Photo of a laptop playing Mary Gichobi drawing on her PowerPoint lesson

Professor Gichobi is teaching aspiring teachers Mathematics in a new way

Students in the Professional Program in Education are fortunate to have Assistant Prof. Mary Gichobi teaching EDUC 281 Conceptual Foundations of Elementary Mathematics. The course teaches aspiring teachers how to teach mathematics concepts common to the curriculum of elementary and middle schools.

Mary Gichobi
Mary Gichobi
Assistant Professor
Education Program

Gichobi covers areas such as the processes of abstraction, symbolic representation and notational manipulation in arithmetic contexts as well as examines topics such as multiplying and dividing fractions, decimals and ratio and proportional reasoning using different strategies”.

“Gichobi has been innovative and unflappable in moving her on-campus courses to alternate delivery,” according to Dean Susan Gallagher-Lepak.

In teaching EDUC 281, she goes through her PowerPoint slides and solves mathematical problems as she explains them, sort of like a narrated PowerPoint, but uses a software called Xodo to write on the PowerPoint. She screen records as she writes and then compresses it to a video using MP4.

Gichobi’s analytical strengths are equally balanced by a student-centered approach to teaching.

Animated gif of Mary Gichobi drawing on her PowerPoint lesson
Animation of Mary Gichobi writing notes on her PowerPoint lesson.

“I always feel that our students deserve support and guidance to go through the challenging terrain of life,” Gichobi said. “They may get stuck and not know who to ask. I feel passionate to help them in little and any ways.”

Students seem to appreciate Gichobi’s efforts. One student communicated this week to Gichobi the below message:

“I would like to thank you for your video of the lesson… It was refreshing to hear you teach the lesson and explain it in detail. It makes this change feel more like being in class. Thank you for all your hard work in making this transition so smooth. I can’t imagine it has been easy for you or the other professors.”

Reconnect with colleagues through ‘Coffee Klatches’ today, 1 p.m.

Human connection is one of the things that makes the academic life worth living. While you’re busily reconnecting with students, The Center for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning (CATL) also wants to help you re-connect with each other. CATL is organizing a series of “Coffee Klatches,” where your colleagues will be offering answers the question: “What are you doing?” with a series of curated discussions.

The next discussion will be Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 1 p.m. with Tara DaPra, who will be answering the question “What are you writing (journaling)? The rest if the scheduled discussions:

-What are you watching? David Coury, April 14, 1 p.m.

-What are you playing, Bryan Carr, Julialicia Case and Chris Williams, April 16, 1 p.m.

-How are you engaging? (politically, socially, etc.), Alison Staudinger, April 21, 1 p.m.

-What are you cooking/baking? Jemma Lund, April 28, 1 p.m.

If you have a suggestion for a future “coffee klatch,” feel free to email catl@uwgb.edu with suggestions.

Brandon Langer interviewed by the media

Print Shop owned by UW-Green Bay alumnus and employee helping raise money to feed local children | Fox 11

The Green Bay Print Shop, owned by UW-Green Bay alumnus and IT employee Brandon Langer ’15 (Art, Design) is selling t-shirts featuring graphics of toilet paper on them. Photo above, Langer gets ready for an interview with Fox 11.

The proceeds benefit the Green Bay Area Public School District for its Free Meals for Children program. Shirts cost between $10 to $25, plus shipping. A printed sheet of toilet papers included with each purchase. More via Toilet paper t-shirts helping raise money to feed local children | Fox 11 had the story.

Green Bay Print Shop's TP t-shirts
Brandon Langer’s TP t-shirts
Every sale gets a sheet
Every sale gets a sheet

 

The Great War at Home and Abroad event, March 26

Over a century has passed since the end of the Great War. UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Eric Morgan (Democracy and Justice Studies, History) will explore the origins of this global conflict and the United States’ participation in it, including the activism of dissenters such as Wisconsin’s Robert La Follett. He will also explore the importance of Wisconsinites to the war effort. This talk takes place at the Brown County Central Library on Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and accompanies a poster exhibit that takes a closer look at the war and its aftermath. This event is free and open to the public. (This event is still scheduled as of today’s writing).

 

 

Phoenix Studios Live Podcast Festival: Women’s History Month moved to March 31

Join Phoenix Studios for a live recording of four different Woman’s History Month themed podcasts on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 from 12:40 to 4 p.m. This date has been changed from March 24.

Scheduled Itinerary:

  • 12:40-1:20: Serious Fun with Associate Prof. Bryan Carr (Communication, Women and Gender Studies).
  • 1:30-2:00: Psych and Stuff Episode: Psassy Psisters of Psychology with Prof. Ryan Martin (Psychology, Associate Dean for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences), Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges (Sustainability), Associate Prof. Chris Smith (Women and Gender Studies and UW-Green Bay student Addie Hunter.
  • 2:10-2:50: Canon Ball with Prof. Chuck Rybak (English and Humanites, Dean for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) and Prof. Ryan Martin (Psychology, Associate Dean for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) The hosts and special guest Assistant Prof. Sarah Schuetze (English) will be discussing “The Power” by Naomi Alderman.
  • 3:00-4:00: Bird in the Wings with Kelli Strickland, the Executive and Artistic Director at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

Reminder: CATL tips for moving courses online

CATL recommends these steps for moving courses online as well . We also know that you want to help students who will be new to distance education. For them, we’ve included five tips you can give students to be successful in the online environment. Finally, if you are still looking for where to turn for assistance we’ve provided a quick reference below.

Five Steps for Instructors

Step 1: Determine how you will communicate with students.
A few options include email, Canvas, or web conferencing. In addition to the tips for student success below, we’ve also put together Five Things to Communicate to Students to get you started. Learn more…

Step 2: Keep it simple. Identify your key learning objectives.
Ask what you want to accomplish through (or despite) the change to a distance format. Learn more…

Step 3: Assess your comfort level with and access to technology as well as that of your students.
It is okay if you are not a “tech master.” Your comfort level with technology will help you determine the means by which you can carry out distance instruction be it by email, Canvas materials, or synchronous sessions. Learn more…

Step 4: Decide what students will do to show their learning.
Depending on your and your students’ comfort level, options include read-and-respond work, assignments (using Canvas or not), quizzes, and several options for presentations. Learn more…

Step 5: Make a plan to have the resources you need available to you.
Be sure to have your Duo fob or phone and access to any cloud storage you may need (such as Office 365). Consult the Working from Home page for more information. Learn more…

More detailed information can be found on the Instructor Resources page of the UW-Green Bay Coronavirus site.

5 Tips for Student Success

Tip 1: Connect with your instructors.
Ask them what the preferred communication method will be for your classes. Check your campus email and Canvas regularly.

Tip 2: Create a schedule.
You are balancing a lot right now. Set aside time for each of your classes individually.

Tip 3: Make sure you have access to the technology you need to do your work.
Make sure you have access to campus email and Canvas. Also check the Learning from Home page.

Tip 4: Have a consistent workplace.
Try to make it as reliable, comfortable, and distraction-free as possible.

Tip 5: Maintain contact with important support services.
Consult the detailed list of services below.

Support Service                                   Preferred Contact Information

The Learning Center                           920-465-2958

Online tutoring help (24/7)                 Through Brainfuse

Pride Center                                         920-464-2167

Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs              mesa@uwgb.edu

Counseling and Health Services       920-465-2380

Advising                                               Email: advising@uwgb.edu to set up a meeting with your advisor

Financial Aid                                        financialaid@uwgb.edu

Cofrin Library                                      Consult the Library Services for Online Students page

Reminder: PC users at UW-Green Bay can use SafeConnect VPN to access workstation

In a reminder to faculty and staff by Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology & Library Services Paula Ganyard (March 12, 2020), the IT Division has setup a new method of connecting to your PC/Windows workstation remotely. Using our new SafeConnect VPN connection you are able remote into your assigned PC/Windows workstation, and operate it as though you were sitting in your office. The instructions on how to complete the initial setup of your personal device, and how to make the connection to your University workstation (PC only) can be found at: “SafeConnect VPN Connection Instructions” https://uknowit.uwgb.edu/98787.

There are several things that you need to know about this option:

  • It is only available for PC workstations. If you are assigned a Mac workstation by the university you will NOT be able to use this method. (We are working on options for Mac Users.)
  • It will allow you to use the same applications that you use at your desk. (i.e. ImageNow, Adobe, or other specialty software you have install on your workstation.)
  • It will allow those that access high or medium risk data to continue to work securely.
  • It will all you to access file shares and department shares, as you would if you were at your desk.
  • Do NOT print while using this connection. It will NOT print to your local printer, but rather to the printer on campus for which your workstation is connected.
  • The speed of the connection will be completely dependent on your internet speed of your personal device.
  • If you have used Remote Desktop (a.k.a Thinfinity) previously, you may still do that. However, we have a limit of 75 concurrent users on that system, so if you are having trouble connecting to it then we recommend this method SafeConnect VPN .

All support questions should be directed to the IT Help Desk at 920-465-2309 or helpdesk@uwgb.edu. Please be patient as the IT Help Desk is dealing with a higher call volume at this time. If your call is not answered immediately, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.