Teaching Workshop Series: Canvas as a Pedagogical Tool


CTLE’s Teaching Workshops are free
to all University faculty, researchers, postdocs, graduate students, and staff.
We ask that you register in advance so we can plan accordingly.

During Fall and Spring semesters we cover a variety of topics related to pedagogical and  technological issues in higher education.

Faculty Center, MLIB 1705
9:30 - 11:30 am

While getting feedback is an integral part of both academia and most work environments, it can be a challenge to use this information to your advantage. This workshop will focus first on receiving feedback and how to use it to enhance what you do. The second module will focus on giving feedback, whether to your peers, students you are TA-ing, or others.

Facilitator: Mary Anne Berzins, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources

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This interactive workshop will be led by a soon-to-finish doctoral student in the Department of Communication, who is experienced in teaching communication skills. It will include tips on both oral and visual aspects of a talk, as well as strategies to deal with speech anxiety.

Facilitator: Ian Summers, Communication

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This highly practical workshop will explore how to condense complicated research ideas and proposals into short, effective presentations that can be used professionally and casually to explain the impact of your research and its potential. Ideal for graduate students and postdocs entering the workforce, or for anyone who wants to practice a more compelling way to share ideas with people outside of their discipline.

Facilitator: Danny Nelson, Graduate School

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Ever considered creating a podcast to spread your research ideas or enhance your outreach efforts? Podcasting can be a powerful way of popularizing your ideas, networking with a wide audience, and even achieving research goals. And, it’s not just for the extraverted! Join Associate Professor Nels Elde and other podcasters from the University of Utah to discuss the rewards and challenges of developing your own podcast.

Facilitator: Nels Elde, Human Genetics

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Check back in the coming weeks as we add more workshops to the schedule.


General Education Teaching Awards

Friday, September 8 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Faculty Center (MLIB 1705)

This event will celebrate the winners of General Education Teaching Awards. Each year these awards are given to individuals who have developed a strong record of accomplishment in their general education teaching. The award for Excellence in General Education Teaching acknowledges individuals with a long successful career in general education teaching or whose portfolio of teaching is largely located in the general education curriculum. The award for Innovation in General Education recognizes individuals who use or have developed creative approaches to teaching and learning in their general education courses.

This year’s recipients include:

Excellence in General Education Teaching: Kelly MacArthur, Department of Mathematics

Innovation in General Education Teaching: Adrienne Cachelin, Environmental & Sustainability Studies

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Graduate students writing dissertations and theses, and those preparing to do so, are invited to attend a special CTLE session regarding how to make the dissertation-to-degree process a smooth and successful endeavor. Thesis Editors will present basic formatting guidelines for dissertations and theses, reducing the time to publication, and will be on hand for Q & A. They will also present the new Word template and Shirley Zhao will discuss the LaTeX template.

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Spring 2017 Teaching Workshop Series

Fridays, 9:30 - 11:30 am in the Faculty Center (MLIB 1705)

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Friday,  Oct. 28 | Information for Prospective Fulbright Students


Jolyn Schleiffarth, Fellowships & Benefits Coordinator, Graduate School

Howard Lehman, Professor, Political Science

Friday,  Nov. 18 | Canvas as a Pedagogical Platform

The architecture of Canvas opens opportunities to teachers and students to interact with the platform in the same ways they interact with the rest of the Internet: creatively, socially, dynamically. Canvas is a pedagogical tool that has an eye toward open adaptation — and toward learning out in the world, rather than only behind computer screens or inside brick-and-mortar classrooms. Canvas is not the course: it’s the launching pad for the course.

We will discuss how Canvas can support your teaching, and how using Modules, Quizzes, Rubrics and Collaborations can improve your assessment, feedback and communication with students. The Teaching and Learning Technology team will spend the last hour assisting and setting up appointments to address additional Canvas questions.


Jon Thomas, Director, Teaching & Learning Technologies

Friday,  Dec. 2 | Making Research Relevant and Understandable

This workshop includes discussion, writing and speaking activities designed to bring attention to the academy’s need to make our research more approachable across disciplines and communities. We will examine methods for making descriptions of our research more useful by focusing on its relevance, validity and accessibility, and borrowing techniques from #lolmythesis and Three Minute Thesis.


Jennifer Seagrave, Associate Instructor, Undergraduate Studies

Friday,  Oct. 7 |Slideology


Holly K. Johnson, HEI Consultant, CTLE / Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art & Art History

Feb. 3 | Teaching Dossier: Curriculum Vitae & Teaching Philosophy

This workshop focuses on creating a teaching portfolio that highlights your teaching practice as part of your scholarly credentials. Essentials for an effective curriculum vitae (CV) as well as research-grounded approaches to developing or sharpening your teaching philosophy statement will be discussed. Registrants are encouraged to bring their current CV and teaching philosophy statement for peer feedback opportunities.

Facilitator: Alyson Froehlich, Higher Education Instructional Consultant, CTLE / Assistant Professor, Psychology

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CANCELLED -  Feb. 10 | Learning Outcomes


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Last Updated: 1/17/18