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The CTE coordinates a variety of events featuring topics relating to faculty members in any stage of their career. We welcome every faculty member to participate in events of interest to them. Faculty may volunteer to present on topics of interest to their colleagues, and suggestions are always welcome.
This year the CTE has organized our lineup of events around six main instructional themes:
- Connecting Campus & Community
- Holistic Well-being
- Instructional Innovation
- Instructional Technology
- Performance & Assessment
Here is our full year's programming listed by series.
Faculty Learning Communities & Book Discussion Groups
Would you like to join with other faculty to talk about teaching? Are you interested in exploring instructional topics with a small, interdisciplinary group of faculty? Then consider becoming a member of a Faculty Learning Community. Faculty members may select a book to discuss, engage in the Teaching Observation Partners, and/or determine an instructional improvement project of interest to the group.
Teaching Buzz: Thursdays at 2:45 p.m. - Ed Powers, Facilitator
[Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Nov. 5, Nov. 19]
First & Second Year Faculty: Thursdays at 2:40 p.m. - Deb Kuster, Facilitator
[Sept. 10, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 29 ]
Each semester the CTE sponsors book discussion group opportunities for faculty to meet and discuss a book and how it can inform their teaching. Each attendee is provided with a copy of the book. Participation in a book discussion group fulfills one of the requirements in the Recognition Program.
The Science of Learning: Tuesdays at 2:45 p.m. - Bill Lammers, Facilitator
[Sept. 1, Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10]
Lunch & Learn Events
The CTE presents a series of Lunch & Learn events throughout the year. This is a format of instructional development facilitated by faculty and staff for faculty. These events will all be hosted in the Presidential Dining Room, and attendees will be provided lunch in the Christian Cafeteria. Access to the Presidential Dining Room is found through the side entry under the black awning at the southwest corner of Christian Cafeteria.
Strengthening Student Resilience
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at 12:15 p.m.
More Effectively Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities
Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at 12:15 p.m.
More Effectively Teaching Students with Academic Challenges
Friday, October 9, 2015, at 12:00 p.m.
Service-Learning "Speed Dating": Finding Your (Instructional) Match
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at 12:15 p.m.
Developing Meaningful Program Assessment
Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at 12:00 p.m.
More Effectively Teaching Nontraditional Student Populations
Thursday, November 12, 2015, at 12:15 p.m.
Instructional Workshops & Consultations
Instructional workshops and consultations are designed to assist faculty in the endeavor to improve instruction, improve classroom management and construct teaching portfolios. These workshops are valuable for course design and preparation of the teaching portion of their advancement, promotion and/or tenure documentation. There are two main instructional workshops offered by the CTE: Teaching Portfolio and the Teaching Observation Partners.
Teaching Portfolio Workshop
(Fulfills one of the requirements in the Recognition Program)
The Teaching Portfolio workshop offers an opportunity to learn how to construct a portfolio to document one's teaching. Writing and discussion exercises provide a starting point for the portfolio development process. This session will help faculty prepare the teaching portion of their advancement, promotion and/or tenure application.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 2:40-4:00 p.m. - Torreyson West 319 (CTE Conference Room)
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 8:30-10:00 a.m. - Torreyson West 319 (CTE Conference Room)
Teaching Observation Partners (TOP)
(Fulfills one of the requirements in the Recognition Program)
Participants will form pairs to conduct mutual classroom observations for instructional improvement purposes.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 2:40-4:00 p.m. - Torreyson West 319 (CTE Conference Room)
Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 8:30-10:00 a.m. - Torreyson West 319 (CTE Conference Room)
Additionally, the Center for Teaching Excellence provides consulting services covering three basic areas of instruction:
- Course preparation/planning (including objectives development, syllabus construction, course pacing, etc.)
- Course delivery (including content presentation, group management, blended activities, etc.)
- Student assessment (including assignment construction, testing procedure, feedback strategies, etc.)
Mini-consultations related to one or more areas of instruction may occur on an as-needed basis at any stage in the semester by contacting Ed Powers (email@example.com) or Deb Kuster (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Full-course consultations are more comprehensive reviews of instruction and generally require one or two semesters to complete. The full-course consultation covers all aspects of a course from preparation to delivery to assessment. Typically, these begin with a meeting where the design and objectives of a course are examined and discussed. Over one or two semesters, consultants observe the course and work with the instructor to identify strengths and weaknesses in course design, course delivery, and student assessment. At the end of the process, consultants provide a written evaluation of the course that can be used by instructors to help further improve the course and/or help document teaching performance. Full-course consultations can be initiated at any point in the semester by contacting Ed Powers (email@example.com) or Deb Kuster (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Instructional Technology & Online Teaching/Course Design
The CTE offers a variety of resources and services intended to support faculty who are involved in technology enhanced and/or online teaching. CTE instructional technologists and designers are available to provide individual consultations and customized training for faculty groups in addition to the workshops, seminars, and other scheduled events listed here.
Blackboard Learn 9.1 Introductory Training - See the Blackboard Training Events Page
Virtual Office Hours? Not Just How, But Why!
Thursday, September 3, 2015, at X-Period - Torreyson West 319
iTunes U and Google Classroom
Dr. Michael S. Mills, College of Education
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at X-Period - Torreyson West 319
Webinar - Harnessing the Pedagogical Potential of Google Apps
Thursday, September 17, 2015, at 12:30 p.m - Online Webinar
Webinar - Online Testing: The Ins and Outs of It All
Thursday, October 1, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. - Online Webinar
Video Yourself Looking Like a Million Bucks!
Postponed Until Spring
Due to recent staffing changes, the Certificate in Online Teaching and related programming has been suspended for the fall 2015 term. We are in the process of developing a new and improved curriculum for this certificate to be re-launched in January 2016. Be watching the CTE weekly announcements for more information!
Recognition for Achievement
The CTE has developed a plan to allow faculty to follow one or two tracks to achieve a recognition for achievement in the following areas:
- Distinctive Growth in On-Ground/Hybrid Teaching
- Certificate in Online Teaching (Suspended for fall 2015 term)
The objectives of the CTE through this program are
- To encourage continuous growth in teaching effectiveness
- To guide faculty members through a systematic faculty development process
- To provide a campus-wide distinction of rigorous professional development related to teaching
Faculty members wishing to participate or learn more should visit the Recognition for Achievement page.
New Faculty Orientation & Adjunct Academy
The CTE coordinates a two-day pre-semester orientation each August for new full-time faculty to help them become familiar with the campus and meet their colleagues. For more information on this year's New Faculty Orientation, visit the New Faculty Orientation page or contact the CTE.
The CTE also coordinates a 4-hour pre-semester orientation each August and January for new (or interested existing) part-time faculty to help them become familiar with the campus and meet their colleagues. For more information on this year's Adjunct Academy, visit the New Faculty Orientation page or contact the CTE.
For a full list of past events, see the following documents: