UTRGV Teaching Excellence Symposium 2018

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) held its 2nd annual symposium on Friday, February 16th at the UTRGV Edinburg campus - Student Union. The 2nd annual symposium, co-sponsored by the Office of Accreditation and Assessment (OAA) explored the teaching, learning and assessment connection. At the one-day symposium, UTRGV faculty had an opportunity to participate in concurrent sessions, hear from peers sharing their experiences, participate in a poster session, and learn from a dynamic keynote speaker. CTE and the OAA appreciates faculty support and enthusiasm for creating this learning opportunity. This year’s theme was “Linking Teaching, Learning and Assessment to Improve Student Learning.”

At this symposium, faculty was able to choose from concurrent sessions focused on:

  • Using Curriculum Mapping to Design, Scaffold and Assess Student Learning

  • Developing Shared Understandings Through College and Program Data Retreats 

  • Designing Relevant and Measurable Expected Outcomes 

  • Fink’s Taxonomy of Learning and Learning Assessment Techniques 

Faculty also learned from a dynamic keynote speaker and participated in a poster session.

Many thanks to our 2018 attendees for another successful symposium!

 Faculty and administrators of all disciplines and experiences left  the symposium with increased knowledge and practical ideas to implement toward teaching, learning, and assessment. Concurrent sessions and poster topics were geared toward faculty, staff, and administrators who are committed to improve UTRGV students’ learning experiences. 

Here is what you told us...

Juanita Acebedo, Nursing

"Just wanted to thank you for an excellent job putting the symposium together.  It was very educational and I learned applicable ideas.  The speaker, without a doubt, was exceptional!"

Marcela Hebbard, Writing and Language Studies

"Excellent Symposium! I learned in the Symposium that each one of us teaches a model of critical thinking skills to our students when we teach them about the specifics of our disciplines."

Kathryn Perez, Biology

"Thanks so much for the symposium on Friday. It was excellent."

Marlon Ramos, Engineering

"Excellent Symposium. I am interested in teaching in higher ed in the near future. This was an excellent learning opportunity. Excellent speakers."

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Developing SLOs

Developing Strong Rubrics

Fink's Taxonomy of Learning & Learning Assessment Techniques

Using Curriculum Mapping to Design, Scaffold and Assess Student Learning

Keynote Speaker "Teaching Today's Learners: Moving to Research Based Instruction"

Our students today are different. They have characteristics and expectations that present unique challenges to those of us charged with teaching, serving and supervising them through their college experience. Their issues with academic preparation, responsibility and self-esteem, consumer expectations, use of technology and styles of interacting can impact, and interfere with, their learning, persistence and academic success at school, and workplace readiness. This program will help faculty understand the social, personal and academic traits and preferences our students bring to college, in generational context, how these characteristics influence learning, persistence and success, and how we can best help all of our students reach their educational and personal goals. A research informed instructional model based on increasing both student activity and leveraging available technologies to improve instructional efficiency and effectiveness will be described. Methods to increase students' responsibility for their own learning, personal ownership of class goals and to improve students reaching meaningful learning and developmental goals will be described and demonstrated with immediately applicable techniques appropriate and effective with all learners.


Teaching Generation NeXt: A Pedagogy for Today's Learners

Dr. Mark Taylor

Dr. Mark Taylor is an award winning speaker recognized internationally as an educator, expert, and consultant who is on the forefront of transformations in educational practice and workplace management. As an authority on the traits, developmental issues and learning outcomes of today’s young people, he is dedicated to helping colleges, universities, schools, and professional programs better understand and serve our students for learning, development, persistence and successful integration into the “after college” world. His work with organizations and companies focuses on helping people understand and work more effectively with the generational groups, especially our young people from "Generation NeXt." Building on over 30 years of experience in higher education, health care and the helping professions, including as a psychotherapist, professor, and in medical, academic and student services administration, Dr. Taylor has worked with over 600 organizations, businesses and schools in 48 states, and made presentations at numerous state, regional, national, and international events. Publications include numerous book chapters, invited pieces, and articles in professional journals including his recent articles on "Teaching Generation NeXt" and "flipping" the faculty from the lecture model to research-based instruction.

Dr. Taylor holds graduate degrees from the University of Arkansas and academic appointments at Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Graduate School.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!