Winter Institute on Learning 2023

The 2023 Winter Institute on Learning will help faculty in degree-granting programs focus on two processes critical to guiding and understanding student learning: (a) creating or revising program educational goals and (b) creating or revising a program assessment plan. The institute is intended for small teams of faculty (2-5 people) who will learn processes and develop drafts of materials to be shared with and further developed with other faculty in their program. Depending on their needs, faculty can participate in one or both parts of the institute.

The institute will be divided into two parts with the first part focusing on program educational goals and the second part focusing on program learning assessment. You and your colleagues are welcome to apply to one or both parts.

The institute uses a mix of CTAL guided coaching, individual work-time, and peer feedback. Colleagues in CTAL will prepare packets of information for each group of faculty – existing material in the current academic catalog, information collected from programs as part of the writing of the university’s 2021 Middle States Self-Study, relevant scholarship in the specific discipline, etc. – and provide them to faculty to assist in their work during and after the institute. Each part of the institute is intended to help faculty begin these important processes and develop concrete roadmaps for continuing them with all of their colleagues.

Applications for any part of the institute must come from small teams of faculty who teach in a specific degree-granting program (undergraduate or graduate). These teams are typically 3-5 members. This may be a new team or it may work well to work with an existing group such as a curriculum committee. Diversity of experience, knowledge, and viewpoint are critical elements in a successful team.

Please direct questions to Kevin R. Guidry, CTAL Associate Director of Educational Assessment, at

Institute dates

The first part of the institute will be held on Tuesday, January 17, and Wednesday, January 18. The second part of the institute will be held on Tuesday, January 24, and Wednesday, January 25. Each day of the institute will require a 1.5 – 3 hour time commitment on Zoom working with CTAL colleagues in the morning and several hours in the afternoon working with faculty teammates.

Application information 

Applications are requested by Monday, December 12. We will notify you by Friday, December 16, if your application has been accepted.

Applications are solicited from teams of faculty members:

  • Focused on one specific degree-granting program
  • Composed of 2-5 members
  • Possessing a diversity of teaching experiences and knowledge in the program e.g., the course coordinator for the introductory sequence, a senior faculty member who has taught capstone experiences, and two other colleagues
  • Composed of faculty in any rank and track.

Teams are welcome to apply for one or both parts of the institute.