Tiny Earth Workshops: Pivot to Online

August 2020 Workshops & Office Hours

Event dates: Aug 3-14, 2020

You must have a UW-Madison Canvas account in order to access the workshop content, regardless of whether you are attending the sessions or not. 

How do I access the workshops, office hours, or virtual Tiny Earth course materials?
If you are attending the August 3 or 10 workshop:
  1. Set up NetID. You should have received an invitation to set up a network identity (a “NetID”) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Watch for an email from MANIFEST@DOIT.WISC.EDU to confirm your NetID.
  2. Access Canvas account. After you set up your NetID, you will receive an invitation from the Canvas course site. Canvas is the learning management system where the workshop materials and asynchronous discussions will be held.
  3. Log into Canvas. Here you can access the workshops, office hours, and course materials. Sessions will be held in Zoom, but they will be accessible ONLY if you have set up access to Canvas. 
  4. Complete the (optional) pre-event assignment. Upload your course objectives and/or a syllabus.
  5. Event day: Log into Canvas. Click on the Zoom link for the session, which can be found in Canvas. 
If you plan to access the materials and/or office hours only:
  1. Set up NetID. You should have received an invitation to set up a network identity (a “NetID”) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Watch for an email from MANIFEST@DOIT.WISC.EDU to confirm your NetID.
  2. Access Canvas account. After you set up your NetID, you will receive an invitation from the Canvas course site. Canvas is the learning management system where the workshop materials and asynchronous discussions will be held.
  3. Log into Canvas. Click on the appropriate session to access the session materials and recordings.

What materials will be available to me?

  • Tiny Earth virtual curriculum. Curriculum committee members have generated (1) a course map that provides online adaptations that meet the learning objectives of Tiny Earth labs and protocols; (2) a “choose-your-own-ending” tutorial that engages students in the Tiny Earth research flow (selecting soil, media, cultures, and so on); and (3) a set of video lab protocols from the Tiny Earth Chemistry Hub.
  • Tiny Earth workshop materials. All materials for the workshops and office hours, including recordings of the sessions, will be available in the Canvas site. This includes pre-workshop assignments, zoom links for the sessions, resources and handouts, and post-session feedback.

What days and times are scheduled?

Instructor Workshop #1, Monday August 3, 10am-2pm CDT

Interactive sessions for Tiny Earth Partner instructors (TEPIs) to (1) learn about new online and antiracist course modules; (2) work with colleagues on redesigning syllabi for flexible online, in-person, and hybrid modalities; and (3) select activities and labs for the semester ahead to help students meet the course learning objectives. The sessions build on each other, so we highly recommend you attend from the start if possible. Main sessions will be recorded. Breakout sessions will not be recorded. 

Instructor Workshop #2, Monday August 10, 10am-2pm CDT

This session will be a repeat of workshop #1, possibly with some updates and revisions based on feedback from workshop #1.

Office Hours, Daily August 4-7 and 11-14 (times vary)

Where do you have concerns? Need a sounding board? Seeking creative ideas? Want to solve a problem? Hoping to work with a buddy on your course or syllabus? Tiny Earth instructors and staff will be on hand to open up zoom sessions for general discussion and are equipped to set up breakout rooms and connect those working on similar issues. On Wednesday, August 12, Sarah Miller will host a topical office hour session for those interested in discussing antiracist content and how to integrate it into courses. The other session topics will be dictated by attendees’ interests.

  • Tuesday, August 4 at 12-1pm PDT (Enid Gonzalez-Orta, California State University at Sacramento)
  • Wednesday, August 5 at 12-1pm EDT (Debra Davis, Wingate University)
  • Thursday, August 6 at 12-1pm EDT (Aarti Raja, Nova Southeastern University)
  • Friday, August 7 at 12-1pm EDT  (Yvonne Sun, University of Dayton)
  • Tuesday, August 11 – TBD
  • Wednesday, August 12 at 12:00 CDT (Sarah Miller, University of Wisconsin-Madison) Topic: Antiracism
  • Thursday, August 13 – TBD
  • Friday, August 14 – TBD

Do I have an instructor buddy to work with?

Based on the information you provided when you registered, you will be assigned someone to work with who is planning to teach in a similar context (eg course type, size, modality). You will receive your “buddy” assignments on Monday, August 3 via email. You will not receive a buddy if you opted out on the registration form. You and your buddy are welcome to meet at any of the office hours above, or set up your own time to meet. The goal of these relationships is for you to have someone in a similar situation with whom you can plan your course and possibly debrief as you teach this semester. There are no other expectations.

Can I share the information from the workshops and curriculum?

Content is intended only for those who have registered. All content will be available to those who have registered for one year. If you are working with a colleague who also teaches Tiny Earth, please have them register so we can set them up with their own NetID and Canvas account. If they are not part of the Tiny Earth network, please ask them to apply here or opt into the network if they were trained by your or a Tiny Earth colleague. You are always welcome to reach out to us at tinyearth@wid.wisc.edu if you have any questions about this.

Where can I go for help?

Questions about the workshops, curriculum, office hours

Contact tinyearth@wid.wisc.edu

Questions about your NetID

Tiny Earth staff cannot recover your NetID or password. You must reach out to the DoIT Help Desk.

DoIT Help Desk Summer Hours
Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 9:00pm CDT
Saturday – Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm CDT
+1 608-264-HELP (4357)
help@doit.wisc.edu

Questions about using Canvas

Canvas has a robust community for troubleshooting: Go to Canvas Commons, a publicly available site for troubleshooting, ideas, and community tips. Info here: https://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/90683#toc2