UTLC Newsletter

Practical Strategies for Teaching:

All good things must come to an end. It has been a good semester for us at the UTLC, and we hope the same is true for you. Nevertheless, this time of year is a good opportunity to take stock of what went well, and what we want to improve on, with respect to our teaching, research, service, and the other aspects of our academic lives. Here are a few tips for making the most out of reflecting on your semester, especially if you are wrapping up a course that you anticipate teaching again in the near future:

  1. If at first you don’t succeed… Nothing goes exactly as you planned – whether this was the first iteration of a course or the hundred-and-twenty-fifth – and now is the time to make notes of things to remember for future versions of the course. Was there an assignment that did not quite align with your learning outcomes? Maybe there was a discussion topic that did not resonate in the same way that it has with students in the past. Course design is an iterative process, and that process will be more fruitful if you have timely notes about what you might want to change. When you finally get a moment away from all of the other demands on your time to return to thinking about design, you will have an easier time with identifying how to make the next version of the course even better.
  2. Thinking about your portfolio. It is always worth thinking about how a teaching portfolio might help you as you move through your career. Did anything that you did this semester produce exceptional artifacts of your teaching practices? How might you document the effort that you put into your teaching and the effect that effort has on student learning? Whether you are a graduate student thinking about the job market for the first time, a lecturer looking to document teaching experience, or someone thinking about promotion and tenure, you may benefit from taking this time to choose some clear examples of your teaching from this semester and jot down a sentence or two about why each example is important to you.

There are many great resources online for developing a teaching portfolio, like this one from the University of Texas. If you have questions about iterative course design or teaching portfolios, as always, you can make an appointment with the UTLC in order to discuss what options might work best for you and your situation.

 

Past Strategies

Tech TIPS

Speaking of notes… our final Tech TIP of the semester is a quick tip from ITS about creating templates for documents in Box Notes, which may be helpful if you find yourself creating and sharing the same type of document over and over.


Mark your calendar – key upcoming UTLC events:

Coffeehouses
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
January 10, 2018 January 18, 2018
January 24, 2018 February 1, 2018
February 7, 2018 February 15, 2018
February 21, 2018 March 1, 2018
March 14, 2018 March 22, 2018
March 28, 2018 April 5, 2018
April 11, 2018 April 19, 2018

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!

  • February 22, 11:30am-1:30pm – High Impact Practices
  • March 14, 11:30am-1:30pm – Games and the Classroom
  • March 28, 11:30am-1:30pm – High Impact Practices Across the Curriculum
  • April 13, 11:30am-1:30pm – Online Learning

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.

  • January 17, 10:00am – Getting Started Online
  • January 23, 9:00am – Your Research & Your Classroom
  • February 2, 11:00am – The Learner-Centered Classroom
  • February 8, 9:00am – Assessment
  • February 12, 10:00am – Falling in Love with VR
  • February 23, 11:00am – Games and Student Motivation
  • February 27, 9:00am – Active Learning
  • March 16, 10:00am – Developing Team-Based Learning Courses
  • April 28 – Reading Day – App-y Hour and Rubric Mixer

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.

Spring dates will be posted here soon!

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.

 

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.