GIFT Exchange


GIFT Exchange

GIFT Exchange


GIFT Exchange

No matter your mode of instruction, the GIFT (Great Ideas for Teaching) Exchange has a GIFT for you. All faculty and staff interested in teaching are invited to join us for these HyFlex events focused on creating an integrated course using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.

Please register to attend these events by the following requested deadlines. Once registered, you will receive an invitation to the event. Session recordings will be available about a week after the event.


Spring 2023 GIFT Exchange Schedule

AI in Academics

Tuesday, February 7, 12:15 pm-1:00 pm
Faculty Resource Center, Columbine 203 (HyFlex format option)
Nathan Bullock, Executive Director for Online Operations
Melinda Lien, Senior Instructional Designer
Angie Dodson, Faculty Development Coordinator

AI in Academics initiates a more formal conversation about the pros and cons of using artificial intelligence tools in higher education. Join us for an interactive session to witness first-hand how AI generates intellectual responses to varied prompts, and then, offer ideas and strategies to proactively embrace this state-of-the-art technology.

Register by Friday, February 3

The Colorado Springs LGBTQ+ Oral History Project and High-Impact Practices

Wednesday, February 15, 10:00 am-10:45 am
Faculty Resource Center, Columbine 203 (HyFlex format option)
Tre Wentling, PhD, Assistant Professor, Gender & Sexualities Studies Certificate Coordinator Women's and Ethnic Studies Program

Have you heard about the Colorado Springs LGBTQ+ Oral History Project? Are you considering (re)designing high impact teaching and learning practices? Join FRC Teaching Fellow and WEST Assistant Professor, Tre Wentling, in this GIFT session as he offers lessons learned from leading students (in two different courses across two semesters) in their contributions to the Colorado Springs LGBTQ+ Oral History Project.

Register by Friday, February 10

Ungrading | Shifting Focus from Making the Grade to Facilitating Inclusive Learning

Tuesday, February 21, 11:00-11:45 am
Faculty Resource Center, Columbine 203 (HyFlex format option)
Amy Anderson, PhD, Lecturer, Art History, Visual and Performing Arts
Angie Dodson, MEd, Faculty Development Coordinator, Faculty Resource Center
Brandon Poulliot, MS, Instructional Designer/Technologist, Faculty Resource Center
Kacey Ross, MA, Senior Instructor, English, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, Assistant Director of First-Year Rhetoric and Writing

In this session, a discussion panel brings forth the ideas and principles of ungrading and some strategies for implementing it.

Register by Friday, February 17

Critical Reflections in Coursework

Thursday, April 13, 12:15-1:00 pm
Faculty Resource Center, Columbine 203 (HyFlex format option)
Shannon K. Johnson, PhD, MSW, MPP, Assistant Professor of Social Work, College of Public Service

Join Shannon as she shares her method of incorporating meta-cognitive thinking and reflexivity practice in the educational process. Her method incorporates the three steps of the DEAL model by Ash and Clayton (2004): Step 1 - Describe, Step 2 - Examine, and Step 3 - Articulate Learning. It then adds metacognitive thinking as a fourth step. Use of reflexivity practice and intentional metacognitive thinking will be discussed as ways of encouraging deep processing, supporting consciousness raising processes, and increasing student intentionality as related to ownership of one’s own learning journey.

Register by Friday, April 7

Student Retention

Date TBD
Faculty Resource Center, Columbine 203
Ann Amicucci, PhD, Associate Professor with Tenure, English
Andrea Nelson Trice, Research Associate for Retention Initiative, Institutional Research

Register by Friday, TBD

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Last updated January 20, 2023
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