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Harbor Faculty Teaching Skills Development Seminar Series

Tuesday, September 17
BioEngineering Room 112
Register for these sessions in this form.

1. Course Development Easy as 1-2-3
1:00-1:45 PM 
Are you a new Harbor user? No problem! This session will teach you the essential tools and skills to get up and running with Harbor while also creating an interactive and engaging course for your learners.

2. Creating and Deploying Case-Based Discussions to Encourage and Promote Clinical Reasoning Skills       
2:00-2:45 PM 
Clinical reasoning is an essential part of a healthcare provider's daily workflow, yet it remains a difficult skill to develop formally. This session will introduce you to a variety of digital learning tools and their many functions that can assist in promoting case-based and clinical reasoning decision-making skills for learners.
3. Utilizing Multimedia Tools and Resources to Create an Engaging and Interactive Course Room while Also Providing Effective Feedback 
3:00-3:45 PM
We are now living in a digital age where we can create a customized teaching environment that fosters the interaction and engagement of our learners, even from the comfort of their own homes. How we design and create these environments must be crafted in a way that clearly illustrates what we expect from the learner, the steps for completing the activity, and how we plan to provide timely, effective, and comprehensive feedback that is essential when evaluating their performance. Knowing the tools and frequency that are needed to deliver this feedback must be considered in an effort to improve learning outcomes. This session will introduce participants to the many Harbor tools that will support instructors as they provide an engaging digital environment while also providing effective feedback for improving student achievement.
Not able to attend in person? View the event through Blackboard Collaborate. The link will be available from 12:45-4:30 PM. The same link will be used for all sessions.

Foundations in Teaching and Learning Series

The Apple Tree Society invites you to register for the Fall 2019 Foundations in Teaching and Learning Series.. Whether new to teaching or an experienced educator, the series provides opportunities for expanding and practicing skills, networking, and fun! This series is made for anyone who teaches whether in the classroom, online, in care teams, or leading professional development sessions.. The schedule includes current topics in teaching and learning, while also modeling and exposing attendees to different kinds of delivery and teaching methods.. This series consists of six sessions spread out over three months with four in-person sessions and two online sessions.. Below is an outline of the sessions along with their dates.  All in-person sessions are scheduled from 12:00 to 12:50 PM..
1. Getting Ready to Teach (in person)
Set the stage for your teaching by developing your teaching philosophy, understanding your learners, and creating learning outcomes utilizing educational theory that challenge your learners.
Date: Tuesday, October 1
Location: BioEngineering Room 112
2. Designing Content for All (online)
Learn how to develop content to reach all of your learners utilizing a framework that improves and optimizes teaching and learning for all people based of scientific insights into how humans learn.
Date range to complete module: October 11-18
Location: Content will be delivered online through Harbor
3. Teaching Methods and Techniques (in person)
Discover various innovative and validated teaching methods and techniques to deliver content effectively, so students will be excited to learn and don't have to rely on rote learning.
Date: Tuesday, October 29
Location: BioEngineering Room 112
4. Social Learning (online)
Create an environment that fosters the interaction of learners to work toward a common goal and support each other's learning through discovery and research.
Date range to complete module: November 11-15
Location: Content will be delivered online through Harbor
5. Alternative Assessments (in person)
Be creative in your assessments of learning by utilizing alternative techniques and technology that can support application of knowledge outside of a learning environment.
Date: Tuesday, November 26
Location: BioEngineering Room 112
6. Innovative Teacher Panel (in person)
Come get some fun and innovative teaching ideas from colleagues!
Date: Tuesday, December 10
Location: BioEngineering Room 112
Please register for this series by filling out this form.

Check List for Getting Your Course Ready for the Semester

Harbor: Where learning happens

  1. A correctly formatted syllabus is present and easily accessible - contains objectives, grading policy, activities and due dates. 
  2. The instructor provides a clear self and course introduction and makes it clear how to get started. 
  3. Each week/unit/topic has clear, stated learning objectives (objectives list, checklist, module overview recording) 
  4. A variety of instructional materials are used throughout the course (Videos, readings, interactive tools, student Panopto recordings) 
  5. Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active and engaged learning among students (Open Discussion forums, Panopto videos, Blackboard Collaborate, H5P Interactive Content) 
  6. Course technologies are current and updated. (Panopto, Turn-it-in, Open Grader, H5P, Blackboard Collaborate) 
  7. All assignments requiring Turn-It-In have updated assignment portals 
  8. Course navigation facilitates ease of use and is well organized (labels, video/images are embedded within the course, use of blocks such as QuickMail, Calendar and Panopto) 
  9. The course design uses an approved template and has a well-designed look and feel (use of labels to demonstrate flow of instruction that is easy to follow) 
  10. Course multimedia is relevant and user friendly (videos and Panopto recordings are embedded and functional) 
  11. Due dates for assignments and forums have been updated to allow student access 
  12. If applicable, weeks/topics are restricted to open on an adaptive release (If content builds from week to week, restrictions/hiding weeks is encouraged to reduce cognitive load). 
  13. Ally accessibility gauges for files and presentations are green. 
  14. Panopto recordings are captioned and accessible within the course. (embedded)

Are you interested in learning more about setting up your course and delivering it effectively this semester? Check out the Learn Open LMS for Instructors now!

Introducing Blackboard Ally!

Ally Examples

Download your course files in formats that match your device and need. Click the "A" icon next to your course files, and select “Alternative Formats” from the drop-down. 

Depending on the type of document, you many find some or all of the options below available: 

  • An OCRed PDF which is used to improve the text of scanned documents
  • A Tagged PDF with improved navigation, especially if you use a screen reader 
  • An HTML version that will be adjust text for your mobile devices
  • An ePub version if you use an eReader or tablet
  • An Electronic Braille version if you’re a braille reader
  • An audio version for listening to an MP3.

Be Well with Imagine U

Imagine U for Employees

You asked, We Listened!

We have heard your feedback and are excited to announce that Imagine U has transitioned to a new mobile-optimized platform that is easily accessible on your mobile device, tablet and desktop, and is designed to enhance the user experience for all employees at MUSC. We are also excited to announce the addition of brand-new Build-Your-Own Challenges, designed to be flexible and able to accommodate the wide range of well-being activities you may already be doing.

Getting Started Anywhere, Anytime!

Visit www.musc.edu/iu to view the Imagine U program. The program is organized under 4 main categories: 

  1. Physical Activity
  2. Nutrition & Weight Management 
  3. Preventative Care
  4. Psychosocial Health
There are also categories for 'Featured Challenges' and a new category where you can 'Build Your Own Challenges'. These categories represent the overarching structure of total wellness for this program, designed with the unique needs and goals of every MUSC employee.

Find more information on the Imagine U Program here