TA Online Teaching Workshop 8/28

Extending TA Teaching Skills to Online Courses: A Day in the Life of a TA Teaching Online

Presented by Online Learning Council Fellows and Online Learning Team, Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies

SPEAKER: Raymond Lum, Associate Teaching Professor, Director of E-Learning

ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND!
Please RSVP to Sandra at sbg38@drexel.edu

Thursday, August 28, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010A)
Basement of Main Building
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Workshop Description:

Teaching Assistants (TAs) represent approximately one-third of the Drexel University Online Learning Council membership. TAs have expressed interest and have been attending Online Course Design workshops throughout the year to support faculty who have online elements to their course. This workshop is a primer to online course design and will discuss best practices and resources available to TAs to extend their teaching skills to online courses. The workshop addresses core design elements such as measureable outcomes, assessment strategies, alignment of assignments and student engagement.

The workshop uses a case study to illustrate the use of Blackboard Learn Tools in media, testing, assignment submission and grading. The case study will present instructor and student perspectives.  Upon registration of the workshop, TAs will be provided a Sandbox Shell in Blackboard Learn. The Sandbox Shell contains workshop materials and an area where they can practice their online course design and teaching skills. Also, this sandbox shell will provide an opportunity for them to be mentored by OLT staff and Online Learning Council Fellows. The skills presented in this workshop can be applied to support face-to-face, hybrid and online courses.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify characteristics for measurable learning objectives.
  2. Apply alignment techniques between course learning objectives, instructional strategies (activities/assignments), and assessment techniques.
  3. Develop appropriate student assessments for a given instructional strategy.
  4. Apply Blackboard Learn Tools associated with media, interactivity, assessment, testing and grading.

Flyer: http://drexelgsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/TA-Online-Teaching-Workshop-8-28-14.pdf

DGWISE hosts: Writing Boot Camp Series

***WRITING BOOT CAMP***

RSVP and attend our Writing Boot Camp, to help get your proposal, dissertation, or research papers into the best shape possible! The Boot Camp will run Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks starting Tuesday, July 22nd 12-2pm.

All sessions will be held in the Graduate Student Lounge (Main Building 101).

You can log in to the live webinar or view the archived sessions later:

For live interactive viewing:
https://learn.dcollege.net/webapps/bb-collaborate-BBLEARN/launchSession/guest?uid=a361577f-4ac3-48c4-a94f-abfc4375971e
1. Log into BBlearn
2. Click on “Tech Support”
3. In “Collaborate” tab, see “First Time Users” instructions. It will ask you to update your Java if needed and have you run a speaker/ microphone test.
4. You will be able to join up to an hour before the session (11am EST)
5. Sessions will also be available later for archived viewing

The Tuesday sessions will focus on a topic that is critical to obtaining the best product possible, while the Thursday sessions will provide a time to work on that particular application with feedback. 

The Tuesday sessions will run from 12-2pm and will provide FREE LUNCH. The Thursday sessions will run from 12-4pm and FREE SNACKS will be included. There will be prizes given out at the different sessions and the you will receive a raffle ticket at each session attended to be entered into a drawing at the end of the Boot Camp.

While we encourage you to attend whether you RSVP or not, we do ask that if you plan to attend the sessions you email dgwiseboard@gmail.com with your name, program and what you are interested in learning so that we can ensure we have enough food and that everyone gets as much out of the Boot Camp as possible. 

A detailed schedule of the topics can be seen be below: 

WEEK 1: How to best utilize the library

Tuesday, July 22nd: Jay Bhatt will discuss topics relating to running systematic literature searches, literature reviews, how to pick the best target journal etc. 

Thursday, July 24th: Dan Driscoll will be present to briefly discuss the resources that the Writing Center has to offer and Jay Bhatt will present the advantages of using Endnote and how to set it up. We encourage you to attend this session with some research goals in mind and capitalize on utilizing the expertise of both of the speakers. 

WEEK 2: How to best verbally portray your research 

Tuesday, July 29th: Dr Lawrence Souder will both lecture and run participant exercises on how to strategically use citations, techniques for reviewing the research collected, and how to interpret and describe your results. 

Thursday, July 31st: We will be running a writing session, we encourage you to bring specific writing goal (e.g a section of your background for you dissertation) and use this time to write. We will have people on hand to help with the reviewing the writing as well. 

Week 3: How to best visually portray your research 

Tuesday, August 5th: Kristy Jost will present on the story telling aspect of communicating research; she will discuss best practices for making figures, posters, and presentations through different mediums. 

Thursday, August 7th: We encourage you to use this time to work on a schematic, figure, poster etc. We will have people on hand to help both technically and to discuss what is most visually appealing. 

Week 4: Panel Discussion 

Tuesday, August 12th: We will have a panel discussion with young professors, post-docs, and students writing their dissertations or proposals currently. This will be an opportunity to gain insight from people that are have recently or are currently going through the same struggles as you. This will also be the day we draw our grand prizes!!

We look forward to seeing you there!! Any questions email dgwiseboard@gmail.com

Flier: http://www.drexelgsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Writing-Bootcamp-2.jpeg

Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research 7/23 12pm

Join us for our next Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
12-1PM
Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010A)
Basement of Main Building
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Brief introduction to current research by graduate students followed by a moderated discussion.
Audience participation is encouraged.
Lunch will be provided.

Featuring:

John K. Lee
MD/PhD Candidate, Neurobiology and Anatomy, Neuroengineering and Bioengineering, Drexel University College of Medicine and School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
“How to Win a Nobel Prize and Other Lessons from the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting”

Gaurav Goyal
PhD Candidate, Biomedical Science, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
“Biology at Nanoscale”

Moderated by Dr. Simon F. Giszter, Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Drexel University College of Medicine and Research Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, Co-Director, Drexel Neuroengineering Initiative

Tune in live: http://tinyurl.com/BooksandBagelsJuly14

Visit the Books & Bagels video archive:
http://www.youtube.com/user/DrexelGSA/videos

Want to speak at an upcoming Books & Bagels?
Fill out the form at this link:
http://tiny.cc/booksandbagelsnomination

 Info: http://drexelgsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Flyer-7-23-14.pdf

Call for Books & Bagels Speakers 2014-2015

Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research
CALL FOR SPEAKERS

The Graduate Student Association and Office of Graduate Studies are looking for Drexel University graduate students to present at Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research for 2014-2015!

Books & Bagels is a one-hour lunchtime program. Each program features 2-3 graduate student speakers from various school/colleges and levels of study who present a brief 10-15 talk about their current research projects, the challenges, benefits, and impact of their work, and their overall graduate student experience. Presentations are followed by Q&A and discussion led by a faculty moderator. Presentations are broadcast live via Blackboard Collaborative and recorded for later viewing at http://www.youtube.com/user/DrexelGSA/videos

Please fill out the form at the link below if you would like to nominate a speaker or be considered to speak at a future program.
http://tiny.cc/BooksandBagelsNomination

Ad: http://drexelgsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Call-for-Speakers-Flyer.pdf

MEGA at the Zoo!

Enjoy the perfect day at the zoo, courtesy of MEGA! Did you know that the Philadelphia Zoo is the first zoo in America? Well, now you can enjoy a piece of Philadelphia history along with exotic animals.

Students must RSVP first, before the end of June 30th. Tickets can be used anytime starting June 1st-August 31st 2014. Please register with the link to tickets. Once you register you may pay for your tickets at Bossone 330: 9AM-11AM on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

$2.00 Tickets for graduate students, $3 for guests (Limit 3 guests per reservation).

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1433704486898222/

RSVP HERE

Volunteer to be a Graduate Student Orientation Leader!

Now Recruiting Graduate Student Orientation Leaders!

Is there something you wish you knew when you came to Drexel? Did someone reach out and help you find a classroom, get involved in an organization, or make you feel more comfortable?

Volunteer to be a Graduate Student Orientation Leader this fall and help us welcome our new, incoming graduate students to Drexel! Share your Drexel knowledge and show your Drexel pride. Volunteers can help as much or as little as they’d like on one or both days of orientation. Volunteers will get free food during training and on orientation days while they work and also a FREE DREXEL T-SHIRT! Not to mention, a chance to make a difference for one or more incoming graduate students.

Location: University City Or Center City Campus

Date: Friday Sep 12th Or Monday Sep 15th

More info here: http://www.drexelgsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Orientation-Volunteer-Flyer-2014.pdf

Click here to sign up: http://tinyurl.com/k4koudj

See pictures from last year’s orientation here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/drexelogs/sets/72157635495607007/

 

 

LIGA Salsa Night 6/5 6pm

It Is A Salsa Night
Thursday, June 5 6pm
Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010A)
Main Building
3141 Chesnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Come and learn more about this traditional dance and have a short lesson.

FREE FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS!

Event open to all graduate students.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ligadrexel/photos/a.429092193864218.1073741828.273839762722796/519016591538444/?type=1&theater