New Faculty Orientation
New Faculty Orientation provides an opportunity for faculty and T4LC to learn and explore inclusive and effective teaching practices at the University of Missouri. During New Faculty Orientation, T4LC provides workshops and guidance on the most pertinent topics for new faculty, including: Tips for inclusive teaching across modalities, online teaching effectiveness, introductions to active learning, and other guidance related to course design, activities, and assessments.
You can always access all of T4LC’s workshops by heading to the Gateway, your one-stop-shop for all professional development at Mizzou.
In addition to our workshops, you can always reach out for one-to-one guidance on any topic, from course design to assessment. Head to the Gateway to make a one-to-one consultation request.
Teaching Essentials: An Evidence-Based Approach to Inclusive and Effective Teaching at Mizzou for New and Returning Faculty
Starting each September, this monthly workshop series (7 workshops total) for Mizzou faculty guides a cohort of 40-50 educators through the best practices in university teaching, preparing faculty for their university courses and signaling Mizzou’s commitment to supporting them throughout their academic careers.
This online, interactive workshop series guides new and returning educators through the essentials of inclusive and effective teaching, including:
- Essential Elements of Active Learning and Inclusive Pedagogies
- Learner-Centered Teaching
- Managing Class Time
- Course Design and Implementation
- Authentic Assessment and Activities
- Teaching Disciplinary Expertise
Teaching Essentials launches every September and is open to all educators. Watch for recruitment announcements early in the academic year. For more information, please contact: Dr. Jonathan Cisco, Associate Director, Teaching for Learning Center at email@example.com.
Delivered in collaboration with institutional partners, ACUE’s comprehensive online programs prepare faculty to implement evidence-based teaching practices shown to improve student achievement and close equity gaps.
As an institutional partner, Mizzou facilitates annual cohorts for participation in one of two, 25 module courses: Effective Teaching Practices and Effective Online Teaching Practices.
ACUE built these experiences to empower faculty to be impactful online instructors and ensure student success today and in the future.
Coming soon: Promoting Active Learning Online, a 6- to 8-week summer mini-course.
Inclusive Teaching Offerings
As part of our mission to support inclusive excellence at Mizzou, we offer several opportunities for educators to enhance their implementation of inclusive teaching methods and models. We have customized workshops for academic units that address immediate concerns such as how to have productive difficult dialogues and how to present sensitive material in a way that is protective of students. We also provide more general, interactive presentations on relevant topics such as implicit bias and microaggressions. Learning to be a more inclusive person and teacher is an ongoing process, and we support that process by sharing resources on how to promote inclusive climates, online engagement, assessment, and other practices. Check our email updates for current offerings. To request a specific workshop or presentation, email Lydia Bentley, Associate Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to our workshops and presentations, we invite faculty, instructors, graduate instructors, and teaching assistants to join our 3rd Mizzou cohort experience with Cornell University’s five-week online course, Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom. This self-paced course has modules that introduce key concepts. Furthermore, our Mizzou cohort will meet weekly on Zoom in April to share stories and practices that promote inclusive learning environments. Those who complete the online portion of this introductory course will receive the verified Cornell edX certificate. Registration is forthcoming. Contact Lydia Bentley at email@example.com with questions.
Celebration of Teaching
The Celebration of Teaching is an educational development conference at the University of Missouri where teaching professionals and instructional support staff acknowledge the year’s teaching and learning accomplishments, together. At the conference sessions, we share approaches and techniques, engage with colleagues from across the disciplines about teaching and learning; and learn from guest thought leaders on important teaching topics. The conference offers a time to collectively recognize award-winning instructors, advisers and campus authors.
Teaching Renewal Week
Teaching Renewal Week (TRW) is an educational development conference for the MU faculty, graduate instructor, and instructional support staff community. Each January, TRW provides opportunities for idea exchanges and other formats for enhanced teaching for learning. This event promotes an open, collaborative culture across campus, and highlights great examples of research and teaching on this campus. Guest speakers present on key topics and issues related to teaching for learning. Additionally, attendees can learn about numerous programs and resources.
Wakonse – an affiliated conference
The Wakonse Foundation brings together people who find inspiring and influencing others is what they do for a living. They create a climate where it is important and appropriate to display and discuss teaching talents, where colleagues learn about themselves as teachers, where they see and consider the tasks and issues of creative teaching in a manner characterized as enjoyable, where providing feedback to one another is the norm and where that feedback is outside of any institutional mandate to improve or to evaluate teaching. Participants become Wakonse Fellows. That means, in the simplest of terms, to support, promote and share the excitement and satisfaction of teaching – to inspire others and ourselves.
Lumen Circles Virtual Learning Community Fellowships
Each semester, a small number of fellowships are available for Mizzou faculty to join a nation-wide faculty learning community made up of scholar-teachers from the same or similar disciplines. These Lumen Fellows engage with one another virtually over a 9-week period to reflect on current practices and explore areas to improve student learning.
- Online Teaching Foundation
- Active Learning
- Effective Teaching Practices
- Open Education Resources & Open Pedagogy
This program is best suited for faculty who have several years of teaching experience and who enjoy engaging in reflective practice. To express interest in participating, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communities of Practice
The Teaching for Learning Center convenes Communities of Practice (CoP) to deepen scholarly teaching by bringing together faculty, graduate instructors, and others for collaborative inquiry, reflection, in order to make progress toward goals germane to Mizzou’s teaching for learning mission.
The term, Communities of Practice (CoP), originally conceptualized and used by Jean Lave and Etienne Wegner in 1991, refers to “groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” Members of the CoP are referred to as practitioners, and they collectively engage in order to maximize social learning to “. . . develop their practice through a variety of methods, including: problem solving, requests for information, seeking the experiences of others, reusing assets, coordination and synergy, discussing developments, visiting other members, mapping knowledge and identifying gaps.”
If you are interested in proposing a CoP for future academic years, please write to email@example.com.
Curriculum Development & Instructional Design with CourseTune
CourseTune enables academic units the opportunity to plan curricula and map course learning objectives to university goals, accreditation standards, and other programmatic measures using an innovative, visual approach to curriculum planning. Working in partnership with the CoursTune team, T4LC has helped 14 colleges and programs import, improve, and map their current and future programs within CourseTune, enabling colleges and programs to quickly produce reports to internal and external stakeholders.
Current Colleges and Programs Exploring CourseTune
- Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering
- Mizzou Academy
- The Graduate School
- Architectural Studies
- Psychological Sciences
- Veterinary Medicine
- Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
If your college or program is interested in exploring CourseTune, please contact Dr. Jonathan Cisco, Associate Director, Teaching for Learning Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching and Learning Consultations
Year-round, we offer individual and small group consultations on any teaching and learning topic. We provide formative feedback on teaching, course design and lesson planning guidance, suggestions for how to equitably engage and assess students, and ideas for how to address various other challenges that may arise in the learning environment—whether face to face or online. Everyone involved with instruction in our community is welcome to request a consultation via our Gateway. See below.