CATE Summer Institute
Summer Institute 2021
CATE invites UIC instructors and teaching assistants to participate in the 2021 Summer Institute!
All 5 asynchronous, on-demand learning modules are available immediately and are designed to help UIC instructors in preparing to teach this coming fall. Each module takes ~2 hrs to complete.
These learning modules can be accessed via Blackboard Ultra. Please see registration information below.
The modules are paired with online discussion forums and synchronous sessions facilitated by the CATE team. Although completely optional, your participation should enable you to engage with CATE staff and your colleagues to discuss instructional challenges and brainstorm solutions particular to your course, your disciplinary context, and/or the modality by which you’re delivering instruction (e.g., online or on campus).
Module 1: Creating Equity and Inclusion
Explore the principles of inclusive pedagogy and learn how to apply them in Flames Flex learning environments, which include online and on-campus instructional modalities.
Module 2: Enhancing Student Engagement
Identify ways to implement learning activities designed to increase student interaction and engagement.
Module 3: Creating a Learning Community
Learn about strategies you may use to establish a supportive community for students to succeed in your course.
Module 4: Implementing Authentic Assessment
Design meaningful and significant measurements of student learning and mastery of course learning goals.
Module 5: Leveraging Technology
Integrating concepts from the first four modules, choose educational technology for your classroom that creates a student-centered and flexible learning environment aligned with your teaching needs.
As you complete the online modules, consider joining us for one of two synchronous Zoom sessions to share and discuss ways to engage students equitably, leverage appropriate technology, and maintain the quality of teaching no matter the mode of instruction in your courses.
- Synchronous Session 1: Friday, August 13th | 12 – 1 PM
- Synchronous Session 2: Wednesday, August 18th | 2 – 3 PM
Zoom links will be made available through the Blackboard site for those who register for the Summer Institute. We hope to see you there!
Register for Summer Institute With a NetID
IF YOU HAVE A NetID:
You may self-enroll in the Blackboard site with your UIC credentials. Enrollment will remain open through August 23, 2021 – the first day of the fall semester.
Please note that when you click on the link below, you may navigate to a page telling you “access denied.” Just click the ‘log in’ button on the right and you will navigate to the Blackboard login page, where you may use your UIC credentials to log into the site.
Current UIC Instructors: REGISTER FOR SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR ONLINE TEACHING
Click the link to register.
Register for Summer Institute Without a NetID
IF YOU DO NOT YET HAVE A NetID, BUT WILL BE TEACHING AT UIC THIS FALL:
You must first complete a form with requested information. You will then be issued a University Identification Number (UIN) that CATE will use to create your NetID so that you may self-enroll in the Blackboard site. You will be assigned a Blackboard site for your own course once your hiring department adds you as the instructor of record in Banner.
FUTURE UIC Instructors: REQUEST A NetID FOR SUMMER INSTITUTE REGISTRATION
Classroom Database and Teaching Guides
CATE is referring to the range of instructional modalities being utilized this fall as “Flames Flex” as a means to emphasize UIC’s commitment to giving students flexible options for learning as we gradually transition back to campus from fully remote teaching necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please click on the link below for more information.
Access resources to support your teaching this fall including the UIC classroom database, teaching guides, and educational technology articles.
- Online synchronous: fully online course with live sessions at specified times
- Online asynchronous: fully online course with no mandatory live sessions
- On-campus blended synchronous: in-person students simultaneously meeting with synchronous online students via live streaming technology
- On-campus hybrid: mix of in-person instruction with online content delivered synchronously or asynchronously
Fall 2021 Kickoff Meeting
Please join us for the CATE Summer Institute for Online Teaching at UIC: Preparing for Flames Flex Instruction – Fall 2021 Kickoff Meeting on May 13-14, 2021. This professional learning opportunity is intended for UIC instructors who are preparing to teach this fall.
- Dates and times: Thursday, May 13 – Friday, May 14, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST
- Location: A Zoom link will be sent to those who register for this event within 24 hours of the kickoff date.
Please register to attend the Kickoff Meeting to learn more about the Summer Institute. Those interested will be able to self-enroll in a Blackboard course. Enrollment information will be provided at the Kickoff Meeting and on the CATE website.
Agenda: A detailed agenda for the kickoff meeting is forthcoming; a link will be made available on our Summer Institute webpage. The schedules for each day of the two-day kickoff meeting are distinct. Attendance both days, however, is not required.
Briefly, on May 13th, we will hear opening remarks from Provost Poser and engage in discussion with a panel of UIC instructors on their experiences with online instruction, both lessons learned and recommendations for multi-modal teaching anticipated for fall 2021.
On May 14th, the CATE team will present an overview of the four general modalities of instruction that we’re anticipating for fall 2021, provide information about the educational technology that will be available in our on-campus and virtual classrooms, and discuss the connection between the pedagogy and technology necessary to support equitable student engagement in a multi-modal classroom. There will also be time dedicated to facilitated and more focused Q&A sessions in breakout rooms in which we’d very much like to hear from UIC instructors! It’s critical that the CATE team understand the needs and concerns of instructors so that we can tailor the Summer Institute materials released during the summer to meet those needs and address those concerns.
Preview of Summer Institute: Throughout the summer, CATE will release online resources to support four general modalities of instruction expected across courses and Colleges in fall 2021:
- Online synchronous (SYNC): fully online course with live sessions at specified times
- Online asynchronous (ASYNC): fully online course with no mandatory live sessions
- On-campus blended synchronous (ONCAM): in-person students simultaneously meeting with synchronous online students via live streaming technology
- On-campus hybrid (HYBRID): mix of in-person instruction with online content delivered synchronously or asynchronously
**Note that the registrar’s course designation ONCAM (see glossary) includes a teaching modality that we call blended synchronous, and that you may hear others refer to as HyFlex. For clarity, please refer to the explanation we provide rather than focus on the course designation.
Flexibility in Engaging with Summer Institute Materials: We are not able to offer compensation for participation in the Summer Institute. We understand that many UIC instructors have 9-month appointments and thus may not be able to participate during the summer itself without compensation. In addition, we realize that many instructors may wish to spend time on their research this summer or just enjoy some time off after a challenging year of teaching remotely during the pandemic. Instructors who can’t participate this summer may enroll in the Blackboard Ultra site when they return in the fall and will have access to all asynchronous learning modules; the CATE team will be available for synchronous or in-person consultations as needed during the 2-weeks before fall instruction starts.
Stay tuned! If you are a graduate student teaching assistant (TA), there will be a separate event in August to help you with fall teaching preparations.
Kickoff Meeting Agenda
DAY 1: Thursday, May 13, 2021
10:00 am – 10:10 am | Welcome, Introductions, and Overview by CATE Executive Director Erin O’Leary
10:10 am – 10:30 am | Opening Remarks by Provost Susan Poser
10:30 am – 10:45 am | Break (participants will transition to breakout rooms for ice breaker activity)
10:45 am – 12:00 pm | UIC Faculty Panel: Lessons from Online Teaching
- Moderator: CATE Senior Director Elizabeth Romero Fuerte
- Mary Keehn, Director for Interprofessional Practice and Education, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, & Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, College of Applied Health Sciences
- Walter Potrazik, Adjunct Lecturer in Communication, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
- Shanon Reckinger, Clinical Assistant Professor in Computer Science, College of Engineering
- Zvonimir Tot, Clinical Associate Professor of Music, School of Theatre & Music
- Lieke Van Heumen, Clinical Assistant Professor in Disability and Human Development, College of Applied Health Sciences
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm | Summer Institute Preview presented by CATE Executive Director Erin O’Leary
12:30 pm | Adjourn
DAY 2: Friday, May 14, 2021
10:00 am – 10:15 am | Welcome Back and Overview of Flames Flex Instruction by CATE Executive Director Erin O’Leary
10:15 am – 10:40 am | Classroom Technology Updates by CATE Senior Director Elizabeth Romero Fuerte
10:40 am – 11:10 am | CATE and Other Campus Resources Supporting Flames Flex by Senior Director Elizabeth Romero Fuerte and Executive Director Erin O’Leary
11:10 am – 11:25 am | Technology meets Pedagogy in Plug-and-Play & Lectern-based Classrooms by CATE Instructional Designer Tom Okon
11:25 am – 11:40 am | Overview of the Summer Institute for Online Teaching (including registration details) presented by CATE Executive Director Erin O’Leary & Senior Instructional Designer Cheryl McKearin
11:40 am – 11:50 am | Break (10 min)
11:50 am – 12:15 pm | Facilitated Discussions with CATE Team (Zoom breakout rooms)
- Facilitators include Associate Directors Lauren Woods and Crystal Tse, Academic Technologist Isaias Hernandez, Instructional Designers Cheryl McKearin, Tom Okon, and Erin Stapleton-Corcoran, Senior Director Elizabeth Romero Fuerte, and Executive Director Erin O’Leary
12:15 pm – 12:30 pm | Debrief & Next Steps led by CATE Executive Director Erin O’Leary
12:30 pm | Adjourn