Events and Workshops

Upcoming | Recurring | Past (Recordings)

Upcoming CTL Events and Workshops 

Click the event title to see workshop descriptions plus additional event information. Although time and location information is provided for each entry,
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Recurring Events

Teaching Toolkit Workshops

Teaching Toolkit Workshops are specifically designed for JHSPH faculty and teaching assistants. These workshops occur throughout the academic year and feature numerous topics including best pedagogical practices for teaching graduate level students plus training in various educational technologies.

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 synchronous 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. 

LiveTalk Training

JHU Student Disability Services (SDS) Faculty Training

Departmental Training Seminars

CTL is proud to offer the JHSPH academic departments and institutes the unique opportunity of department-wide training seminars. Personalized for Your Department CTL works with the department to meet its specific needs, including identifying strengths and opportunities for improvement in both course design and facilitation. Once a topic or series of topics is identified, CTL and the department select a mutually convenient date and time to ensure maximum faculty attendance.

Some topics include:
  • Program Overview and Consistency Across Courses
  • Course Policies and Best Practices
  • Assessments and Grading
  • Large Enrollment Management
  • Student Engagement
  • Transitioning from the Classroom to Online
  • and many more!

Teaching Assistantship Training

CTL facilitates Teaching Assistantship Training, a self-paced course with rolling admission. It introduces some of the key skills and knowledge needed to be an effective teaching assistant. The course consists of online learning modules and required attendance of, at minimum, two CTL Toolkit on-campus workshops over a semester. While students complete activities at their own convenience, members of the instructional design team are always available to answer questions as facilitators. Learn more about CTL's TA Training, including the scheduled dates for the course, on this page of the Teaching Toolkit.


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.

August 2021
In this workshop, presenters demonstrated how to navigate CoursePlus using the Faculty Tools page, how to update the course syllabus and highlighted some syllabus best practices, how to create Signup Sheets, PathFinder simulation activities, how to create a Peer Assessment activity and use the Peer Assessment tool as a grading rubric, how to access Quiz Generator to give special permission and create an In-lecture Quiz. The workshop concluded with an open Q&A with the audience.

August 2021
In this Dean's workshop, Elizabeth Stuart, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Education, welcomed SPH faculty members Jennifer Applegate, PhD ’20, MSPH ’12​ (IH) and Krystal Lee, EdD (HBS) as well as current PhD candidates Patrick Creisher (MMI)​​​​ and Kait Atkins (IH). The workshop provided a summary of the student perspective on the past academic year -- where we continued to rely on virtual and hybrid learning -- provided insight to successes, challenges, and recommendations for students and faculty teams heading into the current academic year. The information presented was gathered from surveying faculty and students alike, and the session further validated these findings with the authentic voices of a student and faculty from a fourth term virtual course. The session's presentation slides are available as a PDF.

August 2021
Elizabeth Stuart, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Education, welcomed John McGready, Ph.D. (Biostatistics); Douglas Hough, Ph.D. (HPM); Judith K. Bass, Ph.D. (MH); and Mia Lamm (CTL) to introduce the ecosystem of hybrid instruction at the Bloomberg School. Strategies regarding pedagogy and technologies for teaching and engaging both in-person and remote students, synchronously, were discussed theoretically and in practice. While participants remained remote, three of the presenters joined the session from the Wolfe Street Building in the "hybrid ready room" W2008. The presentation's slides are available as a PDF.

May 2021
The summer is an excellent time to jumpstart preparation for the upcoming academic year. In this Teaching Toolkit workshop, members of CTL's instructional design team identified intentional steps that faculty and teaching assistants can take over the summer to successfully review and revise their courses. Presenters highlighted levels of knowledge as they relate to learning objectives, assessment, and course content. The different types of lecture recordings are also featured to provide some inspiration as faculty begin their course review and revision process.
The CoursePlus PathFinder tool is a powerful option for faculty to actively engage their students with the curriculum, while promoting critical thinking in a student-centric approach. This workshop included an overview of the tool, highlighting the steps faculty should take in creating a viable path structure such that students receive meaningful feedback as they interact with the activity; the pedagogical rationale of implementing the option; and a first-hand faculty perspective from Brittany Feijoo (International Health). [Please note that the first few minutes of this session were not included in the recording.]

March 2021
Continuing the theme of Strategies for Moving to a Virtual Classroom, Elizabeth Stuart, PhD, Associate Dean for Education, facilitated a conversation with some of our distinguished colleagues, discussing several best practices arising from the many lessons learned last year in the pivot to the virtual classroom. Philip Jordan, PhD, Associate Professor, BMB; Jennifer Applegate, PhD ’20, MSPH ’12, Associate, IH; and Beth McGinty, PhD ’13, Associate Professor, HPM took part by reflecting on their personal experiences and discoveries in finding what works best both for the students and the faculty teams in the "new" online environment we were all forced to adapt to one year ago.

March 2021
In this workshop, presenters demonstrated how to navigate CoursePlus using the Faculty Tools page, how to update the course syllabus and highlighted some syllabus best practices, how to create a PathFinder simulation activity, how to create a Peer Assessment activity and use the Peer Assessment tool as a grading rubric, how to access Quiz Generator and create an In-lecture Quiz. The workshop concluded with an open Q&A with the audience.

March 2021
In this Teaching Toolkit workshop, CTL highlighted some CoursePlus options for students' self-regulation as applied to the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework's principle of providing multiple means of engagement. Our newest CoursePlus feature, In-Lecture Quizzes, was highlighted as one of the things that may be purposefully incorporated into a course as a means for students to internalize what they've learned and to understand how they, as individuals, learn best. The workshop's presentation slides are available as a PDF.

February 2021
The pandemic has driven both students and faculty from the classroom and forced all of us to turn our homes into remote teaching spaces. Now that we have some experience under our belts --and we have survived a few academic terms-- how can we expand our thinking to engage learners, and find ways to re-envision storytelling? In this workshop, Instructional Designers and Video Producers from the Center for Teaching and Learning showcased evidence-based innovations that engage learners through unique storytelling. 

February 2021
Ryan David Kennedy, PhD and Jamie Young, PhD were the special guests in this Dean’s Office workshop, continuing along the theme of Strategies for Moving to a Virtual Classroom. They shared their experiences and successful techniques in ensuring student engagement and interaction with their courses, other students, and the faculty teams. A brief overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) kicked off the session so participants could really take to heart an understanding of exactly why engagement matters. The workshop's presentation slides are available as a PDF.

January 2021
This special workshop presented jointly with SOURCE highlighted ways for courses to engage with communities, deepen relationships with students, and develop meaningful and collaborative projects using critical online service-learning pedagogy. This session examined the value of connecting with communities in online courses. It also explored solutions to common challenges when blending service-learning and online pedagogies. The workshop's presentation slides are available as a PDF.

November 2020
Brian Klaas, Instructor (MMI) and CTL's Senior Technology Officer, led this presentation that highlighted several new enhancements and improvements to the CoursePlus Quiz Generator (QG) tool. He focused on features built into the QG over the past six months including the combo question, "tag rule" quizzes, quiz sets, and multiple choice question improvements:  randomization and rich text formatting. Other call outs included essay questions' word counts and templates; new options in the matching lists question type; and administrative enhancements including copying quizzes from other offerings, grading guidance and more.

This workshop saw Elizabeth A. Stuart, PhD, Associate Dean for Education, joined by CTL's Amy Pinkerton, MIDT; Jennifer Deal, PhD (Epi); Doug Hough, PhD (HPM); and John McGready, PhD (Biostats). In continuing the July 2020 discussion regarding designing effective online assessments, specific attention was given to the careful consideration and experiences that have made varied assessment techniques successful. Highlights include considerations of the distance platform, a focus on assessment objectives in determining the type of assessment, the benefit of reflecting on assessments toward improving their design and facilitation, and several opportunities afforded by the CoursePlus Quiz Generator tool. 

October 20, 2020
Moderated by Elizabeth A. Stuart, PhD, Associate Dean for Education, Professor. Presenters: Mia Lamm, MSIS, MSLIS, Center for Teaching and Learning; Marie Diener-West, PhD ’84, Department of Biostatistics Chair, MPH Program; Beth Resnick, DrPH, MPH ’95, Department of Health Policy and Management, Assistant Dean for Practice and Training. This session began with Mia Lamm's pedagogical discussion regarding "How do We Facilitate Engagement in a Virtual Class?" This led to both Drs. Diener-West and Resnick to discuss their own experiences in online engagement techniques and activities, including an open discussion that generated questions and ideas for all participants. Mia's presentation slides are available as a PDF.
A separate, standalone presentation of Mia Lamm's overview is also available: How Do We Facilitate Engagement in a Virtual Class? (7:52) [mp4] | transcript

September 2020
LiveTalks and virtual class sessions have the option to use many Zoom tools and features, but it is sometimes difficult to determine when to actually use these tools. This CTL Teaching Toolkit Workshop will focus on the pedagogical aspects of live sessions and how to use Zoom to enhance your teaching strategy and promote active learning. The session's presentation is available as a PDF.

August 2020
Due to technical difficulties, this recording is not of the live Toolkit workshop, but instead a separate, stand-alone recording of the same material that was covered in the live session. The topics were based off of FAQs from faculty teams to CTL Help & the Instructional Design Team at a term's start. Included in the overview: Faculty Tools (0:48); Content Tools (2:20) including Sessions, Schedule Builder, and the Syllabus tools; Communication Tools (16:49) including Announcements, E-mail, and the Discussion Forum; Activities and Assignments (23:05), including the DropBox, Quiz Generator, and Gradebook tools; and Administrative Tools (42:30).

August 2020
Brian Klaas facilitated this fast-paced, very full session that covered several CoursePlus enhancements that have gone into production over the past several months. Highlights include the robust Quiz Generator, Class email, and Peer Assessment tools.

August 2020
Elizabeth Stone, PhD Student, Anna Kalbarczyk, MPH, DrPH ’20, and John McGready, PhD ’08, ScM led this Dean's Office Faculty Workshop moderated by Elizabeth Stuart, PhD, Associate Dean for Education. The presenters shared invaluable strategies garnered from their experiences over the spring and summer terms in the shift from on-campus to remote learning that they encouraged attendees to consider in preparation for the fall terms. The session was particularly engaging in discussing and using some of Zoom's tools (polls, whiteboards) and further discussing use cases for other Zoom tools. In addition, they advised the importance of planning and preparation, the shifting roles and dynamics of faculty teams and students, and even when it was appropriate to set up separate Zoom meetings for student-TA groups.

August 6, 2020
Moderated by Elizabeth A. Stuart, PhD, Associate Dean for Education, Professor. Presenters: Kathy Gresh, Instructional Design Manager, Center for Teaching and Learning; Alain Labrique, PhD ’07, MHS ’99, MS, Associate Professor, Department of International Health; Ash Davison, MD, MS, Assistant Lecturer, Department of Health Policy and Management. This session began with a top-level overview of several best practices for designing and facilitating both asynchronous and live, synchronous online discussion. This led to a dynamic, hands-on learning opportunity for some of the favorite techniques employed by Drs. Labrique and Davison in their online teaching experiences including an opportunity for participants to experience Zoom's breakout rooms, whiteboard, and polls. The workshop's presentation slides are available as a PDF.

July 2020
Another in the series of Dean's Office Faculty Workshops, this session discussed what makes an assessment "effective" and offered different ways to think about the assessment, including unique opportunities offered in the online platform. Experiences were shared, including academic integrity as a central theme in considering redesign. Moderated by Elizabeth A. Stuart, PhD, Associate Dean for Education, Professor. Presenters: Brian Klaas, Senior Technology Officer, CTL and Instructor, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology; Jennifer Deal, PhD '13, MHS '07, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology; Jon Vernick, MPH '94, JD, Director, Office of Academic Integrity, Associate Chair for Academic Programs, Department of Health Policy and Management. B. Klaas' presentation slides are available as a PDF
A separate, standalone presentation of Brian Klaas' overview is also available: Effective Online Assessments (15:31) [mp4] | transcript

July 2020
Continuing the Dean’s Office Faculty Workshops summer series on Strategies for Moving to a Virtual Classroom, this session shared the personal experiences - both positive and sometimes frustrating - from three faculty whose efforts in adapting their courses from oncampus to online were successful and received positively, as evidenced by their students' course evaluations. Their sharing led to a larger discussion with several take-aways including potential opportunities and solutions to hurdles encountered in our shift to remote instruction in the time of the pandemic. Moderated by Elizabeth A. Stuart, PhD, Associate Dean for Education, Professor. Presenters: Elizabeth Colantuoni, PhD ’07, ScM, Senior Scientist, Department of Biostatistics; Adam Koon, PhD, MPH, Assistant Scientist, Department of International Health; Daniel J. Barnett, MD, MPH ’01, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering.

June 2020
Continuing the Dean’s Office Faculty Workshops summer series on Strategies for Moving to a Virtual Classroom, this session provided an overview of some best practices for behavioral and cognitive student engagement as well as the first hand experiences, including challenges and success stories, from the perspective of JHSPH faculty. A lively Q & A session concluded the workshop with many helpful suggestions and opportunities for continued discussion. Moderated by Elizabeth A. Stuart, PhD, Associate Dean for Education, Professor. Presenters: Ryan Kennedy, PhD, Assistant Professor, HBS; Meghan Davis, PhD ’12, MPH ’08, DVM, Associate Professor, EHE; Amy Pinkerton, MIDT, Instructional Designer, CTL.

June 2020
This was the first of the Dean’s Office Faculty Workshops: Strategies for Moving to a Virtual Classroom, a summer series providing strategies and tips to assist faculty who need to move physical, onsite classes to virtual classroom experiences. This session will focus on technical aspects of ensuring high quality audio and video at home, with time for discussion, Q & A. Moderated by Elizabeth A. Stuart, PhD, Associate Dean for Education, Professor. Presenters: Chip Hickey, Multimedia Services Manager; Joseph O’Hagan, Multimedia Supervisor, JHSPH IT Client Services/Multimedia. The links shared in the session's chat include: Virtual Meeting Tips (Camera, Lighting, Sound); Amazon Wishlist of Recommended Hardware; JHSPH Branded Virtual Backgrounds; JHSPH Virtual Conferencing Hardware Purchase Requests

May 2020
As faculty at the school move to a remote teaching model, knowing how to use CoursePlus — the school's learning management system — is more important than ever. Many tools in CoursePlus can save you time and minimize the hassles of course administration. Whether or not you're familiar with CoursePlus, this session introduces time-saving tips for making the system work for you and your students. This includes information on: a digital syllabus for keeping your students on track with your course goals; Drop Boxes for collecting student work; an Online Library for document organization (and posting your Zoom recordings); delivering online exams; and a Gradebook for keeping students apprised of their performance in your class. The presentation's slides are available as a PDF.

May 2020
Student engagement is key for any online or classroom course,but often times faculty face challenges that disrupt learning or impede students from completing coursework on time. In this workshop, faculty and TAs learned to recognize common challenges to student engagement and how to create an evidence-based supportive learning environment (both online and inthe classroom) to meet these challenges head on.

April 2020
This session was dedicated to moving assessment activities from the face-to-face classroom to the remote, online platform. It focused on incorporating academic integrity through clear communication and proactive design. In addition, participants learned about alternatives to traditional exams that can be considered for both formative and summative assessments; options for maintaining existing exam formats in the online platform; and CoursePlus tools and their settings that allow faculty to build new, and sometimes stronger, methods of assessment plus techniques for efficient grading and personalized feedback.

March 2020
We offer several opportunities for LiveTalk training in person (in the JHSPH Multimedia studios) at the start of every term. In response to recent events, for Term 4 AY19-20 we shifted the training to be online. This recording was made during one of our three sessions. It teaches navigating several techniques important to managing a LiveTalk, specifically as related to Zoom. It's worth noting -- managing a LiveTalk is definitely not the same as simply having a meeting via Zoom!

March 2020
This is a recurring workshop that CTL typically offers at the start of the academic term. It is geared toward those already familiar with the editing (faculty, TA, staff) role in CoursePlus, addressing some of the frequently asked questions as determined by CTL Help and the Instructional Design Team. In this offering, we focused on reviewing the following CoursePlus tools: Syllabus, Email, Discussion Forum, Drop Box, Quiz Generator, and the Gradebook. We recommend that the faculty guides and handouts for student CoursePlus direction on our Toolkit Shelf also be reviewed.

February 2020
This special event, the first in the Seminar Series on Innovative Teaching hosted in partnership with the JHSPH Dean's Office, highlighted how ingenuity and imagination have transformed the educational experience at the Bloomberg School. A panel of five esteemed JHSPH faculty (Ashwini S. Davison, MD, MS; Tyler Derreth, PhD; Debra Roter, DrPH ‘77, MPH ‘75; Brian W. Simpson, MPH ‘13, MA; and Paul B. Spiegel, MD, MPH ‘96) discussed the impact and power of innovation in their own courses. 

January 2020
This special Toolkit Workshop began with a conversation talking about attendees LiveTalk experiences before sharing several positive examples of the various form a valuable LiveTalk might take. The session focused on the learning, the personal connections, and the other opportunities afforded by LiveTalks. Topics included things to do before a LiveTalk to prepare, ideas for engaging the students, and things to do after the LiveTalk all in an effort to make sure everyone gets the most out of a purpose-filled LiveTalk. The session's presentation is available as a PDF.

December 2019
In this workshop, we discussed options for keeping the classroom conversation and learning going regardless of weather, unexpected travel, or other interruption to our routines. This included an overview of how best to implement these contingency plans, beginning with a clear communication of expectations to students.  Several options for making an asynchronous, impromptu recorded lecture were provided. Plus we discussed how to use Zoom for a synchronous, “live streaming" option. The session's presentation is available as a PDF

November 2019
CTL was happy to welcome Caitlin Carter, Scholarly Communication and Open Access Policy Fellow at the Welch Medical Library, as the facilitator for this Toolkit workshop. The session discussed finding and using openly licensed teaching and learning materials, including open educational resources (OER). OER allow instructors to flexibly and transparently create and reuse learning objects like videos, lecture slides, textbooks, images, and course modules in their own classroom. Participants learned to identify the characteristics of Open Education; summarize Open Education's position within the Open Movement (related to Open Access and Open Science); assess copyright and open licenses to determine proper use of teaching and learning materials; and determine strategies for finding relevant Open Educational Resources. (The session's presentation is available as a PDF.)

October 2019
In this special workshop, presented in coordination with SOURCE, attendees heard from expert panelists on making professional practice a meaningful part of teaching. Attendees also learned about the new JHSPH service-learning and MPH practicum course designations and how their course could qualify. 
October 2019
This workshop presented the benefits of peer learning and emphasized how to incorporate peer assessments into an online or face-to-face (onsite classroom) course using the CoursePlus Peer Assessment Tool. The PDF of the session's slides are available for download.

This toolkit featured Dr. Sarah Poynton, who showcased how rubrics are used in the Writing Studies part of the EPIC faculty Scholars program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Participants learned about the benefits of using rubrics, their essential components, and how to devise and incorporate rubrics into a course. The PDF of the session's slides are available for download.

May 2019
This toolkit reviewed the concept of Universal Design as a lead-in to describing Universally Accessible Content. Selected best practices for editing Microsoft Office documents were discussed and shown on sample documents, available to participants for download. These practices all go toward passing the software’s built-in accessibility checker, thus reaching and engaging more people across more platforms. The PDF of the session's slides are available for download.

CoursePlus Page Builder and Course Schedule (recording no longer available)
April 2019
In this session, CTL discussed the CoursePlus Schedule Builder and Page Builder tools, comparing best practice examples of different schedule and page layouts. A hands-on component led participants through creating and editing their own items on the schedule builder and manipulating their own activity pages including adding section components and editing the layout.

April 2019
This toolkit workshop featured JHU's enterprise version of the presentation tool, VoiceThread. The presenters explained some of the benefits to learning that can be gained by incorporating VoiceThread into course activities including debates, collaboration, and feedback. Then, the presenters demonstrated some best practices, technology tips, and applications for online, blended, and face-to-face JHSPH courses. For even more information, check out our Toolkit Shelf resource page on VoiceThread.

CoursePlus Peer Assessment Tool (recording no longer available)
March 2019
This Toolkit workshop introduced the new CoursePlus Peer Assessment Tool. Participants learned how to use the new tool, compare and contrast different types of peer assessments, evidence-based best practices for peer learning and assessment implementation, and then dispelled common myths surrounding peer assessments. This was followed by a discussion-style Q&A session.

February 2019
This Toolkit workshop, facilitated by Brian Klaas, introduced techniques for creating and presenting engaging and impactful lecture presentations — lectures that are easier for the brain to encode, process, and retrieve when needed — by utilizing directorial and editing techniques from both film and the stage. Techniques including personas, pace, and composition (including focusing on the right information at the right time) were discussed as parts of planned, cohesive design that can develop into an emotionally arresting presentation. The presentation's handout is available as a PDF.

February 2019
CTL teamed with SOURCE to facilitate this special panel discussion with Shannon Frattaroli, PhD (HPM); Terri Williams Powell, PhD (PFRH); and Melissa Davey-Rothwell, PhD (HBS). These SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty Fellows shared how they have successfully applied the service-learning model to their teaching. 
February 2019
CTL was joined by Dr. Gundula Bosch, Director, R3 Center for Innovation in Science Education, in facilitating our Teaching Toolkit Workshop on Evaluating Deep Learning. In this session, assessment options that promote Higher-Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) were discussed, including showcasing sample assessments that demonstrate the use of HOTS. The session's PowerPoint presentation is available as a PDF.

Getting the Most Out of Your LiveTalk (recording no longer available)
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 (recording no longer available)
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.

Exploring New Classroom Strategies: The Collaborative and Storytelling Techniques (recording no longer available)
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.

CoursePlus Groups (recording no longer available)
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.

Tools for Learning, Featuring Google Drive (recording no longer available)
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 (recording no longer available)
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 (recording no longer available)
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.

Syllabus Overview (recording no longer available)
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.

Using the LMS to its Full Potential (recording no longer 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 (recording no longer available)
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 (recording no longer available)
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. 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! (recording no longer available)
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 (recording no longer available)
June 2016

Teaching During Inclement Weather (recording no longer available)
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 (recording no longer available)
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 (recording no longer available)
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 (recording no longer available)
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 (recording no longer available)
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 (recording no longer available)
January 2015 (slight audio issues at beginning of recording, abruptly drops you abut 2 minutes into the workshop)

Flipping Without Flopping with Voicethread (recording no longer available)
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.