• Webinar: Getting Feedback on Your Teaching

    Monday, October 9
    12–12:30 p.m.

    There are many ways to get feedback on your teaching in the middle of the semester so that you still have time to make changes for your current students. Join UCAT Associate Director Stephanie Rohdieck in this brief webinar to learn more about midterm feedback techniques and ask any questions you might have.


  • Course Design Institute Applications Open

    Registration is now open for our upcoming Course Design Institutes. Join colleagues from across the university as you take a big-picture look at a course of your choice and engage in a hands-on process of (re)-designing it to more effectively and purposefully help students learn.

    Read More & Apply

  • Help us plan our Autumn events!

    As we plan our schedule of events for Autumn 2017, we’d like to hear your preferences for event timing and topics. Please take a moment to complete this survey.

  • Conference on Excellence in Teaching & Learning Registration is Open

    The annual Conference on Excellence in Teaching & Learning is a venue for members of The Ohio State University community to share innovative and interesting, evidence-based ideas for the improvement of teaching effectiveness and student learning outcomes.

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  • Apply for a Faculty and Professional Learning Community

    We are pleased to accept applications for three learning communities through the Ohio State Teaching Enhancement Program (OSTEP) for the 2017-18 academic year. Applications for the Lecturer Learning Community, Course Design Learning Community and Mid-Career and Senior Faculty Learning Community will be accepted through Monday (3/6). Members have the opportunity to connect regularly with colleagues from a multitude of disciplines to discuss teaching-related matters and focus on individual goals and/or projects.

    Apply Here

  • Deadline to Apply for Teaching Orientation Facilitator Positions is 2/13

    Each year, UCAT hires experienced Ohio State Graduate Teaching Associates to facilitate or co-facilitate our Introduction to Teaching and Learning, Teaching as a Grader, and College Teaching Topics workshops at the Teaching Orientation @ Ohio State.

    We are looking for GTAs who will have completed at least two terms of teaching at Ohio State by the end of the spring semester, and who are interested in helping new GTAs.

    The ideal applicant is someone who enjoys the challenges of teaching, is reflective about his/her teaching, has the ability to think about teaching beyond his or her own experience, and possesses effective oral communication skills.

    Compensation ranges from $50–200 per session. Applications are due Monday, February 13.

    Apply Here

  • Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is the Key!

    We are pleased to welcome Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire as a guest speaker. Her campus talk will be held on Thursday, February 16 from 3–4:30 p.m.

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  • Dealing with the Aftermath of Tragedy in the Classroom

    Following our recent tragedy, UCAT and Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service have put together a few tips to help you when working with students. Our office is always available to consult on these steps.

    For complete information see: http://ucat.osu.edu/blog/aftermath-tragedy/

    • Take time to talk as a group or class.
    • Have students discuss “facts” first, then shift to emotions.
    • Invite students to share emotional, personal responses.
    • Respect each person’s dealing with the loss.
    • Be prepared for blaming.
    • It is normal for people to seek an “explanation” of why the tragedy occurred.
    • Make contact with those students who appear to be reacting in unhealthy ways.
    • Find ways of memorializing the loss, if appropriate.
    • Thank students for sharing, and remind them of resources on campus.
    • Give yourself time to reflect.
    • Come back to the feelings as a group at a later time.

    University Center for the Advancement of Teaching
    2nd Floor Younkin Success Center
    1640 Neil Avenue · Columbus, OH 432o1
    Phone: (614) 292-3644 · Fax: (614) 688-5496 · Email: ucat@osu.edu

    Counseling and Consultation Service
    Younkin Success Center, 4th Floor
    1640 Neil Avenue · Columbus, OH 43201
    Lincoln Tower, 10th Floor
    1800 Cannon Drive, Columbus, OH 43210
    Phone: 614-292-5766 | Fax: 614-688-3440 | ccs.osu.edu

    Adapted and used by permission of Villanova University Counseling Center

  • Returning to the Classroom after the Election

    See University of Michigan’s blog post on “Returning to the Classroom After the Election” that has suggestions for instructors who wish to simply acknowledge the intense emotions and perspectives, as well as links for those who wish to hold more substantive discussions.

  • September Is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

    At-Risk is an online simulation designed to help teachers identify and approach students in mental distress and, if necessary, refer them to our counseling center. In this highly interactive simulation, participants have the opportunity to engage in simulated conversations with up to five virtual students. By completing this simulation, participants will be more comfortable and better prepared to help these at-risk students get the assistance they need.

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