Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Kresge Library, Room 430
100 Library Drive
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4479
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(248) 370-2751

Workshops and Events

Are you interested in learning new pedagogical practices, enhancing student learning, or improving your teaching skills? Our events provide an interactive environment where OU faculty, staff, and graduate students can engage in teaching and learning activities and discussions. Here you will find support and belonging, and a place where you can share teaching practices, scholarship, and ideas.

Our events take place in 430R Kresge Library with an online attendance option, unless otherwise noted. 

Register now or mark our events on your calendars! If you are looking for a place to share teaching practices, try out a strategy, or present scholarly teaching work join us, we welcome you to join us.

View And Register For Events  Lead A Talk

The CETL Workshops eSpace includes recordings, slides, handouts, and resources related to all of our sessions.


Winter 2024 Schedule At A Glance

To access information, registration links for each session, or the option to conveniently add them to your calendar for future reference please refer to our CETL Events Calendar. We look forward to your presence! 

Teaching Toolbox Series

Learn while engaging in foundational teaching practices, essential for newer instructors but great for all faculty looking to expand their teaching skills. Topics will include active learning, motivation, implicit bias, assessment, and metacognition. Facilitated by CETL’s Sarah Hosch and Christina Moore. For more on these topics, see the Teaching Toolbox eSpace (login required).

  • Get Organized: Teaching Tech Habits & Survival Skills - January 16, 3-4pm
  • Your Response Matters: How to Maintain Shared Trust amid Student Challenges - February 13, 12-1pm
  • The “Case” for Cultivating Belonging - March 14, 12-1pm
  • Get the Most Out of End-of-Semester Student Feedback - April 4, 3-4pm

Monthly “Hot Topics” Discussions

Connect and interact through informal and fun discussions led by knowledgeable voices on the topics. Lightly facilitated by CETL’s Sarah Hosch and Christina Moore.

  • Student Mental Health: Faculty on the Front Line - January 30, 12-1pm
  • Teaching through Tragedy and Conflict - March 6, 3-4pm

Teaching Talks, from OU Faculty

If you are looking for a place to share teaching practices, try out a strategy, or present scholarly teaching work, we want to hear your voice! Be inspired by your peers and sign up to attend these talks! Lead a Teaching Talk.

  • Increase Reading Motivation and Metacognition with Social Annotation - January 17, 3-4pm
  • Becoming More Critical Consumers and Creators: Integrating Critical Thinking into Student Learning - February 8, 12-1pm
  • Creating Affordable, Flexible Computing Activities with Google Cloud Platform - February 7, 3-4pm
  • Play to Learn: Gamification in Teaching - February 22, 12-1pm
  • How Communication Style Affects Racial Interaction - March 13, 3-4pm
  • Getting to The Deeper Structures of Race - March 20, 3-4pm
  • Designing Short-Term Programs for International Students - April 3, 12-1pm

Student Success and Equity Dashboard Training

  • Data-Informed Decisions Using the Student Success and Equity Dashboard (Part 1) - January 22, 12-1pm
  • Data-Informed Decisions Using the Student Success and Equity Dashboard (Part 2) - January 29, 12-1pm

Grad Series: Launching Your Career After Graduate School

  • Planning and Applying for Academic and non-Academic Jobs - January 23, 5:30-7pm
  • Exploring Academic Roles across Institutions of Higher Education - February 20, 5:30-7pm
  • How to Plan a Course and Class Activities - March 19, 5:30-7pm
  • Hot Topics in Teaching and Learning - April 9, 5:30-7pm

Calendar of CETL EventsPast Sessions Materials

Events Beyond CETL

CETL collaborates with and helps promote OU events related to teaching and learning. If you would like to add an upcoming event, please contact Christina Moore.

Teaching with Technology, Online Teaching, and Moodle (e-LIS)

e-Learning and Instructional Support offers one-hour Zoom workshops on best practices, teaching presence, and advanced tools in Moodle. View all upcoming e-LIS workshops.

From the Center for Excellence in Medical Education, OUWB School of Medicine

Browse a full schedule and register for online events on implicit bias, wellness, and SAFE training and more.

Teaching Symposium

2024 Teaching and Learning Symposium

Time and Location

Friday, April 19, 2024, 8am - 3pm, Oakland Center Gold Rooms ABC


Be a part of the 2nd edition of the Teaching and Learning Symposium presented by The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Delve into the theme of Cultivating Inclusion through Connection alongside teaching and research faculty, and campus educators in exploring, discussing, and sharing strategies for connecting students to their community, classroom, and campus.

Immerse yourself in captivating talks and participate in an interactive workshop with keynote speaker Julie Stanton from the University of Georgia and her co-researcher, Birook Mekonnen. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect and network over lunch.

Call for Proposals: OU Faculty Teaching Talks 

Participate in the event and engage in the teaching talk series by submitting a proposal. Share your insights on strategies to nurture connections among students in their community, classroom, and campus. First consideration for proposals submitted by Monday, February 19.


Register now to save your spot!


08:00 - 08:30   Registration
08:30 - 09:00   Welcome & Opening Session
09:00 - 11:00   Teaching Talks OU Faculty
11:00 - 11:15   Refreshment Break
11:15 - 12:30   Keynote with Speakers
12:30 - 01:30   Networking Lunch
01:20 - 02:45   Interactive Workshop with Speakers
02:45 - 03:00   Symposium Conclusion

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Julie Dangremond Stanton is an Associate Professor of Cellular Biology at the University of Georgia. Although she was trained as a cell biologist, Dr. Stanton’s passion for helping students learn led her to pursue education research as a faculty member. In her primary research area, she investigates the metacognitive development of undergraduate life science students. In addition, Dr. Stanton studies the strengths and assets of Black science majors with Dr. Darris Means (University of Pittsburgh) and the self-advocacy experiences of students with learning disabilities and ADHD in STEM with Dr. Mariel Pfeifer (University of Mississippi). She is the PI of two NSF grants for biology education research, including a CAREER award to study metacognition. Through her teaching and research, Dr. Stanton is dedicated to helping undergraduates learn and persist in life science majors.

Birook Mekonnen is a Health Services Officer in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, currently serving as an Emergency Management Specialist in the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response in Washington, D.C. Birook serves as a Health and Human Services instructor for the FEMA Interagency Logistics Course representing public health and medical services federal assistance program categorized as emergency support function #8. Before his current position, he has worked in numerous state and federal public health agencies including the Georgia Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the Immigration Health Service Corps. Birook earned a B.S. in Biology and an M.P.H. in Epidemiology from the University of Georgia, He is a former student co-researcher on an NSF study on the success of Black science majors. As a student, he co-authored 3 peer-reviewed papers, including two papers on Community Cultural Wealth. 

Past Editions of the Symposium

2023 Teaching and Learning Symposium

Friday, May 5, 2023

Over 70 people joined us throughout the day to reflect on teaching, learn about the engaging teaching work happening on our campus, and evaluating our assessment and grading practices. If you missed part or all of the day, or would like to revisit a talk or activity, look through our symposium handout, which includes links to a YouTube playlist of the day’s events plus resource documents and slides associated with each event.

Past Workshops and Events

Missed a workshop? View workshop recordings and resources.

A Competency Approach to Graduate Education

Wednesday, February 8, 3-4pm, 200A Elliott Hall.

Marvin Nieman, PhDVice Dean for Graduate Education and Professor, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University will be sharing insights into the reform of graduate education using his work on competency-based graduate training programs. To achieve the goal of training professional scientists, graduate programing can be strengthened by using competencies to focus on both knowledge acquisition and skills, such as critical thinking and communication. View Resources.

Diversity Challenge 2022

The Winter 2022 Diversity Challenge celebrates the expertise, talent and experience of university faculty, staff and students dedicated to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. While challenges can be completed at any time, weekly challenges began in January and continue through March. Visit the Diversity Challenge 2022 eSpace (OU login required).

Instructional Fair

Co-sponsored by the Senate Teaching and Learning Committee

Browse a variety of posters and displays with faculty's best ideas on effective instructional strategy, active learning, learning resources, classroom activities that they use to promote student success. The poster presentation format allows attendees to collect guides to these ideas and network with faculty and staff.

Share what works well in your classroom, tips on how to design engaging assignments, or tools and resources that have been helpful in teaching and learning. Presenting with your students is highly encouraged!

View 2019 event video, Instructional Fair Booklet, event photo albumpresentation list, plus quotes from faculty and student presenters.

Past Event Resources

Browse the 2018 Instructional Fair Booklet. This includes handouts for all presentations featured at the event.

Download the 2017 Instructional Fair Booklet.
Download the 2015 Instructional Fair Booklet.
Download the 2013 Instructional Fair Booklet.

Guest Speaker Events

In partnership with offices on campus such as Student Affairs & Diversity and OUWB Center for Excellence in Medical Education, we regularly offer special events on teaching and learning. Below are recordings and resources from our past events.