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Fall 2014 Teacher Trainings (September 15-26, 2014)

Registration is required for these trainings: you can register yourself online here. Please email with any questions. There is no cost for these trainings.

Which session is best for me?

Graduate Teaching Fellows who are leading their first discussion sections should consider the “Basic Skills (Leading Discussion)” training.

GTFs who are scheduled to design and teach their own courses for the first time during the 2014-2015 academic year should consider the “Teaching for the First Time as the Sole Instructor” session.

New faculty should consider  “Teaching at the University of Oregon.”

GTFs and faculty who are learning the basics of teaching in an online course environment, should consider “Basic Teaching Skills (Online and Blended Course Design).”

Full descriptions:

Basic Teaching Skills (Leading a Discussion) - choose one date

September 17, 18, 25, 26 from 9am-3pm

All Basic Skills sessions are in Lillis 175 except Sept. 26, which is in Columbia 142.

As you prepare to lead your first sections, we’ll outline strategies for leading rich class discussions, encouraging students to prepare and participate, managing your group, preparing for exams, responding to student work, promoting critical thinking, working within the context and goals of the larger course and with your faculty mentor, and inhabiting an intermediary role between student and professor--and all the potential (and potential pressure) that comes with that. We’ll consider how this teaching work will support your own academic professionalization, and how to make the most of it.

Basic Teaching Skills (Online and Blended Course Design)

September 23 from 9am-3pm
Pacific 115

We’ll discuss getting students to prepare and participate in an online course environment, promoting an online learning community, and outlining and drafting an online learning unit or assignment.

Teaching for the First Time as the Sole Instructor - choose one date

Sept. 19 from 9am-3pm
Anstett 195


Now that you’re fully at the helm, we’ll discuss how to articulate and achieve your class goals, design and sequence assignments, facilitate discussion, build classroom community, and respond to student work. We’ll consider developing and remaining in tune with a teaching philosophy, melding your research and teaching identities, and gaining satisfaction from your teaching.


Teaching at the University of Oregon
* This session is exclusively for new UO faculty.

Sept. 15 and 19, 9:30-3:00—pick one

This workshop brings together new faculty for discussion about what excellent university-level teaching means to us as a group. TEP offers a framework and collaborative time for participants to articulate and link course activities to a range of student learning goals. We discuss first days and the “story” courses tell, and attempt to identify and design course activities targeted around the threshold—key, and tricky—concepts of our courses and disciplines. We look at sample UO syllabuses and policy statements, and at data snapshots of UO students. We discuss how teaching is evaluated at UO, introduce the educational technology possibilities and support on campus, consider how to facilitate discussion and build classroom community, and invite in senior colleagues to share their insights.

Please bring a draft syllabus with course description. Participants are asked to do a very short reading in preparation for the workshop, which will be provided upon registration.

Lunch is provided

Teaching Large Classes

Customized Consultations

Whether you are able to make time for the Teacher Trainings listed above or not, the Teaching Effectiveness Program offers one-on-one consultations to prepare you for teaching. We can help with syllabus preparation, lesson/lecture planning, grading decisions, workload issues, managing GTFs and any other questions and concerns. Please contact us, to arrange a consultation.

Teaching in the U.S. for International Graduate Teaching Fellows

Friday, Sept. 19, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Lillis 245


This workshop provides an overview of the challenges international GTFs may face in U.S. classroom and a chance to meet and network with fellow GTFs. Topics covered will include strategies and techniques for teaching in U.S. university classrooms, overcoming cultural and language challenges, and accessing university resources. A panel of experienced GTFs will be present to share their insights. Presented by Char Heitman and Trish Pashby, American English Institute.