The CUT seminar series offers a crash course in the essentials of teaching in higher ed. Most departments require a certain number of seminars to earn the CUT: consult the FPP website to find out about your CUT requirements.

Spring 2020 Schedule

Universal Design for Learning: Foundations and Applications with Dr. Diane Wiener, Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach with the Burton Blatt Institute.
Thursday, February 27, 5-6:30 p.m. in 107 Hall of Languages

  • This workshop will provide individuals new to the idea of Universal Design (UD) with foundational concepts and frameworks as well as opportunities for application, while empowering individuals with UD familiarity with hands-on contexts and approaches for bringing UD directly into the classroom. Dr. Diane Wiener is Research Professor and Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach with the Burton Blatt Institute.

Fall 2019 Schedule

Fundamentals of Instructional Design with Prof. Tiffany Koszalka, IDDE
Wednesday, September 25, 4:00-5:15 p.m. in Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Bldg.

  • This seminar will explore how incorporation of instructional design principles into instruction can help enhance success in reaching expected learning outcomes. The session will begin with a brief overview of the principles of learning (what is learning and how does it work) and instruction (how can instruction be designed so that it facilitates learning). This will be followed by a review of a variety of higher education cases, focusing on the nature of the learning in each case and what the instruction might look like. Finally, to encourage sharing of ideas, attendees will have the opportunity to present a case of their own for feedback from the audience. We will summarize with a debrief session emphasizing how you might go about critiquing and enhancing your instruction to more fully engage your students and help them achieve expected learning outcomes.  REGISTER HERE

Online Teaching and Learning: Challenges and Opportunities with Dr. Michael Morrison, Associate Director of Academic Service Centers, ITS
Friday, October 18, 10:00-11:30 a.m. in Life Sciences Bldg. 105

  • Teaching an online course is very different than teaching students face-to-face. Learning to effectively use instructional technologies is part of the challenge. So is interacting with students that you don’t see in person. This workshop will explore the unique challenges and opportunities in an online class and will provide strategies for delivering online content, engaging remote students, and creating an online conversation. Also covered will be techniques for assessing online students and methods for providing meaningful and timely feedback. REGISTER HERE

Leading Effective Classroom Discussion? Questions Are the Answer with Prof. John Tillotson, Science Teaching
Friday, November 1, 2:00-3:15 p.m. in Hall of Languages 207

  • One of the critical features of an active learning environment revolves around students having opportunities to engage in productive classroom discussions about important concepts. Classroom discourse can take on many forms and requires thoughtful consideration and planning by the instructor to be truly effective. This workshop will focus on facilitating effective classroom discussions using a variety of questioning strategies to promote student engagement, at the same time serving as an assessment tool for instructors. Participants will observe a model teaching lesson that highlights various questioning techniques in action, critique a short videotaped lesson segment regarding the instructor’s questioning skills, and learn tips for improving their own questioning skills in various instructional situations.

Active Learning: Making the Most of “Lecture” Time with Prof. Jason Wiles, Biology
Monday, November 18, 2:15-3:30 p.m. in Maxwell Auditorium, Maxwell Hall

  • At universities everywhere, the academic teaching day is divided into blocks typically labeled as laboratory sessions, recitations, and lecture time, with lectures being the most common mode of instruction. However, education research has clearly shown that didactic lecture is probably the worst way for students to learn. So why is it so ubiquitous? Perhaps it is because teachers tend to teach the way they were taught. If this is true, it’s up to us to break the chain of passing down ineffective lecture modalities and move to more student-centered methods. In this workshop, we will explore a few ideas about how to use “lecture” time in more engaging ways.  REGISTER HERE