Can We Foster Student Motivation for Learning?

In this workshop, we will focus on the factors that influence student motivation and whether specific teaching and learning approaches can foster student motivation. One of the most common questions that faculty ask is “How can I motivate my students to learn?” The best answer is “it depends” since motivation is a complex human characteristic that is affected by external and internal factors that are influenced by cultural and situational components.

What Would You Do? Ethical Conundrums

This interactive workshop will use case studies of situational or ethical dilemmas that faculty may face in their day-to-day job. This is a chance to think about such situations before they occur and to have a game plan to navigate sticky situations and achieve positive outcomes.


Scott Roberts
Director of instructional Excellence & Innovation
Teaching & Learning Transformation Center

Planning & Facilitating Small (and Large!) Group Discussions

Let’s discuss discussion! Join us as we model several effective strategies for structuring and promoting discussion amongst small (and large) groups of learners. This workshop will help you to identify strategies for increasing student participation and creating an inclusive environment for discussion. We will also describe the characteristics of great discussion questions and help you to plan an effective discussion-based activity to incorporate into your instruction.


Hannah Jardine
Faculty Programs Coordinator
Teaching & Learning Transformation Center

Education Research 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Designing Ed Research

Are you interested in dipping your toe into an education research project? Perhaps you use an innovative pedagogy into your class, and you're interested in evaluating it for publications and presentations? In this workshop, we will walk you through the basic steps to conduct an education research project, including setting the scope of the project, submitting an application to the Internal Review Board (IRB) for research with human subjects, and choosing an appropriate journal or conference for submission.


Crafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement

If you are applying for an academic position, or going up for promotion here at the University of Maryland, you will need a teaching philosophy statement as part of your portfolio. Whether you would like to refine your existing statement or you are starting from scratch, join us for a hands-on workshop to help you craft a statement that defines your philosophy and guides your teaching.


Marissa Stewart
Assistant Director for Graduate Programs
Teaching & Learning Transformation Center

Best Practices in Online and Blended Course Design

Join us to review pedagogical best practices and design techniques to consider when developing an online or blended course. This workshop will also summarize and synthesize research about instructor presence and student engagement. Student engagement and instructor presence are essential components of effective teaching, student success, and creating an enjoyable experience for both faculty and students in the online and blended classrooms. Bring questions and experiences to share!

Teaching Thinking: Strategies to Support Student Engagement and Metacognition

“Think” is the 12th most used verb in the English language…what does “thinking” look like for you and your students? In this workshop, you will learn about and experience “thinking routines,” or strategies to help learners understand the thinking process and develop critical thinking skills.

Hannah Jardine
Faculty Programs Coordinator 
Teaching & Learning Transformation Center

Classroom Assessment Techniques: Gathering Real-Time Feedback from Your Students

Classroom Assessment Techniques (aka CATs) are activities that can help instructors monitor students' learning in their classes, get quick feedback on their teaching, and also help students to think metacognitively about their own learning. CATs can take many forms - and you may already be using them in your classes! CATs can take up a minute of your class time or the whole period, depending on which CAT you choose. They can be graded or ungraded, individual or collaborative, impromptu or planned, and focused on any aspect of the class.

Moving Online: Course Design and Development Retreat

Spend the day with colleagues, DIT and TLTC staff to learn about course design for online formats. Whether you are preparing to teach a fully online course, or considering incorporating online elements, this retreat will introduce you to the theories and tools to support your efforts. Topics will include overall best practices and common mistakes, content development, communication and assessment strategies, and accessibility considerations.  Bring your laptop and get helpful feedback on your course design ideas. Lunch will be provided.



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