Professional Development Sessions

Professional development is a critical piece of the instructional process; new and experienced faculty will benefit from opportunities to keep up with current and emerging trends in teaching online, higher education, best practices, and the development of new skills.

The following sessions are sponsored by the University of the Incarnate Word School of Professional Studies Academic Affairs in collaboration with other partners and offer a variety of sessions designed to meet your unique instructional needs. These sessions are open to all University of the Incarnate Word faculty and staff.

Meet our Featured Speakers

January

Teaching Adult Learners (1 hour)

Date: January 18, 2023, from noon - 1 p.m.

Adult learners bring a wealth of life experience. Instructors can support adult learners better when they understand the challenges and opportunities this population faces.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed

This session will:

  • Discuss the Research on what works for Adult Learners.
  • List Strategies for Connecting with Adult Learners.

View the Teaching Adult Learners Presentation from 1-18-23


Teaching Adult Learners (1 hour)

Date: January 24, 2023, from 6 - 7 p.m.

Adult learners bring a wealth of life experience. Instructors can support adult learners better when they understand the challenges and opportunities this population faces.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed

This session will:

  • Discuss the Research on what works for Adult Learners.
  • List Strategies for Connecting with Adult Learners.

View the Teaching Adult Learners Presentation from 1-24-23


Presentation from Student Disability Services (SDS) (1 hour)

Date: January 26, 2023, from noon - 1 p.m.

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Subpart E, and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the University ensures accessibility to its programs, services, and activities for students with documented disabilities.

Accessibility is accomplished through the provision of a wide variety of services tailored to each student's documented needs and strengths.

Featured Speaker: Michelle Beasley, M.A.

This session will:

  • Discuss the accommodation process for students who self-identify as having a disability
  • Review the student and the faculty’s rights and responsibilities on how we can work together to provide access

View the SDS Presentation from 1-26-23


Presentation from Student Disability Services (SDS) (1 hour)

Date: January 31, 2023, from 6 - 7 p.m.

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Subpart E, and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the University ensures accessibility to its programs, services, and activities for students with documented disabilities.

Accessibility is accomplished through the provision of a wide variety of services tailored to each student's documented needs and strengths.

Featured Speaker: Michelle Beasley, M.A.

This session will:

  • Discuss the accommodation process for students who self-identify as having a disability
  • Review the student and the faculty’s rights and responsibilities on how we can work together to provide access

View the SDS Presentation from 1-31-23

February

Teaching Adult Learners with Disabilities (1 hour)

Date: February 1, 2023, from noon - 1 p.m.

Learners of all abilities and backgrounds should have a quality learning experience.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed.

This session will:

    • Discuss Universal Design
    • List Strategies to Support Learners

View the Teaching Adult Learners with Disabilities Presentation from 2-1-23


Teaching Adult Learners with Disabilities (1 hour)

Date: February 7, 2023, from 6 - 7 p.m.

Learners of all abilities and backgrounds should have a quality learning experience.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed.

This session will:

  • Discuss Universal Design
  • List Strategies to Support Learners

Register for the February 7 Session


Canvas Studio (1 hour)

Date: February 15, 2023, from noon - 1 p.m.

A Canvas Studio allows you to manage all your Studio media at any time. You can view, share, and comment on any uploaded video or audio media file.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed.

This session will cover:

  • List Video Best Practices
  • Discuss Adding Captions
  • Review Changing the Video Thumbnail
  • Linking or Embedding Media in Canvas

Register for the February 15 Session


Canvas Studio (1 hour)

Date: February 21, 2023, from 6 - 7 p.m.

A Canvas Studio allows you to manage all your Studio media at any time. You can view, share, and comment on any uploaded video or audio media file.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed.

This session will cover:

  • List Video Best Practices
  • DiscussAdding Captions
  • Review Changing the Video Thumbnail
  • Review Linking or Embedding Media in Canvas

Register for the February 21 Session

March

Considerations for Using Turnitin

Date: March 7, 2023, from 6 - 7 p.m.

Turnitin is a leading academic anti-plagiarism tool, used by instructors and students to avoid plagiarism and ensure academic integrity. It is used to generate a report that identifies material in a student submission that is similar to content already in Turnitin databases.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed.

In this session, we will:

  • Discuss how to use Turnitin
  • Interpret the Similarity Report

Register for the March 7 Session


Considerations for Using Turnitin

Date: March 8, 2023, from noon - 1 p.m.

Turnitin is a leading academic anti-plagiarism tool, used by instructors and students to avoid plagiarism and ensure academic integrity. It is used to generate a report that identifies material in a student submission that is similar to content already in Turnitin databases.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed.

In this session, we will:

  • Discuss how to use Turnitin
  • Interpret the Similarity Report

Register for the March 8 Session


About APA from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (1 hour)

Date: March 22, 2023, from noon - 1 p.m.

APA Style consists of rules or guidelines that are followed to ensure a clear and consistent presentation of written material.

Featured Speaker: Lucille "Sia" Achica

This session will cover:

  • Review APA Guidelines
  • Review APA Formatting

Register for the March 22 Session


About APA from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (1 hour)

Date: March 28, 2023, from 6 - 7 p.m.

APA Style consists of rules or guidelines that are followed to ensure a clear and consistent presentation of written material. This session will cover those procedures.

Featured Speaker: Lucille "Sia" Achica

This session will cover:

  • Review APA Guidelines
  • Review APA Formatting

Register for the March 28 Session

April

Creating Question Banks (1 hour)

Date: April 5, 2023, from noon - 1 p.m.

A Question Bank is basically a repository of quiz questions that you can pick and choose from as needed when you create quizzes or exams within Canvas.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed.

This session will cover:

  • Creating a Question Bank
  • Loading an existing Quiz to a Question Bank
  • Importing a Question Bank from a publisher

Register for the April 5 Session


Creating Question Banks (1 hour)

Date: April 11, 2023, from 6 - 7 p.m.

A Question Bank is basically a repository of quiz questions that you can pick and choose from as needed when you create quizzes or exams within Canvas.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed.

This session will cover:

  • Creating a Question Bank
  • Loading an existing Quiz to a Question Bank
  • Importing a Question Bank from a publisher

Register for the April 11 Session


Quiz Settings to Maximize Security (1 hour)

Date: April 12, 2023, from noon - 1 p.m.

Online quizzes present special challenges for preventing cheating because they are unsupervised. Fortunately, Canvas Quizzes provides instructors with a range of options to increase security.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed.

In this session, we will:

  • Discuss the importance of Quiz Security
  • List the various Quiz Options

Register for the April 12 Session


Quiz Settings to Maximize Security (1 hour)

Date: April 18, 2023, from 6 - 7 p.m.

Online quizzes present special challenges for preventing cheating because they are unsupervised. Fortunately, Canvas Quizzes provides instructors with a range of options to increase security.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed.

In this session, we will:

  • Discuss the importance of Quiz Security
  • List the various Quiz Options

Register for the April 18 Session

May

Applying Accommodations to Various Assignments (1 hour)

Date: May 3, 2023, from noon - 1 p.m.

Canvas allows instructors to easily add any required accommodations for student assessments.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed.

This session will cover:

  • Demonstrate how to include additional time
  • Demonstrate how to include additional attempts
  • Discuss extended availability

Register for the May 3 Session


Applying Accommodations to Various Assignments (1 hour)

Date: May 9, 2023, from 6 - 7 p.m.

Canvas allows instructors to easily add any required accommodations for student assessments.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed.

This session will cover:

  • Demonstrate how to include additional time
  • Demonstrate how to include additional attempts
  • Discuss extended availability

Register for the May 9 Session


Understanding the AIE (1 hour)

Date: May 17, 2023, from noon to 1 p.m.

At UIWSPS the Alternative Instructional Equivalent (AIE) is used to document the credit hours of time spent by students and expectations for faculty instruction. All courses demonstrate compliance with the policy of 45 – 48 hours of “contact time”. Contact Time is defined by the amount of work represented by the evidence of student achievement.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed.

This session will:

  • List the various components of the AIE

Register for the May 17 Session


Understanding the AIE (1 hour)

Date: May 23, 2023, from 6 - 7 p.m.

At UIWSPS the Alternative Instructional Equivalent (AIE) is used to document the credit hours of time spent by students and expectations for faculty instruction. All courses demonstrate compliance with the policy of 45 – 48 hours of “contact time”. Contact Time is defined by the amount of work represented by the evidence of student achievement.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed.

This session will:

  • List the various components of the AIE

Register for the May 23 Session

June

Creating Banners (1 hour)

Date: June 7, 2023, from noon - 1 p.m.

Banners are graphics displayed on the Homepage or within several different places within a course.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed.

This session will cover:

  • Discuss the options for finding a banner image for your course site
  • Demonstrate how to create a custom banner for your course

Register for the June 7 Session


Creating Banners (1 hour)

Date: June 13, 2023, from 6 - 7 p.m.

Banners are graphics displayed on the Homepage or within several different places within a course.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed.

This session will cover:

  • Discuss the options for finding a banner image for your course site
  • Demonstrate how to create a custom banner for your course

Register for the June 13 Session


Canvas Notification and Q&A Café (1 hour)

Date: June 14, 2023, from noon - 1 p.m.

Canvas includes a set of default notification settings you can receive for your courses.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed.

In this session will cover:

  • Explain how to change the default settings by setting your own notification settings.
  • Explain how to subscribe to the Q&A Café.

Register for the June 14 Session


Canvas Notification and Q&A Café (1 hour)

Date: June 20, 2023, from 6 - 7 p.m.

Canvas includes a set of default notification settings you can receive for your courses.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, M.Ed.

In this session will cover:

  • Explain how to change the default settings by setting your own notification settings.
  • Explain how to subscribe to the Q&A Café

Register for the June 20 Session