The Teaching & Learning Forum was created by a group of faculty in 1992. The Forum offers retreats, book groups, workshops, collaborative projects, and other initiatives in support of faculty development. Activities are directed by the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (TLA) Committee , a standing committee of the Faculty Senate, and the appointed coordinator who also serves as chair of the TLA Committee. Forum offices are located in Room 326 of the Stewart Library. The office is staffed year round. Please visit our library of books and materials on teaching and learning, including updated versions of MLA, APA and AMA manuals for publication and editing.
The following conferences/events are not sponsored by or affiliated with the Teaching and Learning Forum. For more information about them, please click on their respective links.
You are invited to submit proposals for the 4th Annual Teaching for Learning (T4L) Conference which will be held from March 5-6, 2020 in Provo, UT. Proposals are due by Monday, November 25, 2019. The theme for this conference is “Learning in Harmony.” Our keynote speaker is Todd Zakrajsek. Professor Zakrajsek’s presentation will be based on the book he co-authored with Terry Doyle, The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain.
Proposals are encouraged to focus on topics related to innovative and engaging approaches to teaching and learning, such as:
- Implementing strategies to create learning experiences that work in harmony with the brain and how students learn
- Planning appropriate scaffolds to improve student writing.
- Providing opportunities to practice skills and receive feedback (formative assessment) in preparation for evaluative, graded performance (summative assessment).
- Redesigning courses or curriculum to improve the student learning experience.
- Adopting new technology tools to help learners engage with concepts and with each other in more effective ways.
To submit proposals, visit the conference website t4l2020.byu.edu.
Pre-Conference Workshops. We are also accepting proposals for Pre-Conference Workshops. If you are interested in submitting, please submit your proposal by November 4, 2019 (with notification planned by November 11). We are accepting proposals for full-day and half-day workshops. There is a separate link on the T4L Conference website for Pre-conference Workshop proposals. Pre-Conference Workshops will take place on March 4, 2020.
If you've ever been curious about the impact of creating community, teaching innovation, or global learning on student success, then these programs are for you! The Association for American Colleges and Universities is hosting a number of webinars this fall focused on these and other topics of interest.
Feel free to take advantage of this valuable service at no charge since WSU is a member institution. You will need to create an account with AAC&U to access the webinars, but doing so is very easy.
Follow the instructions on the AAC& U website to create your account, then register for any or all of the webinars. Check the webinar titles and dates below. Learn what you can do to promote student success!
Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom
Cornell University’s Center for Teaching Innovation is launching a massive open online course (MOOC) for educators, “Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom,” one of the first online courses to guide instructors in exploring frameworks and strategies for building and sustaining inclusive learning environments. U.S.-based and higher-education-centered, the five-week course is for anyone with teaching responsibilities, at any level of diversity expertise. Registration for the course is open now.
The course features:
- compelling voices and stories from students and faculty
- opportunities to reflect on social identity, both your own and students'
- an introduction to key research on inclusion and student-centered learning
- an emphasis on assessing your own course design through the lens of inclusion
- a learning community guide to help form a cohort at your institution.
Please get in touch with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Online Teaching Seminar
Thursday-Saturday, November 14-16, 2019
Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah
This annual seminar is intended for college and university faculty (of ALL subject areas) who teach fully online or hybrid/blended courses.
Details and Online Registration:
Discount Registration & Fee Payment Deadline: Wednesday, September 25, 2019Â Â
Red Rock Great Teaching Retreat
Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab, Utah
This annual retreat is intended for ALL college and university faculty of ALL subject areas.
Details and Online Registration:
Discount Registration & Fee Payment Deadline: Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Are you trying to publish for tenure and promotion? Do you have some research focused on teaching and learning? Here are some selected journals on teaching and learning to which you could send your submission. Good luck!
The Digital New York Times at Weber State University
Weber State University faculty, students, and staff will have full complimentary access to the New York Times online (NYTimes.com) thanks to a university wide subscription that includes New York Times mobile apps, international editions and archives.
The New York Times initiative supports Weber State’s emphasis on promoting student success, fostering inclusion and diversity, supporting active learning and promoting global awareness by providing access to the International, Chinese language and Spanish language editions of the daily publication, as well as providing access to The New York Times’ historical archives and educational resources for teaching faculty. The initiative is sponsored by the Office of the Provost.
NYTimes.com covers a variety of topics through breaking news articles, blogs, videos, opinion and interactive features. With the subscription, users will be able to share content on social networks, save articles of interest, subscribe to email newsletters and set up personalized alerts. Access to NYTimes.com is available from any location, on or off campus.
So, what do you need to do to access the online offerings of The New York Times? It's easy! Create an account by following the steps below:
1. Go to accessnyt.com
2. Type in the name of the university, "Weber State University"
3. You will be given instructions for logging in
5. When you go back to nytimes.com and log in, you should be able to see your name in the top right hand corner
If you are interested in accessing instructional tools right now, The New York Times in Education is a growing library (16+) discipline-specific curated content from influential educators around the world. Faculty and instructors have access to various teaching strategies, articles, discussion questions, case studies and more to support integration of content from The New York Times into the curriculum.
If you have questions about the transition, contact the Teaching and Learning Forum. We'll send you another email as the digital date approaches. Let's go digital!
-Colleen Packer and Rachel Cox-