Category Archives: Faculty Focus & Workshps

NOVA and The World: Inaugural Workshop! Don’t miss the rest of the series!

David Smith, an International and Internationally known speaker on the issues of human rights talked to a group of NOVA faculty on Friday, September 12th about the ways in which we might integrate discussion and teaching about human rights into our curricula across all disciplines.  He provided us with sample exercises (debates, agreeing, emerging discussions, story telling,  problem solving and others).   An interesting d2014-15_NOVA_and_the_World_schedule_imageiscussion!

Don’t miss the Rest of the NOVA and World Series held this year!                         Click on this calendar to learn about it!

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CETL Faculty Focus Series: NOVA and the World 2014-15


CETL and the Global Studies Committee combined their forces to present a particularly strong Faculty Focus Workshop Series during 2014-2015.

The underlying objectives are:
1) to insert appropriate global issues into the course curriculum of any discipline and
2) to focus on appropriate classroom teaching techniques that help incorporate examples of such global linkages.

The First Workshop in the Series, We Are the World,  is on Friday, September 12, 2014 from 11am to 2 pm at the Kings Park Library (part of the Fairfax County Public Library System) .    Scroll down to see the details on the other four events in this Faculty Focus Series:  The World Comes to Us, We are Out in the World, Our Changing World and Respecting World Perspectives.    Click on any of the images to register. 

1st workshop informatoin

Don’t miss any this speaker on September 12th or any of these sessions that follow:  

You will want to attend every single session of this series.  They are all amazing and relevant to your teaching practice.


Congratulations to Annandale Chemistry Professor, Reva Savkar, 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence Winner

CETL-tree-smallThe Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning joins the college community in celebrating the teaching of Reva Savkar!  Congratulations,  Reva on the 2013 Chancellor’s award for Teaching Excellence!

From Dr. Templin’s email announcement:

This week the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) selected NOVA’s own Reva Savkar as the winner of the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).  Reva  is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Annandale Campus and is a leader in the field of distance learning through NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute.  She began teaching at NOVA in 1974 as an adjunct faculty and has been a member of the full-time faculty for 24 years.  For the past 17 years she has led the well-known science seminar series at the Annandale Campus.  The CATE award is made annually to one teaching faculty member in the VCCS who distinctly represents the teaching excellence found at Virginia’s community colleges. The honor includes a $5,000 cash prize and a ceremonial stole that is worn with traditional graduation regalia.  She will be presented the award at the annual meeting of the State Board for Community Colleges in Richmond next month and will be recognized by NOVA’s College Board at an upcoming meeting.  Callan Bentley, assistant professor of Geology at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus received the 2012 CATE award.  It looks like NOVA is creating yet another tradition around teaching excellence! 


Want to give your courses a boost?  CETL presents:
A Faculty Focus Series on Course Design
for New and Seasoned Faculty

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The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is very proud to announce the Spring 2013 Faculty Focus Series: Course Design for New and Seasoned Faculty.

Current research on undergraduate education asks us to diminish our dependence on lecture and to make our courses learning-centered. This is easier said than done, of course, and ultimately relies on the way we design our courses. The Faculty Focus series looks at how to think about course design and how to approach it, how to be sure that we really do test what we teach, and teach what we really want to test. There are many ways to assess our students’ learning, but we will focus on the construction of a valid multiple choice exam. We will also look at some ideas about how to design learning-centered activities and some strategies that allow you to move from a traditional lecture format to a student-centered environment.

You are welcome to attend one, some, or all of the sessions. We will have an additional session at the end of the series so we can get together and talk about what you learned and how you incorporated new ideas into our courses.

All sessions take place Monday from 2:30 – 4:30 PM. We will meet in the CETL Center, Annandale, CG 218. Here is the series:

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Beginning at the End – 4 March – Cindy Miller ask whether your goals, assessments, and activities align?

Designing Valid Multiple Choice Exams – 25 March – Join Patty Ottavio and learn how to test along a cognitive process dimension from lower order to higher order thinking skills.

Creating Significant Learning Experiences – 8 April – Barbara Crain discusses how a significant learning experience helps learners learn, provides knowledge, stimulates new interests, provides thinking skills, and connects people.

Strategies for Engaging Students in the Learning Process – 22 April – Samantha Whalen helps you learn how to move from traditional lecture to a student-centered environment.

Roundtable Discussion of All Sessions – 29 April




CETL Participates in the SDV Professional Development Day

Mindy Hemmelman led a fantastic professional development day for Student Devleopment course instructors on May 11th and on May 14th.   CELT was privileged to be part of it, leading an hour-long discussion on Effective Teaching Techniques.     If you want to see some of the materials that CETL used for that, here they are:

The  PREZI used for the CETL presentation  can be found at this URL:

The Achieving the Dream Wiki

Achieving the Dream maintains a wiki with an amazing amount of information on it that includes numerous tips about student engagement!  Really well done.  Hope you’ll take a good look at it.

Handouts with the following titles were used at the presentation.  If you want a copy of any one of them, please contact CETL.

  • The Ten Worst Teaching Mistakes
  • Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education
  • “The Change – Up in Lectures

Any questions about effective teaching techniques — add them as a reply below.  Want to discuss any of them — add them as a reply below!



Test Writing Workshop

Exams are a common method that instructors use to evaluate student learning.  A well-designed exam can provide feedback to instructors on how successful they were in presenting the course content.  It is important that instructors strive to create exams that are valid and then grade them fairly.

CETL Faculty Advocate presented a great workshop on exam construction on April 19th.  You can find the materials here! Test Writing Workshop Materials.

If you attended this workshop, please feel free to leave a reply here.  If you didn’t attend this workshop, but want to comment on the materials, please feel free to leave a response here as well.  We love to hear from you.

Monday Movies! See and Discuss “Bullied”.

Join Faculty Advocate Alicia de la Torre Falzon and Film Expert Amy Gilley in a showing and discussion of the 45-minute documentary: Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case That Made History!

Date:  April 30th
Time:  2:30 PM
Location:  AN, CETL Center CG 218

Register here:
(If the registration isn’t there the first time, just check back!)

Preventing and Responding to Disruptive Students

Mr. F. Scott Lewis talks to faculty about Preventing and Responding to Disruptive Behaviors in the Classroom

On Friday, March 30th, Mr. Scott Lewis began the CETL New Faculty Orientation with an interactive workshop that gave participants skills to prevent disruptive classroom behaviors, to react to them and to enhance their own campus procedures to address them.  This session was sponsored by CETL and the Office of Student Mental Health.

Copies of the presentation materials provided by Mr. Lewis are found below.  Be sure to check out the Class engagement Rubric.

NVCC 2012 – Classroom Management-Power Point

Class Engagement Rubric – SAMPLE

Monday Movies Continue: The Boys of Baraka

March 26 from 2:30 until the movie ends
CETL Center, CG 218, AN Campus

CETL presents ‘The Boys of Baraka’, the second in an ongoing series of movies that showcase teaching shown on the last Monday of each month. This movie is an award-winning PBS documentary that will allow a discussion about how environment affects teaching and learning. It is the winner of awards at the Newport, Chicago, Woodstock and SILVERDOCS Film Festivals. A discussion about the movie will be held at 2:30 p.m. with a full screening of the movie to follow.

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Click here to view the movie trailer: