Erik W. Black

Friday, May 14, 2021

Incorporating Adult Learning Principles into Instruction

12:00-1:00 pm via Zoom (Registration link coming soon)

Presented by Erik W. Black, PhD MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Education, UF College of Medicine, Associate Director, HSC Office of Interprofessional Education


Basics of Online Teaching and Learning

This online blended 10-week course walks students through online course development in a mix of synchronous and asynchronous activities. The course will begin with 4 weeks of synchronous online sessions providing an overview of the course and effective online pedagogy. This will be followed by a mix of synchronous and asynchronous sessions on building a course. Each week will involve approximately 4-6 hours of readings, videos, assignments, discussions, and peer feedback. During this time, students will work on their final projects where they will develop materials for an online course (or unit) they plan to teach in the future. The course will end with 1 week of student micro-teaching presentations to the group.

This blended synchronous-asynchronous course will have online sessions 2-3:30PM EST on select Mondays: January 25, February 1, February 8, February 15, March 1, and March 22, and March 29. Students should plan to spend approximately 4-6 hours per week on coursework, in addition to synchronous sessions on weeks when those occur.

This event is hosted by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) and is designed for graduate students and faculty mentors. Register for this workshop by logging in with your CIRTL account. If you do not have a CIRTL account, you can create one with your UF credentials.

Application deadline: January 19, 2021

Click here for more information and registration: Basics of Online Teaching and Learning

Online Assessment

Presented by Alexandra Bitton-Bailey

Are you tired of the lecture-lecture-test format? Do you ever ponder if tests really paint a full picture of your students’ learning? Do your tests give all your students an opportunity to showcase their learning? Shifting assessment to an online format presents an opportunity to consider the best way to check your students’ progress towards course goals. This session will review alternative online assessment formats as well as ideas for “authentic” assessment. Suggestions and tools to support academic integrity will be discussed as well.

Tuesday, March 2 from 10:00 – 11:30 am via Zoom



Get Your Students to Read: Transform Learning with Perusall

Presented by Michael Rosenberg

Learning is a social experience — it requires interactions and interactivity. The coronavirus pandemic has been a good opportunity to rethink approaches to teaching. Moving some tasks to an online format suggests that many activities that have traditionally been synchronous and instructor-paced, can be made asynchronous and self-paced. Through Perusall, we will demonstrate how to move information transfer and sense-making online and make it interactive, promoting social interactions between students. In addition, we will discuss how the platform promotes intrinsic and extrinsic motivation to improve student performance.

Friday, March 5 from 10:00 – 11:00 am via Zoom



Everyday UDL: Strategies for Infusing Universal Design for Learning

Presented by Consuelo Kreider & Truly Hardemon

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.

Tuesday, February 23 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm via Zoom



Motivation II– Ideas to Stay Excited About Teaching

Presented by Kim Moore

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.

Thursday, February 25 from 10:00am – 11:30am via Zoom











Passport To Great Teaching logoPassport 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!  Events listed below are art of this program.  Graduate students and postdocs are welcome to participate!

More information and registration for all workshops can be found in the Passport Portal. If you are unable to register for a workshop, please create a Passport Portal account, then try registering again after you receive a confirmation email. For help navigating the Passport Portal, view the user guide.

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.

GMS 7950, Fundamentals of Biomedical Science Education

This elective course is offered in the Fall semester.

Biomedical scientists are trained during graduate school and postdoctoral studies to be researchers.  However, those who pursue academic career tracks are also expected to teach, and are often not well prepared for this faculty assignment.  This elective course provides an overview of educational issues faced by biomedical scientists teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, and/or professional level.  The goal of the course is to familiarize biomedical science graduate students interested in pursuing academic career tracks with techniques that are the most relevant for beginning teachers, e.g., teaching skills & strategies and the underlying theory of learning and teaching.  The course will use a variety of teaching formats modeling teaching behaviors, and will provide practical guidelines for a variety of teaching skills.  MEETING DAYS AND TIME TO BE ARRANGED.  Link to draft syllabus