Photo from 2013 Leadership Colloquium. From left to right: Matt Mace, Carol Churchill, Sandi Doctor, and Provost Tim Greene. Check out video from the Colloquium here.
Thanks to everyone who came to the 2014 Teaching with Technology Symposium. Did not get a chance to go? Check out presentation information here.
*Faculty Instructional Development Travel and Project Grant Reminder*
Applications for Instruction Development Travel (IDT) and Instructional Development Project (IDP) Grants for next fiscal year (2014-2015) are being accepted from now through March 15th. Check here for more information. If your department would like to request an OFD representative attend a faculty meeting to provide more information, please contact the OFD.
OVPR Discover Discovery Workshops: Faculty and staff are invited to a series of professional development workshops to address topics associated with external and internal funding to support faculty scholarship. These workshops will take place every other Tuesday at 12:30pm in the Fetzer Center, starting January 7th and running through April 15th. Click here for more information and to register.
The office's aim is to help instructors at all levels (board appointed faculty, adjunct and part-time faculty, and graduate student instructors) develop the skills necessary to implement powerful pedagogies in their teaching. Regardless of whether courses are face-to-face or online, large or small, powerful pedagogies emphasize strong instructional design that maximizes student engagement. Such teaching plays a critical role in the WMU commitment to increasing student success.
We offer a variety of services to individual instructors as well as to groups. These include:
Need Help with Teaching Methods, Classroom Technology, Elearning, or Information Technology? Check out the Instructor Decision Support Tree to find the right solution to your problems.
Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshops and Open Office Hours
During the Spring 2014 semester, GTA workshops and open office hours will both take place every Wednesday. GTA open office hours will take place in the OFD (UCC 2029) from 11:00am - 12:30pm, while GTA workshops will take place in UCC 3000 from 2:00 - 3:30pm. Workshop topics will include tactical teaching tips, active learning strategies, dealing with disruptive students, and many more. These are available to all GTAs, please visit here for more information.
Any GTA can come by the Office of Faculty Development ANYTIME for help with problems and questions they may have about the courses they teach.
See the schedule for details about short workshops, book discussions, and longer development opportunities.
Specialized programming for department and faculty groups
If your department or a group of faculty wishes to explore a particular teaching approach, want training in specific areas, or is interested in a tailored faculty development experience, please contact us to discuss how we can work with you.
Individual teaching consultations
We can work with instructors one-on-one through discussion of course design, syllabus construction, and teaching approaches; classroom observation and feedback; and interpretation of end-of-course student evaluations.
The links on the left will take you to services the office offers, programs planned for 2013-2014, and an ever-growing set of "vetted" and annotated links to resources for teaching and learning. Read more about our efforts in our Strategic Plan.
GTA Open Office Hours and Workshops - Every Wednesday!
New Faculty Seminar - Every other Tuesday starting January 14th, 2014
Our office is located in Room 2029 in the University Computing Center.
The OFD is just down the hall from the eastern entrance.