Teaching by Design Lunch Series

While the Teaching by Design mini-conference is offered as a series, you may register for each event individually and choose the sessions that work for your schedule. Please note each lunch is capped at 40 participants and then a waiting list will be started. We ask that you notify CETAL at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel a registration; this allows us to be better stewards of the money invested in providing catered lunch events.

This year’s focus is student engagement strategies: fostering a community of inquiry.

Session 1: Fostering Social Presence

Date: September 28, 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Vicki Parish

Social presence is “the ability of participants to identify with the community (e.g., course of study), communicate purposefully in a trusting environment, and develop inter-personal relationships by way of projecting their individual personalities” (Garrison, 2009, p. 352). In this Teaching by Design (TbD) session, we will share strategies to support students’ learning by creating a supportive and authentic learning environment in our classrooms where students and instructors can share their varied experiences to enhance the community as a whole. 


Session 2: Fostering Teaching Presence

Date: October 10, 2023 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Jessica Underwood

Teaching presence is “the design, facilitation, and direction of cognitive and social processes for the purpose of realizing personally meaningful and educationally worthwhile learning outcomes” (Anderson, Rourke, Garrison, & Archer, 2001). A strong presence adds a human dimension which shows students that you not only care about the content but also about your students and how they learn.  This session will focus on the three components of teaching presence and the practical ways in which you can implement these into your teaching. 


Session 3: Fostering Cognitive Presence

Date: October 31, 2023 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Leticia de la Garza

“Cognitive presence is the extent to which learners are able to construct and confirm meaning through reflection and discourse and is defined as a four-stage process of practical inquiry” (Boston et al., 2009). Come join us in this final Teaching By Design session to explore and learn to apply the four stages of cognitive presence: triggering event, exploration, integration, and resolution.

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