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From Cheating to Authentic Learning

The shift to mostly online teaching and learning has reinvigorated discussions about academic integrity. We know that meaningful solutions are multifaceted and require a systems-level approach. Yet we also know you can take steps to minimize cheating in your courses through your pedagogical decisions and practices. This month, our latest blog post and the additional resources offer you ideas for how to do this. You'll also find information about our upcoming events and programs and the latest CTE team news.


Rethinking your pedagogy can help to reduce cheating. Explore these resources with suggestions for how to do that.
  • From Cheating to Authentic Learning
    CTE Director Michael Palmer and A&S Learning Design & Technology Director Judith Giering coauthor our latest blog post, encouraging you to help students discover value in what they are learning and create risk-supportive environments to promote authentic learning.
  • Combatting Cheating in the COVID Era
    In this podcast episode, two experts share how to minimize cheating and build a culture of academic integrity within your courses.
  • 7 Ways to Assess Students Online and Minimize Cheating
    Ideas to both meaningfully assess student learning and foster academic integrity. (Article access is available through UVA.)


Structuring and Sustaining a More Inclusive Classroom
Facilitated by Rose Buckelew, CTE Faculty Fellow, and Cortney McEniry, UVA Acts Artistic Director and Program Manager

This two-part workshop series focuses on research-based inclusive teaching practices to address how social identities and power relationships operate in the classroom to engage or exclude students. We encourage you to participate in both sessions if possible.
Part 1 aims to help instructors develop and refine the skills needed to carefully respond to incidents of bias and racism and insensitive comments in the moment they occur.
Monday, March 1 | 2:00 to 3:30 PM
Part 2 equips instructors to collaborate with students to develop expectations and agreements for healthy learning communities.

Friday, March 5 | 10:00 to 11:30 AM
Designing and Facilitating Critically Reflective Dialogue
Facilitated by Cortney McEniry, UVA Acts Artistic Director and Program Manager

This two-part facilitation workshop focuses on designing for and facilitating critically reflective dialogue, using UVA Acts' 3x3 Series as a model experience. The 3x3 Series was created to disrupt monolithic understandings of communities at UVA and provide online opportunities for learning among instructors. Each short video is accompanied by 3 questions for reflection, 3 resources for further learning, and 3 ways to take action. We encourage you to participate in both sessions if possible.
Part 1 focuses on question design, trauma-informed preparation, and facilitator style and function.
Thursday, March 4 | 2:00 to 3:30 PM
Part 2 focuses on common facilitation mistakes, correcting misinformation or stereotypes, and follow-up questioning.
Thursday, March 11 | 2:00 to 3:30 PM
Dr. Randy Stoecker
Public Service Week Events

We are cosponsoring two events during Public Service Week with the Office for Academic Outreach and Equity Center. Dr. Randy Stoecker, from the University of Wisconsin, will be joining us virtually for a talk, followed by a small, interactive workshop.
From the Margins to the Streets: Higher Ed Community Engagement for Justice

In this talk, Dr. Stoecker will argue that we need to find "free spaces" in the margins of higher education institutions—those few places where academic freedom still thrives—from which to practice community engagement in hopes of supporting progressive social change. From such marginalized spaces, we can better support community-led social change as allies, bringing our work onto the streets rather than coopting the community's work into the institution.
Tuesday, March 16 | 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Implementing Liberating Service Learning

Liberating service learning is a practice that stands the institutionalized service learning model on its head. In this interactive workshop, Dr. Stoecker will begin with a brief presentation on how to put social change first, supported by community organizing, research forms of service, and collective learning. Participants will then discuss the implications of this model for their own work.

Tuesday, March 16 | 3:00 to 4:00 PM
What is Contemplative Pedagogy?
Facilitated by Karolyn Kinane, Contemplative Sciences Center Associate Director of Pedagogy and Faculty Engagement

In this discussion, we'll introduce contemplation as a complement to critical thinking and creative expression. Participants will reflect on their values, consider the role of disposition in their courses, and experiment with a contemplative practice. This session is being offered twice.
Thursday, March 18 | 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Friday, March 19 | 3:00 to 4:00 PM
UVA Acts Inclusive Teaching Toolkit: Lectures
Facilitated by Cortney McEniry, UVA Acts Artistic Director and Program Manager
UVA Acts
In this performance, you'll hear stories from Gene, Vanessa, and Claire about their experiences with belonging and belonging uncertainty in their education. Consider how small changes and psychosocial interventions during lectures can allow students to feel like they belong in your classroom, at UVA, and in your field of research. This session is being offered twice.
Monday, March 22 | 9:00 to 10:30 AM
Thursday, March 25 | 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Dr. Jen Moon and Katie Dawson
Innovations in Pedagogy Summit
Wednesday, May 12 | 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Thursday, May 13 | 12:00 to 4:00 PM

Join us at our virtual Summit as we explore the theme of Fostering Curiosity, Wonder, and Creativity For All Students. The two-day event will kick off with our keynote presentation by Dr. Jen Moon and Katie Dawson, both of the University of Texas at Austin.

Registering will give you access to both days. More information on the sessions will be announced closer to the event date.

Grant Opportunity Across Grounds

Call for Proposals: Learning Technology Incubator Grant Program
The A&S Learning Design & Technology team is accepting proposals through Monday, March 22 for its Learning Technology incubator (LTi) grant program. In the 2021-2022 LTi cycle, the team is particularly interested in faculty proposals that engage and address the teaching and learning challenges of the post-pandemic return to Grounds.
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