2016-2018 Archived Professional Development Events

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Teaching Townhall Events

Actively Engaging Students: A Panel Discussion

Guest Speaker: Dr. Claire Major

November 28, 2016

Research tells us most students learn best when they are actively engaged in the classroom. This panel presentation is intended to highlight a variety of instructional strategies faculty members use to promote student engagement and learning in different environments such as large classes, online classes and with diverse student populations.

Team-Based Learning - Project-Based Learning

Guest Speaker: Dr. Lane Brunner

January 27, 2017

Team-based learning (TBL) and project-based learning (PBL) are teaching strategies that promote active and collaborative learning within groups. This workshop presentation is intended to illustrate how the elements of engagement, critical thinking, collaboration, reflective thinking and authentic problem solving can be incorporated into the classroom experience.  

Undergraduate Research: Encouraging Collaboration and Mentoring

Guest Speaker: Dr. Christy Graves

February 23, 2017

Learn how the university encourages the direct involvement of undergraduate students in the scholarly efforts of faculty. This panel presentation will summarize the aspects of undergraduate research, including the benefits and challenges of incorporating research into the classroom as well as effective mentoring techniques.

Millennial Students and Digital Distractions

Guest Speaker: Laurie Green, MEd

March 30, 2017

According to a recent survey (McCoy, 2016), students are more distracted than ever before due to their digital devices. In fact, students admitted that they spend about 20 percent of their time in class using devices for activities unrelated to academics such as text messaging, emailing and checking social media sites.

Should faculty limit the use of such devices, create social media policies or ban technology all together? What are the benefits and challenges to such use? Find out what the students and faculty at UT Tyler think about this issue.

The Lyceum: Student Research Showcase

April 13, 2017

The Lyceum Conference, sponsored by the CETL and the Honors College, is a celebration of research at The University of Texas at Tyler. Undergraduate and graduate students will showcase their original research projects through posters and presentations. 


Teaching With Writing Effectively and Efficiently

Drs. Emily Standridge, Mark Sidey, Stephanie Odom

January 31, 2017

Re-visioning Research’s Think-Aloud Protocol: Providing Your Students a Window to Witness (and Contemplate) Your Expert Disciplinary Practices

Dr. Annamary Consalvo   

February 7, 2017

Do your students struggle to efficaciously navigate texts in your courses? Do you wonder if it is ability or motivation? Do you think that they really ought to know how by now, as college students? The answer may be a qualified “yes” to one or more of these questions. The think aloud is a protocol that can unveil to students your practices as a disciplinary expert and better prepare them to take on the challenges of particular problems. Each academic discipline approaches its tasks and challenges in unique, and even cultural ways, and often those approaches are invisible to novices.

Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to understand what a think aloud is, through demonstration, discussion and examination of research literature. Participants will draft, develop and practice conducting a think-aloud for fellow participants who will offer structured and supportive feedback.

The UT Tyler Research Exchange: Conversations with Friends

Dr. Yanira Oliveras Ortiz  

February 14, 2017

The Research Exchange provides faculty members with an opportunity to share their current research in a collegial environment. The discourse following each presentation will help the faculty members strengthen their studies. Participants are asked to pose questions and provide feedback aimed at helping their colleagues reflect on their research plans.

Faculty members interested in participating will have 10-12 minutes for an oral presentation followed by five minutes for questions and dialogue. Presenters will be asked to provide a synopsis of their study prior to the exchange, which will be provided to all attending faculty to read beforehand. Faculty members may choose to participate by presenting and/or attending to provide feedback to their colleagues. 

Subscription, Interlibrary Loan, or Nothing: How to Ensure Global Access to Your Scholarly Works

Terra Gullings,MLIS, CA

March 3, 2017

Publishing through traditional journals often limits access to your scholarship — researchers can only read your works through a journal subscription, via available library databases, interlibrary loan, or pay the publisher for access. This workshop will show how faculty can use Scholar Works at UT Tyler to store, preserve and provide worldwide access to their scholarly output. A discussion about open access, including: copyright agreements, author rights, avoiding predatory journals, and benefits of adding content to Scholar Works at UT Tyler. Bring your CV and we can review specific copyright policies of your published works!

Raising Students’ Metacognitive Awareness of Reading Strategies Helps Improve Their Reading Comprehension Performance

Dr. Kouider Mokhtari Dr. Gina Doepker 

March 8, 2017

Your students can read their textbooks. But do they understand what they read? Research indicates that significant numbers of college students are often “unskilled and unaware.” The good news is that faculty can more easily help their students to become more effective readers and comprehenders once they understand the metacognitive skills and strategies involved in the process of reading comprehension. In this workshop, you will have an opportunity to (a) try a tool for assessing your students’ metacognitive awareness of reading strategies, and (b) use insights gained to help them improve their reading comprehension performance.

The Inclusive Classroom: Implementing Universal Design for Learning in the College Classroom

Dr. Frank Dykes   Dr. Jessica Reuter     Dr. Staci Zolkoski

March 22, 2017

Students are entering higher education classrooms today with a variety of differences related to their learning, culture, background and language. A diversified classroom brings its own unique challenges. How can a professor effectively meet the unique learning needs of students in the classroom? This workshop focuses on the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Come and learn new strategies and methods to meet the needs of all learners in your classroom. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials and assessments that work for everyone — not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.

Digital Storytelling Apertures: Mobile Green Screens and Beyond

Dr. Julie Delello  

March 28, 2017

Have you ever wished you could create something highly engaging for your students? Do you want to use storytelling tools to encourage students to communicate and collaborate with one another? 

Bring your iPad to this session to learn how to use two inexpensive apps to easily create and edit green screen videos on your own mobile device! In addition, participants will learn how to use a Padcaster system to create interesting stories that can be shared with students and others all over the world. You will learn to transform your iPad into a mobile production studio to create content that inspires. No more boring lectures



Changing the Culture: Teaching Students How to Brand Their Skills and Abilities

Gail Johnson, MBA 

April 6, 2017

There is power in branding your classroom and getting students to talk about their major in a way that makes business sense. For example, do your students understand how a classical languages, history or art degree might translate into the very job skills that employers need? And, why are so many women giving up on physics and math before completing advanced degrees? Do we do enough to empower women and minorities? Do we teach students those authentic leadership skills? 

In this workshop you will learn how to empower your students while creating a culture of caring. Learn how to teach your students to use social media to brand their thinking and how to help students communicate their own unique values as an expert in their fields.

Enhancing Student Motivation

Dr. Karlyn Adams-Wiggins

April 19, 2017

It can be difficult to understand the reasons why students are succeeding or failing in our classes. One often misunderstood explanation is students' motivation. In this workshop you will learn key ideas in modern academic achievement motivation theory, with special attention to effectively using group work to support motivation for adult learners and supporting UT Tyler's large first-generation and transfer-student population. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to collaboratively develop solutions for motivation challenges you've observed in your classrooms.

Getting the most out of Office 365         

September 13, 2017

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Innovative Ideas in the Super-Sized Classroom

Dean Brent Iverson, Ph.D.

October, 31, 2017

Ditching the Discussion Board for Video with Flipgrid

Michael Wiggs, Ph.D.

November 1, 2017

Dealing with Difficult Students in the Online Classroom

B. Jean Mandernach, Ph.D.

December 5, 2017

The 6 Frameworks for Information Literacy

Christine Forisha & Rebecca Fernandez

January 22, 2018

Copyright Issues Got You Down?

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

February 8, 2017

Social Media Panel

Dr. Julie Delello, Dr. Laura Lamb, Dr. Rochell McWhorter, and Gail Johnson

March 20, 2018

TouchCast Studio Presentation

Drs. Julie Delello and Sooah Park

March 6, 2018

Increasing Learning Outcomes for Online Students Using Real-Time Group Meetings

Drs. Rochelle McWhorter, Richard Helfer, Annamary Consalvo

March 22, 2018

Incorporating Improv in Your Classroom

Jamey Whitley

March 26, 2018

Brain-Targeted Teaching

Mariale Hardiman, Ed.D.

April 4, 2018

Student Engagement and Cultivating Curiosity

Ramsey Musallam, Ed.D

April 11, 2018

Active Learning, Assessment and the Flipped Classroom: Evidence Based Best Practices

Adam Persky, Ph.D.

April 20, 2018