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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.

CTL Schedule of Events


Effective Teaching Practice

REGISTER FOR EVENTS



New Faculty Teaching Orientation
August 13 & 19: Schedule for New Faculty Teaching Orientation
Center for Teaching & Learning, EB 240, 901 13th Street South.
  • Contact Jonathan Waugh at: waughj@uab.edu or 205-975-8344 to register for one of the two dates (Aug. 13 or 19).
    • Optional Pre-Orientation “Getting Started with Canvas” (one hour). Register online with UAB eLearning:


September

Now that You Will Be Teaching—What’s Next? – Tino Unlap
Sept. 8, 2015 – 8:10-9:00 AM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C (901 13th St. S.)
Sept. 17, 2015 – Ryals Public Health Bldg, Room 127 (1665 University Blvd. – repeat)
  • 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 the first core topic in the Teaching Innovation certificate curriculum 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. Register via www.uab.edu/learningsystem

The Crucial First Day of Class and How to Maximize It – Jonathan Waugh
Sept. 9, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C (901 13th St. S.)
Sept. 18, 2015 – 8:30-9:30 AM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C (repeat)
  • 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 the first core topic of the Effective Teaching Practice certificate led by Dr. Jonathan Waugh and is open to all faculty regardless of whether you are interested in obtaining the certificate. Register via www.uab.edu/learningsystem
Essentials of Creating Good Course Learning Objectives – Jonathan Waugh
Sept. 10, 2015 – 8:30-9:30 AM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C
Sept. 16, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C (repeat)
  • 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 core topic of the Effective Teaching Practice Certificate offered in the fall and is open to all faculty. Register via www.uab.edu/learningsystem
Organizing an Effective Lecture Presentation – Tino Unlap
Sept. 11, 2015 – 12:00-12:50 PM; Learning Resources Center, Room 235, (1714 9th Ave. South.)
Sept. 15, 2015 – 8:10-9:00 AM; Learning Resources Center, Room 241-C, (repeat)
  • 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 a core topic in the Teaching Innovation Certificate series. Register via www.uab.edu/learningsystem
Developing a Teaching Philosophy that Can Easily Be Articulated – Tino Unlap
Sept. 22, 2015 – 8:10-9:00 AM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C
Sept. 24, 2015 – 12:10-1:00 PM; Learning Resource Center, Room 210-A (repeat)
  • 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 core topic in the Teaching Innovation series that focuses on honing teaching skills to innovate in the classroom and you may attend this session regardless of whether you are interested in obtaining the teaching certificate. The format is interactive with opportunity for questions. Register via www.uab.edu/learningsystem
Organizing a Course for Clarity (Backwards Design Method) – Jonathan Waugh
Sept. 23, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C
Oct. 2, 2015 – 8:30-9:30 AM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C (repeat)
  • 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 core topic in the Effective Teaching Practice certificate and is open to all faculty regardless of whether you are interested in obtaining the certificate. Register via www.uab.edu/learningsystem
Elements of Engaging Presentations – Jonathan Waugh
Sept. 25, 2015 – 8:30-9:30 AM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C
Sept. 30, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C (repeat)
  • Description: 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 a core topic in the Effective Teaching Practice certificate and is open to all faculty regardless of whether you are interested in obtaining the certificate. Register via www.uab.edu/learningsystem


October

The Basic Skills of Teaching – Tino Unlap
Oct. 6, 2015 – 8:10-9:00 AM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C(901 13th St. S.)
Oct. 15, 2015 – 12:10-1:00 PM; Learning Resources Center Room 210A, (1714 9th Ave. S – repeat)
  • 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 core topic of the Teaching Innovation certificate that focuses on honing teaching skills to innovate in the classroom. You may attend this session regardless of whether you are interested in obtaining the teaching certificate. Interactive format with opportunity for questions. Register via www.uab.edu/learningsystem

Motivating to Learn – Jonathan Waugh
Oct. 6, 2015 – 3:30-4:30 PM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C (901 13th St. S.)
Oct. 16, 2015 – 8:30-9:30 AM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C (repeat)
  • 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 a core topic of the Effective Teaching Practice certificate and it is open to all faculty regardless of whether you are interested in the certificate. Register via www.uab.edu/learningsystem
How to Write Good Test Questions – Tino Unlap
Oct. 9, 2015 – 12:00-12:50 PM, Learning Resources Center, Room 235, (1714 9th Ave. South.)
Oct. 13, 2015 – 8:10-9:00 AM, Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C (repeat)
  • 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.  This is a core topic in the Teaching Innovation certificate and is open to all faculty regardless of whether you are pursuing the certificate. Register via www.uab.edu/learningsystem
Faculty Quick Guide to IDEA Selection and Interpretation – Jonathan Waugh
Oct. 20, 2015 – 12:00-1:00 PM, Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C
  • 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. Register via www.uab.edu/learningsystem
How to Effectively Use Team Teaching in a Course – Tino Unlap
Oct. 27, 2015 – 8:10-9:00 AM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C
Oct. 29, 2015 – 12:10-1:00 PM; Learning Resources Ctr, Room 210A, (1714 9th Ave. S. – repeat)
  • Description: Description: We will discuss when team teaching makes sense and practical ways to implement the approach. This is a core topic in the Teaching Innovation Certificate series. Bring your questions. Register via www.uab.edu/learningsystem

November

Seven Habits of the Most Successful Teachers – Tino Unlap
Nov. 3, 2015 – 8:10-9:00 AM; Learning Resources Center, Room 210A, (1714 9th Ave. S.)
Nov. 6, 2015 – 12:00-12:50 PM; School of Health Professions Bldg., Room 226
  • Description: What do you think are the seven habits most closely associated with successful teachers? This is one of the core topics in the Teaching Innovation certificate series but it is open to all faculty regardless of whether you are pursuing the certificate. Register via www.uab.edu/learningsystem

How to Use One’s Scholarship in Teaching – Tino Unlap
Nov. 10, 2015 – 8:10-9:00 PM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C
Nov. 12, 2015 – 12:10-1:00 PM; Learning Resources Center, Room 235, (1714 9th Ave. S. - repeat)
  • Description: 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. Register via www.uab.edu/learningsystem
Teaching Problem-Solving Skills by Full Application – Tino Unlap
Nov. 17, 2015 – 8:10-9:00 AM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241C
Nov. 19, 2015 – 12:10-1:00 PM; Learning Resources Center, Room 215, (1714 9th Ave. S. - repeat)
  • 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. Register via www.uab.edu/learningsystem

December

Taking Course Activities from Knowledge/Comprehension to Application through Evaluation – Tino Unlap
Dec. 1, 2015 – 8:10-9:00 AM; Center for Teaching & Learning, Room 241-C
Dec. 3, 2015 – 12:10-1:00 PM; Learning Resources Center, Room 215 (1714 9th Ave. S. – repeat)
  • Description: 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.” Register via www.uab.edu/learningsystem

Coming in Spring…

Difficult Teaching Situations
  • 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.
3’s of Quick Video Creation for Your Course – Ron Hubbard
  • 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
  • Description: How do you edit the raw video that you have created for your course? This is a follow-up to the video creation session (3’s of Quick Video Creation for Your Course). Learn how to do video editing basics to make a suitable product for online posting. We will be using a common video editor that is available at no cost.
Metacognition Strategies for Learning
  • 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.