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Friday Roundtables

CTAL’s Friday Roundtables are back! Virtually, that is. Join CTAL and instructors from across UD for guided conversations about how to make your current teaching situation more intentional, connected, and meaningful. Sessions will focus on the current experiences of your teaching colleagues and attendees will have ample time for discussion and collaboration. Virtual Roundtables will be conducted in Zoom. All who teach at UD are welcome to attend.


  1. To promote community and collaboration (through online chat, breakout sessions, and real-time discussion)
  2. To explicitly explore good teaching and assessment practices used with online courses
  3. To promote effective online teaching and learning strategies through modeling and reflection on action (or in action)

Upcoming Virtual Friday Roundtables

October 9 - What Have They Learned?: Assessing program educational goals

Students’ courses and educational experiences are intended to be more than a series of individual events. They should help students attain a cohesive set of skills, abilities, and knowledge unique to their specific academic program(s). How do we know if that is occurring? CTAL’s Associate Director of Assessment, Kevin Guidry, will facilitate a series of brief presentations from faculty across campus in many kinds of degree programs who have different ways of assessing student learning in their programs.


November 6 - Assignments That Click!: Tapping into student creativity with digital multimedia projects

Through the process of creating media, many students find a deeper understanding of course content and overall communication skills. There are many tools that you can use to help students build their own multimedia assignments, but getting started can be daunting. Faculty from across the disciplines, colleagues from the library’s Student Multimedia Design Center, and CTAL staff will discuss the promises, pitfalls, and best practices of multimedia creation through an interactive session designed to help connect you with ideas and resources.


Past Virtual Roundtables – many  with recorded clips

September 11: Pandemics and Politics: Teaching with and about current events

The numerous upheavals to daily life that we and our students have encountered in the last several months, have created challenges and opportunities in our teaching. For some courses, it is impossible not to engage with current issues of social justice, health inequities, global and national politics, and economic hardship. But for others, choosing when and how (and if!) to incorporate current events into a course’s syllabus or learning activities can present an ethical dilemma.. In this roundtable, faculty from a variety of disciplines will present how they chose to address these issues, or why they chose not to. They’ll also share examples of assignments, discussion prompts, or other student engagement techniques that they felt successfully helped students to learn with, through, or in spite of our current historical challenges. 

Panelists include: Lindsay Hoffman (Communication), Brooke Stanley (English), and Stefanie DeVito (ISLL).

April 10: Establishing and maintaining an authentic instructor presence online

Online tools – discussion boards, video conferencing, websites, etc. – provide many opportunities for faculty to teach online in ways that demonstrate and honor their disciplinary and personal identities. They also provide many opportunities for faculty to connect with students. In this roundtable, three UD were invited to present empirical data about ways to increase instructor presence in online courses as well as examples of how UD faculty are doing this right now. View clips of their talks below.

  Katya Roelse – Instructor, Fashion and Apparel Studies

Sharon Watson – Professor of Management, Lerner


Agnes Ly – Associate Professor, Psychology

April 24: Facilitating robust online discussions

In courses that are taught online, discussion boards in Canvas and other similar tools are widely used to not only help students develop students’ communication skills but also provide opportunities for students to practice many other skills. In this roundtable, three UD faculty will demonstrate and discuss how they are using online discussions in their courses right now.

Faculty presenters: Stefanie DeVito (Biological Sciences), Brad Thompson (Associate in Arts Program), and Anu Sivaraman (Alfred Lerner College of Business)

May 8: Reflecting on this semester

This semester’s unprecedented emergency move to online teaching has presented many challenges and opportunities for UD’s community of educators. Although this has been a unique situation, there is much we can learn from it. In this roundtable, UD faculty will provide some of their own reflections and help attendees reflect on and learn from their own experiences.


Want to hear some of the highlights of Roundtables from 2018-2019? Check out “TAL TALKS”.