CTS 2019-20 Schedule

Dr. Pilar Cabrera, Associate Professor of Spanish & Department Chair

AU Center for Excellence in Teaching & Scholarship (CTS)

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2019-20 Spring Schedule of Workshops and Events

  • Friday, Feb. 7

5-6 p.m. — Froiland Science Complex Rm. 272
Exponential Leadership Coffee Check-in


  • Wednesday, March 25

3:30-5 p.m. — Library Classroom 229

CTS/Assessment Day Concurrent Sessions

  • Rate Great My Professor: A Panel of Students Representing all Three Divisions Will Share Insights on Best and Problematic (from their perspective) Teaching Practices of Professors
  • Rubric Workshop (TBD)
  • Using Formative Feedback from SRI’s (TBD)
  • Getting More out of Turnitin (Swanstrom)

TurnItIn offers a number of convenient resources both in terms of time spent and quality of feedback offered to students. Come and learn about setting up TurnItIn assignments (in Moodle), types of assignments (including Peer Reviews), designing and using grading rubrics for assignments, and building and using the customizable commenting system. The discussion and demonstration of mechanics occurs within a larger discussion of pedagogical uses for TurnItIn technology.


  • Wednesday, April 15

3:30-5 p.m. — Library Classroom 229
Poll Everywhere Technology, and How to Leverage Best Polling Practices in Your Classroom (Wells, Grau, Gray)


Past Fall Events

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

Advising as a Form of Teaching Workshop (Nitz, O’Hara, Streufert)

View the recorded Sept. 18 conversation about advising as teaching. Advising can mean many things, from helping students register to helping them seek their lifelong vocation. Come ready to share your own experiences and exchange ideas with your colleagues. Leave ready to advance students' learning and development.


  • Monday, Sept. 23

11 a.m.-12 p.m. — Froiland Science Complex Rm. 272
Exponential Leadership Coffee Check-in


  • Tuesday, Oct. 15

3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. — Halverson Room

Alternative Advising (Streufert)

Presented at the Region 6 National Academic Advising Association Conference and recognized by attendees as the best session at the event, Billie will share best practices for teaching students to adapt to a rapidly changing labor market. Particular attention will be given to students who need to adapt early and change majors or careers involuntarily after they are denied admission into their chosen program.


  • Thursday, Oct. 24

3:30-5 p.m. — Library Classroom 229
Facilitating Helpful Peer Feedback on Papers, Projects, and Presentations Workshop (Rives-East and Irvine)

This workshop is designed to provide ideas and exercises that faculty can use to make sure that peer editing or feedback sessions - whether for writing or presentations - is productive and helpful for students. We will discuss the benefits and challenges of student peer review and consider some solutions--gleaned from faculty experience--to those potential challenges. Participants will leave with some concrete strategies they can implement in their courses immediately and in future iterations of their course.
Round Robin Workshop

Peer Review Guide


  • Thursday, Oct. 24

3:30-5 p.m. — President's Residence

Campus Resources for Advisors (Financial Aid, Honors, International Programs Office, Registrar, Student Affairs, and Student Success Center)

Whether its NCAA policies, international student visa requirements, or financial aid policies, many nuances exist in advising. Hear from diverse campus officials about ways you can best advise special populations, including student-athletes, international, honors, and exploring students. Presenters will also discuss mental health, career, and registration resources. Come to reinforce your current understanding of when and how to refer students to these campus offices. In addition to learning about advising, celebrate the end of the first half of the semester with sips and apps!


  • Wednesday, Nov. 6

10-11 a.m. — Froiland Science Complex Rm. 272
Exponential Leadership Coffee Check-in


  • Friday, Nov. 8

3:30-5 p.m. — Library Classroom 229
From Angora to Zambia: A Conversation Among Colleagues About Teaching When You're Somewhere Else in the Wide World (Ogdie, Nitz, Hicks, Cabrera, O’Hara)
When You Come Home from Studying Abroad


  • Wednesday, Nov. 20

3:30-5 p.m. — Library Classroom 229
Being Aware of Your Biases and Blind Spots (Cabrera, O’Hara, Capers)