Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Elliott Hall, Room 200A
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-2751

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Workshops and Events

CETL workshops and events focus on teaching and learning at Oakland University. OU faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to participate in any programs of interest, and can track their professional development as desired. To stay apprised of upcoming events, sign up for CETL announcements.

We welcome you to attend any workshops of interest! Once you register, we encourage you to record the date/time in your own calendar as a reminder. If for some reason you realize that you cannot attend, please cancel by contacting

Workshop participants can track their professional development.

Missed a workshop? View workshop recordings and resources.

Summer 2022 Workshops

Click on the links below to register.

Initiative for Eradicating Racism at OU (two-part series) - Tuesday, May 10 & 17. Facilitated by Robert Martin, Danielle Ligocki, and Chaunda Scott, SEHS. 
HyFlex (on campus with online option)
In this two-part series, leaders of the Initiative for Eradicating Racism (IER) will share their work toward identifying and unrooting institutional racism prevalent in educational settings. Sessions will include an overview of IER's partnerships, scholarship, and data gathering, and invite faculty feedback and participation. Join for one or both sessions. 
Reinvigorate yOU (two-part series) - Wednesday, June 8 & 22. Facilitated by Caitlyn Hennings, OU Rec Well. 
Online via Zoom link
In this two-part series, OU RecWell will help us reset and re-energize in healthy ways. The series will strike a balance of doing what we can to take care of ourselves while acknowledging what is and isn’t in our control. Participants will be able to distinguish what self-care is and isn’t, describe the importance of resilience, and practice a new self-compassion mindfulness activity.
Instructional Fair

Oakland University's 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 the full call for proposals and submission guidelines.

View last year's 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.

Students for Excellence in Teaching
CETL seeks the input and experiences of students in learning at OU through lunch time conversations and pop-up stations. For other ideas and input, contact Dr. Judy Ableser

The Director of the Center, Judy Ableser, would like to meet with students to get your input. Students for Excellence in Teaching Forum (SET) is a time to hear about the wonderful approaches to teaching and learning that is occurring on campus and to hear and share concerns, suggestions, and recommendations for improvements. It is not a forum to talk about individual poor professors or courses (that is important, however, that should be addressed at the department level or through Student Services).

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) provides faculty support to enhance the quality of teaching excellence across campus. Although we are here to provide support to faculty, our main goal must be to support student learning, and therefore, our students are truly our significant stakeholders. We want to hear from you. Your voice is essential to our work.

Looking forward to hearing your voice! In addition, please feel free to contact me at

Judith Ableser, Director
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Diversity Challenge

In partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the DEI Council, CETL has organized a 10-week common campus experience consisting of mostly self-paced online events in a variety of formats. After the 10-week period, the eSpace continues to be available for anyone at OU to explore. Log into the 2021 eSpace.

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).

Other Special 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.