TIPS are Autumn through Spring quarterly workshops facilitated by learner-educators (faculty, staff, or students) that provide an opportunity for learner-educators to share best practices and transformative pedagogies.

If you would like to facilitate a TIPS workshop, please fill out our TIPS facilitator form. Note: Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox will take you to the NetID login page in order to access the form, but Chrome will not.


TIPS are done for the academic year. Please check back next Fall for upcoming workshops and have a good summer!


Establishing effective online international collaborations to enhance teaching and learning

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
11:30am - 1:00am, UW2-327
Primary Facilitators: Ursula Valdez, IAS Faculty, UWB; Dr. Armando Valdes-Velasquez, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru; Natalia Dyba, Director of Global Initiatives, UWB; Greg Tuke, CUSP, International Collaborations Facilitator, UWB

Join 2015 COIL Fellows to learn and discuss current experiences implementing international collaborations into UWB courses. Ursula Valdez, IAS, and her Peruvian partner, Dr. Armando Valdes-Velasquez, will discuss their collaboration on BIS 490: From the Andes to the Cascades this spring. Global Initiatives staff will provide background about the Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) pedagogy and other COIL Fellows will share the courses they are planning for next year.

Visit the COIL homepage for more information.

In addition to excellent resources made available by the SUNY COIL Center out of New York, including a detailed COIL Faculty Guide, we recommend the UNICollaboration website to those of you who are looking for a partner for your COIL course. Funded by a European Union grant, the UNICollaboration platform allows you to set up a profile, post information about your course, browse courses posted by other users, and join a community of educators “supporting online intercultural exchange between university classrooms around the globe.”

Plagiarism Prevention Through Assignment Design

Thursday, April 30, 2015
9:00am - 10:30am, UW1-103
Facilitators: John Holmes, Psychology Librarian, UWS; Amanda Hornby, Teaching and Learning Program Librarian, UWS; Ian Porter, Learning Technologist, UWB

This workshop will explore designing effective assignments, preventing plagiarism, and using the assignment and assessment tools in Canvas. We will examine best practices in using Turn It In as a pedagogical tool and also cover the issues of ethics and authorship. Instructors are encouraged to bring a writing/research assignment from one of their courses.

Here is the slide show with resource links (note: you will need to log in with your NetID)

Confronting Plagiarism: Pedagogical Strategies and Processes

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
Noon-1:30, UW1-361
Facilitator: Dr. Young-Kyung Min (Educational Studies) and Megan Watson (Libraries)

Recent headlines tell the story of a growing plagiarism epidemic at colleges and universities across the country. But does the issue stem from deteriorating student ethics or from a larger cultural shift requiring institutions and instructors to rethink our approach? Join us to confront and deconstruct our traditional framings of plagiarism, learn about the whys and hows of students’ textual borrowing practices, and discuss pedagogical and institutional strategies to prevent and deal with plagiarism in student work.

Activities in Active Learning Classrooms

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
1:30 - 3:00pm, DH-464
Facilitator: Erin Hill, Ph.D., STEM Lecturer, QSC Director, TLC Associate Director

This interactive workshop is intended to bring together faculty from all disciplines to share their most successful activity that has been used for active learning in the classroom. Bring your activities, insights, and questions! Recommended: bringing a one-page document that briefly explains the activity, the learning goal and outcome it accomplishes, and how to implement it.

Science Writing In Undergraduate Classrooms

Monday, May 9, 2014
Noon - 1:15pm, UW2-327
Facilitator: Nancy Kool, Ph.D., CUSP Lecturer

This interactive workshop offers tips and ideas for helping students write coherently about science topics, from lab reports to longer essays.  The workshop will provide a few straightforward and easy-to-teach approaches - and templates - to organizing information.  Bring your assignments, insights, and questions!

Using Simulations in Your Classroom

Monday, April 21, 2014
Noon - 1:15pm, UW2-327
Facilitator: Eric Brechner, Ph.D.
CSS Affiliate Professor, Microsoft Xbox Principal Development Manager, Former Microsoft Director of Engineering Learning and Development

Simulations can enhance student retention of difficult concepts, while providing an engaging and dynamic classroom experience. This TIPS workshop will take you step-by-step through creating a simulation for a complex subject in one of your classes. All disciplines are welcome!

ESL Writing Assessment: Approaches to Commenting and Error Correction

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Facilitator: Dr. Young-Kyung Min, Lecturer in the Education Program

Do you find yourself spending too much time fixing grammatical errors in ESL student's writing assignments? Would you like to provide your students with strategies to improve their writing before it's turned in? Then attend this workshop to gain effective assessment and feedback strategies for you and self-editing strategies for your students.

Practical Strategies for Assessing Student Learning Outcomes

February 18, 2014
Facilitators: Librarians Leslie Bussert and Jackie Belanger 

Join us for a hands-on workshop designed to take you through various stages of the outcomes assessment cycle.  You will receive tops on writing effective student learning outcomes, selecting the best pedagogical approach to help students learn, choosing assessment tools to understand if student learning outcomes were met, and using assessment data to make improvements to instruction.

Assigning Inquiry: Bridging Faculty Expectations and Student Research Competencies

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Facilitators: Librarians Leslie Bussert and Megan Watson

Come discuss undergraduate research habits and competencies in order to better understand the abilities of your students.  Our expectations of students will be put in conversation with recent research findings on this issue, and we will identify specific strategies for modifying research assignment prompts to strengthen students' capacity for locating, evaluating, and synthesizing information resources. 

Images of Critical Thinking Skills Across Disciplines

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Facilitator: Dr. Young-Kyung Min, Lecturer in the Education Program

How would you define “critical thinking”? How do you illustrate “critical thinking” in your pedagogical practices? Critical thinking is one of the buzzwords we hear these days in academia. We often see, in the mission statements of higher education institutions and the learning goals of college courses, that cultivating students’ critical thinking skills is a primary aim. This workshop will discuss the socially-situated nature of critical thinking in our pedagogical practices, based on videos and actual samples from classrooms.

Engaging More Classroom Participation from Students with Culturally Diverse Backgrounds

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Facilitator: Natalia Dyba, Director of Global Initiatives

How many different countries and cultural backgrounds do your students come from? How can you get them fully engaged in class this quarter?  Join this discussion-based workshop to learn from the experiences of others, and examine specific strategies for increasing classroom participation from culturally diverse students.