Spring into the Celebration of Teaching!

The Center for Teaching and Learning spring symposium, Celebrating Teaching Excellence, is traditionally dedicated to the showcasing of OSU’s innovative and creative teaching. This is a fun event that fosters reflection, enhances the exchange of ideas, and inspires our collective commitment to our students and the art of teaching. Progressive family-style lunch and rotating conversations are hallmarks of this celebration.

On Wednesday, April 26 from 11-2, if you (and colleagues and/or students) would like to showcase your work at a round table, please fill out the short application proposal.  All applications will be reviewed and 12 will be selected.

Don’t be shy…apply!

CTL 2017 Winter Symposium Golden Ticket Winners

Thank you for joining us at the winter symposium, Humor. Care. Contemplation. We appreciate you taking the time to join us. We would like to announce that the Golden Ticket winners from our Ask an Expert Question Carnival were Jennifer McKee and Tianhong Shi! Congratulations to you both! We look forward to seeing you at the Spring Symposium, Celebrating Teaching Excellence on April 26!

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

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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

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Looking Forward . . .

As we trade the old year for a shiny, new 2014 model, it’s time to update your calendar with four major teaching-related events at OSU in the coming months:P1090191 - Version 2

Hope to see you at these gatherings!  They’re great events to learn about innovative and successful teaching methods, to discuss teaching and learning, and to network informally with colleagues.  Stay tuned for more details at CTL Events and Ecampus.

Best wishes for the New Year!