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Inclusive, Engaged, Research-Informed

The Teaching Engagement Program and UO Online are here for you

Michelle McKinley, Bernard B. Kliks Professor of Law
Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient and Williams Fellow
Learn more about Professor McKinley's Teaching.

What is Teaching Excellence?

Great teachers often have considerable dynamism–a capacity to express their intellectual passions and invite students into urgent and authentic texts, problems, and questions. But good teaching isn’t a “you have it or you don’t” proposition. Research tells us about how people learn, and teaching excellence is more about a career of informed experimentation and reflection than a set of personality traits.

Communities Accelerating the Impact of Teaching
CAITs are small topical innovator groups—the groups develop recommendations, resources, experimental courses, and other contributions to the wider teaching community. UO’s unit-wide pilots of the new teaching evaluation instruments, its first “runway” seminars, and the new Difference, Inequality, and Agency course requirement and linked training emerged from CAIT groups.
Easy-to-Follow Canvas Instructions
Knowing the ins and outs of Canvas is one of our specialties, and we’re eager to help you learn more! During a recent workshop, UO faculty identified “additional Canvas knowledge” as one of their urgent needs in the current, remote-teaching environment. To meet that need, we have included How-To Guides with step-by-step instructions for frequently used Canvas features in the Resources section of this site.

Staff from UO Online and the Teaching Engagement Program offer a wide range of services for faculty, graduate student instructors, and academic units. We can discuss teaching strategies, assessment of student learning in your department, and instructional design for online courses, and offer practical assistance with Canvas or media recordings. You'll find more information and contact forms in the Services section of this site.


Join us this spring

Our spring line-up puts the research in "research-informed teaching" with new, drop-in reading groups on two of the most compelling issues of our current teaching context: equity and inclusion in fully online courses and understanding and maximizing the modalities that have come to national prominence as higher education responds to the COVID pandemic--hybrid, remote, HyFlex, and socially distanced face-to-face teaching. The sessions can be stand alone or you can participate in them as a series. 

We're also launching Discussion Lab: a participatory, biweekly series offers the opportunity to learn and practice several Liberating Structures: “easy-to-learn microstructures that enhance relational coordination and trust. They quickly foster lively participation in groups of any size, making it possible to truly include and unleash everyone.”

Check back as we continue to announce new opportunities to engage with colleagues about teaching! 

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