Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning



Share, Unpack, Energize >>> 2023 Technology Enhanced Learning & Teaching: Strategic Connections

Sponsored by: Educational Technology & Media Services (ETMS), Online and Distance Education (ODE) & the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)


On Thursday, January 12, 2023 we will resume hosting a “Technology Enhanced Learning & Teaching Conference” to highlight the innovative ways UNI faculty are teaching. Our last such conference was in May 2019; just imagine the innovation that has taken place on our campus since then!

We've created four conference themes or "tracks" that connect our varied teaching contributions to the University strategic plan. When you submit an idea or proposal, you may tag any of the tracks that apply. Or, come up with one of your own.

  • Inclusive learning – creating access and opportunity for all learners
  • Engaged learning – tapping into learner creativity and inviting innovation
  • Relationship-rich learning – prioritizing interactive learning and a sense of belonging
  • Authentic learning – connecting to needs and applications beyond the classroom

Submit an idea by December 2, 2022 and take this opportunity to share your experiences with your colleagues. You will have up to 40 minutes, using the format of your choice (discussion, panel, presentation, sandbox, etc.). 

Proposal form:

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CETL Topical Sessions for November

Enroll in either session HERE


Ungrading@UNI Panel

November 8, 2022  |  2:00pm-3:00pm  |  via Zoom

Panelists: Reza Lahroodi (Philosophy & Religion), Jeremy Schraffenberger (Languages & Literatures), Kimberly Baker (Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology)

Is grading your least favorite activity? Are you frustrated when students focus on grades rather than learning? Do you find that low grades don’t motivate students to try harder? Have you worried that grades feel arbitrary, imprecise, or inequitable? If you’ve had these or any concerns about grading, come join us to learn about ungrading - a movement that asks critical questions about grading practices and offers alternative approaches to assessment. Last spring a group of us read Susan Blum’s book Ungrading: Why rating students undermines learning (and what to do instead). We are back this semester to share our own experiences with various ungrading strategies. 


Specifications Grading in Real Life

November 11, 2022  |  11:00am-12:00pm  |  via Zoom

Libby Fry (Social Work) 

Libby Fry describes her own experience with implementation of specifications grading in an undergraduate class. She shares the development process, assignment and rubric examples, student feedback, and all the messes along the way. 

[This presentation is in conjunction with Prof. Fry's pursuit of the Teach UNI Certificate.]


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