Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence

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Upcoming Events

Spring 2019 Syllabi Templates from the College of Arts & Sciences

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Winter Intensive

Jan. 15 | 11-3 in Gleeson 213 Active Learning Classroom Just before the start of the spring semester, the CTE will offer a half-day workshop to support a group of faculty as they immerse in a theme of deep pedagogical thinking and planning. In January 2019 we will focus on the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Emily Nusbaum (School of Education) and Nicole Gonzales Howell (Rhetoric and Language) will review the principles of UDL and then focus on working through “obstacles to accessibility” in the classroom. Thus, the goal of this workshop is to not only learn about UDL principles, but to also get some practice in using and designing materials and curriculum that are guided by the principles. The intensive will include lunch. Please RSVP to save your spot! Please email CTE with your questions at

Newish Faculty Teaching Workshop

Jan. 16 | 11-3 in Gleeson 213 Active Learning Classroom At the beginning of each semester we offer a half-day workshop for new(ish) (faculty in their first few years at USF) to assist in the shaping (or refreshing) of teaching theories and methods. In addition to meeting other new and experienced USF faculty, participants explore a set of core topics in three interactive sessions. Participants will take away a powerful pedagogical toolkit with templates, examples and practices that have worked for others to assist you in maximizing your chances for a successful semester, beginning with the first class. The workshop will include lunch! Please RSVP to save your spot! Please email CTE with your questions at

Open Classrooms Returns in Spring 2019!

Feb. 4–15 | Be a host, visit a class, or do both! The Open Classrooms program is back by popular demand and we are inviting you to be a host, visit a class, or participate in both ways. How it works: Hosts will identify one or two class sessions that will be open to colleagues. Using our handy online sheet, visitors will then sign up to come to a class session. This is a great opportunity to share teaching practices and generate new ideas. The Open Classrooms program will run Feb. 4–15. Sign to host your class by Jan. 25.