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Workshop: Digital Presence (3/28, 1-3 pm)

Workshop on Digital Presence 3/28 at @utarlington! See podcast & flyer for details.

Pre-workshop digital dialogue on the blog space: To think about before the workshop:

What is digital presence? Why does it matter? How can it be done? What are you doing or what do you want to do with enhancing your own digital presence (e.g., through blogging, social media, Twitter, etc.)? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Listen to our 1-minute podcast about the workshop topic!

This interactive session on March 28 (1-3 pm) at the LINK Lab focuses on Digital Presence for Academic Productivity and Student Engagement.
Join us for a roundtable discussion how digital platforms can enhance faculty productivity and promote student engagement.

1-2 pm: A roundtable of faculty and staff from the LINK Lab and Library will discuss tools faculty can use to collaborate and promote their research.

2-3 pm: Faculty and stuff will discuss how your students can use blogging and other digital platforms to showcase their learning.

In both, you will learn more about the university’s Domain of One’s Own initative, which provides customizable web space for faculty, staff, and students.

RSVP here:

Location: Nedderman Hall, 246

Digital Presence flyer

Welcome from the director!

Welcome, everyone, to the CTLE Faculty Development Blog. I am Nakia Pope, the CTLE Director.

While we are just at the beginning stages of this digital space, I hope Faculty Development Dialogue will become THE space for faculty, staff, and graduate students to visit for faculty development resources. We will be working hard to bring you the latest events, news, links, and tips for all aspects of faculty development. We also intend to post reflections on what it means to be a faculty member, with all that entails, at UTA and beyond! Most of all, I hope this becomes a community. There are lots of wonderful, hard-working faculty here at UTA; we have lots that we can share with one another that may be helpful. I I invite all of you to comment, share, and sign up to be a guest blogger. Many hands, as they say, make light work — or, in this case, an awesome faculty development blog!

If you have an idea or wish to contribute, simply comment here. You can also email us at This is still a work in progress, so any suggestions are welcome.

Let’s go!

Inaugural Post: Top Ten Teaching Tips for Teaching Large Classes!

Our first blog post to launch the UTA Faculty Development Dialogue Blog is on teaching large classes! As class sizes increase and faculty are teaching more students, it is vital to share ideas on “what works” when facilitating learning in larger classes.

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“Top Ten Teaching Tips for Teaching Large Classes”

by Peggy Semingson, Ph.D., (, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, The University of Texas at Arlington

New Profile Pic with Dexter on Patio
The blogger and her dog.

Free e-book-Success with Teaching Large Online Courses

1. Course design and syllabus. Before the course begins, make sure there is no ambiguity in the course syllabus. This includes typos or inconsistencies. It’s worth the extra time spent proofreading!

2. Keep the class active and interactive. There are many ways to do this in both low-tech (“Turn and talk”) and high-tech (social media; blogging; webinar, etc.) ways. Resource: 

3. Consider using Just-in-Time teaching such as warm-ups, exit tickets (digital or paper) and short puzzle-like applications. Resource:

4. Create or locate short videos for explaining tricky concepts so students can review them multiple times (video; audio, screencast are all good options).

5. Use lots of visuals when sending communications via email, Blackboard, etc. Don’t fear redundancy in sending multiple messages. Resource:

6. Online large classes: Create a FAQ page (Frequently Asked Questions) where you put the questions and answers for what students typically ask. Resource:

7. Create tutorials for the concepts and processes that students often stumble on or are more novice at. Consider sharing these resources across courses. Example tools: Office Mix (PowerPoint add-on),  YouTube video, or a screencast.

8. Create a course orientation module that includes things like how to be a successful student, how to manage time, an overview of basic course concepts, an overview of the textbooks, etc.

9. Consider making an interactive syllabus or a visual course syllabus. This visual syllabus is shared courtesy of Jenny Roye from the College of Nursing and Health Innovations at UT Arlington. Example:–nursing-care-of-children-and-adolescents

10. Consider having a question-and-answer board on Blackboard where students can post questions.

Dialogue: What are your ideas for teaching large online classes?

Welcome to the Faculty Development Dialogue Space!

Welcome! This blog is being launched to foster dialogue and conversation among faculty and staff. The focus of the blog is on teaching, but topics relating to the scholarship of teaching and learning will also be discussed. We loo forward to sharing ideas!

The blog is being run at the moment by Peggy Semingson, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. (Contact: