UTLC Newsletter

Practical Strategies for Teaching:

This week, Dr. Karen Vignare, Executive Director of the Personalized Learning Consortium at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, gave an open talk on adaptive learning practices and software. In that spirit, today’s tips present “3 E’s” as basic questions for assessing whether a technological solution is a good fit for your course (leaving aside the question of cost, for now).

  • Enabling. Does the technology enable new opportunities for enhancing student learning that would otherwise be impossible or very difficult? If you could not do it without the technology, and it is important for student learning, then technology might be a no-brainer.
  • Effective. Does the technology help address specific learning outcomes more effectively? Whether it saves time or provides new paths to better learning outcomes, technology should always be clearly linked to improvements in student learning outcomes.
  • Enduring. Does the technology help develop skills for life in a digital world? Not every technology solution should be the next “Proficient with Excel” on a student’s resume, but consider whether your course engagement with technology can have a lasting impact on a student’s life in an increasingly virtually-connected world.

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:

TOPPS – Transforming Online Pedagogy and Practice Symposium

Limited Seats!
TOPPS is a series of events during the week May 7-11, 2018 aimed at UNCG faculty members who either teach online or use online resources for instruction.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michelle D. Miller, Author of Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology, Harvard University Press, 2014

Dr. Michelle D. Miller is Director of the First Year Learning Initiative, Professor of Psychological Sciences, and President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Miller’s academic background is in cognitive psychology; her research interests include memory, attention, and student success in the early college career.

She will lead a two-part workshop series on Tuesday and Wednesday with the theme of “Leveraging Psychology to Create Compelling Learning Experiences.”

Follow this link for more information on the daily sessions and the two-part workshop series with keynote speaker. Seats are limited, so sign up soon!

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.

Starting 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 Summer Session!

Spring Session II: March 12 – May 4
Ideal for instructors preparing to teach online this summer!

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


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.