Upcoming Sponsored Teaching and Learning Events


2021-2022 Sponsored Teaching and Learning Events

Developing and Teaching an Online Class
Online/Virtual Workshop by Magna Publications
Offered throughout the year.  Start any time!

  • Grant Award: $159
  • 50 slots available

This course is a completely asynchronous course and can be started at any time.

Learning Goals:

  1. Articulate the differences between face-to-face and online teaching
  2. Build and present online courses with confidence
  3. Create syllabi, assessments, feedback methods, and other classroom tools based on best practices
  4. Use technology to enhance students' classroom experience and learning outcomes

This course includes ~10 hours of content, activities, worksheets, and additional resources to explore over the one-year access period.  The tuition ($159) is covered by the Pew FTLC.

Faculty choosing this option are also expected to reference the quality standards detailed in the Online/Hybrid Course Peer Review Rubric and learn the basic functions of Blackboard, our learning management system.  Review Basic Blackboard competencies here.

For faculty planning to teach online and hybrid courses, this course meets the GVSU competency requirement.

Reacting to the Past - Winter Conference
Remote (Zoom)
January 14–16, 2022

  • Award Amount: up to $125
  • Application Deadline: November 23, 2021
  • 10 slots available

Reacting to the Past (RTTP) consists of elaborate role-playing games informed by classic texts in the history of ideas. In order to “win,” students must learn content deeply, write effectively, read closely, speak persuasively, think critically, conduct library research, collaborate, solve problems, and be creative. Class sessions are run entirely by students; instructors advise and guide students and grade their oral and written work. RTTP games are used in numerous disciplines, from STEM to Women’s Studies, and range from Athens 406 BCE to Title IX. See RTTP websitegames available, and article in Chronicle of Higher Education (featuring GVSU).

Apply for this grant via the FTLC Grant System.

On Course National Conference (April 28-29, 2022)

On Course National Conference
Remote (Zoom)
April 28–29, 2022

  • Award Amount: $595
  • Application Deadline: March 28, 2022
  • 10 slots available 

This annual student success conference is of relevance to all faculty, particularly those involved in retention and success initiatives at either department, college, or university level. What drew our attention to the 17th annual offering of this conference were the keynote speakers, topics, intensive half-day sessions, and breakout sessions:

  • José Bowen, author of Teaching Naked
  • Michelle Miller, author of Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology
  • Jonathan Brennan, author of On Course: Strategies for Success in College, Career, and Life and Engaging Learners through Zoom
  • Breakout sessions include “Grading Doesn’t Always Mean Learning,” “Magnificent Mistakes,” “Pedagogy of Love,” and “Happiness and Learning.”

Apply for this grant via FTLC Grant System

    25th Annual Best Teachers International Institute (June 13-16, 2022)

    25th Annual Best Teachers International Institute
    Wilshire Grant Hotel, West Orange, NJ (New York City area)
    June 13–16, 2022

    • Award Amount: up to $2500− includes registration and travel expenses
    • Application Deadline: March 28, 2022
    • 5 slots available

    A three-day institute based on Ken Bain's award-winning and best-selling book What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2004), James Lang's highly lauded instant classic Small Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2016), and Ken and Marsha Bain's new book, Super Courses: The Future of Teaching and Learning. This Year's program will also feature Eric Mazur (Physics, Harvard), Kelly Hogan (biology, University of North Carolina), Viji Sathy (psychology, University of North Carolina), and Charlie Cannon (design, Rhode Island School of Design). The team has also planned a robust virtual alternative, should conditions warrant transitioning the program to an online format.

    Apply for this grant via FTLC Grant System.

    Teacher Professor Conference (June 3-5, 2022)

    Teaching Professor Conference
    Atlanta, GA
    June 3–5, 2022

    • Award Amount: up to $2000− includes registration and travel expenses
    • Application Deadline: April 18, 2022
    • 10 slots available

    This large conference focuses squarely on teaching is of interest to new and experienced faculty of any discipline. Here are a few highlights:

    • Plenary with Tracie Marcella Addy, Inclusive Teaching: A Pathway towards Liberation in Higher Education
    • Plenary with Stephen Brookfield, You Do This Imperfectly or Not At All: The Dynamics of Teaching Race
    • Concurrent sessions and preconference workshops in tracks such as:
      • Student engagement
      • Assessing learning
      • Online teaching and learning
      • diversity, equity, and inclusion
      • Teaching in the health sciences
      • Teaching specific student populations
      • Instructional Vitality

    Apply for this grant via FTLC Grant System.

    REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit (June 8-9, 2022)

    REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit—Maximizing Success for Learners
    Virtual (Zoom)
    June 8–9, 2022

    Award Amount: FREE conference

    On June 8 and 9, 2022, REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit—Maximizing Success for Learners hosted by Arizona State University will feature frontline faculty and decision makers from global universities and colleges who will share highly relevant strategies and interventions for all learning modalities—classroom, blended/hybrid, and online. REMOTE helps to design and deliver the best possible experiences and outcomes for teachers and learners—from learner variability, adaptative learning, to effective use of tools and equitable use of digital learning. 

    Attendees can access 80+ curated sessions of 30 minutes during two 4-hour days of simultaneous learning tracks.  This FREE virtual conference will gather leading educators with extensive practical online and blending teaching and learning experience to present immediately useful and evidence-backed practices on both subject-specific and general online teaching techniques.

    Visit the REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit conference website for details about this free virtual event, including a registration link.

    Reacting to the Past Summer Conference (June 13-16, 2022)

    Reacting to the Past: Renewal — Summer 2022 Conference
    Bolder, CO
    June 13–16, 2022

    • Award Amount: $2500
    • Application Deadline: May 31, 2022
    •  5 slots available

    Reacting to the Past (RTTP) consists of elaborate role-playing games informed by classic texts in the history of ideas. In order to “win,” students must learn content deeply, write effectively, read closely, speak persuasively, think critically, conduct library research, collaborate, solve problems, and be creative. Class sessions are run entirely by students; instructors advise and guide students and grade their oral and written work. RTTP games are used in numerous disciplines, from STEM to Women’s Studies, and range from Athens 406 BCE to Title IX. 

    The theme for this conference is Renewal in honor of a return to face-to-face learning (with precautions of course). Attendees can choose from two different games out of seven, or opt for a special workshop track aimed at preparing newbies to teach with Reacting.

    Apply for this grant via the FTLC Grant System.  Applications will be approved on a rolling basis.



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