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 Center 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.
For a downloadable, printable overview of the Center’s programming, click here.
Teaching and Learning Professional Development
Every fall and spring term, the Center 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, the Center 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
The Center 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 Professional Development
In addition to its teaching and learning-focused offerings, the Center offers online and face-to-face professional development to promote faculty scholarship. Topics include: creating a personal scholarly website, writing a successful abstract, and writing an engaging teaching philosophy.
Midsemester Feedback Sessions and Classroom Observations
In a midsemester feedback session, an instructional consultant visits a class and, without the instructor present, talks to students about what is helping them learn and what the instructor and students can do to improve their learning. The consultant than compiles a report and shares it with the instructor while the semester is still in progress. This process is anonymous and confidential–no one but the instructor can see students’ feedback. Center consultants can also combine a midsemester feedback session with a classroom observation, or conduct a classroom observation without a feedback session. To request these services, use the consultation request form.
In addition to our scheduled programming, the Center provides consultation services. To request a consultation, click here. Common requests include:
- Assistance with assignment design and delivery (e.g., developing a writing prompt, coming up with an active learning activity)
- Research support
- Online teaching support (e.g., helping a program move courses online)
- Technical assistance with Blackboard and other digital tools