Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology


WorkshopsThroughout 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 a wide range of topics such  as effective teaching practices and the integration of a variety of academic technologies. Our workshop offerings change quarterly, please check often for our updated schedules.

Spring 2021 Workshops

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Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning

April 19 - May 14, 2021

CTLT is offering the 4-week workshop "Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning" (IOTL) April 19 - May 14. Spaces are limited, and we are only able to accommodate instructors who have not completed IOTL in the past, and who have a teaching assignment for Summer or Fall 2021.   

A solid familiarity with Canvas is encouraged for participants. This is not a self-paced course, and there are multiple intra-week due dates for activities. Expect to spend approximately 6-8 hours a week in collaborative discussions and activities.    

A $1000 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete all activities and pass the course with a minimum 80% score.   

Please visit the IOTL Registration form to sign up.

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Self-paced Accessibility Modules

Always available

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

Always available

We have been providing live webinars since Jan. 2020 and adding the recorded links to the Canvas Workshop & Events page. Please check out the page for items, such as:

  • Introduction to Canvas
  • Using Templates
  • Creating Content
  • Gradebook Setup
  • Secure Exams
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Zoom Webinar Recordings

Always available

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
  • Accessibility
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


This year the CTLT will be piloting a new program called Introduction to Equitable and Inclusive Teaching. This is an introductory workshop that will introduce faculty to evidence-based teaching strategies for equity and inclusion, will support faculty in developing an inclusive course climate, will allow faculty to reflect on the impacts of social identities in higher education teaching and learning environments, and will support faculty in further developing an equitable and inclusive teaching lens.

Find out more on the Intro to Equitable and Inclusive Teaching webpage

In addition to the workshop listed above, Sarah Macdonald regularly partners with colleges and departments. Please contact Sarah directly to inquire about college or departmental book circles, learning communities, or additional tailored workshops.


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Effective Teaching Practices Program  AY 2020-2021


Cal Poly is a participant in a California State University system grant program in collaboration with the National Association of System Heads (NASH) and the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE). The grant is providing multiple CSU campuses with a year-long, research-based faculty development programming in support of effective instruction. At Cal Poly, the $100,000 grant supports 90 faculty in three cohorts to participate in a year-long curriculum of effective teaching principles and practices for the 2020-21 academic year.

  • Early Career (FULL)
  • General Education (FULL)
  • Rigorous and Equitable (FULL)
  • Learner Centered Teaching (FULL)

For information about this program, go to the ETP home page >


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Intro to Writing in the Disciplines

WEDNESDAYS, 12-1PM; MAY 5, 12, 19, 26, & JUNE 2, 2021



This five-part workshop is designed to create space for faculty to consider the ways in which writing operates within their discipline and to develop ideas around how best to effectively and efficiently embed writing into their courses. Intro to Writing in the Disciplines provides evidence-based teaching strategies for using writing to enhance students' learning, critical thinking, and written communication practices. Whether you currently use writing in your curriculum or not, this workshop invites you to consider the following: 

  • The benefits of "low stakes" and "high stakes" writing activities
  • Genres appropriate to your discipline that may help prepare students for professional success
  • Characteristics of effective writing assignment design
  • The use of peer review to build class community and deepen critical engagement
  • Strategies for incorporating revision and reflection into the writing process

This is an ideal opportunity to learn how to introduce your students to your discipline-specific writing practices and increase their critical and reflective thinking. 

Find out more on the Intro to Writing in the Disciplines webpage

This workshop series is intended as a precursor to an upcoming CTLT & OWLI offering entitled “Course Redesign with Writing in Mind,” which aligns with campus efforts to expand Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR) courses across the curriculum.

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Summer Writing Retreats, 2021

Session #1: July 14-16
Session #2: July 27-29
Session #3: Aug 9-11

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 multi-day summer writing retreats are designed for you. We provide encouragement, consultation, and opportunities for collegial feedback. You supply the words and mutual support. Participants spend each day working on individual writing projects, whether you are at the conceptual stage, the polishing stage or any stage in between. You will also have opportunities to give and receive peer-to-peer feedback from colleagues at the beginning and end of the day and at a noontime check in.

More details and summer registration forms are on the Summer Writing Retreats web page.

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