Teaching Resource Centre - Overview

Teaching Resource Center

The Teaching Resource Center (TRC) will provide resources to new and existing faculty to improve their teaching skills and effectiveness. The center will engage faculty, teaching assistants, students, staff, and community members to work in a collaborative environment to create rich, service/engaged learning and teaching experiences.

The Center will have the capacity to:

  • Establish and maintain long-term partnerships across the campus and between the campus and the broader community
  • Connect systematically with related initiatives on the UAF campus (such as general education, distance education, assessment, graduate/undergraduate research, etc.)
  • Provide workshop and summer institutes on how to use new technologies in the classroom
  • Leverage campus and state collaborations so that each benefits the other
  • Provide support between and among student service areas (including advising, tutoring, counseling, etc.), productively involving both staff and faculty
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, students, community members, and programs engaged in related forms of experiential, community-based teaching, learning, and scholarship, thereby helping to strengthen such efforts and generating new models for effective curricular engagement across a range of venues (e.g., undergraduate research, learning communities, etc.)
  • Garner external funding in support of the teaching, learning, and scholarship activities associated with curricular engagement
  • Support the university's mission to build excellence in teaching.

University's mission:

The Teaching Resource Center will be integral to the academic mission of the university. The university's mission statement includes the following TRC-related commitments:

  • Assist faculty members in the development of course syllabi that incorporate not just a list of lectures and laboratories, but that include content on teaching strategies, grading practices, office hours, etc.
  • Provide the framework for a new Excellence in Teaching Award each year for faculty members to acknowledge improvement and excellence in teaching performance. This could be based on student evaluations and could even require student nominations for the award.
  • Development of a small teaching grants program that would provide funds for faculty members to develop new course materials. These funds could be used for the actual materials, or for release time to develop them, or to travel abroad to train on them. 
  • Close interaction among students, Teaching Assistants (TAS), faculty, and staff in support of intellectual growth and personal development.
  • Emphasize personal and social responsibility in all fields of study.
  • Use assessment to deepen learning and establish a culture of shared purpose and continuous improvement.
  • Create an overall focus for the improvement of teaching excellence at UAF

Events and Activities

 

  • One-day workshop for TAs was organized on "Orientation of Newly Appointed Teaching Assistants" for their capacity building on 21-08-2017..

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Resource Persons delivering lectures to the participants

 

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Participants of the workshop

 

  • Five-day Training programme was organized on "Orientation of newly inducted Faculty" July 31st to August 04,2017.

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Vice Chancellor is inaugurating the "Orientation of Newly Inducted Faculty Training Program"       

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Participants of the workshop

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Resource Persons delivering lectures to the participants

 

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Concluding Session of the Orientation Programme

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Group Photo of the participants of the Orientation Programme

 

  • One-day workshop for TAs was organized on "Learning Management System" and working of TAs at UC Davis was shared for their capacity building on 04-03-2017.

 

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  • Two-day training workshop for Teaching Assistants on "Digital Tools for Effective Teaching" from 14-15 November 2016 (64 participants)

This workshop was designed for Teaching Assistant (TAs) embarking on their teaching careers.  During these two days, TAs learned about classroom management, lecturing, and giving students feedback on written work. The three constituents of this workshop include presentation concepts with strategic and judicious use of animations, storyboarding and scripting concepts for producing instructional videos and overview of LMS for online access of teaching literature.

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  • Four-day workshop on "Hybrid Course Design and Development" from 18 to 21 October 2016 at UAF (50 participants)

The specific aims for the workshop were to increase participant's knowledge of the efficiencies in the use of Learning Management Systems (LMS) and of best practices in information design, presentation concepts, and video production methods. Much of the focus was on the strategic use of digital technologies in teaching including topics on such as information graphics, advanced PowerPoint, storyboarding, green screen recording, and picture-in-picture video production.

Instructors: Prof. Dr. James R. Carey and Prof. Dr. Thomas L. Rost (University of California, Davis, USA)

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  • One-day workshop: "Strategic use of Digital Technology in University Instruction" Monday, 17 October 2016 at UAF (100 participants)

The overarching workshop goals were to provide participants with (1) overview on use of hybrid courses in university instruction and (2) operational and technical frameworks for developing their own hybrid courses.

Instructors: Prof. Dr. James R. Carey and Prof. Dr. Thomas L. Rost (University of California, Davis, USA)

 

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  • Five-days workshop " YOUNG FACULTY CAPACITY SHARING PROGRAM " 15-20 October 2015 at UAF (51 participants)

       The objective of this activity was to enhance the professional skill of the young teachers using modern techniques of teachings through information technology, i.e. Multimedia, Email, Group management, Time management and stress management. Furthermore, it have improve the communication skills of the teachers with the students in the class room, as well as research project management in the allocated budget and prevalent circumstances

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Vice Chancellor is inaugurating the "Young Faculty Training Program workshop"

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Participants of the workshop

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Concluding Session of the Workshop

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Group Photo of the participants of the workshop 

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July 31, 2017 :Worthy Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan Speech - Download

 

 

TRC Team

Prof. Dr. Ghulam Murtaza
Institute of Soil and Environmental Sciences
gmurtazauaf@gmail.com

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Jafar Jaskani
Institute of Horticultural Sciences
jjaskani@uaf.edu.pk

Dr. M. Hammad Nadeem Tahir,
Assistant Professor, TRC Member.
mhammadnadeem@gmail.com

Dr. Lubna Anjum,
Lecturer, TRC Member.
lubnaanjum01@gmail.com