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Title: New Faculty Orientation Program Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)

New Faculty Orientation Program Center for
Teaching and Learning (CTL)
  • August 27, 2014

Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Second Floor, Ada Dodge Hall
  • http//
  • Director Dr. Saouma BouJaoude,, ext 3090, 3094
  • Associate Director Dr. Amal BouZeineddine,, ext. 3065
  • Administrative officer Ms. Lamia Husseiny,, ext. 3045/6

CTL Mission
  • CTL Mission Statement
  • Promote and support high quality teaching and
    learning at the American University of Beirut in
    keeping with the mission of the University,
    particularly the university's commitment to
    excellence in teaching and the enablement of
    students to think independently and become
    life-long learners.

Realization of the CTL Mission
  • Supporting individual faculty members (upon their
  • Acting as a resource center for teaching and
    learning resources.
  • Promoting and sharing scholarship on teaching and
    learning in higher education
  • Planning activities that enhance students
    learning excellence

Sample Activities
  • Faculty Seminar on Learning and Teaching
  • Program and course learning outcomes development
    and assessment
  • Inquiry-based Learning
  • Team-based learning
  • Faculty Learning Communities
  • AUB Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Scholarship of Teaching Grants
  • Annual International Conference on Effective
    Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Seminar on course syllabus design
  • Seminar on Developing a Teaching Portfolio

 Course Syllabus Design
  • What is the purpose of a course syllabus,
    contract / information /course outline etc.?
  • What are the components of a course syllabus?
  • What challenges do you face when developing a
    course syllabus?

Syllabus Components
  • Course Basic Facts
  • Course Description
  • Student (Specific) Learning Outcomes
  • Course Resources/Textbook/Readings
  • Student Assessment
  • Course Policies
  • Course Outline/ Schedule
  • Suggestion You may want to include, a relevant
    saying or personal motto, Faculty logo, a funny
    request, a picture etc. BE CREATIVE.

What are student learning outcomes (SLOS)?
  • Learning outcomes outcomes describe what a
    student should be able to do at the end of a
    period of learning.
  • outcome statement should be an action verb which
    results in overt behavior that can be observed
    and measured.

Avoid unclear verbs
  • Certain verbs are unclear and subject to
    different interpretations in terms of what action
    they are specifying.  Such verbs call for covert
    behavior which cannot be observed or measured. 
    These types of verbs should be avoided
  • Examples of vague verbs 
  •  know                
  • become aware of
  • appreciate            
  • learn
  • understand
  • develop         
  • become familiar with

Blooms Cognitive Taxonomy
New Blooms Taxonomy
Traditional Blooms Taxonomy
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New Blooms Taxonomy Cognitive Domain
Writing SLOs Tips
  • Check whether your students intended performance
    is observable.
  • Check whether you can assess/measure your
    students observable performance.
  • Indicate the level of knowledge, attitude and
    skills which are expected of students upon
    completion of the course.
  • Make sure each statement has one action verb. Do
    not include more than one expectation in one
    statement because the required assessment methods
    may differ.
  • Focus on the learning result (i.e. product or
    performance) that the student will exhibit and
    not the learning process or your instruction.
  • Write learning outcomes which can be measured by
    more than one assessment method.
  • When writing your course SLOs, you may want to
    consider that
  • Each major topic in the course should have
    one to three learning
  • outcomes.
  • Each 45-hour or three-credit course should
    have between 5 and 12 learning outcomes.

  • SLOs Improved
  • Debate the implications of various policies
  • Critically evaluate current nursing research in
    relation to the material covered in class.
  • Understand the importance of engineering ethics
    in the engineering profession.
  • Demonstrate the ability to acquire, comprehend,
    apply and evaluate patient information
    sufficiently well to offer appropriate patient
  • Know complex literature and non-fiction in a
    variety of writing modes personal, analytical,

Alignment of SLO and Assessment Tool
  • SLO
  • Upon Successful completion of the course, you
    should be able to list the components of any
    healthy diet.
  • Assessment Tool
  • Write an essay in which you analyze why teenagers
    should adopt a healthy diet.

Alignment Contd
  • SLO
  • By the end of the semester, students should be
    able to analyze the 7 steps to make ethical
  • Assessment Tool
  • Define the 7-steps to make ethical decisions.
    List them in their correct progressive order.

Alignment Contd
  • Observe 3 children of different ages and analyze
    their cognition, personality, and motor skills.
  • Multiple choice quizzes
  • Observation report
  • Final exam (multiple choice and short answer).
  • By the end of the semester, you will be able to
    describe changes in cognition, personality, and
    motor skills from birth to early childhood.

SLOs Example
  •  History
  • Define a pluralistic society and its relationship
    to the USA democratic principles
  • Business
  • Evaluate various marketing strategies
  • Music Appreciation
  • Describe the distinct style periods of Western
  • General Psychology
  • Analyze current research findings in the areas of
    physiological psychology, perception, learning,
    abnormal, and social psychology
  • Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Calculate the germination rates of various seeds
  • General Nutrition
  • Design individualized eating plans utilizing diet
    planning principles and the Food Guide Pyramid

Teaching Portfolios
  • What is the purpose of a teaching portfolio?
  • What are the components of a teaching portfolio?
  • What challenges do you face when compiling a
    teaching portfolio

Teaching Portfolios
  • Please work in groups
  • In your group, kindly discuss the following
    questions and later share them with all.
  • In your opinion, what is "good" teaching?
  • What evidence of effective teaching can faculty
    members collect?

What is a Teaching Portfolio
  • A collection of information by a faculty member
    about his/her teaching profile

Teaching Portfolio Elements
  • Teaching philosophy
  • Teaching activities
  • Teaching methods/strategies
  • Teaching effectiveness
  • Teaching evaluation improvement
  • Innovations in Teaching

  • What topics would you recommend for CTL which
    would contribute to teaching excellence?
  • Please email your suggestions to