Throughout the academic year, including the summer, the CTLT offers scheduled workshops and Workshops By Request designed to support faculty and staff in creating rich learn-by-doing environments for students. Workshop topics encompass a wide range of topics such as effective teaching practices and the integration of various academic technologies. Our workshop offerings change quarterly; please check often for our updated schedules.
CTLT Book Circles
The CTLT hosts book circles every academic quarter and during summers. They are open to all Cal Poly educators.
Selected books draw from a broad array of thoughtful and inspiring educational literature. These are opportunities to enrich your knowledge about timely and significant topics related to higher education while engaging with colleagues from across campus.
Themes for book circle selections include:
- Mindful Educators
- Mastery Teaching
- Inclusive educators
- Navigating academia
- Sustainability Educators
- Writing Educators
Participants receive a complimentary copy of the selected book with the expectation that they will engage in three or more discussion sessions.
Learn more and register for current book circles on the CTLT Book Circles webpage.
NOTE: Our cumulative Book Circles list of titles is available on the CTLT's Book Circle archival webpage.
Creating Accessible Course Materials
Fall 2022, Oct 10 - Nov 6
Accessibility is key to creating inclusive learning spaces for students with disabilities. This 4-week fully online faculty workshop provides hands-on experience creating accessible course content in Canvas. You will create an accessible Canvas page, Word document, and video with captions. You will also explore Ally in Canvas to identify and fix inaccessible course content. $500 stipend available for eligible participants.
Creating a Blended / Hybrid Course
FALL 2022,Oct 2-21|oct 30-nov18
This three-week, fully online and asynchronous (no Zoom sessions) workshop will focus on best practices for revising your online course to be delivered in the blended (hybrid) format, including syllabus updates, course policies, and creating student-centered active learning components to maximize in-person portions of your course. By the end of this workshop, participants will design and complete one modular unit (typically 1 week) of a blended course incorporating best practices for delivery in both the online and in-person sections.
Examining Whiteness Foundational Series
Fall 2022, OCTOBER 11-NOVEMBER 15 TUESDAYS FROM 9:30-11:00 AM
Faculty and staff are invited to sign up for "Examining Whiteness,” a program inspired by Building Anti-Racist White Educators (BARWE). The Examining Whiteness foundational series is designed as a first step for White educators toward engaging in critical reflection on Whiteness and working toward antiracism.
Learn more and register: Examining Whiteness webpage
Intro to Equitable and Inclusive Teaching
Fall 2022, OCTOBER 13-NOVEMBER 17 Thursdays FROM 2:00-3:00 pm
Introduction to Equitable and Inclusive Teaching introduces faculty to evidence-based teaching strategies for equity and inclusion, supports faculty in developing an inclusive course climate, encourages faculty to reflect on the impacts of social identities in higher education teaching and learning environments, and supports faculty in further developing an equitable and inclusive teaching lens. Participating in this program is a way for you to contribute in concrete and powerful ways to our goals of making Cal Poly more equitable and inclusive.
Learn More and Register: Introduction to Equitable and Inclusive Teaching, Fall 2022
Assignment and Assessment Design to Promote Academic Integrity
Fall 2022, December 12-14, 10am-12:30pm
This workshop builds faculty knowledge about course design factors that enhance student self-efficacy and increase the promotion of academic integrity. Assignment and Assessment Design to Promote Academic Integrity reviews evidence-based teaching strategies for designing or revising course assignments to enhance students' learning, critical thinking, and reflection practices.
The workshop includes support for creating activities and assignments that meet desired course learning outcomes, increase intrinsic motivation, and promote students' honest engagement with learning processes.
Writing in the Disciplines Intro and Practice
Fall 2022, December 12-14, 2pm-4:30pm
This workshop is offered in partnership with the Office of Writing and Learning Initiatives and is designed to create space for faculty to explore how writing operates within their disciplines and to develop writing learning outcomes for their courses.
"Writing In the Disciplines Intro and Practice" provides evidence-based teaching strategies for using writing to enhance students' learning, critical thinking, and written communication practices.
This workshop aligns with campus efforts to expand Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR) courses across the curriculum and includes information on the GWR course proposal process.
Learn more and register: Writing in the Disciplines Intro and Practice webpage
Faculty Writers' Accountability Group
Academic Year 2022-2023
This is a year-long writing community committed to making progress on scholarly writing and engaging with scholarship from the field of Rhetoric and Writing. The group meets weekly with facilitator Dr. Dianna Winslow, CTLT Assistant Director and Writing Instruction Specialist.
Date: October 7, 2022 - June 9, 2023
Day/Time: Fridays, 10:30am-12pm
Online: recurring Zoom Meeting link provided upon registration
Each week there are group check-ins to share the writing done for the week and planned for the following week. One-on-one consultations can be requested, as well as help from "buddy groups" for midweek encouragement when desired. Tara Gray's Publish and Flourish book and other occasional resources are used to shape weekly discussions about writing and research process.
Winter 2023 and Summer 2023
If some dedicated time and peer support will help you make significant progress as you hammer out that chapter, article, grant proposal, or creative project, then the CTLT’s upcoming three-day summer writing retreats are designed for you.
All retreats will take place in the Kennedy Library, on the third floor, northwest corner. These are designed as in-person retreats but can also be attended virtually.
Winter Break 2023 Retreat Date
January 4-6, Wed-Fri, 9:30am-3pm
Summer Break 2023 Retreat Dates
Session #1: JUNE 20-22, TUES-THURS, 9:30AM-3PM
Session #2: July 10-12, Mon-Wed, 9:30am-3pm
Session #3: August 8-10, Tues-Thurs, 9:30am-3pm
Self-paced Accessibility Modules
Accessibility is an essential part of course design and ensures that all students have equitable access to learning. Select any of the links below to self-enroll in an online module to learn how to create accessible course content.
Canvas Webinar Recordings
We have been providing live webinars since Jan. 2020 and adding the recorded links to the Canvas Workshop and Events page. Please check out the page for items, such as:
- Introduction to Canvas
- Using Templates
- Creating Content
- Gradebook Setup
- Secure Exams
Zoom Webinar Recordings
We have provided live webinars and added the recorded links to the CTLT Zoom page. Please check out the page for items, such as:
- Tips for Better Virtual Teaching
- Creating Zoom Meetings
- Teaching with Zoom
- Zoom Features
WORKSHOPS BY REQUEST
The CTLT offers one-on-one, small group, and departmental consultations that enable all Cal Poly faculty and staff, either full or part-time, to enhance their teaching effectiveness, discuss opportunities for teaching innovation, and implement new pedagogies. Consultations provide a mechanism for educators to reflect upon their teaching practices and develop a research-informed plan to improve student learning.
For information on CTLT Staff expertise and consultation topics, visit the CTLT Consultations webpage.