Authentic Assessment is a six-week course that will introduce you to the principles and practice of this approach to assessment of student learning. Authentic assessment takes into account the contexts in which learning might actually be used once students leave the university. It is an attempt to assess what students actually know, value, and can do in a way that is well-integrated into the entire learning environment of a course. In this course you will learn how to align assessment with intended learning outcomes, how to design meaningful assessment measures that motivate students and even design assessments that help students learn as they are being assessed.
By experiencing a variety of authentic assessment methods in the student role, reading about them, and practicing adaptations of them, you will be in a better position to judge which of these methods you can use in your own courses, as suits your personal teaching style and disciplinary needs. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to create an authentic, well-reasoned assessment measure that you could use in your own disciplinary context – with feedback and help from your instructors and colleagues.
Blackboard Faculty Specific WorkshopsBlackboard Learn is the Learning Management System (LMS) at the University of Windsor. To provide ongoing, relevant, customized faculty development for utilizing this system, the Centre for Teaching and Learning offers training and support at specific Faculty locations. Below, please sign up for the session associated with your Faculty or Department.
Please note: If you sign up for a session that was intended for a specific Faculty that isn't yours, we will contact you to see about rescheduling in other relevant workshops. Please visit our open workshops to find one just for you!
Online Self-Paced Courses, or Open F-2-F Workshops also Available!Online Blackboard Training Courses Registration page
Open Face-to-face Blackboard Workshops Registration page
Blackboard Support is virtual!Given the current situation with dealing with the COVID-19 Coronavirus, CTL's LMS Team members and CoOp students are available with virtual help, in the BB Cafe Organization site Virtual Classroom (link works only when logged in) or if that link doesn't work, use the guest link
Hours and updates are posted on our COVID-19 Preparedness Workshops page.
If you require something customized that can't be addressed in the virtual classroom, please submit a ticket at uwindsor.ca/bbhelp and specify what you would like to discuss. We will try to arrange a mutual time to virtually discuss your topic. Please note - the volume for requests is high at this time so we will do our very best to support you based on availability. We appreciate your patience!
We have many options to support you!
Instructors and their assistants can join virtual classes which include some pedagogical best practices along with hands-on exercises detailing parts of Blackboard to prepare for online course delivery in 2-3 hour segments.
On a tight schedule but still want to see how to use the important assessment and grading tools in Blackboard, or other featured topics? Join in a Sprint Session, geared to demonstrating the essentials in under an hour.
Are you Decaf or Espresso?Some of the hands-on sessions have been designed with activities and pace geared to your technological comfort level. Please choose the session that is right for you!
This option will offer a relaxed, and slower-paced workshop by placing an emphasis on step-by-step learning. This category is suitable for the emerging technical explorer or the learner who is new to using learning management systems.
This option will offer a fast-paced more technically driven workshop. This category is suitable for the learner who is confident using learning management system tools, or other online systems, who possess a high comfort-level in learning and adopting new technology.
Previously Recorded Webinars from WorkshopsWant a workshop but don't see one listed? Visit the Webinars Revisited page to see previously recorded sessions you can enjoy in your own home at your own pace. Just like being in a class, but you can control the start and stopping of the session to your preference!
Online Self-Paced Courses
Blackboard Learn is the Learning Management System (LMS) that the University of Windsor supports. These online courses featured below, are designed to provide valuable information and corresponding self-learning activities for instructors and their assistants, to help learn, use and configure Blackboard Learn. Please note, these courses are NOT facilitated, and there won't be any instructor interaction. If you would like face-to-face support we would be happy to help, so check out the Name Your Topic! offerings at http://www.uwindsor.ca/bbworkshops
- 1.0 Introduction to Blackboard IB-O-W19-01
- 1a. Getting Started with Blackboard (Pre-requisite) – GS-O-W19-01
- 1b. Teaching in a Blackboard Learning Environment TBLEUTC-O-S19-01
- 2. Building Courses (Basics) – BC-O-W19-01
- 3. Assessing Learners (Basics) – ASL-O-W19-01
- 4. Enhancing Communication (Basics) – EC-O-W19-01
- 5. Monitoring Student Performance - Course Outline – (Advanced) – MSP-O-W19-01
- 6. Building Online Communities (Advanced) – BOC-O-W19-01
- … and more!
- Aug 30 – So, You're Hired as a GA/TA - Now What?!
- Aug 30 – Dealing with Issues as a GA/TA: Confrontation and De-escalation
- Aug 30 – Using your GA/TAship for Employment and Career Development
- Aug 30 – Mental Health for Student Leaders: Caring for Your Peers and Yourself
- Aug 31 – Running Effective STEM Labs/Tutorials
- Aug 31 – Making the Grade as a GA/TA: Assessment and Feedback
- Aug 31 – Planning Effective Lectures and Tutorials to Enhance Student Engagement
- Aug 31 – Leading Effective Online Discussions
- … and more!
By successfully completing this course, participants will have made progress toward completion of the University Teaching Certificate (UTC) program.
If you are interested in the full program, or would like more information, visit: http://www.uwindsor.ca/ctl/463/university-teaching-certificate. Note: Students interested in participating in the UTC, must apply to the Program and receive a formal acceptance.
This six-week half-credit course will explore and evaluate the principles and theories of learning-centred teaching in higher education. Participants will use research findings and pedagogical publications to inform their own teaching and learning practice, engaging with a wide range of empirically proven approaches to improve instruction systematically. The course provides a rich opportunity for the examination and application of these approaches in varying post-secondary learning cultures and academic settings.
Lecturing is a half course that will introduce you to basic skills and techniques of communicating successfully to students. In particular you will learn about explaining complex ideas, grabbing and holding attention, phrasing, communicating nonverbally, and generating emotional response.