Training for Faculty and TAs
The Center for Teaching and Learning provides comprehensive training opportunities for faculty, teaching assistants (TAs), staff, and students in teaching techniques and course-management technologies. Please visit the CTL Events Calendar to view and register for training events. Below you can find an overview of training resources and opportunities for both faculty and TAs.
For TA-specific training, visit the Training for Teaching Assistants page.
Teaching Toolkit Workshops
Throughout the academic year, CTL offers workshops to address pedagogical or technology related workshops. Additionally, CTL provides recurring workshops on BSPH basics: CoursePlus Refresher, LiveTalk Training, and Accessibility Best Practices. You can find these listed on the Events page. If you have a topic you are interested in, please let us know.
Before the start of each academic term, CTL offers an hour-long, virtual CoursePlus Refresher Training. The goal of the workshop is to provide an overview of some of the tools in CoursePlus, focusing on most frequently used or most recently updated.
CTL hosts LiveTalk Training sessions prior to every term, currently offered entirely online. These are geared to meet the needs of all faculty teams teaching over Zoom, regardless of course format; however, there is an additional emphasis provided for the online course formats whose synchronous classes (LiveTalks) may be entirely self-run or those with BSPH Multimedia support.
We welcome all faculty teams to this training, including anyone who might just need a refresher. The training provides an overview of what to expect in your Zoom class sessions and an opportunity to work hands-on with some of the more common interactive functions afforded by the tool, such as polling and allowing students to use their microphones.
Note that new sessions are added periodically throughout the year in advance of a new academic term.
Accessibility Best Practices Workshops
BSPH is committed to not only complying with web accessibility standards, but routinely employing best practices to provide an equitable educational environment and remove barriers to access for all. The accessibility workshops cover practices that are especially important to faculty and TAs as they work toward creating and sharing accessible instructional content.
Our synchronous workshops are scheduled periodically. However, the companion video series is available on-demand. We are sharing the videos through a channel, “Accessible Materials”, inside Microsoft Stream (JHED login required).
The CTL Instructional Design (ID) Team designed two training courses that are customized for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health faculty and Teaching Assistants. We encourage both veteran and new teaching team members to enroll in either course. Enrollment is rolling and while both courses are self-paced, there is always an ID Team member facilitating the current session ready to answer any inquiries.
Essentials of Course Design, Development & Teaching at BSPH
Through practical activities, resources, lectures, videos, and formative assessments, this training provide faculty with resources and support on a variety of key topics in course design, development, and facilitation at the Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH). The course is an excellent resource for teaching at BSPH, but beyond that, by engaging with the course you have the opportunity to brainstorm and receive direct, practical feedback from an instructional designer as well as your professional peers. The course also allows you to engage with a full variety of exemplary tools (CoursePlus & beyond) and content delivery methods showcased by the CTL team, which you can then use in your own course. Learn more on the Faculty Training Course page. Or simply visit the Essentials course site to register.
Teaching Assistantship Training
The CTL Teaching Assistant (TA) Training course introduces students to key skills and concepts to prepare them to be effective TAs. A review of the appropriate use of technology tools for teaching, including hands-on practice setting up CoursePlus tools, is provided. Students in this course are also introduced to pedagogical best practices including the development of learning objectives, teaching techniques, active learning, effective communication, and facilitating meaningful discussions (online, LiveTalks, and Face-to-Face). Additionally, an overview of school policies that impact teaching is provided alongside course management, managing difficult situations, and problem-solving themes that are woven throughout the course.
The CTL TA training program fulfills the Teaching Academy-Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program - Phase I "Associate" requirement, as approved by CIRTL (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning).
The instructional designers and technologists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offer faculty and teaching assistant support for every course design phase, including development, delivery, assessment, and evaluation. We also are happy to offer individual, just-in-time and customized guidance and training. Visit our Team's Consultation page to learn more about our services and request a consultation.
Dean's Office Faculty Workshops
In June 2020, the Academic Dean's Office announced a summer series of online sessions to provide strategies and tips for faculty as they prepared to move to virtual classroom experiences in the fall. The series' success proved to meet a need beyond the initial "pandemic shift" as the Bloomberg School's teaching community grew stronger and closer. And with the continued desire to grow as effective educators, sharing and learning from each other, the workshops have continued. These recordings are posted on the Hybrid and Virtual Classroom page on the my.jhsph portal (log-in required), along with other pertinent videos including those created by the Teaching Council and Fellows.