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We are excited to announce an upcoming session with in-person offerings on each of the geographic campuses! 

Understanding Your Students' Engagement to Plan for the Fall  

The level of student engagement in courses has been a hot topic for many since Spring 2020 and continues to be of interest for instructors, departments, programs, and schools. In this work session, you will have the opportunity to look at student engagement indicators within your own course(s) from this past year. We will help you consider what this information means and start to consider changes to your course ahead of the Fall semester. Light refreshments will be served. 

Please register through this form for any the sessions. 

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We are excited to announce the "Classroom Inclusivity Series," a collaboration between various units across Rutgers University, organized and facilitated by The Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research and the University Equity and Inclusion Office. The purpose of the program is to promote Inclusive Scholarship and Teaching (as identified by the Rutgers University Diversity Priorities), and in particular, to support a more well-rounded understanding of Classroom Inclusivity.

Throughout the Fall 2021 semester, Rutgers University faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, post-docs and staff are invited to attend workshops provided by different units across the university. Workshops or training sessions included within the series will address the following competencies:

Competency 1: Understand and begin to address your and your students' identities, biases, prejudices, and fears and the impact they have on learning and the classroom environment.

Competency 2: Infuse inclusive teaching practices into your educational practices by course re-design or adopting new teaching activities.

Competency 3: Ensure course content, web pages, activities, and assessments are accessible to all students.

Participants who attend three sessions (one from each competency) and submit a reflection will have the opportunity to earn a Certificate for Lifelong Learning in Inclusive & Equitable Teaching. We hope this certificate will be a useful piece of evidence for your teaching portfolio or professional portfolio to demonstrate your commitment to inclusive teaching.

To learn more about the program and register for sessions, please visit the Classroom Inclusivity Series Website.

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Online & Remote Instruction for Quantitative Disciplines Round Table

Faculty within quantitatively based disciplines may have difficulties such as how to handle student submissions of problems or calculations, how to provide feedback on this work, and how to use technology to replicate a "blackboard" for writing out problems in a synchronous environment or asynchronous videos. This round table will provide an opportunity for faculty to engage in a conversation surrounding their unique challenges and solutions they have developed. A survey will be sent closer to the event to all registered participants to help focus the discussion of the first meeting of the round table. 

Monday, August 17th, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Please RSVP at: 


BluePulse Pilot - Student Engagement & Feedback Tool Demo 

CTAAR is running a pilot of a new tool called BluePulse for collecting informal feedback from students.  This provides a way to "take the pulse" of your class and will be available for all instructors to use in the fall. This is a pilot with BluePulse being available through Spring 2021. BluePulse is a simple tool to ask one question at a time and collect anonymous feedback from students.  You can also respond to students comments in follow-up dialogues. More information is available on our website:  Please consider attending the demo if you are interested in using the tool to engage your students in Fall 2020. 

Wednesday, August 12th from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Managing Zoom Sessions

Due to high demand, we have opened additional "Managing Zoom Session" trainings!

It order to efficiently run the sessions, we recorded a 30-minute presentation which we ask that you watch prior to the session. It contains screen shots of the controls and explanations for how to set up meetings, manage Zoom security, build and launch polls, and create breakout rooms. Here is the link:

It is important that you watch the video prior to enrolling in a session, because we will not be reviewing the video content in each session. Instead, the sessions will consist of a Q&A followed by hands-on training where we will practice together.

To learn more and register for a hand-on practice session, please go to (you must be signed in to Canvas to view the page). If you have trouble registering for the session, please email for assistance.


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CTAAR will be hosting a new workshop, "Updating your Teaching Portfolio for Emergency Remote Teaching" on April 29th from 10-11 am. 

As you consider your teaching philosophy and components of your teaching portfolio, you may want to update your materials to reflect the accommodations that were necessary for the move to Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT). You can add a section to your teaching portfolio to include ideas in these areas:

  • What goals do you have for your students' learning in your ERT courses?
  • How are you assessing your students' learning in your ERT courses?
  • What unique challenges/opportunities did the shift to ERT create for you?
  • Were you able to teach students with diverse identities and backgrounds?
  • How are you assessing the effectiveness of your teaching?
  • What went well?

Please RSVP to receive materials and the WebEx connection details:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chris at

Canceled - Sept 13 TAP (Sakai) workshop

We have canceled the September 13 Sakai workshop for TAs, and apologize for any inconvenience. If you would like other training opportunites for Sakai, please check the schedule of TLT Sakai workshops

All Rutgers university students and staff now have access to the library of self-paced courses and tutorials. covers many topics from educational subjects such as statistics and graphing through basic office productivity apps. Rutgers staff will find useful for learning new job skills, and faculty will find it useful for incorporating supplemental materials into their courses to develop students' cocurricular and ancillary skills. 

Previous users please note:

  • If you see an "I've Had an Account" option, click that to migrate your previous history, badges, and account settings to your new university account. You will only see this option once, and cannot change your mind later.
  • If you do not see the "I've had an account" option and used a account that was obtained through Rutgers, your previous history, badges and settings should have been automatically copied over to the new account. 

Log in to the the university-wide site here:

The workshop, TAP: Creating eBooks for the Classroom on 2/22/2018, is cancelled due to low registration.  We will offer it again in Fall, 2018

The TAP workshops: TAP: Excel for Grading (2/7/18) and TAP: Online Grades and Communication (2/8/18) are cancelled due to low registration.

Due to unforseen circumstances, we have  canceled the "TAP: Windows Moviemaker" workshop on April 12, 2017.

New for Spring 2016, instructors will be able to add their own individualized questions to their Student Instructional Rating Surveys (in addition to the standard SIRS and any department-wide questions). 

In order to use this new feature, CTAAR must know the instructor's Rutgers NetID prior to setting up the surveys. We have added a "NetID" column to the spreadsheet that we will send to each department, so departments can fill in that information if they would like to enable this feature for their faculty (without the NetID, the SIRS will continue to work as it has previously). 

To better explain the process, we have scheduled two workshops for department administrators ("SIRS Liaisons") and interested faculty. We will discuss the new feature, as well as answers questions that Liaisons may have about the administrative process, filling out the spreadsheets, access to the archive, Sakai dropboxes, etc. 

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 11:30 a.m., College Avenue (Register for Feb 9
  • Thursday, February 25, 2016, 11:00 a.m., Busch Campus (Register for Feb 25)
  • For Camden and Newark, please email us if you are interested (depending on interest, we may schedule workshops on either campus or use videoconferencing). 

For more information and instructions, please see our web page on adding questions to SIRS

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