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Professional Development

Canvas Consortium

Canvas Consortium

July Cohort  - July 19th - July 30th, 2021
August Cohort - August 16th - August 27th, 2021
October Cohort - October 4th - October 15th, 2021
Oct/November Cohort - October 25th - November 5th, 2021

Registration for all cohorts is open from May 10th to June 21st, 2021.

Learn to Teach with Canvas!

Canvas is coming to PSU, which means that you will have so many new options and pedagogical flexibility as an instructor. Join the Canvas Consortium to learn to design courses and teach confidently in this new learning environment. 

Cohort-based, Flexible Learning

The Canvas Consortium is fully online, asynchronous, and runs for 2 weeks with structured online activities and staggered due dates. It will take place in Canvas with no required meetings. You can expect to spend approximately 5 hours participating each week. 

Consortium Goals

Alongside PSU teaching colleagues, you’ll learn to design courses in and effectively teach with Canvas. You’ll design Canvas course assets to support inclusive teaching goals, explore examples from a range of disciplines and contexts, and try out the Canvas learning environment.


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Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching.

The Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching (CICT) is a free, voluntary, non-credit professional development experience designed to prepare future and current faculty for teaching and professional life in higher education. 

Conferences & Workshops

The Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching Program hosts recurring professional development conferences and workshops throughout each year for concrete skill and teaching practice development and community-building. The Teaching Innovation Conference draws nationally-recognized keynotes speakers on a variety of topics related to the future of higher education.

Leadership Roles

Lead Graduate Assistants can apply to gain paid leadership experience through the Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching. They mentor fellow GTAs in their department, help shape the future of the CICT program, and complete leadership projects that will affect teaching, learning, and research at PSU for years to come.

Teaching Portfolio

Participants in the CICT program construct a digital Portfolio of Teaching and Professional Development that illustrates their professional experiences and skills that will carry them forward into their career.

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Call for Proposals: Inclusive Frameworks for Student Success

Portland State University’s Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching program, in collaboration with SHAC, CLAS, and the Graduate School, is honored to host its fifth…
Read more about Call for Proposals: Inclusive Frameworks for Student Success

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Department Workshops

Bring new teaching tutorials and workshops on a wide range of topics to your next department meeting. Explore our offerings and reach out to us to schedule a visit!


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Academic Innovation Mini-fund Program

Join an interdisciplinary AIM cohort and develop an individual project while benefiting from discussions with your colleagues.

Winter 2021 AIMs are currently closed and in progress.

Inclusive Curriculum and Pedagogy AIM

Participants in the Inclusive Curriculum and Pedagogy cohort will develop or revise a course or program offering with the goal of creating a more inclusive, culturally-sustaining approach to curriculum and pedagogy.  This could include syllabus/course development that represents diverse perspectives, inclusion of teaching methods that support multiple student backgrounds and abilities, fosters social justice and the centrality of student voice, reflects personal awareness of the impacts of one’s bias and identity on curriculum and pedagogy, and promotes equity and academic success for all students.  

Open Educational Practices AIM

The Open Education AIM is part of an Open Education Initiative, co-led by The Office of Academic Innovation and the Portland State Library, to put students’ learning first through cost-saving strategies, increasing inclusion efforts, and improving academic success. Open educational teaching practices allow for more diverse voices to engage in the learning experience and provide opportunities for faculty to collaborate with students to ensure the learning materials meet their students' needs.

OAI seeks up to 15 faculty to replace cost-bearing required textbooks with no-cost Open Educational Resources in one of their courses. Workshops will cover: Evaluating OER for teaching and learning purposes, understanding and working with Creative Commons open licenses, creating assessments and other ancillary materials, aligning syllabus to new OER text, and student assessment of the course materials.

Program Assessment Planning and Reporting AIM

Participants in the Program Assessment Planning and Reporting cohort will develop or revise a robust, high-quality academic program assessment plan or a component of the academic assessment plan with the goal of establishing or continuing to improve student learning through discovery, reflection, and assessment planning. This will include articulating or reviewing goals and program learning outcomes, incorporating inclusive assessment practices, developing a curriculum map to examine alignment, evaluating types and quality of data, understanding how to interpret assessment findings, and demonstrating program improvement through concrete action planning and quality reporting.


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Academic Writing Program

Our faculty academic writing programs support faculty toward successful, satisfying, and productive academic writing. Facilitated with direction from our Faculty-in-Residence, offerings include the Jumpstart Academic Writing Program, writing consultation, writing communities, and writing retreats.

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Faculty Book Group

OAI hosts a faculty book group each quarter, featuring a current book chosen by faculty on topics pertaining to higher education trends, teaching and learning, and the experience of faculty in postsecondary education today. Faculty nominate and choose the books that are featured each quarter.  

Upcoming events

Canvas Consortium: Teaching for Student Success

Canvas is coming to PSU, which means that you will have so many new…
Add to my Calendar 2021-07-26 07:00:00 2021-07-25 18:43:22 Canvas Consortium: Teaching for Student Success Canvas is coming to PSU, which means that you will have so many new options and pedagogical flexibility as an instructor. No one knows this better than the PSU faculty who have been piloting Canvas this year, and now they are ready to share what they have learned! Join the Canvas Consortium to learn to design courses and teach confidently in this new learning environment. Alongside PSU teaching colleagues, you will get the chance to: Review Canvas course assets and examples from a range of disciplines and contexts Design consistent weekly module organizational structure in Canvas Evaluate Canvas course assets for accessibility Design peer-to-peer Canvas learning experiences to meet instructional goals Consider Canvas-facilitated assessment practices to support student learning Explore digital design strategies informed by universal design for learning, trauma-informed practice, and culturally sustaining pedagogies  Whether you have been teaching online or blended courses regularly or have been using D2L to support in-person learning, this group is for you. The Canvas Consortium is fully online, asynchronous, and runs for 2 weeks with structured online activities and staggered due dates. It will take place in Canvas with no required meetings. We will hold optional weekly Zoom meetings for those who would like synchronous connection.  You can expect to spend approximately 5 hours participating each week.  The Canvas Consortium is a paid assignment reporting to the Office of Academic Innovation. It will require meeting certain criteria and milestone goals as part of participation in the overall assignment agreement. We anticipate this assignment will be no more than a total of 10 hours at the rate of $25.25 per hour. Actual agreement terms and conditions will be reviewed and shared with you through email and Banweb notifications prior to the start date of your cohort. Remote Office of Academic Innovation Office of Academic Innovation America/Los_Angeles public

How to Create a Backup of my D2L course

REGISTER In preparation for the change of the PSU Learning Management…
Add to my Calendar 2021-07-30 10:00:00 2021-07-30 11:00:00 How to Create a Backup of my D2L course REGISTER In preparation for the change of the PSU Learning Management System from D2L to Canvas, many instructors have been asking that if the D2L system is going away, how can I be sure to have a copy of my course information that is stored on D2L? Also, if I wanted to take my D2L course and copy it onto Canvas myself, how can I do this? We will also cover how to download data that students have put into a D2L course for my personal records (specifically: the Student Grades, Assignment submissions, Quiz submissions, and Discussion postings). Remote Office of Academic Innovation Office of Academic Innovation America/Los_Angeles public

Canvas - Homepage and Modules

REGISTER As you prepare for the change to Canvas in Winter 2022, this…
Add to my Calendar 2021-08-06 10:00:00 2021-08-06 11:00:00 Canvas - Homepage and Modules REGISTER As you prepare for the change to Canvas in Winter 2022, this session is to help you start configuring your Canvas course home page and also how to get a home page template that you can customize. It will also cover how to set up modules and create the content in your Canvas course. Remote Office of Academic Innovation Office of Academic Innovation America/Los_Angeles public

Canvas - Assignments and Grading

REGISTER As you prepare for the change to Canvas in Winter 2022, this…
Add to my Calendar 2021-08-13 10:00:00 2021-08-13 11:00:00 Canvas - Assignments and Grading REGISTER As you prepare for the change to Canvas in Winter 2022, this session will help you learn how to create assignments for students for file submissions, quizzes, and/or discussions. It will also cover the basics of setting up a grade book in Canvas and how to make modifications to the grade book. Remote Office of Academic Innovation Office of Academic Innovation America/Los_Angeles public