Upcoming Programs

** Please note: This year the Teaching Innovations Office in the UTLC will Keep It Digital for spring events. This is our part in keeping campus moving and well. Given the latest updates and projections. TIO will provide virtual options for programs and support. Having digital options keeps us all together while at a distance. **


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 or an academic search committee module. Participants who complete either of the two-hour modules will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Office of the Provost.

Space is limited in both modules, so sign-up early and don’t miss this great opportunity. Register for DiversityEdu with this link.

6th Annual Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Institute

(Online January 8 – February 28, 2021)

This year the EDI Institute goes digital. Join the TIO and RCO for an online Institute featuring discussion boards, reflection, and more. The EDI Institute provides resources for handling difficult conversations in the classroom, developing EDI focused content, and utilizing culturally responsive pedagogy. 

Register with this link.

Faculty Gatherings

Coffeehaus is back! Bring your own coffee or beverage and we will bring the zoom room. Join TIO for the new Virtual Coffeehaus, and gather around with colleagues about teaching. Watch the UTLC newsletter for dates and zoom links.

Faculty Literary Circles

Literary Circles unite faculty around a particular topic and reading related to the scholarship on teaching and learning. We provide the books, and you provide the thoughtful conversation!

There will be five literary circles for Spring 2021, starting in February.

Check out the options below and then sign up here! Also, if you’re curious for more readings related to teaching and learning, you can click here to see the list of past literary circle books.

The plan is to continue to hold literary circles online during Spring 2021. Paper books will be mailed to your campus address.

Spring 2021

The book Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High (Patterson, et al)  will be offered in fall 2021. It will not be available spring 2021.

New Faculty Initiatives

New Faculty Programs are designed specifically with new faculty in mind. Join TIO as you get to know campus and build your teaching network.

  • Digital New Faculty Orientation available late July – August 14. This year we have partnered with HR to offer faculty their teaching and employee orientation in one stop! Register for NFO at this link.
  • September 4, 2020: 11am-noon, Faculty Panel. Join veteran faculty for a check-in on your first semester so far.
  • October 9, 2020: Join the Office of Intercultural Engagement for a Safe Zone. 
  • December 9, 2020: 11am-noon, Faculty Panel. Join veteran faculty for a check-in on your first semester and preparing for spring.
  • (Postponed, TBA) January 29, 2021: Taco-bout-it Lunch with Campus Partners. Learn more about offices, programs and people ready to support your experience at UNCG.
  • February 3, 2021: Assessing Learning Workshop. Join Jodi Pettazzoni, Associate Vice Provost and Director of the Office of Assessment, Accreditation and Academic Program Planning.
  • March 18, 2021: 11am-noon, Faculty Panel. Join veteran faculty for a check-in on your second semester so far.
Online Learning Initiatives

Online Learning Levels 1 & 2

Note: Completion of Online Learning Level One fulfills the requirements for initial and Online Learning Level Two fulfills the requirements for continuing professional development for online instruction at UNCG.

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.

Ideal for instructors ramping up to teach online for the first time!

Online Learning Level Two

If you have taught online before you are ready to explore new approaches and strategies, Online Learning Level Two is your starting place. Participants review the latest research about what works in online environments, learn new ways for students to collaborate online, create new resources with media tools, explore new ways to facilitate and create assessments and experience a variety of communication tools from the viewpoint of a student.

Ideal for instructors who have taught online before and are comfortable with Canvas, but want to do more with their online courses!

Current participants emphasize that the course is an important source of accountability as they work on an upcoming course.

Register for the Upcoming Sessions:

Online Learning Level Two – Fall: August 24 -October 16, 2020

Online Learning Level One – Fall: October 19 – December 4, 2020

Online Learning Level One – Spring: January 11 – March 5, 2021

Online Learning Level Two – Spring: March 8 -April 30, 2021

Quality Matters Workshop:

Join UNCG Online for a workshop on using the QM Rubric for online course design. This workshop occurs in half day increments.

QM Workshop: Fall, Session 1 – August 26 & 27, 2020

QM Workshop: Fall, Session 2 – November 12 & 13, 2020  


The ADAPT Conference 2020 will be held the week of June 8th. Join ITCs, ITS: Learning Technology, UNCG Online and the UTLC for ADAPT 2021.

SAVE THE DATE! May 10, 2021.

Teaching Squares

The Teaching Innovation Office is coordinating a new program called Teaching Squares. The goal of Teaching Squares is to give faculty members insights and non-evaluative observations and feedback about their teaching.

How does it work?
A group of four faculty members are matched together to discuss a specific aspect of their teaching for one semester, in which each member will visit the classrooms of the other three faculty members and then meet again to reflect on their observations.

Spring 2021 Teaching Squares are suspended due to COVID 19 precautions. 

Typical Timeline

During the first two weeks of the semester:
Faculty members will fill out a form to share their interest in participating. Faculty members will then be placed into their Teaching Squares.

Two weeks later:
The four faculty members of a Teaching Square will meet together with a Teaching Innovation Office staff member for introductions, discussion of the overall theme, and time to set their calendars for class observations.

Two weeks later:
Visit one of the classrooms for one of the other three faculty members in the Teaching Square. Provide feedback to that faculty member.

Repeat this process every two weeks for each other member of the Teaching Square.

After every class observation has occurred for each faculty member:
Meet as a group to share observations and reflections. A staff member from Teaching Innovation Office may be present during this final meeting (at the discretion of the four faculty members in the Teaching Square).

Note: Timeline adjustments can be made at the decision of the four participating faculty members. Feedback methods used after a class observation are up to the participating faculty members.

Teaching Square focal topics for Fall 2021:

  • Hybrid Course
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Online Engagement
Want to sign up? Use this form to start the process.
**Teaching Squares are on hold until Fall 2021, and are pending updates to the situation with COVID-19.
Viewpoints of Inclusive Student Experiences (VOISES) Panels

From students, for faculty: a panel of student experiences

Join us for a conversation about key UNCG student experiences in the classroom and beyond. VOISES panels provide a venue for faculty to hear the perspective of students from marginalized identity groups on campus. These moderated panels give faculty the chance to ask questions while reflecting on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion at UNCG.

**Note, VOISES will be postponed until fall 2021, when we can gather again.

January 27, 2021
  • canceled: VOISES

    January 27, 2021  10:00 am - 11:15 am
    Faculty Center,

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January 28, 2021
  • Coffeehaus

    January 28, 2021  9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Faculty Center,

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January 29, 2021
  • canceled: New Faculty Taco'bout It Lunch

    January 29, 2021  11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Faculty Center

    Join TIO for a Taco'bout It Lunch (with Tacos). Learn more about offices, programs and people ready to support your experience at UNCG.

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February 1, 2021
February 2, 2021
  • Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards Luncheon

    February 2, 2021
    Alumni House,

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