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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. 17, 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


No Textbook Required: Creating and Using Open Educational Resources
April 24, 3 - 4:30 
Location:  Leigh Hall 414

Are you concerned about the rising price of textbooks for your students? Have you considered shifting from commercial textbooks to more affordable course materials? The Institute of Teaching and Learning will sponsor a discussion on the creation and use of open educational resources. There are a variety of options to consider, including lbrary databases, e-books, and the Open Textbook Network, as well as authoring opportunities and publishing support through the UA Press.

Panelists will share their experiences adapting open textbooks, creating ancillary materials, and authoring textbooks. After this presentation, there will be time for participants to share ideas for their own courses and get feedback and advice. Faculty presenters include:

  • Janet Bean, Associate Professor of English and Director of ITL
  • Jon Miller, Professor of English and Director of the University of Akron Press
  • Sheri Schulte, Assistant Professor of Practice, College of Business Administration 


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Office location and contact information

ITL is located in Leigh Hall 412  

Janet Bean, Director of ITL, ext. 6462