CTL Newsletter

CTL December 2021 Newsletter


How to Get Involved in the Zero Textbook Cost Program

Krysta McNutt (Open Education Lead, CTL) and Michelle Brailey (Digital Initiatives Projects Librarian, UA Library) share how instructors can offer Zero Textbook Cost courses. The Zero Textbook Cost pilot program aims to improve equitable student access to learning materials.

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The Last Day of Class:
Fun, low prep ways to end the semester

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
2 PM - 2:15 PM

Whether in-person or online, in real time or asynchronous, how you end the semester is important. Summing up the key lessons shapes students’ learning beyond the interactions and tasks of the course. Join CTL’s Cosette and Anita for a range of low-prep fun, engaging, and reflective ways to make the last day count.

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Examples and Key Strategies of Well-written, Effective Learning Outcomes

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
2 PM - 2:15 PM

Course learning outcomes are an essential foundation for activities and assessments. Join CTL’s Anita Parker for a demystification of the ingredients and key strategies for writing learning outcomes. Plenty of examples will be provided!

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Call for Proposals: 2022 Open Pedagogy Talks

Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The 2022 Open Education Symposium steering committee is proud to kick off planning with a call for proposals for this collaborative series: Open Pedagogy Talks. This series of lightning talks has been developed in partnership with the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and Thompson Rivers University. Instructors and students are invited to propose their 15-minute talk about their experiences in open pedagogy and learning, utilizing open educational resources, and integrating open access materials and strategies in higher education.

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Teaching Plus Podcast Series: Episode 16
Generating Student Engagement in Online Forums with Dr. Tara Milbrandt

Online forums can be a safe(r), inclusive space for critical thinking and learning from peers. In this episode, Dr. Tara Milbrandt describes how she structured the forum activity in her courses and how impressed she was with the quality and collegiality of student postings.

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RuPedagogies of Realness—Essays on Teaching and Learning with RuPaul’s Drag Race

Congratulations to CTL's Executive Director Tommy Mayberry on the launch of their edited collection, RuPedagogies of Realness! As our resident Academic Drag Queen, Tommy (and the RuPedagogies' authors) share ideas for how to use RuPaul's show in teaching.

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Have You Met... Tommy Mayberry?

Meet Tommy, Executive Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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