The mission of The Catholic University of America Center for Teaching Excellence is to support intellectual growth in and out of the classroom. The Center's goal is to foster an environment in which students are given a robust teaching, advising, and mentoring experience within a world-class research context.
Instructional Continuity Planning
- The Center for Teaching Excellence and the office of Instructional Services have developed a dedicated "instructional continuity" website (http://
instructionalcontinuity. catholic.edu) that includes: (1) a unified instructional continuity plan, (2) a template to assist faculty in developing individualized instructional continuity plans, and (3) a site describing technology support for instructional continuity. If you need assistance planning for instructional continuity, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
- The Association of Colleges and University Educators (ACUE) is offering free webinars on best practices for teaching online. Topics include facilitating discussion, recording lectures, and engaging students in readings. Register here: ACUE Webinars
- Resources for Instructional Continuity focusing on pedagogy have been added to the CTE website.
- A video of the Instructional Continuity Team's online training has been added to technology resources for instructors
- The Instructional Continuity Team and the Provost Office have developed a FAQ webpage for the Academic Area regarding the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 virus. This list will be updated as the situation develops. The FAQ can be located at https://provost.catholic.
- Blackboard has created training materials and resources to support transition to distance learning, if it becomes necessary. There is a Blackboard Community site that allows for direct communication with Blackboard experts and users, and below is a message from Blackboard on additional support they are offering:
To assist you and your institution prepare for contingency plans from the disruption caused by COVID-19 or Coronavirus, Blackboard has developed some resources that you can leverage in your planning: Bookmark this Blog, “Sharing Coronavirus Contingency Planning Best Practice” where we share guides and our upcoming webinars to help with your planning. This blog will be updated as more resources are available.
In Other News
Teaching Awards: Congratulations to this year's recipients of the Part-time Faculty Teaching Awards! A ceremony was held on March 5th where President Garvey and Provost Dominguez honored the following faculty members for their outstanding teaching and mentoring:
- Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C. (School of Theology and Religious Studies)
- Daniel Zachem, Esq. (Columbus School of Law)
- Dr. Shawqi Talia (Department of Semitic an Egyptian Languages and Literatures, School of Arts and Sciences)
The goal of the program is for faculty and staff at the university to reflect on our views and beliefs, and on how those inform and impact our interactions with each other and our students. Facilitators will focus on helping participants articulate these interests and concerns in a respectful and productive manner. While it is possible that various difficult topics will come up in the circles, the purpose of the circles is not to instruct on these topics but to assist participants in communicating with each other. See the Events page for upcoming dates.