Spring 2024 ATL Programming

ATL offers programs open to all instructors, as well as those geared towards particular groups of teachers.

Legend: AIN = All instructors; FTF = Full-time faculty; GTA = Graduate teaching assistants; PTF = Part-time faculty

January

Writing for Challenge for Tenure and Promotion (FTF)
Participants will work asynchronously with colleagues to prepare their forms and tell a story of who they are for tenure and promotion.

Date: Jan 8 – 19, 2024
Time: Asynchronous & Optional synchronous meetings
Location: Virtual
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Strategies & Tools for Part-Time Faculty (PTF)
Calling all new part-time faculty! Is this your first, second, or third semester teaching at URI? This program is specifically designed for you and will help prepare you for a successful semester. You will build connections with colleagues, learn more about the URI community and resources, and establish or further develop your teaching practices.

Date: Jan 8 – 19, 2024
Time: Asynchronous, with synchronous options (see below)
Location: Brightspace
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Strategies & Tools for Part-Time Faculty (PTF)
Calling all new part-time faculty! Is this your first, second, or third semester teaching at URI? This program is specifically designed for you and will help prepare you for a successful semester. You will build connections with colleagues, learn more about the URI community and resources, and establish or further develop your teaching practices.

Optional virtual drop-in office hours: Virtual drop-in office hours via are offered to participants for teaching-related questions.

Date: Weekdays, Jan 8th – 19th, 2024 (except 1/9, 1/15, & 1/18)
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Virtual
Registration & More Information
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Strategies & Tools for Part-Time Faculty (PTF)
Calling all new part-time faculty! Is this your first, second, or third semester teaching at URI? This program is specifically designed for you and will help prepare you for a successful semester. You will build connections with colleagues, learn more about the URI community and resources, and establish or further develop your teaching practices.

Optional synchronous session #1: This first synchronous Zoom session will welcome PTF S&T participants, offer space for introductions, program explanation, and discussion around initial questions.

Date: Jan 8, 2024
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Virtual
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Choose Your Own AI Adventure (AIN)
Get ready for the semester! Participants will be able to choose from among various workshops geared toward using AI to support their teaching and their students’ learning. Examples include: Developing a course (writing a syllabus, developing assignments, etc.); Preparing lessons (creating PowerPoints, interactive learning); Supporting student success (teach students how to use AI in their studying); Maintaining Academic Integrity, etc.

Date: Jan 11, 2024
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Virtual
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Strategies & Tools for Part-Time Faculty (PTF)
Calling all new part-time faculty! Is this your first, second, or third semester teaching at URI? This program is specifically designed for you and will help prepare you for a successful semester. You will build connections with colleagues, learn more about the URI community and resources, and establish or further develop your teaching practices.

Optional synchronous session #2: In this second synchronous Zoom session we will discuss teaching-related questions and offer space for a panel discussion and Q&A with experienced PTF.

Date: Jan 11, 2024
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Virtual
Registration & More Information
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Strategies & Tools for Part-Time Faculty (PTF)
Calling all new part-time faculty! Is this your first, second, or third semester teaching at URI? This program is specifically designed for you and will help prepare you for a successful semester. You will build connections with colleagues, learn more about the URI community and resources, and establish or further develop your teaching practices.

Optional synchronous session #3: This third and final synchronous Zoom session will wrap up S&T, offer open discussion on questions, and present future PTF ATL opportunties.

Date: Jan 17, 2024
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Virtual
Registration & More Information
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Academic Testing Center Opens for Spring 2024 (AIN)
For more information, please see uri.edu/atc

Date: Jan 22, 2024
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Chafee 201/202
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Part-Time Faculty Community of Practice (PTF)
Designed for all Part-Time faculty teaching at URI, this four-session Community of Practice will help faculty develop relationships with colleagues, explore teaching successes and challenges, and further establish their teaching practice.

Session 1: Will focus on welcoming participants, orienting faculty to the program, and offer a general teaching-related Q&A. See next dates for additional session descriptions.

Date: Jan 31, 2024
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Virtual
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February

Online Pedagogy (FTF)
Online Pedagogy is a 4-week, asynchronous online workshop designed to give you the background and knowledge of best-practices to enhance and hone your online teaching skills using the Brightspace platform. In just four weeks, you will learn best practices, create a course site, syllabus, course map/schedule, establish your methods of grading, and populate your grade book. You will emerge from this course with a solid start to your online course site, great ideas for remote instruction, and a certificate that designates you as a qualified online teacher!

Date: Feb 5, 2024
Time: Asynchronous
Location: Brightspace
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Coming down from the Summit: Everything you always wanted to know about AI but were afraid to ask (AIN)
Did you attend the Academic Summit about AI? Or, do you wish you did? This session is for those who have lingering questions about how to incorporate AI in their classrooms. During this time, we will recap key takeaways about generative AI from the Summit, discuss the basics of AI, and talk through lingering questions you may have about the uses of AI in your classroom.

Date: Feb 6, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Zoom
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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Book Club (FTF)
This group is for you if you have ever thought: is this assignment helping my students? Or, would tweaking this class help students learn? Or, was it worth the effort to revise my syllabus? Participants will become familiar with the process to conduct a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project. Over the course of four sessions we will cover: how to identify a question; how to find evidence; and how to analyze your findings. Along the way, we will meet people at URI who are here to help you engage in classroom-based scholarship. This program is for those who have been wondering if their teaching is working and want to explore a process of finding out for sure.

Session 1: Overview of the Process

Date: Feb 8, 2024
Time: Noon-12:50pm
Location: Zoom
Registration & More Information
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More Than Just a Number: Interpreting IDEA results for all their worth (AIN)
The average value is just the tip of the iceberg; much more lies underneath that number. The IDEA student feedback tool is a very powerful instrument providing, just at the click of a button, a wide variety of sections that can help instructors tell their unique teaching story, collect additional evidence for their portfolios, and explore strategies to enhance their classroom practice. Come spend an hour with us decoding IDEA results and discover all the elements that make IDEA Student Feedback “much more than just a number”!

Date: Feb 9, 2024
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Zoom
Registration & More Information
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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Book Club (FTF)
This group is for you if you have ever thought: is this assignment helping my students? Or, would tweaking this class help students learn? Or, was it worth the effort to revise my syllabus? Participants will become familiar with the process to conduct a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project. Over the course of four sessions we will cover: how to identify a question; how to find evidence; and how to analyze your findings. Along the way, we will meet people at URI who are here to help you engage in classroom-based scholarship. This program is for those who have been wondering if their teaching is working and want to explore a process of finding out for sure.

Session 2: Identifying a Researchable Question

Date: Feb 15, 2024
Time: Noon-12:50pm
Location: Zoom
Registration & More Information
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Strategies & Tools for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA)
Are you ready to elevate your teaching skills and make a lasting impact in the classroom? Join us for a series of dynamic workshops crafted to empower your teaching journey. Attend at least 3 out of the 4 workshops and earn an esteemed certificate/badge recognizing your commitment to professional development.

Session 1: Active Learning

Date: Feb 20, 2024
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Zoom
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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Book Club (FTF)
This group is for you if you have ever thought: is this assignment helping my students? Or, would tweaking this class help students learn? Or, was it worth the effort to revise my syllabus? Participants will become familiar with the process to conduct a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project. Over the course of four sessions we will cover: how to identify a question; how to find evidence; and how to analyze your findings. Along the way, we will meet people at URI who are here to help you engage in classroom-based scholarship. This program is for those who have been wondering if their teaching is working and want to explore a process of finding out for sure.

Session 3: Explore Various Methods for Conducting Classroom-Based Research

Date: Feb 22, 2024
Time: Noon-12:50pm
Location: Zoom
Registration & More Information
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International Graduate Teaching Assistants Community of Practice (GTA)
Are you an international graduate TA seeking to excel in your teaching role and connect with like-minded peers? Seize this chance to grow as an educator and join a supportive community of international GTAs in our exciting series of bi-weekly meetups designed just for you! *Free food will be provided at all sessions!*

Session 1: Embracing the cultural wealth from underrepresented groups

Date: Feb 26, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) 203 Conference Room
Registration & More Information
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Nurturing Instructor Well-Being (AIN)
Are you looking for some revitalization? Instructors face many challenges and pressures that can lead to burnout and decreased well-being. This two-part workshop is designed to empower faculty with the knowledge and tools necessary to recognize the signs of burnout, understand the importance of various types of rest, and create a personalized plan for achieving greater well-being and vitality. Bring your lunch and join colleagues for some nourishing and thoughtful discussion. We’ll provide coffee, tea, and dessert!

Part 1: Identifying Burnout and Cultivating Vitality

Date: Feb 28, 2024
Time: 120:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Location: Multicultural Student Services Center 203
Registration & More Information
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Part-Time Faculty Community of Practice (PTF)
Designed for all Part-Time faculty teaching at URI, this four-session Community of Practice will help faculty develop relationships with colleagues, explore teaching successes and challenges, and further establish their teaching practice.

Session 2: Focuses on midsemester challenges, recognizing early successes, and a general teaching-related Q&A.

Date: Feb 28, 2024
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Virtual
Registration & More Information
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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Book Club (FTF)
This group is for you if you have ever thought: is this assignment helping my students? Or, would tweaking this class help students learn? Or, was it worth the effort to revise my syllabus? Participants will become familiar with the process to conduct a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project. Over the course of four sessions we will cover: how to identify a question; how to find evidence; and how to analyze your findings. Along the way, we will meet people at URI who are here to help you engage in classroom-based scholarship. This program is for those who have been wondering if their teaching is working and want to explore a process of finding out for sure.

Session 4: Hear from others at URI who have done SoTL research, and make a plan for continuing with the process that fits into your own plan to become a more effective teacher.

Date: Feb 29, 2024
Time: Noon-12:50pm
Location: Zoom
Registration & More Information

March

International Graduate Teaching Assistants Community of Practice (GTA)
Are you an international graduate TA seeking to excel in your teaching role and connect with like-minded peers? Seize this chance to grow as an educator and join a supportive community of international GTAs in our exciting series of bi-weekly meetups designed just for you! *Free food will be provided at all sessions!*

Session 2: Embracing values

Date: Mar 4, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) 203 Conference Room
Registration & More Information
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Strategies & Tools for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA)
Are you ready to elevate your teaching skills and make a lasting impact in the classroom? Join us for a series of dynamic workshops crafted to empower your teaching journey. Attend at least 3 out of the 4 workshops and earn an esteemed certificate/badge recognizing your commitment to professional development.

Session 2: Mastering the Art of Effective Feedback

Date: Mar 5, 2024
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Zoom
Registration & More Information
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Nurturing Instructor Well-Being (AIN)
Are you looking for some revitalization? Instructors face many challenges and pressures that can lead to burnout and decreased well-being. This two-part workshop is designed to empower faculty with the knowledge and tools necessary to recognize the signs of burnout, understand the importance of various types of rest, and create a personalized plan for achieving greater well-being and vitality. Bring your lunch and join colleagues for some nourishing and thoughtful discussion. We’ll provide coffee, tea, and dessert!

Part 2: Revitalization Through Intentional Rest

Date: Mar 6, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Location: Multicultural Student Services Center 203
Registration & More Information
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Faculty First Program: Support, Access, and the Academic Testing Center (FTF, PTF)
Thanks in large part to a mini-grant from the National College Testing Association (NCTA), members of ATL from the Academic Testing Center and the Faculty Development teams are partnering with the Office of Disability, Access, and Inclusion to offer faculty a professional development experience designed to affirm the faculty experience, demystify the accommodation process, and provide direct support when implementing exam accommodations. Lunch, coffee, and dessert will be provided. 

Date: Mar 7, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Galanti Lounge
Registration (spaces are limited)
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Extended ATC Hours for Ramadan (AIN)
More information coming soon.

Date: Mar 11 – Apr 9, 2024
Time: TBD sunrise or sunset
Location: Chafee 201/202
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Strategies & Tools for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA)
Are you ready to elevate your teaching skills and make a lasting impact in the classroom? Join us for a series of dynamic workshops crafted to empower your teaching journey. Attend at least 3 out of the 4 workshops and earn an esteemed certificate/badge recognizing your commitment to professional development.

Session 3: Engaged Learning

Date: Mar 19, 2024
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Zoom
Registration & More Information
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International Graduate Teaching Assistants Community of Practice (GTA)
Are you an international graduate TA seeking to excel in your teaching role and connect with like-minded peers? Seize this chance to grow as an educator and join a supportive community of international GTAs in our exciting series of bi-weekly meetups designed just for you! *Free food will be provided at all sessions!*

Session 3: Effective communication in English as a second language

Date: Mar 25, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) 203 Conference Room
Registration & More Information
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Innovative Education Conference (AIN)
The purpose of the virtual Innovative Education Conference (IEC) is to bring together URI faculty with faculty and practitioners from across Rhode Island, the New England region, and beyond to share and discuss best practice approaches to teaching, learning, faculty development and support in a higher education context. The IEC offers workshops, presentations, poster sessions, and roundtable/panel discussions focused on a theme and organized through various pre-planned conference tracks. The conference also includes a keynote speaker that brings forth relevant and timely research-based information to benefit attendees in their approach to teaching, learning, and faculty success.

Conference Theme: “Inclusive Teaching in an Ever-Changing Learning Environment”

Date: Mar 27, 2024
Time: TBD
Location: Virtual
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Thank an Instructor Program Kickoff (AIN)
More information coming soon.

Date: Late March
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

April

Call for Peer Reviewers (FTF)
More information coming soon.

Date: Apr 1, 2024
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EdTech Connect: AI Lessons Learned (AIN)
We will host a panel of instructors who will lead a discussion on the question: “What have we learned about teaching with AI in the last year?” None of us are experts yet, and we are all struggling to prepare students for a world where AI is woven into the fabric of our lives. However, perhaps we can start to get some perspective. Join us as we try to gain some insight on the ways AI has influenced teaching and learning and discuss how we might move forward together.

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2024
Time: Noon – 1 pm
Location: TBD
Registration & More Information
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Strategies & Tools for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA)
Are you ready to elevate your teaching skills and make a lasting impact in the classroom? Join us for a series of dynamic workshops crafted to empower your teaching journey. Attend at least 3 out of the 4 workshops and earn an esteemed certificate/badge recognizing your commitment to professional development.

Session 4: Accessibility and Accommodation

Date: Apr 2, 2024
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Zoom
Registration & More Information
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Strategies & Tools for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA)
Are you ready to elevate your teaching skills and make a lasting impact in the classroom? Join us for a series of dynamic workshops crafted to empower your teaching journey. Attend at least 3 out of the 4 workshops and earn an esteemed certificate/badge recognizing your commitment to professional development.

Session 5: High Tea & Badge Distribution Celebration

Date: Apr 4, 2024
Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Location: Zoom
Registration & More Information
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IDEA: More than a Number (FTF)
This one-hour session explores all aspects of the IDEA student evaluation: how/when it is administered; how it calculates the scores; what the numbers mean; how to use the IDEA to improve your teaching; and how to put the IDEA in a larger context.

Date: Apr 5, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Zoom
Registration & More Information
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International Graduate Teaching Assistants Community of Practice (GTA)
Are you an international graduate TA seeking to excel in your teaching role and connect with like-minded peers? Seize this chance to grow as an educator and join a supportive community of international GTAs in our exciting series of bi-weekly meetups designed just for you! *Free food will be provided at all sessions!*

Session 4: Creating space for Intl’ Grad TAs – Confidence and self esteem

Date: Apr 8, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) 203 Conference Room
Registration & More Information
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Part-Time Faculty Community of Practice (PTF)
Designed for all Part-Time faculty teaching at URI, this four-session Community of Practice will help faculty develop relationships with colleagues, explore teaching successes and challenges, and further establish their teaching practice.

Session 3: Discusses reflective teaching practice, gearing up for end-of-term, and offers a general teaching-related Q&A.

Date: Apr 8, 2024
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Zoom
Registration & More Information
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Creating a Teaching Portfolio (FTF)
Participants in this hands-on session will explore how to use Interfolio 180 and other tools to create a portfolio that they can use to document their teaching effectiveness. The goal of this session is to help instructors create an efficient way to keep track of the artifacts they will use in their teaching statements for tenure and promotion.

Date: Apr 12, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Zoom
Registration & More Information
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Telling Your Teaching Story (FTF)
If you have ever had difficulty with writing your teaching statement, this session is for you. Participants will explore research-backed criteria for teaching effectiveness. Then they will practice connecting those criteria to their teaching. Participants will leave with a heuristic they can use to overcome writer’s block when it comes time to write their teaching statement.

Date: Apr 19, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Zoom
Registration & More Information
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International Graduate Teaching Assistants Community of Practice (GTA)
Are you an international graduate TA seeking to excel in your teaching role and connect with like-minded peers? Seize this chance to grow as an educator and join a supportive community of international GTAs in our exciting series of bi-weekly meetups designed just for you! *Free food will be provided at all sessions!*

Session 5: Problem solving using Ishikawa

Date: Apr 22, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) 203 Conference Room
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May

Part-Time Faculty Community of Practice (PTF)
Designed for all Part-Time faculty teaching at URI, this four-session Community of Practice will help faculty develop relationships with colleagues, explore teaching successes and challenges, and further establish their teaching practice.

Session 4: Further discusses reflective teaching practice with an eye towards future terms, celebrates successes from the current term, and offers a general teaching-related Q&A.

Date: May 6, 2024
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Zoom
Registration & More Information
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Thank an Instructor Program – Instructor Appreciation Luncheon (AIN)
More information coming soon.

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Ongoing ATL Programming

Program InformationRegistration & More Information
Consultations (AIN)
Set up a meeting to talk about your classes or your curriculum with someone in ATL!
More information
Brightspace Basics (AIN)
This self-paced course will get you up and running in Brightspace on your time or anytime.
More information and registration
Academic Testing Center (AIN)
The Academic Testing Center advances teaching and learning outcomes by offering professional proctoring services that promote honesty, integrity, and equity and providing accessible and inclusive assessment opportunities for students, faculty, and academic departments at the University of Rhode Island.
See the ATC website for more information.
Legend: AIN = All instructors; FTF = Full-time faculty; GTA = Graduate teaching assistants; PTF = Part-time faculty