The Office of Teaching and Learning enables the enhancement of teaching and learning
practice through meaning faculty development opportunities. All faculty are invited
to engage in these activities.
New Faculty Teaching Scholars
This year-long program is designed for faculty who are new to UVU. During regular
meetings, participants discuss pedagogical approaches and consider their own teaching
The Teaching Academy is available for faculty who have more than one year experience
working at UVU. Participants meet on a regular basis to explore learner-centered approaches
to teaching. During this program, participants form mentoring relationships with other
Cutting Edge Workshops
These monthly session are designed to explore new and emerging themes within higher
education. In the sessions, participants discuss the implications of these ideas for
their own practice.
These small communities of faculty meeting every other week during one semester. Each
community reads a particular book on learning and teaching and discusses the book
during their sessions.
New offerings in 2015/2016!
Fundamentals of Teaching Excellence
This short workshop provides an overview of what ‘teaching excellence’ means at UVU.
In this workshop, participants learn more about UVU’s faculty development program
and how this links to UVU’s Retention, Tenure, and Promotion program, and to international
accreditation of teaching mastery. This is an excellent starting point for plotting
your personalized route to becoming a Master Teacher! Workshops start in January 2016—sign
up to save a space!
Teaching for Student Success
Student success is UVU’s core principle. Participants who engage in this workshop
will explore theory and practices related to supporting student success through one’s
own teaching practice. Participants will also learn more about the University’s systems
to support student retention and completion. Workshops start in November 2015—space
is limited; sign up today!
Teaching with Technology
This development opportunity is important for all faculty who wish to embed Technology
Enhanced Learning into their teaching practice. In this session, participants explore
various tools and technologies and receive one-to-one support in using these in a
learning environment. Participants are also given the opportunity to evaluate their
experience and publish a mini case study in an annual publication! These opportunities
begin in 2016.
Enhancing your Online Teaching Practice
Warning: this coaching session leads to highly effective teaching practice! This opportunity
is designed to support faculty in outlining an action plan to enhance their online
teaching. Working with a dedicated coach, faculty will receive support and ideas for
developing their practices. This is an excellent starting point for ongoing development.
Sign up today for this online coaching opportunity!
Engaged Learning Online
This online course is designed to help faculty create more social, experiential, and
collaborative learning activities for their online or hybrid courses. Working online
(with a development coach), faculty will design a set of online learning activities
for one of their existing (or newly developed) online courses. This is a powerful
opportunity that combines learning theory and best practices to achieve a highly practical
toolkit. This course starts in 2016 but registration is open now.
Course Redesign for Flexible Learning
Do you have an existing course to redesign into an online, hybrid, MOOC, or competency
based course? Through a series of supportive, interactive workshops, faculty create
a blueprint for their redesigned course and work to bring their new ideas to life
within Canvas. These workshops are scheduled as you need them, so get in touch with
Peer Observation for Enhancing Teaching (Online or Face-to-Face)
This is an excellent opportunity for all faculty to gain insight into their teaching
practice. Working with a fellow faculty member, faculty will take turns observing
various features of the other’s teaching (online or face-to-face). Feedback, dialogue,
and reflective practice are key element of this opportunity. This is an excellent
activity for Departments and Colleges to engage in as a team. Contact us today to
arrange your facilitated team experience!
Get Flipped: Exploring Ways to Maximize your In-Class Time
This development opportunity is designed for all faculty to explore how to make better
use of their in-class time. By working through a series of online activities, faculty
explore principles and practices related to ‘flipping a classroom’. Participants are
asked to implement at least one flipped technique into their teaching practice. Participants
are also given the opportunity to evaluate their experience and to provide a mini
case study for an annual publication. This online course will be offered in 2016.
Registration is open now.
Games to Engage Learners
Attend our annual game based learning fair to explore ideas for embedding games into
your teaching practice. Receive one-to-one support for developing your game idea.
Participants are invited to share their game innovations in an annual publication
and open repository.
Open Educational Practices
This is a great way to build your teaching toolkit! This workshop supports faculty
in identifying, reusing, and recycling existing open educational resources (OERs)
that are openly licensed. Faculty who have designed their own resources can learn
how to develop, license, and share these as OERs—meaning others can share your resources
for their own teaching practice. Join our OER/OEP kick-off event in January!
This opportunity is designed to support faculty in developing a praxis for coaching
other faculty. This is a unique activity aimed at Faculty Fellows, or other faculty
who play a key role in developing others. Contact us today to arrange your personalized
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
This hybrid opportunity is aimed at groups of faculty who wish to enhance their understanding
of pedagogical research. As a group, faculty explore various aspects of practice based
research and then design a proposal for their own small-scale study. Support is offered
throughout the process and after the study to support writing, publishing, and other
forms of dissemination. Faculty can join in January or September of each academic
year. Register now for the next cohort.
Undergraduate Research as Pedagogy (SCULPT: Scholarly Creative Undergraduate Learning Partnership Team)
The SCULPT initiative supports undergraduate research as a pedagogical approach. Funded
by a Title 3 grant, SCULPT specifically works to embed undergraduate research as a
high impact practice. This team explore ways to nurture faculty-student partnerships
through inquiry based learning. Read more about this group and how to join here.
Faculty Advisory Forums
These groups of faculty meet on an as-needed basis to provide guidance to the Office
of Teaching and Learning on a variety of topics. If you are interested in joining
one of these advisory groups, please let us know. We are happy for your participation
Faculty Advisory Forum on Engaged Teaching for Large Sections
Faculty Advisory Forum on Open Educational Practices
Faculty Advisory Forum on Competency Based Education