Center for Teaching and Learning

Center for Teaching and Learning

Winter 2015: CTL Grad School Courses

Interactive Theater as Pedagogy Project

Large Lecture Instruction

Check out our new Large Lecture Instruction resource page. Full of useful information for preparing, teaching, and evaluating your course.

Awards of excellence

Distinguished Teaching Awards

Congratulations to the 2015 nominees for the Distinguished Teaching Awards, Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology Award, and the Excellence in Teaching Awards! We applaud their shared commitment to excellence in teaching and learning at the University of Washington.

View a list of the nominees | View info on how to submit supporting materials

Photo of Colleen Craig

Profile in Excellence

Colleen Craig’s evidence-driven innovations in teaching Chemistry are featured in the latest Provost’s Report. Dr. Craig analyzed classroom data to measure the effectiveness of the innovations. She has also participated in many CTL initiatives and programs and has recently contributed resources on large lecture instruction.

Call for Journal Article Submissions

The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy is seeking submissions for its 8th issue. Special Topic: Disability as Insight, Access as the Function of Design. If you are interested please visit the journals website for more information.

Winter 2015 CTL Courses for Graduate Students

The Center for Teaching and Learning is offering two experiential courses for graduate students during the Winter 2015 Quarter. Each evidence-based course encourages students to reflect and participate by engaging in active learning. For details see our course page website.

  • Acting Up: Amplifying Voices Through Interactive Theater as Pedagogy
  • Teaching & Learning in Higher Education: Frameworks & Practices


Get Inspired: Innovative Teaching and Learning at UW

Teaching Teamwork

University students are often asked to work in groups, yet few are taught how to work well in teams and often struggle. University of Washington faculty Randy Beam (Communication) and Erin Hill (Physics) describe how they integrate instruction on teamwork into their regular courses to help student succeed in short-term and long-term class projects. Erin Hill’s guidance on group work includes concrete descriptions of group roles (such as “equity monitors”). She then uses playing cards to randomize students’ assignments to both in-class study groups and to roles within those groups, giving them the opportunity to practice their skills in a variety of situations. Randy Beam teaches his students about effective group dynamics, then guides them through building and maintaining successful teams as part of a quarter-long group research project. Arts & Sciences Dean Robert Stacy emphasizes how successful teamwork and collaboration are critical skills in students’ lives after graduation, and encourages UW faculty to work together to support students to develop these skills.

White Paper: Communication Leadership Program Online Teaching Trial

This white paper written by Rick McPherson provides a report regarding a trail of online learning that was conducted in the summer of 2013 in the Communication Leadership Graduate program at UW. Read the full PDF.