The Coulter Faculty Commons for Excellence in Teaching & Learning at Western Carolina
University serves full and part-time faculty in all areas of teaching & learning.
The CFC staff works hard to provide one-stop service for faculty.
Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning 2017
May 16, 17, & 18, 2017 (9am - 4pm each day)
It's time to mark your calendar and register for the New and Improved Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning (SITL) which will be held at NCCAT this year! We have redesigned this seminar to give faculty
more of what they want and need to be successful in the classroom. The theme for
this year's SITL is "Take Your Teaching to the Next Level." There will be an all day Quality Matters workshop, followed by two days consisting
of four different mini sessions each day. Each session is geared towards helping
faculty to improve, enhance, and innovate their teaching techniques. Lunch, snacks
and drinks will also be provided each day. Remember, if you want to Step Up your teaching, please join us for SITL 2017! For more information, please contact
Michele Hawes at ext. 2927. The SITL Agenda is also available here.
To register for one or all sessions, please click here.
Topics to be covered:
In addition to the specific sessions listed below, we will be offering General Course
Improvement with 1-on-1 assistance all day on Day 2 and Day 3 for any Blackboard,
Panopto, Collaborate, Course Design, Pedagogy, or any other area that faculty would
like assistance with.
Day One (May 16, 2017) Applying the Quality Matters Rubric to Your Online Course: This will be a day-long workshop where you will learn about some best practices of course design based
on Quality Matters guidelines.
Day Two (May 17, 2017) Mini Sessions will be on: Student Learning Outcomes, Online Teaching, Research-Based Teaching Practices, and
Teaching with Technology
Day Three (May 18, 2017) Mini Sessions will be on: Student Learning Outcomes - Assessments, Universal Design (UDL), Applying Research-Based
Teaching Practices, and Writing for Research
About the Coulter Faculty Commons
ABOUT THE COULTER FACULTY COMMONS
The CFC strives to aid our faculty members through the promotion of an established
blend of pedagogy, technology, and research. We support success in the classroom
and continuing professional development with activities, resources, and consultations.
We want Western Carolina University faculty to know they are a part of an academic
community where there are continuous open discussions and support for teaching and
teaching and learning
TEACHING AND LEARNING
The Coulter Faculty Commons Educational Development team assist faculty with all aspects
of teaching. Consultation topics include, but are not limited to, course analysis,
rubrics, syllabus and schedule construction, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
projects, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and hybrid course design. Consultations
may also cover work-life balance and other issues related to faculty support.
The Coulter Faculty Commons Educational Technology team provide support and assistance
with many forms of classroom technology tools, digital media, and online learning
techniques. With the ever changing world of technology, it is often very difficult
to maintain proficiency across all platforms. The CFC Ed Tech team is here to help
instructors deal with the changing technology and help them to utilize the right tools
to create engaging and inspiring courses.
Blackboard 9.1 is the Learning Management System (LMS) software application utilized
at Western Carolina University to provide online course work. Blackboard enhances
the quality of online and face-to-face instruction and is used to monitor, document,
and manage online and classroom events and assignments. Blackboard provides a reliable
means to engage students in an online environment and can greatly improve the educational
experience of both students and instructors.
The Coulter Faculty Commons, in collaboration with the Office of Research Administration,
recognizes that the faculty of Western Carolina University engage in multiple forms
of scholarship. The CFC research division can assist faculty, staff, and graduate
teaching assistants with research design and research methods for publications, grant
proposals, dissertations, theses, and other projects. This support is provided through
consultations and scholarship tools and resources.
faculty TOOLS and resources
FACULTY TOOLS AND RESOURCES
The Coulter Faculty Commons takes pride in being a one-stop shop for faculty here
at Western Carolina University. We have gathered information and links that are useful
on our Support and Resources page, geared towards all of our faculty's pedagogical
and technological needs. The information is continually updated, so make sure you
keep checking back to see what's new!