Faculty Development Day - Fall 2022

Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence

Practice What We Teach

In his book, “What the Best Colleges Instructors Do,” Ken Bain writes, “Fundamentally, they [the best instructors] were learners, constantly trying to improve their own efforts to foster students’ development, and never completely satisfied with what they had already achieved.” In their quest for student success, they might experiment with multiple approaches to teaching a concept to find the most significant impact on student learning. Similar to this, educators can experiment to determine the most effective methods for fostering cooperative learning, peer review, or authentic assessments for students. This Faculty Development Day is an opportunity for you to share your best ideas. Explore and share practical, evidence-based best practices on pedagogical themes in a collaborative setting and acquire new understanding as you are equipped and inspired to attempt new things in your courses.


Event Date: August 17, 2022 

FDD will be a virtual event

Complete the online form to submit a proposal

Proposal Deadline: May 18th


Possible Topics

Teaching Best Practices

What are you doing to make learning happen?  Share one or more teaching practices or strategies that you use to support academic success. Possible topics may include: 

  • Active Learning
  • Using the D2L course shell as the backbone for an on-ground course
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Authentic Assessments
  • Formative assessment tools and strategies

Tech Tools to Enhance Teaching and Learning

How can we integrate technology into our courses to enhance student learning? In what ways can we use technology tools to improve our productivity and communication? With the constant evolution of technology these days, learning new, effective ways to improve teaching and learning, as well as daily tasks are more helpful than ever. Possible topics may include:

  • Polling and Formative Assessment tools
  • Audio and Video creation tools
  • Flipgrid
  • Padlet
  • Nearpod
  • Zoom tools (annotations, polling, break out rooms)
  • D2L tools
  • Other

Hybrid Teaching 

Circumstances driven by the Covid-19 pandemic propelled college faculty to teach remotely and to explore a variety of new tools. Many faculty are energized by the new skills they've developed, and students are demanding more flexibility in scheduling. Hybrid Teaching and Learning may be the next exciting step in the evolution of teaching and learning in higher education. Possible topics may include:

  • Course development considerations and advice
  • Organizational structures for hybrid courses
  • Teaching Strategies in Zoom, online, and/or on-ground
  • Tools for engagement in hybrid environments
  • Other

Online Teaching 

Online teaching is the process of educating others on virtual platforms. Creating a quality online learning environment that engages students, encourages collaboration and communication, and includes a strong instructor presence is increasingly valuable in higher education. Pedagogical best practices, implementing new technologies, and maintaining instructor presence are all important elements of great online teaching. Possible topics may include:

  • Online teaching strategies
  • Instructor presence in the online environment
  • Facilitating student-to-student interaction in online learning
  • Collaborative learning online
  • Discussion boards that work

Interdisciplinary Experiences

Students benefit most from educational institutions that allow and encourage them to create their interdisciplinary path. Exploring a topic from multiple perspectives contributes to a more thorough and in-depth comprehension, as it offers new information and thinking. The idea is to think across disciplines and incorporate knowledge from other disciplines. Possible topics may include:

  • Integrating your content with real-world applications through Interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Interdisciplinary team teaching: Examples, structures, or strategies
  • Interdisciplinary assignments within a course
  • Interdisciplinary guest/colleague lecturers
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations between departments, programs, or colleges
  • Interdisciplinary scholarship between individual faculty members

Student Sense of Belonging

A sense of belonging means feeling like you're accepted, respected, included, and supported in a learning environment. The students who feel like they belong tend to be more energetic, spend more time on task, and return to activities. Instructors can bring in community members, artifacts, or even news stories to help make these connections between the community and the content. They can also allow students to discuss how the content connects with their outside lives, which will enable them to make connections. Possible topics may include:

  • Strategies to create a place of belonging in online, virtual, or on-ground teaching environments
  • Building relationships and community
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Emotional and Social presence in class
  • Trauma-informed teaching and learning

Making the Most of Your Zoom Synchronous Sessions in Online Courses

Synchronous sessions allow for real-time student discussion, problem-solving, clarifications, and emphasizing and summarizing key points. Students have direct access to the instructor and their peers for help and the exchange of ideas and can promote a sense of connection to the course. While virtual classes are not without challenges, Zoom's many features can elevate the student learning experience for online synchronous courses. Possible topics may include:

  • Why I use Zoom synchronous sessions in my online course
  • Synchronous teaching strategies to engage students in Zoom
  • Zoom tools to engage students (polling, annotating, breakout rooms, chatting, etc.)
  • Connecting with students via Zoom
  • Facilitating student-to-student interactions via Zoom
  • How to get online students to attend optional Zoom sessions