CTLT

Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

Workshops

WorkshopsThroughout 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.

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Artificial Intelligence Buffet Workshop

Summer 2024

AI Buffet 1: June 24 – July 5 

AI Buffet 2: July 21 – Aug 2 

AI Buffet 3: Aug 11 – 23 

Are you curious about AI but not sure where to start?

This two-week, self-paced workshop introduces the history of AI (including Generative AI which is in the news right now), a smattering of technology, some ethical considerations, and a whole bunch of interesting applications you can use right away to see what AI is capable of (or not).

The information is presented as a type of buffet, where you can put as much or as little on your plate as you like. We’ll have one optional Zoom discussion per workshop where you can find other diners on their journey to consume AI information as well.

Optional Zoom meetings will take place on Wednesday of the second week of each workshop.

Learn more and Register: AI Buffet

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Assignment and Assessment Design to Promote Academic Integrity

sUMMER 2024, JUNE 25-27

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.

Learn more: Assignment and Assessment Design to Promote Academic Integrity

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Faculty Writers' Sprints

SUMMER 2024: July 15-August 18

These 3-day faculty writers' sprints are designed to help faculty make progress on their scholarly writing. The group meets daily with facilitator Dr. Dianna Winslow, CTLT Assistant Director and Writing Instruction Specialist.

Each day there will be group check-ins to start and end the day, concentrated writing times, a collegial lunch, and plenty of snacks and coffee to keep the momentum going.

Register for Summer 2024 Faculty Writers' Sprints

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Team Learning Basics

SUMMER 2024: July 22-August 25

This five-week asynchronous online workshop provides an overview of team learning in higher education classrooms. Participants will discuss the benefits and challenges of team learning, explore team learning models and methods, determine when and why you might include team activities in your classes, and apply best practices for creating, managing, and assessing team activities. 

Learn more and register: Team Learning Basics

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WebAIM Accessible Document Training

SUMMER 2024: JuNE & JULY

The CSU has partnered with WebAIM to provide free online training courses this summer for creating accessible Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and PDFs. As part of its commitment to excellence through diversity and inclusion, Cal Poly strives to ensure that campus communications and electronic materials are accessible to students, staff, faculty, and the general public. Space is limited.

Learn more and register: WebAIM Accessible Document Training

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Teaching and Thinking with AI

SUMMER 2024: JuNE 10, 12, 17, 24

The CSU is offering a series of webinars on Teaching and Thinking with A.I., led by José Antonio Bowen, in June 2024. The first, one-hour webinar introduces the series and does not require active participation. Subsequent webinars are two-hours and highly interactive. Recordings will be available on demand for a limited time.

Learn more and register: Teaching and Thinking with AI

faculty in the new faculty orientationCTLT 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. 

Learn more and register: CTLT Book Circle

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Cultivating Connections: Integrating Indigenous Perspectives into Sustainability Curricula

next offering, tbd

This two-part workshop series extends an invitation to faculty members from all disciplines who are keen on deepening their comprehension regarding Native Nations. It aims to equip participants with the necessary tools to engage with Tribal communities equitably and effectively, while also exploring the Indigenous underpinnings of contemporary sustainability practices and knowledge.

Learn more and register: Cultivating Connections

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Building Toward Equity - Racial Equity Workshops

next offering, tbd

The Office for University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT)'s are offering several workshops this quarter as part of the Building Toward Equity faculty development program. This program scaffolds DEI learning to develop faculty awareness, knowledge, and skills around issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and learning. A group of Faculty Associates for DEI in Teaching collectively designed a Racial Equity Series of workshops that are the core element of this program.

Learn more: Building Toward Equity

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Intro to Equitable and Inclusive Teaching

next offering, tbd

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. 

In Winter-Spring 2024 Equity-Minded Pedagogy is offered in lieu of this workshop. Registration is now closed.

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Faculty Writers' Accountability Group

next offering, tbd

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: TBD

Day/Time:TBD

Faculty may join this writing and research support group at any point in the academic year.

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.

The next Faculty Writers' Accountability Group TBD

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HHMI Faculty Learning Community

next offering, tbd

This fall the Cal Poly HHMI team will offer a faculty learning community to learn about how we evaluate inclusive teaching and how we then use that evaluation in higher education (including in faculty promotion and tenure).

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Examining Whiteness Foundational Series

next offering, tbd

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

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Writing in the Disciplines

next offering, tbd

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 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: Writing in the Disciplines

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Creating a Blended / Hybrid Course

Next offering, tbd

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.

Learn more: Creating a Blended / Hybrid Course

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Curriculum Mapping Workshop

Next offering, tbd

Program Curriculum Maps are due to Academic Programs and Planning on October 16th. This two-part in-person workshop provides faculty and program teams with hands-on support for creating curriculum maps that align with best practices and result in meaningful use in your program. Time commitment: 3-5 hours (3 hours in workshop sessions + 1-2 hours collaborating with program faculty between the two sessions).

Registration is now closed for Fall 2023.

Bloom's wheel of categoriesCreating Effective Learning Objectives (self-paced module)

Always available

Developing clear learning objectives is a fundamental element of effective course design, yet not all instructors have had the opportunity to learn to write effective and measurable learning objectives. This self-paced module provides guidance and instructions for those who are new to writing learning objectives, and those who may wish to review and revise current objectives.

Self-enroll: Creating Effective Learning Objectives

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Always available

The OER Faculty Roadmap is a self-paced online Canvas module designed to help faculty explore, create, optimize, and maintain Open Educational Resources (OER) for their courses.

Self-enroll: OER Faculty Roadmap

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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 & Self-Paced Courses

Always available

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

Self-Paced Online Courses

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

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 CTLT Consultations. 

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