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Teaching Tools Blog

This area of the website provides lots of information about teaching strategies, basic tips, and resources available at USF. Use the ToC (table of contents) green tab to your far left to find categories, archives, and much more.

A Spring Break Reading Recommendation: Stephen King

King's On Writing leaves you feeling positive about your writing with all your human faults to support you. Read more ...

Workshop: Learning to Look: Class Observations

Observation of teaching is an essential tool for ensuring quality instruction. But there is considerable evidence that common observation procedures are not as accurate, fair, or efficient as we would want them to be. This workshop is designed for faculty who observe colleagues or make decisions based on observations. Read more ...

CTE Brown Bag Conversation "Teaching in the Current Climate"

The CTE is hosting a brown bag conversation for USF faculty on March 23rd from 12:00 - 1:00 in UC 503. Please bring your lunch and join us for a community conversation! Read more ...

Nick Zepke, Visiting Scholar on Student Engagement at USF

As a highlight to our year-long focus on the topic of student engagement, the CTE and the 2015-2016 Faculty Learning Community on Student Engagement in The Classroom: Best Practices have invited Nick Zepke of Massey University, New Zealand to give a talk and a workshop at USF during the first week of March. Read more ...

A Teaching Collaboration with Monika Hudson and Penny Scott

Monika Hudson (School of Management: Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Strategy) and Penny Scott (Gleeson Library and Geschke Center) talk about their collaborative partnership in a 300-level business course in which basic business theory needed to come alive for students. Read more ...

February 8th Faculty Salon with CTE

On Wednesday, February 8th from 5–7 p.m. in UC 503, the CTE will host a faculty salon to showcase and share the great work and innovations of our colleagues here at USF. Lewis Buzbee (Master of Fine Arts in Writing) will talk about his book Blackboard and Monika Hudson (Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Strategy) will present her research regarding identity and its impact on behaviors from her dissertation to her most recent work with Chinese family businesses.

There’s no need to RSVP for this event. We hope you’ll join us for some light foodstuffs and emerge inspired!

Winter Intensive on Student Engagement

On January 17th, we held a Winter Intensive Workshop on Student Engagement with five faculty presenters from across campus. In this post, we're sharing a few resources from the event, including presentation slides and handouts. Read more ...

Dean Rader on Post-Truth Teaching

Dean Rader (English) kindly shares his November 19th article in the Huffington Post, "Post-Truth Teaching." We asked him for his thoughts about teaching in what feels to many of us like a new, [insert adjective of your choice] era. Read more ...

Some Helpful Articles for Teaching in the Current Climate of the Trump Administration

As White House officials mention "alternative facts" and as we witness drastic moves away from previous legislative measures that include environmental protections and the Affordable Care Act, including the removal of information about climate change from the White House website and the call to remove funding for Sanctuary cities, you may be wondering how to discuss or incorporate the news of Trump's first hundred days in office in your classes. Read more ...

UDL: A Systematic Approach to Supporting Diverse Learners

As we move into start of the spring 2017 semester, you are likely making the finishing touches on your syllabi, maybe imagining how your courses are going to go and also looking forward to meeting a new group of students. One question you may find yourself asking is, how do I navigate learner diversity in the classroom? An Inside Higher Ed. article from September 2015 titled, "UDL: A Systematic Approach to Supporting Diverse Learners" offers us a look into the framework of UDL (Universal Design for Learning), with examples set by CAST (Center Applied Special Technology). The article mentions three principles to guide you in teaching by the UDL model. Read more ...

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