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TIDES hosts a number of different workshops, events and learning communities for CNS faculty and graduate students interested in learning effective teaching strategies and developing their instructional skills. 


Event Speaker Time Location Link
Course Design Institute  TIDES Aug 12-13, 9-4:30  WEL 2.110  https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1ET3dtf7oizw0Pb
Course Design Institute  TIDES May 26-27, 9-4:30  WEL 2.110  https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1ET3dtf7oizw0Pb
Course Design Institute  TIDES Jan 9-10, 9-4:30  WEL 2.110  https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1ET3dtf7oizw0Pb
CNS TA/UGTA training TIDES Jan 30, 4-7pm GSB 2.126  
CNS TA/UGTA training TIDES Jan 24, 3-6pm WEL 2.110  
Teaching Discovery Day various Sept 25, 2019 various https://cns.utexas.edu/deans-office/faculty-discussion-events/teaching-discovery-day


Event Speaker Time Resources  
Teaching Discovery Day various Sept. 25, 2019 https://cns.utexas.edu/deans-office/faculty-discussion-events/teaching-discovery-day  
 Guest Speaker  Carl Wieman  July 26, 2018  Taking a Scientific Approach to Science Education...and Most Other Subjects

A New (and better) Way to Characterize and Evaluate Your Teaching (and everyone else’s)



  • The Teaching Hacks series provides short tips, tricks and tools for the instructional topic of the week. All the presented “hacks” are low-overhead approaches that can be quickly implemented to support effective, evidence-based instructional practices. 

                    Student Participation

                    Assessment and Grading

                    Office Hours and Student Mentoring

                    Syllabus Writing and Course Structure


  • The Teaching Spotlight series provides deeper dives into instructional topics, including a combination of education research foundations and practical implementation details. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss and begin work on instructional materials and approaches for their own courses to apply the practices showcased in the workshop. 


                  Teaching and Managing Large Classes

                  Facilitating Class Discussions and Group Activities

                  Developing Effective Exams

                  Developing Authentic Assessments and Projects

                  Influencing Student Motivation and Learning Mindset

                  Applying Science Research Approaches to Study and Improve Teaching


  • TIDES Faculty Learning Communities are groups of faculty with common instructional interests who meet regularly (every 2-4 weeks) to informally discuss a particular topic. These groups are lightly facilitated, but primarily a venue for connecting with colleagues on teaching and sharing effective practices. 
  • Occasionally, TIDES will sponsor a Guest Speaker from outside the UT community to share some area of education expertise with the CNS faculty.
  • TIDES also offers Customized Workshops on demand. If you have a group of CNS faculty or graduate students interested in a particular teaching topic, please contact TIDES to make arrangements for a customized offering.