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First Year Faculty Teaching Academy

June 15, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm CDT

This online, intensive course is designed for future faculty and early career faculty in their first years of teaching. Over the course of 3 weeks, participants will meet twice weekly to learn how to create a great learning experience for your students while developing a solid foundation of best teaching practices and strategies. Explore the works of teaching greats such as Ken Bain, Jim Lang, and Wilbert McKeachie among others. We invite you to adapt and use the strategies modeled in the course. By the end of this course, participants will learn about:

  • Fostering student motivation and interaction
  • Designing active learning experiences
  • Providing effective feedback
  • Identifying effective assessment techniques
  • Creating an accessible learning environment for all students
  • Transparent and online teaching practices



Alexandra Bitton-Bailey, University of Florida
Kimberly Heal, University of Florida
Michael Barber, University of Florida

Course Schedule

This condensed synchronous course will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 6 through June 22, with synchronous sessions taking place at 3:30-5:30PM AT / 2:30-4:30PM ET / 1:30-3:30PM CT / 12:30-2:30PM MT / 11:30AM – 1:30PM PT.


Students should plan to spend several hours working through asynchronous materials outside of sessions each week.

Registration & Enrollment

This course has a cap of 60 students. Registration opens on Monday, May 15, and closes Friday, June 2. Registration will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and registrants from CIRTL member institutions or alumni of CIRTL member institutions will receive priority. Once registration closes, all registrants will be notified of their enrollment status.


If you have a disability, please let us know your learning needs. Contact Kate Diamond (, who is supporting this course, to let us know how we can help you have a successful experience.

Learning Outcomes

All CIRTL Network programming is designed to help participants achieve familiarity with our Core Ideas. This workshop is designed around the following learning outcomes.

Associate: Evidence-based teaching

  • Describe and recognize the value of realistic well-defined, achievable, measurable and student-centered learning goals.
  • Describe several assessment techniques and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals.
  • Describe several known high-impact, evidence-based effective instructional practices and materials and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals.

Associate: Learning community

  • Describe and recognize the value of learning communities, and how they impact student learning.
  • Describe several techniques for creating a learning community within a learning environment, including strategies that promote positive interdependence between learners so as to accomplish learning goals.


June 15, 2023
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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