Projects & Initiatives
Educational Innovation Conference
8th Annual Educational Innovation Conference
Boston University’s Eighth Annual Educational Innovation Conference brings together faculty, staff, graduate students, and post-docs from across BU and beyond to showcase excellence in teaching and learning and to explore collaborative visions of our future.
Learning Sciences Speaker Series: Spring 2018
The Learning Sciences Speaker Series invites nationally recognized researchers to Boston University’s Charles River Campus to discuss contemporary research that spans topics in Educational Psychology, Cognitive Science, Human Computer Interaction, Sociology, Applied Linguistics, and Human Development. The Series is organized by the Center for Teaching & Learning in collaboration with the Office of the Associate Provost for Digital Learning & Innovation.
Grants & Funding Opportunities
The CTL offers a number of grant and other funding opportunities to support innovative, inclusive and/or research-based teaching and learning projects. Other BU units offer grants that also support teaching and learning including the Digital Learning Initiative, and Program Learning Outcomes Assessment.
Please visit our Grants & Funding Opportunities page for the most up to date information.
Collaborative Learning Faculty Learning Community
The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) invites faculty to apply to the semester-long FLC on Collaborative Learning. This faculty learning community, stipended at $1,000, provides faculty with the opportunity to develop and workshop a course activity or assignment — such as a group project, student research team, or shared writing activity — that involves collaborative learning. Please click here for additional information.
Blended Learning Challenge Faculty Learning Community
The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) invites faculty to apply to the year-long Blended Learning Challenge. This faculty learning community will help faculty transition portions of their class to the online environment while incorporating active learning strategies into their face-to-face class meetings. Please click here for additional information.
Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Faculty Learning Community
This CTL initiative supports faculty interested in improving their teaching practice through academic inquiry. Participants in this learning community will not only read research-based scholarship about new teaching practices and new uses of digital media and learning technologies; they will also develop strategies to study how these and other instructional interventions impact their students’ learning. Please click here for additional information.
STEM Education Initiatives
Central to the success of CTL STEM Education Initiatives is connecting educators to the wide variety of curricular tools available within and outside Boston University to help advance the practice of teaching in the STEM disciplines. The resources on this page represent a continually growing list of STEM education-related programs designed to promote collaboration, innovation, and professional development. We hope that you will find it helpful in your own classrooms and laboratories and that you’ll assist us in continuing to build this page by letting us know of new opportunities.
BU Hub Guides and Resources
Fall 2018 signals the roll-out of the BU Hub, and the CTL has been working steadfastly with hundreds of BU faculty to help bring this new general education initiative to fruition. Through a series of one-day course revision workshops, the staff of the CTL have collaborated with faculty from across the university to transform existing courses into interdisciplinary learning experiences for undergraduate students. We’ve also developed a series of area guides and syllabus templates to help faculty prepare their courses. For a complete list of our BU Hub resources, guides, and stipend information, please visit our dedicated BU Hub webpage.
Faculty Reading Groups
Faculty reading groups bring together BU educators interested in developing their teaching through cross-disciplinary conversations. In spring 2018, FRG participants will read Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel. Please click here for more information.
Faculty Writing Group
Finding it difficult to write during the semester? The CTL invites you to join its Faculty Writing Group on select Friday mornings (9:30-12) in the Seminar Room at 141 Bay State Road. Set aside several hours a week to write alongside other faculty in a quiet and comfortable space. Bring your laptop and/or whatever you need to work. We provide snacks but otherwise leave you alone to write. Open to all faculty. Space is limited, so reserve your seat online.
Click here for additional information
Graduate Student & Post-Doc Programs
Graduate Student Workshops
These one-hour workshops offer graduate students an opportunity to learn practical, research-based teaching strategies, to reflect on their own classroom practice, and to connect with TF’s from across the university. Please click here for more information.
Graduate Teaching Consultants
Graduate Teaching Consultants will support the CTL’s existing programming and services for fellow graduate student instructors by helping to facilitate teaching workshops and conducting LAPs during the 2018-19 academic year. Please click here for more information.
Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Scholars Program
The SoTL Scholars Program acquaints graduate student and postdoctoral participants with the fundamental concepts and core practices of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, a field of inquiry that examines the intersection of instruction and student learning across disciplines in higher education. Please click here for additional information.
Are you interested in a career as a future faculty member? Take advantage of any of the CIRTL@BU career development programs and workshops to gain valuable experience and meet other graduate students and post-docs across the country. Every semester, the CTL and Boston University Community partners with CIRTL to offer a variety of future-faculty focused online courses that leverage the expertise and diversity of professionals from across the CIRTL network. Please visit http://cirtl.net for more information on how you can engage this resource.
Network of Centers for Teaching & Learning
The Colonial Group is a consortium of fourteen universities formed by the Provosts of our respective universities, and supported by a close network of Centers for Teaching & Learning which engage in the exchange of effective practices, strategies, and ideas. Please click here for additional information.
CTL Faculty Fellows
The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) Faculty Fellows program offers its fellows the opportunity to enhance their teaching and be active members of a teaching community at Boston University. Please click here for additional information.
The CTL’s New Faculty Retreat is a 5-day program, devised to help faculty new to BU develop into exceptional teachers by providing them with knowledge, skills, and a supportive community of interdisciplinary peer educators. During the week, faculty will examine the importance of learning objectives, construct course level assessments, employ effective grading strategies, experiment with active learning strategies, develop discipline-specific classroom activities, interact with teaching technologies, develop a complete or near-complete syllabus, discover the science of student motivation and student learning, and explore BU’s teaching resources. Please click here for additional information.