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.


ITL Assessment Series: Assessment Reset

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

These four sessions are an opportunity for faculty to revise and reset their annual program assessments. Topics address some common concerns of the assessment process. This series can help faculty improve programs that received an “emergent” or “competent” on their last annual assessment report. Participants will be given time during each session to work on their plans.

At the end of the series, faculty will have:

  • A new or revised assessment plan for their department’s programs
  • A draft of the annual assessment report due in October 2019
  • A ITL Assessment Reset certificate of completion for RTP and merit

In order to receive the above, faculty who register must commit to attending each session, either in person or via WebEx. We encourage departments to send at least two faculty together; this will give faculty time to brainstorm concerns and ways to address them. In order to give appropriate time and attention, this workshop will be limited to twenty participants. Sessions will run four Tuesdays in a row starting Feb. 26th. Sessions will be held from 3:30-5:00 in LH 414.

Curiosity-based Assessment: Assessments You’re Already Doing or Want to Do
Tues., Feb. 26, 3:30 - 5:00 
Location:  Leigh Hall 414

Faculty spend a great deal of time thinking about ways to improve their classes their programs. These changes can be in response to a changing student demographic, changes in the profession or discipline, or changes in pedagogy. But all of these are meant to impact learning outcomes for the students. In this session, participants will identify recent or future changes and connect those to program learning outcomes for more meaningful program assessment.


Planning for Success: Writing Program Outcomes
Tues., Mar. 5, 3:30 - 5:00 
Location:  Leigh Hall 414

Measurable and precise learning outcomes help drive meaningful assessment. Outcomes should reflect our values and goals for students in our programs. In this session, we will cover how to revise or develop program outcomes to make assessment manageable and meaningful. Participants will write or revise program learning outcomes.


Mapping Program Curriculum
Tues., Mar. 12, 3:30 - 5:00 
Location:  Leigh Hall 414

Curriculum mapping ensures that outcomes align with our courses. Creating a map provides a visual for how concepts and skills are introduced, reinforced, and finally evaluated through the program. This can reveal gaps in the curriculum and can help faculty decide where the most effective changes can be made. Participants will begin drafting a curriculum map to align courses with program outcomes.


Closing the Loop: Using Data to Inform Change
Tues., Mar. 19, 3:30 - 5:00 
Location:  Leigh Hall 414

Paying close attention to assessment data can reveal gaps in students’ skills. Closing the loop refers to the practice of using the data collected to make decisions about improving the program. We will look at different ways to analyze assessment data and discuss options that are tailored to specific programs and disciplines. Participants will brainstorm ways to use the data and what to do if assessment results are “stale.”


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.

Academic Integrity in Testing: Preventing and Responding to Misconduct
Feb. 20th, 3:30 - 5:00
Location: Bierce 154

This 90-minute presentation is for all faculty concerned about testing--whether in their classrooms, online, or when students go to the campus Counseling and Testing Center (CTC). We will look at common threats to test integrity and factors that increase risks to test security. We have several tools for faculty to prevent misconduct in the various testing environments. The UA CTC is a National College Testing Association Certified Test Center and we will cover the security policies we follow at the center. Finally, we will discuss what to do if you suspect misconduct by reviewing the campus policies for detecting, reporting, investigating and resolving your concerns, through UA’s Student Conduct and Community Standards.


Sparking Early Engagement in Large Lecture Classes
Mar. 13, 3:30 - 5:00
Location: Bierce 154

Dr. Bill Lyons, Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, will lead a panel discussion facilitated by four UA faculty sharing their strategies, and collecting yours, for how to best capture the attention, and encourage the active engagement, of students in your large lecture classes.


Un-What? : Exploring Innovative Pedagogies through the “Unclass” Experience
Apr. 17th, 3:30 - 5:00
Location: Bierce 154

This panel** of faculty will discuss their participation in EXL “Unclasses”. The Unclass model pushes the boundaries of education by re-thinking how we “do teaching”. Unclasses provide a framework for stretching the normative expectations of discipline-specific teaching by inviting faculty and students to disrupt traditional classroom practices through meaningful engagement with authentic learning experiences. This HIT session provides an opportunity to share experiences, provide support for interested faculty and suggest directions for future offerings.

The participants include:

  • Mr. David R. Flynn, Assistant Professor of Practice, Graphic Design
  • Dr. Evi Gorogianni, Associate Professor of Instruction, Anthropology
  • Dr. Jodi A. Henderson-Ross, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Wayne College
  • Dr. Terry O'Sullivan, Associate Professor; Director, Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy Research Associate Director, Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security


Pre-Rethinking Race Workshop: Understanding Cognitive Bandwidth and Student Success
Feb. 22, 8:30 - 11:30
Location:  Student Union 312

Dr. Cia Verschelden is Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Malcolm X City College of Chicago and author of Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism and Social Marginalization. This workshop will focus on the concept of “bandwidth” -- the cognitive resources students need to be successful -- and how the challenges of being a minority student can negatively impact these resources. Intended for all faculty and staff who work directly with students, attendees will learn evidence-based strategies to improve student retention, persistence, and success. Dr. Verschelden will discuss how to implement practical changes both in and out of the classroom to support our students. Unlimited copies of the e-book are available through the University Library. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Inclusion and Equity, the College of Education, ITL, and Assessment.


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Office location and contact information

ITL is located in Leigh Hall 412  

Janet Bean, Director of ITL, ext. 6462