Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment - Western Washington University's Teaching and Learning Center

The Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment provides workshops and seminars, sponsors speakers, and holds open houses dedicated to supporting faculty use of innovations in their teaching. If you would like to suggest a workshop or speaker for the next academic year, please use our Suggestion Box form.

Upcoming CIIA-sponsored events are listed below. Often we provide online access to supporting materials associated with an event. For this reason, you may search events or view an archive of past events.

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Upcoming Events

Past Events

 
Innovative Teaching Showcase Learning Event
Location: Wilson Library 268 and 270,  Date: 6/6/2014 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Every year, the Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment creates a cutting-edge multimedia showcase, featuring the best practices of and video interviews with Western’s most dynamic instructors. This year's Showcase theme is Blended Learning. At the Learning Event, visitors can learn more about the Innovative Teaching Showcase, watch the videos, enjoy refreshments, and meet this year’s featured instructors. more


Faculty GUR Group: World Issues—learning widely, living ethically, advocating actively! (part 2)
Location: Humanities 108,  Date: 5/20/2014 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Shirley Osterhaus, (Fairhaven) will present “World Issues—learning widely, living ethically, advocating actively!” offered by the Faculty GUR Group. Please join your colleagues from across campus to explore excerpts of her course and reflect with participants on the instructional methods she employs. This GUR class, grounded in justice, human rights and activism, is accompanied by the World Issues Forum speaker series that has hosted, over the past 13 years, 300+ visionaries, activists, and scholars who have stretched students' minds and hearts. All faculty and staff are invited to attend t... more


Learning Technology Group: Alternatives to PowerPoint
Location: Miller Hall 56,  Date: 5/14/2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Members of our campus community are welcome to join the "Learning Technology Group" monthly discussion aimed at increasing our campus-wide understanding and use of technology as a teaching tool. All Western faculty, staff, and interested students are welcome to attend. The focus of this session, lead by Kevin Dixey and AJ Barse (ATUS), will be on exploring alternatives to PowerPoint, including desktop, web, and mobile applications. The Learning Technology Group at Western is an ongoing collaboration of the team at the Teaching, Learning, & Technology Faculty Development Office (Academic... more


Faculty GUR Group: World Issues—learning widely, living ethically, advocating actively! (part 1)
Location: Humanities 108,  Date: 5/13/2014 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Shirley Osterhaus, (Fairhaven) will present “World Issues—learning widely, living ethically, advocating actively!” offered by the Faculty GUR Group. Please join your colleagues from across campus to explore excerpts of her course and reflect with participants on the instructional methods she employs. This GUR class, grounded in justice, human rights and activism, is accompanied by the World Issues Forum speaker series that has hosted, over the past 13 years, 300+ visionaries, activists, and scholars who have stretched students' minds and hearts. All faculty and staff are invited to attend t... more


Why You Can Pass Tests and Still Fail in the Real World
Location: SL 150,  Date: 5/13/2014 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University, will visit the Western Washington University campus Tuesday, May 13. Mazur is an oft-cited author for alternative teaching and assessment strategies. In this presentation, Mazur addresses the following questions and issues of assessment in his talk: Why is it that stellar students sometimes fail in the workplace while dropouts succeed? One reason is that most, if not all, of our current assessment practices are inauthentic. Just as the lecture focuses on the delivery of information to students, so does a... more


WEBINAR: Using Team-Based Learning to Flip Your Classroom
Location: Miller Hall 56,  Date: 5/6/2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This live webinar includes strategies for using team-based learning in courses to enhance student learning, increase student engagement, and expand student expertise in problem-solving. more


WORKSHOPS: ePortfolios with Special Guest, Dr. David Goldstein, UW Bothell
Location: Wilson Library 270,  Date: 5/2/2014 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
David S. Goldstein is a senior lecturer at the University of Washington Bothell, where he has taught for sixteen years, and also serves as Director of its Teaching and Learning Center, which recently won the Exemplary Teaching and Learning Center Award at an international higher education conference. The recipient of the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award, his research and writing lie in the scholarship of teaching and learning as well as in ethnic American literature. He earned a Ph.D. in comparative culture from the University of California, Irvine, before moving to Seatt... more


Learning Technology Group: Web Conferencing Tools
Location: Miller Hall 56,  Date: 4/16/2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Members of our campus community are welcome to join the "Learning Technology Group" monthly discussion aimed at increasing our campus-wide understanding and use of technology as a teaching tool. All Western faculty, staff, and interested students are welcome to attend. The focus of this session, lead by John Farquhar (ATUS), will be to discuss synchronous online conferencing alternative to Blackboard Collaborate, including BigBlueButton (via Cancas) and Microsoft Lync. The Learning Technology Group at Western is an ongoing collaboration of the team at the Teaching, Learning, & Technolog... more


Faculty GUR Group: Who wants to be a millionaire? (PART 2)
Location: Miller 114,  Date: 3/12/2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Megan Deeney, (Mathematics) will present “Who wants to be a millionaire? Planning your financial future with MATH 107” offered by the Faculty GUR Group. Please join your colleagues from across campus to explore excerpts of her course and reflect with participants on the instructional methods she employs. Want to have a million dollars (or more) when you retire, or do you want to save for something in the shorter term? We will discuss a few simple formulas to plan your savings strategy to achieve your goals. We can also talk about mortgage decisions, such as whether to buy discount points or ... more


WORKSHOP: Creating Teacher Presence in the Classroom
Location: Performing Arts Center 199,  Date: 3/12/2014 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Confidence doesn't create dynamic presence; courage does. In this workshop we’ll engage in acting exercises designed to help actors (and teachers) release their protective guards in order to simply be present with others--our audience, our students. We'll work to discover the courage to allow ourselves to see and be seen. Please join Rich Brown, Theatre, for this exciting and essential professional development opportunity. Space is limited. Please register for this event by emailing cii@wwu.edu. more


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