Center for Teaching and Learning

EBT meeting & registration information

Spring quarter meetings

Phase I: Exploration

The Exploration Group is designed for faculty interested in evidence-based teaching strategies and tools to support active learning. Participants discuss principles from foundational pedagogical literature on Bloom’s taxonomy of cognitive processes, active-learning methods, backward course design, and assessment. They also observe colleagues who use evidence-based teaching practices in courses across the disciplines.

At the end of the Exploration quarter, participants reflect on how evidence-based teaching could improve instruction and student learning in their own courses.

All UW faculty are welcome to join.

Participants commit to:

  • Attending four one-hour meetings per quarter (this applies to the synchronous Zoom meeting group)
  • Conducting, documenting, and discussing at least one peer observation with the group
  • Reading materials that introduce ideas from foundational pedagogical literature
  • Preparing for and participating in discussions about evidence-based teaching strategies
Meeting day Dates Time Location Coach
Thursdays April 15, April 29, May 13, May 27 2:00-2:50 p.m. Zoom meetings Connor Mayo-Wilson, Department of Philosophy
Asynchronous Canvas Site Site opens on April 12 at 9:00 a.m. Participants work at their own pace Canvas Tabitha Kirkland, Department of Psychology

Phase II: Implementation

The Implementation Group is intended for faculty who are familiar with evidence-based teaching practices and would like support implementing new strategies or (re)designing a course. Participant interests and needs determine the group’s agenda and readings, which could range from small changes, such as following best practices in using random call for the first time, to larger changes, such as constructing an interactive hybrid class or developing collaborative-learning assignments.

Consultants from the Seattle campus Center for Teaching and Learning and UW Learning Technologies attend meetings by invitation to advise on selected topics or introduce technologies to support active learning. Participants also have the option to meet with these specialists one-on-one.

Participants commit to:

  • Implementing at least one evidence-based teaching strategy in a current course
  • Preparing for and participating in discussions of topics determined by the group
  • Consulting with UW Center for Teaching and Learning or UW Learning Technologies staff as necessary

The Implementation Group is not offered this quarter.

Phase III: Research

The Research Group supports faculty who wish to undertake teaching and learning research. Participants can be at any stage of the research process, from developing a research question to drafting an article or conference presentation.

Group meetings help participants move their projects forward. Members regularly share work-in-progress and offer feedback to one another. Depending on participants’ needs, group facilitators may invite expert guests who can advise on issues like experimental design, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, or the IRB process.

Research Group participants commit to producing a deliverable on a self-identified timeline. In the past, deliverables have included:

  • Conducting a literature review
  • Identifying conferences or journals that feature the research they want to produce
  • Developing a research question around a teaching method or curricular design
  • Determining methodologies that most effectively address the research question
  • Piloting a research method
  • Completing an IRB application
  • Meeting with Statistical Consulting or Learning Technologies staff for assistance with survey design and construction
  • Analyzing and visualizing collected data
  • Drafting a conference proposal/presentation or article
    Leading a Research Group session

The Research Group is not offered this quarter.