Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning

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Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018

Mid-Term Course Evaluations, or SGIDs

Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID) is a method of formative course evaluation that uses a trained, outside facilitator to conduct a mid-semester discussion with students to provide feedback to an instructor. SGIDs usually take 50 minutes, and work most effectively in courses with 20-75 students (if your course doesn’t fit these parameters, contact Jonathan). SGIDs are best done between weeks 7-10 of the semester, and are very helpful for making mid-course adjustments and clarifications in a course. If you are interested in having a SGID done in a course this semester, please complete the form here: …..Questions?  E-mail

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018

Panther Learning Partners

UNI is poised to join a small but growing number of schools who engage students and faculty as active collaborators in teaching and learning. In this program -- PANTHER Learning Partners -- participating student-partners are consultants to their faculty partners as needed, serving as recorder/observers, interviewers, design consultants, "primed" observers, and more. These students are not enrolled in their partners' courses, but rather in a concurrent training and practicum course developed by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

The goal is to capitalize on the reciprocal benefits that flow from a transposition of student and faculty perspectives, illuminating blind spots or gaps in understanding.

The CETL would like to shape this program in ways that answer the needs and interests of UNI students and faculty, and we need your input to do so. If this concept intrigues you, we ask you to weigh in through a five-minute survey here:

Monday, Sep 24, 2018

Monday, September 24, 7:00-8:30 pm, ScholarSpace, Rod Library

Presenters: McNair Scholars Kyla Ford and Dante Miller

Kyla Ford “Evaluating School Conduct Policies in Relation to School Violence”
This presentation examines the relationship between the kinds of responses to violations in school conduct policies and the severity of violence in schools from 2016-2018 in the U.S.

Dante Miller “Remembering Obama in the Era of Trump”
This presentation examines the idea of post-racial ideas and their relationship to U.S. history, particularly in relation to the elections of Obama and Trump.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, CSBS, the CETL and the Office of the President

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018

Monday, September 24, Noon - 1 PM, Library 378
Presenter: Angela Pratesi

Wikipedia is the fifth most used website in the world. Our students are using it. We are using it. But it is more than just a quick source of information. By incorporating Wikipedia assignments into a course, you can harness the free encyclopedia as a tool to help students practice and hone their research and writing skills. At the same time, their work can improve the quality and scope of information available to people around the world. Come learn about the benefits of Wikipedia assignments and a variety of ways you can include them in your classes


Monday, Sep 17, 2018

Wednesday, September 19, Noon - 1PM, Library 378

Panelists: Shelley O’Connell, Health & Wellness Services, Jennifer Schneiderman, Counseling Center, Allyson Rafanello, Dean of Students

Many UNI students face mental health issues, and UNI data shows that midterms can be particularly challenging. How can we recognize when our students are in distress?  What kinds of services are available to them?  What can you do as a faculty member?  Come learn what you can do to help students in distress, ask questions about mental health issues, and learn what resources are available for students and faculty/staff to address mental health concerns.

Thursday, Sep 13, 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 3:30-4:30, Library 378
Lisa Kopf, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Does your voice ever feel tired after a long day of teaching? You’re not alone! Individuals who use their voice a lot as part of their job, including faculty members, are at increased risk for developing voice problems. In this workshop, you’ll learn some tips and strategies that can help you maintain a healthy voice.

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2018

Thursday | September 13 | 12:30-1:30 PM | LIB 378

Panelists: Cara Burnidge, Philosophy & World Religions, Julie Husband, Languages & Literatures, Karen Tracey, Languages & Literatures, Wally Hettle, History

To celebrate UNI’s Frederick Douglass Power of Words: Social Justice and Human Rights Festival this month, the CETL brings together scholars with different perspectives to discuss why and how they teach Frederick Douglass’ work.  How can reading the works of Douglass help students learn to engage texts critically? Or analyze racism in U.S. culture historically and today? Or explore the role of literacy as a crucial aspect of citizenship?  For more information about the festival:

Friday, Aug 17, 2018

 All reading group sessions will take place in Library 378.

Back by popular demand!

Saundra McGuire,Teach Students How to Learn. Facilitator: Susan Hill. Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00, 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 10/31; Register here by August 31.

Friday, Aug 17, 2018

Robert Zemsky, Gregory Wegner, and Ann Duffield, Making Sense of the College Curriculum: Faculty Stories of Change, Conflict and AccommodationFacilitator: Jonathan Chenoweth. Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 on 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7.  Register here by September 14.  

Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.  Facilitator: Susan Hill. Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30, 10/9, 10,23, 11/6, 11/27  Register here by Friday, Sept. 7

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018

Thursday, August 16, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Maucker Union Ballrooms       Click here for more information.       REGISTER HERE

This year, the Fall Faculty Workshop is about the faculty career—how we think about, how we plan for, how we envision—who we are as leaders and professors in the academy.  This is a workshop appropriate for all faculty—term, tenure-track, tenured, early, mid-career, late-career faculty. Come spend a few hours thinking about YOU.