Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning (CITL)

Exploring Teaching and Learning

The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) is excited to announce a new opportunity for you to connect and explore strategies that increase learning and success with your students. Participants will engage with colleagues across USF and work with CITL over the next year Exploring Teaching and Learning!

We recognize that you are short on time and need practical approaches that you can take into your teaching right away. So we have partnered with OneHE, a platform connecting faculty across higher education with tools and ideas to support learning. OneHE works with experts in teaching and learning from across the globe to provide practical and engaging microlearning – 20 minutes at a time – that will help you to better engage students to maximize their success. Participants in the ETL will gain access to OneHE for an entire year.

 Thus, over the next year you will:

  • Engage with the resources and tools that interest you through OneHE
  • Connect with faculty across USF and around the globe
  • Implement practical approaches and strategies through CITL events

As you engage through various topics including Science of Learning, Building Community and Belonging and Inclusive Practices, you will get to share and connect locally through monthly exchanges hosted by CITL. During the spring semester, meetings via Teams will focus on a specific theme from OneHE and occur on the first Weds of the month at 3pm starting March 2, 2022. Your feedback over the year will also support our expansion of new and innovative strategies for supporting faculty development.

Next Steps: Space is limited, so please share your interest by completing the application form by Feb 14th. This pilot program is open to all full-time instructional faculty at USF. And since learning is always more fun together, we encourage you to invite a colleague from your department to join in. Participants will be notified of their selection by February 15th.

Please reach out with any questions and we look forward to Exploring Teaching and Learning with you!

Fundamentals in teaching

CITL supports a special track of Exploring Teaching and Learning, designed specifically for faculty who are relatively new to teaching. The series will acquaint you with evidence-based practices that increase student learning. Our shared conversations are designed to help you feel more comfortable as an instructor and you will have the opportunity to forge bonds with faculty from across USF.

The topics we will be discussing:

  • Science of learning (Feb 17 - watch Small Teaching: Learning Through Connecting, by Flower Darby and James Lang)
  • Backward design and assessment (Mar 3 - watch Course Development Made Clear, by Chris Hakala)
  • Motivation (March 10 - watch Developing a Growth Mindset Among Your Students, by Steve Joordens)
  • Group work (March 31 - watch Classroom Practice, Active Learning by Derek Bruff)
  • Classroom community (April 14 - watch Applying Cultural Humility in Your Classroom, by Kelley Haynes-Mendez)
  • Critical thinking (April 28 - watch Teaching by Discussion, by Jay Howard)

We will meet every other Thursday, from 10:00 to 11:00 am on TEAMS. Participants in the Fundamentals in Teaching program become a member of CITL’s Exploring Teaching and Learning community. This year long program will give you access to other videos or activities on pedagogical best practices and opportunities to connect with a broader community of learners here at USF.

Participants are expected to complete the short 20-minute videos prior to our meetings, so we can discuss them as a group.  To earn the CITL Fundamentals in Teaching Certificate, you will have to take part in 5 of the 6 workshops.

Space is Limited! The Fundamentals in Teaching is open to all full-time instructional faculty, preferably those early in teaching career or experiences. Complete the registration form by Feb 8 to reserve your spot!

You can contact Oana Cimpean (oanacimpean@usf.edu), the FiT facilitator, if you have any questions.