The CTL organizes three large-scale faculty development events, in August, January and May. Focused on a broad range of topics surrounding teaching, learning, instructional technology, and research, these events provide practical, useful strategies for instructors to use in their classrooms. Events are typically highly interactive, including a variety of options from which to choose in terms of speakers and topics.
Archives from past events are available in MUShare.
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Master Class Series I: Teaching with Canvas. This series of master classes is a series of 3 classes that provide you with the knowledge, experience, and confidence needed to design, develop, and teach courses effectively while using Canvas. It is highly encouraged for those teaching an online or blended course and extremely useful for those teaching face-to-face. The first of the 3 classes is the only class needed for the ACP requirement. If you want to be a Master Class Certified Graduate, attendance to all 3 classes is needed in addition to completing course requirements.
- MC 1.1: Designing & Developing for Canvas (ACP Requirement). This is the first class in the series as well as the required class for the Academic Continuity Plan. The first half of this class will guide you through the process of designing your course with all the critical elements necessary for your students’ success. The second half will guide you through the course development process so you can create online elements that will help your students succeed.
- MC 1.2: Creating Your Design Document Using Backward Design. In this second class in the series, we step through the backward design process with a real course of your choosing. Create a solid course curriculum that has all elements tightly aligned to one another to ensure your curriculum is effective and intentional.
- MC 1.3: Going Further with Canvas Modules and Module Items. In this third and final class in the series, we take a deeper dive into creating effective courses using Canvas. We discuss the importance of context and layout when developing a course, legal aspects of online interaction, appropriate ways to structure modules, Canvas pages, assignments, discussions, quizzes/surveys, and more.
Teaching for Learning Series. This is a separate series of master classes that help you go further with your curriculum to ensure students are gaining mastery in your learning goals and are fully engaged in their own learning process. To be a certified graduate for this series, both classes need to be attended along with the completion of course requirements.
- MC 2.1: Developing Student Mastery. Ensure your curriculum is structured to maximize student learning so they are able to master the learning objectives in your course.
- MC 2.2: Supporting Self-Directed Learners. Learn metacognitive strategies you can easily incorporate into your curriculum to support students to be fully engaged in their own learning process.
Webinars and face-to-face workshops are held throughout the year to further support teaching and learning. All of our upcoming workshops are listed on our current workshops page where you can RSVP for the workshops of your choice.
Below are examples of workshops available through the Center for Teaching and Learning. Ask us about customized workshops for specific departments or groups.
Overview of Canvas: This 60-minute presentation illustrates best practices in the use of Canvas to support learning, including organization and presentation of course materials, use of integrated tools such as discussions, quizzes, and assignment, and course management strategies.
Lunch and Learn Workshops: These workshops are informal discussions around a topic. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch and share in the discussion. The topics change frequently based on available research, resources, and requests.
Ideas that Work Workshops: The topics for these workshops continue to change as research and evidence becomes available on best practices in pedagogy, andragogy, instructional design, assessment, and learning theories. Examples of some workshop titles are listed below; other topics are available by request:
- Designing effective objective exams
- Creating transparent assignments
- Guaranteeing students are mastering course content
- Flipping instruction to maximize instructional time
Tools for Teaching Workshops: These workshops focus on how to leverage various tools and technologies in enhance teaching and learning. Example of workshop topics are below. Other topics are available by request:
- Sharing content through video
- Designing effective surveys
- Formatting documents in Word
- Personalized emails through mail merge