2023 Strategies and Tools for Teaching at URI: A Workshop for New URI Faculty

Monday, August 14 – Thursday, August 17, 2023
Hosted Remotely via Zoom & Brightspace

Strategies and Tools is for instructors who are new to URI and want to launch a successful – inclusive and effective – teaching career at URI.

By the end of the week, you should be able to:

  1. Finish preparing courses for the fall by incorporating evidence-based practices for teaching and learning.
  2. Develop relationships that will enable  success in the classroom at URI.
  3. Build upon strengths as a teacher and plan for professional growth.

For more information about Brightspace, sign up for the self-paced Basic Brightspace Training Course.


Monday, August 14Build upon values and strengths
9:00 am – 10:30 amIntroductory activity

Connecting values to “effectiveness”
10:30 am – 11:00 amBreak
11:00 am – 12:30 pmIntroducing the study cycle as a heuristic to build upon strengths (with Jennifer Burgess and David Hayes, Academic Enhancement Center)

Group activity: Connecting participants’ artifacts to the study cycle
Tuesday, August 15Getting your materials and tools together
9:00 am – 10:30 am“Intentional tech” (with Amanda Jensen, IT Teaching and Learning Services)

Group activity: Develop a Brightspace site as a hub for one course
10:30 am – 11:00 amBreak
11:00 am – 12:30 pmHow the library can help instructors “open” their classroom (with Amanda Izenstark, University Libraries)

ChatGPT and other AI in the classroom

Group activity: Incorporating OER or ChatGPT into classes
Wednesday, August 16Long-term success and Creating community
9:00 am – 9:45 amWhere do I fit in the curriculum? Curriculum maps (with Elaine Finan, ATL)
9:45 am – 10:00 amBreak
10:00 am – 10:50 amGetting data and planning for future growth (with Sean Krueger, Provost’s Office)

Group activity: Go back to teaching effectiveness rubric, make a plan for growth, and connect those plans to the data that instructors will use to show effectiveness
10:50 am – 11:00 amBreak
11:00 am – 12:30 pmCreating an inclusive classroom community (with Michelle Fontes, Office of Community, Equity and Diversity)

Group activity: Select and implement activities which set an inclusive tone for the semester
Thursday, August 17Opening up your course to all students
9:00 am – 10:30 amHandling DAI requests before they happen (with Paige Ramsdell, Office of Disability, Access & Inclusion; Lisa Macaruso & Teryn Kogura, Academic Testing Center)