Custom Programs for Departments and Colleges

CETL staff will collaborate with you to provide customized content relevant to your specific context with groups of instructors or graduate students in a college, department, or affinity group on any of the topics listed below. A custom approach addresses your unique needs to ensure meaningful and productive events.  

Custom Programming Process

  • A request for customized content on a topic area is submitted on behalf of a particular group of instructors.  
  • CETL staff meet with the person making the request to discuss their unique needs. 
  • CETL staff and the person making the request partner to plan logistics 
    • Event date and time 
    • Event format (virtual, in-person, hybrid, etc) 
    • Event location or platform 
    • Number of expected participants 
    • How prospective participants are recruited and shared with CETL 
  • CETL staff provide a description of the event to be shared with prospective participants
  • The event is held 
  • Feedback is collected to document event effectiveness and address any needs for follow-up


    • Effectively assessing student work
    • Using or adapting existing assessment tools for my discipline
    • Differing approaches to assessment
    • Improving for a future performance as opposed to judging the quality of a final product
    • using early, timely feedback to enhance student participation and engagement
    • Getting students to do their homework
    • Why students don't do the assigned reading
    • Getting students to engage in class discussions
    • Relationship between motivation and student success
    • Defining characteristics of the disconnected student
    • Getting to know our students
    • Understanding how to create an inclusive class climate
    • Reflecting on our sense of belonging practices
    • Creating a relationship-rich culture in the classroom
    • Collaborative learning as a high-impact practice to create deeply meaningful and long-lasting results for students
    • Designing collaborativre experiences for your students
    • Strategies and tools available to help facilitate successful collaborative experiences
    • Models for course design;
    • Starting with the end in mind
    • Aligning pieces of the course
    • Systematically applying a course design process that will be appropriate for the students in your discipline
    • Soliciting student feedback at multiple times during the semester
    • Viewing student feedback as one of many data points that can inform teaching
    • Strategies for soliciting student feedback
    • Boosting student course evaluation response rates, ensuring students understand the purpose and use of course evaluations
    • Planning for development of students’ critical thinking skills
    • Defining what it means to think critically
    • Exploring a range of questioning styles and methods
    • Identifying specific strategies to improve critical thinking
    • Getting all students actively involved in the course
    • Using active learning
    • Using groups/teams
    • Setting the stage on the first day of class 
    • Proven techniques to help get students reading course materials
    • Helping students get more out of their reading while they are doing it
    • Integrate other aspects of your course with the reading process  
    • Disciplinary associations and private foundations
    • Federal agencies and proposals that have an educational research component
    • Locate internal and external resources to support and strengthen SoTL research projects

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