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Faculty Development Programs
The Center for Engaged, Learning, Teaching & Scholarship provides a number of professional development programs for faculty and staff.
Engaged Teaching and Learning Newsletter
This monthly newsletter shares the latest news, events, and programming related to engaged teaching and learning in the Center for Engaged, Learning, Teaching & Scholarship and across Loyola University Chicago. You can sign up for the newsletter.
Summer 2022 Faculty Development Programming
Join us over the summer for our Faculty Certificate in Experiential Learning!
Certificate in Experiential Learning
The CELTS offers a faculty certificate program for Loyola’s faculty to build strategies in teaching experiential learning courses. Faculty will be encouraged to engage in 6 workshops and as a culminating project, faculty will share a course syllabus including the experiential learning course elements. Upon completion of the series, faculty participants will:
- earn a faculty development certificate in experiential learning,
- be named a Community-Engaged Experiential Learning Scholar
All sessions will be offered on Zoom
- Integrated Course Design - Wednesday, June 8th - 11:30am - 1pm
- Theories of Experiential Learning - Wednesday, June 15th - 11:30am - 1pm
- Designing Reflection Assignment and Practices - Wednesday, June 22nd - 11:30am - 1pm
- Working with Community Partner - Wednesday, July 20th - 11:30am - 1pm
- Assessing Experiential Learning Assignments and Reflections - Wednesday, August 1st - 11:30am - 1pm
Specifications Grading for Community-based Learning
Research has shown that Specification Grading is an innovative assessment best practice for experiential learning classes. It’s both practical and tested approach to grading that can demonstrably raise academic standards, motivate students, tie their achievement of learning outcomes to their course grades, save faculty time and stress, and provide the reliable gauge of student learning that the public and employers are looking for. Join the discussion with other faculty about innovative approaches to grading that retain rigor, connect to learning outcomes, address issues of implicit bias, and motivate students to learn and excel. The group will discuss Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time by Linda Nilson.
For more information or to sign up use this form for the group email Susan Haarman at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tuesday, September 20th - 10:00am - 11am
- Tuesday, October 4th - 10:00am - 11am
- Tuesday, October 18th - 10:00am - 11am
Engaged Online Teaching: Best Practices
Join staff from the Office for Online Learning and CELTS as we discuss best practices for creating an engaged learning environment both on and off screen. We'll be using Linda Nilson's new book Online Teaching at Its Best. Faculty teaching engaged learning courses are especially encouraged to join us, but all instructors are welcome.
- Thursday, September 29th, 10am - 11am
- Thursday, October 13th, 10am - 11am
- Thursday, November 11th, 10am - 11am
STEM Faculty Learning Community
Faculty Learning Communities are monthly meetings of faculty from STEM disciplines where faculty can discuss the pedagogy best practices and challenges unique to their field, trending issues, and build collegiality. All meetings in Fall will be held in person and include lunch. For more information email Susan Haarman at email@example.com or sign up for more information here.
- Wednesday, September 28th, 12pm-1pm
- Wednesday, October 12th, 12pm-1pm
- Wednesday, November 9th, 12pm-1pm
Engaged Learning Community of Practice
Join instructors teaching Engaged Learning courses from around the University to discuss elements of teaching an Engaged Learning course, including different approaches to the different Engaged Learning categories, creating engaged teaching and learning spaces, working with community partners, and developing robust techniques for teaching Engaged Learning courses. The focus on various strategies and best practices will be led by the priorities of participants, as the community of practice will develop the topics and focus of the meetings. Readings and resources will be provided throughout the community of practice meetings. Sign up here.
2/17 - 12pm-1pm
3/17 - 12pm-1pm
4/14 - 12pm-1pm
Community-Based Research Best Practices (with CURL)
- Thursday, May 27 | 2-3 p.m.
One of the cornerstones of research at Loyola is working with our partners in Rogers Park, Edgewater and throughout Chicago. This workshop will focus on some of the best ways to get started in Community-Based and Community Engaged Research. Along with our colleagues in CURL, we will also discuss some best practices of doing community research and making the experience rewarding for the community members and students. Sign up here.
Best Practices in Undergraduate Research Mentoring
- 2/16 | 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Undergraduate research is a proven high-impact practice for student learning and retention. In particular, the role of the mentor in an undergraduate research experience is pivotal for the student and what they gain from the endeavor. This workshop will focus on the best practices for mentoring undergraduates in a research experience. Whether you are new to mentoring undergraduates or are a seasoned vet, this workshop will provide insightful and useful methods that will enrich your mentoring practice, for you and your students. Sign up here.