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The Center for Teaching and Learning congratulates all Oregon State University graduates in the Class of ’17. Best wishes for a wonderful future!

And as the university looks forward to its 150th year, we extend a big thank you to everyone who teaches at OSU for your efforts this year on behalf of all your learners!


New Funding Opportunities: Hybrid and Transformative

pink rhododendron flowersThe Center for Teaching and Learning invites applications for two popular learning communities that begin in September:

1 – The Transformative Curriculum Professional Learning Community supports OSU faculty in defining and designing cross-disciplinary courses that transcend traditional academic boundaries. See the Transformative Curriculum Request for Proposals for details.

2 – The Hybrid Faculty Learning Community supports faculty redesigning Corvallis campus courses as hybrid courses. See the Hybrid Faculty Learning Community Request for Proposals for details.

Both learning communities are offered in a hybrid format that blends on-campus meetings with online resources and interaction. Both programs offer professional development funding for successful completion.

Proposals for these programs are due June 10. Space is limited; apply now!

Who is in the Teaching and Learning Spotlight?

The Center for Teaching and Learning and LIFE@OSU are introducing a new semi-monthly series highlighting the stories of successful teaching on campus. Teachers featured in the series have all utilized CTL services and resources in order to better enhance their teaching experiences. For more information about LIFE@OSU.

This month’s featured faculty member is Rebecca Hutchinson, assistant professor with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. To learn about Rebecca and her teaching experiences check out her article on our Announcements & Events page or see the article in LIFE@OSU.

Time to Register for CTL’s Winter Symposium!

OSU clock tower with Benton Hall in the backgroundJoin us for CTL’s Humor, Care, and Contemplation Winter Symposium from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, MU Horizon Room.

Morning sessions include:

  • Contemplative Practices as a Tool Towards Seeking Balance
  • Negotiating Difficult Discussions with Care
  • The OSU Innovation Initiative: How does disruptive innovation work, and who are we disrupting?
  • What’s funny . . . and not so funny? What do political cartoons communicate about teaching, learning and higher education?

For the first time CTL will host an “Ask and Expert Resource Fair” in the afternoon. Several OSU departments will host booths to share their expertise with you in conversations and mini-consultations.

See the full schedule and register now.

Season’s Greetings and Opportunities Ahead

Large snowy oak branches pointing up into a blue sky

As the culmination of the Fall term coincides with the season of giving, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the ways you contribute to student learning. Your time, talent, and expertise are the foundation of the gift of learning we give our students, which in turn they share with their families, communities, employers, and industries. While your attention might currently be focused on Winter course preparation, you should know that your teaching matters and that you are contributing to our broader OSU mission.

We also wanted to remind you of some of the exciting initiatives we have planned for the coming Winter.

  • Join CTL in a Professional Learning Community on Learning Communities (PLC on LCs). From January 2 – March 10 join a collegial group of educators who are united in building community, engaged in scholarly (evidence-based) teaching, and interested in learning how to facilitate their own professional and/or student-led learning communities across the University. As a hybrid course the first session will meet online; when meeting face-to-face the sessions will be held Thursdays from 10:00 – noon in Milam 215. CTL will provide a $500.00 compensation in professional development funds for all completers.
  • Starting January 3 Tuesday Teaching TALKS will begin again. These just-in-time, 90-minute workshops provide applicable instructional strategies. The strategies are modeled and participants work with colleagues to integrate the practices into their own teaching. These workshops are particularly helpful to those new to teaching, or for those simply in need of a refresher. The same topic is discussed every Tuesday at 10 and 2 in Milam 215. No need to register – just come on by! Attend one or all. Participants who complete the series now earn a Certificate in Teaching and Learning to be used on resumes or towards their promotion and tenure!
  • In partnership with Learn@OregonState, Tuesday Teaching TALKS will be followed by Thursday Tech Webinars. On Thursday of each week at 10 and 2 a webinar on how to integrate into Canvas many of the ideas discussed at TALKS will be shared. Registration is required for the webinars. Attend one or all.
  • On Thursday, January 26, the CTL, in collaboration with multiple units across campus, will be hosting the winter symposium entitled “Seeking Balance: Colleagues, Critical Conversations, and Chocolate.” Sessions will include practical strategies and open discussions around topics of interest. After lunch, there will be an “Ask an Expert Question Carnival” at which faculty and staff can ask on-campus experts about teaching and learning. Registration is recommended.
  • We’d also like to remind you to apply now to participate in the Hybrid Faculty Learning Community. CTL will provide professional development funds to instructors who participate in in spring 2017 and redesign a Corvallis campus course as a hybrid course. To apply, respond to the Request for Proposals by Jan. 10 or contact Cub Kahn.

Most of all, we’d like you to know how deeply we value your role in our mission to advance and celebrate teaching excellence – teaching excellence that provides extraordinary educational experiences for our students’ success.

Warmest wishes,

Kay Sagmiller, Director

Center for Teaching and Learning

Group Photo of Four CTL Staff Members

Enhance Your Teaching with Hybrid Techniques

Orange and green maple leaves in front of Women's Building on OSU campusLearn effective hybrid teaching practices in this hands-on CTL workshop on Thurs., Oct. 27, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Milam 215. Explore tools and techniques to integrate online and classroom learning. All faculty and GTA’s welcome. Please bring your laptop. Refreshments provided. Please register in advance. See you there!

Congratulations to All

P1070072-LINC-May '16The Center for Teaching and Learning congratulates all Oregon State University graduates in the Class of ’16 and everyone who teaches at OSU for another great year of teaching and learning. Best wishes for a bright future!


Apply Now for Hybrid Funding

Hybrid works at OSU. Eighty-three different courses in 9 OSU colleges have been offered in a hybrid P1040208-BannersLINCPlaza-22Sep15format on the Corvallis campus during the past three years. The 2014-2015 academic year saw a 24% annual increase in the number of hybrid course sections and 5,390 students enrolled in hybrid courses. A hybrid (“blended”) course by definition includes both regularly scheduled, on-site classroom meetings and major online learning activity that replaces regularly scheduled class meeting time.

The Center for Teaching and Learning is offering $2,500 in professional development funds and course development support to faculty to participate in the winter 2016 Hybrid Faculty Learning Community and redesign established Corvallis campus courses as hybrid courses. Instructors and tenured/tenure-track faculty and instructors with at least 2 years of teaching at OSU are eligible to participate.

See the Request for Proposals to learn how to apply; proposals are due Nov. 1, 2015. Join the Center for Teaching and Learning in advancing teaching excellence at OSU!

Funding Available—Due Date Extended to Jan. 20

Construction Crane @ OSU - Dec.14Construct something new . . . something to last! The Center for Teaching and Learning supports the redesign of established on-campus courses as hybrid courses through the Hybrid Course Initiative. These funds ($2,000/course) are provided to instructors who participate in a faculty learning community in Spring term and develop a hybrid course. See Request for Proposals.

Best wishes to all for 2015!


Attention, GTAs: The CTL Is Seeking Experienced GTAs

The Center for Teaching & Learning is seeking motivated and qualified Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) to serve as mentors during the spring, summer, and fall of 2014. The GTA Mentors Program (formerly the GTA Fellows) provides an opportunity for experienced GTAs to gain valuable teaching experience and participate in advanced trainings and professional development.

Position Description: GTA Mentors will be instrumental in planning and facilitating the CTL’s fourth annual New GTA Orientation event on September 18 & 19. GTA Mentors will develop curriculum for and facilitate break-out sessions at the orientation in addition to serving as mentors to other GTAs within their respective departments.

Duties & Responsibilities: GTA Mentors must participate in four trainings and professional development sessions provided by the Center for Teaching and Learning throughout the summer and attend both days of the New GTA Orientation in September. The trainings will be held on the following dates: May 7- 12:00-2:00 PM, June 18- 10:00-1:00 PM, July 16- 10:00-1:00 PM, and August 20- 10:00-1:00 PM. Beyond the New GTA Orientation event, GTA Mentors will have additional for-credit opportunities to develop and facilitate GTA workshops and serve as consultants to their fellow teaching assistants in their respective departments.

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must have completed at least two terms of teaching at OSU and should have a record of high quality and innovative teaching. Applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA at OSU to be eligible. All GTA Mentors will be compensated $250 in professional development funds upon completing their training and facilitation duties.

The CTL will be hosting two informational sessions about the GTA Mentors program that will provide an opportunity to meet a few of the past Mentors and ask questions. The sessions will be held on the following dates:

• February 25 from 12:00-1:00 PM in Milam 215

• March 6 from 10:00-11:00 AM in the Valley Library Willamette West Room

Application Deadline: April 1, 2014

Please direct any questions to tess.collins@oregonstate.edu

Application materials can be found here.

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