Active Learning: A How To…

Join Dr. Laurie Mintz, Professor, Dept. of Psychology, and Robert Parker, our iClicker Specialist, for a hands-on workshop to learn how to bring active learning into your classroom.  Dr. Mintz will show you how she has used iClicker not only in her classroom, but in talks across the country, to engage and interact with her audience. She will also talk about how she has used data collected via iClicker in her research and popular press books and blogs.  Presented by Laurie Mintz & Robert Parker.

Wednesday, October 30, 2:00-3:00 pm, 201 Bryant Space Science Center

Using Analogies to Engage Students in Active Learning

To teach complex concepts is not always an easy job, particularly when the contents are outside students’ previous experience. Use of analogies to develop simple and easy-to-understand language is highly appreciated by students and promote student engagement and active learning. This 1-hr interactive workshop will (1) present a research-based rationale for the use of analogies in the classroom, (2) provide guidance on how to effectively use analogies, (3) illustrate specific examples of subject-focused analogies, and (4) engage the participants in creating their own analogies and discussing the pros and cons (best practice and limitations) of using analogies.  Presented by Zhiyong Cheng.

Monday, November 4, 2:00-3:00 pm, 201 Bryant Space Science Center.

Motivation II – Ideas to Stay Excited about Teaching

As instructors, we work to improve our courses and engage our students. But after a while, it can be hard to get excited about the new semester and the looming workload that comes with each class.  This workshop will explore ideas on ways to get excited about teaching.  Presented by Kim Moore.

Tuesday, November 5, 10:00-11:30 am via Zoom

Teaching with ePortfolios

Faculty and staff attending this workshop will learn about the impact of ePortfolio practice on student learning. Attendees will gain an understanding of how ePortfolios can support integrative learning (including career development) and will get guidance and advice on how to implement ePortfolio projects. The workshop includes a 20 minute hands-on tutorial on how to create ePortfolios using the free web development platform Wix.  Presented by Paloma Rodriguez.

Wednesday, November 11, 12:00-1:30 pm, 201 Bryant Space Science Center

Social Learning through Portfolios

Educators employ a wide range of technologies to engage their students, both in class and beyond. In particular, social networking sites have been shown help students learn effectively with and from each other, and the quality of student work is enhanced when is it is created for an audience beyond the instructor. The sense of community that is developed through these collaborations can also serve to enhance or recreate the classroom experience in virtual environments. This presentation showcases a tool developed to enhance the demonstrated benefits of learner portfolios by harnessing the power of social networking. The tool, designed for foundational language courses, allows students to collaborate, share and comment on each other’s work, following the tenets of Integrated Performance Assessments. I will provide an overview of the site and its theoretical underpinnings, with sample activities and a pedagogical discussion of the tool, as well as how portfolio assessment fits within best practices for course design.  Presented by Gillian Lord.

Monday, November 18, 10:00-11:30 am, 201 Bryant Space Science Center

Intercultural Communication: Implications for Globalizing your Teaching

An important part of globalizing your teaching is the inclusion of intercultural communication. This session will focus on how you can introduce intercultural communication in your courses. Guest contributors will be Dr. CC Suarez and Dr. Natalie Coers.  Presented by Grady Roberts.

Monday, November 18, 3:00-4:00 pm, 201 Bryant Space Science Center

Inclusive Teaching Strategies: Embracing Student Diversity in All Forms

Inclusive practices are critical to the higher education landscape to improve student learning. Inclusive teaching means designing and teaching courses in ways that foster talent in all students, but especially those who come from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education.  This two-part workshop, will familiarize participants with the concepts of diversity equity and inclusion, and the role of teaching methods in embracing student diversity in all forms. Also, attendees will discuss practical strategies of inclusive teaching that can be incorporated into everyday student interactions and during course design and assessment.  Presented by Sindia Rivera Jimenez.

Part 1:  Tuesday, November 19, 10:00-11:30 am via Zoom
Part 2:  Thursday, November 21, 10:00-11:30 am via Zoom

Everyday UDL: Simple Strategies for Infusing Principles of Universal Design for Learning into Teaching and Mentorship

Workshop facilitators will [1] review principals of universal design for learning (UDL), [2] identify challenges to its implementation, [3] share simple and data-driven strategies for engaging students and mentees with diverse learning and communication abilities, and [4] share strategies for recognizing when implementation these simple UDL strategies are needed.  Presented by Consuelo Kreider & Leslie Kollar.

Tuesday, November 19, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 201 Bryant Space Science Center

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University Structure & Planning for Promotion

Presented by Mark S. Segal, MD PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Professional Development, UF College of Medicine

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New Tool for the Passport to Great Teaching Program

The Office of Faculty Development & Teaching Excellence is launching a new tool to manage the Passport to Great Teaching program, the Passport Portal!

The Passport Portal will allow you to:

  • View workshops
  • Register for workshops
  • Register for certificates
  • Submit reflections
  • View miles, badges and certificates earned
  • Communicate with other passport participants
  • And much, much more

For more information on the new Passport Portal please visit our Passport to Great Teaching webpage.

Apply Now For Spring 2020
Preparing Future Faculty Program


The UF Graduate School, UF Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and the UF Center for Teaching Excellence invite you to apply for the Spring 2020 Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program, which will meet Mondays from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. over 13 weeks, starting January 13 and ending April 20.

This program will cover important aspects of being a successful faculty member, faculty expectations at different kinds of institutions, and effective teaching and learning methods. It will involve weekly in-person meetings, assignments, and a mentoring component.

This program is open to graduate students and postdocs from any UF department. Participants will be chosen on a competitive basis.

To learn more about this program and apply online, click this link: UF PFF. The online application will open on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 8 a.m. Applications will be considered and participants chosen on a rolling basis.

Questions? Email Dr. Talline Martin, Director of the UF Office of Graduate Professional Development, at tmartins@ufl.edu.