Events Calendar

Stearns Center Events Calendar

Welcome to our events calendar page! Please bookmark this page to learn more about upcoming events and changes to events listed below.  Also, don't forget to sign up for our monthly newsletter to keep up with all SC events and support resources!

  • Digital Learning (DL) - Webinars blend information with a Q&A period. They are recorded for future viewing. Recording links will be published on our Trainings page.
  • Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) - Faculty Learning Communities and Webinars focus on writing and faculty development.
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - CPD Workshops and Webinars help faculty to document their teaching over time. For more information on CPD credentials, click this link.

Fall 2022

August

August 1-7 | Online | Mini Course: Designing Your Syllabus | CPD Level 2 | Facilitator: Crystal Anderson 

Do you want your syllabus to promote student success and engagement? Do you want to make your goals and assignments clear and relevant for students? In this 10-hour mini course, you will learn how to create a syllabus that aligns your learning goals with your assignments and organizes course content to maximize student learning.  Upon completion of the course, participants will earn the Level 2 Credential for Teaching Competencies as part of the Continuing Professional Development program. Register here. 

 

August 8-14 | Online | Mini Course: Designing Assignments for Engagement | CPD Level 2 | Facilitator: Crystal Anderson 

Would you like to increase the completion of assignments by students? Do you want to increase student motivation for your assignments? In this 10-hour mini course, you will learn how to create an assignment relevant to your students, which can improve performance, particularly for historically underserved students. Upon completion of this mini course, participants will earn the Level 2 Credential for Teaching Competencies as part of the Continuing Professional Development Program. Register here 

 

August 19 | Online| 1:00-2:00 p.m. | Webinar: Checking Quality Criteria of Your Online Course | (DL) |Facilitator: Darlene & Monisha 

Does your online course and teaching reflect quality?  In this webinar, Stearns Center Quality Assurance (QA) Team will review our resources for online course quality.  We’ll share how to use the Faculty Self-Checklist to ensure that your online course is ready for Fall 2022.  Experienced online faculty will showcase their online courses, sharing how their course design, teaching & facilitation demonstrate online quality criteria. Register here.  

 

September

September 7 | Online | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | Workshop: Fundamentals of Effective Teaching | CPD Level 1 Design | Facilitator: Crystal Anderson 

Do you want to be an effective teacher? Do you want to know how to measure your teaching effectiveness? In this workshop, you will learn about elements of effective teaching, including engagement, multiple modalities, inclusive teaching and assignment design. You will also learn how to set achievable teaching goals and measure them. This workshop is in the Design category for Level 1 Teaching Essentials in the Continuing Professional Development Program. Register here. 

 

September 8 | Online | 2:30-3:15 p.m. | Webinar: Securing Course Content with Honorlock | (DL) |Facilitator: Honorlock 

Securing assessment content can be one of the most challenging aspects of teaching online. In this webinar, we will explore Honorlock’s Search & Destroy technology that searches the internet to identify exam questions that have been shared online and, if leaked exam questions are found, faculty are given simple steps to take control of their exams’ integrity. Search & Destroy provides an added layer of content protection and insights into the uniqueness and quality of exam questions. Honorlock can be found in Blackboard and is available to all Mason faculty. Register here. 

 

September 22 | Online | 2:30-3:30 p.m. |Webinar: Automating Assessments for Large-Section Courses | (DL) |Facilitator: Gradescope 

Grading can take a considerable amount of time, especially in sections with large enrollments. In this webinar, we will focus on how to leverage assessment features that can speed-up grading and feedback, return work electronically, and use assignment analytics to gain more insight into student learning. Gradescope can be found in Blackboard and is available to all Mason faculty. Register here. 

 

September 29 | Online | 2:30-3:30 p.m. |Webinar: Leveraging Gradescope in STEM-based Courses | (DL) |Facilitator: Gradescope 

Online assessments, especially in STEM-based courses that require students to complete proofs, diagrams, graphs, or other hand-written work. In this webinar, we will focus on how to leverage online assessment features with Gradescope that support freeform submissions. Gradescope can be found in Blackboard and is available to all Mason faculty. Register here.

 

SC Signature Event | Sept 29 | Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference (ITL)

  • TBD | Research Hall 169 | ITL Keynote Workshop with Claire Major

 

SC Signature Event | Sept 30 | 9 am - 6 pm | Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference (ITL)  

 

October

OCTOBER 

October 6 | Online | 2:30-3:30 p.m. |Webinar: Building Engagement with Harmonize | (DL) | Facilitator: Harmonize 

November

November 10 | Online | 2:30-3:30 p.m. |Webinar: Proctoring with Honorlock | (DL) |Facilitator: Honorlock 

Learn more about proctoring exams online with Honorlock. Proctored testing software monitors the exam session for potential academic dishonesty and alerts a live proctor to join the student’s session in real-time if it detects any issues. This blend of AI and human review delivers a less intimidating and non-invasive proctored testing experience. When done right, proctored testing creates a non-invasive and equitable environment for testing, holding everyone accountable to do their best work. Honorlock can be found in Blackboard and is available to all Mason faculty. Register here. 

December

TBD

Spring 2023

TBD

Summer 2023

TBD