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Explore PETAL's workshop series of topics related to teaching and pedagogy in higher education!


PETAL encourages UM faculty to explore their teaching and student learning goals by offering a series of workshops that attend to specific topics as they are relevant. Workshops provide opportunities for faculty to learn new practices, create networks of cross-departmental colleagues, engage in conversations, and reflect on innovative methods for teaching and learning. 


Upcoming Workshops

Impactful Teaching Through Active Learning Course

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Created and facilitated by team members from PETAL and Learning Innovation Faculty Engagement (LIFE)

The course is facilitated on Blackboard Ultra and was designed to be a self-paced, asynchronous four-week course that showcases different methodologies and activities that encourage a more active and learner-centered approach. The course is broken into four modules and dives into strategies and educational tools that support active lecturing, discussions, collaborative learning, and more. The course also comprises several activities for participants to complete such as case studies, discussions, and reflective journal prompts.

You can register at any point throughout the year and complete the modules at your own pace. Participants will also receive a certificate upon completion of the course.  

After you have registered, administrators will have you enrolled in the course via Blackboard and you will be notified via email of your enrollment. The course was developed on Blackboard Ultra.  

If you have any issues with enrollment, please email

Register for the Impactful Teaching Course


Past Workshop Topics

  • The AI Teaching Exchange
  • UMverse: Using Immersive Technologies in the Classroom
  • Transformative Teaching with Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Teaching in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
  • Getting Started with Discussion
  • First-Hand Knowledge: Exploring Primary Sources at the University Libraries
  • Developing a Student-Centered Syllabus
  • Coffee and Course Design
  • Classroom Connections through Object-Based Learning
  • Get to Know the Lowe: Tour of UM Faculty
  • Cognates and Quality Enhancement Plan
  • UM Student Context
  • Active Learning Pedagogy
  • Integrating Innovative Technologies Effectively
  • Online Learning and Course Design
  • Assessment and Evaluation Panel

Have an idea for a workshop?

If you have a workshop topic you would like to recommend we explore, please email and we will get back to you!