A new version of Voicethread has been released, and is now the official active version in use by JHU. This version has some notable new features and a greatly updated user interface. (Catch a good glimpse of what it looks like in this short video.)
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Category: Distance Learning
The JHSPH Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers some comprehensive resources and courses for preparing to TA:
1. The first is the Teaching Toolkit web site, which contains an area for TA's: https://sites.google.com/site/ctltteachingtoolkit/teaching-assistants including specific TA information for each JHSPH department, an FAQ, and information on our two mostly self-paced TA training offerings.
2. The second part of the training program is a self-paced, fully online short course, Teaching Assistantships 1: Essential Elements (TA1), which orients Teaching Assistants to the roles and responsibilities of their position, relevant policies and regulations, technical tools, teaching tips, and other important information. This short course is offered every term and must be completed within an academic year. Facilitators will be available to answer questions, but the course is specifically designed so that a student can complete activities at their convenience. Students will be required to interact with others at the school (i.e. faculty, academic coordinators, other TA's) in order to complete the brief assignments. Register here!
3. Finally, there is Teaching Assistantships 2: Interactive Methods (TA2), a cohort-based practicum for those who have completed TA1: Essential Elements, in which TA's put their skills and knowledge into practice by facilitating discussions, resolving potential issues, brainstorming management techniques, and interacting with each other and their course facilitators. This course is scheduled 2-3 times per academic year and runs for 3 weeks, with the first 2 weeks completed online, but requiring interaction with other students taking the course. The third week will involve either two 1-hour on-campus sessions or two 1-hour LiveTalks. Students can decide if the online or on-campus session in the final week is appropriate, based on their planned TA assignment (online or on campus course). If desired, a student can attend both the on campus and online LiveTalk sessions.
We offer a certificate of completion for those who complete both TA1 and TA2.
We look forward to your participation!
Blended and Flipped: Exploring New Models for Effective Teaching & Learning (PDF) is a new resource just added to the Flipped Classrooms page in the CTL Teaching Toolkit. It is a detailed special report from Faculty Focus, which is comprised of many individual articles on integrating online and face-to-face activities, course design, reflection, flippable moments, and more!
With all of the recent migrations and changes to @JHU email and CoursePlus, there are a couple key things that we should all do:
1. Update your Email address (to @jhu.edu) on the CoursePlus eLearning Account page. Once you have been migrated on email, this important step will help ensure that your emails come from and go to the correct address.
2. Change all bookmarks and/or reference links from distance.jhsph.edu to courseplus.jhsph.edu. This will help ensure that students or others attempting to reach a particular class or destination will be able to. Keep in mind that your saved passwords will also be tied to the old address, so you will likely want to re-save any passwords in your preferred browsers.
Also, if you experience oddities or abnormalities while using CoursePlus, here are some tips to try before contacting CTLHelp:
- Clear your browser cache: http://ctl.jhsph.edu/help/index.cfm/go/faq.display/faqID/75/
- If that does not work, please ensure that you don’t have any kind of “on startup, pick up exactly where I left off” settings turned on. Google Chrome has this in the Chome Preferences, under “Settings” -> “On Startup.”
You are invited:
The 2014 JHSPH Faculty Symposium: Peer to Peer: Engaging Students in Learning and Assessment
Wednesday, 3/19/14 12-4:30 in Feinstone Hall and online via Adobe Connect
The Office of Academic Affairs and Center for Teaching and Learning invite you to the 2014 JHSPH Faculty Symposium. The symposium will feature:
- An introduction to peer learning
- a virtual presentation and Q&A with Howard Rheingold, Stanford lecturer, author of Net Smart: How to Thrive Online and editor of The Peeragogy Handbook (Peeragogy.org),
- hands-on peer learning in science activity with Laura Foster, Assistant Director of Academic Support at JHU Krieger,
- a panel of JHSPH professors on their successes and challenges with peer learning and assessment in the classroom and online
- data from thousands of student participants in JHSPH Coursera course peer assessment assignments
- an introduction to the new CTL peer assessment tool that will be available in CoursePlus for Summer 2014
Turnitin and Plagiarism Prevention
Wednesday, 3/26/14 12-1 pm in W4013 and streaming online via Adobe Connect
Plagiarism is a problem that has affected all of us at some point. The School is pleased to announce the general availability of Turnitin -- a website with tools that can help you detect plagiarism in your courses and which and helps students improve on their source referencing and source paraphrasing. CTL and the Office of Academic Integrity are partnering on this workshop to introduce you to Turnitin and how to most effectively use the tool. We strongly encourage you to attend to get a solid understanding of what Turnitin does and does not do, and to get a better understanding of the School's policy on Turnitin usage. The CTL team will also discuss how to help prevent plagiarism in assignments by creating assignments which make it fundamentally difficult for students to plagiarize.
Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
Did you know?
- JHSPH currently has more students registered with the disability support office than any other graduate school at JHU?
- During 2012-13 there were 39 students registered with a disability. Some of the accommodations provided included:
- 25 students received extended time on exams,
- 8 required flexible/extended deadlines;
- 5 required note takers/scribes in the classroom;
- 3 required a reader to record scientific articles and book chapters (needed for dissertation work) in audio format; and
- 4 required enlarged print (minimum 14 pt font) for all course materials.
- Some students received multiple accommodations.
Please join CTL for our first workshop of the new academic year, and please feel free to forward and invite your TA's:
This workshop will feature special guests, Abigail Hurson, JHU Disability Services Officer and Betty H Addison, JHSPH Senior Director of Student Life Services. The session will summarize current legal obligations and strategies surrounding classroom and online accessibility, and will provide specific steps faculty can take to ensure student access to course materials. Designing course strategies and materials from the start with accessibility in mind will enhance the learning experience of all students, including students with disabilities. This workshop will provide resources to help faculty develop and update class materials (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, PDF) to create an accessible and inclusive learning environment while ensuring JHU’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
As always, you can register to participate either in person or remotely via Adobe Connect:
Wednesday, September 11, 12:15-1:15 Wolfe Street
Friday, September 20, 12:15-1:15 – Hampton House
When a course begins, there's usually a flurry of introductory and administrative questions on a course BBS. While students may know who the faculty on a course are, they may not know the course TAs just yet, or they may not know the instructional designers or other CTL staff who may need to occasionally communicate with them on the BBS.
To make the roles of each non-student who posts to a course BBS clearer, we've added small indicators for "Faculty," "TA" and "Staff" next to the names of the individuals who are in those roles in a course. Here's an example:
We hope that this makes things clearer for students, especially at the start of a course.