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Foundations of USU Teaching

Foundations of USU Teaching is a cohort-based program for new instructor development. Those invited to participate in Foundations events include first-time faculty at USU who have a teaching responsibility. This includes tenure track, non-tenure track, lecturers, clinical faculty, and professional practice faculty. The inaugural event each year is the Foundations of USU Teaching workshop, hosted in August. 

Upcoming

1 Mon, Aug. 14, 9:00am - 4:00pm, AGRS 101 (Logan Campus)
Foundations of USU Teaching Workshop 

The day's agenda will include:

  • Morning: Information about USU student demographics, culture, course evaluations, and syllabus development.
  • Mid-Morning: Collaborative sessions and a free lunch, providing opportunities to exchange ideas with new and experienced instructors of similar disciplines
  • Afternoon: A brief session on effective teaching practices, followed by hands-on breakout sessions on areas of practical interest, including using Canvas, planning for testing and assessment, finding content resources, and further syllabus development. 

Plan to come away feeling validated about what you are already doing well, with new insights that will help you be an even better teacher. This opportunity only comes once!

 

Click Here to Register for Workshop

Workshop Schedule

General Sessions
8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Check-In 
Agricultural Sciences Building - AGRS, Room 101 (view map)
9:00 – 9:05 Welcoming Remarks
John Louviere
Assistant Vice President & Executive Director, Academic and Instructional Services
9:05 – 9:25 IDEA Evaluations
Peter Crosby
Assessment Specialist, Office of Analysis, Assessment and Accreditation

9:25 – 9:45 What is a USU Syllabus?
Ed Reeve
Interim Vice Provost, Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost

9:45 - 10:00 ETE 10 Faculty Development
Travis Thurston
Senior Instructional Designer & Faculty Development Coordinator, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction
Erin Wadsworth-Anderson
Instructional Designer,
Center for Innovative Design and Instruction

10:00 - 10:15  Break
10:15 – 11:05 Student Demographics
John Mortensen
Assistant VP for Enrollment Services and Retention, Vice President for Student Affairs
Heidi Kesler
Director of Student Retention,
Vice President for Student Affairs
11:05 – 12:00 Understanding the USU Degree
Harrison Kleiner
Assistant Professor, Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies Department
12:00 - 1:00    Lunch, Enroll in a Learning Circle
1:00 – 1:40 12 Principles of Effective Teaching
Mark Damen
Professor, History Department
Neal Legler
Director,
Center for Innovative Design and Instruction
Breakouts (select 2 of the available sessions, or select an individual consultation)
Session A, 1:50-2:30
Session B, 2:40-3:20 
Canvas Basics (AGRS 135)
Elisa Taylor, Senior Instructional Designer, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction

Intro to CIDI Labs Design Tools (AGRS 136)
Erin Wadsworth-Anderson, Instructional Designer, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction

Instructional Alignment: Planning objectives, content, activities and assessment (AGRS 141)
Kelli Munns, Lecturer & Riding Instructor, Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences

Learning Analytics & Student Engagement informing Course Design in Canvas (HH 226)
Kevin Reeve, Director
Teaching & Learning Technology

Testing Center & Planning for Assessment (HH 132)
Chris Dayley, Student Service Coordinator, Academic and Instructional Services
Shari Christopherson, Testing Center Coordinator, Academic and Instructional Services

Library Services for Your Classroom (HH 222)
Erin Davis, Library Coordinator of Regional Campuses & Elearning 
Teagan Eastman, Online Learning Librarian

Syllabus Tune-Up Individual Consultation (HH 220)
Sit down with current USU Faculty to work on building or tuning up your syllabus in this hands-on session

Course Design & Canvas Individual Consultation (AGRS 101)
Neal Legler, Director, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction
Amy Carpenter, Senior 
Instructional Designer, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction
Jenn PaskettInstructional Designer, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction
Christopher Phillips, Senior Instructional Designer, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction
Jeff Childs, Instructional Designer, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction
General Session
3:30 – 4:00
Complete Foundations of USU Teaching, ETE 10 Reflection
Travis Thurston
Senior Instructional Designer, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction

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