Summer 2020 Events

Summer is a time for rejuvenation! The Office of Teaching and Learning is pleased to offer the following virtual professional development opportunities. 

Live Streaming Trainings CALM Preparation High Impact Practices Workshops SOTL

Online Teaching Academy Learning Circles Self-Paced

CALM Preparation for Fall 2020

CALM: Continue to adapt learning to meet student needs

Make life easier this Fall for you and your students. OTL is offering a new summer workshop, titled CALM Preparation for Fall 2020, specifically designed for faculty who have rarely used Canvas to adapt their courses to meet student needs. The workshop format provides focused support from OTL Lab so you can meet your own goals for your course(s). For example, you might want to load more content into Canvas, make it accessible, and organize into files. Or you might want to use the Canvas gradebook to provide individualized and meaningful feedback to your students. You’re in the driver seat and we are here to support you!


Meet virtually in MS Teams on Monday and Friday for one hour each day. At your convenience, continue to develop course content during the week. Take one or multiple sessions.

Sign-up for one week:

June 8–June 12 | June 22–June 26 | July 6–July 10

 New or Lightly Used Canvas | 10-11AM 

New! For Experienced Canvas Users
Join the Community of Experienced Canvas Users to exchange ideas in a 30 minute weekly Sync-Up session.

Tuesdays 11:00 - 11:30 am


Summer 2020 High Impact Practices (HIPs) Trainings

In collaboration with Faculty Senate’s Re-envisioning the Undergraduate Experience Committee and the Office of Engaged Learning, the Office of Teaching and Learning invites you to advance high impact teaching practices by participating in a professional development beginning this summer. Research has shown that these teaching practices improve student learning outcomes, and that communities of practice foster teaching effectiveness.

  1. Attend summer workshop series ($500 stipend upon completion; OTL survey)
  2. Apply what you learned in your classroom
  3. Dialog with your HIPs cohort in monthly virtual exchanges (30 min)
  4. Reflect on your own teaching while visiting your cohort’s classrooms through the HIPs POET (Peer Observation for Enhancement of Teaching) program (at least one classroom visit)
  5. At the end of Fall 2020 term, review HIPs data with your cohort and iterate (1 hour virtual meeting)
  6. At the end of Spring 2021 term, provide feedback to improve the HIPs professional development program (OTL survey)

Please note there are limited seats available. Choose ONE of the following HIPs programs:

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Wednesdays at 2pm-4pm
Facilitated by Bryan Waite, Janet Colvin, Trevor Warburton, Krista Ruggles, Mike Patch

  • Wed May 20 | Course Opens & Online Kickoff Canvas Course Session
  • Wed May 27 | Cultural Identity
  • Wed June 3 | Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
  • Wed June 10 | Equity Pedagogy
  • Wed June 17 | Global/Intercultural


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Writing Enriched

Wednesdays at 1pm-3pm
-or- Thursdays at 1pm-3pm
Facilitated by Elena Garcia

  • Wed May 13 // Thur May 21 | Workshop 1: Developing Effective Writing Assignments
  • Wed May 27 // Thur June 4 | Workshop 2: Teaching In-Class Processes and Strategies
  • Wed June 10 // Thur June 18 | Workshop 3: Responding to and Grading Student Writing


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Service Learning

The Center for Social Impact and Office of Engaged Learning provide a Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship that trains and supports faculty in designing or modifying courses to integrate service-learning into the course curriculum. Comprised of 6 online modules and 3 synchronous sessions: Roles and Relevance, Reciprocity and Reflection, and Risk and Reporting. 

Wednesdays at 11am – 12pm
Facilitated by Jon Westover

  • May 13 | Workshop 1: Roles and Relevance
  • May 27 | Workshop 2: Reciprocity and Reflection
  • June 10 | Workshop 3: Risk and Reporting


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Team-Based Learning

This course will introduce faculty to the principles of Team-Based Learning (TBL) using a TBL framework. Faculty will learn from experienced faculty about how they have use TBL in their classrooms. Additionally, faculty will work in teams at creating a TBL classroom presentation and have the opportunity to create a TBL approach to be used in their own classrooms. Sessions will be online and consist of both synchronous and asynchronous modalities.

Facilitated by Ursula Sorensen

  • May 14 | 1-2 pm | Workshop 1: Forming a Community
  • May 28 | 1-3 pm | Workshop 2: TBL in a Nutshell
  • June 11 | 1-3 pm | Workshop 3: TBL Presentations


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Mentoring Academy

The SCULPT Learning Circle and Mentoring Academy are opportunities for faculty members to improve their mentoring skills and get training on how to include students in inquiry-based learning, in and out of the classroom.

Mondays at 11:00am
Facilitated by Ben Johnson

  • May 11 Session 1
  • May 18 Session 2
  • May 25 – Session 3 (asynchronous week)
  • June 1- Session 4
  • June 8- Session 5
  • June 15- Session 6


Trainings, Learning Circles, and Workshops

Mastering Technology

Every week, we will be sharing teaching strategies, answering technology questions, and discovering new possibilities with online synchronous and assessment tools. We invite all faculty who use these tools to come share and learn.

To join any of the sessions below, please click the link during the listed meeting time, which will lead you to the virtual meeting space.

Mastering Technology: Microsoft Teams
Wednesdays at 3:00-3:30pm

Mastering Technology: Kaltura VIDEO CREATION
Thursdays at 3:00-3:30pm

FRIDAYS AT 3:00-3:30PM

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

As summer settles in, we have a chance to reflect on our teaching and take advantage of new opportunities for learning and professional development. To that effect, please consider joining the 2020-2021 UVU cohort of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Research Program (All full-time faculty & staff can join). Through being part of the SoTL Cohort Research Program, you will be provided with ongoing support and guidance to develop and carry out your own SoTL projects, and you will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and expertise with colleagues. You will also be added to the SoTL cohort Team on MS Teams where you can share ideas, ask for input, and so on. You will also have support to present at  the  Teach4Learning Conference  which will be held at Southern Utah University early March 2021 and the UVU Symposium of Research in Teaching and Learning (April, 2021). 

The program for this year will be as follows: 

  • A one hour virtual or face-to-face orientation session in late Summer or early Fall to introduce the SoTL Cohort Program.  
  •  A one hour virtual or face-to-face meeting in the Fall semester (November) to give a short summary (datablitz) of the research project.
  • A 2-hour commitment to attend and present findings at the Symposium of Research in Teaching and Learning that will be held in UVU in April 2021. We also encourage you to consider presenting at the annual Teaching4Learning conference in March, 2021. 
  • Along the year, there will be virtual or face-to-face presentations around themes of interest such as: applying for IRB approval, IR support for data analysis, Library support, and writing and publishing, etc. 

To be part of the 2020-2021 SoTL Cohort Program, please contact Aicha Rochdi by email and indicate your interest.  or sign up at Eventbrite 

Given the COVID situation, there will be no stipend associated with conducting a SoTL study this year.

Online Teaching Academy

The Online Teaching Academy Certification is part of the Teaching Excellence Program. This program is designed to give educators an opportunity to develop skills, reflect on past practice, and meaningfully plan for future practice. This path is designed to advance online and hybrid pedagogy including ways to develop instructor presence, peer-to-peer interaction, and meaningful and secure online assessments.

Each semester, participants are assigned to a cohort that is facilitated by a faculty member with experience in online teaching. Cohorts are limited in space, typically capped at 50 per cohort. Cohort dates and more information can be found at the link below.


Learning Circles

Learning Circles are small communities of faculty that meet on a regular basis during a single semester. Each community reads a particular book or set of articles on learning and teaching and discusses the book during their sessions. Learning Circles are open to all full-time and adjunct faculty. All participants receive a Certificate of Participation for their Faculty Portfolio. Books are provided to each participant by the Office of Teaching and Learning.

Small Teaching Online

Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes

Facilitated by Ben Moulton
Kindle Book Provided

Tuesdays from 1-2pm | Microsoft Teams 
May 12 | May 26 | June 9 | June 23 | July 14 | July 28


Online Teaching at Its Best

Online Teaching at Its Best: Merging Instructional Design with Teaching and Learning Research

Facilitated by Sam Gedeborg 
Kindle Book Provided

Wednesdays from 1-2pm | Microsoft Teams 
May 13 | May 27 | June 10 | June 24 | July 15 | July 29


David and Goliath

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

Facilitated by Ursula Sorensen 
Kindle Book Provided

 Thursdays from 11am-12pm | Microsoft Teams 
May 14 | May 28 | June11 | June 25 | July 16 | July 30



Self-Paced Workshops

Faculty JumpStart Orientation

This course is for new full-time and adjunct faculty. It includes information on employee email, parking permits, UTA passes, UVID cards, and payroll. It also includes information about policies related to teaching, myUVU, media enhanced classrooms, testing services, and library services for faculty. It takes about 1.5 hours to complete.  Click below to self-enroll in the Canvas course.

Self-Enroll Here

Assessment and Feedback for Learning and Success

This course will provide you with an opportunity to practice backwards design approach to helping your students achieve learning outcomes. You will develop a summative assessment with rubric to measure student achievement. You will develop two formative assessments to support student learning.

Self-Enroll Here

Fundamentals of Teaching in Higher Education

This course will provide you with an opportunity to learn about principles of undergraduate education to support student learning. You will create learning objectives based on Bloom’s taxonomy and align the learning outcomes with learning activities and assessments. You will evaluate your syllabus using a learner-centered rubric.

Self-Enroll Here

Canvas Skills for Faculty

Learn and practice the fundamentals of the Canvas learning management systems, including building assignments, using the gradebook, and posting files for students.

Self-Enroll Here