BU Hub Related Events


Faculty Forum: Writing Intensive Courses in the BU Hub

Friday, January 26, 2018, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration is available here.
Location: BU Hillel House, 4th Floor, 213 Bay State Rd.

A light breakfast will be offered at 9:30 am.
Lunch will be provided at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

This partial day event will be from 10am-12pm, and will feature faculty-led discussions around writing intensive courses in the BU Hub. To begin the morning, Dr. Neal Lerner will discuss his most recent research “The Meaningful Writing Project: Learning, Writing, and Teaching in Higher Education” (Utah State Univ. Press), a cross-institutional study of undergraduates’ most meaningful writing projects. Afterward, a panel of BU faculty will consider student writing in their courses (e.g., what works, what do students struggle with, what is distinct about writing in one’s own discipline, what do students learn through writing) and about how the Hub has shaped their particular choices in syllabus design, assignments, feedback strategies, metacognitive reflection, etc., especially as these are related to the students’ writing tasks and writing in the discipline.

Faculty Panel:

Participants will experience how writing-intensive learning outcomes are taught across the disciplines and discuss how they might apply these strategies into their own courses. This is an opportunity for faculty to share with one another practices and pedagogy that may be new, old, and/or newly informed by the advent of the Hub.

1-Day Course Revision Workshops ($1,000 stipend)

Apply via the Hub Course Development Stipend Application.

Throughout the spring, we will hold one-day workshops on “Revising Your BU Hub Course.” Faculty participating in this session will 1) identify the appropriate Hub Learning Outcomes for their course, 2) begin to rethink course materials, create or revise assignments, and identify feedback strategies that will afford students the opportunity to attain the selected outcome(s), and 3) consider how best to design classroom/online learning environments to challenge and engage students. At the end of this workshop, faculty will have made significant progress on the syllabus for their revised course, including developing appropriate course learning outcomes and revising at least one major effective assignment. Participation in this workshop is stipended at $1,000 and is contingent upon successful submission of the course to the University Council General Education Committee by the faculty member’s school or college.

  • Tuesday, January 9: deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 2
  • Wednesday, January 10: deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 2
  • Thursday, March 8: deadline to apply is Monday, February 26
  • Tuesday, May 22: deadline to apply is Friday, May 11
  • Thursday, May 24: deadline to apply is Monday, May 14

3-day Course Revision Workshops for Digital/Multimedia Expression ($2,000 stipend)

Apply via the Hub Course Development Stipend Application.

This spring, the CTL will host a three-day multimodal workshop series to help faculty design digital and multimedia assignments and classroom activities. Faculty will work collaboratively with the CTL, Educational Technology (EdTech), and faculty peers for 1-week this fall to develop and revise their course materials for the BU Hub area of Digital / Multimedia Expression. As a group, faculty will reconvene in future semesters to continue sharing their progress and to receive continued feedback on their digital and multimedia resources from CTL and EdTech staff. This workshop is open to all faculty, regardless of prior experience with digital and multimedia technology. Participation in this workshop is stipended at $2,000 and is contingent upon successful submission of the course to the University Council General Education Committee by the faculty member’s school or college.

  • Tuesday, May 8 – Thursday, May 10: deadline to apply is Thursday, April 26

4-Day New Course Development Institutes ($3,000 stipend)

Apply via the Hub Course Development Stipend Application.

The four-day New Course Development Institute prepares BU Hub faculty to develop exceptional new courses by providing them with knowledge, skills, and a supportive community of faculty from across the university. Throughout the institute, faculty will identify the appropriate BU Hub learning outcomes and think through how the new course will offer students the opportunity to achieve them; experiment with active learning strategies and teaching technologies; develop discipline-specific classroom strategies and assessments appropriate for the BU Hub; learn effective feedback techniques; and discover the science of student motivation and student learning. By the end of the institute, faculty will have completed or nearly completed a syllabus for their new BU Hub course. Participation in this workshop is stipended at $3,000 and is contingent upon successful submission of the course to the University Council General Education Committee by the faculty member’s school or college.

  • Monday, June 4 – Thursday, June 7: deadline to apply is Thursday, April 24

1-Day Cocurricular Workshops ($1,000 stipend)

Apply via the Hub Cocurricular Learning Experience Pre-Workshop Intake Form.

Throughout the spring, we will hold one-day workshops on developing a cocurricular learning experience for the BU Hub. All faculty and staff are eligible to apply. Participants will be invited to identify the appropriate BU Hub learning outcomes and think through how the new cocurricular experience will offer students the opportunity to achieve them. By the end of the workshop, participants will have completed or nearly completed an outline and calendar for their new BU Hub cocurricular learning experience.

  • Wednesday, January 17: deadline to apply is Thursday, January 11
  • Thursday, February 8: deadline to apply is Monday, February 5
  • Monday, March 5: deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 28

Open Office Hours

Throughout the spring, we will hold open office hours for faculty and staff developing and revising courses and cocurricular experiences. CTL staff will be available to answer your questions and provide feedback on your course or cocurricular materials. Stay tuned for location information.

  • Thursday, January 11
  • Thursday, January 18
  • Friday, February 9 – Hub Conference Room D, GSU 510D
  • Tuesday, March 6 – Hub Conference Room D, GSU 510D
  • Wednesday, March 7
  • Thursday, March 8
  • Friday, March 9

Individual, Team, or Group Consultations

The CTL offers individual and small group consultations by request.

Department or Program Workshops

To schedule a department and program workshopplease complete our workshop request form.

Online Resources

As you think about your BU Hub course, here are some strategies other faculty have used and found effective.


Past events

Faculty Forum: Critical Thinking in the BU Hub

Friday, September 22, 2017, 10:00m – 12:15pm

Registration is available here.

Location: Metcalf Trustee Center Ballroom, One Silber Way, Room 922

Join us for a half-day, faculty-facilitated forum on teaching Critical Thinking in the BU Hub. A faculty panel will share examples and resources from their teaching of Critical Thinking and discuss their research in this Hub area. Participants will experience how critical thinking is taught across the disciplines and discuss how they might use these strategies in their courses. There will be time set aside for faculty to work on their own courses to incorporate materials from the workshop in consultation with the faculty presenters and CTL staff. A light breakfast is available from 9:30 – 10:00am and lunch will be provided from 12:15-1:00pm.

Hub Day: A Series of Faculty Led Forums

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 9:30am – 4:45pm

Registration is available here.

Location: 4th floor of Florence and Chafetz Hillel House, 213 Bay State Road

Don’t miss out on your chance to win an iPad for attending Hub Day! Participants will be eligible to enter a free draw to receive one iPad.

This day-long event features faculty-led forums on the BU Hub areas of Critical Thinking, Teamwork/Collaboration, Creativity/Innovation, and Writing-Intensive courses. We invite you to drop in as your schedule allows to learn from other BU faculty members with expertise teaching in these Hub areas. In various sessions throughout the day, participants will discover, engage with, and apply effective teaching and assessment strategies best suited to their own Hub courses.

In addition to faculty forums, Hub Day will co-feature Center for Teaching & Learning course-revision workshops, as well as “walk-in consultations” with the CTL staff and Provost’s Office on course design and Courseleaf. All events will take place during the following time slots (9:30 – 10:45, 11:00 – 12:15, 12:30 – 1:45, 2:00 – 3:15, and 3:30 – 4:45). Lunch will be provided from 12:30 – 1:45pm.