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
Now that You Will Be Teaching—What’s Next? – Tino Unlap
Jan. 12, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM; Learning Resources Center, Room 210A (1714 9th Ave. South)
- Description: First impressions in the classroom are important and lasting. Getting off to a good start is the focus of this session which is the first of a new series that focuses on honing teaching skills to innovate in the classroom. This is a repeat of the first core topic in the Teaching Innovation certificate curriculum offered in the fall and led by Dr. Tino Unlap. You may attend this session regardless of whether you are interested in obtaining the teaching certificate. The format is interactive with opportunity for questions.
Elements of Engaging Presentations – Jonathan Waugh
Jan. 14, 2015 – 8:30-9:30 AM; Center for Teaching & Learning & repeated
Jan. 27, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM; Center for Teaching & Learning
- What makes a presentation engaging? What are detractors? Other aspects of presentation delivery vary but the principles of engaging an audience are more universal. You can use this understanding to make any type of presentation more effective. These are the essentials that always apply and should be addressed in design. This is the fourth core topic in the Effective Teaching Practice certificate and is open to all faculty.
The Crucial First Day of Class and How to Maximize It – Jonathan Waugh
Jan. 15, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM; Center for Teaching & Learning
- Description: Important practices to include in your first day of class to set tone, expectations, and ensure a good start that will influence the rest of the term. Emphasis will be on techniques to comfortably obtain helpful information about your students, rapport-building techniques, how to start establishing you teaching presence and present course policies so they will be positively received. This is a repeat of the first core topic of the Effective Teaching Practice certificate offered in fall and is open to all faculty.
Strategies for Teaching the Unteachable – Melanie Sivley
Jan 20, 2015 – 12:10-12:40 PM; Volker Hall Lecture Room B.
- Description: An article comparing active learning to traditional lectures (Freeman, et al, 2014), stated "If the experiments analyzed here had been conducted as randomized controlled trials of medical interventions, they may have been stopped for benefit—meaning that enrolling patients in the control condition [passive lecture] might be discontinued because the treatment being tested was clearly more beneficial. Dr. Melanie Sivley will reveal what has worked in her classes with flipped and active learning hybrids. A brief demonstration a specific technique will be conducted. Register online at: www.uab.edu/learningsystem. Lunch will be provided to the first 50 participants.
Developing a Teaching Philosophy that Can Easily Be Articulated – Tino Unlap
Jan. 22, 2015 – 8:30-9:30 AM; Ryals Public Health Bldg., Room 121.
- Description: What you think about teaching impacts how you go about it. This session starts you on the path to developing a personal philosophy of teaching that is the anchor for the professional resource known as a teaching portfolio. This is part of the Teaching Innovation series that focuses on honing teaching skills to innovate in the classroom. This is a repeat of the second core topic in the new Teaching Innovation certificate curriculum offered in the fall and led by Dr. Tino Unlap. You may attend this session regardless of whether you are interested in obtaining the teaching certificate. The format is interactive with opportunity for questions.
The Basic Skills of Teaching – Tino Unlap
Jan. 26, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM; Learning Resources Center Room 210A, (1714 9th Ave. South)
- Description: These are the essential skills and techniques to develop them. These include presentation and communication but also involve how to interpret student responses, read your audience and adapt accordingly. This is a repeat of the third topic of the Teaching Innovation certificate series offered in the fall that focuses on honing teaching skills to innovate in the classroom led by Dr. Tino Unlap. You may attend this session regardless of whether you are interested in obtaining the teaching certificate. Interactive format with opportunity for questions.
Motivating to Learn – Jonathan Waugh
Feb. 4, 2015 – 8:30-9:30 AM; Center for Teaching & Learning & repeated
Feb. 10, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM; Center for Teaching & Learning
- Description: No one needs to be convinced of the importance of mastering how to motivate students to learn. This time we will discuss how principles from a best-selling book on research-based motivation tools can be applied to your course. You may be surprised to find that some of your course policies are demotivating learning. This is the fifth core topic of the Effective Teaching Practice certificate and it is open to all faculty.
|How to Write Good Test Questions – Tino Unlap
Feb. 16, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM, Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C AND repeated
Feb. 19, 2015 – 8:30-9:30 AM, Learning Resources Center, Room 210A, (1714 9th Ave. South.)
- Description: We will examine techniques for increasing test construction efficiency and grading. These techniques help ensure questions assess student mastery of course objectives. Creation of different types of questions will be discussed including techniques such as structured white space and abbreviated critical thinking as well as multiple choice and multiple answer.
|Essentials of Creating Good Course Learning Objectives – Jonathan Waugh
Feb. 18, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM; Center for Teaching & Learning
- Description: The ABCD Method of writing course learning objectives, selection of appropriate terms and outcomes, and linking your objectives to professional behavior will be explored. Bring your syllabus. This is a repeat of the second core topic of the Effective Teaching Practice Certificate offered in the fall and is open to all faculty.
|Organizing an Effective Lecture Presentation – Tino Unlap
Feb. 26, 2015 – 8:30-9:30 AM; Learning Resources Center, Room 210A, (1714 9th Ave. South.)
- Description: 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. This is the fourth core topic in the Teaching Innovation Certificate series.
|Teaching Tech for the Classroom – TBA
Difficult Teaching Situations – Jonathan Waugh and Guests
March 10, 2015 – 3:00-4:30 PM; Center for Teaching & Learning & repeated
March 25, 2015 – 11:30 AM-1:00 PM; Center for Teaching & Learning (lunch served on March 25)
- Description: This lively, interactive session will present mini-vignettes of several common, difficult teaching situations and allow the audience to determine appropriate responses with the help of two in-person advisors (lawyer and administrator). The aim is to allow faculty to try a variety of options and learn what must be addressed to pass legal standards and make it easier for your administrator to support you if a student files a grievance.
|Faculty Quick Guide to IDEA Selection and Interpretation – Jonathan Waugh
March 18, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM, Center for Teaching & Learning
- Description: 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.
|Organizing a Course for Clarity (Backwards Design Method) – Jonathan Waugh
March 3, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM; Center for Teaching & Learning
- Description: Course organization is typically considered by students to be the most important aspect when evaluating a course. This session will include discussion of techniques to enhance you 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). This is a repeat of the third core topic in the Effective Teaching Practice certificate offered in the fall and is open to all faculty.
|How to Effectively Use Team Teaching in a Course – Tino Unlap
March 5, 2015 – 8:30-9:30 AM; Learning Resources Center, Room 210A, (1714 9th Ave. South.)
- Description: Dr. Tino Unlap will discuss when team teaching makes sense and practical ways to implement it. This is the fifth core topic in the Teaching Innovation Certificate series. Bring your questions.
|How to Use One’s Scholarship and Applications in Teaching – Tino Unlap
March 9, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM; Learning Resources Center, Room 210A, (1714 9th Ave. South.)
- Description: 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. This is the sixth core topic in the Teaching Innovation Certificate series.
|Seven Habits of the Most Successful Teachers – Tino Unlap
March 16, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM; Learning Resources Center, Room 210A, (1714 9th Ave. South.)
- Description: 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 Certificate series.
|Teaching Problem-Solving Skills by Full Application – Tino Unlap
March 19, 2015 – 8:30-9:30 AM; Learning Resources Center, Room 241C, (1714 9th Ave. South.) and repeat
March 23, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM; Learning Resources Center, Room 210A, (1714 9th Ave. South.)
- Description: Every graduate deserves to learn how to identify and solve problems regardless of major. Dr. Tino Unlap, an experienced teacher, mentor, and researcher, will explain his approach to "full application" problem-solving to enhance student skills for independent thinking and long-term retention of learning.
|Teaching Tech for the Classroom - TBA
CANCELED Metacognition Strategies for Learning – Dr. Eric Gampher
April 6, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241C
- Description: Metacognition is our attempt to explain how we learn. This session focuses on how to incorporate principles based on brain function (patterns, novelty, sensory integration, memory, processing of information) to enhance learning in courses.
|3’s of Quick Video Creation for Your Course – Ron Hubbard
April 8, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241C
- Description: Film director and videographer Dr. Ron Hubbard will be demonstrating the fundamentals for rapidly making interesting mini-videos to support your teaching using the following approach. Techniques will be demonstrated. You make a movie three times: Write, Shoot, Edit. You shoot it three ways: Wide shot, Medium shot, Close up. The three most difficult parts of filmmaking: Camera wobble, Poor sound, Inadequate light. The three positions of light: Key, Fill, Back. The three stages of editing: Import or capture (and label), Cut or edit, Export DVD, Blu-ray, QuickTime. The three fonts: Helvetica, Futura, Arial. Ready to learn how?
The Physics of Editing – Ron Hubbard
May 13, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 240A
- Description: How do you edit the raw video that you have created for your course?
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:
- 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