Teaching Workshop Series

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.

Upcoming Workshops 

Our next workshops will be held during the Fall 2019 semester. 


Past Workshops

Spring 2019

Friday 1/18

Facilitator: Liz Rogers

Description: In this workshop, instructors will have the opportunity to share experiences regarding (in)civility in the classroom, and discuss strategies to promote civil discourse. We will examine how inclusive teaching principles can help foster civility in the classroom and support student learning.


  • Discuss strategies to promote civil discourse.
  • Apply inclusive teaching principles to foster civility in the classroom.
  • Learn about resources to support faculty and instructors regarding student incivility.

Friday 2/08

Facilitators: Dr. David Derezotes and Dr. Mark Matheson

In this workshop, Mark and David will host a dialogue with beginning teachers, about their hopes and fears. They will share their insights into what is most important, and what is not, in starting out as a teacher. Emphasis will be on the relational aspects of teaching and learning excellence.

What you will learn:

    • The beginner’s enthusiasm can compensate for lack of experience
    • Over preparing at first makes sense, but things will change over time
    • Relationship is the foundation of teaching
    • How to start classes off on the first day

Friday 2/22

Facilitator: Dr. Georgi Rausch

As a teacher, you will have the opportunity to present to a variety of students, faculty and staff members, and members of professional associations. Your education and expertise is so important and worthy of being shared. This workshop will help you gain confidence so you are ready to present in the classroom and beyond. By taking a mindful approach to public speaking, you will learn how to strategically and mentally prepare for your presentations, smoothly organize your information, and leave your audiences feeling inspired and empowered. Who knows? You could even have a little fun in the process.

What you will learn:

    • A mindful approach to reducing speech anxiety
    • Engaging ways to start and end your presentation
    • An easy way to organize your content

Friday 3/29

FacilitatorLiz Rogers

Description: Research has demonstrated a range of high impact practices to support student learning in the classroom. In this workshop, faculty and instructors will learn more about resources specific to community engagement, undergraduate research, global learning, and environmental sustainability. Partners from the Bennion Center, Office of Undergraduate Research, Office for Global Engagement, and the Global Change & Sustainability Center will present information about how faculty can incorporate high impact practices in these areas into their course curriculum.


  • Discuss what high impact practices are and how they can support student learning.
  • Learn about resources across campus to support faculty and instructors.
  • Examine their own course curriculum and discover ways to implement high impact practices.

Friday 4/05

Facilitator: Ali Froehlich

Come join us as we learn how to highlight your stellar teaching practice with a teaching portfolio. Whether you are applying for a job, promotion, a teaching award, or just want to reflect on your progress as a teacher, you need a teaching portfolio in your life. This workshop will involve hands-on activities as we brainstorm and critique key teaching portfolio components.

What you will learn:

  • Ideas for what can be included in your teaching portfolio
  • Tips for crafting a stand-out CV
  • A fool-proof method for expressing your approach to teaching in a teaching philosophy statement

Friday 4/12

Facilitator: Jasmine Harris

 Friday 4/19
Facilitator: Jasmine Harris

Fall 2018

Fall 2018 Workshop schedule PDF

September 28th, 2018

Facilitator: Dale Larsen, Associate Librarian, J.W. Marriott Library

“It must be nice reading books all day!” someone commented to me. I responded, “I can’t remember the last time I read a book!”

The new academic library (in comparison with that old and inaccurate paradigm) is outcomes-based teaching, alignment with academic initiatives like digital humanities, evidence-based research support, quantification of faculty success (impact), programs designed to increase student retention & graduation (and more). We still have millions of books and journals, naturally, and how you access them is increasingly interconnected and multi-disciplinary.

At this workshop, participants will: Learn the top 3 multi-disciplinary research sources that all students/staff/faculty should be aware of. Learn novel research “hacks” (meta-searching, complex search strings, how to recognize jargon, and how it can change) Learn about scholarly impact. Learn about the vital services appearing in academic libraries the last few years.

October 5th, 2018

Facilitators: Liz Rogers, PhD, Associate Instructor, CTLE
Adam Halstrom, Program Manager, Student Course Feedback, CTLE

Utilizing student feedback during the semester is an effective way to assess classroom climate, and make improvements to enhance student learning. This workshop will describe CTLE’s midterm student feedback tools such as surveys and focus groups as well as final course evaluations. It will also be a space to discuss how to process and understand student feedback, and provide strategies for incorporating student feedback into courses.

October 26th, 2018 

Facilitator: Cecile Paskett, Instructional Designer, Teaching and Learning Technologies

Online courses require media content, yet most faculty are not media professionals. This workshop is a crash course in lecture production for instructors who have little experience recording course videos. Topics covered will include a discussion of why instructors should record lecture videos,  best practices for lecture recording, how to use Canvas video tools, and ideas for lectures that go beyond the ‘talking head’ format. 

November 2nd, 2018

Facilitator: Alyson Froehlich PhD, Higher Education Instructional Consultant, CTLE

Are you teaching a class full of students with brains? If so, this workshop is for you. As instructors, we are experts in our respective fields. We know what students need to learn, but few of us know how students learn.

In this workshop, we will talk about a handful of methods by which the brain best learns new material and how we can implement them in our classrooms.

Teaching Practices for Students with Brains pdf

Friday November 9th, 2018

Facilitator: Liz Bond Rogers, Associate Instructor, Office for Inclusive Excellence, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence

Have you had a challenging situation arise in your classroom that you weren’t sure how to handle? This workshop is designed to engage faculty in dialogue about strategies to facilitate discussions with students, both planned and unplanned, in the classroom.

Challenging Situations in the Classroom pdf

Friday December 7th

Facilitator:  Liz Bond Rogers, Associate Instructor, Office for Inclusive Excellence / Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence

Tara Putnam, MS, CAPE, Faculty Consultant, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence

Inclusive teaching starts with a syllabus that is welcoming and engaging to all students. In this workshop, faculty and instructors will discuss various aspects of an inclusive syllabus with colleagues. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to assess one of their course syllabi using a rubric based on inclusive strategies.

Last Updated: 6/19/19