Ongoing Professional Development

The Center for the Advancement of Learning offers training and professional development opportunities in a variety of face-to-face and online formats. The C.A.L. team facilitates technology and media workshops for hands-on practice and collaborates with experts who share additional experiences and best practices for teaching and learning.

To learn about current professional development options, click here to view the calendar.  During active registration times, click here to register.

Teaching and Learning Professional Development

Every fall and spring term, C.A.L. presents a series of online and face-to-face workshops focusing on teaching issues and techniques (e.g., making your classroom more inclusive, creating measurable learning objectives) and teaching with technology (e.g., Kaltura, using social media in your courses).  Participants pre-register for the workshop(s) of their choice.

Online Teach-Only Certification

Every fall, spring, and summer term, C.A.L. offers the Online Teach-Only Certification (OTC) sequence.  Interested faculty can complete the entire sequence in one semester or complete sessions at their own pace. Participants pre-register for the workshop(s) of their choice.

Online Build Certification

C.A.L. offers the opportunity to complete the Online Build Certification process during the fall and spring terms.  This process is invitation-only: participants must be OTC-certified and approved by Dr. Thomas based on their potential to build and teach a number of online courses.

Scholarship and Service Professional Development

In addition to its teaching and learning-focused offerings, in 2018-2019, C.A.L. will launch a slate of professional development offerings based on teaching, scholarship, and service. Some workshops will be held online, and others will be available face-to-face.  Potential topics include: approaches to successful portfolio narratives, getting published: what peer-reviewed journal editors look for, writing an effective teaching philosophy, and creating a personal academic website to promote your research.

Learning Lounges

The UDC Learning Lounge offers opportunities for collegial, campus-wide engagement on teaching and learning practices in higher education, as well as general professional development for student success. UDC faculty and staff facilitate these sessions, which are intended to provide a space for deeper exploration of teaching and learning practices with UDC colleagues. Come willing to learn and share best practices from your own experiences. You are also welcome to bring your lunch to these sessions.

Due to the variety of other programming C.A.L. is facilitating, Learning Lounges will be on hiatus in 2018-2019.

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