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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. Foundations of USU Teaching is hosted annually in August. 

Mon, Aug. 12, 2019 |  9:00am - 4:00pm | Logan Campus | LSB 231
Foundations of USU Teaching

The day's agenda will include:

  • Morning: Mission and vision of the USU undergraduate degree and learning outcomes.
  • Mid-Morning: Focus will be placed on intentionality in preparing and facilitating courses, information about USU student demographics, and a free lunch.
  • Afternoon: Hands-on breakout sessions on areas of practical interest, including using Canvas, course planning, creating usable content, access to library resources, and incorporating planetary thinking into the curriculum. A brief session on effective teaching practices will be followed with opportunities to enroll in the ETE10 program, and schedule course planning consultations with an instructional designer.

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!

Session Schedule

Opening General Sessions 
(Life Sciences Building)
8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Check-In 
Life Sciences Building (view map)
9:00 – 9:15am Welcoming Remarks
Frank Galey
Executive Vice President and Provost
9:15 – 9:55am

Understanding the USU Degree
Harrison Kleiner
Associate Vice Provost for General Education, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

10:00 – 10:15am Break
10:15  11:30am Intentional Course Planning
Mitchell Colver
Founding Manager & Senior Data Analyst,
Center for Student Analytics
11:30  11:55am Student Demographics
Heidi Kesler
Director of Student Retention & Completion, Academic and Instructional Services
12:00  1:00pm  Lunch - OC Tanner Terrace, Huntsman Hall
Huntsman Hall (view map)
Breakout Sessions 
(Huntsman Hall)
Breakout A
(Select one)
Canvas Basics (HH 220) *repeated session
Elisa Taylor, Senior Instructional Designer, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction
Erin Wadsworth-Anderson, Instructional DesignerCenter for Innovative Design and Instruction

Copy That: Understanding Copyright and Finding Course Materials (HH 222)
Kori Ellis, OER Coordinator, Merrill-Cazier Library
Becky Thoms, Head of Digital Initiatives, Merrill-Cazier Library
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Creating Usable and Accessible Content (HH 226)
Christopher Phillips, EIT Accessiblitiy Coordinator, Disability Resource Center
Breakout B
(Select one)
Canvas Basics (HH 220) *repeated session
Elisa Taylor, Senior Instructional Designer, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction
Erin Wadsworth-AndersonInstructional DesignerCenter for Innovative Design and Instruction

Structuring Your Course with Canvas (HH 222)

Neal Legler, Director, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction

Planetary Thinking in the Curriculum (HH 226)
Rob Davies, Associate Professor of Professional Practice
Department of Physics

More details about this Breakout

We are all now living in the midst of a multi-dimensional planetary emergency. The landscape our students will inhabit―for the rest of their lives― is one of unfolding ecological and societal crises including: a collapsing biosphere; extreme resource inequity; wholly unsustainable systems of food, energy, and economy; and, most acutely, disruption of the planetary climate system.  These crises are fully interconnected and rapidly intensifying.  Currently our students leave their undergraduate experience at USU understanding little of the scale, urgency, and transdisciplinary nature of this reality.  The planetary Destinations Currriculum Initiative seeks to change this situation by empowering faculty with the knowledge and resources to incorporate human sustainability― holistically and coherently― into courses throughout the curriculum.
2:20 – 2:40pm Break (Return to LSB 231)
Closing General Sessions 
(Life Sciences Building)
2:40  3:25pm Principles of Effective Teaching
Mark Damen
Professor, Department of History
Neal Legler
Center for Innovative Design and Instruction
3:30 – 4:00 ETE 10 - Document Teaching Improvement
Travis Thurston
Senior Instructional Designer & ETE Coordinator, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction
Erin Wadsworth-Anderson
Instructional Designer, 
Center for Innovative Design and Instruction

ETE Conference

Remember to register for the ETE Conference

Wed, Aug 14, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Logan Campus 

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ETE 10

Participants in the ETE 10 program earn digital badges, or microcredentials, designed in a three-tiered framework based on documentation of teaching improvement activities, and can earn two culminating certificates.

Learn More About ETE 10