Events and Workshops

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Upcoming CTL Events and Workshops 

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Recurring Events

CTL One-on-One Instructional Design: Drop-in Consultations

These drop-in consultation hours are hosted by a CTL Instructional Designer on various days and times throughout the academic year. The locations vary each week, alternating between the common areas in the Wolfe Street building and Hampton House. Up-to-date information on date, time, and location are available on the events calendar (above). This opportunity is ideal for any faculty or teaching assistant seeking to:
  •  Broaden their general knowledge of adult learning principles and pedagogical best practices
  • Review CoursePlus tools and strategies
  • Brainstorm or troubleshoot a specific aspect of any JHSPH course (online, blended, flipped, or face-to-face/on-site classroom)

CoursePlus Refresher Training

Sometime around the start of the academic term, CTL offers an hour-long CoursePlus Refresher Training. The session is geared especially for Teaching Assistants, though all are welcome. The goal of the (in-person) workshop is to provide an overview of some of the tools in CoursePlus, focusing on those TAs ask about most frequently. Up-to-date information on upcoming dates, time, and location for this Toolkit session are available on the events calendar (above)

A lot is covered in the hour, so a basic familiarity with the administrative view of CoursePlus (including navigating in Faculty Tools) is highly recommended before attending the session. If someone is looking for a personal, first time tour of the JHSPH course management system, we recommend they enroll in the TA training course or make an appointment with one of the IDs.

While we encourage onsite attendance -- where you have the opportunity to have your personal questions addressed, we also have a collection of videos covering much of the same information. 

Free Instructional Design Consultations!

 Contact us to set up a consultation.

LiveTalk Training


Teaching Assistantship Training

The TA training course is intended to introduce you to some of the key skills and knowledge needed to be an effective teaching assistant. It consists of self-paced, online learning modules and required attendance at minimum two CTL Toolkit on-campus workshops during your registered training session. CTL offers at least two workshops each month that will always be listed on this Events page. 

The Teaching Assistantship Training is now offered twice each year, with "rolling admission" so that you can register after the start date (though you are still expected to complete the course by the end of that session). Facilitators are available to answer questions, but the course is specifically designed so that a student can complete activities at their convenience.

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Past Events:

Please note: For any recording where there is no accompanying transcript, one can be furnished upon request. Contact CTL Help specifying the event for which you would like a transcript.


Getting the Most Out of Your LiveTalk (75 min recording -- the session begins at about 5m 30s into the recording)
January 2019
This was a special Toolkit workshop, streamed live from our Wolfe Street Multimedia Studios using Adobe Connect in the same format as a LiveTalk. Topics included discussing the educational value of a LiveTalk in an online course; the value of scheduling a LiveTalk through CTL and Multimedia; the many considerations for preparing a LiveTalk; what to expect in the Wolfe Street studio during your session; tips for engaging your students and managing Adobe Connect during the synchronous session; and things to consider after a LiveTalk. Note that this is a very different session than our In-Studio Hands-on LiveTalk Training offered at the start of every term. The session's PowerPoint presentation is available as a PDF download.

January 2019
This session discussed the importance of active learning practices, effectively engaging students and allowing a deeper connection with their learning. Scaffolded instructional activities applicable and adaptable for the online and on-campus classes were presented, including a discussion of challenges and strategies to successful implementation. The session's PowerPoint presentation is available as a PDF.

Terms 3 & 4 Online Faculty Gathering - CoursePlus Updates (28 min recording)
January 2019
This semiannual CTL gathering for faculty and TAs is an opportunity for collegial interaction around the shared theme of online teaching. In addition to a general discussion of teaching strategies, we feature recent updates in our Teaching Toolkit and in CoursePlus. This recording is an excerpt, covering the CoursePlus updates as presented by Brian Klaas, CTL's Senior Web Developer. 

December 2018
Sara Hill, from the Office of Academic Affairs, facilitated this session that not only explained our credit hour structure but discussed the difficult nature of estimating course workloads -- especially time beyond the in-class lecture or online lecture media. In addition to recommended best practices for aligning the student workload with course objectives, several resources were offered to assist in strategically estimating learning time across credit hours and platforms. The session's PowerPoint presentation is available as a PDF. The distributed resources, including workload worksheet, are available through the JHSPH Course Resources internal website (JHSPH login required).

This session highlighted creative uses of the Quiz Generator tool beyond the standard, traditional Q & A. It also provided an overview to some of the setup and sharing options before focusing on some of its hidden gems and frequently asked questions. The session's PowerPoint presentation is available as a PDF. Quiz Generator guides are available on the Toolkit shelf.

November 2018
This session featured the CoursePlus Discussion Forum. The tool was presented from setting it up to student use to implementing it in the gradebook. Best practices and implementation strategies were identified before SPH faculty member Dr. Hannah Lantos showcased how the Discussion Forum is used in her course. The session's PowerPoint presentation is available as a PDF.

October 2018
The Toolkit introduced principles that help remind and encourage us why we should be concerned with Universally Accessible Content. It also presented several specific practices that should become our routine for presenting and authoring materials that are better for everyone. We want to foster a culture that routinely employs simple steps to reach and include more people across more platforms. The session's PowerPoint presentation is available as a PDF. In addition, please see the JHU EIT Checklist for Making Accessible Microsoft Office and PDF Documents that was referenced.

October 2018
In this Toolkit session, Dr. Mary Fox gave a firsthand account regarding how she is using topical environmental health policy issues as case examples and case studies while teaching the Risk Sciences and Public Policy certificate program.  Her presentation, which did not focus on the case study research method, highlighted a variety of assignment formats that develop both qualitative and quantitative skills including analyzing specific examples using coal combustion waste and pesticide mixtures in foods. Dr. Fox also relayed anecdotes on how the students' experiences with these assignment types have allowed them to apply what and how they learned to employment and other professional experiences. The session's PowerPoint presentation is available as a PDF.

September 2018
This session focused on the CoursePlus Gradebook tool, including its customizations, its tie-ins to other CoursePlus tools, its most recent upgrades including extra credit options, and more. The session's PowerPoint presentation is available as a PDF.

May 2018
This Toolkit Workshop highlighted the benefits of using the online Gradebook as both a means of record-keeping and as a pedagogical choice in opening communication with and fostering motivation in your students. Various research findings and sample scenarios were discussed to lead participants to further consider how they might best use the Gradebook. As a part of this Toolkit, we demonstrated specific features of the CoursePlus Gradebook module. The session's Scenarios handout and PowerPoint presentation are available as PDFs.

Preparing a PowerPoint for Narration in the Studio
April 2018
This session brought members of the CTL Technical Writing, Audio Production, and Instructional Design Teams together to offer helpful tips for developing and delivering a narrated PowerPoint lecture in preparation for a CTL studio recording. The benefits of modularization, good slide design, strategies for accessibility, and recording best practices were highlighted while focusing on the 3 P’s – Planning, Preparation, and Performance. While the session was geared for preparing and recording a lecture in the CTL studio, the shared strategies and techniques can be applied to narrating a PowerPoint with any teaching and learning platform. 

View Preparing a PowerPoint for Narration in the Studio:
Section A: Planning (7:42)
Section B: Preparation (8:05)
Section C: Performance (5:50)


April 2018
This workshop focused on dissecting and understanding different types of rubrics, examining their benefits for both faculty and students.  Strategies for building and integrating the rubric were discussed. The session's takeaway gave participants a better understanding of creating and using a rubric that sets clear expectations for students, all while streamlining grading practices. The session's PowerPoint and handouts are available as PDFs: Rubrics Presentation PDF, Designing a Basic Rubric (handout), Example Rubrics (handout).

March 2018
In CTL’s continued exploration of alternatives to the traditional lecture-driven class, guest facilitators Dr. David Jernigan and Ayelet Hines shared their experiences on the merits of Experiential Learning, specifically as the method was applied toward their course on “Theory and Practice in Campaigning and Organizing”. They were accompanied by a student who was able to share her perspective and give positive testimony to the practice. In their course, students are paired with organizations over two JHSPH terms while they develop a campaign plan and apply the knowledge gained in their field experiences to a final paper and presentation. 

Guest facilitators Dr. Janice Bowie and Lee Bone led the second part of the workshop, sharing their perspectives using the Harvard case-based method of teaching and learning. The course they have taught together (with Suzanne Greene - SOM) that applies this pedagogy is an introductory course into community-based participatory research (CBPR). Their presentation included a background in case-based learning (CBL) before sharing specific applications using the method in public health training and in CBPR. Here, too, a student was able to share their perspective to this lecture alternative.

This special session was led by the SOURCE Faculty Fellows Program, the community engagement and service-learning center for the JHU Schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine. Special guests Kristen Wright and Keilah Jacques introduced SOURCE and the objectives of the program. One of these objectives is to "Understand and utilize service-learning pedagogy to engage students in critical reflection around power, privilege, and ethics in the health fields". As such, they were uniquely positioned to provide us with this training on critical reflection. 
We learned the characteristics of high quality critical reflection and how this pedagogical practice can meet the DEAL model of high quality reflection as well as the higher order thinking skills applied to Bloom's Taxonomy. Participants had the opportunity for a bit of hands-on practice with discussion.  Readily-available resources and tools that support critical reflection were also reviewed. The session's PowerPoints and handouts are available as PDFs: Reflection Training presentation, Reflection Tools presentation, Reflection Training Worksheet, SOURCE flyer.

February 2018
In this workshop our guest presenters, Joseph Bressler and Brian Simpson, highlighted some of their unique experiences and strategies in managing large courses. The resulting discussion brought us even more ideas on strategies for facilitation as well as solutions to issues that arise in the unique environment that comes with a large class. 

January 2018
How likely are you to use something “found” in your work only after seeking copyright status or permission? This session challenged some common misconceptions about fair use, classroom exceptions, and “government works as public domain" by laying the groundwork to clarify several copyright basics. Examples of special conditions for using copyright-licensed work (including, but not limited to, Creative Commons) were provided as well as specific suggestions for requesting permissions and documenting your efforts. The session's PowerPoint and handouts are available as PDFs: CTL Copyright Discussion presentation, ARL's Fair Use Myths & Facts (CC BY 4.0), Creative Commons Licensing (CC0), and ARL's Know Your Copy Rights (CC BY-NC 2.5).

Terms 3 & 4 Online Faculty Gathering - CoursePlus Updates (19 min recording)
January 2018
This semiannual CTL gathering for faculty and TAs is an opportunity for collegial interaction around the shared theme of online teaching. In addition to a general discussion of teaching strategies, we feature recent updates in our Teaching Toolkit and in CoursePlus. This recording is an excerpt, covering the CoursePlus updates as presented by Brian Klaas, CTL's Senior Web Developer. 

Course Continuity in Inclement Weather - Teaching from Adobe Connect (64 min recording: mp4 (from Google Drive) or mp4 (from OneDrive). Playback is dependent on your browser or you can right-click either link & download the recording to your computer.)
December 2017
The theme of this workshop was to prepare and to practice! The session provided an overview of several options available as contingency plans when an on-campus class session has to be cancelled, with a focus on Adobe Connect. The session's PowerPoint is available as a PDF.

December 2017
Dr. Gundula Bosch and Dr. Graham Mooney led this session in exploring two specific teaching strategies as alternatives to the traditional lecture-driven classes: collaborative learning and storytelling. Dr. Bosch discussed the merits of peer-to-peer learning, or peer instruction, as a method of motivating learners to take responsibility for their learning in an interactive environment. Dr. Mooney discussed the irresistible power of storytelling to bring a presentation alive, all while assisting students' recall and understanding of concepts and materials. In addition to the linked recording (above) we have the following PDFs: Workshop Outline (Lecture Alternatives), Collaborative Learning (Bosch), Storytelling (Mooney).

November 2017
Hosted by Dave Toia, the CTL Video Production Coordinator, this workshop discussed the evolution of visual media being used in our classes and challenged participants to rethink how media can be created to bring particular meaning and connections with today's visual learners. A sampling of innovative content created by faculty and CTL over the last two years was shared for both background knowledge and inspiration. The session's PowerPoint is available as a PDF.

November 2017
This workshop addressed the the unique challenges faced by large enrollment courses including student participation and communication. We discussed implementing practices to overcome these challenges in both online and face-to-face courses. The sessions's PowerPoint and handouts ("Engagement Strategies and Tools for Large Enrollment Courses" and "Large Class Scenario Worksheet") are available as PDFs.

October 2017
This session highlighted the benefits of employing Course Groups and strategically planning resources and activities tied to the tool. The session covered setting up Groups, including the option to assign students randomly. Also discussed were theCoursePlus resources that can be set as private to groups to help facilitate communication, enrich class discussion, and foster a virtual environment rich for sharing and collaboration. A highlight was discussing possible solutions to common issues faced by both students and faculty that are sometimes encountered when implementing group work. The session's PowerPoint is available as a PDF.

October 2017
In this workshop, our medical illustrator joined us in leading a discussion on the power, purpose, and clarity of images in lectures and other classroom artifacts. Take-aways included the pedagogical rationale and implications for incorporating images in your course materials; design considerations, including being mindful of the accessibility principles of Universal Design for Instruction (UDI); and pointers on finding image sources whose permissions include appropriate exceptions to copyright protection. The session's PowerPoint and distributed documents are available as PDFs: accompanying PowerPoint, Legal Concerns handout, & Image (Open Access) Resources.

September 2017
Google Drive, free and always available, was introduced as a tool for collaboration and communication. Google Drive is a web-based platform that allows for file storage and has several applications available to anyone who establishes a Google account. And if someone has documents saved in the Google Drive storage space, they can share and even collaborate on these files with anyone else - whether or not the other person has a Google account. In this workshop, Google Docs, Slides, Forms, and Sheets web applications were presented highlighting some of the ways collaboration is readily integrated in their use (comments, versioning, "assigning", etc.).

Introduction to Active Learning (51m recording -- note that due to technical issues, this recordings begins about 7 minutes into the session.)
September 2017
In this workshop, an overview of active learning was presented along with approaches to the practice that are effective for engaging students in meaningful ways whether in on-campus, blended, or online courses . Obstacles to implementing this teaching technique, as well as possible solutions to these issues, were also discussed. The session's PowerPoint and distributed documents are available as PDFs: accompanying PowerPoint, Active Learning Handout, & Active Learning Quiz.

Syllabus Hands-on Workshop (52m recording - note that some audio was compromised)
August 2017
This session summarized the key points from the Overview workshop and the many benefits of using the CoursePlus syllabus tool before introducing and applying the editing options of the tool, including demonstrating how best to edit elements linked to the JHSPH Course System. The documents that were distributed were some of the same from the Overview workshop: the JHSPH Syllabus Template and Syllabus Checklist.

August 2017
This workshop introduced best practices and resources for writing a syllabus and explored how to leverage syllabus elements so that your syllabus not only documents deadlines and expectations, but also helps facilitate learning. Included resources for developing a syllabus. The distributed documents are available as PDFs: JHSPH Syllabus TemplateSyllabus Checklist, and Course Resources Site. Note that the screen clippings of the JHSPH Course Resources site was current for the date of this workshop. It was expected to be updated later in the month.

Introduction to Creating Lectures in VoiceThread (In-person-only session; no recording)
July 2017
This session introduced the VoiceThread online presentation tool, focusing on it use as a "self-serve" recording option for lectures. We covered some key features of the tool, as well as the best practices to keep in mind when its being used as a lecture. This included reviewing the process for exporting a VoiceThread when it will be used as a lecture inside of CoursePlus. The accompanying PowerPoint is available as a PDF. In addition, the distributed sheet summarizing Adding a Comment in VoiceThread is available.

July 2017
This session introduced how the potentials of tools and features inside of the CoursePlus Learning Management System (LMS) which -- no matter the class format -- can foster a positive experience for faculty, TAs and the entire learning community. We discuss possibilities that range from administrative efficiency to new methods of learning engagement to unique reporting insights identifying student progress and interaction and more. The accompanying PowerPoint is available as a PDF.

April 2017
This session reviewed the strengths and limitations of multiple choice (MC) questions before discussing some general tips on writing MC questions, including those that challenge higher-order thinking skills (HOTS). The accompanying PowerPoint is available as a PDF. Sample files used in the presentation can be downloaded from within the recording or here: Revised MC Questions and Which One is Better
Additional tips and examples of HOTS MC questions can be found in this document, adapted by Pop, Family & Reproductive Health @ JHSPH, and this article from Learning Solutions Magazine

Best Practices for Preparing and Delivering a Lecture (63m recording)
March 2017
This session provides tips that can be used for preparing and delivering lectures, including the special considerations for studio recordings. Topics include: expected timeline, organizing the lecture, preparing the PowerPoint (including universal design considerations), scripts vs. notes, rehearsing and practice, expectations in studio, and best practices in studio. The accompanying PowerPoint is available as a PDF.

Communicating Effectively with Well-designed Graphics (Two recordings: 14 min intro and 35 min continuation)
February 2017
An introduction to Universal Design for Instruction and its principles, specifically as they relate to the selection and creation of all visualizations: maps, tables, graphs, and any graphic that might be used in a hand-out or presentation. The workshop reinforces some best practices to keep in mind so that what might start of as a checklist will become second nature and your graphics will be better communications, reaching more learners with less work both on your part and theirs. NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, this workshop recording is presented in two parts: intro and continuation. The accompanying PowerPoint is available as a PDF.

VoiceThread: A Tale of Success (61m recording)
November 2016
Mary Fissell, PhD gives us her first-person experience as faculty on how VoiceThread has enhanced the course experience, lessons learned in its implementation, and when and where students most positively responded to it. In addition, the following is touched on: key features and a review VoiceThread basics; explaination on how VoiceThread can be exported and used as part of a lecture inside of CoursePlus; best practices and options for integrating VoiceThread as a student activity. Accompanying PowerPoint (as PDF).

Promoting Learning through Purposeful Imagery (66m recording)
October 2016
Discussed: The pedagogical rationale for including images; the selection of images, sources, and related legal concerns (including a review of how to find sources that meet copyright law); and an introduction to best practices for incorporating images so that your materials are universally accessible. Accompanying PowerPoint (as PDF)

The Smart Syllabus is the CoursePlus Syllabus! (55m recording)
August 2016
Discussed: Why use the CoursePlus Syllabus as the one-stop syllabus; Linked Course System fields; How to edit the Syllabus, including the enhanced layout

Poll Everywhere: New Features, Tips and Strategies  (55m recording)
June 2016

Teaching During Inclement Weather (55m recording)
December 2015 
Discussed: Importing online lecture into face-to-face session of CoursePlus; recording audio only in Audacity & bringing into CoursePlus; VoiceThread; Adobe Connect

Camtasia: How to Record High Quality Screen Captures (58m recording - content starts at ~3:30)
November 2015
Discussed: Introduction to Camtasia software - what it is, why use it, examples of SPH videos produced w/Camtasia, where to buy or borrow, tour of software, overview of basic storyboarding & basic editing, resources for more tutorials

Peer to Peer Assessment in CoursePlus (52m recording)
October 2015
Discussed: Defining Peer Assessment; benefits & challenges of PA; implementing PA; rubrics; tools for PA (both within and outside of CoursePlus); detailed overview of CoursePlus Peer Assessment tool

Harvesting The Commons: Finding & Using Open Images for Teaching (60m recording)
September 2015
Discussed: Copyright, licensing, attribution; Public Domain; Open Image Resources (Wikimedia Commons; Creative Commons; etc.)

Lucas, Scorcese, and You! Using Your Smartphone to Enhance Learning (45m recording)
March 2015
Discussed: Why use video?; Ways to use video; Mobile Video Checklist; Recording Edit Checklist
HANDOUTS: Lucas, Scorcese, & You Ppt Presentation; Mobile Video Recording Checklist

Teaching During Inclement Weather
January 2015 (slight audio issues at beginning of recording, abruptly drops you abut 2 minutes into the workshop)

Flipping Without Flopping with Voicethread
December 2014

Using the Quiz Generator in CoursePlus for Higher-Order Thinking Skills Assessments
November 2014

What's New in CoursePlus for Faculty?
October 22, 2014

Your CoursePlus Syllabus Design: Meeting the School’s Teaching, Policy, and Accreditation Standards
October 2014

What's New in CoursePlus for Faculty?
August 2014

Turnitin - Plagiarism Prevention and Detection
March 2014

Turnitin and Plagiarism Prevention
January 2014 (this recording was truncating and begins about 12 minutes into the workshop)

Students and Community Public Health Practice Experiences: Tools for Critical Reflection and Ethical Considerations
January 2014

Think Beyond the Slide: Promoting Interactivity and Engagement in our Teaching
December 2013

Utilizing Service-Learning Pedagogy to Integrate Public Health Practice into the Classroom
November 2013

Turnitin and Plagiarism Prevention
October 2013

Accessibility and Universal Design: What Every Instructor Should Know
September 2013

Teaching Toolkit Workshop: Up and Running with CoursePlus
July 2013

Using The New CoursePlus Syllabus Tool
May 2013

Applying Flipped Classroom and/or Active Learning Strategies (Hands-On Workshop) (Link to recording is in the Additional Resources section of this page)
April 19, 2013

2013 Faculty Teaching Workshop: Engaging Students in Active Learning: The Flipped Classroom and Other Strategies
March 18, 2013

Teaching Toolkit Workshop: Changing Course: Mid-Term Course Fixes
March 2013

Teaching Toolkit Workshop: Fostering Collaboration and Productivity with Google Docs and Drive
February 2013

Teaching Toolkit Workshop: Teaching During Inclement Weather

December 2012

Teaching Toolkit Workshop: Tips on Writing Multiple-Choice Questions
November 2012

Teaching Toolkit Workshop: Syllabus 3: Covering the Structure: Active Learning Techniques
September 2012

Teaching Toolkit Workshop: Syllabus 2: Framing the Structure: Methods of Evaluation & Assessment
July 2012

School of Nursing Teaching with Technology Fair
May 2012

Teaching Toolkit Workshop: Discussions
May 2012

April 2012
Learn to use VoiceThread, an online tool, to create narrated presentations and foster online discussions about audio and visual materials.

Teaching Toolkit Workshop: Evolution of a Grading Rubric
March 2012
Learn about grading rubrics -what they are, why and how you might (or might not!) use them

Faculty Workshop  January 11, 2012 The first Faculty Workshop of 2012 was focused on Experiments in Innovative Teaching.  It included presentations from several faculty members about interesting techniques used in their classes, including case studies, storytelling, discussion boards, blogs, and audience response (polling) systems. 

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