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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.


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.

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, Leigh Hall 414
Tues., Mar. 20, 3:30 - 5:00, Leigh Hall 408

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.

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


General Education Assessment:  How Did our Students Do?

Are UA students able to think critically, write effectively, and use disciplinary methods of inquiry in their General Education courses? Last May, 55 faculty members from the Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences assessed more than a thousand samples of student work to find out. Come to one of these sessions to learn about the assessment results and what they mean. All faculty who teach or supervise General Education Disciplinary Area courses are invited to attend. Course-level reports will be available for you to take back to your department or school.

  • Wednesday, March 6, 3:00-4:00 PM, Leigh Hall 408
  • Thursday, March 7, 3:00-4:00 PM, Leigh Hall 414


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Office location and contact information

ITL is located in Leigh Hall 412  

Janet Bean, Director of ITL, ext. 6462