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.
Online Self-Paced Courses
- Nov 30 – Grading Student Work and Reconciling the Grade Centre (Decaf Level)
- Dec 02 – Upcoming Online Exam? (Part 1)
- Dec 03 – Blackboard & Microsoft 365 (incl. Teams) - Features and Limits
- Dec 04 – Upcoming Online Exam? (Part 2)
- Dec 04 – Upcoming Online Exam? (Supplementary Drop-in Session)
- Dec 07 – Grading Student Work and Reconciling the Grade Centre (Espresso Level)
- Dec 10 – Upcoming online exam?
- Dec 11 – Communication - Getting Started (Decaf Level)
- … and more!
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!
GATA Winter Academy returns on January 5th and 6th.
Presented by the GATA Network, GATA Winter Academy 2021 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.
GATA Winter Academy 2021 is a two-day event from January 5th to 6th and workshops are scheduled all day from 10:00am-4:30pm.
Registration is FREE. Participants register for each workshop separately.
- Jan 05 – Being a GA/TA Online
- Jan 05 – Using the Virtual Classroom (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra)
- Jan 05 – Supporting Teaching and Learning in the Blackboard Environment: Tips for GAs and TAs
- Jan 06 – Grading and Effective Feedback
- Jan 06 – Planning effective labs and tutorials to enhance student engagement
- Jan 06 – Leading Effective Online Discussions
This is an intensive three day workshop. Each day involves a workshop in the morning, followed by a microteaching session in the afternoon, where each participant will be video-recorded teaching a lesson and will receive constructive written and verbal feedback from the other participants. Participants will also be given a video recording of their lesson each day for review at home. At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion.
The Instructional Skills Workshops take place
in small group settings and are designed to enhance the teaching
effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. The
facilitators are part of a group of higher education instructors
who have undergone training as facilitators in the ISW
In the ISW, participants will have opportunities to:
- work closely with other participants to improve each other's teaching;
- practice a variety of instructional strategies and techniques;
- increase awareness of participatory learning concepts;
- recognize the importance of establishing a positive learning environment; and
- increase knowledge of yourself as a teacher.
More specifically, participants will practice:
- using learning objectives to inform learners of expectations and intentions;
- writing useful, practical lesson plans;
- using questions and question sequences effectively during a lesson;
- using basic techniques to test for learning; and
- giving and receiving constructive feedback.
Please note: this is a three all-day event and you must be able to commit to all three days.
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.
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.