CAT Happenings!

The CAT is off and Running with our Spring Workshops! 

Our spring semester got off to an early start with a January 5th workshop on designing graphic and interactive syllabi. If you missed it, you can always review past workshop materials on our CAT Workshop Resources Canvas site. Spring 2023 pre-semester workshops will include sessions on facilitating synchronous online learning using Zoom, managing Canvas courses from semester to semester and adding course reserves to Canvas. To see the full list of upcoming workshops, visit our workshop registration page.

Winter Read Along 2022!

What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain

We invite you to join us over the break for the all-new CAT Winter Read-Along! We’ll be diving into Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do. We chose this book for several reasons:

  • It’s a classic examination of the best pedagogy in higher education.

  • It's sure to recharge your enthusiasm for teaching! 

  • It will give you some great ideas that you can easily implement in your spring semester courses.

  • It's short! Only 207 pages!

  • The writing is breezy and engaging; those 207 pages can fly by!

  • digital version is available through our friends at Temple Libraries, so you don’t even need to buy a copy!

You don’t need to sign up for anything to participate, just set aside a little time over the break for some reading. Optionally, you can join us on the Faculty Commons thread, where we’ll be discussing the book.

Whether we see you in the Faculty Commons or when we get back together in January, have a great break!

December 2022

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching recently remodeled our satellite location on the Health Sciences Campus. The HSC CAT features Computers, scanners and printers for faculty use and our educational technology consultants are on site daily to assist you with Canvas, Zoom, and other technology solutions that can support your teaching and your students' learning.  This year, we updated the space to provide room for small group collaboration, instructional workshops, and flexible self-study. An open house luncheon was held at the HSC CAT on December 1, giving faculty an opportunity to chat with CAT Staff and learn more about our wide array of resources, programming and services. 
Stop by the HSC CAT in the Student Faculty Center, Room 200. See our Visit Us page for hours and location details.

November 2022

Cliff Rouder, Pedagogy and Design Specialist, presented a poster titled, Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating a Teaching for Equity Workshop Series for Faculty in Science, Technology, and Mathematics Disciplines on November 5 at the Transforming STEM in Higher Education: Back to Broken? Conference held by the American Association of Colleges and Universities in Arlington, Virginia.

October 2022

This semester, the Center for the Advancement of Teaching opened a new-and improved faculty workspace and lounge in the Ambler Learning Center on Temple’s Ambler Campus, Room 301. The CAT at Ambler features self-service computers, printers and scanners, remote access to our educational technology specialists, and a flexible area for quiet study or collaborative work with colleagues. On October 12, a ribbon-cutting reception was held along with a set of drop-in workshops and tours of Ambler Campus’ facilities and amenities, such as the Field Station and the Arboretum.

Stop by the CAT at Ambler Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM and Friday and Saturday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. See our Visit Us page for location details.

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