Providing outside-of-class learning options when university holidays (or weather emergencies) cancel class

When your course is scheduled is one of the challenging aspects of planning a course.

Will the course be one hour three times a week, three hours once a week, or some other option? Every timeframe provides its own opportunities and challenges.

And then there’s the issue of when the class doesn’t meet due to university closings. Most often those closing are part of the university’s calendar – Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Spring Break, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and, for us at UF, Homecoming. Sometimes the closing is due to a weather event, from hurricanes to snow storms, depending on where you are teaching.

For our class, we’re missing two three-hour class meetings this semester because of closings for Labor Day and Veterans Day.

I’d like for each of you to take on an outside-of-class opportunity to provide a learning experience for you as a teacher – and potentially to be an addition to your CV.

Attend Advising 101
This workshop and discussion is being held by the College’s Student Services on Tuesday, Oct. 9, beginning at 11:45 a.m., in 3032 Weimer. The workshop will include discussion of topics including pre-professional requirements, Gordon Rule, degree audits and outside concentrations. The workshop is open to faculty, graduate students and adjuncts. You don’t need to pre-register. Pizza and beverages will be served.

Reporting Across Platforms is one of the many free courses your can take online at NewsU. This is a course that I helped create with Judy Robinson, Victoria Lim, and a NewsU instructional designer.

Take an online course on Poynter’s NewsUhttp://newsu.org
Set up an account, and you may take more than 70 free online courses. Most courses take from 20 minutes to three hours to complete. I’m going to encourage you to take one of the two courses I helped create, as I’d like to talk in class about what was involved in creating online materials.

Reporting Across Platforms — http://www.newsu.org/courses/reporting-across-platforms

Video Storytelling for the Web — http://www.newsu.org/courses/video-storytelling-web

Attend one of the training workshops offered by UF’s Teaching Center.
The workshops typically are two hours. Courses scheduled for this fall include Sakai II, Troubled and Disruptive Students, Copyright in the Classroom, Testing and Grading, and Creating a Teaching Portfolio. Go to The Teaching Center website, the click on the link to workshop descriptions and to register online.
http://www.teachingcenter.ufl.edu/ta_development.html

Complete UF’s Sexual Harassment Prevention online training course.
Learn how to go online to take the course — http://www.hr.ufl.edu/eeo/training.htm

We’ll discuss these options in class, and you may have other learning opportunities to add to the list.

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