UTLC Newsletter

Teaching Tips:

Be kind to yourself in these challenging times. This is the number one message that we want to communicate with this week’s teaching tips. No one could not have anticipated these circumstances, and no one expects for your course to become a fully-fledged online course overnight. In order to drive that home, we pair this week’s tips with a video on remote teaching from the Teaching Innovations Office.

For today’s tips, we draw from the keepteaching.uncg.edu site to help focus your efforts as you are getting started with moving to remote teaching:

  • Focus on realistic goals for the course. Focus first on your student learning outcomes for the course, and prioritize assignments that measure those outcomes. Review your course calendar and think about how the structure can stay in place and what needs to change. Teaching multiple courses and changing the delivery method can be a daunting task in a short period of time. Make your learning outcomes the priority, but realize how students get there may need to change.
  • Be mindful of your students’ individual circumstances. Some students may face challenging disruptions that prevent them from performing their daily duties to the extent that they cannot leave their home, do not have access to a computer, have limited or no Internet connectivity, or may not be able to complete course responsibilities as planned.
  • Review your course syllabus. Specific policies and requirements may have to change due to the new format, such as attendance policies, assignment formats, and deadlines. Either republish your updated syllabus or create a brief addendum for students to review. Students need one place to review how the course is changing. Remember, all of their courses are changing, so provide a streamlined way for students to see your new expectations.

Remember, be kind to yourself and draw on the abundant support resources that we have in place at UNCG already. See below for some important resources to keep in mind as we work together this week. Be well.

Check out more here: Past Teaching Tips


We need your input!

The UTLC will soon be building on the Teaching Tips format to include a podcast focused on more in-depth responses to the common questions and concerns faced by UNCG faculty. If you have something in mind that you want the UTLC to address, we invite you to send topics or specific questions to us at tio@uncg.edu, and stay tuned for the first episode of the podcast!


Library Tips

This semester, we add some tips from UNCG Libraries to our regularly scheduled programming! These tips are designed to help you better use the resources available through the libraries to achieve your teaching and learning goals. Did you know that UNCG’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) has an extensive online World War I Pamphlet Collection? As this month is the 101st anniversary of the United States’ involvement in the Great War, we would like to bring this collection to the forefront! These pamphlets were issued by governments of US allies and contain information ranging from first-hand accounts of wartime conditions, battle maps, photographs, and brochures that involve soldiers’ postwar rehabilitation efforts. These online primary sources are well suited for class projects that involve the history of World War I, government efforts to sway public opinion on the homefront to support the war, and the psychology of conflict. Please contact SCUA if you would like further information about how to incorporate this wonderful collection into your class curriculum.


Coffeehouses

The UTLC:TIO Coffeehouses are open to all faculty each month. Coffeehouses are meant to bring faculty members together for a quick cross-campus conversation. No specific topic is identified. There is no need to register for the UTLC Coffeehouse – drop in as your schedule allows! No sign up required. In the Faculty Center from 9am to 10am on the dates listed below.

Fall 2019

Spring 2020

September 5 February 6
October 3 April 2
November 7

Brown Bag Lunches

Drop-in discussion sessions with colleagues. You bring your lunch, and we bring the snacks and coffee. There is no need to register for Brown Bag Lunches – feel free to join or leave at any time as your schedule allows! No sign up required. In the Faculty Center on the dates listed below.

  • September 19, 11:30am-1:00pm – HIPs
  • November 20, 11:30am-1:00pm– HIPs
  • February 5, 12:00am-1:00pm– HIPs

Biergartens

Join us on the third Thursday of each month for Biergarten in the Faculty Center! We will be serving up snacks and beer (as well as good ol’ water) to get the semester started off right. Stop by to enjoy the shift away from summer with friends and colleagues.

  • August 21
  • September 18
  • October 16
  • November 20
  • January 15
  • February 19
  • March 18
  • April 15

Important opportunities are available!


URSCO Student Travel Grants

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office has limited resources to support student travel to disseminate results of scholarly inquiry at conferences/exhibitions. Support can include costs of travel, room, board, and registration. The maximum request amount is $500. Requests are due by the 1st of each month, with award announcement by month’s end. Funds are distributed as a reimbursement upon the completion of travel and presentation.


Opportunities for faculty in the Office of Research and Engagement

Click here for a list of deadlines, events, and upcoming workshops with the Office of Research and Engagement.