Focused on content, structure and setting the tone for the semester during the "Syllabus Tune-Up" session and being sure to develop my inner lawyer and to "link, link, link" in the "Copyright and Plagiarism" workshop. Definitely got a lot out of the "First Day of Classes" primer – especially the nugget that how students view the initial 45 minutes of meeting an instructor establishes how they will likely perceive the course and instructor the rest of the semester.
We got our first look at the upgraded D2L, or Desire2Learn, the university's learning management system that connects teachers and students. The next session, "Having Difficult Conversations," will help us better address troublesome comments or subjects in our classrooms so they become learning opportunities. The last workshop involved "Teaching Millennials" and understanding what makes today's college students unique and promoting tactics for communicating with them based on their contexts and expectations.
Kudos to the center's new director, Shaun Longstreet, and all of the speakers for producing a wonderful and insightful program. I look forward to applying what I learned during the new semester. It begins next week. OMG!