UTLC Newsletter

Practical Strategies for Teaching:

While we are in the thick of the dog days of summer, here is a reminder of what we have to look forward to when things ramp up again in August. As you think ahead to your fall semester syllabi, here is a quick tip on using your syllabus to help students practice retrieval of key concepts.

Syllabus as retrieval tool. The syllabus may have a variety of meanings for our students, but you can help shape the perception that the syllabus can be a valuable tool to help students study and practice retrieval of foundational knowledge for your discipline. If you find that your syllabus only makes an appearance on the first day of class, then consider using it at the beginning or end of class sessions to promote reflective retrieval practice.

Promote regular exercise of retrieval. You can return to the syllabus throughout the semester by regularly ending (or beginning) class sessions with a brief exercise in which you point to an earlier date and ask students to write down key concepts or skills that they learned in that session. You might collect those written thoughts as an “exit slip” for you to review to assess your students’ comfort with the material, or you might use them as part of an informal closing discussion for the day. Either way, this small exercise can help with both study skills and awareness of the syllabus.

If you want to review more tips for retrieval practice, you might check out James Lang’s Small Teaching in our SoTL Library at our 1100 W Market St office.

Past Strategies

We need your input!

The UTLC will soon be building on the Teaching Tips format to include a podcast focused on more in-depth responses to the common questions and concerns faced by UNCG faculty. If you have something in mind that you want the UTLC to address, we invite you to send topics or specific questions to us at tio@uncg.edu, and stay tuned for the first episode of the podcast!

Library Tips

This semester, we add some tips from UNCG Libraries to our regularly scheduled programming! These tips are designed to help you better use the resources available through the libraries to achieve your teaching and learning goals.

Did you know that UNCG’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) has an extensive online World War I Pamphlet Collection? As this month is the 101st anniversary of the United States’ involvement in the Great War, we would like to bring this collection to the forefront! These pamphlets were issued by governments of US allies and contain information ranging from first-hand accounts of wartime conditions, battle maps, photographs, and brochures that involve soldiers’ postwar rehabilitation efforts.

These online primary sources are well suited for class projects that involve the history of World War I, government efforts to sway public opinion on the homefront to support the war, and the psychology of conflict. Please contact SCUA if you would like further information about how to incorporate this wonderful collection into your class curriculum.

Mark your calendar – key upcoming UTLC events:

The UTLC:TIO Coffeehouses are open to all faculty each month. 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! No sign up required.
Stay tuned for Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 dates

Brown Bag Lunches
Drop-in discussion sessions with colleagues. You bring your lunch, and we bring the snacks and coffee. There is no need to register for Brown Bag Lunches – feel free to join or leave at any time as your schedule allows! No signup required
Stay tuned for Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 dates

Teaching and Learning Workshops
Please join us for our Teaching & Learning workshops, held throughout the semester on various topics.
Stay tuned for our Summer and Fal8-2019 schedule.

Ending soon! Online Learning Level One
Designing an online course can be a challenging process, but it does not have to be. That’s why we created Online Learning Level One. Together we can help you create a pedagogically-sound, technologically-strong online course for an upcoming semester.This 8-week online course will give you guidance on how to start and complete the online course design process. A facilitator will give you feedback and suggestions every week of the course. After you register below, you will receive notification that you have a development site in your Canvas account. This development site is where you will create your online class.Current participants emphasize that the course is an important source of accountability as they work on an upcoming course. Sign-ups are now available for the final Summer Session!

Summer Session: June 4 – August 3
Ideal for instructors ramping up to teach online in the 2018-19 academic year!

Early August Events

August 1: SoTL Colloquium on Intentional Learning

The 3rd Annual UNCG Fall Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Colloquium is open to all faculty of any rank. This half-day conference held on August 1st offers all UNCG faculty and future faculty the opportunity to explore pedagogy, resources, curriculum, and scholarship as they prepare for the start of the new academic year. This is a great opportunity to meet both the new faculty cohort and other colleagues and potential partners from across campus. The Fall SoTL Colloquium will be held on August 1, 2018 from 1:30pm – 5:15pm in the School of Education Building.

August 3: EDI Institute with Sustained Dialogue

Join the UTLC and Sustained Dialogue for a day-long institute on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Classroom. This annual institute provides faculty with opportunities to explore topics related to equity in today’s learning environments, 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” (Sustained Dialogue). Sign-ups available now!

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

August 6 & 10: Canvas and Pedagogy Drop-ins

Join members of the UTLC and ITS: Learning Technology for a couple drop-in sessions before the semester gets into full swing. Bring your questions and your challenges, and we will do what we can to help you feel prepared for the start of the new academic year!

August 10: TOPPS Follow-up

We end the summer the way that we began, with time to reflect together on best practices for teaching online. Come join us in the Faculty Center on the afternoon of August 10th, from 2 – 4:30 pm, for a follow-up session based on the Transforming Online Pedagogy and Practices Symposium (TOPPS). You need not have attended sessions in May to join us in August, so everyone is welcome to share ideas for how to improve our online pedagogy in the coming year.

Join us August 10th for ballpark snacks and online learning!

Available July 15: DiversityEdu for Faculty and Staff
DiversityEdu is an online module through Canvas that offers faculty and staff skills-based development in areas of equity and diversity. Using case scenarios and practical application, DiversityEdu is a research-based resource for faculty and staff as UNCG continues to strive for inclusive excellence. Participants have access to two module types: a faculty/staff module (available July 15, 2018) or an academic search committee module (available September 15, 2018). Participants who complete either of the two-hour modules will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Office of the Provost.

Spots are limited for both modules, so sign-up now and don’t miss this great opportunity.


Important opportunities are available!

  • Faculty Funding Application – Global Engagement Course Development Award

For 2017-18, Global Engagement has up to $50,000 in Global Engagement Course Development Award funding available for faculty to create or revise courses incorporating the four Global Engagement SLOs. Awards range from $500 (revised course) to $1,000 (new course or series of courses). The Spring 2018 deadlines to apply are January 19 and March 16.

It is our goal that by supporting faculty as they incorporate more global themes into their courses, students will graduate from UNCG with the skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly global world.

Please visit globalqep.uncg.edu/faculty/grants.htm for more details on available awards.

  • 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.

  • Opportunities for faculty in the Office of Research and Engagement

Click here for a list of deadlines, events, and upcoming workshops with the Office of Research and Engagement.

  • STEM Faculty: Call for Participation in Faculty Incubator on student growth mindset and self-regulation

Do you wish you could actually do something in your classes to improve your students’ learning, motivation and self-regulation? Join STEM colleagues in a RISE-sponsored Faculty Incubator to develop and try out teaching methods that cultivate a growth mindset, student self-regulation, and promote the use of good learning techniques. We will meet 6 times in the Spring semester on Wednesdays (time TBA based on participants’ availability). Each faculty participant will receive a $300 stipend.

Dr. Sara Heredia will engage the group of faculty in the Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) problem solving framework, which is widely used to identify and test solutions to classroom problems. Identify and solve a current issue that is meaningful to you while learning a process you can continue to use in the future!

If you are interested in joining the incubator, or would like to learn more about it, please contact the facilitator, Dr. Sara Heredia (TEHE), at scheredi@uncg.edu.