Winter 2017 Newsletter

Congratulations Online Teaching Fellows Program 1!


Pictured from left to right: Stacey DeLoose (facilitator), Tom Gillespie (facilitator), Gabrielle McNally (Art & Design), Jacob Daar (Psychology), Heather Isaacson (Clinical Sciences), Wendy Farkas (Engligh), Shaun Thunell (Clinical Sciences), Melissa Copenhaver (Nursing), LaMart Hightower (Social Work), Elizabeth Wuorinen (Health & Human Performance), Janet Labron (Clinical Sciences), Scott Smith (facilitator), Abigail Wyche (Social Work), Gummi Oddsson (Sociology), Nancy Gold (English), Brian Zinser (Business), Mitch Klett (Education), Kristi Robinia (Nursing), Xiuguo Huang (Visiting Scholar, English), and Matt Smock (facilitator).

The CTL has the privilege of congratulating another cohort of online teaching fellows. 16 instructors participated in and successfully completed the Online Teaching Fellows Program 1 this Fall.  The Fellows program is a professional development initiative sponsored by the Office of Extended Learning and Community Engagement and facilitated by the Center for Teaching and Learning. Its goal is to develop faculty expertise in the design, development, and delivery of online courses in order to build and enhance online programs. 

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The Scholar's Corner


In CTL Scholar Terry Delpier's final newsletter column:

  • Save the Date! - UP Teaching and Learning Conference, May 5
  • The Writing Refuge
  • CTL Teaching and Learning Series
  • CTL article exchange

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The CTL is on Facebook!

How do you find out about events and goings-on around campus?  Department websites, Campus Connect Calendar, email?  If you want to find out what is going on at the CTL, you can now find out on Facebook!  It has been an exciting fall developing our page and fine-tuning the best posts to effectively share information.  Of course our website is still a great way to get information but if you like our Facebook page you will be notified about professional development offerings, see tips about EduCat, see news from national teaching and learning organizations, find answers to frequently asked questions, and get information about upcoming CTL events.  We understand that it is difficult to keep up with emails and sometimes information gets missed due to an inbox that is too full.  The Facebook page was developed to get information out in a way that will not flood that inbox and also, hopefully, in a fun way, because why not?  So like us on Facebook and get to know what the CTL has to offer.

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The CTL Undergoes Strategic Planning

This fall the CTL embarked on a journey.  In order to move forward and to best serve the university community, we worked with consultant, Karen Russel, from the Facilitation Center at Eastern Kentucky University. Russel came highly recommended as she was the consultant who facilitated the strategic planning for the Lydia M Olson Library last year.  In mid-October Karen began to collect data about CTL services and resources, challenges in classroom and online teaching, support needed for teaching, and opinions on the future of teaching in higher education.  She met one-on-one with Dr. Kerri Schuiling, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Dale Kapla, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programming and Faculty Affairs, and Dr. Steve VandenAvond, Vice President for Extended Learning and Community Engagement. 

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CTL Program News

Winter 2017 Upcoming Events


We have a full slate of programs for this semester on our CTL Educational Programs Calendar!  Check it out!

Also, stay tuned for additional announcements via e-mail and our Facebook page and check out The Scholar's Corner for breaking news about a new UP Teaching and Learning Conference co-sponsored by the CTL.

New and Improved Wildcast Podcasting

The Wildcast podcast system has been upgraded to a new version.  All podcasts that were in the original Wildcast were automatically migrated to the new version.

The new version includes several enhancements and new features.


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Faculty Focus Video Premiere

Featuring Nancy Maas


Congratulations to Nancy Mass who was featured in the fourth faculty focus video in our series, promoting different techniques to engage students in the classroom.  Faculty focus videos highlight instructors who are doing something new and interesting in their classrooms, and also help spark ideas for others. 


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