Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning

Faculty Development Programs

The Center for Experiential Learning provides a number of professional development programs for faculty and staff.

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Spring 2021 Faculty Development Programming

Syllabus Workshop - 1/12 - Syllabi Best and Anti-Racist Practices

1/12 - 10am - 12:00 pm - Syllabi Best & Anti-racist Practices

This workshop offers faculty an opportunity to workshop syllabi for the upcoming semester. Through guided peer review and discussion, faculty can share best practices, talk through course policies and course design, and explore strategies for active, student-centered learning. Zoom Link.

 Faculty Learning Communities

In 2020-2021, the Center for Experiential Learning will be offering Faculty Learning Communities for STEM and Business faculty.  Faculty Learning Communities are monthly meetings of faculty from similar 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 over zoom.

Social Justice Pedagogy Group

As conversations around social justice and anti-racist pedagogy intensify on the national level, the CEL invites you to take some time to think about how you can cultivate a just classroom environment through how you teach, as well as what you teach. Join us for a reading group on social justice pedagogy on Zoom

Grading and Assessment Innovation Group 

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 has discussed Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time by Linda Nilson and will continue to share best practices and other approaches to assessment. All meetings will be held on Zoom.

Distracted: Why Students Can't Focus and What You Can Do About It Reading Group

Keeping students focused can be difficult in a world filled with distractions -- which is why James Lang, renowned educator created a scientific solution to one of every teacher's biggest problems.

Why is it so hard to get students to pay attention? Conventional wisdom blames iPhones, insisting that access to technology has ruined students' ability to focus. The logical response is to ban electronics in class. But acclaimed educator James M. Lang argues that this solution obscures a deeper problem: how we teach is often at odds with how students learn. Classrooms are designed to force students into long periods of intense focus, but emerging science reveals that the brain is wired for distraction. We learn best when able to actively seek and synthesize new information. In Distracted, Lang rethinks the practice of teaching, revealing how educators can structure their classrooms less as distraction-free zones and more as environments where they can actively cultivate their students' attention. Brimming with ideas and grounded in new research, Distracted offers an innovative plan for the most important lesson of all: how to learn. 

Faculty Certificate in Experiential Learning

The CEL offers a faculty certificate program for Loyola’s faculty to build strategies in teaching experiential learning courses. 

Faculty will begin by submitting a course syllabus on which they plan to work and enhance with experiential learning the following semester/year. Faculty will be encouraged to engage in 6 workshops; 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,
  • have priority eligibility for the Communities in Solidarity funding for Engaged Learning courses,
  • be named Community-Engaged Experiential Learning Scholars

CEL Faculty Guide

You can download the Faculty Guide and contact the CEL team for consultations.