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Communities of Practice


Communities of Practices are

...groups of educators who work together to develop and implement a teaching and learning project over the course of two to three semesters. 

Spring 2015 Communities of Practice

Successful Teaching Practices 

Grading Efficiencies to save time and avoid frustration

Each semester CETL offers this group program with a different focus;this semester we will focus on grading efficiencies. Participants can attend as many sessions as you like;if you would like to make it a community of practice to earn 300 CETL $ see Cindy or Angie to discuss your project.

Recently we have built a collaboration with our colleagues at CVTC to offer this program in both locations. You may join any of the three sessions, notice the location change.

Please register your session choice:

Session 1: Tuesdays, 10:00 am -11:00 am in CETL
Session 2: Wednesdays, 11:00 am -12:00 pm at CVTC in room 225; you can walk up with us if you like.
Session 3: Thursdays 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm in CETL




Feb. 10-12

What to Assess and Ways to Assess

Efficiency:Decide what to assess, what type of assessment to use, and whether or not students will receive feedback on each assignment.

Q: Does everything I teach need to be assessed and graded?

Feb. 17-19

Crafting Good Assignments

Efficiency: Small changes in the structure of your assignments can decrease grading time.

Q: What is meant by "Crafting Good Assignments"?

Feb. 24-26

Grading Management and Logistics

Efficiency: Cut down on the amount of time you are spending on grading, feedback and recording grades.

Q: How much time do faculty typically spend on grading &feedback?


Grading Papers and Writing

Efficiency: Refrain from marking every error on a paper;offer just a couple of suggestions on each paper.

Q. OK, I get that writing is a process and students need to practice, so how can I best use my time to help students improve their writing?

March 10, Tues. and 12, Thurs.

Best Practices Panel at UW-Eau Claire, CVTC has spring break this week.

Efficiency: Experienced faculty will tell their stories about how they save (several hours) per assignment by implementing efficient grading strategies.

Q. What real examples do you have that these strategies will increase my grading efficiency?

March 17-19

Talking with Students about Grades

Efficiency: Be explicit about the role of grading and feedback and how your students are involved.

Q. What can I do so students don't complain about their grades?

March 25, Wed

Best Practices Panel at CVTC, UW-Eau Claire has spring break this week.

Efficiency: Experienced faculty will tell their stories about how they save (several hours) per assignment by implementing efficient grading strategies.

Q. What real examples do you have that these strategies will increase my grading efficiency?

Contact CETL with any questions or to register by January 30th.

Creating Digital Content

Digital content (instructional videos) can be useful whether you are teaching online, hybrid, or completely face-to-face. In this group, a variety of free technologies, strategies, and research-driven best practices for creating digital content will be demonstrated and discussed.

The group will meet five times during the semester (agenda below) and then for a final session in which participants share what they have created through the semester. Participants who attend at least three meetings and complete two digital content items from the meetings can receive $300 CETL dollars. Individual assistance is available if requested.

1.Don't Reinvent the Wheel: Technologies for curating or annotating existing online materials - Storify, Padlet, Pinterest, &VideoANT.

2.PowerPoint is Not the Enemy: How to design visually pleasing PowerPoints that facilitate learning and add audio for online viewing.

3.Working with Images: Snipping tool, Thinglink, search strategies, copyright, basic image editing. (Recommended for PowerPoint users)

4.Screencasting and Handwriting Digitization: How to record your computer screen with voice over and record your handwriting (writing diagrams or math problems, for instance).

5.Recording Video: General tips for recording, services the LTS video department offers, student video projects, and how to record webcam videos on your computer and mobile devices. Special guest Rob Mattison from LTS video will join us.

Already been in the digital content group?You are welcomed to join again and can receive CETL dollars for using two different technologies than you did last time. This group changes every semester!

Contact April Pierson or CETL with questions. 

There are three meeting times for this group: Tuesdays at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Thursdays at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Thursdays at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm.  Meetings are beginning the week of January 16 and will take place every other week.  All will be held in CETL (OL 1142).

Teaching International Students

Facilitators: Linda Carlson, Ami Christensen

Description: The number of international students on our campus has nearly doubled over the past 5 years, and we presently have about 300 international students studying at UW-EC. This is a unique population which has much to contribute.In this group, we will give background on who the international students on our campus are and explore how faculty and staff can better understand and integrate the international students in their classes. We will also be exploring how to design more inclusive classes. Even if you are not presently teaching any international students, you can still get a lot from this group.

Time and dates: Thursdays from 12-1, every other week, the first 10 weeks of the semester (1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/19

If you attend at least 3 out of the 5 meetings, and complete any other required materials, you will qualify to earn 300 CETL dollars.If you have any questions please contact CETL or check out the CETL dollar policy.

Meeting schedule:


Who are the international students at UW-EC? An overview of who the students are, their motivations for being here, how they get here, their educational backgrounds, and what you can expect as a result.


Intercultural communications, language and body language –what gives?What are the basics of intercultural communication and what should I remember? How do people learn languages? How have most of our international students learned English? What level of English can you expect from students? What about body language? What to do when they don't meet your expectations?


What is the experience of the international student at UW-EC? Using results of a survey of international students, we will present an overview of what international students to the US and UW-EC experience, and their thoughts and ideas.


How do I design my class to be more inclusive? Using universal design principles to create more inclusive classes, tasks, group work, presentations and social interaction.


How do I give feedback to international students? How you can give better feedback.

Please contact CETL with any questions or to register by January 30th.

CETL Early Career Educators Certificate Program

Designed for: Early career educators

The CETL Certificate Program was created to:

  • assist educators with meeting people on campus
  • discuss and expand knowledge of teaching, learning, and instructional technology
  • introduce educators to some experienced teachers on campus
  • create a comfortable group in which to share positive experiences as well as challenges that come up in the classroom

Weekly topics include:

Upon completion of the program you will earn 300 CETL dollars. This money remains on account with CETL for up to two years and can be used to purchase teaching materials, technologies, or used for professional travel. A Certificate of Accomplishment will be presented to those who successfully complete the program.

Successful completion of the program includes the following:

1. Attend 5 of the 6 meetings. March 4, 11, 18, April 1, 8, 15.2-3:30pm in CETL.
2. Incorporate one or more ideas you learned during the sessions in your classes.
3. Observe a colleague teaching and have a colleague observe your teaching.
4. Submit a brief summary to CETL by May 18. (See below)
5. Attend the final group meeting on May 18th (finals week) from 12-12:45pm. Receive your certificate and share the ideas you thought went well and any lessons learned from the semester.

Summary Questions: In your brief summary please address the following questions.

What did you learn from observing your colleague?
What did you learn from being observed by your colleague?
What changes make sense for you after this observation process?
What new idea(s) did you try this semester, how did it go?

The final session will take place on May 18 from 12:00pm-12:45pm in CETL (OL 1142).  This session will include time to share what new things people have tried in their classrooms this semester.  Click here to add to calendar.