Center for Advancing Teaching Excellence: Initiatives

Design your course

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One Thing That Works

Hear from Moody faculty about how they are using small, easily implementable improvements to their classes to really make a difference in the learning experience for their students.

Lucy Atkinson - Starting class early with fun activities
Randy Cox - Digital note taking
Natalie Czimskey - Flexibility for students
Tracy Dahlby - Desktop "show and tell"
Jennifer Jones Barbour - Creating a checklist from the syllabus schedule
Lee Ann Kahlor - Levity in online courses
Susan O' Connor - Gamifying the job search
Rohitash Rao (Part 1) - Microlearning/chunking & guest speakers
Rohitash Rao (Part 2) - Using current examples
Robert Quigley - Relationship building in breakout rooms

Watch this space, more to come!

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Kick It Up A Notch

Looking to boost your spring class? Check out this set of short videos to learn some tips and tricks to make your classes pop. CATE will also be hosting live sessions (to be recorded and posted here) - see News and Events for more details.

Canvas Discussions
Canvas Rubrics
Canvas Announcements
Canvas Homepage
Canvas Grading
Canvas Modules
Zoom Breakout Rooms

Watch this space, more to come!

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Inclusive Teaching Series

Hosted at the start of each semester, this interactive three-part series explores the following topics through a lens of inclusive teaching practices. Open to all Moody faculty and graduate students. If you're unable to attend a live session, there is a web-based version available as well.

  • Maintaining Student Engagement in an Online Environment
  • Dealing with Difficult Situations in the Classroom
  • Grading and Feedback


Undergraduate Learning Assistant (ULA) Program

The ULA program partners faculty with a student who has completed their class to work 10 hours a week and assists with instructional duties, office hours, research for class, test new assignments, tech support, and more. They also provide near-peer mentoring to help other students, currently taking the class, to be successful.

We will be accepting student applications for fall 2021 from April 6-30.


Learning Exchange

CATE will virtually host topic-focused events where instructors can informally raise questions, share ideas, and explore potential solutions. Each event will start with an experienced instructor sharing a success story, but the main focus will be dialogue, sharing, and exploration in a collegial, social atmosphere.

Watch for a schedule of events in early spring 2021.