SMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) is an ongoing catalyst for the growth of a university culture that values, supports, and rewards effective student-centered teaching.
The Teaching Institute for Graduate Students
We invite you to join us for the inaugural SMU Teaching Institute for Graduate Students. The Teaching Institute is focused on providing advice and guidance for graduate students that are currently teaching or interested in college teaching in the future. Designed by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Altshuler outstanding teaching award winners, the Teaching Institute's topics include evidence-based teaching and learning practices, effectively teaching with technology, and methods and strategies for engaging students. In addition, the Teaching Institute provides an opportunity to engage with award winning faculty from across campus.
Spring Seminar Series
Flipping Your Classroom with Just-in-Time Teaching
Monday, February 8
12:00 - 1:00 pm pm
Much has been made of the flipped classroom as an approach that facilitates active learning. A growing volume of evidence shows that the flipped classroom technique helps students to better learn and better retain material. There are many ways for "flipping the classroom", that is, for switching the order of learning activities that traditionally take place inside and outside of the classroom, and for making the in-class time more interactive. We will describe one particular realization based on a method called “Just-in-Time Teaching" (JiTT). In the JiTT approach, students not only read or watch the new material before the class, but also complete a simple assignment that is reviewed by the instructor prior to the class and used to introduce various learning activities. jiTT is great for enhancing two-way communications between the instructor and students. We will summarize our experience with using the JiTT method in SMU physics and statistics courses and provide practical examples. Seating is Limited. A light lunch will be provided. Register
2015 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Award Winners
Since 2001, The Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award
annually recognizes SMU faculty members for their notable commitment to and achievements in fostering student learning. This year's winners are Professors Jill DeTemple, Yildirim Hurmzulu, and Darius Miller. The winners receive $10,000 and are appointed to a two-year term in the SMU Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Learn more.