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Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL)
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Hello! Here is your weekly curation of ideas, events, and resources to support your teaching and learning efforts. Wishing you a smooth start to the semester!
  • Quick Reads: Prior Knowledge, First Day, Workload Estimator, and Adult Learners
  • Updates: Syllabus Template and Statements | Fall Guidance | Planning Calendars
  • Portfolio Guidelines & Preparation Documents
  • Resources for Teaching
  • Calendar of events

Quick Reads

  • Assessing Prior Knowledge (Cornell Univ) (2 min read): Strategies for learning more about your students to, adapt your course plans, help your students be aware of the background knowledge.
  • The First Day of Class (DePaul Univ, 2021) (10 min read): More strategies to establish course climate and expectations and get your students motivated and learning from Day 1.
  • Course Workload Estimator (Wake Forest Univ): A handy tool to estimate how much time students would spend on course assignments and activities.
  • Adult Learners Need More Instructional Support (Williams-Pinnock, 2021) (4 min read)
Browse past CETL weekly updates, including:

Syllabus Template and Statements Updates

Portfolio Guidelines & Preparation Updates

Documents related to preparing a portfolio for reappointment, tenure, and promotion review have been updated recently. These and additional documents are available on the Provost’s Personnel Decisions website:
  • Portfolio Guidelines (updated June 2021)
  • Portfolio Checklist/outline (updated June 2021)
  • Portfolio FAQs: a supplement to the Guidelines (updated June 2021)
  • Guidelines for Preparing for Electronic Submission of the portfolio (new, June 2021)
  • Optional Covid Impact Statement (new, June 2021)
  • CV template (this is a guide)
  • Application form and Appraisal forms
  • Calendar for Personnel Decisions (updated May 2021)
  • Slides from the June 2021 webinars on portfolio preparation provided
Questions or would like assistance? Please contact Amy Chan Hilton, CETL.

Teaching Resources 

Materials from Recent CETL Workshops

Missed recent CETL online workshops and sessions to help you prepare for your courses, tweak your time management, and plan your portfolio?  View the slides and resources here. Please contact CETL if you have any questions.
  • Time Management and Well-being for Faculty: slides and resources
  • First Week of Class: Setting the Stage for Learning: slides
  • Fostering Student Motivation and Engagement: slides
  • Transparent Assignment Design: Small Changes to Boost Confidence: slides and handouts
  • Assessment for Student Engagement: slides
  • SoTL Workshop with Laura Cruz (Penn State): resources
  • 5th Celebration of Teaching & Learning Symposium: Sessions Slides and Keynote Slides: Balancing Flexibility and Rigor to Support Student Success
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