innovationIn most educational environments, educators can use technology to make their classes more engaging, more accessible, and more effective. At the UAB Center for Teaching and Learning we know that technology is only a tool and as with any tool, classroom technology is most effective when it is used correctly and when it is paired with good teaching. In our "Teaching Innovation" series, workshops are focused on combining good teaching and the use of both technology and non-technology classroom innovations that faculty can use to help students learn.

No prior tech knowledge is required to participate, and these sessions will not be a replacement for technology training offered by UAB eLearning and Professional Studies. We hope you'll join us at the CTL as we explore the tips and tricks that help the most innovative teachers succeed.

For more information about this workshop series, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the UAB Center for Teaching and Learning.

  • February
  • March
  • April


“Innovate Your Classes” by Erin Borry, Brian C. Moon, and Samiksha Raut

Are you getting tired of the same old routine when it comes to your teaching? This workshop will examine specific ways that UAB faculty are innovating their courses across UAB. For this presentation, we'll be looking at ways that faculty are innovating in the areas of:

Using Sitcoms/Video (Dr. Erin Borry, Assistant Professor with the Department of Political Science and Public Administration)
Service Learning (Dr. Samiksha Raut, Assistant Professor with the Department of Biology)

Join us at the Center for Teaching and Learning to gain inspiration, to learn from faculty who have implemented these elements in their courses, or to discuss new things you are trying or would like to try.


Workshop registration links will be available approximately one month prior to events.


“Teaching Innovation: Reacting to the Past Special Seminar” by Andrew Keitt and John Burney

Join us at the CTL to learn more about "Reacting to the Past" (RTTP), and how gamification/role-playing might increase student engagement in your courses.

In traditional classes, students learn by receiving ideas and information from instructors and texts, or they discuss such materials in seminars. “Reacting to the Past” courses employ a different pedagogy. Students learn by taking on roles, informed by classic texts, in elaborate games set in the past; they learn skills—speaking, writing, critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, and teamwork—in order to prevail in difficult and complicated situations. 

Pioneered in the late 1990s by Mark C. Carnes, Professor of History at Barnard College, the RTTP curriculum has been implemented by faculty at hundreds colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad since dissemination began in 2001.

This workshop has two goals: to introduce faculty to the Reacting pedagogy through participation in an abbreviated game and to facilitate a discussion of how Reacting to the Past can be integrated into the curriculum at UAB. In the morning (9 AM-1 PM) faculty will play a mini version of the Reacting game, Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France, 1791, and after lunch, we will be dedicated to a roundtable discussion of how RTTP could be implemented more widely on campus as a way of improving student learning and engagement (1-3 PM).

This is a discussion that is especially timely given efforts underway to revise UAB’s Core Curriculum.

  • Friday, March 22, 2019 (9 AM-3 PM)
    • 9 AM-1PM - “Teaching Innovation: Reacting to the Past (RTTP) in Action”
      • Noon-1 PM - Lunch for pre-registered attendees of the morning session
    • 1-3 PM - “Teaching Innovation: Roundtable Discussion, Using RTTP at UAB”
  • Location: Center for Teaching and Learning Classroom, EB 242


Workshop registration links will be available approximately one month prior to events.


“Gamification” by Brian C. Moon

This gamified workshop will introduce ways that faculty can use components of gaming in their courses to encourage student engagement and participation. We will also discuss the gamification model used at the UAB Center for Teaching and Learning and what we have learned from its implementation.