Advanced Trainings – Summer 2020

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) is partnering with faculty facilitators to run a series of our Advanced “Core-hort” Course in late July and August. All eligible instructors who complete the course will receive a $1000 stipend.

In this advanced course, core-horts will come together to create a plan for an “online core” for their classes (building a core with a cohort = core-hort). This online core builds on the knowledge from Foundations of Teaching with Canvas and enables instructors to have the flexibility to offer full course citizenship to all students. The first week provides you space, colleagues, and resources to help you consider how to design your course to promote student learning of outcomes across multiple modalities and to explicitly tackle issues of equity, access, and inclusivity during times of crises. This portion of the course is asynchronous, though faculty facilitators and cohorts can opt to include synchronous meetings.

During the second week, each cohort will further explore strategies to help you cope with specific challenges presented by your discipline, your course, or your preferred teaching methods when pivoting between modalities. This part of the course will likely include virtual synchronous meetings, but we will provide asynchronous alternatives for those unable to attend.

By the end of this two-week course, you will:

  • Be able to articulate a plan for at least 5 weeks of your course’s online core.
  • Build out an element of your course plan that tackles the pedagogical challenge inherent in your cohort’s theme by designing a rough draft of a course module.
  • Have engaged in a series of brief reflections with peers on the challenges you foresee, your plan to tackle these, and the choices you made as you begin to build out your course plan.

We expect a 15-20 hour commitment from the participants.

You may be wondering: “How do I choose which cohort to join?” To some extent, your availability during the summer might influence which cohorts you may join, but if you have the flexibility, you might consider choosing based on the pedagogical challenges we’ve identified based on feedback from students, instructors, department chairs, associate deans, and deans.

  • Applied and Experiential Learning Cohort: If you teach studios, labs, performance, or use demonstrations frequently in your courses, you may wish to join this cohort. CATL and our co-facilitators, Amy Kabrhel and Kerry Kuenzi, can help you grapple with the “how’s,” from doing labs in a kitchen or facilitating best-practices for critique; to the “why’s” of choosing asynchronous over synchronous activities.
  • First-year Seminar Cohort: If you plan to teach a first-year seminar or a course that is often a part of the first-year experience, you may wish to join the First-year Seminar cohort. You will work with fellow FYS instructors, CATL, and co-facilitator Vince Lowery, the Director for Student Success and Engagement.
  • Large Lecture Course Cohort: If your large lecture course was moved online, or if you have a fully online course already planned, you may wish to choose this cohort; you will work with CATL and Katia Levintova as the faculty co-facilitators.
  • Learner-Centered Discussion Cohort: If you teach upper-division courses, foreign language courses, capstones, or seminar style courses, and you’re excited to explore different student engagement techniques with CATL and co-facilitator Jen Schanen-Materi, you may wish to join this group.

  • Pivotal Pedagogy Cohort: If you anticipate needing to move fluidly between multiple modalities, or your availability doesn’t allow you to join another cohort, you’ll find support from your colleagues in CATL, and our co-facilitators Alan Chu and Michelle McQuade Dewhirst.
Cohort Dates Registration Link
Applied & Experiential Learning July 27 – Aug 10;
Aug 10 – Aug 24
First Year Seminars July 27 – Aug 10;
Aug 3 – Aug 17
Large Lectures – Online July 20 – Aug 3 Register
Learner-Centered Discussions Jul 20 – Aug 3;
Aug 3 – Aug 17
Pivotal Pedagogy Jul 27 – Aug 10;
Aug 3 – Aug 17;
Aug 10 – Aug 24


All UW-Green Bay instructors are eligible to engage in our Advanced Core-hort Course, but you must first either complete the Foundations of Teaching with Canvas course or apply to “opt-out” of that course. Note that you should complete the Foundations course one week prior to the start of your Advance Core-Hort so that the CATL team has time to provide you feedback. For more information about the Foundations course, and to sign up, click here: More information about Foundations