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CELT seeks to lead a University-wide conversation and critical reflection on teaching and learning in light of our experiences during the pandemic year. Moving forward, what have we learned about our students and ourselves? What practices and perspectives have we gained, what do we seem to have left behind, and what do we still keep with us? Join us for a month-long series of events with weekly themes of connection and motivation, access and barriers to learning, reevaluating assessment, and teaching in times of trauma. Read more about and register for individual sessions here.

CELT and colleagues in Teaching, Learning, and Academic Innovation are eager to help our teaching community at UK. With critical support from UK PR, we have launched the Teach Anywhere website to provide a central hub for resources, tutorials, and practices related to the sudden shift to online and alternate delivery formats.

Award Winning Teachers profile, photo of Benjamin Braun, mathematics professor

As the nominations for the 2020 Outstanding Teaching Awards are submitted this month to The Office for Faculty Advancement, I sat down with Benjamin Braun, associate mathematics professor, who was a recipient of the award in 2019. In our interview, Ben discussed the benefits of engineering a classroom environment where learning (and failure) are public, allowing all students a chance to find their strengths and build resilience in academic settings.

Award Winning Teachers profile, photo of Jennifer Osterhage, biology professor

Every year, The Office for Faculty Advancement, with support from CELT, awards faculty and graduate teaching assistants for outstanding teaching. These individuals are recognized for their powerful impact within their classrooms and dedication to innovative pedagogy. As the nominations for the 2020 awards are submitted this month, I sat down with Dr. Jennifer Osterhage, professor of Biology, who was a 2019 recipient of the award.

The Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching is excited to announce a call for proposals for its inaugural Teaching Innovation Institute, which will take place during the 2020 calendar year. Imagined as a cutting-edge learning community that is responsive to emergent issues in higher education, the Institute will involve two semesters of exploration, experiment, and reflection on innovative and inclusive ways of enhancing student learning at the University of Kentucky. Growing from Presentation U’s Faculty Fellows program, the Teaching Innovation Institute represents an updated commitment to support faculty in sustained and dynamic ways.

In her role at TLAI and UK Online, Michia Brangers is responsible for coordinating recruitment and enrollment activity for online students. I sat down with Michia a few days ago to chat about National Distance Learning Week (November 4-8) as well as her vision and mission for online education. Michia's approach is student-centered and stresses the importance of contextualizing the online learning environment.

This week is recognized as National First-Generation College Student Week! As part of UK’s commitment to inclusive teaching and learning, we didn’t want this week to pass without discussing the importance of engaging first generation students in the classroom, as well as some practical strategies for instructors to support first-generation student success.

banner image reading 'CELT's app round-up: useful apps you can use in innovative ways'

As we begin to explore the impact of the Smart Campus Initiative on teaching and learning at the University of Kentucky, we are discovering a whole world of apps that can help us achieve our classroom goals, check in with students, and guide them to effective, meaningful group collaboration. If you’re not sure where to get started, I’ve gathered some of CELT’s favorite apps to inspire innovative lesson plans.

At “Fostering Community and Belonging” this past week, participants explored the dynamics of classroom communities and discussed how inclusive teaching promotes community and belonging in the academic setting. Read more of Dr. Shauna Morgan's reflections in this blog post.

banner image detail from curiosity fair participation flyer

You do cool research; you teach cool ideas, show our community by registering to do a 5-7 min demo to create curiosity about the cool stuff we do at UK. The Second Curiosity Fair will be held on Oct 29 from 4-6pm. Accepting submissions until Sep 30.