UTLC Newsletter

Teaching Tips:

Next week, we have both a workshop on adaptive learning and our second VOISES panel of the semester, in which we will hear from students with diverse and intersectional identities in the McNair Scholars Program. In a week in which we will continue to think about both technology and inclusion in our learning environments, the Teaching Tips bring back this list of focal points for how differentiated instruction can help promote an equitable and inclusive learning environment:

  • Focus on need. As a pedagogical approach, differentiation is about providing different possibilities for learning at different levels of need in the learning environment. It is a challenge, as a single instructor, to be multiple things for multiple people, but strategies for differentiation, including using adaptive learning software, can help the instructor focus on providing options that meet the learner at their level of need.
  • Focus on competency. By requiring a focus on the end goal – the learning outcomes – differentiation helps to keep the focus on attainment of skills and competency, rather than assessing based on getting it right the first time. Different learners will take to different topics and skills at different rates, and differentiation embraces this idea as it tries to move all learners towards competency in the end.
  • Focus on a growth mindset. At the core of focusing on both need and competency is the promotion and celebration of a growth mindset in learners. Not everyone starts out at the same place, and not everyone moves at the same rate, but everyone is capable of learning the material in our courses. Differentiation is about making that prospect less daunting for our students across different levels of preparation.

In addition to next week’s workshop on adaptive learning and VOISES panel, you also have the opportunity to get feedback on how to continue to promote inclusive learning environments with our Teaching Squares on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion or practice fresh strategies in our second Face-to-Face Feedback session on Friday the 13th – come with a new lesson or activity, and we will do our best to make sure that it won’t be an unlucky day!

Check out more here: Past Teaching Tips

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:

Coffeehouses 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. In the Faculty Center from 9am to 10am on the dates listed below.

Fall 2019

Spring 2020

September 5 February 6
October 3 April 2
November 7

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 sign up required. In the Faculty Center on the dates listed below.

  • September 19, 11:30am-1:00pm – HIPs
  • November 20, 11:30am-1:00pm– HIPs
  • February 5, 12:00am-1:00pm– HIPs

Biergartens Join us on the third Thursday of each month for Biergarten in the Faculty Center! We will be serving up snacks and beer (as well as good ol’ water) to get the semester started off right. Stop by to enjoy the shift away from summer with friends and colleagues.

  • August 21
  • September 18
  • October 16
  • November 20
  • January 15
  • February 19
  • March 18
  • April 15

Early Fall Events

August 9 – Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Institute.

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.

  • 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.