Faculty & Academic Staff Workshops


Designing Your Own Course

This two-part intensive workshop, Designing Your Own Course, will help instructors create or significantly revise a course for an upcoming semester. This workshop will guide you in developing course learning outcomes, assignments, grading schemes, rubrics, low stakes assessment, active learning strategies, and a well-designed syllabus. Participants will receive the Learner-centered Course Design booklet with examples of each course design component. The result of this in-depth workshop will be greater intentionality and transparency in your design for learning and increased confidence that your course components are connected and coherent.

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Book Discussion Series: "Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your Classroom Will Improve Student Learning"

This fall, the Center for Instructional and Professional Development (CIPD) focuses on practical strategies, individual experiences, and current research on the use of technology to support and enhance best practices in pedagogy by motivating students to interact with content and offering more control over their learning using the well-received book, Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your Classroom Will Improve Student Learning (2012).  Throughout the fall, participants will explore chapters in multiple sessions and explore tips and techniques for motivating students.

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Active Learning Classrooms: Breakout Groups and Group Projects

UWM is in the process of constructing five active learning classrooms in the Northwest Quadrant that incorporate flexible furniture, grouped seating, advanced technology and a commitment to interactive learning. Using these spaces effectively implies rethinking a traditionally designed course in order to support increased student responsibility for their learning and a reliance on collaboration. However, perhaps no other pedagogical strategy elicits more complaints than group work. How can you ensure collaboration rather than piecemeal work? How can you encourage integrating and synthesizing information as well as thinking critically together? Participants will receive a booklet of small group strategies. Bring a course syllabus and a specific assignment and begin constructing an effective semester long small group assignment using five core principles. Future NWQ instructors are strongly encouraged to attend.

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Faculty Staff Learning Community Pilot

A FSLC brings together small groups of faculty and staff to explore current research, emerging effective practices, and persistent questions around teaching and learning with colleagues outside of a workshop format. The interested members meet, arrange meeting times, select a facilitator(s), and examine one or more published works. Formats vary across institutions. As a pilot venture, we will offer a FSLC that focuses on a discussion of Active Learning Spaces, the March 2014 issue in the New Directions for Teaching and Learning series (Jossey-Bass). Aspiring active learning classroom instructors are encouraged to participate.

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CETL Certificate in Professional Development in Teaching and Learning

Find out how you can complete the CETL Certificate in Professional Development in Teaching and Learning or network with faculty and staff already well on the pathway to completion. This orientation and networking session will answer your questions and help you select among the menu of options to design your own professional development plan, introduce the CPDTL D2L site available for you to compile, revise and submit your artifacts.

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