The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) at the School of Information Studies (iSchool) has released its schedule for spring semester professional development opportunities on campus.

All FCTL sessions have been designed to support the entire Syracuse University faculty, and are open to instructors from all Syracuse schools and colleges, full time, adjunct, and Ph.D. students, unless otherwise indicated. 

The professional development opportunities will take three forms – 15 minute quick sessions, large group session topics, and ICE Box lunchtime talks.

Most FCTL programs are led by Peggy Takach, director of the FCTL, and Jeffrey Fouts, director of instructional technology at the iSchool. This semester, four iSchool faculty members, Ingrid Erickson, Yun HuangMegan Oakleaf, and Bei Yu will also lead sessions. 

“We are so pleased to announce that all of our sessions are open to all university instructors,” said Takach. “We offer many different session formats to fit instructor schedules, but more importantly, we create an atmosphere in our sessions for networking and sharing of ideas and best practices.”

Quick Hit Mondays – 15 Minute Sessions

Throughout the semester, Quick Hits will be held in 15 minute sessions on Mondays (unless otherwise noted).  These sessions will be held in 206F Hinds Hall with a maximum of 8 people attending.  Session times are from 12:00 – 12:15 PM. 

Monday, February 6
Blackboard – Interactive Rubrics                 

Monday, March 6
5 Databases in 15 Minutes, Library – featuring Natasha Cooper     

Monday, April 3
Blackboard – Open Discussion

Monday, May 1
Submitting Grades           

Large Group Session Topics

These large group sessions allow faculty members to come together for discussions, to share ideas, and be able to walk away with tools that can be used to enhance the quality of teaching.   Some of the sessions are hands-on workshops where the instructor can bring their own device to be actively engaged while learning. 

Wednesday, February 8 – 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Reading Across the Curriculum   (Katzer Room – 347 Hinds Hall)

Monday, February 13 – 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Giving Voice in a Loud World – using FlipGrid.  Featuring Ingrid Erickson. (018 Hinds Hall) 

Monday, February 27 – 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Questioning Techniques: Construct, Deliver and Facilitate               

Tuesday, April 18 – 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Blackboard: Unleashing Analytics in the Classroom             

Assessment Series

This series, new for the Spring Semester, features iSchool faculty member Megan Oakleaf, who oversees instructional quality at the School.

Tuesday March 7 – 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Part 1: Backwards Design, Rubrics First.  Featuring Megan Oakleaf.

Wednesday, March 22 – 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Part 2: Backwards Design, Imagine Your Classroom              

Tuesday, April 4 – 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Part 3: Backwards Design, Finally Blackboard

ICE Box Talks

The ICE Box collaboration space on the second floor of Hinds Hall serves as the venue for faculty to participate in an engaging session on various topics. ICE Box Talks are intended for an open discussion on whatever comes to mind in an informal setting to learn and share great ideas. All ICE Box Talks are held from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. 

Thursday, February 23
Diving Beneath the SURFACE, Library – Featuring Natasha Cooper and Taylor Davis-Van Atta. 

Monday, April 10
Group Learning Techniques – Featuring Bei Yu. 


Detailed session descriptions and registration for all offerings is available on the FCTL website’s “Upcoming Events” page.

Questions can be directed to Peggy Takach at (315) 443-9370 or, or Jeffrey Fouts at (315) 443-8144 or