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 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!
This action-based workshop series for innovative and compassionate educators addresses a multitude of challenging issues that have always been with us - matters of decolonization, diversity, inclusivity, equity, accessibility, and justice. The will among educators to address these issues is strong, but many of us are baffled by their complexity, anxious about “getting it wrong”, and uncertain how to begin. Nonetheless, the time for action has come.
Each workshop in this series will introduce you to a particular issue or point of focus, provide time for participants to think, discuss, share resources, and explore practical strategies to implement into their own pedagogical work.
There will be a mix of facilitators at each workshop: prople who engage thoughtfully with the issues – who have also put specific ideas into action, and educators with experience in innovative practices. Together, they will lead group discussions and exercises that delve into practical strategies and big ideas. Some workshops will focus on classroom practices, some on assessment, some on curriculum – and some touch on all three. What they all share is a commitment to practical application.
Although these workshops are stand-alone events, taken as a series they are designed to explore the implementation of 21st century pedagogy at multiple critical intersections in a way that is collaborative, welcoming, and focused.
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.
Presented by the GATA Network, Winter GATAcademy offers professional development workshops for current and prospective UWindsor graduate assistants (GAs) and teaching assistants (TAs). Workshops feature material and activities for both new and experienced GAs/TAs.
Registration is FREE. Participants register for each workshop separately. Links to the sessions will be emailed to participants the day before the scheduled workshops.
- Jan 03 – So, You're Hired as a GA/TA - Now What?!
- Jan 03 – Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Prevention and Detection Tips
- Jan 03 – (Re)Framing Anti-Racism Pedagogies, Practices and Scholarship
- Jan 03 – Making the Grade as a GA/TA: Assessment and Feedback
- Jan 04 – Being a GA/TA in a Hy-flex course: What does it mean and what can you do?
- Jan 04 – Using the Virtual Classroom (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra)
- Jan 04 – Using Teams (to Add Value to Your GAship)
- Jan 04 – Supporting Teaching and Learning in the Blackboard Environment: Tips for GAs and TAs