Instructional Workshops

The Center holds regular e-learning, Canvas and instructional workshops as well as teaching circles, roundtables and other special events. We can also arrange a special workshop or consultation for departments, groups or individuals upon request. For details and the current schedule, please reference our calendar.

To request enrollment or individual consultation, or to a arrange a special departmental or group workshop on any of our workshop topics, please call extension 7-8080 or email

First Day of Class: Starting Off on the Right Foot

The first day of class sets the tone for the entire semester. Come learn what strategies will help you start off right...and which things you must avoid, too! These simple techniques should help you be more effective and make your teaching more enjoyable.

Book Discussion Group: Five Minds for the Future

/Harvard professor Howard Gardner states that we live in a vast time of change that calls for new ways of learning and thinking in school, business, and the professions. In Five Minds for the Future, he defines the cognitive abilities that are needed to equip people for what they need to deal with in the future. Join us to examine the work of Dr. Gardner and discuss how it applies to our work at the university as we prepare students for the 21st century.

If you cannot attend an in-person discussion session, please join our online discussion, already in progress.



Creating a Podcast

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the basics of podcasting: recording, editing, uploading, and creating the subscription feed. The class will use a free audio recording and editing program. Please bring a one minute script to record (e.g. a description of an assignment), and a microphone if you have one.

Introductory Digital Video

This workshop is an introduction to the use of video, including strategies for creating content, transferring images from videotape to computer (analog to digital) and using specialized hardware and software.

Introductory Digital Audio

Provides an introductory overview of the steps that are involved in creating and incorporating sounds from a variety of sources into web courses and presentations. These sources may include voice narration, sound files from CDs and downloadable MP3s.

Discover Multimedia

Provides an overview of the various ways that multimedia can be used to enhance web courses and presentations with sounds, images and video. The basic format of the workshop will be demonstrations and discussion of the uses of various imaging, audio, video, animation, and presentation tools.

Digital Imaging

Participants will be presented with vital information on scanning and digitizing images for use in print and the World Wide Web. Participants will be introduced to Adobe Photoshop Elements. The skills discussed in this workshop will allow you to enhance your web pages or course content with images from digital cameras, image archives and other downloadable images.

Web Accessibility

This workshop will look at common issues that have been known to cause difficulties for people with disabilities using the web and how thinking accessibly can help others you might not have considered. It will discuss what methods and/or free tools are available to assist in developing more accessible web pages. It will also briefly look at things to consider when designing courses within UNC Charlotte's course management system.

What Can the Smart Podium Do for Me?

We are fortunate to have classrooms which feature a "smart podium," or technology-enhanced lectern. Of course, they can be used to display Web sites and PowerPoint presentations, but did you ever wonder how you can leverage some of the other features to enhance teaching and learning?

In this workshop you'll learn how to use some advanced tools such as the document camera, screen annotation tools, and more.

Projects and Performances (Rubrics)

Grading a student performance, project, or written assignment may involve some subjective judgment about the quality of a student’s work. Many faculty members feel uncomfortable making these decisions and find that a good set of scoring guidelines, or rubric, provides a way to make those judgments fair and sound. This workshop provides an overview of the process of creating and using rubrics for assessing group projects, collaborative learning tasks, student performances, and much more.

Essay Tests

Essay tests are a valuable form of assessment in many disciplines, since they require that students show a depth of understanding that is not always apparent from objective tests. This workshop will show best practices for designing and managing essay tests, from construction to grading.

Objective Tests

Test construction is one of the most difficult and important tasks facing faculty. In this session, you will learn how to assess student achievement by making tests fair, selecting testing formats that match intended outcomes, and gleaning accurate information about student learning.


Why do students cheat? How are we contributing to it, without even realizing it? It’s time to put academic integrity into the hearts of our students and design our courses so that cheating cannot occur.

Leveraging Student Resources

Did you know that the University Center for Academic Excellence (UCAE) has an amazing assortment of resources to help your students succeed? They have everything from tutoring to special study skills workshops—and more! Come learn about the wide variety of services you can take advantage of to get your students connected to UNC Charlotte and better equipped for your classes.

Teaching Large Sections: Motivating & Engaging Students

The natural tendency when teaching large courses is to use straight lecture every class session, but many faculty have asked for strategies to make the class more interactive. This workshop will show you how you can put students into groups and get them working right away.

SurveyShare: UNC Charlotte's Online Assessment Tool

SurveyShare is a web-based tool designed for assessment of teaching and learning, survey research, evaluations, and more. It is available to all UNC Charlotte faculty for your courses and research. You will be given a personal account, and by the end of the workshop you can create a survey for use in your course.

Solving Teaching Dilemmas: You Know More Thank You Think!

This workshop will take place online and each week we will post a short scenario or case study for discussion. Share your expertise, learn from others, and take some risks in this safe and collegial environment. You can drop by anytime—just once, or maybe every week!


Introduction to Podcasting

Podcasts are Web-hosted audio (or video files) that users can listen to when and where they want. What role might they have in your course? In this workshop, you will learn how to find, download and subscribe to podcasts. You will also see how professors are using this technology in their classrooms and identify the resources you will need if you want to create your own podcasts.

Increasing Student Success in Your Classroom

Have you ever wanted to take a step back and assess what you have been doing in your courses but you didn't know where to begin? Come learn about seven simple principles that you can use to self-assess your courses for maximum effectiveness. These are time honored and time tested principles that will increase student success in your classroom—immediately!

Formative Assessment: Giving Feedback (And Receiving It, Too!)

Formative assessment provides feedback to students on their learning achievements, by encouraging them to reflect on their strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in knowledge. It is also used by instructors to make adjustments to their instruction so that unclear points can be clarified before exams or other forms of summative assessments. This workshop provides an overview of several specific strategies that can be used in all courses.

Engaging Students with Web 2.0 Technologies

In this session, attendees will examine how popular instructional technologies such as blogs, wikis, and social software can enhance interaction between instructor, students, and course content - thereby increasing active participation, enhancing communication and collaboration, providing opportunities for active feedback, and making learning more engaging.

Your First Teaching Assignment at UNC Charlotte: Policies, Practices, and Procedures

Getting ready to teach is a huge task, and knowing how to navigate the specific policies, practices, and procedures peculiar to UNC Charlotte will help you be successful during your first year here. This Q&A driven panel discussion will discuss such things as ADA policies, issues with students, and more. We will also highlight the basic semester expectations - what a typical faculty member should expect to run into throughout the semester, what deadlines there are, and how faculty performance will be assessed.  Special guest panelists to include Provost Joan Lorden and award winning teacher Charlie Burnap.


Capturing What's on Your Screen

Have you ever been at your computer, looking at something fascinating that you would love to share with students, but didn’t know how? There are various tools-Captivate, Camtasia, and others-which can be used to capture what’s on your screen and turn it into something students can access and learn from. Come see which tools are right for which tasks, and learn best practices for using different types of content.

Civility in the Classroom

Believe it or not, many students come to class unprepared to behave properly or to be a productive participant in the class. It is your task as an instructor to manage the classroom in a way that encourages learning and promotes civility at the same time.

Active Teaching in the Classroom

Active learning requires students to be engaged in their learning rather than being passive listeners. To enhance learning, students must speak, write, think deeply, and collaborate with others about the content and concepts presented in class. This workshop provides many active learning strategies that can be used during class.

Engaging the Millennial Student in Learning

The largest percentage of student sitting in our classrooms is of the Millennial Generation. They have been familiar with technology all of their lives and raised by baby-boomer parents during the self-esteem movement. What does this mean to us as teachers? This workshop provides an overview of the characteristics of the millennials, but more importantly focuses on ways to engage this unique generation of students in learning.