Lebanese American University

Center for Teaching and Learning

Offerings

The CTL is looking to provide different types of  offerings. The ones identified so far are:

Each topic will be designated as fulfilling one or the other of the types of offerings available.

 

Course/syllabus design

Syllabus Preparation (do’s and don’ts)

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop helps faculty develop their course syllabus and provides them with essential criteria needed to revise their syllabi. It covers the following topics:  exploration of syllabi samples from the different schools, principles of good syllabi construction, and the development of a syllabus. 

Aligning CLOs with PLOs

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces faculty to CLOs and PLOs. It provides them with an understanding of how CLOs enhance the design of a program and assist in the institutional effectiveness. It covers the following topics: keys concepts in writing measurable and observable CLOs, definition and importance of alignment, curriculum mapping, alignment of the PLOs to the curriculum map and CLOs. 

Integrating Active learning strategies

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces faculty to the benefits of purposefully integrating active learning strategies into their teaching. It covers the following topics: characteristics associated with active learning, importance of active learning, examples of integration of active learning, barriers that prevent faculty from integrating active learning, and strategies to overcome these barriers.  

Writing Good Objectives versus Outcomes

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces faculty to writing effective learning objectives and outcomes. It covers the following topics: definitions, purposes, and characteristics of learning objectives and outcomes, the action verbs used in writing objectives and outcomes, and the different domains of learning objectives and outcomes among others. 

 

Instructional Strategies

Implementing Innovative and Effective Teaching Techniques

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop offers faculty effective and innovative teaching techniques to implement in their classroom. It covers the following topics: identification and implementation of effective teaching techniques, examples of effective and innovative teaching practices. 

Increasing students’ participation

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces faculty to a variety of methods and techniques that help them increase students’ participation and engagement in the learning process. It covers the following topics: the role of the course instructor in increasing students’ engagement and participation, strategies to increase students’ motivation in large classes. 

Making the Most of the First Day of Class

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces faculty to the importance of the first day of class and provides them with tips to successfully start the semester. It covers the following topics: the importance of the first day, the role of the course instructor during this day, what to discuss with students during the first session, and do’s and don’ts of the first day of class. 

Promoting Inclusive Teaching

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces faculty to the theoretical principles and practical applications of inclusive teaching. It covers the following topics: instructional models and strategies, assessment for inclusive teaching, differentiation of instruction, and identification of the instructional challenges for teaching students with diverse needs.

Implementing Active Learning

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces faculty to the implementation of active learning strategies in the classroom. It covers the following topics: different active learning strategies to enhance the teaching/learning process and engage students in the classroom.

Applying Research-based methods for teaching and learning

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces faculty to a variety of research-based methods and principles to enhance teaching practices. It covers the following topics: the design of learning activities around contemporary research issues, and build small-scale research activities into assignments.

Assessment

Writing Exams Highlighting Course Outcomes

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop provides faculty with tips on mapping exam items to align with course learning outcomes. It covers the following topics: the development of a blueprint for exams, the identification of performance levels, and the selection of best item types.

Creating and using rubrics for grading assignments aligned with outcomes

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop provides faculty with the necessary skill to create rubrics and align them with course outcomes. It covers the following topics: the different types of rubrics, use of rubric criteria, examples of rubrics and their use for providing students with feedback.

Providing effective constructive feedback

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces faculty to the types of feedback they may provide their students. It covers the following topics: the purpose of giving students feedback, the impact of instructor’s feedback on students’ productivity, ways and means to make your feedback constructive. 

Exam Item Types: Do’s and don’ts exam item type

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces faculty to the process of writing effective exam items. It covers the following topics: the different types of test items, the advantages and disadvantages of each type, and the guidelines for their construction. 

Developing different types of assessments

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces faculty to different types of assessments. It covers the following topics: the importance and the purpose of assessment, the different types of assessments, the appropriate use of each type of assessment to serve effectively the teaching and learning process. 

Technology Integration

Fighting plagiarism with Turnitin software

Audience: All University faculty

About:

This workshop introduces faculty to the Turnitin software and provides them with the ability and the knowledge of how to make use of this software to fight plagiarism. It covers the following topics:  An overview of Turnitin, the importance of Turnitin, creating a faculty account on Turnitin, creating a classroom account on Turnitin, and using Turnitin to interpret reports.

Using Clickers in the classroom

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces faculty to the use of clickers in the classroom. It covers the following topics: possible uses of Clickers, motivational and learning-based strategies while using Clickers, advantages of using Clickers, types of Clickers’ questions, writing Clickers’ questions, and features of the i-Clicker software.
 

 

Information Security

Audience: All University faculty

About:

The workshop introduces faculty to the latest research and techniques related to information security including computer system security, network security, and web security. It covers the following topics: Applied cryptography, computer system security, network security, anomaly detection, software security, digital forensics, web security and authentication technology. 

Creating a grade book to turn number grades into letter grades

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces faculty to the use of Excel spreadsheets to manage grades. It covers the following topics: the grade book basics, the use of excel functions, and the proper formatting of the data. 

Using Lecture Capture

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces faculty to the use of lecture capture, helps them to create recordings of classroom lectures or presentations for the purpose of sharing them with students. It covers the following topics: the definition of lecture capture, the effective implementation of the software to improve the teaching learning process. 

Using the SmartBoard

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces faculty to the various uses of SmartBoard in their classrooms and provides them with the ability to use it independently and effectively.  It covers the following topics: SmartBoard basics, SmartBoard Tutorials, hands-on experience using SmartBoard, the smart notebook software and the use of interactive smart tools.

Operating the Lecterns

Audience: All University faculty

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The workshop introduces faculty to the use of the lecterns found on campus. It covers the following topics: overview of the different types of lecterns, their features and their use. Hands-on experience will be provided.

Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation

Audience: New faculty

About:

The Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) invite you to the New Faculty Orientation to introduce all new faculty to the Lebanese American University. 

 

Introduction to Banner

Audience: All University faculty

About:

This workshop provides participants with an overview of Banner. It covers the following topics: What is Banner, the use of Banner to advise students, and for grade submission.

Blackboard e-learn

Audience: New faculty

About:

This workshop provides participants with an overview of Blackboard e-Learn. It covers the following topics: definition of CMS, the use of Blackboard for teaching, learning and assessment.

Using the Smart classroom

Audience: New faculty

About:

This workshop provides participants with an overview of the use of Smart classrooms. It covers the following topics: Operation of a smart classroom, the features of the touch screen and the do’s and don’ts of operating a smart classroom.

Understanding Your Benefits

Audience: New faculty

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This workshop provides participants with an overview of university benefits relative to status.  It covers the following topics: Medical Insurance coverage, children tuition, leaves (maternity, sick, etc.)

Financial Aid/Student Employment

Audience: New faculty

CAAP Interpretation

Audience: New faculty

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This workshop provides participants with an overview of CAAP document. It covers the following topics: What is CAAP, Access CAAP and understand the elements of CAAP.

Student Code of Conduct

Audience: New faculty

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This workshop provides participants with an overview of the Student Code of Conduct. It covers the following topics: Students rights and responsibilities towards the university, violations, disciplinary proceedings, sanctions and appeals.

Graduate Studies and Research Orientation

SPSS

Audience: All University faculty

About:

This workshop provides participants with an overview of SPSS.  It covers the following topics: definition of SPSS, the use of SPSS for quantitative data analysis, and the interpretation of outcomes.

nVivo

Audience: All University faculty

About:

This workshop provides participants with an overview of nVivo.  It covers the following topics: definition of nVivo, the use of nVivo for qualitative data analysis, and the interpretation of outcomes.

Identifying Funding Opportunities

Audience: All University faculty

Grant/Proposal Writing workshops

Audience: All University faculty

Academic Writing for Publication

Audience: All University faculty

Research Compliance (IRBs’, sampling, etc.)

Audience: All University faculty

Mentoring/Supervising Graduate Students

Audience: All University faculty

Collaborative Undergraduate Research

Audience: All University faculty

Developing and Implementing a Research Plan

Audience: All University faculty

Data Collection and Databases

Audience: All University faculty

University Service Activities

Helping students in distress

Audience: All University faculty

Starfish

Audience: All University faculty

About:

This workshop provides participants with an overview of Starfish. It covers the following topics: What is Starfish, the use of Starfish to follow-up on students, and for attendance monitoring.

Serving on University wide Committees

Audience: All University faculty

About:

This workshop provides participants with an overview of university wide committees available. It covers the following topics: a list of university committees, the role of the faculty serving on those, and the process of becoming a member of such committees.

University policies

Audience: All University faculty

About:

This workshop provides participants with an overview of all university policies pertaining to faculty. It covers the following topics: What are these policies, implementation of such policies and their impact on university life.

Teaching Effectiveness

Mentoring Graduate Assistants

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces participants to their role in mentoring graduate assistants. It covers the following topics: the role of a mentor, general guidelines for mentors, and the development of professional relationships with the graduate assistants. 

Different teaching Styles

Audience: All University faculty

About:

This workshop introduces participants to a variety of teaching styles. It covers the following topics: the learning cycle, learning and teaching styles, introducing a variety of teaching methods to address the different styles. 

Content Integration for Teaching

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces participants to integrated learning and provides them with different strategies to ensure effective content integration for teaching. It covers the following topics: definition of content integrated learning, and methods for effective integration.

Facilitating discussions

Audience: All University faculty

About:

This workshop introduces participants to criteria for effective classroom discussions, and promotion of student engagement and interaction in the learning process. It covers the following topics: the elements of constructive and positive discussions, the encouragement of students’ participation, the do’s and don’ts when facilitating discussions. 

Teaching students how to learn

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces participants to a variety of strategies to help students study. It covers the following topics: different strategies for note-taking, time management, and application of mnemonic devices to improving students’ study skills. 

Student-Centered Teaching

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces participants to the importance of implementing student-centered approach in their daily teaching routine and provides them with innovative methods to successfully incorporate this approach into their classroom. It covers the following topics: definition of student-centered teaching, and the do’s and don’ts in student-centered teaching.  

Collecting evidence to demonstrate effective teaching

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces participants to processes of data collection to demonstrate effective teaching. It covers the following topics: definition of effective teaching, collecting evidence of teaching, sources of evidence, and evidence of students learning.  

Motivating students

Audience: All University faculty

About:

This workshop introduces participants to a variety of strategies that may be used to motivate students in the classroom. It covers the following topics: the importance of motivation, its impact on students’ learning, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, the role of the teacher, and a variety of motivation strategies. 

Technology enhanced teaching

Audience: All University faculty

About:

This workshop provides participants with strategies to ensure effective use of technology in teaching. It covers the following topics: the role of technology to enhance the teaching and learning process, and the do’s and don’ts of integration. 

Creativity and Innovation

Incorporating critical thinking in the classroom

Audience: All University faculty

About:

This workshop provides participants with an overview of critical thinking. It covers the following topics: the definition of critical thinking, the characteristics of critical thinking, and the assessment of students’ critical thinking skills. 

STEAM

Audience: All University faculty

About:

This workshop introduces participants to the STEAM approach to teaching and learning. It covers the following topics: the definition of STEAM, the characteristics and components of STEAM (interdisciplinarity, problem-based, applied approach, etc.) 

Effective teaching

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces participants to the importance of effective teaching and provides them with the knowledge related to teaching effectiveness. It covers the following topics: what is effective teaching, effective teaching strategies, tips about teaching effectiveness, and the do’s and don’ts in teaching. 

Fostering Creativity through Experiential learning

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop introduces participants to experiential learning and highlights its power to foster students’ creativity. It covers the following topics: the definition of experiential learning, and the effective application of experiential learning. 

Creative Thinking

Audience: All University faculty

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This workshop provides participants with an overview of creative thinking. It covers the following topics: the definition of creative thinking, the characteristics of creative thinking, and the assessment of students’ creative thinking skills.

Leadership

Audience: All University faculty

About:

This workshop introduces participants with an overview of leadership. It covers the following topics: the definition of leadership, the different models of leadership, and best practice in leadership.

IPE

Audience: All University faculty

About:

This workshop introduces participants to the importance of IPE for students’ development. It covers the following topics: the definition of IPE, and the need for IPE. 

Faculty Development

Spring Schools Faculty Meetings

Audience: School-specific faculty

All University Faculty Meeting

Audience: All University faculty

Portfolio preparation (Boyer’s)

Audience: New faculty

About:

This workshop provides participants with a general overview of the promotion portfolio.  It covers the following topics: What constitutes a promotion portfolio, the different sections of a portfolio, and possible evidence provision.


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