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February:


Writing a Teaching Philosophy that can be Easily Articulated - Tino Unlap
Tuesday, February 2, 8:10-9:00 AM, CTL 240-G
Thursday, February 4, 12:10-1:00 PM, LRC 210-A
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.
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  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Effective Teaching Badge


Mobile Apps for Teaching - Scott Phillips
Monday, February 8, 12:00- 1:00 PM, CTL 240-G
Smartphones and tablets have changed the way we interact with the world. They also put great teaching resources at our fingertips. From communicating with students, to sharing content, to interacting in the classroom and online, the number of useful apps is almost limitless. In this workshop, attendees will learn about the best teacher tried-and-tested apps for the modern educator.
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  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Effective Teaching Badge
  • Technology Badge


Researching and Evaluating Learning in a Team Environment - Scott Phillips, CTL Faculty Fellows, Cari Oliver
Friday, February 12, 2016 at 12:00PM
This workshop will discuss best practices for developing and working with student groups and teams in educational settings. We will discuss important assessments and rubrics developed specifically for educational research focused on learning in a team environment. Also, as most educational research involves work with human subjects, IRB approval or exemption is required before completing the research. Cari Oliver, Assistant Director of the UAB IRB will participate in the workshop and will discuss how to seek IRB approval.
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  • 10,000 Gold Points
  • Research in Teaching Badge
  • QEP Badge


The Basic Skills for Teaching - Tino Unlap
Tuesday, February 16, 8:10-9:00 AM, 240-G
Thursday, February 18, 12:10-1:00 PM, LRC 210-A
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.
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  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Effective Teaching Badge


eLearning Lunch & Learn: GoToTraining/GoToMeeting - Scott Phillips
Wednesday, February 17, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Sterne Library 163
GoToTraining provides a high-level web conferencing and online communication platform that can be ideal to archive live classes, meet with student groups and record lectures. All UAB professors and students have access to these professional tools through Canvas for free. In this session, Scott Phillips will discuss ways he uses GoTo in his online and on ground courses as well as successes and challenges to consider.
Door prizes will be given away at the end of the session. Bring your lunch and join us for this Lunch & Learn event.
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  • 10,000 Gold Points
  • Canvas Badge
  • Technology Badge


CTL Executive Presenter Series: Making the Sausage  
Bradley Barnes, PhD, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
First Ingredient: Student Recruitment
Friday, February 19, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, CTL 243
Executive Presenter Series, UAB leaders at the vice president level speak to faculty about their areas of influence. Topics include finance, recruitment, information technology, and assessment.
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  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Executive Series Badge


How to Record Your Lectures - Scott Phillips
Monday, February 22, 8:10-9:00 AM, 240-G
Wednesday, February 24, 12:10-1:00 PM, LRC 210-A
University teachers are increasingly seeing the need to record their lectures. Whether you are teaching a traditional class on campus, and recording your lectures in a flipped classroom model, or you are teaching an online course where recorded lectures may be the only opportunity students have to see you in person. Efficient and effective tools and techniques for audio and video recording can save teachers hours of time and headache and ensure that students have access to high-quality media. Learn about free tools in Canvas, GoToMeeting, YouTube, and more.
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  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Canvas Badge
  • Technology Badge


March:


Organizing an Effective Lecture Presentation - Tino Unlap
Tuesday, March 1, 8:10-9:00 AM, 240-G
Thursday, March 3, 12:10-1:00 PM, LRC 210-A
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.
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  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Effective Teaching Badge
  • Innovative Teaching Series Badge


Faculty Quick Guide to the IDEA Survey - Scott Phillips
Monday, March 7, 12:00-1:00 PM, CTL 240-G
This session will explain the rationale for selecting objectives on the Faculty Information Form, 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.
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  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Effective Teaching Badge


Active Learning in Your Classroom - Scott Phillips
Wednesday, March 9, 12:00-1:00 PM, CTL 240-G
Research shows that students retain knowledge more effectively when they participate in their own learning. However, some teachers expose their students to mostly passive learning activities. This workshop will explain and demonstrate methodologies, techniques, and activities that engage students and encourage deeper learning.
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  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Effective Teaching Badge


CTL Executive Presenter Series: Making the Sausage
Allen Bolton, MPH, MBA, Vice President for Financial Affairs and Administration
Second Ingredient: Finance
Friday, March 11, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, CTL 243
In The CTL Executive Presenter Series, UAB leaders at the vice president level speak to faculty about their areas of influence. Topics include finance, recruitment, information technology, and assessment.
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  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Executive Series Badge


Effective Use of Team Teaching - Tino Unlap
Tuesday, March 15, 8:10-9:00 AM, 240-G
Thursday, March 17, 12:10-1:00 PM, LRC 210-A
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.
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  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Effective Teaching Badge


eLearning Lunch & Learn: Using ePortfolios in the Health Professions - Reginald Young
Wednesday, March 16, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Sterne Library 163
The use of ePortfolios in academia has been a growing tool used to support learning. An ePortfolio is a collection of materials that documents student accomplishments, and may include reflections on the learning process and its outcomes. ePortfolios allows our graduates to provide tangible proof of their accomplishments through the use of video, photos, research papers, etc, which can be organized and distributed digitally. Through the use of ePortfolios, I hope our graduates will be able to present themselves as not only a scholar of the world, but benevolent as well.
Door prizes will be given away at the end of the session. Bring your lunch and join us for this Lunch & Learn event.
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  • 10,000 Gold Points
  • Canvas Badge
  • Technology Badge


The Use of Scholarship to Enhance Teaching - Tino Unlap
Tuesday, March 29, 8:10-9:00 AM, 240-G
Thursday, March 31, 12:10-1:00 PM, LRC 210-A
Your own research and scholarship can be a valuable enhancement to your course. We 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 a core topic in the Teaching Innovation certificate series and open to all faculty regardless of whether you are pursuing the certificate.
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  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Effective Teaching Badge


April:


CTL Executive Presenter Series: Making the Sausage
Curtis A. Carver Jr., PhD, Vice President for Information Technology/CIO
Third Ingredient: Technology
Friday, April 1, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, CTL 243
In The CTL Executive Presenter Series, UAB leaders at the vice president level speak to faculty about their areas of influence. Topics include finance, recruitment, information technology, and assessment.
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  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Executive Series Badge


Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teachers - Tino Unlap
Tuesday, April 5, 8:10-9:00 AM, 240-G
Thursday, April 7, 12:10-1:00 PM, LRC 210-A
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.
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  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Effective Teaching Badge
  • Innovative Teaching Series Badge


Faculty Quick Guide to the IDEA Survey - Scott Phillips
Monday, April 11, 12:00-1:00 PM, CTL 240-G
This session will explain the rationale for selecting objectives on the Faculty Information Form, 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.
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10keffectiveness
  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Effective Teaching Badge


Writing Good Test Questions - Tino Unlap
Tuesday, April 12, 8:10-9:00 AM, 240-G
Thursday, April 14, 12:10-1:00 PM, LRC 210-A
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.
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  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Effective Teaching Badge
  • Innovative Teaching Series Badge


CTL Executive Presenter Series: Making the Sausage
Gregg Janowski, PhD, Professor & Associate Provost for Assessment and Accreditation
Fourth Ingredient: Assessment
Friday, April 15, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, CTL 243
In The CTL Executive Presenter Series, UAB leaders at the vice president level speak to faculty about their areas of influence. Topics include finance, recruitment, information technology, and assessment.
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10kexecutive
  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Executive Series Badge


Writing Good Test Questions II - Scott Phillips
Monday, April 18, 8:10-9:00 AM, 240-G
Wednesday, April 20, 12:10-1:00 PM, LRC 210-A
Writing good test questions is the first step in creating effective quizzes and exams. After the test is over, Canvas LMS can provide an item analysis that tells you which questions were most effective at distinguishing high-performing from low-performing students. This information can be used as you work to improve the test, allowing you to remove ineffective questions.
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  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Effective Teaching Badge
  • Technology Badge


Moving from Lectures to Problem-Based Applications - Tino Unlap
Tuesday, April 19, 8:10-9:00 AM, 240-G
Thursday, April 21, 12:10-1:00 PM, LRC 210-A
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.
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  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Effective Teaching Badge


Elevating One’s Teaching to the Synthesis and Evaluation Levels - Tino Unlap
Tuesday, April 26, 8:10-9:00 AM, 240-G
Thursday, April 28, 12:10-1:00 PM, LRC 210-A
Techniques to convert existing course activities and content from the lower cognitive levels of Bloom's taxonomy (Knowledge / Comprehension) to the higher levels (Application through Evaluation) will be demonstrated. We will touch upon question-writing but this is more thoroughly addressed in “How to Write Good Questions.”
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  • 10,000 Gold points
  • Effective Teaching Badge
  • Innovative Teaching Series Badge