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Institute for Teaching and Learning

Supporting faculty…Improving teaching…Enhancing student learning

The Institute for Teaching and Learning supports faculty by focusing on improving teaching and enhancing student learning. We offer workshops, information sessions, and training related to professional development, general education, student learning assessment, course design and development, and implementation of technology to enhance teaching.

Workshops and Events

Fall 2019 Assessment Workshops:  Assessment Hacks

Contact: Michelle Byrne, University Assessment Director. ext. 6062

This fall’s assessment workshop series is “Assessment Hacks: Workshops for New Chairs, Program Directors, and Faculty.” Participants will learn about annual assessment reports, the role of assessment in accreditation, writing assignments to improve student work, and using Brightspace to improve data collection. New program directors, chairs, and assessment coordinators are particularly encouraged to attend. Sign up for individual sessions or the whole series. Each session will be held twice.  

Note: Locations change.

Session 1: Annual Assessment Reports: How To and What's New

  • Tues., Sept. 17, 3 - 4 pm, Bierce 61 or
  • Fri., Sept. 20, 11 - 12 am, Bierce 61

Session 2: Assessment Basics for New Chairs and Program Directors

  • Tues., Oct. 1, 3 - 4 pm, Leigh Hall 414 or
  • Fri., Oct. 4, 11 - 12 am, Bierce 61

Session 3: Transparent Assignments: Clarifying Purpose and Expectations for Students

  • Tues., Oct. 22, 3 - 4 pm, Leigh Hall 414 or
  • Fri., Oct. 25, 11 - 12 am, Leigh Hall 414

Session 4: Using Brightspace for Program-level Assessment

  • Tues., Nov. 5, 3 - 4 pm, Leigh Hall 414 or
  • Fri., Nov. 8, 11 - 12 am, Leigh Hall 414

Seats are limited.


HIT (High Impact Teaching) Wednesdays

The University Council Student Engagement & Success Committee and ITL present High Impact Teaching (HIT) Wednesdays. UA faculty from across campus will demonstrate new assignments, techniques, and applications that have had a positive impact on their teaching. These sessions will be held once a month on Wednesdays, starting in October and running through the remainder of the academic year.

Engaging Students in Research: A Hands-On Approach to Teaching Research Methods

October 16, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Bierce Library 279

Dr. Amber Ferris, Associate Professor, School of Communication

Research skills are essential in today's information-rich environment. Students need to be able to assess data in their personal and professional lives. They also need to see the practical application of the scientific method. In this seminar, we'll be discussing different activities and assignments that can help students understand the value and application of important research concepts.


Teaching Hacks

Wed., November 13, 3 - 4 p.m.
Bierce Library 154

Jenny Hebert and Michelle Byrne will present high-impact teaching tips on topics including:

  • Engaging students with your syllabus
  • Grading with feedback that students use to improve
  • Partnering students in small and large groups effectively

These are practical tweaks that you can incorporate easily to increase student success. Please Bring your own ideas and teaching hacks to share during the session as well.


Smart Workshop

Fri., November 15, 9 - noon
Leigh Hall 208

Do you teach in a classroom with a SMART Board or SMART Symposium and want to learn more about the product and its software? ITL and Distance Learning Services invite you to do just that by joining us for a workshop led by Jennifer Uhl, a SMART Certified Educator. This hands-on professional development experience is designed to advance the knowledge and skills of new and existing users who have a basic understanding of SMART tools and software. This workshop is ideal for anyone teaching distance learning or using SMART technology in a traditional classroom setting.

Participants are asked to bring a laptop and to download the latest version of the SMART Notebook software in preparation for the course. This software, along with other training tools, will be provided to participants via a link once registered.

There is no cost to those interested and refreshments will be served.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Veigel at


General Education Assessment Results: Domestic Diversity, Global Diversity and Complex Systems

Wed., November 20, 3 - 4 p.m., Leigh Hall 414
Thurs., November 21, 3 - 4 p.m., Leigh Hall 414

How well do our students understand diversity within the US and in the world? Can they analyze complex issues facing our society and evaluate possible solutions? To find out, join us for a discussion of the results of the 2019 General Education Assessment.

Faculty who teach or supervise tagged courses in Domestic Diversity, Global Diversity, and Complex Systems will find this session particularly helpful. We’ll clarify the learning outcomes and provide examples of strong assignments. Course-level reports will be available for you to take back to your department or school.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Janet Bean.


New Faculty Orientation

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Office location and contact information

ITL is located in Leigh Hall 412  

Janet Bean, Director of ITL, ext. 6462