Faculty Webinars (Spring 2024 Version)

Join us for our Courseware Team faculty webinars (Spring 2024)!

As we enter our spring-time era, Wharton Courseware offers the following faculty-focused webinars and in-person events to share teaching tools and best practices. All teaching team members and staff are welcome to attend. Recordings of each session will be shared with registrants, so register even if you can’t make it to the live session. Contact courseware@wharton.upenn.edu with any questions.

Get ready for it! If you’re interested in attending (we’ve got a blank space just for you), please register for a session.


Wharton Faculty Webinar Series

Tools to Check Your Course Accessibility

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Learn how to ensure the Canvas site and materials in your course are accessible to students with all abilities. This session will demonstrate how to use accessibility checkers in Canvas and to make sure different types of documents can be accessed through screen readers. We’ll also discuss how to request closed captioning and transcripts for videos and other types of multimedia.

Date and Time

Fri. Jan. 12, 2024
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET


Harmonize 101: Build Engaging Content, Monitor & Grade Your Assignments

In this session, you’ll learn how to take full advantage of the key Harmonize features that drive increased student engagement, promote inclusive learning, and save instructors time. You’ll learn how you build your first Harmonize discussion and how you can use powerful features like multimedia, milestones, and auto-grading to take your course discussion to the next level. By the end of the session, you’ll know how to set up, moderate, evaluate, and encourage student participation in your online course discussions.

We’ll cover how you can:

  • Use ChatGPT to build your discussion prompt
  • Author rich content
  • Configure milestones (aka multiple due dates)
  • Auto-grade student participation
  • Easily evaluate student performance and provide substantive feedback
  • Monitor for students who may need help

Date and Time

Fri. Jan. 19, 2024
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET


Optimize Class Communications with Ed Discussion

ed discussionDescription:
Ed Discussion is a question-and-answer tool that you can add to Canvas to scale and simplify class communication. Ideal for large-enrollment courses, Ed Discussion allows students to answer one another’s questions, work on and run code together, embed videos, annotate images, and share documents. They can also like one another’s posts, post anonymously, and receive instructor feedback, all in one place. Register for this webinar to learn tips and techniques for setting up effective discussions for your students.

Date and Time

Fri. Feb. 2, 2024
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET


Design AI In or Out: Intentional Assessment Design with AI in Mind

6 students with laptops seated at table; 2 students giving a handshake across the tableDescription:
The emergence of ChatGPT and other AI language models has provided an opportunity for faculty to reconsider the assessments and learning activities they use. This webinar will arm attendees with strategies for designing learning activities and assessments specifically with AI in mind. We will consider approaches that will intentionally limit students’ ability to effectively use AI, as well as those that build in opportunities for AI use.

Date and Time

[Rescheduled] TBA
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

  • view the recording (available after the webinar)


Implementing Intentional Instructional Design for Learning Impact

Students with head in palm indicating stress; teacher in front of class in computer labDescription:
In this webinar, we’ll delve into the critical role intentional design takes in enhancing student learning outcomes through the lens of trauma-informed pedagogy. Gain insights into how frameworks, including Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Transparency in Learning & Teaching (TILT), can contribute to a more supportive and inclusive learning environment. This webinar is not all about theory- it’s one step in the journey towards creating a more empathetic and effective educational experience for both you and your students.

Date and Time

Fri. Feb. 23, 2024
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET


Deliver and Grade Assignments with Gradescope

Gradescope by TurnitinDescription:
Join us for an online workshop and learn how instructors use Gradescope. The workshop will offer guidance on delivery of assignments that are paper based, fully online, and a combination of the two. In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Set up assignments where students can submit freeform work (no printers or templates needed)
  • Save time with AI-assisted grading and answer grouping
  • Make rubric changes as you grade – changes apply to previously graded work to maintain consistency
  • Write each comment only once – apply previously used comments with a click
  • Use ‘assignment analytics’ to gain insight into student learning

Date and Time

Fri. Mar. 15, 2024
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET


Best Practices for Peer Evaluation

FeedBackFruits logo over a laptop screenDescription:
Group work is central to many courses at Wharton, and Feedback Fruits’ Group Member Evaluation enables students to evaluate their peers’ contributions as group members. This powerful tool can be configured for a range of use cases, from providing faculty with ratings on peer contributions to students giving meaningful feedback to each other. This webinar will explore the typical Group Member Evaluation setup at Wharton, as well as highlight some of the tool’s less-often used features, including self-assessment, reviewer ratings, and reflection.

Date and Time

Fri. Apr. 5, 2024
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET


Streamlining Success: An Insider’s Guide to Fall Course Prep

Laptop, Book, Page with checklist icons on top of image of Locust Walk in the autumnDescription:
Our webinar explores how to optimize your Fall course preparation by tapping into the wealth of support the IDEA Courseware Team provides. Enjoy a lightning-round showcase of our supported learning tools to spark inspiration for course planning. Come away with valuable tips for organizing your Canvas sites, incorporating copyrighted content, and infusing dynamic simulations for a successful academic term.

Date and Time

Fri. May 3, 2024
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET



 Dear Reader: Questions about our webinar series? Contact us at courseware@wharton.upenn.edu.