This Week at ATLE

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Déjà vu:  Second-chance testing: let students know the next class period they will be given the IDENTICAL test they just took, and create time for them to discuss in groups what they answered and why. The second test will also be taken by individuals.

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Workshop: Dee Fink's Taxonomy of Significant Learning and Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives
There are now two great taxonomies to help us form engaging and meaningful learning outcomes for our courses. Join us in this intriguing conversation as we take a look at each of these taxonomies and see what benefits they can provide for both our students and faculty.
Mon., September 15, 11:00-12:00

Workshop: Unscripted Problems: Giving Employers What They Want
The future employers of your students often claim they want employees who can solve problems that we DON'T have answers for, but how do we create these skills in our students?
Tues., September 16, 2:00-3:00

Workshop: Back to Basics: What Really Matters in Teaching
Some pedagogies come in and out of vogue in publications about teaching, and yet there are a few core areas under the teacher's control that matter more than others. We'll explore those areas and provide a few tricks for keeping them in mind as you teach.
Wed., September 17, 3:30-4:30

Workshop: Interactive Teaching Techniques
We'll discuss best practices (and things to avoid!) when creating a study abroad experience for your students. Faculty that have never attempted study abroad are especially encouraged to attend. Facilitated by Jennifer Collins.
Fri., September 19, 10:30-11:30

Workshop: Using Technology to Enhance Learner Motivation
In today's classroom, technology has the potential to be a distractor for students. Find out how you can use technology to increase learner motivation using various tools, media, and strategies.
Fri., September 19, 1:00-2:00

Unless otherwise noted, all workshops take place in SOC-025. Register online for all workshops:


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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:  Workshop room has changed!
ATLE has been fortunate to use the workspace space owned by Innovative Education in the SVC building, but this space has unexpectedly needed to undergo sudden renovation, and we have to move all workshops effective immediately.  For the summer 2014 (and the remainder of this semester), we will be in SOC-025 (basement level of Social Science).

Announcement:  Faculty Learning Communities for Fall 2014 registrations now open
USF's Faculty Learning Communities will be made up of about ten faculty each and will meet several times during the academic year (see descriptions below for dates).

Creativity in the Classroom
Meeting Dates: 9/18, 10/9, 10/30, 11/20 (All dates are Thursdays, from 9:00 – 11:00am).
Faculty Champion: Angela Stuesse, Anthropology
The Creativity in the Classroom Faculty Learning Community will be focused on exploring ways to be more creative with our teaching methods, styles, and strategies.
Click here to register online:

Download Your eXplorance PDFs from Fall before they disappear! – Click on Dashboard (left side) then View Report (right side) for the PDFs.
These include helpful comparisons to department and college averages.

New Section of ATLE Web Site on Policies

ATLE's Web site has added a new section on "policies and procedures" to provide links to faculty all in one place.
Have a look:

New ATLE page for ePortfolios
Learn how to use Google Sites to house your own teaching portfolio, or to ask students to create electronic portfolios for your class:

New ATLE page for Higher Education Glossary
Joining our recent glossary of USF-specific terms ( we now have a glossary of terms for Higher Education in general. This is sure to be of use to instructors from outside the United States!

Canvas Help Files

There are several help files to get you going with Canvas:

Canvas Listserv
We've created a faculty-to-faculty listserv so that you can email each other with ideas, news, announcements, tricks, tips and workarounds about using Canvas (or ask questions of other subscribers). Several support staff will also be part of the list. To subscribe, visit and locate "Canvas" in the alphabetical list, then click it to find the link to JOIN CANVAS.

"Teaching Essentials" Online Guide to Teaching
This free online "course" on how to teach was developed by national leaders in the field of education, and includes many videos and interactive features. There is no sign-up date, as enrollment is ongoing. Open to faculty member, adjuncts, and teaching assistants. Visit to learn more and self-enroll.

Instructional Resource Guide
A fully-online guide to the policies, procedures, resources, and services available to instructional staff at USF.
Open to faculty member, adjuncts, and teaching assistants.
No registration needed:

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