Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence

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Upcoming Events

Peer2Peer Series on Teaching & Technology


Spring 2020

Designing for More Active and Engaged Learning in the Classroom

Wednesday, April 1, 3-4 p.m. | Active Learning Classroom, Gleeson 213

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In this workshop, hear from two faculty members on their instructional strategies to creating a more active and engaged learning environment. Using a variety of pedagogical approaches, including Flipped Instruction, Project and Case-based learning, and the incorporation of new technologies, these instructors found greater student satisfaction and improved student learning outcomes. Learn how their increased student involvement through small group and hands-on activities, student feedback, and the use of online learning tools such as Canvas, Echo360, Kahoot, and online quizzes contributed to improved Blue course assessments. 

Presenters: John O'Meara, School of Management and Mahmoud Kaddoura, School of Nursing and Health Professions. Both John and Mahmoud participated in the 2019 ETS Summer Intensive.


Strategies on Managing Student Use of Mobile Devices in the Classroom (faculty panel)

Tuesday, April 7, 11:30am-12:30pm. | Gleeson 236. Lunch provided.

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As more students come to class with a myriad of devices, instructors are wrestling with strategies to keep students focused and engaged in the classroom. Join us for a lunchtime panel of USF faculty who will share and discuss different approaches and strategies they have employed to manage mobile devices (phones and/or laptops) in today’s classroom. Faculty panelists will share their strategies, policies, successes and challenges in managing student use of mobile devices in the classroom. Attendees are welcome to share their own ideas and strategies.

Panelists: Omar Miranda (English, College of Arts and Sciences), Isobel Hawes (Biology, College of Arts and Science), Dean Strang (School of Law)


Open Canvas

Begins Apr. 6 and lasts through Apr. 24, 2020

Visitor sign-ups start in March

Host your Canvas course by opening one or more of your Canvas courses for faculty visitors in the Annual Open Canvas Program!

Fill-out Open Canvas Host Form

**About the Program**

This program is modeled after the original CTE Open Classrooms program, in which we invite faculty to explore the classrooms of their peers. The goal to learn and be inspired by example is the same, however the twist here is that the visit is virtual. It does not matter if the course is live, hybrid, or online. The purpose is so other faculty can garner a better idea of how Canvas can be used effectively for different courses.


Upcoming Events

Telling The Stories Of Our Teaching, Apr. 28 | 3–4:30 p.m. in McLaren 251
Seeley Seminar Reception, Apr. 29 | 2–3:30 p.m. in UC 402/403
Grading Retreat, May 13 | 10–4 p.m. in Cowell Hall 414