Photo from 2013 Leadership Colloquium. From left to right: Matt Mace, Carol Churchill, Sandi Doctor, and Provost Tim Greene.
How are you teaching with technology? Are you doing something in the class, in hybrid classes, or in fully online courses that you think would interest your colleagues? Share your ideas at WMU's first annual Teaching with Technology Symposium. Find more information here.
Wednesday February 19, 2014 from 1-4pm in the Fetzer Center
We are currently seeking proposals for posters, demonstrations and mini-workshops for the symposium. To be given full consideration, a completed proposal application must be completed no later than December 20th, 2013. Submit proposals here.
Let us know you are coming by registering here.
Spring 2014 Cool Tools Workshop Schedule is now available here. For the first time, we will have four full days of programming over Spring Break! Three workshops and open office hours will take place each day from Monday March 3rd to Thursday March 6th, in UCC 2033. Workshops will cover a variety of teaching focused topics including Effective In-Class Discussions, Tips for Writing IDP and IDT Grants, Textbook Alternatives, Prezi in the Classroom, Bridging the E-learning Gap, and many more.
*Faculty Instructional Development Travel and Project Grant Reminder*
Applications for Instruction Development Travel (IDT) Grants are being accepted from now through January 15th for Spring 2014 and March 15th for Summer 2014, and applications for Instruction Development Project (IDP) Grants are due by 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.
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
These workshops will include topics on teaching tips, active learning strategies, dealing with disruptive students, and many more topics. These are available to all Graduate Teaching Assistants, please visit here for registration, more information, and schedules of workshops.
There will also be weekly Teaching and Learning office hours for interested Graduate Teaching Assistants on Thursdays starting January 17th from 3:30-5:30. Any GTAs can come by the Office of Faculty Development 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 Workshops - Every Wednesday!
New Faculty Seminar - Every other Tuesday starting September 17th, 2013
Our office is located in Room 2029 in the University Computing Center.
The OFD is just down the hall from the eastern entrance.