UTLC Newsletter

Practical Strategies for Teaching:

Here are two strategies for using rubrics in class:

  1. They save time! Time, it seems we never have enough of it – and grading… Rubrics are useful for helping you grade and evaluate student work. By creating a rubric you have more clarity on what you expect from the assignment. That speeds things up in two ways – one, you can better explain your expectations to students and get the work product you really want; two, you can easily identify your expectations when grading the assignments.
  2. It helps students evaluate their own learning. How many of us have been asked – is this on the test? Why do I have to do this assignment?… By creating a rubric and sharing it with your students you are helping to provide clarity through the learning process. If students can see in concrete ways how concepts apply to a broader assignment, then they are more likely to understand their own learning process and progress.

For more strategies, check out Cornell University’s Center for Teaching Excellence. (Click Here)

Past Strategies

Mark your calendar – key upcoming UTLC events:

Coffeehouses, No sign up required.
In the Faculty Center from 9am to 10am.

Wednesdays Thursdays
January 18, 2017 January 26, 2017
February 1, 2017 February 9, 2017
February 15, 2017 February 23, 2017
March 1, 2017 March 9, 2017
March 22, 2017 March 30, 2017
April 5, 2017 April 13, 2017
April 19, 2017 April 27, 2017

The UTLC:TIO Coffeehouses are open to all faculty and are offered weekly in a rotating Wednesday/Thursday schedule. Coffeehouses are meant to bring faculty members together for a quick cross-campus conversation. No specific topic is identified. There is no need to register for the UTLC Coffeehouse – drop in as your schedule allows!

High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs) Brown-Bag Lunches

Bring your lunch, UTLC will bring the snacks! No sign up required.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 (McIver 140) &
Thursday, April 20, 2017 (Faculty Center)

11:00am – 1:00pm

Join the Residential Colleges Office; the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Office; and the grass-roots campus-wide HIPs Committee for bring-your-own-lunch discussions of the pedagogies, strategies, challenges, and opportunities related to the implementation of Kuh’s (2008) 11 High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs): First-Year Seminars and Experiences, Common Intellectual Experiences, Learning Communities (including Residential Colleges), Writing-Intensive Courses, Collaborative Assignments & Projects, Undergraduate Research, Diversity/Global Learning, Service Learning & Community-Based Learning, Internships, Capstone Courses & Projects, and E-portfolios.

Arrive late or leave early as needed. No registration required.

A Morning with Linda Nilson, hosted by Intentional Futures Grant (Title III) and TIO
Wednesday, March 29th, Self-Regulated Learning: Active Learning on the Inside – workshop
9am-noon, Faculty Center

Most students have serious misconceptions about learning, especially about the amount of effort and focus it should require of them and your role in their learning process. One way to dispel these misconceptions is to teach your students how to become self-regulated learners. Self-regulated learning is the skill and practice of strategically planning, monitoring, and evaluating one’s learning — a key study habit that few students know about. Research tells us that you can improve students’ exam performance, written and designed products, and problem-solving skills by incorporating into your courses just a few of the numerous forms of self-regulated learning activities. After this workshop, you will be able to explain what self-regulated learning is and how students benefit from practicing it. You will also be able to design and integrate into your courses proven self-regulated learning assignments and activities that induce students to practice.

UTLC Workshops

  • Friday, April 28, McIver 140, noon – 1pm:
    Workshop with Pamala Ladrow, RCO Faculty Fellows Innovative Teaching Workshop

Faculty Mentoring Events

  • Monday, April 3: Teaching and Mentoring Students, Dr. Omar Ali & Dr. Nadja Cech, 11:30am – 1:30pm, McIver 140

11th Annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo
Monday, April 10, 2017 9:00am – 3:00pm in the Elliott University Center
The Expo is the UNCG campus-wide showcase of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities. URSCO is currently accepting abstracts and will do so until March 1, 2017.All campus, community and area business folks are warmly invited to engage with our students. For more information, check this page for periodic updates.

Week of Teaching
May 15-19, 2017, EUC – All Day

The UTLC Week of Teaching is a week-long institute of intensive pedagogical support and development. From online learning to integrated course design, the week covers a number of hot topics requested by the faculty. Sign up details to follow

Course Development Incubator
June 5-9, 2017, Faculty Center, All Day

The Course Development Incubator is a week-long working institute for faculty to develop courses with key support areas right on hand (course design experts, technology experts, etc). Faculty are invited to work each afternoon in the Faculty Center and may attend various pedagogy workshops throughout the morning. Sign up details to follow.


Deadlines Approaching – Important opportunities are available!

  • URCA Summer 2017 – accepting proposals through April 9

We are accepting requests for support through the general URCA (Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award) and Globally Engaged URCA fund lines for Fall/Spring 2017/18. Don’t miss this April 9 deadline.

  • Intentional Learning Development Project (CHANCE to attend a LILLY Conference!)

The TIO and Intentional Futures Grant (Title III) invite faculty to submit proposals for course development or programmatic development (including co-curricular and curricular programming) that will enhance intentional learning at UNCG. Successful proposers will receive support to attend the 2016 Lilly Teaching and Learning Conference – East (June 1-4) in Bethesda, Maryland and receive a summer stipend ($1,500) to compensate your time for course or program development. The stipend will be payable in July. Faculty receiving this category of grant will be asked to document their work and share it in UTLC workshops, blog, or podcast. Click Here for the Proposal.

  • URSCO Student Travel Grants

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office has limited resources to support student travel to disseminate results of scholarly inquiry at conferences/exhibitions. Support can include costs of travel, room, board, and registration. The maximum request amount is $500. Requests are due by the 1st of each month, with award announcement by month’s end. Funds are distributed as a reimbursement upon the completion of travel and presentation.