The Center for Teaching and Learning is open to all faculty and is focused on supporting excellence in teaching that promotes learning through a commitment to pedagogical best practices, appropriate and effective use of technology, and innovative collaboration.

Event Info for CTL-Hosted Workshops

Effective Teaching Practice


Organizing an Effective Lecture Presentation

October 21, 3:00-4:00 pm / repeat Oct. 23, 8:30-9:30 am
  • There is an inverse relationship between the amount of information presented and the amount retained.  It is to your students' advantage to have leaner, concise presentations and you will find it easier to give the presentation.  We will examine how to decide what gets included or cut when preparing your presentation and the most efficient way to communicate content.
  • Registration required

Team-Based Learning Workshops

Dr. Larry Michaelsen, creator of the Team-Based Learning (TBL) method, returns for three workshops to demonstrate next steps in TBL implementation.

October 22, 2014 (12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Alumni House
Advanced Team-Based Learning methods with Q & A opportunity.
October 23, 2014 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Alumni House
Introduction to Team-Based Learning
  • Morning session: A series of activities that allow you to try different types of classroom team learning activites and how to design them. Pre-class assignment options will be showcased.
  • Afternoon session: We will explore additional issues and concerns about using learning groups including:
    1. Guiding teams for optimal results
    2. Coping with mechanics (e.g. physical layout, materials and exams, classroom procedures, grading, etc.)
    3. Q&A time with Dr. Michaelsen to address what you are encountering in your course.
  • Registration required

October 24, 2014 (8 a.m. to Noon), Alumni House
Repeat of Advanced Team-Based Learning methods with Q & A opportunity.

Faculty Quick Guide to IDEA Selection and Interpretation

October 14, 2014; 3:30-4:30 p.m. and October 16, 2014; 9-10 a.m.
  • This session will explain the rationale for selecting objectives on the Faculty Information Form, the pros and cons of using the long (diagnostic) form versus the short form for student use, and how to make sense of the IDEA results summary report for teaching effectiveness, selecting new teaching methods to support learning goals, and curriculum revision.
  • Registration required


How to Effectively Use Team Teaching in a Course

November 4, 3:00-4:00 pm / repeat Nov. 6, 8:30-9:30 am
  • Dr. Tino Unlap will discuss when team teaching makes sense and practical ways to implement.  Bring your questions.
  • Registration required

Organizing for Clarity

November 5, and repeats on November 11.
  • Course organization is considered by students as one of the most important aspects when evaluating a course. This session discusses techniques to enhance course organization. Participants are encouraged to bring syllabi for courses that they would like to discuss with regard to improving organizational aspects (design, execution, communication and assessment).
  • Registration required

Learning to Make Team-Based Learning Work Online

November 12 (8:30-9:30 am), Center for Teaching & Learning, EB240
  • Dr. Ken Gunnells will share his experience with taking Team-Based Learning (TBL) to online. He uses TBL in both the traditional classroom setting and now with blended and fully online classes.  Learn about the new iPeer online peer evaluation tool that can be used for TBL and other course needs.
  • Registration required

How to Use One’s Scholarship/Research and Applications to Enhance Teaching

November 18, 3:00-4:00 pm / repeat November 20, 8:30-9:30 am
  • Your own research and scholarship can be a valuable enhancement to your course.  Dr. Tino Unlap will discuss how to weave your scholarship into your teaching.  The related theme of including applications of concepts and course material will be demonstrated with practical examples.
  • Registration required


Seven Habits of the Most Successful Teachers

December 2, 3:00-4:00 pm / repeat December 4, 8:30-9:30 am
  • What do you think are the seven habits most closely associated with successful teachers?  Come find out when Dr. Tino Unlap presents the concluding topic of the Teaching Innovation series.
  • Registration required

Instructional Technology Workshops

Create and deliver tests using Respondus and Respondus Lockdown Browser

Various sessions offered May-July
  • Wondering if you are using your Canvas online course to its full potential? How about giving it an upgrade! Did you know you can diversify your course assessments with questions from databases created by textbook publishers, which can easily be imported into your Canvas course?
  • In this workshop, participants will learn how to use:
    • Respondus
      • Import previously created test from Word into Canvas
      • Retrieve 'ready-made' test questions from textbook publishers and use in Canvas
    • Respondus Lockdown Browser
      • Restrict student's ability to browse to other pages, create print screens, or minimize Canvas during a test
  • Register here

Create and manage written assignments using TurnItIn

Various sessions offered June-July
  • Turnitin allows you to incorporate plagiarism prevention tools in your course, use student-to-student review, and avail of a comprehensive grading interface to provide detailed feedback to your students.
  • In this workshop, participants will learn how to use:
    • Check student papers against professional journal databases, internet sites, and other institutions
    • Generate a report of similarities found in student submissions for students and faculty
    • Allow students to review each other's work and provide feedback
    • Evaluate student work using rubrics, comments, and markups
    • Develop a database of feedback comments to streamline grading procedures
  • Register here

Engage students online using Collaborate virtual classroom

Various sessions offered June-July
  • Collaborate Web Conferencing (Collaborate) is a combination of two platforms, Elluminate! and Wimba Live Classroom, into one powerful web conferencing tool. Collaborate delivers a next-generation collaboration platform, incorporating two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, breakout rooms, and session recording.
  • Register here