UTLC Newsletter

Practical Strategies for Teaching:

Here are two strategies for writing quality multiple-choice questions:

  1. Reflecting, Reflecting… This semester ends and a new semester begins. Sometimes it can be hard to squeeze in a moment to think about the last semester and what went well and not so well. In fact, we often get caught in a cycle of constant completion with little room for change. Make time to not only reflect, but recharge after the semester. Sometimes a quick weekend away from the computer and e-mail is what you need to come back ready to look through your notes, think about your assignments, and try new strategies.
  2. Think through the design. Course design is rarely something we are taught – some lucky few have had courses or mentors to help them think through designing a course from the ground up. Course design is essential to quality teaching – a great teacher with a poorly designed course can be immobilized in their work. There are a number of approaches to designing your course, however, redesigning a course can sometimes be harder. What to keep? What to change? all loom in the distance. The best strategies start with your learning outcomes. Looking at the learning outcomes for the course and thinking through how you will measure those outcomes can help you develop a road map for the activities in your course.

For more strategies, check out Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching and their list of teaching strategies (click here). And join us for a day with Dr. Todd Zakrajsek as he presents forward and accessible approaches to course design and assessment (May 3, see description below).

Past Strategies

Mark your calendar – key upcoming UTLC events:

Summer Course Writing Incubator
Week of June 5-9, 1-5pm in 140 McIver
Are you developing a course this summer or tweaking a current course? Join us for a week of dedicated time and space for course development. Come to 140 McIver and work – snacks, coffee, and expertise will be readily available. Additionally, several teaching strategy workshops will be available in the morning that week – from Teaching Large Courses to Developing Rubrics.

  • Monday, June 5 3:00-4:00pm – Course Design Strategies: Starting backwards (Laura Pipe)
  • Tuesday, June 6 3:00-4:30pm – Transparent Course Design (Lee Phillips)
  • Wednesday, June 7 3:00-4:30pm – Basics of Online Teaching and Case Study of Online Course Design and Delivery (Jane Harris, Pam Howe, Kay Lovelace)
  • Thursday, June 8 3:00-4:30pm – The Just Classroom (Laura Pipe, Jennifer Stephens)
  • Friday, June 9 1:00-2:30pm – Using Rubrics to Save Time and Your Sanity (Laura Pipe, Ben Peterson)

Click the following link to sign-up, although walk-ins will be welcome throughout the week. Registration Form

Upcoming Summer Dates

  • Summer Boot Camp for Online Learning (Pt. 2)
    Friday, July 21, 9am-4pm
    Developing Online Trainings and Content for University Staff. UNCG staff interested in exploring the benefits of using online teaching strategies are invited to attend a workshop just for you! This day-long workshop will feature the basics of putting content online and the strategies for developing online modules. Click here to sign up.
  • Institute on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Classroom
    Friday, August 4, 8:30am – 4:30pm; Faculty Center
    Join the UTLC and Sustained Dialogue (http://sustaineddialogue.org/) for a day-long institute regarding Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Classroom. This Institute will provide faculty with opportunities to explore topics related to equity in today’s classroom, from inclusive language to handling difficult conversations. Faculty will work with a skilled educator to develop tools and strategies for discussing topics, creating inclusive conversations, understanding aspects of identity, and “navigating classroom dynamics, advising/mentoring, and conflict.” Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    This Event has gone to a waitlist. Faculty or graduate students wanting to be added to the waitlist should contact Laura Pipe (lmpipe@uncg.edu).
  • Mentoring Boot Camp
    Wednesday, August 9, 9am – 4pm; School of Education Building, room 102
    Spend the day with the UNCG Faculty Mentoring Program preparing for the year ahead. Workshop topics including balancing all the demands of the faculty experience, how to mentor others and more! Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    Click here to sign up. This Boot Camp is open to all faculty.

  • Elon’s 14th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference
    Thursday, April 17, 8am – 5pm; Elon University Campus
    UNCG faculty are invited to attend Elon University’s 14th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference. This FREE conference is open to faculty throughout the region. This year’s topic focuses on Teaching Choices, Learning Consequences. For more information, visit Elon’s blog post regarding the conference (click here).

New Faculty Orientation
Monday, August 7, 9am-5pm
Does your department have new faculty joining UNCG next year? Did you start at UNCG this spring (2017)? Let the UTLC know – and reserve a spot at the 2017 New Faculty Orientation. Join us to learn more about the faculty community at UNCG. Faculty attending New Faculty Orientation will receive an honor cord marking their entering Faculty cohort. The honor cords are rotated based on the original Woman’s College jacket colors for class years. A unique way to connect to UNCG’s teaching heritage.

Email Laura Pipe for more information (lmpipe@uncg.edu).

New faculty can sign-up directly by following this link: New Faculty Registration


Deadlines Approaching – Important opportunities are available!

  • 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.