Center for Teaching Excellence

Center for Teaching Excellence

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.

How Can I Promote Active Learning?

Thursday, October 23
3:30 – 4:50
Simmons Hall 208

Active learning is a process whereby students engage in activities that promote analysis, synthesis, application, and evaluation of class content. Teaching that requires students to become actively engaged in classroom activities can lead to deeper and more lasting learning. This workshop introduces a number of tools that you can use to get your students thinking and participating. Learn more and register.

Presenters: Ann Batenburg, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching & Learning, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development, and Barbara Morganfield, retired Clinical Associate Professor, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development

Learn, Share and Grow Professionally in a Faculty Learning Community

CTE’s Faculty Learning Communities provide the structure and support for small groups within the SMU teaching community to spend a year working together in an active, collaborative, program, structured to provide encouragement, support, and reflection on a topic about which you share a mutual passion.Each FLC participant receives a stipend to be used toward professional development costs related to participation in the community. Learn more.

2014-15 Topics

  • Teaching and Learning in Graduate Seminars
  • Innovative Assessment Techniques
  • Higher Education in America: From National Policy to the Individual Classroom

What's New

3 Minutes

Three Minute Teaching Tips

We at CTE know that faculty members lead very busy lives. Here's a way to get some great new ideas for teaching that fit easily into your routine: short podcasts highlighting useful strategies. Check out these quick tips from excellent teachers, moderated by CTE's Barbara Morganfield.


Teaching Resources

It's a good time to think about ways to enhance our teaching. CTE's web-based Teaching Resources are right at your fingertips. Try Course Design, Teaching with Technology, or Lecture Classes -- or find some ideas for group assignments. You never know what you will find.