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CALS Teaching Resource Center Events


CALS Teaching Enhancement Symposium (2022)

The 23rd annual CALS Teaching Enhancement Symposium (TES) will be held on Tuesday, August 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the UF Hilton. This year, we are "Empowing Students to Change the World." We are excited for the outstanding line-up of presentations and our keynote speaker, Purdue University's Dr. Haley Oliver.

Her keynote is titled "Fostering Student Inerest in Sustainability: Lessons from the Classroom."

Gen Z is seeking degrees and subsequent careers that are meaningful. Arguably, most careers are critical and therefore meaningful in a developed economy, but Zoomers are particularly focused on sustainability. Leveraging ten years of international research for development experience, Dr. Oliver will share short stories on sustainability successes and challenges through the lens of food safety and how she brings this work into the classroom. 

You can also view the agenda, with all of the presentation descriptions. Registration will remain open until Friday, August 7.


CALS Virtual Teaching Tips Presentations (Spring 2022)

Six CALS faculty share their teaching insights and tips. The links to these short video presentations are found below:

Increasing Involvement in Discussions (Taylor Nash)

Online Outreach in the HyFlex Era (Jamie Loizzo)

Perusall to Make Discussion Boards More Effective (Sadie Hundemer)

Podcasting as a Tool to take Learning Online (Marcus Lashley)

Student Choice Making For Student Learning (Vanessa Hull)

Teaching with Podcasts (Kimberly Wiley)


Artificial Intelligence in the 2020's: What Students Need to Know

The 2021 Teaching Enhancement Symposium, focused on Emerging Trends in Education, was cancelled due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in Alachua County and Florida. We hope to reschedule this event later in the fall semester or early spring.

In lieu of the traditional symposium, Dr. Melanie Mitchell delivered a virtual keynote presentation, "Artificial Intelligence in the 2020s: What Students Need to Know."

If you missed this presentation, we invite you to view the recording!

Dr. Melanie Mitchell the Davis Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. Her current research focuses on conceptual abstraction, analogy-making, and visual recognition in artificial intelligence systems. 

Melanie is the author or editor of six books and numerous scholarly papers in the fields of artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and complex systems. Her book Complexity: A Guided Tour (Oxford University Press) won the 2010 Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award and was named by Amazon.com as one of the ten best science books of 2009. Her latest book is Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux). 

Melanie originated the Santa Fe Institute's Complexity Explorer platform, which offers online courses and other educational resources related to the field of complex systems. Her online course “Introduction to Complexity” has been taken by over 25,000 students and is one of Course Central’s “top fifty online courses of all time.”  


Watch the 2020 Teaching Enhancement Symposium Presentations

The Annual Teaching Enhancement Symposium was held virtually in TEAMS. All sessions were recorded and you can view the 2020 TES Sessions by logging in using your GatorLink credentials. Only people with Gatorlink credentials will be granted access.


CALS Spring 2021 Teaching Retreat Virtual Workshop Series

The annual CALS Spring Teaching Retreat has been divided into four virtual workshops that focus on supporting teaching efforts. Additional details will be updated below as they become available.

  • Cultivating an Inclusive Classroom Culture, led by Dr. Stacy Vincent, 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. Recording Available
  • Teaching After COVID, led by a CALS faculty panel, will take place at 3 p.m. Feb. 24.
  • Employability Skills Preparedness: Results from a National Survey, led by CALS Dean Elaine Turner, will be scheduled for mid-late March.
  • AI Across the Curriculum, led by a CALS faculty panel with college updates from CALS Dean Elaine Turner, will be scheduled for early April.

Interested faculty and graduate students should indicate their interest for specific workshops using this form. A calendar event will be provided as dates are secured.


Using Zoom to make learning MAGIC

Watch Alexandra Bitton-Bailey's presentation from the UF Center for Teaching Excellence. 

Documents used during webinar: instructor guide and google folder