UTLC Newsletter

Practical Strategies for Teaching:

Today we look at Classroom Assessment Techniques as a strategy for gauging learning on the fly.

  1. Assessment as Learning Happens. Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) are simple, low-stakes (usually non-graded and anonymous), in-class activities that are designed to give you and your students immediate feedback on the learning process. They can help an instructor be flexible in the classroom by indicating when students are struggling and in need of more time on a topic and when students are ready to forge ahead.
  2. Herding CATs. A couple common CATs are: 1) Muddiest Point, in which students have a couple minutes to briefly articulate a point of confusion in the lecture/reading/homework, and 2) Directed Paraphrasing, in which students attempt to summarize an important concept or argument in their own words such that someone who is not in the course might understand the point.

There are many resources for CATs online, like this one from Carnegie Mellon, and this one from George Washington, which have many more strategies and detailed descriptions. You can also schedule a consultation with the UTLC to get focused feedback on ideas you have for your particular courses.

Past Strategies

Mark your calendar – key upcoming UTLC events:

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!
In the Faculty Center from 9am to 10am on the dates listed below. No sign up required.

Wednesdays Thursdays
August 23, 2017 August 31, 2017
September 6, 2017 September 14, 2017
September 20, 2017 September 28, 2017
October 4, 2017 October 12, 2017
October 18, 2017 October 26, 2017
November 1, 2017 November 9, 2017
November 15, 2017

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!

  • September 21, 11:30am-1:30pm – High Impact Practices in the Classroom
  • October 3, 11:30am-1:30pm – Technology in the Classroom
  • November 14, 11:30am-1:30pm – High Impact Practices Across the Curriculum

Teaching and Learning Workshops
Please join us for our Teaching & Learning workshops, held throughout the semester on the following topics.
Sign up for workshops here. All workshops will be held in the Faculty Center.

  • August 24, 2:00-3:00pm – Teaching Large Classes
  • August 30, 11:00am- Noon – Course Design Strategies
  • September 7, 9:00 -10:00am – Getting Students to Read Before Class
  • September 13, 10:00 -11:00am – Getting Started in Online Teaching
  • September 27, 1:00-2:30pm – Team-Based Learning
  • October 17, 2:00 -3:00pm – The Just Classroom: Strategies for Inclusive Learning Environments
  • November 8, 11:00am – Noon – The Classroom and Assessment

Online Learning and Innovation Webinar Series
UNCG Libraries and the UTLC are collaborating on a series of 30-minute webinars for UNCG faculty, instructors, librarians, graduate students, TAs, and staff interested in learning more about instructional technology and online learning at UNCG. Sessions will be held live through WebEx Training Centers, but recordings will also be made available through the UTLC and UNCG Libraries websites. This semester we will have four sessions:

  • September 7th at 1 pm: Making your Canvas Course More Accessible
  • October 16th at 1 pm: Canvas and Grading
  • November 9th at 1 pm: Creating Effective Online Discussion
  • December 5th at 1 pm: Google and Online Instruction

These webinars are brief, accessible resources for immediate application to your goals for online learning. If you are interested, you can sign up for sessions directly here.


Deadlines Approaching – Important opportunities are available!

  • 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.