Upcoming Workshops & Events

New Faculty Academy

Each month, we invite a campus partner to come and talk about a topic of interest to new faculty followed by lunch and informal discussion. Last fall, we had sessions on honors contracts, universal design for learning, helping students with non-academic challenges, and designing good prompts. It is also a great opportunity to ask questions or brainstorm challenges with ITL staff and/or your new faculty colleagues. The meetings will held in Jones 3049 on the following days:

  • Wednesday, January 17, 12:30-2PM— Metacognition (teaching your students how to learn) with Becky Varian from the Resch Academic Success Center
  • Monday, February 12, 12:30-2PM— Providing Good and Actionable Feedback to your Students
  • Monday, March 11, 12:30-2PM— Documenting your Achievements and Looking to Year Two and Beyond
  • Monday, April 8, 12:30-2PM
  • Monday, May 13, 4-6PM—Year-End Celebration at Yosteria

ITL Spring Podcast Club

Thursday, February 8th, 1PM

Thursday, March 14th, 1PM

Thursday, April 11th, 1PM

This spring we will be listening to and discussing episodes of the "Lecture Breakers" with Barbi Honeycutt. Participants will listen to podcast episodes and then meet to discuss.  Club members can participate in as many or few sessions as your schedule allows. The meeting schedule will be February 8th, March 14th, and April 11th at 1 PM in Jones 3049. We can accommodate virtual participants if your schedule does not allow in-person attendance.

"Lecture Breakers," with Barbi Honeycutt, describes itself as "the place where educators share innovative teaching strategies to help you break up your lecture, energize your classroom, increase student engagement, and improve learning." Nearly 150 free episodes highlight specific techniques and strategies; recent examples include creative use of audio, using infographics, enhancing critical thinking, engaging virtual environments, and active learning in asynchronous courses. Our podcast group will select episodes of interest and meet a few times during the semester to discuss them.
See more about the podcast here.

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Faculty Success Assistance

Drop-In Working Lunch Sessions

Drop in with any Faculty Success questions, such as importing your CV. No RSVP is required, but if you do, lunch is on ITL! RSVP HERE

All sessions are held in Jones Hall, Room 3049

  • Wednesday, February 21st from 12:00-2:00PM*
  • Tuesday, February 27th from 12:00-2:00PM*
  • Tuesday, March 5th from 12:00-2:00PM
  • Thursday, March 14th from 12:00-2:00PM
  • Friday, March 22nd from 12:00-2:00PM

*The Chairperson Evaluation of Faculty workflow will open on March 1st. The sessions on February 21st and 27th will be for those who would like to work on importing their CV or entering information into the Activities tab in Faculty Success by Watermark. After March 1st, we can help submit your Chairperson Evaluation of Faculty form.


Drop-In Virtual Sessions 

Can’t join in person or you’d prefer to have assistance virtually for Faculty Success by Watermark? No RSVP is needed!

Virtual Drop-In Sessions (JOIN SESSION HERE):

  • Monday, March 25th, 2:00-4:00PM
  • Thursday, March 28th, 3:00-5:00PM
  • Monday, April 1st, 1:00-3:00PM


Drop-In One-on-one sessions

If you are unavailable to attend one of the drop-in sessions and/or would like to schedule a one-on-one session, please click here to book a consult, select “Watermark Assistance,” and a date time that works for you.

Generative AI: Professional Learning Community (PLC)

The Generative AI: Professional Learning Community (PLC) will be hosted in Jones 3049 or virtually via Webex. Light refreshments will be provided. The PLC will be held on the following days:

  • Session 1 Date: Thursday, February 29, 3-4PM
  • Session 2 Date: Thursday, March 21, 3-4PM
  • Session 3 Date: Thursday. April 18, 3-4PM

Session 1: How can I get started using generative AI? A Practical Exploration (bring your laptop!) 

This first meeting of our new Professional Learning Community (PLC) promises a beginner-friendly introduction to generative AI tools, guided by Dr. Rachel Faerber-Ovaska from YSU Cyberlearning. Together, we’ll delve into a diverse set of free, generative AI tools tailored for text, multimedia, and specialized applications. We'll also begin to explore the capabilities of Copilot, YSU's enterprise-licensed AI assistant. Discover how these new tools can support the analysis of visual and textual data, generate images, and facilitate the brainstorming and text drafting process. In this collaborative environment, we can engage in an informed, critical examination of these technologies, and begin to consider the ethical dimensions associated with integrating generative AI into our work. 

Session 2: How can we use generative AI in a safe, ethical, equitable way?  

Optional pre-session readings from thought leaders on generative AI will help you get a feel for this topic, and prepare you to discuss how it applies to your own context of practice at YSU. Guided by Dr. Rachel Faerber-Ovaska from YSU Cyberlearning, in this meeting we’ll discuss some known dangers and pitfalls associated with using generative AI tools, and find out how other educators are addressing them. We’ll look at some examples of bias, inaccuracies, and deepfakes, and discuss questions of equitable access and intellectual property concerns. Can we require the use of generative AI tools for a class? Is it OK to use a chatbot as a grading assistant? What kind of syllabus statement should I have on AI? What about cheating with AI? Bring your laptop and join us for a critical and constructive dialogue with your colleagues to explore such questions, ensuring a responsible and informed approach to integrating generative AI into our teaching and learning practices. 

Session 3: How can I teach and evaluate writing skills in a world with AI? 

Have you seen what free chatbots can do with traditional assignment writing prompts? Are AI-text detection tools effective? (not really). If written text is the predominant medium through which student learning is assessed in your discipline, how can you respond? Optional preparatory readings on ways expert educators in these fields are adapting will enable you to hit the ground running for this session. Together, we’ll examine a toolkit of potential assignment adaptations, and each participant can begin adapting or transforming one key assignment or learning assessment in collaboration with peers. Members of Cyberlearning’s instructional design team and guides from the ITL will be on hand to help you get started. 

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NSSE Lunch & Learn Series

The NSSE Lunch & Learns will be held from 12-1PM in Jones 3049. 

In this series of workshops, we will discuss key findings from YSU’s NSSE 2023 administration. We hope this information stimulates discussions about the undergraduate experience. The meeting schedule will be:

  • Wednesday, March 13th: NSSE Academic Challenge - RSVP
  • Wednesday, March 27th: NSSE Campus & Community Engagement - RSVP
  • Wednesday, April 10th: NSSE Student Experience with Faculty - RSVP
  • Wednesday, April 24th: NSSE Learning with Peers - RSVP