Campus Connections Workshops are organized and promoted by the Koehler Center, but they are developed and led by TCU faculty and staff to provide opportunities to connect with colleagues across campus.

Register for upcoming Campus Connections Workshops below or on our Events page.

Fall 2021


Accommodating Student Learning Needs
with Stacy Mason and Travis Kramer

September 7 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
September 22 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

TCU boasts a talented and diverse student body, with many individual learners who have individualized needs. And with these needs, students sometimes require special accommodations, whether for a specific learning disability, physical limitation, or an unusually demanding schedule, such as with student athletes who are frequently away from campus.

This workshop will focus on the most common accommodations requested of TCU faculty (extra time, extended due dates, note-taking, accessible content, video captioning, and redundant learning materials). With these considerations in mind, we will also demonstrate how to leverage and customize TCU Online to address these specific needs.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the common accommodations as listed by the Office of Access and Accommodation
  • Locate the Accommodations tool in Classlist to provide extended time for Quizzes/Exams
  • Design a Special Access scenario in the Assignments and Quizzes to adjust or extend due dates
  • Create captions for TCU Online Video Note videos and Panopto videos
  • Create accessible Word, Powerpoint, PDF and HTML content using built in tools for use with ReadSpeaker
Travis Kramer

Travis Kramer

Stacy Mason

Stacy Mason

 

 

 

 

 

 


Taking the Guesswork Out of Writing Better Multiple Choice Tests
with Patti Gregg

September 21 from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Multiple choice tests are

  • a) efficient measures of student learning
  • b) a necessary evil
  • c) better for some subjects than others
  • d) better for some students than others
  • e) all of the above
  • f) none of the above

This workshop will discuss the ways in which multiple choice tests can be used most effectively. We will examine the potential impacts of question wording on students with diverse backgrounds, abilities and language fluency. Through prepared examples from a range of disciplines, we will explore ways to design or redesign multiple choice test items in order to assess both content knowledge and higher order reasoning skills.

Feel free to bring examples of test items you would be willing to share and/or specific knowledge or skills you find challenging to assess with multiple choice instruments.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Match your test items to your learning outcomes
  • Create effective question stems
  • Create answer options that effectively measure student learning, including higher order thinking skills
  • Locate resources for further analysis of your test items
Patti Gregg

Patti Gregg

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pronoun Fluency: Creating Safer Spaces Through Inclusive Language
with Lindsay Knight and Nino Testa

RESCHEDULED November 3 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Do you have questions about non-binary pronouns? Do you keep calling someone in your life by the wrong pronouns? Are you unsure how to talk to new people without gendering them?

This workshop is designed to give faculty and staff an opportunity to develop familiarity with pronoun usage and strategies of address. It includes practical, hands-on opportunities to improve your knowledge or usage of pronouns, especially if you struggle to get other people’s pronouns right. We will also share best practices for inclusion of this information into syllabi and classroom settings. All genders and identities are welcome.

Nino Testa

Nino Testa

Lindsay Knight

Lindsay Knight

 

 

 

 

 

 


Exploring Open Educational Resources (OER) for Equity and Access with Jeff Bond, Jason Smith, Jason Manriquez, and Travis Kramer

October 5 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
November 17 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Would you like to incorporate open educational resources (OER) into your course, but aren’t sure where to start? Are you curious about leveraging Follett Discover to provide OER and other engaging digital content material for your students?

This workshop will explore how you can adopt Follett Discover along with other OER resource content platforms in lieu of or in addition to traditional textbooks benefiting students and instructors. You will leave with a set of practical tools and strategies for approaching your OER journey, as well as a better understanding of the support available for you at TCU.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Provide a working definition of an Open Education Resource
  • Explain the benefits of using Open Education Resources and Follet Discover
  • Locate and Evaluate an Open Educational Resource in your discipline for use in TCU Online
Travis Kramer

Travis Kramer

Jason Manriquez

Jason Manriquez

Jason Smith

Jason Smith

Jeff Bond

Jeff Bond

 

 

 

 

 

 


Supporting Mental Health in Your Students
with Brad Stewart and Yvonne Giovanis

October 20 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The status of students’ mental health is a growing concern for universities across the nation. From the National Collegiate Health Assessment, three of the top five impediments to academic performance as reported by TCU students are stress, anxiety, and depression.

Faculty play a key role in recognizing the warning signs of mental health and facilitating referrals. Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a nationally recognized workshop which trains individuals to become “gatekeepers.” According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide.

This workshop will provide faculty with the tools to identify warning signs and risk factors for suicide and poor mental health. We will also cover how to ask a student if they are having thoughts of suicide, and how to refer these students to a variety of campus resources for help. We will finish with a deeper discussion for strategies on how faculty can support the mental health of their students.

Yvonne Giovanis

Yvonne Giovanis

Brad Stewart

Brad Stewart

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bystander to Upstander: Transforming Culture
with Nada Elias-Lambert

October 25 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Bystander to Upstander: Transforming Culture workshop, created and facilitated by Nada Elias-Lambert, empowers participants to transform from bystanders to upstanders to build communities that support difference and unify against intolerance. An upstander is an individual who chooses to take positive action in the face of injustice or intolerance.

Developed through an intersectional lens, the workshop provides participants with the knowledge to identify moments of injustice such as sexual violence, racism, and sexism. Participants will also learn and apply trauma-informed upstander skills to impact positive change and promote a culture of nonviolence. This interactive workshop allows each participant to practice upstander strategies that match their personality and comfort level.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify moments of injustice or intolerance
  • Gain confidence in addressing moments of injustice or intolerance
  • Use engagement and conversational tactics to de-escalate harmful situations
  • Take the most appropriate and effective action to stand up to injustice or intolerance

The Bystander to Upstander: Transforming Culture workshop is 2 hours long. The first hour of the program focuses on providing participants with the knowledge to identify and address moments of injustice. The second hour of the program provides participants an opportunity to apply trauma-informed upstander skills with real-life scenarios.

Nada Elias-Lambert

Nada Elias-Lambert

 

 

 

 

 

 


Honoring Diverse Ways of Knowing: Decentering Dominant Narratives in Service-Learning Utilizing Community Cultural Wealth
with Cathy Avila-Linn and Kristina Barger

October 29 from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Using participatory facilitation methods, this interactive webinar will introduce Dr. Tara J. Yosso’s Community Cultural Wealth Model as a framework for discovering and embracing the unique assets, knowledge and talents of students of color. Together, we will discuss the importance of decentering predominantly white approaches for teaching and learning and explore how we can transform our practice in ways that welcome students’ whole selves and actively honor diverse ways of knowing, being, and learning. Facilitators will share examples of how faculty are incorporating the model and designing asset-based educational experiences.

Participants will be invited to:

  • Reflect on their own cultural identities and educational experiences
  • Deepen their knowledge of Yosso’s Community Cultural Wealth
  • Brainstorm with a small group, focused on ways to incorporate practices and policies that actively promote inclusive, asset-based teaching and learning experiences
  • Build their capacity to design equitable and inclusive students’ educational experiences

High Impact Community-Engaged Learning Practices
with Lynn Donahue

November 19 from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

This webinar will focus on three practices that facilitate achievement of high impact community-engaged learning (service-learning): Reciprocity, Context and Culture, and Communication.

Participants will develop a deeper understanding of cultivating reciprocal relationships between faculty and community partners, educating students about context, and using a project management approach for effective communication. There will be opportunities to pair each practice with the processes needed for implementation. Examples will be drawn from Community-Engaged Learning courses and a Core course called Resilient Children, Engaged Communities.

Lynn Donahue

Lynn Donahue