuss specific examples including how to build effective teams for institution-wide OER p... more


WEBINAR: Discussing OER and Open Policy with Creative Commons, featuring Cable Green
Location: Viking Union 567,  Date: 10/14/2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Join us for tea and treats--and a live web-based presentation just for WWU by Cable Green, Director of Global Learning for Creative Commons. Cable will discuss how the Internet, increasingly affordable computing, open licensing, open access journals, and open educational resources (OER) provide the foundation for a world in which a quality education can be a basic human right. Cable will discuss specific examples including how to build effective teams for institution-wide OER projects. single-site interactive web presentation, tune in “live” or later more


Innovative Teaching Showcase Learning Event
Location: Wilson Library 268 and 270,  Date: 6/6/2014 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Every year, the Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment creates a cutting-edge multimedia showcase, featuring the best practices of and video interviews with Western’s most dynamic instructors. This year's Showcase theme is Blended Learning. At the Learning Event, visitors can learn more about the Innovative Teaching Showcase, watch the videos, enjoy refreshments, and meet this year’s featured instructors. more


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