[UTLC] New This Fall with the UTLC and Online Learning Level Two Starts Soon! UTLC Newsletter 8-14-18


Teaching Tips

Happy first day of classes! We’ve got a longer than usual newsletter to get things started, but if you power through the updates with us then you’ll find a link for a book raffle.

We start the semester with some thoughts about student motivation, perception of the value of learning, and how we communicate value throughout the semester. The following exercise idea comes from a colleague at Temple University’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching:

  • Communicating the value of your course. Imagine a student can choose between your course and another course to fulfill a requirement. Using only a discussion about the value of the course, convince this student to take your class. Try writing down your argument. Think about how course content connects to student interests, the skills students will learn, the habits of mind they will develop. Then, build this imagined discussion of value into this first week of class.
  • Communicate value day one and beyond.Don’t let the benefits of this reflective exercise end with the first week of class. You may start communicating that value on day one through your syllabus, but also find ways to return to it throughout the semester. You may see your students’ motivation increase as they make clear connections in their learning.

For more, you might look at this guide from Carnegie Mellon to help you with some key strategies for approaching student motivation and engagement.

Upcoming with the UTLC


You can find a downloadable copy of our 2018-19 event calendar on our website.

Starting Next Week: Online Learning Level Two

If you have taught online before you are ready to explore new approaches and strategies, Level Two is the Online Learning course for you. 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.

Current participants emphasize that the course is an important source of accountability as they work on an upcoming course. Click on the link below to sign up for the Fall Session!

Online Learning Level Two – Fall Session: August 20 – October 5

Teaching Station Demonstrations

Join ITS Learning Technology in Bryan 209 from 1-2pm this Thursday and Friday (8/16 & 8/17) for an overview of the UNCG teaching station with practical support to get your semester started smoothly!

Save the Date, September 10: The Spark of Learning with Sarah Rose Cavanagh

The Teaching Innovations Office, in collaboration with the Title III Intentional Futures Grant, is excited to welcome to campus Sarah Rose Cavanagh, author of The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion, on the morning of Monday for a visiting lecture and workshop.

In the meantime, you can find out more about her book here!

New This Fall with the UTLC


If you are looking for ways to get engaged with the great work around teaching and learning that is happening on our campus, consider some of these new opportunities for this year:

Viewpoints of Inclusive Student Experiences (VOISES) Panels

From students, for faculty: a panel of student experiences

Join us for dialogue about UNCG student experiences in the classroom and beyond. In collaboration with the Office of Intercultural Engagement, VOISES panels provide a venue for faculty to hear the perspective of students from marginalized identity groups on campus.

Our first panel is Wednesday, August 29th from 1-2:15pm in the Faculty Center and the focus will be on LGBTQA experiences at UNCG.

Click here to sign up for this and other VOISES panels.

Faculty Literary Circles

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

There will be four literary circles for Fall 2018, starting September 4th. Check out the options below and then sign up here. Once groups start in September, they will set their own schedules for the semester.

On Course by James M. Lang – A week-by-week guide to your first semester of college teaching.

Experience on Demand by Jeremy Bailenson – What virtual reality is, how it works, and what it can do

Minds Online by Michelle D. Miller – Teaching Effectively with Technology

Knowledge for Social Change by Benson et al. – Bacon, Dewey, and the revolutionary transformation of research universities in the twenty-first century

Teaching Tips Podcast

On August 28th, the UTLC will release its new Teaching Tips Podcast, hosted by Ben Peterson in the Teaching Innovations Office. The podcast brings guests from across the UNCG community to talk about key topics related to learning and student success on our campus.

Email teachingtipsguy@uncg.edu if you have ideas for a topic or someone you’d like to hear as a guest!

“___ On College” Video Series

The end of the month also brings our new video series, “___ On College,” in which we steal some moments to talk teaching and learning on College Ave with great teachers. Come see what new things you’ll learn from Spartans who think deeply about pedagogy and student learning as we talk with someone new On College each month!

New Faculty Center Gatherings: Biergarten, New Faculty Brown Bag, and Soda Shop

This year, the UTLC is changing up our existing weekly Coffeehouses in order to reach a broader set of tastes and schedules! Coffeehouses will continue to happen as usual on the first Wednesday of every month, but every other week will have a new theme with new options to enjoy with your colleagues in the Faculty Center!

Biergarten: On the third Wednesday of every month, join us from 4-5 for our new Biergarten! The Biergarten is a nice way to shift gears at the end of the day and catch up with friends in the center of campus. Our first Biergarten is next week, so we’ll see you on August 22nd!

New Faculty Brown Bag: On the second Thursday of every month, the UTLC invites faculty new and seasoned to bring their lunch to the Faculty Center from noon-1pm and chat about the challenges that new faculty confront in their careers.

Soda Shop: On the fourth Thursday of every month, the Faculty Center goes back to its roots as the campus Soda Shop, but this time it is the faculty who will be the focus of some classic ice cream and soda. Join the UTLC from 2-3pm for an afternoon pick-me-up with a nostalgic touch!

If you’ve made it this far in our extended start-of-the-semester newsletter, then click here to enter into a raffle for one of five books on the science of learning!


Other Upcoming Events Around Campus

Elon Teaching & Learning Conference 2018

Thursday, August 16

This week, Elon University welcomes area university and college educators to the 15th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference on Thursday, August 16, 2018. The conference is jointly sponsored by Elon’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT), and attendance costs are covered by these sponsors, so all you have to do is sign up and show up!

This year’s conference theme is Busting the Myths of Teaching and Learning. In interactive sessions and pedagogy presentations – including several from folks at UNCG – attendees will challenge myths, misconceptions, and hidden assumptions related to teaching and learning, and explore the evidence-based research that debunks them. Attendees will also reflect on how these ideas have influenced both our practice, our discipline, and our students.

“Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” Workshop, hosted by UNCG Online

Friday, September 28 – 9am-4:30pm in Bryan 209

You are invited to participate in the “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” face-to-face, 1-day workshop at UNCG, which will be taught by certified Quality Matters instructor Dr. Racheal Brooks of NCCU. UNCG Online has organized this workshop for faculty and staff. Materials and lunch will be provided, so there is no cost to you!

For instructions on how to register for this opportunity, click here.