Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology



Throughout the academic year and 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 Instructional Practices, Academic Technology, PolyLearn, and others. Our "Workshops By Request" can be facilitated in several different formats, please see our offerings to see what would work for you. Our workshop offerings change frequently, please check often for our updated schedules. If you would like a workshop or information on a topic not listed, please contact the CTLT. Please check our Calendar of Events for a collective list of dates and times.

Quality Online Teaching Academy - FULL!

Summer 2017-Spring 2018

The Academy supports faculty as they enhance their skills to design and teach rigorous, engaging, and effective online courses that exemplify the Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) standards of the CSU. This program is a professional development experience that leads to an online course ready to be scheduled. Faculty who successfully complete the Academy will gain a solid foundation of current standards and practices in quality online course design and an extensive set of exemplars and models for effective, state-of-the-art online teaching methods. They will establish supportive relationships with program colleagues through collaborative workshops and will enhance their capacity to provide peer support for high-quality online instruction among university colleagues.

The Academy consists of an integrated series of workshops along with a learning community experience. Participants are eligible for a $6,000 in stipends distributed in three phases. Deadline for application is Friday June 16.


Intro to Online Teaching & Learning 

august 7 - sept 1 (fully online)

Second session now available! 

Due to the overwhelming popularity of this workshop, a second session will be offered in August. Spaces are limited, so please apply before Friday, July 21st. 

Launching a successful online or hybrid course starts long before the first day of class, and engages practices and pedagogies that are slightly different than the face-to-face environment. This fully online four-week workshop focuses on the foundations of online pedagogy, content delivery and assessment, with a focus on engaging students with timely and effective contact and collaborative learning activities. Participants will develop a fully online module of an online course in a PolyLearn shell as an investment in a future online course.

A $1200 stipend is available to those instructors who complete this online with an 80% score or higher, and who also complete the final learning unit creation project. Course shell will open early on August 5th!

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Rethinking Support for At-Risk Students

Summer 2017


It happens every quarter: Students who we believe are capable nevertheless struggle and even sometimes fail our courses. Seeing talented students fail can be distressing, and perhaps you have wondered whether there are ways you could make a difference. In fact, research has demonstrated that early detection of academic struggle followed by brief but effective interventions can make a significant difference for students on the margins.

The CTLT is hosting a one-day workshop this summer to provide educators with methods and tools to identify academically at-risk students and to provide them with effective interventions. It is open to faculty at all ranks (tenure line, full-, and part-time lecturers). A $300 stipend is available to those who complete the program.

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Flipping Your Course Workshops

 August 22 - Sept 1 

 Flipped Course DesignThe CTLT will again accept proposals from up to 17 faculty who would like to "flip" a portion of their courses to replace lecture time with hands-on Learn by Doing activities. Successful candidates will receive a $1200 stipend upon successful completion of the workshops.

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Grant Development Writing Group: Undergraduate Research

Summer 2017

Do your goals for Summer 2017 include the development of grant proposals to support research experiences for undergraduates (REUs), course-based undergraduate research experiences (CURES), and/or other undergraduate research related projects? Would you benefit from participating in a community of Cal Poly faculty and staff who are also developing grant proposals to support access to undergraduate research opportunities at Cal Poly this summer? 
If so, please sign-up to participate in a new writing group meeting in Summer 2017 that is focused on grant development to support undergraduate research experiences. 
Participants will determine the structure and activities of the group at the first meeting. However, possible activities include peer feedback on drafts, dedicated writing time, shared literature review development, and/or "accomplishments" meetings (where you share what you have accomplished since the previous meeting and what you plan to do before the next meeting).
The first meeting of the group is planned to occur during the week of M 6/26.
Please sign-up to indicate your interest by W 6/21.

Inspiration to Implementation workshops

Summer 2017

The CTLT has hosted dozens of book circles over the past several years where educators (faculty at all ranks and staff in educational roles) gather to exchange ideas and share insights from the selected books on a range of instruction-related topics. This new experimental summer workshop program is designed to provide opportunities for participants who were in teaching-related book circles to expand the range of valuable insights that are put into professional practice.

Eight different workshop titles are available. Each one-day (9 am- 3 pm) workshop will be organized around a specific book circle that ran in the past year. Workshop are designed to be highly collaborative and engaging. Participants will benefit from a cache of methods generated by workshop colleagues in addition to those that they contribute themselves.

Stipends ($100) are available to eligible participants. Catered lunch will be provided.

Workshops by Request


Hands Up

Workshops By Request are designed to provide Cal Poly instructors with opportunities to engage with high-priority teaching and learning-related topics. Our workshops are research-informed sessions that provide guidance on putting concepts into practice to make real differences in instructional effectiveness and student learning. They are offered at the CTLT teaching lab and can also be presented on site for faculty cohorts in programs and colleges on dates and times most convenient for those interested. Please review our options and let us know what we can do for you.


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