Faculty Development Program

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 philosophy.

Teaching Academy

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 faculty.

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.

Learning Circles

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 us today!

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!

Faculty Coaching

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 sessions.

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 and support.

  • Faculty Advisory Forum on Engaged Teaching for Large Sections
  • Faculty Advisory Forum on Open Educational Practices
  • Faculty Advisory Forum on Competency Based Education