Learning Lunches


The CTE presents a series of Learning Lunch events throughout the year.  This is a format of instructional development facilitated by faculty and staff. These events are hosted in the Executive Dining Room and attendees are provided lunch in the Christian Cafeteria. Access to the Executive Dining Room is found through the side entry under the black awning at the southwest corner of Christian Cafeteria.

Learning Lunch schedule: Tuesday/Thursday lunches begin at 12:15 and end around 1:20. Monday/Wednesday/Friday lunches begin at 12:00 and end around 12:50. You are welcomed to come early or stay late if needed.

Voters, Volunteers, and Change Makers: Teaching Students as Citizens

Date: Thursday, Jan. 30
Facilitator: Lesley Graybeal
Track: Pedagogy, FYS

Civic engagement encompasses the attitudes, values, knowledge, and skills to make a difference in our communities and to work towards the public good. In higher education, students are often exploring what it means to be a citizen in new ways, including participating in political processes, learning about the policies that affect their communities, and developing a passion for a specific cause. Every discipline includes content and skills that impact society, and engaging students in civic learning encourages active participation in both their classrooms and their communities. In this interactive workshop, faculty will develop strategies for teaching students as citizens in any discipline. Register now!


Over the Rainbow: Lived Experiences of a Student on the Autism Spectrum

Date: Monday, Feb. 10
Facilitator: Austin Armstrong (external guest speaker)
Track: Diversity and Inclusion

Austin is a lifelong advocate for autism awareness. Austin was diagnosed with autism at a very young age, yet despite numerous doubtful predictions he has overcome countless obstacles and speaks on issues concerning the autism community throughout the country. He will share his struggles and triumphs as an individual with autism while going over key strategies to help educators succeed in being better equipped for students on the autism spectrum. Register now!


Lived Experiences of Latinx and Hispanic Students

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25
Facilitator: Maria Negrete-Padron, Hispanic Outreach Coordinator
Tracks: Diversity and Inclusion

The Lived Experiences series is continuing due to popular demand! By interacting with a panel of students encompassing the perspectives of individuals from both Latin America and other Spanish-speaking countries, participants will gain insight into their unique challenges such as the UCA campus climate, classroom and curriculum dynamics, personal interactions with faculty, in addition to faculty expectations and opportunities faculty provide. We will also hear from students how faculty can contribute to increased retention and graduation rates among these student populations. Register now!


Teach to Reach ALL Students: Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles in College Courses

Date: Thursday, March 5
Facilitators: Amy Hawkins & Doris Pierce
Tracks: All

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to course design and delivery that goes beyond what is legally required to make courses accessible to learners to consider how all students may benefit from using multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement in our courses. Bring your laptop or tablet and instructional materials for one of your courses and get ready to identify opportunities for you to make a few changes that better meet diverse learning needs and styles. Register now!


Assume Nothing! Designing Course Materials for Maximum Impact

Date: Friday, March 13 (CANCELED)
Facilitator: Adam Peterson
Tracks: All

Believe it or not, our students cannot read our minds. Sadly, bad design in course materials assumes they can. Don Draper on Mad Men said, “Make it simple, but significant.” Design is not a scary word only creative types must use. Design is also not something that must be beautiful or overly-complicated. Instructional materials in your courses need to be designed in a way to allow your students the best chance to achieve your intended goals and objectives. In this learning lunch, we’re going to quickly remove the stigma of design to show how you can do simple things to make your course materials more functional. We will look at questions we can ask ourselves and techniques we can use to connect the content to our students for a better chance at success.  Register now!


Making Instructor Expectations

Explicit: Designing a Transparent Rubric

Date: Tuesday, March 31 (CANCELED)
Facilitator: Jessica Underwood
Track: Pedagogy, Online, FYS

“What do I need to do to get an A?” Students crave transparency; they need guidance and direction to help focus their efforts on what’s most important to achieve success. Giving students a rubric with explicit criteria and performance expectations can enhance the quality of student work and support the development of metacognition through self-assessment. Transform your rubric into a powerful instructional tool that improves and assesses learning outcomes (and reduces grading time!). Register now!