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Programs and Services for Faculty

Curriculum:

  • Facilitation of faculty discussions on curriculum changes
  • Tools to clarify sequencing of content and skill development within options
  • Other support for options and divisions in meeting their curriculum goals

Faculty Projects:

In individual consultations, we work with faculty to identify their priorities and provide targeted resources, in a time-efficient way, for topics like:

  • Course (re)-design
  • Implementing innovative ideas in teaching
  • In-class teaching methods
  • Exam and homework methods
  • Obtaining useful and relevant mid-quarter feedback from students
  • “Public teaching” and lecturing to general audiences
  • Choosing and using instructional technologies
  • Teaching “Massive Open Online Courses” (pros/cons, how to—if interested)
  • Optimizing student learning of difficult material
  • Grant proposals with educational and/or outreach components
  • Summaries of research on teaching & learning subjects of interest to faculty

Faculty Summer Short Course (FSSC) on Course Design:

The Faculty Summer Short Course is a short course for faculty who are considering redesigning, re-engineering, or rethinking a class that they have previously taught, or who are starting from the ground up in designing a class they will teach in the upcoming year. Taught by Dr. Jennifer Weaver, Assistant Director at the CTLO, the FSSC is a 4-session short course first offered by the CTLO during the summer of 2016. We discuss the process of backwards design from start to finish, including clarifying learning outcomes, designing assignments and exams, building the overall class structure, and fostering an inclusive classroom. By the end of the four sessions, faculty will have a solid plan for their class, with constructive feedback from the CTLO and colleagues.

FSSC Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of the short course, faculty participants will be able to:

  • evaluate current course strengths and weaknesses in terms of student learning 

  • identify active learning approaches and pedagogical strategies that can revitalize their course 

  • critically evaluate current assessment strategies to determine whether they meet learning 
outcomes / course objectives (and update or substitute strategies as needed) 

  • articulate the value and benefits of student engagement in their course / subject 

  • (re)devise a course syllabus and content and activity plan for their course 


TA Training:

At the request of faculty, we design and facilitate discipline- or course-specific workshops for teaching assistants on topics such as:

  • Effective section teaching
  • Effective grading
  • Answering student questions
  • Teaching mathematically complex material
  • Practice teaching workshops
  • Obtaining and using mid-quarter feedback
  • Successful teaching for International TAs

Events:

  • We are available to help arrange and co-sponsor Division or Option-specific workshops, forums, guest speakers, or seminars on teaching and learning in your field

Other:

  • Please contact us with any and all additional questions and ideas!