Instructor Support Programs

The new General Education curriculum at the University of Arizona emphasizes interdisciplinary thinking and perspective-taking. To assist instructors, staff, and administrators transition their courses to the new curriculum and to develop ideas about new courses, the Office of General Education is happy to provide the following Programs:

Description: This is an intensive, cohort-based mini-course that will enable instructors to rapidly adapt their course for the new GE program. Upon completion of the Live-Online, instructors will submit their Course Proposal Form to the University Wide General Education Committee (UWGEC) for batch review.

Intended Audience: The Quick Start Live-Online is intended for instructors working to transition their existing GE course into the new program for the Fall 2022 rollout. Involvement in the Live-Online is highly encouraged but not required for instructors submitting course proposals to the new GE program, however participation in either the Live-Online or Self-Paced Quick Start is required for submission.  For courses that would like to be included in Spring 2023, additional live-online sessions will be offered in Spring 2022. 

Registration: Colleges have submitted course candidates for the 2022 GE Refresh Launch to the Office of General Education. Please contact Katie Southard(link sends e-mail) for registration. Courses will be capped at 30 participants.

Upcoming Dates offered: All Quick Start Live-Online courses will run for a full two weeks (including both synchronous and asynchronous engagement).

Cohort 9: 

Cohort 10:

Cohort 11:

More detailed information can be found on our Course Proposal Submissions Deadlines page.

How is this helpful?: The Quick Start Live-Online will provide the same information and materials as the self-paced Quick Start with the addition of collaborative workshops led by faculty and staff in the GE Office. Instructors will be able to ask questions, troubleshoot, and workshop materials with colleagues who are knowledgeable about the new GE curriculum. By the end of the course, instructors will have a completed Course Proposal Form to send to UWGEC for batch review for Fall 2022 course offerings.  

How long will it take?: The Quick Start Live Online will encompass two full weeks (M-F) with synchronous (~1hr/day, T/Th) and asynchronous (~1hr/day, M/W/F) daily engagements. Asynchronous course components will cover the new curriculum and course proposal form preparation requirements. Participants will also engage in synchronous, collaborative sessions to workshop their course transition elements with the active support of faculty and staff from the GE Office.

Description: This is a module-based, self-paced introduction to the GE vision, curriculum and features for instructors preparing courses for the new General Education program.

Intended Audience: While the Quick Start was designed with instructors specifically in mind, anyone interested in learning about the GE curriculum is welcome to register! If you plan to submit a course proposal form for consideration by UWGEC for the Fall 2022 launch, please sign up for an anticipated submission date. Note: The final submission deadline for participants of the Self-Paced Quick Start is November 15th, 2021 (UDATE: EXTENDED DEADLINE IS JANUARY 10TH).

Registration: Quick Start is available through self-registration in D2L (Click here for self-registration information) or by emailing Katie Southard (ksouthard@arizona.edu(link sends e-mail))

How is this helpful?:  The General Education Self-Paced Quick Start modules will:

  1. Walk instructors through each element of the new curriculum;
  2. Help to find course “fit” within the new program;
  3. Utilize reflective prompts culminating in materials needed to submit a course proposal.

How long will it take?: The Self-Paced Quick Start is intentionally designed for flexible levels of engagement. At a quick pace, one could browse the materials in 1-2 hrs. At an in-depth pace, instructors can expect each module to take roughly 1-2 hours, with a total of 5 modules.

What are the goals of Quick Start? At the completion of the series of interactive modules, instructors will be able to: 

  1. Recognize the elements of the General Education Refresh vision, curriculum, and key features;
  2. Align course components with GE curriculum components according to fit;
  3. Articulate components of courses that align with GE requirements and those that may need re-tooling or additional support;
  4. Identify key elements of the signature assignment and reflect on ways to meaningfully incorporate it into course structure;
  5. Apply learning to transitioning course design elements through exploring the new GE course proposal form.

Description: These one-hour webinars dive into specific components of the General Education Refresh through interactive presentation. Our September series will focus on the course proposal preparation and review processes.

Intended Audience: While the Deep Dive Sessions are designed with instructors specifically in mind, anyone interested in learning about the GE course proposal preparation and review processes is welcome to register.

Registration:  Registration is required for participation. Session recordings and materials will be posted after the session. Please contact Katie Southard(link sends e-mail) with any questions or concerns

Upcoming Dates and Topics:

  • A Deep Dive into UNIV 101 (Spring 2022, dates and registration TBA)

How is this helpful?: These Deep Dive sessions provide a space for participants to learn about specific elements of the GE Refresh curriculum and ask questions. All sessions are recorded and posted on our website for later accessibility along with additional resources related to the topic.

How long will it take?: Each webinar will last one hour.

Archives: Visit Deep Dive Sessions for archived recordings and additional resources.

Previous Topics include: 

Come drink coffee and learn about Learning ePortfolios in a welcoming, pedagogically focused community. All take place on Fridays from 10-11:00 in the Main Library and will be offered in a hybrid format. Dates and topics for Fall 2021 are below.  These coffee chats will be offered both online via Zoom and in-person in the Main Library. In the accordance with campus policy, we will move officially online if needed. We’ll provide coffee or feel free to bring your own! Participants must register for all events in the series. For questions please contact Emily Jo Schwaller (emilyjoschwaller@arizona.edu).

 

Description: Beginning in October 2021, the GE office will be hosting multiple opportunities for instructors to stop in to office hours, scheduled through Calendly: https://calendly.com/geofficehours. Please register for office hours for any of the following areas: 

Curricular Areas

  1. Exploring Perspectives

  2. Building Connections

  3. Diversity and Equity Attribute 

  4. Quantitative Reasoning Attribute 

  5. World Cultures and Societies Attribute

  6. Writing Attribute

  7. Entry/Exit Courses 

Support Areas

  1. General Course Proposal Form Preparation Questions

  2. Signature Assignments

  3. Pedagogical Approach 

Intended Audience: While intended for instructors transitioning their courses to the new GE curriculum, anyone with questions about the GE program can stop by. 

Contact: Please contact Katie Southard (ksouthard@email.arizona.edu(link sends e-mail)) with any office hour questions or registration issues.