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Group Opportunities

One of the best sources of knowledge and experience in the classroom comes from our colleagues. CETL offers group opportunities for those who like to meet and discuss teaching and learning topics and issues with their colleagues. Whether it be discussing a book or video, seeing a technology demonstration, or learning from a colleague about a teaching technique that works for them we will offer options to consider each semester as you strive to improve your teaching and student learning.

Successful Teaching Practices

Our signature program that is offered every semester is a collaboration with the professional development unit at CVTC. This group meeting features at least 6 dates all focused on one theme for the semester and will meet at either CVTC or CETL.

Past themes have been Effectively using groups, Efficient grading practices, Small changes with a big impact, and Culturally responsive practices.

Fall 2016 Theme: Intentional Teaching Practices

Participants will watch short video clips from UWEC or CVTC instructors and identify the use of successful teaching strategies used and hear from the instructors about why they chose those strategies and how they worked out. Time will be given to reflect on your own teaching to decide if those strategies are right for you and your class.

Please email CETL to let us know that you are interested in attending.

Book Discussion

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.

Join Robin Beeman from Nursing and Cindy Albert, from CETL, for a lively discussion of the 2012 book titled Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking. We will have 4 discussions, every other week, for up to 10 participants. CETL will provide the books.  Meetings days and times will be identified through a Doodle poll of interested participants.

Instructional Video Group

Instructional videos can be useful whether you are teaching online, hybrid, or completely face-to-face. In this group, a variety of free technologies, strategies, and research-driven best practices for finding and creating instructional videos will be demonstrated and discussed. Meetings days and times will be identified through a Doodle poll of interested participants.

If you have any questions, please contact April Pierson.

Alternatives to the Research Paper

As class sizes increase, many faculty find they cannot efficiently grade long research projects. While the research paper has long been a convention in higher education, alternatives to traditional research projects have gained traction at many institutions. Often called "All but the paper research papers," these assignments offer undergraduates the opportunity to apply research skills without generating lengthy written assignments.

In this CETL group, library faculty will facilitate discussion of research paper alternatives and participants will develop and road test research paper alternatives. Our goal is to help you create research assignments/experiences that are reasonable to grade while enabling students to hone research skills and engage with the literature of a discipline. 

We welcome faculty from any discipline. No experience with alternative research assignments is necessary. (Faculty who have already developed alternative research paper assignments are also welcome to join the group in order to share or refine assignments.


Kate Hinnant, Associate Professor, McIntyre Library
Robin Miller, Associate Professor, McIntyre Library