Upcoming Events

02/11/2016 1:00-3:00 pm
Using Effective Communication Skills to Enhance Your Teaching
Tiffany Shoop, CIDER


Whether presenting information in class, emailing/posting important announcements, or interacting with students in office hours, much of our time as instructors is spent communicating. This workshop will present: (1) a review of communication basics, (2) a discussion of common types of communication that we encounter as instructors (i.e., interpersonal communication, group communication, public communication), and (3) provide strategies for improving communication skills both inside and outside of the classroom.

02/18/2016 9:00-12:00 pm
Transforming Teaching & Learning by Leveraging Library and Openly Licensed Resources
Misty Richards, Library


Textbooks are a helpful tool for teaching course material. However, they are not easily customizable to match course learning objectives and tend to be expensive (so expensive that some students cannot or will not buy them). This workshop will focus on opportunities faculty have to transform teaching and learning by leveraging Open Educational Resources (OER) and licensed library resources. OER are "teaching, learning, and research resources which reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge" (http://www.hewlett.org/programs/education/open-educational-resources). OER are being adopted, adapted and created by faculty for a wide variety reasons, including student affordability, learning resource customization, and experimentation with open pedagogy/authentic assessment (shifting student engagement from consumption of facts to contribution of knowledge.)

This interactive workshop will present the case for OER, research on OER, how and why various faculty use OER (and other at-no-additional-cost-to-students), and explore several potential ways to implement open educational resources in your courses.

*Participants are requested to bring a web enabled laptop or tablet, a list of course objectives, and information about their currently assigned textbooks and software.

03/01/2016 2:00-5:00 pm
Using Active Learning Strategies to Transform Your Lectures
Danielle Lusk, CIDER


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03/21/2016 5:30-7:00 pm
"Pedagogy in Practice" Panel and Reception
Kim Filer, CIDER


The "Pedagogy in Practice" publication provides an avenue to share the stories of Virginia Tech faculty members who are engaging students in rigorous and rewarding educational experiences through the creation of effective learner-centered pedagogy.

This event will include a panel of faculty members from the 2014-2015 issue of "Pedagogy in Practice." The panelists will discuss their work highlighted in the publication, and audience members will be able to interact with the panelists during a Q&A session and reception. The panelists include:

- Timothy Baird, Geography
- John Chermak, Geosciences
- Thomas Tucker, School of Visual Arts; Todd Ogle, TLOS; & David Hicks, School of Education
- Aki Ishida, School of Architecture + Design
- Vinod Lohani, Engineering Education
- Mitzi Vernon, School of Architecture + Design

This reception is also designed to recognize the faculty members included in the 2014-2015 issue of "Pedagogy in Practice." Colleagues, department heads, family, and friends of those being recognized are encouraged to attend.

Note: Those who wish to bring guests should simply register those individuals separately.

Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy

February 10-12, 2016

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Special Meeting for End of Course Evaluations

March 1, 2016

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Conference on Teaching Large Classes

July 21, 2016

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Recent Awards

Teacher of the Week

Katerina Ziotopoulou, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards

Jacqueline E. Bixler, Foreign Languages and Literatures
Michael F. Hochella Jr., Geosciences

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CASE Virginia Professor of the Year

Y.A. Liu, Chemical Engineering

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Course Design and Certificate Programs

Investing in Faculty Creating Powerful Courses

  • Teaching Certificate Programs
    1. Early Career Teaching Certificate
    2. Instructional Scholar Teaching Certificate
    3. Large Class Teaching Certificate
  • Course Design/ReDesign Institute
    The Course Design/Redesign Institute provides faculty with time, space, and guidance in constructing a learner/learning-centered course for the next semester. Institutes are held 2-3 weeks prior to each semester.
  • One-on-One Course Consulting
    CIDER offers faculty members several individual instructional consulting services molded to the faculty member's and students' characteristics, content attributes, instructional environments, and course purposes, and designed to foster excellence in teaching and learning.

Teaching Feedback and Effectiveness

Providing Instructional Feedback for Teaching Effectiveness

  • Peer Observations
    provides an opportunity for instructors to gather structured feedback from their students regarding the functioning of the class and the quality of student learning.
  • Mid-Semester CIDER-led Formative Evaluations
    Mid-semester evaluations provide an opportunity for instructors to gather structured feedback from their students regarding the functioning of the class and the quality of student learning.
  • Online Course-Activity Evaluation
    provides an opportunity for instructors to gather structured feedback from their students regarding the functioning of the class and the quality of student learning.
  • Self-Evaluation of Teaching
    provides an opportunity for instructors to gather structured feedback from their students regarding the functioning of the class and the quality of student learning.

Professional Development and Workshops

Developing Learning-Centered Teaching Excellence

  • Teaching Certificate Programs
    1. Early Career Teaching Certificate
    2. Instructional Scholar Teaching Certificate
    3. Large Class Teaching Certificate
  • Course Design/ReDesign Institute
    The Course Design/Redesign Institute provides faculty with time, space, and guidance in constructing a learner/learning-centered course for the next semester. Institutes are held 2-3 weeks prior to each semester.
  • One-on-One Course Consulting
    CIDER offers faculty members several individual instructional consulting services molded to the faculty member's and students' characteristics, content attributes, instructional environments, and course purposes, and designed to foster excellence in teaching and learning.

University Initiatives and Collaborations

Cultivating Innovation by Building Community Relationships

  • Peer Observations
    provides an opportunity for instructors to gather structured feedback from their students regarding the functioning of the class and the quality of student learning.
  • Mid-Semester CIDER-led Formative Evaluations
    Mid-semester evaluations provide an opportunity for instructors to gather structured feedback from their students regarding the functioning of the class and the quality of student learning.
  • Online Course-Activity Evaluation
    provides an opportunity for instructors to gather structured feedback from their students regarding the functioning of the class and the quality of student learning.
  • Self-Evaluation of Teaching
    provides an opportunity for instructors to gather structured feedback from their students regarding the functioning of the class and the quality of student learning.

Teaching Awards and Recognition

Fostering and Recognizing Teaching Excellence

  • Teaching Certificate Programs
    1. Early Career Teaching Certificate
    2. Instructional Scholar Teaching Certificate
    3. Large Class Teaching Certificate
  • Course Design/ReDesign Institute
    The Course Design/Redesign Institute provides faculty with time, space, and guidance in constructing a learner/learning-centered course for the next semester. Institutes are held 2-3 weeks prior to each semester.
  • One-on-One Course Consulting
    CIDER offers faculty members several individual instructional consulting services molded to the faculty member's and students' characteristics, content attributes, instructional environments, and course purposes, and designed to foster excellence in teaching and learning.

Scholarship and Resources

Creating Effective Instruction by Leveraging Scholarship

  • Peer Observations
    provides an opportunity for instructors to gather structured feedback from their students regarding the functioning of the class and the quality of student learning.
  • Mid-Semester CIDER-led Formative Evaluations
    Mid-semester evaluations provide an opportunity for instructors to gather structured feedback from their students regarding the functioning of the class and the quality of student learning.
  • Online Course-Activity Evaluation
    provides an opportunity for instructors to gather structured feedback from their students regarding the functioning of the class and the quality of student learning.
  • Self-Evaluation of Teaching
    provides an opportunity for instructors to gather structured feedback from their students regarding the functioning of the class and the quality of student learning.