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Upcoming Professional Development Events

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Advancing Virtual Reality Series

Dr. Leanne Coyne

  • Friday, August 31, 2018 (12-2pm)   An Introduction to Virtual Reality

                Workshop #1 PowerPoint

                 Workshop #1 Overview

Location: LIB 127

Please see the Professional Development Catalog, pages, 15-16, for a description of each workshop in the series.

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning 

Dr. Belinda Deal 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

10 am -11:30 am

Location: LIB 127

Small Teaching Workshop PowerPoint 

Small Teaching Workshop Handouts

This workshop will teach you how making small changes can make a big difference in learning without a significant time or financial investment. Strategies include: predictions, retrieval, interleaving, connecting, practicing, and self-explaining. 

Academic Innovation: Faculty Learning Community 

Dr. Danielle Bailey, FLC Liaison 

  • Friday, September 14, 2018 (11:30-1pm) Open Forum (see below for more information)
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (11:30-1pm) Focus: Online Courses
  • Friday, November 30, 2018 (11:30-1pm) Open Forum
  • Friday, January 25, 2019 (11:30-1pm)  Focus: Graduate Courses
  • Friday, February 22, 2019 (11:30-1pm) Open Forum 
  • Friday, March 22, 2019 (11:30-1pm) Service and Learning
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2019 Academic Innovation Showcase (1-5pm; Alumni House)

11:30AM – 12:00PM

Academic Innovation Faculty Learning Community (FLC) meeting

Come join us for the first Academic Innovation FLC meeting of the 2018 – 2019 school year. During this meeting, we will be discussing our upcoming events, including our expanded Academic Innovation Showcase that will be held in April. The Academic Innovation FLC is open to all faculty and staff who are interested in promoting and expanding the scholarship of teaching and learning through academic innovation at the university. FLC members are invited to stay for our first Innovation in the Classroom Roundtable.

 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Innovation in the Classroom Roundtable

The Innovation in the Classroom Roundtable is a monthly event sponsored by the Academic Innovation FLC. The roundtable is an open meeting to all faculty and staff to share new ideas and projects they want to try or have successfully put into place. Instructors are encouraged to bring syllabi, course assignment instructions, or any other material that they would like to share or get feedback on during the roundtable. The current roundtable is open topic but instructors are also encouraged to participate in our upcoming roundtables that focus on specific types of classroom environments, including virtual courses (October 10), graduate courses (January 25), and experiential learning assignments (March 22). A light lunch will be provided for all attendees.


Please see the Professional Development Catalog, page 25, for more information.

Qualtrics Training

Tonya Gaddis & Michael Giordano

Qualtrics Boot camp LIB 422

Qualtrics Workshops LIB 127

Please see the Professional Development Catalog, page 20, for more information. 

Why Won't They Talk? Using Discussion to Facilitate Learning

Dr. Jay Howard

Friday, September 21, 2018

12 - 2 PM 

Location: UC Ballroom

Please join us via Zoom!

Faculty often wish to engage students in class discussion, but sometimes our efforts fall flat and we give up the effort.  Why should we seek to engage students?  What classroom norms sometimes undermine students’ participation?  Which students are most likely to participate and to choose not to participate? How can an instructor manage both the dominant talkers and the quieter students?  We will engage each of these questions utilizing a review of the research to identify ways to structure class discussion to engage students and maximize learning.

Ditch Your Textbook: Create Your Own OER to Drive Diverse and Inclusive Pedagogy

Dr. Kyle Gullings & Mrs. Terra Gullings, MLIS, CA

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

10:30 - 12:00 PM

Location: LIB 127

Learn a basic overview of what OER are, best practices for designing them, and the process of making them as open as possible. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own self-authored teaching materials (homework assignments, projects, exams, textbooks/chapters, etc) to the workshop. 

If We Learn Like That, Why Do We Teach Like This? 

Dr. Robert Duke

Friday, October 12, 2018

12-1:30 pm

Location: TBD

Bob Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is University and University of Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor, Director of the Center for Music Learning, and Clinical Professor in the Dell Medical School. For the past six years, he directed the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Dr. Duke’s research on human learning and behavior spans multiple disciplines, and his most recent work explores the refinement of procedural memories and the analysis of gaze in teacher-learner interactions. A former studio musician and public school music teacher, he has worked closely with children at-risk, both in the public schools and through the juvenile justice system. He is the author of Scribe 4 behavior analysis software, and his most recent books are Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction, The Habits of Musicianship, which he co-authored with Jim Byo of Louisiana State University, and Brain Briefs, which he co-authored with Art Markman, his co-host on the public radio program and Podcast Two Guys on Your Head, produced by KUT Radio in Austin.

New Library Resources

Rebecca Fernandez, MLS, MBA

Friday, October 19, 2018

10 - 11:30 am

Location: LIB 127

The library has new resources in support of faculty research and publication. Join the Electronic Resources librarian, Rebecca Fernandez, for a discussion on the many ways Nature Masterclasses, Scopus, Web of Science, and even Google Scholar can help. Learn how to search by research subject to find and evaluate appropriate journals; identify fellow scholars conducting similar research; and, analyze search results to make better informed decisions regarding journals and publishing choices. 

Teaching for the 21st Century: Incorporating Cultural Awareness and Cultural Competence in the Classroom

Dr. Colleen Marzilli

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

10 - 11 am 

Location: LIB 127

Cultural awareness and cultural competence is a skill that those in the 21st century need to compete in the professional environment.  Faculty members have a responsibility to provide an environment where cultural awareness and cultural competence are modeled and incorporated into the classroom in any subject manner. This workshop will review the basics of cultural awareness and cultural competence and provide three strategies to help faculty members prepare their students to compete with the advantage of cultural awareness and cultural competence as part of their toolbox.

10 Tips to Making Online Teaching More Effective & Efficient 

Dr, Jean Mandernach

Thursday, November 8, 2018

12 - 1:30 pm

Location: TBD

Innovative instruction can revolutionize student learning. Embracing this philosophy, Jean Mandernach blends her passion for teaching and research to explore the power of online education for transforming students one asynchronous interaction at a time. She applies her background in psychology to explore the dynamic influence that instruction has on student learning, engagement and satisfaction… and examines how institutions can effectively evaluate online teaching to ensure students receive a high-quality learning experience. Further, recognizing the clash between the ubiquity of the online classroom and the human need for sleep, Jean researches practical pedagogical approaches to help faculty be simultaneously effective and efficient.

Global Awareness and Diversity - Faculty Learning Community Forum

Drs. Colin Snider & Paul Streufert

Thursday, November 29, 2018

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Location: LIB 127

The Global Awareness/Diversity Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is an interdisciplinary cohort of faculty members who engage in a collaborative program focusing on global awareness for teaching, learning and as an avenue for scholarly work. The FLC is open to ALL Faculty and instructional staff who are interested in helping to promote and expand global awareness and diversity across the university. Come join us! 

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