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Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning

A New Resource at CU Denver

Our goal is to enhance excellence in undergraduate and graduate education through the development of faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices. We promote university teaching that helps students learn, persist, succeed, and ultimately graduate.  With a strong commitment to honoring the interconnectedness of teaching and learning, CETL works to foster the use of evidence-based educational strategies that have been demonstrated to foster learning and improve academic outcomes for students.

In its initial year (2019-2020), CETL is offering a full calendar of regular professional development opportunities including workshops, communities of practice, book clubs, ACUE credentials, as well as a new Student Course Assistant program for faculty. We also provide individual teaching consultations and observations.​

New- Course Format Guide & Office Hours

Schedule a meeting during our CETL Office Hours and meet with a CETL representative to review the course formats. Before you schedule a meeting make sure to review the Course Format Guide here and have your questions ready beforehand so we can best meet your needs.

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Designing and Teaching a Virtual Course​

The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning has created a self-paced, 10-module course for anyone developing and teaching a virtual course for Summer and Fall 2020. 
This course is non-facilitated, meaning that you can work through the contents at your own pace, and based on your own needs and interests. Register here and then be redirected to the Canvas course!
Additional resources for working and teaching remotely can be found on our Rapid Remote Teaching Resources​ and/or Office of Digital Education.

​ACUE at CU Denver

We have partnered with ACUE to provide a targeted initiative aimed at providing support for faculty to learn about and apply proven teaching techniques.  The goal of these courses is to prepare college instructors to use research-based techniques that help students succeed. The faculty will participate in a cohort of colleagues from CU Denver.  Knowledgeable CETL Faculty Fellows will facilitate the online course and will structure a faculty learning community to provide wrap-around support, an essential element of this program.​​ Applications are not open yet for Spring 2020, but learn more and stay tuned for our Spring 2021 cohorts.



 Upcoming Programs Fall 2020


 Community of Practice: Empowering Students and Building Community Online

Community Practice: Empowering Students and Building Community

Transitioning to online courses from face-to-face is hard, even for the most seasoned instructors. Developing methods and techniques to help students forge meaningful relationships with instructors and with one another, relationships that empower and allow us to lift to each other up, is especially challenging online. Please join us to discuss, troubleshoot, workshop, and share ideas around empowering students and building community in your online courses.

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Thursday, February 4, 2021
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Thursday, April 1, 2021

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Facilitated by Sasha Breger-Bush, Assistant Professor of Political Science



 Community of Practice: Fostering Class Discussions in Zoom

Fostering Class Discussions in Zoom

Thursday, September 17
Thursday, October 8
Monday, October 26
Thursday, November 12

Time: 10:30 am – 11:30

This community of practices invites faculty to learn from each other’s ongoing efforts to teach discussion-driven courses in a remote format. We will reflect on pedagogical challenges we’ve encountered within this context, and we will exchange ideas, insights, and strategies we can each incorporate in our classes. Likely focal points will include: tactics for structuring remote discussions, maintaining student engagement, cultivating a sense of community and belonging, novel uses of screensharing and breakout rooms, and more. All sessions will be held via Zoom.

Faciliated by John Tinnell, Associate Professor of English​


 Books@Work: Burn Fortune

Burn Fortune - New Date!
Date: Wednesday, Novemeber 11th, 2020 
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In the novel-in-fragments, BURN FORTUNE, 16-year-old June is a corn-detasseling flag twirler who lives in a small conservative town in the early 90s Midwest. Her family is dysfunctional but her boyfriend--known only as "My Boyfriend"--has a family who is emotionally and physically abusive. 

Looking for alternatives to the lives of the women who surround her, June becomes obsessed with the actress Jean Seberg (best known for her starring role in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless) as well as Joan of Arc. After being raped by an acquaintance, June withdraws and begins to live mostly through Seberg's films. 

Offered these lives as alternatives to her own, June is left to wonder: Can anyone truly transcend their circumstances, or does having a dream mean death--literally and metaphorically?

Facilitated by Teague Bohlen
Associate Professor of Creative Writing

Program Director, Creative Writing



 Books@Work Superior

Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini

Date: Wednesday, TBD
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Superior tells the disturbing story of the persistent thread of belief in biological racial differences in the world of science. 

10 Best Science Books of the Year (Smithsonian Magazine)
Best Science Books of the Year (NPR's Science Friday)
Best Science and Technology Books from 2019 (Library Journal)

Facilitated by Teague Bohlen

Associate Professor of Creative Writing
Program Director, Creative Writing​



 Books@Work: Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahesi Coates
Date: Wednesday, March 10,2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

Facilitated by Teague Bohlen

Associate Professor of Creative Writing
Program Director, Creative Writing​​


 Books@Work: Astral Weeks

Astral Weeks
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A mind-expanding dive into a lost chapter of 1968, featuring the famous and forgotten: Van Morrison, folkie-turned-cult-leader Mel Lyman, Timothy Leary, James Brown, and many more. Van Morrison's Astral Weeks is an iconic rock album shrouded in legend, a masterpiece that has touched generations of listeners and influenced everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Martin Scorsese. In his first book, an acclaimed musician and journalist Ryan H. Walsh unearth the album's fascinating backstory--along with the untold secrets of the time and place that birthed it: Boston 1968. On the 50th anniversary of that tumultuous year, Walsh's book follows a crisscrossing cast of musicians and visionaries, artists and hippie entrepreneurs, from a young Tufts English professor who walks into a job as a host for TV's wildest show (one episode required two sets, each tuned to a different channel) to the mystically inclined owner of radio station WBCN, who believed he was the reincarnation of a scientist from Atlantis. Most penetratingly powerful of all is Mel Lyman, the folk-music star who decided he was God, then controlled the lives of his many followers via acid, astrology, and an underground newspaper called Avatar. 

A mesmerizing group of boldface names pops to life in Astral Weeks: James Brown quells tensions the night after Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated; the real-life crimes of the Boston Strangler come to the movie screen via Tony Curtis; Howard Zinn testifies for Avatar in the courtroom. From life-changing concerts and chilling crimes to acid experiments and film shoots, Astral Weeks is the secret, wild history of a unique time and place. 

Facilitated by Teague Bohlen, Associate Professor of Creative Writing
Program Director, Creative Writing



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