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AI and the University: Big Questions about Integrity and our Academic Future (Virtual Panel) 

Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 11:00am-12:30pm

New and ever improving AI technologies have changed the landscape of education. In this panel discussion we hear from representatives of key university units about the challenges that these tools pose for traditional educational practices and the opportunities they present for students and faculty alike. We will consider the ethical implications of AI in instruction, how faculty might responsibly use AI in their work, AI and the publishing industry, and how our university and other institutions should respond. Our panelists include:

  • Michael Zwick, Senior Vice President for Research

  • Barbara Bender, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Support and Graduate Student Services

  • Joseph Deodato, Discovery Services Librarian, Rutgers University Libraries

  • Sharon Stoerger, Assistant Dean for Programs and Assessment, School of Communication and Information

If you wish to attend the panel discussion or receive the video recording, please register.

Preparing Teaching Documentation for Promotion, Reappointment, and Renewal (Virtual Presentation and Discussion)

Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 10:00am-11:30am

What should be included in a teaching portfolio? How should one respond to peer review of teaching suggestions? What really matters about student feedback? In this workshop, we talk generally about how to put together evidence that demonstrates effective teaching. This session is open to instructors of all ranks and others involved in promotion, reappointment, or renewal, and will include opportunity for discussion.

If you wish to attend the workshop or receive the video recording after the presentation, please RSVP:

Spring 2022 Report on Learning & Teaching at Rutgers (Virtual Presentation)

Monday, June 13, 2022, 10:00am-11:30 am

At the end of the Spring 2022 term, CTAAR surveyed instructors about their experiences teaching during this unusual term. In this presentation, we share our analysis of the Instructor Teaching Experience Survey and discuss how instructors experienced challenges related to the pandemic, student engagement in different types of courses, and instructor well-being.

If you wish to attend the workshop or receive the video recording after the presentation, please RSVP:

We hope you are well and that the start of the semester has gone as smoothly as possible! We know there have been a lot of changes this semester which have brought new challenges. Are you interested to know how you students are engaging with the course, how they are navigating the challenges this semester, and their perceptions thus far?

CTAAR in collaborationg with OIT is running a "Easy Data From Online Tools to Support Student Success" virtual interactive workshop on two upcoming dates. 

Users of Canvas, Kaltura, PlayPosit, Zoom, and Gradescope might not be aware of available data that could assist in understanding student engagement, learning, and success. We will present an overview of the data available, best practices, and limitations, and will give you an opportunity to look at and interpret the analytics in one of the tools you use. If you would like to attend the workshop or receive the video recording after the workshop, please register.  

Register Here for Friday, Feb 25, 2022, 10:00-11:30am 

Register Here for Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022, 6:00-7:30pm 

You may also find it helpful to run a midcourse survey for just-in-time formative feedback. 

All you need to do is ask your department admin to set up a midcourse survey through Blue, the same system that hosts SIRS. Midcourse reports are not part of the promotion, tenure, or advancement systems, and are instead meant for formative feedback. (Alternatively, instructors can create their own midcourse surveys in Google Forms, Qualtrics, or an anonymous survey in Canvas). Once you have set up a survey, you can personalize your questions so that you can get the most out of your data.




A group of Rutgers faculty and staff have put together a "Campus Communication Cafe" series of mini-workshops that convene on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. The next workshop focuses on "Learing the 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace". Register to receive the zoom link. 

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We hope all of you are doing well and the end of the semester is going smoothly! 
We wanted to send a reminder that the 2021 Rutgers Active Learning Symposium registration is now open and will be held virtually on May 19th. Registration is free for the Rutgers Community and anyone else interested! This year's keynote guest is uniquely able to offer ways to tackle engagement in the online environment - Flower Darby. The symposium offers a variety of workshops, presentations, poster sessions and discussions and is a fabulous resource for instructors! 
Chris and Christina will be presenting on "Active Learning in Large Online Classes" from 10-10:50 am if you are interested!
Hope to "see" many of you there!


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Rutgers Covid-19 Response: What We Learned - June 3, 2020

At the end of the spring 2020 term, CTAAR surveyed faculty about their experiences teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic. We will share the anonymous summary of results in this workshop. We will include statistical analysis of the data and qualitative analysis of instructor comments. We will also include analysis of the Covid-19 questions added to the Student Instructional Ratings Survey. During this event we will provide a space for Q&A and a forum to continue our discussion of how best to address the concerns raised by our instructors and students. We hope the discussion of these sources of data will inform decisions for the fall term.
This workshop is scheduled for Wednesday June 3 at 10:00am. Interested faculty and staff may RSVP using the following link:

Last week, several instructors requested workshops on how to create an exam in the Learning Management System that they use. Our colleagues at TLT and ATS have graciously arranged the following workshops and resources:


Exams & Quizzes Workshop (Provided by Dena Novak at TLT) - Tuesday, April 21 at 11:30am (Register Here)

Technical support for Canvas:


Tests & Quizzes Workshop (Provided by Dena Novak at TLT) - Wednesday, April 22 at 1pm (Register Here)

Technical support for Sakai:


Prerecorded Exams & Quizzes (Provided by Joy McDonald at ATS) (Login Here) -- if you are unable to access this website, please contact Joy McDonald at

Technical support for Blackboard:

Or, make an appointment with an ATS Staff Member (Here)

Writing Exam Questions

Please note that these workshops are being offered in addition to the CTAAR upcoming workshop "Writing Exam Questions that measure Student Learning (April 22 at 3pm). We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities!

One of the difficulties as faculty transition to a remote learning environment can be how they ascertain how students are doing within the class. They are no longer able to rely heavily on face to face interactions and may need other ways to understand and assess student learning and engagement. Learning analytics can provide additional information for faculty to mitigate this difficulty. They can be a way to look under the hood, see, and begin to understand the struggles students are encountering in the course. 

CTAAR is offering a virtual session on March 30th, from 1:30 - 2:30 pm on Canvas Analytics and how they can be utilized by instructors to understand how students are doing in their classes and take actions as needed. 

Please register online and the WebEx link for the session will be sent via email the morning of the session. 

** While this session is over, you can obtain a copy of the video by emailing **

The Rutgers Teaching and Learning with Technology office has scheduled an additional series of live webinars (recordings will be available afterwards) to assist faculty with quickly coming up to speed when teaching online. 

To participate, go to the event registration page

Webinar Schedule (Monday, March 16th)

Session A 10am-11am

  • Intro to Google Colaboratory
  • Intro to Online Teaching
  • Showcase: Canvas Tools for Student Engagement

Session B 1pm-2pm

  • Alternative Assessment: Beyond Exams
  • How to Use MERLOT Like a Pro: For Free!
  • Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Teaching: Considerations and Best Practices

Session C 2pm-3pm

  • Engaging Students Online Using BigBlueButton/Conferences
  • Using Proctortrack for Your Online Assessments
  • Utilizing Canvas Analytics to Support Student Success

Session D 3pm-4pm

  • Best Practices for Lecture Capture
  • Creating Accessible Content: Images, Documents, and Videos
  • Roundtable on Game Resources at Rutgers?

Each session will be recorded and posted on the website.

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