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Type of Workshop: Teaching & Learning

Sponsored by: Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Facilitated by: the Center for Teaching and Learning Team


Planning a new course or revising an existing one? Interested in exploring innovative teaching and learning strategies with colleagues from across campus? We invite you to join us for our 2-day course design institute that will focus on principles of backwards course design and creative approaches to incorporating equitable teaching practices in the classroom. Participants will leave with drafts of a syllabus, new ideas for assessing students, and at least one completed activity or assignment using adobe!


Free and open to all UNM (and branch campus) instructors: Faculty, PTIs, Graduate Teaching Assistants. Lunch provided. Please note: this workshop is over two days: January 13th and 14th. We strongly recommend attending each day.

Type of Workshop: Teaching & Learning

Sponsored by: Technology Enhanced Learning Studios by the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE-TELS)

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Type of Workshop: Teaching & Learning

Sponsored by: Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Facilitated by: Dr. Jay Parkes


Grading and talking with students about grades are more meaningful and less menacing for you and for them when you have rationales for what you do and why you do it. In this workshop, we’ll discuss hot button grading topics like borderline grades, effort, extra credit and how a coherent approach makes it all easier!


This workshop may be used to fulfill Graduate Teaching Academy Certificate Requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Cowan (avcmia@unm.edu or 505.277.2229).

Type of Workshop: Teaching & Learning

Sponsored by: Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Facilitated by: Dr. Kimberly Fournier


Collaborative or group testing has been employed to help improve student performance on exams and reduce test anxiety. By design, the group portion of the two-stage exam facilitates high levels of student engagement, interaction, and peer learning. Using a large enrollment (250 students), STEM (Human Anatomy) course as a model, this workshop will focus on key features of collaborative testing that yield improved student success. Best practices for implementation of this innovative approach to student assessment will be highlighted.


This workshop may be used to fulfill Graduate Teaching Academy Certificate Requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Cowan (avcmia@unm.edu or 505.277.2229).

Type of Workshop: Teaching & Learning

Sponsored by: Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Facilitated by: Dr. Jay Parkes


Workshop participants will learn how to construct multiple-choice questions that avoid common pitfalls that unintentionally mislead learners or fail to assess meaningful learning.  Participants will discuss and evaluate example questions and test-item data and are encouraged to bring their own examples to work with during the workshop.


This workshop may be used to fulfill Graduate Teaching Academy Certificate Requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Cowan (avcmia@unm.edu or 505.277.2229).

Type of Workshop: Teaching & Learning

Sponsored by: Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Facilitated by: the Center for Teaching and Learning Team


Planning a new course or revising an existing one? Interested in exploring innovative teaching and learning strategies with colleagues from across campus? We invite you to join us for our 2-day course design institute that will focus on principles of backwards course design and creative approaches to incorporating equitable teaching practices in the classroom. Participants will leave with drafts of a syllabus, new ideas for assessing students, and at least one completed activity or assignment using adobe! Free and open to all UNM (and branch campus) instructors: Faculty, PTIs, Graduate Teaching Assistants. Lunch provided.

Type of Workshop: Teaching & Learning

Sponsored by: Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Facilitated by: Carlos Rodriguez


In surveys, college students frequently report re-reading as their primary study strategy. A large body of evidence, however, shows, that self-testing, and other approaches that draw on the retrieval of memory, are much more effective for learning. This presentation will explain the rationale for adopting self-testing as a learning technique and offer approaches for instructors to adopt it in the classroom.


This workshop may be used to fulfill Graduate Teaching Academy Certificate Requirements.


If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Cowan (avcmia@unm.edu or 505.277.2229).

Type of Workshop: Teaching & Learning

Sponsored by: Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Facilitated by: Dr. Kimberly Fournier


Are the teaching methods we think work - as effective as we think they are? Learn to implement engaging teaching methods that have demonstrated success in higher education. This is the second of two workshops aimed at implementing evidence-based methods for engaging teaching. Part I focused on a handful of easily implemented activities to help make lectures engaging (structured notetaking, writing to learn activities, and metacognitive reflections). This workshop will focus on engaging activities that may require slightly more preparation prior to implementation (reciprocal peer teaching, reading strategies, and graphic organizers).


This workshop may be used to fulfill Graduate Teaching Academy Certificate Requirements.


If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Cowan (avcmia@unm.edu or 505.277.2229).

Type of Workshop: Teaching & Learning

Sponsored by: Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Facilitated by: Abby Talbert


Engage students in thinking critically, track learning outcomes, and/or encourage attendance using iClickers.


This workshop may be used to fulfill Graduate Teaching Academy Certificate Requirements.


If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Cowan (avcmia@unm.edu or 505.277.2229).

Type of Workshop: Teaching & Learning

Sponsored by: Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Facilitated by: Kimberly Fournier


Improved metacognitive skills have been found to be positively correlated with enhanced learning and improved study strategies for students. Thus, it has been suggested that instructors implement strategies to help students develop metacognition skills. Exam wrappers are short, reflective writing activities that ask students to review their study strategies in relation to their performance on an exam with the intent of influencing their future practices. This workshop will focus on helping your students assess their own knowledge and self-regulate their own study behaviors by using exam wrappers.


This workshop may be used to fulfill OILS583 or Graduate Teaching Academy Certificate Requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Cowan (avcmia@unm.edu or 505.277.2229).

Type of Workshop: Teaching & Learning

Sponsored by: Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Facilitated by: Dr. Stephanie Sanchez


Mentoring and advising are often conflated practices, but usually involve a different set of activities and skills. In this workshop, we will discuss these differences and establish strategies for effective mentoring of graduate students, taking into consideration student backgrounds and academic goals.


This workshop may be used to fulfill Graduate Teaching Academy Certificate Requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Cowan (avcmia@unm.edu or 505.277.2229).

Type of Workshop: Teaching & Learning

Sponsored by: Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Facilitated by: Dr. Chris Butler


Quizzes in the classroom can be an effective tool for assessment. But students seem not to learn from their mistakes on in-class quizzes and rarely seek out help after taking them. I discuss my journey from using paper-and-pencil quizzes to using online quizzes. Each has its costs and benefits. With online quizzes, students get immediate feedback. With a sufficiently large question pool, you can allow multiple attempts so that the students can discover quickly whether they understand why they got a previous question wrong. You can also incorporate spaced practice and review quizzes that the learning literature has demonstrated are better for long-term retention. I present assessment data that demonstrates my own changes to online quizzes have improved learning.


This workshop may be used to fulfill Graduate Teaching Academy Certificate Requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Cowan (avcmia@unm.edu or 505.277.2229).

Type of Workshop: Teaching & Learning

Sponsored by: Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Facilitated by: Dr. Kimberly Fournier


TELS classrooms are designed to facilitate active and collaborative learning. This workshop will provide an overview of the classroom design and benefits for student learning. Come brainstorm the possibilities for moving your class to this innovative learning environment.


This workshop may be used to fulfill OILS583 or Graduate Teaching Academy Certificate Requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Cowan (avcmia@unm.edu or 505.277.2229).

Type of Workshop: Teaching & Learning

Sponsored by: Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Facilitated by: fournier


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Type of Workshop: Teaching & Learning

Sponsored by: Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Facilitated by: Dr. Kimberly Fournier


Having a hard time getting your students to read the syllabus? Why not transform your syllabus into a learner-centered document that is intentionally designed to help support and motivate your students for success.  This workshop will focus on rethinking the traditional components, tone, and visual presentation of a syllabus in order to help students view the document more as a practical resource and less as a long and tedious "Terms of Service Agreement".


This workshop may be used to fulfill Graduate Teaching Academy Certificate Requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Cowan (avcmia@unm.edu or 505.277.2229).