UO’s Online Course Initiative pairs faculty with instructional designers to create asynchronous, online versions of core courses. It’s helping faculty to refine learning objectives, increase accessibility, and engage students to take teaching to the next level.

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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.

About Us

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 hosting 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.”

And we're excited to host two "popup" sessions: Mike Murashige, CoDaC’s Writing Consultant, will introduce us to the “live edit, and Katy Brundan, a senior instructor in English and Comparative Literature, will share how she engages students with annotation and infographic exercises.

Teaching News

Student Experience Surveys, Canvas Gradebook, Pandemic Teaching

Congratulations on being so near the term’s end! Please note that Student Experience Survey (SES) is open Monday, May 31 to Monday, June 7 at 7am. As you know, this is UO’s own, new and developing tool to gather student feedback on courses. These practices have helped instructors boost response rates and get the rich, targeted feedback the SES can prompt: Turn on the Canvas integration so the survey link appears in your course sites. Carve out 10 minutes of class for […]

Provost’s Fellows, Powerful Endings, UOSTI

The Office of the Provost is thrilled to announce its first Provost’s Fellows. Anita Chari and Alison Gash, both associate professors of political science, are Teaching Fellows, who will help UO develop a pervasive culture of inclusive and anti-oppressive teaching across policy and practice. Emily Simnitt, senior instructor of English, is the Leadership Fellow, who will help launch a faculty peer leadership development program and support an audit of leadership practices […]

Time to Apply for UO Summer Teaching Institute

It’s time for interested faculty to apply for one of the UO Summer Teaching Institute’s stipended ($1K) pathways: Teaching about Difference and Inequality, Teaching Online, Mixed Modalities, and Designing New Approaches to Assessment. The 2021 Institute is July 12-16 and will be hosted remotely. Applications are due Monday, May 17 [extended deadline]. This opportunity is for both tenure-related and career faculty. Time commitment: Participants have ~3.5 hours/day in scheduled workshops and […]

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