Developing Instructor Academy

High Five Faculty discussion

Developing Instructor Academy

Education isn’t something that you finish. – Issac Asimov

We are thrilled that three faculty have now completed the full Academy!  Will you be next? You might be new to college instruction or have been teaching for years – these workshops are made for you! We identified key elements of equitable college teaching, learning, and assessment and divided those into 3 strands: Nuts and Bolts of College Instruction, Student Engagement, and Transparent and Relevant Assessment. Participants will come away with a theoretical understanding of the topics and practical applications of these integral elements of teaching for your courses.  You might discover an area you would like to dive deeper into in future quarter workshops, and Timothy Chang will help you make those plans.

Sign up for one strand this quarter; make a plan to complete all 3 over time.

Each strand offers participants the opportunity to earn:

  • 25 PD Hours
  • $500 stipend for completing all required work and attending a minimum of 3 of the synchronous sessions.
  • Completers of the entire Academy will receive a special certificate.

To sign up or to learn more about these workshop strands, please contact Timothy Chang, Developing Instructor Academy Lead.



Tell me and I forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand. –Benjamin Franklin

Are you new to teaching or do you want to revisit some of the foundations of college instruction as it relates to virtual learning? The Nuts and Bolts workshop strand engages faculty in discussions about the fundamentals of being a college instructor, while making practical applications to our courses. Throughout these sessions, we introduce evidence-based strategies and intertwine equity, cultural responsiveness, and growth mindsets as we discuss our syllabi, course outcomes, lesson plans, assignment creation, and student support strategies in the blended classroom. This workshop is designed to provide faculty with an overview of the topics below. Faculty may discover areas they wish to explore further in more intensive workshops.

In this strand we explore:

Culturally Responsive Teaching Examine how our positionality, implicit biases, and cultural lens impact the students in our classroom. Work to be anti-racist instructors.
The Inclusive SyllabusExamine the role of instructor presence right from the start of the quarter through paying attention to tone and language used in the first touchpoint we have with our students – the syllabus.
Connecting Outcomes to PerformanceHow can we design our class with the outcomes in mind and find ways to meet those outcomes using traditional and alternative assessment strategies?
TILT Assignment Framework and Student Success Use the TILT Assignment Framework to revise one assignment, making the “why” behind each assignment clearer for our students. 
Universal Design for Learning Share ideas for lesson planning and delivery with a focus on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and explore Equity/Growth Mindset vs. Deficit Mindset.
Partnering with Student Support ServicesLearn ways faculty can partner with key student service providers on campus (Counseling, MCS, DRC, NdN, Advising) to be in compliance and to enhance student learning and support. 
Significance of ReflectionBuild student reflection and your own instructor reflection into a regular practice to add depth to learning in the classroom.

Learning Outcomes: 

Participants in this workshop series will be able to:

  • Articulate how positionality and implicit bias impact our classroom environment and how to create a more equitable classroom.
  • Identify and apply culturally responsive strategies in their classes.
  • Identify the components of an inclusive syllabus and construct one for their courses.
  • Construct and revise one assignment using the TILT assignment framework to enhance clarity of expectations for students.
  • Understand and apply the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to all facets of their teaching and classroom environment.
  • Describe the importance of reflection in learning and create reflection activities.

10 seats maximum: Register for Nuts and Bolts Here


Faculty sharing ideas as they participate in this workshop


No matter how long you’ve been teaching, this transformational offering is for you! Why? We know that an engaged student is much more likely to succeed in college. The Student Engagement Strand centers on active learning and community building in the classroom. The strand begins with an interactive investigation of the most current research on how we learn and then uses that brain research as a foundation for workshops on cultural responsiveness, community building, tech tools for engagement, and enhancing one’s presentation style. Collaborate with your colleagues while building your toolkit for engaging your students in their education.


In this strand, we explore:

How People Learn Brush up on the basics of how people learn including brain research, UDL, metacognition, and equity.
Cultural Responsiveness I Dive into what it means to be a culturally responsive instructor. We will spend time looking at what we bring to the classroom and how to ensure we are student-centered and equity-minded in all that we do.
Cultural Responsiveness II Continue investigating culturally responsive practices and how to provide an equitable classroom where all students’ voices and experiences are represented.
Engagement and Intervention Strategies Spend time learning about the different strategies and tools in Canvas we can use to monitor student engagement and intervene to promote student success.
Implementation and Reflection Work Time to dive deeper into one of the topics or tools shared thus far and try it out! Reflect on your choice, what you did, and how it went in an online assignment in Canvas.
Integrative Lecturing and Making the Most of Tech Tools Try out a variety of tech tools and the practice of integrative lecturing to engage our students.
Facilitating Discussions
+ Enhancing Your Presentation Skills
Do you have that “magic” when it comes to engaging your students? Did you know it can be learned? We will spend time practicing our storytelling and presentation skills and sharing tips we use to engage our students.
Implementation and Reflection Work Our time together will culminate with a final engagement plan for your classes.


Faculty doing analysis



As instructors, we all realize the importance of assessment when it comes to student learning and success. Do we take the time, though, to make sure we are assessing what students need to know in a way that is relevant and transparent to our students? How do we define and view assessment and what are creative ways to assess student learning beyond papers and tests?  The Transparent and Relevant Assessment Strand of faculty development focuses on a variety of creative and relevant strategies to assess student learning.

Sessions include how to provide meaningful feedback, write assignments and rubrics that are transparent for our students, use a variety of classroom assessment techniques, and structure peer review in the classroom, among others. Join us for an interactive series of workshops where we learn about transparent and relevant assessment.


In this strand, we explore…

Assessment Overview, Backwards Design, and Bloom's Taxonomy

Reflect on our thoughts on the “what” and “why” of assessment. We will spend time learning about Backwards Design and how to use Bloom’s Taxonomy to ensure we are assessing what we want to assess in our classes.
Classroom Assessment Techniques

Explore a variety of Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) that can be used to illustrate student learning and needs in the classroom. They are simple, non-graded, in-class activities designed to provide feedback to the instructor on what students know and on what to spend more time.

Learn about the Transparency Framework to reconstruct assignments to maximize clarity of the “why” “what” and “how” behind the assignment for students. TILT two assignments for your class.
Rubrics and Quality Student Feedback

Discuss how to design and use rubrics for all assignments. Learn how to provide quality feedback to students that can assist them in their future assignments right from the start of the quarter.
High Impact Practices and Innovative Assessment
Learn more about high-impact practices for student engagement and assessment. High-impact practices include project-based learning, service-learning, and undergraduate research.
Group and Team-Based Learning and Peer Review
The use of peer review can assist in both building community in the classroom and providing students with an eye for assessing the work of others. Examine how to use peer review effectively in the classroom. Examine best practices when it comes to team-based learning and assessment in the classroom.
Final vs. Finale
Explore options other than a “final” for the final course assessment. Topics covered include project-based learning assignments, ePortfolios, among others.
Reflection as AssessmentBuild student reflection and your own instructor reflection into a regular assessment practice. Make plans for what’s next!



Last Updated August 23, 2021