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Teaching@WKU

Teaching@WKU

Access high quality, dynamic professional development including Magna's 20 Minute Mentor videos and Epigeum's mastery courses on college teaching as well as information customized for WKU, such as Teaching via IVS.

[Those seeking the Basic Skills for College Teaching Program, required of graduate students to become "instructor-of-record," should contact FACET (facet@wku.edu or 270-745-6508) for access to their separate program. They may also access Teaching@WKU but it is NOT the preparation required for graduate students wanting to become instructor-of-record.]

Health faculty, for example, will be interested in the Teaching with Patients module.

To Self-Enroll in the Teaching@WKU organization with immediate access.

  1. Log into Blackboard using your Net ID and password at blackboard.wku.edu
  2. Browse to this URL: http://tinyurl.com/7zqempx and hit ENTER
  3. Click on SUBMIT to be added to the Teaching@WKU Organization, and OK to continue inside.
  4. Click on “Start Here” in the menu on the left!

On future visits, you’ll be able to click the My Organizations tab in Blackboard, and Teaching@WKU will be in your organization list!

If you prefer, you can email facet and request to be added to the course site. Please use the subject line Teaching@WKU.

Comments from Faculty

"I found the Teaching@WKU: Mastery Course easily accessible, very user friendly, and informative". -- Stephanie Riehn RDH, WKU Dental Hygiene Program.

"I've really enjoyed going through the courses so far! I really like the interactive features, they make it more exciting than just reading a lot of text". --  Donna Daulton, Math.

"I completed the Teaching with Patients module from FaCET as a part time faculty member in the Allied Health  department. As a visual learner, I enjoyed the videos and the information presented was interesting. I also appreciated that the process was online, which makes it very convenient in today's world". -- Julee Burt, RDH, WKU Dental Hygiene Program.

Here are the topics of our Mastery Courses:

Preparing to Teach modules:

  • Understanding The Principles Of Course Design (you will learn about best principles of designing for education).
  • Resources to Enhance Student Learning (you will learn about finding, choosing and arranging for students to access course materials such as textbooks).
  • Developing Your Teaching (you will learn about how to improve as a teacher).

Activities for a Course in Progress:

  • Lecturing 1 and Lecturing 2 (You will learn how to use lecturing effectively in the first module and learn how to introduce active learning, deal with challenges and work with varied students in the second module).
  • Making the Most of Discussion (You will learn how to prepare for, initiate, guide, and evaluation face-to-face and online discussions).
  • Teaching with Patients (While written for medical situations, the general principles of how to plan for and work with students who are working with "others" will apply in many situations).

Assessing Student Performances:

  • Marking and Giving Feedback (you will learn about helpful, accurate, and effective grading/feedback and general principles for dealing with plagiarism).
  • Supervising Projects & Dissertations (you will learn about supervising larger student projects, such as senior theses, creative projects, master's theses or dissertations).

Teaching with IVS@WKU (you will learn about the pedagogy and technology of Interactive Video (ITV) classes as well as the importance and ideas for advanced planning). For a quick overview, visit our public page: Teaching via IVS.

Our Mini-Courses, 20 minute or less videos, cover topics including

  • Preparing to teach (e.g., promoting deep learning, clarify fuzzy goals, learner-centered teaching, feeling burned out, student ratings).
  • Teacher Issues (e.g., students asking questions you can't answer, feeling stressed and/or burned out, learning from student ratings).
  • Activities for a course in program (e.g., learning student names, getting student participation, responding to poor answers, assigning students to groups).
  • Managing student issues (nontraditional students, mental health or substance issues, disability, pushy parents, dismissing students from class, privacy).
  • Assessing student performance (e.g., interpreting rubrics, using voice feedback).
  • Technology and Teaching (e.g., cell phones, laptops and facebook; creating threaded discussion; document sharing tools).

Graduate Students seeking recognition by Graduate Studies: Select the Basic Skills for College Teaching link in the left menu for instructions. The Teaching@WKU course is not a part of that process. However, you are welcome to participate in the Teaching@WKU courses as a voluntary activity and to use it as an ongoing resource when teaching at WKU.


The Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching
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Location: 1783 Chestnut Street, Bowling Green, KY 42101.
Mailing Address: 1906 College Heights Blvd #11095, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1095.
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