Assessing, Documenting, and Advancing Teaching

(The Scholarship of Teaching & Learning)

Do you want to:

  • advance your teaching?

  • demonstrate and document your effectiveness as an instructor in your promotion and tenure portfolio?

  • more fully engage your students?

  • assess and understand what classroom strategies are most likely to help students meet course outcomes?

  • conduct and publish pedagogic research in your discipline?

The Making Learning Visible Series is designed to help faculty assess the efficacy of classroom strategies, document the effectiveness of their teaching, share effective strategies with peers, and demonstrate exemplary teaching in the promotion and tenure portfolio.

There will be two Making Learning Visible Series:

Making Learning Visible:   Jumping into Scholarly Teaching


The Making Learning Visible Series is designed to help faculty assess the efficacy of classroom strategies, document the effectiveness of their teaching, share effective strategies with peers, and demonstrate exemplary teaching in the promotion and tenure portfolio.  Participants who attend all four sessions will receive a copy of the book " Inquiry into the College Classroom".

The series is centered on discussion of the book Inquiry into the College Classroom:  A journey toward scholarly teaching by Paul Savory, Amy Nelson Burnett, and Amy Goodburn.
The publisher describes this book as a practical how-to-guide and “an invaluable resource for planning and conducting classroom research-formulating questions and hypotheses, defining a data collection methodology, collecting data, measuring the impact, and documenting the results.  Inquiry into the College Classroom is filled with richly illustrative examples that highlight how university faculty from a range of academic disciplines have performed scholarly inquiries in their teaching."

Series Goals: 
1. To advance faculty skills in assessing, documenting, and demonstrating effective teaching strategies.
2. To provide peer consultation and University support to faculty working on teaching assessment and documentation project(s).

Days & Times:  Fridays, 9:00am - 10:30am LIB 304

Spring 2014 Dates:

Friday, January 17, 2014     
Friday, February 14, 2014   
Friday, March 21, 2014     
Friday, April 11, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
Location: Library 304 (CAFE Conference Room)

Convener: Deb Periman
  Audio-conferencing is available for most events.  Please email request to Liisa at at least 48 hours in advance.

Contact Deb Periman at to join this book group.


Making Learning Visible:  Implementation, Impact & Dissemination of Scholarly Teaching

MLV IPAD mini grant

2014 Making Learning Visible iPad Mini Grants

To support faculty documenting effective teaching in
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Course Inquiry Project
Deadline Extended to April 7, 2014!
Space is limited!
Teaching university-level courses is a form of serious intellectual work that can be as challenging and demanding as discovery research. When teaching is undertaken as a form of inquiry into the impact a course has on student understanding, the quality and depth of this work can be revealed through writing that reflects the relation between the process of teaching and its results.  
Daniel Bernstein, University of Kansas
The Making Learning Visible portfolio development series offers faculty the opportunity to produce evidence of teaching effectiveness that goes beyond IDEA survey results. Findings can be used as evidence of scholarly teaching in promotion and tenure reviews.  Five (5) mandatory sessions and one (1) optional consultation in fall 2014 and 1 mandatory session and 2 optional consultations  in spring 2015 will take selected faculty through the process of creating and implementing a classroom inquiry project.  Faculty will present a session about their project to their department, school or college and place a course portfolio documenting the inquiry on a CAFE-maintained website to share with colleagues at UAA and beyond.
We know your time is valuable and want to reward committed faculty who are willing to take the time to investigate and share effective teaching practices with their colleagues. Faculty who complete the process, i.e., post their portfolio on the CAFE website (see below) by the appropriate date will receive a new iPad Mini.  Participation is limited.  

All UAA faculty are eligible to apply, with the understanding that you must be able to:
  • attend 6 mandatory MLV sessions (there are also 3 optional consultation sessions) –dates as follows:

Friday, September 12 & 26, 2014
Friday, October 10 & 24, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014 (optional consultation)

  • 3 Spring semester consultations (1 mandatory, 2 optional- dates TBD)
  •  introduce, document, and assess the results of a new instructional strategy in at least one course during the spring 2015 semester
  • present a session about your MLV inquiry portfolio to your department, school or college.
  • create a course inquiry portfolio and post it to the MLV Blackboard site by March 17, 2015.
Priority (in order) will be given to faculty who have:
1)      participated in the MLV book group but not yet implemented a project;
2)      been introduced to MLV (e.g., Tech Fellows, CCEL, Information Literacy Partnership, Team-Based Learning, Sustainability Across the Curriculum) and are ready to begin the portfolio creation process;
3)      completed a portfolio in the past;
4)      no prior MLV experience.


Please submit electronically up to  two (2) pages in response to the following questions along with your basic information to  by 5pm on Monday, April 7, 2014.
Basic Information:
1)       Name
2)       UAA phone #
3)       Email Address
4)       Department/Program/Faculty Status
5)       Campus
Answer the following three questions (in under 2 pages)

1)       Summary of MLV Project you are considering.
2)       Describe any prior participation in SoTL/Making Learning Visible
3)       Project Timeline

(Deadline extended to 5 pm Monday April 7, 2014,
Awardees will be notified by April 18, 2014)