Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center at Grand Valley State University

Guided by the ideals of liberal education and the principles of inclusive excellence, the Pew FTLC strengthens the university in carrying out its primary mission of teaching and learning. Through its programming and services, the Pew FTLC seeks to: • Reward teaching excellence • Build community around teaching and learning • Cultivate dialogue about teaching and learning through orientations, workshops, individual consultations, and other programs • Promote a scholarly and reflective approach to teaching • Develop and disseminate teaching resources • Support faculty in their efforts to improve their teaching and to disseminate the results of their teaching and learning projects • Partner with other support offices on campus, offering collaborative programming and referring faculty for assistance outside the Center’s area of service • Collaborate with faculty developers in the region and the nation to share best practices and resources, where appropriate • Consult with departments, colleges, committees, and campus administrators on faculty development issues The Pew FTLC staff respond to the needs of the faculty and the campus community. Our programs and services foster dialog and community-building around teaching and learning. We strive to provide a broad range of programs in order to serve faculty, regardless of rank or career stage.

Mission: Promoting a scholarly approach to teaching and learning, supporting reflection on professional practice, encouraging growth at all career stages, and rewarding innovation in teaching.

Want a simple, straightforward approach to planning a remote course?  Consider how you will ensure: student-content inte...
05/06/2020
Student-Centered Remote Teaching: Lessons Learned from Online Education

Want a simple, straightforward approach to planning a remote course? Consider how you will ensure: student-content interaction, student-student interaction, and student-instructor interaction. This blog post provides specific suggestions in all three areas:

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2020/4/student-centered-remote-teaching-lessons-learned-from-online-education?

While online and remote education may not be synonymous, today's new remote educators can benefit from the "lessons learned" by experienced online edu

Take a closer look at these approaches to engage students in synchronous online discussions--making student learning vis...
05/05/2020
A Reflection on the Sudden Transition: Ideas to Make Your Synchronous Online Classes More Fun - Faculty Focus | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning

Take a closer look at these approaches to engage students in synchronous online discussions--making student learning visible takes a bit of advanced planning, but can also be fun for all, as a result: https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/ideas-to-make-your-synchronous-online-classes-more-fun/

In light of the transition to online classes, here are a few activities to shed light on synchronous online classes while fostering a fun environment.

The Teaching Professor Conference has gone virtual!  And we're sponsoring 10 spots for GVSU Faculty--apply TODAY!Partici...
05/01/2020
Upcoming Sponsored Teaching and Learning Events - Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center - Grand Valley State University

The Teaching Professor Conference has gone virtual! And we're sponsoring 10 spots for GVSU Faculty--apply TODAY!

Participants will have live access to Friday evenings plenary session on the science of teaching, and Sunday morning's session on student engagement. Then, within 24 hours of the conference's conclusion, you will receive on-demand access to 36 concurrent sessions you can enjoy anytime, anywhere, through September 30, 2020.

Deadline to apply is TODAY. Visit https://www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/upcoming-sponsored-teaching-and-learning-events-190.htm for more information.

Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center

WE MADE IT!  COVID-19 definitely made this semester challenge and I'm sure you are grateful to wrap this one up.
04/24/2020

WE MADE IT! COVID-19 definitely made this semester challenge and I'm sure you are grateful to wrap this one up.

GVSU has joined the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)a nationally recognized, independent or...
04/22/2020
Faculty Diversity

GVSU has joined the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)a nationally recognized, independent organization providing online career development and mentoring resources.

The subscription begins on May 1st and entitles all faculty, academic staff, and graduate students access to tools to increase research and writing productivity and improve work-life balance etc. Visit our homepage (www.gvsu.edu/ftlc.) or the the NCFDD homepage (www.facultydiversity.org) for more information.

We're hosting a VIRTUAL Teaching Life Retreat!This retreat is designed to meet you where you are, provide space for you ...
04/21/2020

We're hosting a VIRTUAL Teaching Life Retreat!

This retreat is designed to meet you where you are, provide space for you to catch your breath, and invite you to reflect on your experience this past semester and how you might use that experience to take the next step forward. It will be held over three days (April 29-May1) and will require participants to carve out 75 minutes a day for some virtual meetings. Register in Sprout by April 28. Spots are limited so don't delay. Learn more by visiting our upcoming events (www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/upcomingevents) webpage.

Searching for community-based learning opportunities during times of social distance, isolating, and quarantine?  For yo...
04/10/2020
COVID-19: Local-Global Learning and Civic Resources - Campus Compact

Searching for community-based learning opportunities during times of social distance, isolating, and quarantine? For yourself or for your students (through your course)? Campus Compact has a comprehensive list of just that thing. Learn more here.

https://compact.org/covid-19-local-global-learning-and-civic-resources/

COVID-19 Resources: Campus-Community Engagement and Civic Organizing, Syllabi, Online Social Action Coursework & Humanization, Nurturing and Reimagining.

04/09/2020

Looking for some help with remote instruction. Check out the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) has a BUNCH of upcoming webinars scheduled all focused on Effective Online Instruction. All are FREE and, if you can't attend during the scheduled time...the will all be recorded and available for access at a later date.

View the complete list here: https://acue.org/webinars/

How can faculty lead their classes through times of crisis with engagement and PEACE--an acronym that denotes the attrib...
04/03/2020
Leading Our Classes Through Times of Crisis with Engagement and PEACE | Faculty Focus

How can faculty lead their classes through times of crisis with engagement and PEACE--an acronym that denotes the attributes instructors should explicitly manifest--Preparation, Expertise, Authenticity, Caring, and Engagement (PEACE)?

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/philosophy-of-teaching/leading-our-classes-through-times-of-crisis-with-engagement-and-peace/

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has caused a fast and radical shift across colleges and universities to remote and online teaching models.

04/02/2020
Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center at Grand Valley State University

Many students are also adjusting to their entire course-load being online (remote). How can faculty identify and support struggling students in online courses? Read more here:

https://www.facebook.com/Pew-Faculty-Teaching-Learning-Center-at-Grand-Valley-State-University-262830860402516/publishing_tools/?section=SCHEDULED_POSTS&sort[0]=scheduled_publish_time_ascending

Promoting a scholarly approach to teaching and learning, supporting reflection on professional practice, encouraging growth at all career stages, and rewarding innovation in teaching.

The Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute is coming up soon! If you are interested in a day of learning how to create ...
03/31/2020

The Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute is coming up soon! If you are interested in a day of learning how to create a learning environment that attends to and supports the needs of different students, register for the IETI by May, 1st to secure your spot. Visit https://www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/inclusive-excellence-325.htm

What do we need to teach now?  That is the question addressed in a recent Inside Higher Ed article.  How do we move beyo...
03/30/2020
Beyond focusing on educational delivery models, faculty should prioritize the essential truths they want students to learn (opinion)

What do we need to teach now? That is the question addressed in a recent Inside Higher Ed article. How do we move beyond the "online class set up" and grades to modeling how and what to prioritize during a crisis?

Read more here: https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2020/03/20/beyond-focusing-educational-delivery-models-faculty-should-prioritize-essential?

Looking for a class on how to teach and learn effectively online?  Well Magna Publications has curated a collection of 2...
03/24/2020
Taking Your Teaching Online Program Collection

Looking for a class on how to teach and learn effectively online? Well Magna Publications has curated a collection of 20-Minute Mentor Videos and previous Magna Online Seminars on just that topic--all about teaching and learning online. And they are offering it for FREE with the code "COLLECTION"

https://www.magnapubs.com/online-courses/taking-your-teaching-online-program-collection-15317-1.html?

Magna Publications realizes that sudden change can be stressful and confusing. We re offering this free program collection to help teachers learn from other teachers about what works in the online environment.

Looking to adjust your syllabus given the switch to remote teaching?  Check out this "adjusted syllabus" from UNC.  It s...
03/21/2020
Adjusted Syllabus

Looking to adjust your syllabus given the switch to remote teaching? Check out this "adjusted syllabus" from UNC. It starts with "Nobody signed up for this" which we think is a pretty honest and relatable way to start.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-6d_W8rdzE9mW2DvPi-dPvRxo4sekKlz3VqEpnu4Dwg/preview?fbclid=IwAR0yMI0Wv-ierjb27T82M6Kj5x-HTXc_akOua_iN-HpeSvoufIjAVyp8ZFQ

Adjusted Syllabus Spring 2020 Brandon Bayne UNC - Chapel Hill Principles 1. Nobody signed up for this. Not for the sickness, not for the social distancing, not for the sudden end of our collective lives together on campus Not for an online class, not for teaching remotely, not for learning from ...

Struggling with how to structure your day in the "new normal"--working/teaching remotely?  Check out this short article ...
03/20/2020
Strategies for Structuring Teaching from Home: Planning Your Way to an Effective Day

Struggling with how to structure your day in the "new normal"--working/teaching remotely?

Check out this short article for some strategies to help you teach/work from home effectively.

https://www.scholarlyteacher.com/post/strategies-for-structuring-teaching-from-home-planning-your-way-to-an-effective-dayhttps://www.scholarlyteacher.com/post/strategies-for-structuring-teaching-from-home-planning-your-way-to-an-effective-day

In a blink of an eye, life changed from bustling campuses with long lunch lines to deserted schools, and social distancing. With very little notice, we were told to move from face-to-face formats to online teaching. To successfully teach from home, we must give attention to creating a workspace and....

Registration for next year has started! Make sure to remind your students to register before it’s too late.
03/19/2020

Registration for next year has started! Make sure to remind your students to register before it’s too late.

Looking for some quick online teaching strategies to incorporate into your remote teaching game plan?  Check out this "D...
03/18/2020
Blog

Looking for some quick online teaching strategies to incorporate into your remote teaching game plan? Check out this "Do This, Not That" infographic by Alison Yang (scroll down toward the bottom of the page) for a great "thumbs up, thumbs down" summary of tried and true online teaching strategies.

https://alisonyang.weebly.com/blog

Our Teaching Innovation Grant Application Deadline has been EXTENDED to Monday, March 23rd at 12pm!We know the last week...
03/17/2020
Teaching Innovation Grant - Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center - Grand Valley State University

Our Teaching Innovation Grant Application Deadline has been EXTENDED to Monday, March 23rd at 12pm!

We know the last week has thrown us some curve balls. In an effort to support the innovations in teaching so many of our faculty are doing or are eager to do, we have extended the deadline for this grant out for another week.

Please email us at [email protected] with question or concerns. Visit www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/tig for more information.

Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center

Happy Monday everyone!  Here’s to inspiring the next wave of positive change.
03/16/2020

Happy Monday everyone! Here’s to inspiring the next wave of positive change.

Grand Valley State University
03/13/2020

Grand Valley State University

GVSU COVID-19 Update: Grand Valley classes are canceled March 12-15. GVSU will then convert to remote teaching beginning March 16, at least through March 29.

More details: gvsu.edu/coronavirus.

The end of the semester is quickly approaching, and students can start registering for next years classes next week. Rem...
03/12/2020

The end of the semester is quickly approaching, and students can start registering for next years classes next week. Remember to remind students to meet with advisers if needed and get ready to register for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 classes.

Join us tomorrow 12-1pm in Devos room 107C for another installment of the Unlikely Roundtable.This roundtable will focus...
03/11/2020

Join us tomorrow 12-1pm in Devos room 107C for another installment of the Unlikely Roundtable.

This roundtable will focus on engaging adult learners in the face-to-face classroom.

Unlikely Roundtables are a series of engaging dialogue, centered around themes related to serving adult learners. They provide an opportunity for people interested in a particular topic to come together and think together. There may be people you are unlikely to work with in the room. We hope you see new connections to your work.
For more information visit www.gvsu.edu/learn/roundtables

The learning continues with the next session of our Minds that Matter series! Join us next week Tuesday, March 18th, at ...
03/10/2020

The learning continues with the next session of our Minds that Matter series! Join us next week Tuesday, March 18th, at 11am for a session focused on Attention deficit disorder & learning disabilities.

This session will facilitate deeper understanding regarding the nature of these issues, alongside teaching strategies and course design based in the universal design for learning (UDL).
Attend the session in-seat or online (live-stream). You must register at least two hours in advance to receive the LiveStream link.

For more information and to register visit www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/mindsthatmatter

Welcome back!  Hope your break was restful and restorative. Keep in mind, each week brings new opportunities for positiv...
03/09/2020

Welcome back! Hope your break was restful and restorative.

Keep in mind, each week brings new opportunities for positive change in and out of the classrooms. Remember to take advantage of those opportunities. Happy Monday!

03/08/2020

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