Faculty Development Day - Spring 2022

Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence

Reimagining Learning

Educators, parents, and students have been finding ways to keep on learning. Many of the creative workarounds that have emerged in response to the pandemic are more than makeshift solutions; they are messages from the future. These modifications are insights into how education might evolve. As educators who gravitate towards optimism, we perceive these needs as opportunities to do things better. As such, we ask you, how would you reimagine learning?

Theme:  Reimagining Learning 
Date:  Wednesday, January 5, 2022 
Place:  Online/Virtual 
Proposal Deadline:  Friday, November 12, 2021 

  1. 50-minute presentation – single presenter 
  2. 50-minute panel presentation – 2-3 presenters with a collaborative proposal 

Consider submitting a proposal focusing on one of this year's themes. Participants are free to attend sessions from multiple tracks.


Possible Topics

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 include: 

  • Using the D2L course shell as the backbone for an on-ground course
  • Active Learning in the on-ground, hybrid, or online class 
  • Establishing Instructor presence
  • Creating classroom community 
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • High Impact online teaching strategies
  •  Collaborative Learning
  • Tech tools that enhance teaching and learning

Tech Tools

How can we integrate technology into our courses to enhance student learning? 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 is more helpful than ever. Possible topics are:

  • Best practices using technology in teaching and learning
  • Leveraging classroom technology
  • Productivity tools
  • Day to day technology uses
  • D2L
  • Zoom
  • Microsoft 365
  • Communication tools
  • Polling and Formative Assessment tools
  • Presentation tools
  • Audio and Video creation tools

Digital Wellness 

Technology, especially in the COVID world, is a double-edged sword. We rely on it to stay connected to the world around us, but it can also lead to anxiety and stress. With more time spent online and interactions via social platforms becoming more the norm than before, we must prioritize our digital wellness. Digital wellness includes the proactive measures we take to keep ourselves healthy and balanced. It is not about removing digital devices. It is about simply better managing how we interact with these devices and how we use them. Possible topics include:

  • Downsides of the digital age 
  • Social impact 
  • Implications and applications of digital wellness 
  • Research in progress 
  • Digital wellbeing in the age of social distancing

Diversity & Inclusion 

In an American Council on Education blog, Taffye Benson Clayton suggests that DEI work is “mission critical” for higher education. As we continue to examine systems of discrimination and oppression, underrepresented populations, and legal protections on a global scale, one of the ways that we, as educators, have responded is by placing great importance on critical conversations and on what we can do to create more inclusive spaces in our own classrooms. Presentations in this area may highlight:

  • Inclusive course designs and teaching strategies
  • Diverse content development
  • Student sense of belonging
  • Social action projects
  • Safe spaces
  • Digital inequities
  • Critical issues in diversity, equity, and inclusion

Online Teaching 

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. Topics may include:  

  • Best practices in online teaching
  • Making a smooth transition to online teaching
  •  Online teaching strategies
  • Meaningful discussions in online environments
  • Supporting students during online instruction 
  • Instructor presence in the online environment

Trauma-Informed Teaching

Trauma-informed teaching is an educational approach that seeks to understand and consider the impact that trauma can have on the brain, emotions, behavior, and learning.   Trauma can be rooted in physiological, psychological, emotional, or social experiences and can be caused from a one-time event with lasting consequences or from ongoing life circumstances.  Instructors who take a trauma-informed approach use practices which promote a safe learning environment, facilitate connection, improve student resilience, and foster empowerment.  Presentations in this area may highlight: 

  • Principles of trauma-informed teaching  
  • Trauma-informed teaching practices 
  • Building relationships and community 
  • Social Justice and trauma-informed practice 
  • Stories of trauma-informed teaching and learning

Coming Soon

Welcome and Opening Remarks

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