Innovative Instruction

Creating learner-centered curriculum and pedagogy

Our Mission
We are committed to supporting all ranks of faculty in creating learner-centered curriculum and pedagogy through professional learning, instructional design, teaching resources, and innovative programs.

Our Goals
Engage all faculty in a scholarly approach to teaching and fostering a culture of inclusive excellence in teaching and learning. Become a hub for WSUTC faculty that provides information about teaching and learning resources, facilitates connections throughout the University’s teaching community, and connects faculty to opportunities for grants, scholarships, fellowships, and awards for excellence in teaching. Support student success by significantly impacting the pedagogy, scholarship, and collaboration of faculty at WSUTC.

Achieving Our Mission & Goals
On this website you will find information about programs and services available at WSU and WSUTC, as well as many external resources to help you with your teaching. The teaching workshops listed below focus on building the knowledge and skill of our faculty in areas of active learning, student engagement, technology, and teaching strategies. We will continue to create a space for faculty to discuss their teaching and learn from one another.

Janet Peters 2019
Janet PetersClinical Assistant Professor, PsychologyCIC 125A509-372-7431

Janet Peters is the Coordinator of Faculty Teaching Development and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at Washington State University Tri-Cities. She is the author of several Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) publications including journal articles, national and international talks at SoTL related conferences, and is currently serving as co-editor for a two-volume series on the teaching of statistics in psychology. Her approach to teaching is to use empirically supported methods to increasing student learning, retention, and engagement.

February 2019

Cougar Capture: Panopto | February 11 | AMS
Videoconference (VC) | February 13 | AMS

The synchronous distance learning technology allows students throughout the state – and beyond – to take part in WSU’s educational experience. Learn the basics of videoconferencing and how to use it in your classroom.

Spring Teaching Innovation Forum | February 13 | AMS

Event 1: Making Teaching Matter: Creating persuasive and evidence-based documents that support promotion—a workshop for both candidates and reviewers.
Sponsored by CVM Teaching Academy and WSU Teaching Academy

Many WSU faculty are deeply engaged in teaching, advising/mentoring, and educational leadership. Yet we struggle with how to showcase those activities and demonstrate outcomes when it comes time to prepare promotion packets—and most departments do a poor job of review.

Come hear about work of a consortium from five universities to develop an evidence-based model. You will leave this workshop with a better understanding of the dilemmas, a templated framework you can adapt for your own packet or department, and the first pages of a personal portfolio.

Event 2: Teaching Today’s Students
Today’s classroom includes a mix of students from varying backgrounds and levels of preparation, from Gen Z to adult learners, a growing number of international students, students with special needs and mental health concerns. How do we meet the challenge of engaging all of these students in the same classroom at the same time? Your students’ worldviews can impact and provide direction for your teaching. In this session, panelists will identify 3-5 key components unique to each population and will conclude with a question and discussion period. Come and gain insight into how to engage today’s students!

Seminar: Creating Effective Exams | February 19 | ZOOM

Participants will become familiar with common pitfalls in exam question writing, and be given suggestions for how to improve their exams.

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Seminar: Writing Learning Outcomes | February 19 | ZOOM

Participants will be introduced to the difference between learning objectives and learning outcomes as well as work on creating their own learning outcomes to be used in their courses.

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Strategies for Enhancing Student Sucess | February 27 | AMS

Pre-class activities to prepare students for active learning.

Attend all four sessions to receive an AOI Teaching Series Certificate! For more info, visit AOI Certificates.

March 2019

Transitioning Your Course to Open Educational Resources | March 5 | AMS

In this workshop faculty and students will discuss the use of open educational resources (OER) in classes at WSU and the resulting learning outcomes.

Cougar Capture: Voice Thread | March 5 | AMS

Engage students in meaningful conversations with their peers through interactive media. Create, comment, collaborate, and share information with this tool that centers conversations around media (instructor created, student created, or already existing). What is VoiceThread?

Navigating the OER Environment | March 6 | AMS

This workshop will provide a general overview of the OER landscape. You will learn about Creative Commons licensing, tips for finding resources and support that is available on campus to help you search for and construct a variety of course resources including OER textbooks.

Strategies for Enhancing Student Sucess | March 27 | AMS

Proven techniques for engaging students in active learning.

Attend all four sessions to receive an AOI Teaching Series Certificate! For more info, visit AOI Certificates.

April 2019

How to Use Sorting Tasks to Engage Students & Support Learning | April 2 | AMS

Sorting tasks are activities that require students to sort a set of stimuli (often presented on cards) into piles. Sorting tasks can be used flexibly by instructors a) to reveal, diagnose, and provide feedback on students’ developing ideas; b) as a rapid assessment of student learning, and c) to scaffold development of deep conceptual understanding. A brief introduction to key design principles for developing sorting tasks will be presented followed by opportunities for participants to apply these principles in designing their own sorting tasks. Participants are encouraged to come with a topic or concept for which they have been wanting to improve student engagement and/or learning and to bring a pen/pencil/tablet.

Perusall: Ensure Your Students are Reading | April 3 | AMS

This tool engages students in reading, annotating, and text discussions. Annotations are automatically graded. In a quick scalable way identify students’ questions and misconceptions. This tool is also a strong candidate for a flipped classroom. What is Perusall?

Strategies for Enhancing Student Success | April 17 | AMS

Creating activities tailored to your class.

Attend all four sessions to receive an AOI Teaching Series Certificate! For more info, visit AOI Certificates.

Blackboard Grade Center | April 18 | AMS

We’ll explain different setup options, show how to grade and comment on student work, and demonstrate how to use the electronic rubric.