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Verbal Feedback: An Alternative to Standard Student Evaluations

Do you struggle with getting actionable information from student evaluations to improve your courses? In this post Audrey Tocco discusses a student evaluation alternative, Verbal Feedback! Verbal Feedback provides students the opportunity to discuss their course experience [READ FULL POST]

Upcoming Dates

  • October 27 - Examining Race Relations & Racism workshop
  • November 1 - Exploring Equity & Inclusion Foundations workshop
  • November 4 - Examining Race Relations & Racism workshop
  • November 5 - Exploring Equity & Inclusion Foundations workshop
  • November  9 - Inclusive Course Delivery 1 workshop
  • November11 - Disability & Accessibility workshop
  • November 12- Examining Race Relations & Racism workshop
  • November 17 - Inclusive Course Delivery 1 workshop
  • November 18 - Inclusive Course Delivery 1 workshop
  • November 19- Disability & Accessibility workshop
  • November 30 - Inclusive Course Delivery 2 workshop



CETL by the Numbers - Fall 2021

We are excited to announce that over 70 UNC instructors and graduate students are participating across six CETL learning communities. We had 31 applicants for the new Certificate in College Teaching Program with 10 invited to participate in the pilot year. So far we have over 20 instructors registered for all five sessions in the Inclusive Teaching Series. What a great way to start the fall semester! 

Who does it all? We have one Director, one 1/2 time Coordinator of Faculty Development, two graduate field experience students, and seven learning community faculty facilitators. We also partner with faculty experts for support with our learning community and workshop curriculum. 

Welcome Dr. Molly Jameson

We are happy to announce that Dr. Molly Jameson is working in a faculty special assignment in CETL for fall 2021 as Coordinator of Faculty Development. In this role Molly will oversee the Certificate in College Teaching, the How Learning Works Learning Community, and launch CETL's program assessment plan. Molly is the 2019 Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award recipient and brings a wealth of experience (and enthusiasm) to CETL! 

2021-2022 Learning Community Opportunities

CETL’s Learning Community program aims to create a collaborative space in which instructors at all levels can connect with cross- and interdisciplinary colleagues. You’ll engage in discussions about evidence-based teaching practice and cultivate a reflective teaching practice. 

You can learn more about the impact of CETL’s Learning Communities by watching “The Class Average Went Up By a Full Letter Grade”– a panel presentation with past learning community participants.

New Learning Community for Fall 2021!

We are excited to offer a new learning community for fall 2021 focused on Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Pedagogy. Led by Dr. Oscar Levin, the OER and Open Pedagogy Learning Community is a collaboration between CETL and UNC’s OER Committee and supported by the Sustaining OER at UNC grant through CDHE. This learning community explores how instructors can leverage Open Educational Resources (OER) to improve students’ learning by engaging students as creators of their own knowledge. Those who are currently using OER or Open Pedagogy are encouraged to participate so we can support each other in these efforts.  The learning community will also support instructors who plan to adopt these teaching practices on their own in the future. All UNC instructors, including graduate students, are welcome to join.

Full details and the meeting schedule.

Registration is open! Register online by September 5th .

How Learning Works Learning Community

The How Learning Works Learning Community focuses on how students learn and how to use learning theory to inform classroom practice.  Participation promotes pedagogical growth, collaboration, and application of content to participants’ classes to improve student success.

2021-2022 Cohorts

Online Cohort

  • Facilitator: Kathie Records, Professor, School of Nursing
  • Mondays, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
  • Fall Dates: September 13, October 11, and November 8

In Person Cohort

  • Facilitator: Ryan Darling, Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences
  • Thursdays, 11:00 am -12:15 pm
  • Fall Dates: September 16, October 14, and November 11

Register for the HLW Learning Community

Peer 2 Peer Learning Community

Members of the Peer 2 Peer (P2P) Learning Community will engage in monthly peer observations of pedagogical activities such as a teaching observation, assignment review, or class material review. Members will meet with their peer partner each month and check-in with the facilitator monthly. The P2P LC is open to those who completed the How Learning Works LC in a previous cohort.

Register for the P2P Learning Community

Graduate Student Learning Community

The Graduate Student Learning Community (GSLC) is for graduate student instructors, those who strive to be instructors, and those who are considering a career in academia. The focus is on building community among graduate students, while learning about research-based pedagogical strategies that improve teaching and learning. Discussion topics include current research on teaching and learning in higher education, the seven principles of learning, backward design and alignment, educational assessment, inclusive classroom spaces, online teaching, and developing a teaching philosophy.

Meeting biweekly on Wednesdays from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, beginning September 1 and ending December 1.