The Biggio Center seeks to engage, support, and empower Auburn’s academic community in each phase of scholarly teaching and transformative learning process. To that end, the Biggio Center offers teaching feedback services, professional development programming, on-demand support, and interdisciplinary collaboration for all faculty at each career stage.
To help you either get started or put the finishing touches on your syllabus, the Biggio Center has collated resources from several colleges into a pre-formatted syllabus template. Biggio Center Assistant Director, Dr. Lindsay Doukopoulos, has annotated the document to include tips and best practices for your consideration.
The Biggio Center has prepared guides on a variety of teaching and learning topics with summaries and best practices, links to other online resources, and information about local Auburn resources. Guide topics include active learning, course design, teaching statements, SoTL, and more. If you would like to request a guide topic, please email us at email@example.com.
Since 2015, the Biggio Center has offered Course (Re)Design seminars each summer to support faculty teaching effectiveness, efficiency, and student learning. We now offer both face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online sessions to help faculty infuse evidenced-based instructional practices that support student-centered learning into one re-envisioned course.
Past Course (Re)Design participants rate this interaction very highly with one noting, “This was a profoundly transformative experience. I haven’t thought so critically about teaching in my entire career.”
If you want to take the content from our workshops a step further, you might consider earning a digital badge for your work. A digital badge certifies learning in a specific area, provides evidence of your commitment to teaching and learning, and supports your own professional development. Several of our workshop’s series have a digital badge component in which you engage with our programming and then submit evidence of how you applied what you learning to improve your teaching.
Digital badges can be shared on departmental profile pages, social media sites, LinkedIn, and personal websites or ePortfolios.
Teaching feedback is a crucial element in effective instruction. Research suggests that independent of format, mid-semester teaching evaluations favorably affect student perception of the overall learning environment, resulting in higher end-of-semester ratings of instruction (Hurney, Harris, Bates, & Kruck, 2014).
Our teaching feedback opportunities help you improve your teaching by providing valuable information on your teaching effectiveness to supplement end of semester AU eValuate surveys and empower evidence-based teaching innovations.
Housed in the Biggio Center, the Instructional Technology unit supports faculty and student use of innovative technology in and out of the classroom. This unit also administers Auburn University’s Learning Management System, Canvas.
Incorporating instructional technologies into your course can enhance student learning. But with so many options out there, it can be overwhelming to select and use a tool(s) that works best for your goals. The Instructional Technology unit has created help guides that offer instructions on a range of Auburn University licensed and non-licensed instructional technologies to get you up and running faster.
Housed in the Biggio Center, the Testing unit helps save faculty time by administering and proctoring exams for online or traditional classes. This unit also administers make-up exams and extended time/accommodated exams.
The Testing unit has created help guides that offer instructions on how to prepare for, administer, and set policies for an exam. These guides range from requesting help designing an exam to how to set up a proctor to how to use the Respondus Lockdown Browser.
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
Graciously purchased by the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, all faculty are eligible to access the resources provided by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), a website with on-demand access to the mentoring, tools, and support you need to be successful in the academy. In addition to the resources available on their website, the NCFDD sends out a newsletter with upcoming programming, challenges, events, etc.
To gain access to this resource, visit the link below, click the “Become a member” button in the top right-hand corner, and select Auburn University from the list of institutions.
Last modified: February 18, 2019