Spark Sessions

Spark Sessions

Spark Sessions are 15-minute hands-on guided explorations of high-interest topics relevant to university teaching. Spark Sessions are delivered by CEE Specialists with university teaching experience during faculty or teaching-related meetings. Each Spark Session highlights evidence-based teaching techniques faculty can immediately use in their classes to enhance their teaching and increase student learning. Available topics include:

  • Creating Transparent Assignments
  • Motivating Students
  • Active Learning
  • Inclusive Teaching Practices and
  • Working with International Students
  • Anti-Racist Teaching

Spark Sessions are designed to spark dialogue about teaching and serve as a starting point for departmental conversations for faculty around learning and teaching.
Each Spark Session provides the following:

  • A short presentation of an evidence-based teaching practice;
  • Opportunities for faculty to talk with colleagues about the teaching practice and share their experiences with teaching;
  • Examples of how to use the practice in university classes;
  • Additional resources and contacts for implementation support 

Where can I get more information? 

To schedule a Spark Session during your next department meeting or teaching-related meeting, please contact Dr. Patricia Turner, Education Specialist. 

When requesting a Spark Session, please provide the following information:

  • Department/Unit name
  • Primary contact
  • Spark Session topic (see list above)
  • Description of attendees (eg faculty, administrators, staff, etc)
  • Anticipated number of attendees
  • Preferred date/time (please provide at least two dates) 


Note: Spark Sessions requests should be placed a minimum of 5 business days prior to your desired meeting date.