Teaching News

The Teaching Engagement Program and UO Online offer many resources to support you.  

March 4, 2021


Congratulations on being so near the end of winter term!We’re pleased to announce UO Online and the Teaching Engagement Program’s new Teaching Support and Innovation website. We hope this joint website shared by our units will make it easier for you to connect to programs and resources across all teaching modalities. As you explore the new site, know we are continuing to build and refine our offerings to meet the needs of this remarkable teaching community.We encourage you to dedicate 10 minutes of class next week to students completing their Student Experience Surveys, which are open Monday through Friday—let students know their feedback matters to you! UO has removed the grade hold penalty for students who do not engage with this process, so it’s up to all of us to create a culture of reflection and feedback. 

The survey is available on DuckWeb in Course Surveys.Finally, we draw your attention to the student and instructor well-being resources in TEP’s Student Success Toolkit, including a new spotlight in which four faculty–Sarah Adams-SchoenMaile Hutterer, José Meléndez, and Lori Shontz–share their own approaches to well-being.


Spring Course Planning: Inclusive Remote Courses
Thursday, March 18, 10-11 a.m.Register here

This interactive workshop defines inclusive teaching and places it on a spectrum of practices that also include critical and anti-oppressive pedagogies. We’ll offer concrete course planning ideas that stem from learning who our students are, and reflecting on teaching methods, disciplinary content, and who we are as instructors. Participants will be able to choose topical breakouts to work on these who/what/how aspects of course planning with colleagues. We encourage participants to bring a draft syllabus.


Williams Fund Instructional Proposals: Due April 1
The Williams Council invites proposals from individual faculty or groups to renew, broaden, restructure, or develop classes and curricula that actively engage students in the learning process. You can view February’s Williams Showcase to meet two distinguished past grant recipients, learn about their Williams-funded projects, and hear about the selection criteria the Council uses.

Nominations for Sustainability Teaching Award: Due April 5
The University of Oregon has earned a national reputation for integrating the topic of sustainability into academics, research, campus planning and design, and day-to-day operations. Sustainability has become a widely shared institutional value. The Office of Sustainability and TEP for the Excellence in Teaching Award.

This award celebrates faculty who have exhibited excellence in the following two areas:

  • Sustainability – Demonstration of engagement with principles of sustainability through course content and student applications to real-world problems or contexts.
  • Pedagogy – Demonstration of teaching excellence through teaching practices that are inclusive, engaged, and research-informed.

Nominations (including self-nominations): 

Send faculty member’s name, applicable course syllabus, and a one-page letter of support that addresses the evaluation criteria to Sarah Stoeckl (sstoeckl@uoregon.edu), Office of Sustainability program manager.

The recipient will receive a physical award, be featured in a video about their teaching, and be honored at a UO sustainability awards reception slated for fall 2021. Learn more.

Teaching Resources

UO Online and TEP offer ideas for structuring reviews and designing exams for the remote environment, as well as step-by-step guidance for creating Canvas exams and how-to guides for Canvas quiz features.

Thinking about how to draw another extraordinary term to a close? Read ideas from TEP, the UO Career Center, and faculty colleagues for ending remote courses in ways that invite students to reflect on the full range of what they’ve learned, including relevant career readiness and resilience skills.


TEP and UO Online are here to support you in your teaching. Request an individual consultation.