The Excellence in Teaching & Learning Committee hosts conferences and workshops throughout the year.

Active Learning in CLASS:  The Potential of Hybrid Courses

Facilitated by Amy Carpenter Ford (ENG) and Merlyn Mowrey (retired from REL)
Friday, November 15

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Anspach 251

In keeping with President Davies’s call for rigor, relevance and excellence in our academic programs--and in response to CLASS’s strategic initiative to “transform programs to increase our reach to students and to prepare them for meaningful lives and fulfilling careers” through engaged, high-impact practices--the CLASS Excellence in Teaching and Learning Committee is offering an interactive workshop on creating active learning through hybrid offerings.

Within CLASS, we see a need to develop more hybrid and alternative modes of high-quality delivery for our courses to remain competitive, to respond to students’ changing needs, and to increase our ability to flexibly schedule courses.  This interactive workshop will feature two examples of the possibilities offered by hybrid course structures. Deb Poole will demonstrate what she does with an online modular component to transform her PSY 100 (a large, introductory lecture course). Amy Ford and Kristin Sovis will demonstrate how they use video as part of hybrid courses that employ practice-based activities to prepare pre-service teachers for community-engaged clinical work. In both cases, instructors use digital tools within Bb to maximize learning, engagement, and efficiency without increasing workload or overly relying on automation.

We welcome those who are curious about, contemplating, trying out, or experienced with active learning, flipped or hybrid formats, community engagement, and practice-based approaches to clinical work, especially if you are interested in applying for CLASS funding to support your innovations. 
Refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP by November 13 to

Using Wikipedia in the Age of Alternative Facts:  Creating Student Expertise

Facilitated by Rachael Barron-Duncan (ART)
Friday, October 18
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Strosacker Room, Park Library

This year, the CLASS Excellence in Teaching and Learning Committee is considering the president’s call to programs that display “rigor, relevance, and excellence,” particularly in light of our Critical Engagement’s theme of “Fake News:  What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?” 

Our first workshop describes an assignment in Dr. Barron-Duncan’s current African Art course which tackles the common internet conundrum: the most “relevant” and popular sources often lack rigor and excellence. Looking at the misinformation or complete dearth of information on English-language Wikipedia regarding African visual culture, Dr. Barron-Duncan’s students have set about to supply the expertise needed to curate those pages in an academically responsible way.

Join us to discuss an example of how discipline-based content assignments can build source-analysis and critical-thinking skills. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by October 16 to

Sponsored by the Excellence in Teaching and Learning Committee (ETLC) and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Critical Engagements initiative.

Past Conference & Workshops

In 2018, the Teaching and Learning Collective merged with the college's Excellence in Teaching Committee to form the Excellence in Teaching & Learning Committee. The TLC was a grassroots, college-based initiative aimed at looking at ways in which we could promote effective strategies for improved teaching and learning. It quickly received university-wide attention, and became—with the support of the Provost’s Office and CETL—a university endeavor led by the TLC community within our college and across campus.

Follow the links in the navigation menu to view archives from conferences and workshops hosted by the Teaching and Learning Collective (TLC).