Fall 2020 Commons Meetups


Fall semester meetups will take place every Friday from 1:00-1:45 on Zoom:

First Friday

Facilitators will share strategies for online teaching.

Second Friday

You will have opportunities to practice the strategies you've learned.


Social Connections – How can we build community and culture in our courses? Practice some “Mind the Gap” and social connection activities

    September 11: Social Connections  Strategies

    September 18: Social Connections  Practices

    Shavonne Coleman and Stephanie Holmsten


    ​Discussions – How can we engage students in thinking about the content? Engage in some activities that will help your students to engage more in the online environment

    September 25: ​Discussions – Strategies

    October 2: Discussions – Practices

    Kayla Shearer and Dennis Passovoy


    Making Thinking Visible – How do we show how we solve problems? Helping students to know how to think like a (disciplinary expert) often requires modeling. Participate in some activities that make thinking more visible.

    October 9: Making Thinking Visible - Strategies

    October 16: Making Thinking Visible - Practices

    Kristin Patterson, Brandon Campitelli and Keely Finkelstein 


    ​Students Teaching Students – How can we share the responsibility? “The person who does the work, does the learning.” See how we can encourage students to learn by sharing.

    October 23: ​Students Teaching Students  - Strategies

    October 30: Students Teaching Students  - Practices

    Kaitlyn Farrell and Heather Pleasants


    ​Assessing Learning – What do we want students to have learned? Aligning what we test and what we want our students to have learned is hard. Listen to some ideas about how to assess what we value in our students’ learning.

    November 6: ​Assessing Learning - Strategies

    November 13: ​Assessing Learning - Practices

    Katie Pritchett and Karen Landolt


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    Summer 2020 Bonus: UT Libraries

    Integrating Research Assignments and Library Collections into your Online Course

    If you’re concerned about assigning research projects and course materials from the libraries for your online course, join librarians to discuss accessing collections while campus is closed, scaffolding research assignments, building in assessment, and strategies for asynchronous and synchronous teaching to support research assignments.


     CTL Fall Book Club


    This year we read Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes by Flower Darby with James M. Lang which can be obtained from the library.

    Small Teaching Online presents research-based teaching techniques and outlines practical and feasible applications to implement small teaching strategies that will positively impact the online classroom. 

    We met for four sessions, reading a part of the book each week. Discussions focused on what we learned in the chapters and how the strategies can be implemented in our courses.

    Stay tuned for more opportunites to discuss online teaching! In the meantime, you can visit the CTL Commons for resources and meetup opportunities with your colleagues during the fall.




    Tech Trainings

    There are a variety of upcoming workshops and past recordings on campus-wide tools available to the UT Austin community.

    Find sessions exploring the features of:



    The Canvas Team regularly offers workshops on a variety of topics and features. See the lineup for September 2020 with many traditional titles as well as the new "That One Thing...Canvas Edition" over lunch.



    The Canvas Team page includes the recording of the Canvas Team’s “Zoom Basics for Instructors” webinar from Aug. 19. It covers accessing the UT Zoom portal, scheduling meetings, Host Meeting controls - including Breakout Rooms and Polling - and where to find resources and support. They also discuss when to use the Canvas Zoom integration and when to use the Zoom web portal.



    Join the CTL and iSchool IT Lab teams for "Getting Started with Panopto" on Tuesdays at 2:00 in September. (Sept. 1-29)



    Gradescope offers workshops every Thursday at 11:00am. Join us and learn how instructors use Gradescope. The workshops will offer guidance on how to deliver assessments remotely and outline various assessment options to meet your immediate needs, including:

    • Fully online assignments, no paper required
    • Existing paper-based assignments
    • Combining online and paper-based approaches 

    They will also cover the grading and rubric-building workflow on Gradescope and walk attendees through both the instructor and student interface for creating and submitting assignments and viewing feedback.


    Many videos have been produced for the various Commons sections. The purpose of this page is to have all six playlists in one place. We also have one comprehensive playlist on our Vimeo channel with videos from all sections.

    • To see all videos in a section: Click on the View All drop down button in the lower left corner of the black rectangle. You may collapse the menu but clicking on the button again.
    • To navigate videos in a section one at a time: Click on the Next button in the lower right corner of the black rectangle.

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    Video Showcases

    course design


    content curation


    student support


    community building


    instructional activities




    UT Austin Technology Toolbox



    Visit the Canvas Training Center to learn more about the features that support your instructional goals.



    Zoom is a centrally supported video conferencing solution available to university faculty, staff and students that enables you to meet, teach, and learn from anywhere. It is integrated with Canvas, and you can host and join meetings from your mobile device, desktop client or the web. The Canvas Team has created a set of slides related to their “Using Zoom to Teach” workshop as well as these tutorials: Using Zoom to Teach and Using Zoom Breakout Rooms.



    Panopto is a video platform instructors can use to create course materials. Create asynchronous materials like video recordings, lecturing with PowerPoint or Keynote, and other video inputs like document cameras. Live streaming is also available for synchronous lecture capture and one-way audio/video delivery to students. See the comprehensive guide created by our partners in the School of Information IT Lab.



    Resources for Gradescope: 



    CTL Office Hours

    The Center for Teaching and Learning invites you to drop in for Virtual Office Hours facilitated by Matt Russell, our Online/Blended Learning Faculty Development Specialist. Please let us know which session you'd like to attend below, and submit any questions you'd like in advance.  You will receive an email with additional details including the Zoom meeting link one hour prior to the start of the session.

    • June 17: 3:00-4:00pm
    • June 24: 3:00-4:00pm
    • July 1: 3:00-4:00pm
    • July 8: 3:00-4:00pm
    • July 15: 3:00-4:00pm