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Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning is a resource for improving faculty practices and student learning within the classroom. Monthly seminars on a variety of instructional issues are offered free of charge to any interested NSU faculty member. Faculty counseling is available as is observation of and feedback on classroom performance. The Center for Teaching and Learning also provides rapid e-mail responses to quick questions.

The center produces and maintains a Faculty Instructional Handbook, which offers a wealth of practical advice on the mechanics of starting a class and improving teaching methods. The center’s library of books and videotapes on teaching is available to loan to interested faculty members on a first-come, first-served basis. The center hosts an annual new faculty orientation to inform incoming faculty of the services it offers.

Faculty Training Modules

Below are links to seven modules created by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the IZone. The modules feature faculty members from the Health Professions Division and the Fischler College of Education.

These modules were created to give faculty instruction in the basic elements of effective teaching strategies. Each module contains a series of videos, a PowerPoint presentation, suggested readings, and a quiz.

Thank you for your interest in improving your teaching. The Center for Teaching and Learning is always available to support your journey toward teaching excellence.

This module presents setting the tone of a class, the role of the instructor, important components of syllabus, and demonstrating leadership skills. Faculty members choosing to work through this module will gain a better understanding of the various roles an effective teacher must play.

Getting Started Module

This module presents information on lecturing, classroom questioning techniques, and active learning—even for courses with large enrollments. Faculty members choosing to work through this module will gain skills to improve their classroom presentations.

Planning and Delivering a Presentation Module

This module presents information on the audio/visual and technological aspects of presenting content to students. Faculty members choosing to work through this module will gain understanding of how to enrich their presentations with effective use of visuals and videos.

Presenting in the Classroom Module

This module presents information on teaching small groups, dealing with problem students, and doing small group work even in large classes. Faculty members choosing to work through this module will be able to take advantage of the benefits of using small groups for active learning and peer-to-peer teaching.

Teaching Small Groups Module

This module presents information on creating and scoring a variety of standard assessment tools: essay questions, true/false questions, matching questions, and multiple choice questions. Faculty members choosing to work through this module will gain a better understanding of what constitutes good question writing and will learn best practices for scoring different types of questions.

Assessment Part I Module

This module presents information on understanding the statistical analysis of multiple choice test questions and tests: p values, point bi-serials, item difficulty, item discrimination, test reliability, and standard error of measurement. Faculty members choosing to work through this module will be able to use the statistical analysis provided by the Testing Center to determine the quality of their test questions and tests.

Assessment Part II Module

This module presents information on ways other than examinations for students to show mastery of material or physical skills. Topics covered include journaling, portfolios, oral exams, and demonstrations. Faculty members choosing to work through the module will learn about other ways in which students can be assessed.

Alternative Assessment Module

HPD Educational Research Grant

Deadline: June 4, 2018

To support the Mission of the University and the Health Professions Division (HPD), Chancellor Fred Lippman, with the support of the Center for Teaching and Learning, announces its 2017-18 HPD Educational Research Grant competition. The competition seeks to stimulate research on health professions education issues and supports research projects that are either quantitative or qualitative in nature. Research grants are available for faculty. Applications are encouraged from all Health Professions disciplines.

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that:

  • develop or benefit from new quantitative or qualitative measures or methodological approaches for addressing education issues.
  • include interdisciplinary teams with subject matter expertise.
  • examine policies and practices related to student achievement.
  • explore contextual factors in education.
  • focus on educational participation and persistence.

Eligibility: Applicants must have received their professional degree by the start date of the grant. Please note that investigators who have previously received an award through the HPD Research Grants Program or the Presidential Scholarship Program may still apply for the HPD Educational Research Grant. Doctoral dissertations or Masters' theses are not eligible.

Awards: One award of $10,000 is offered. Project must be 1-2 years in duration. At the end of the project, the grant recipient will be asked to give a presentation to HPD faculty on their research findings, and outcomes, such as presentations and publications, are expected.

Proposal Writing: Proposals must be self-contained within the specified page limitations. Internet Web site addresses (URLs) may not be used to provide information necessary to the review. The proposal form is available below.

Administration: Proposals must be submitted to the Secretary for HPD Research – Ms. Chi Do (Ziff Clinic Bldg., Room 4164, 954-262-1784) no later than June 4, 2018. Grants may be used for any purpose other than the investigators' salaries. Up to $1,500.00 for travel expenses may be budgeted. Please note that the award may not be used to offer cash payment to study subjects; however, non-monetary inducements are eligible (e.g., gift cards). The successful grant applicant will be notified by June 25, 2018.

View Application Form (.DOC)


All NSU faculty are welcome to attend the Center for Teaching and Learning's faculty development seminars.

Unless otherwise noted, the seminars are held in the Chancellor's Dining Room, 5th floor of the Terry Building, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

RSVP to Kathleen Hagen or at extension 21235 no later than 3 days before any event to reserve a space.

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