The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) uses a colleague-to-colleague model to promote excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. Through one-time and multi-part workshops, professional development events, and special opportunities, we help faculty network with others in collegial settings to develop strategies that promote student success and cross-disciplinary understanding. CAFE is a resource that serves and supports all faculty (part-time, term, tenure track) on all five UAA campuses.

Learn more about CAFE

CAFE shares announcements and brief items of interest on best practices in teaching and learning via FACEBOOK.  We'd love to see you there.  




October is Disability Awareness Month
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UAA is committed to ensuring that all of its students – regardless of disability or other challenges – can accomplish their academic goals. In this mission UAA Academic Innovations & eLearning embeds accessibility process throughout our course design & development training. In this site you will find information about roles and responsibilities, links to accessibility, universal and inclusive design processes, along with practical steps to assist  in making sure all online course content is accessible to all students. 

Inclusive & Accessible Course Design Resources

Register for October 20 Accessibility Session on: How ADA effects your online course environment.Create a plan to update materials. Easy guides for electronic text documents and video captioning. 

CAFE Events

  • Faculty Learning Community: Accessibility in Higher Education

    October 20 | 11:30 AM - 1 PM | LIB 214 | Register Here 

    Blackboard Collaborate Distance Option for Community Campuses is available. You will receive further information upon registering. 

    Main Topics of Presentation:
    How ADA effects your online course environment.
    Create a plan to update materials.
    Easy guides for electronic text documents and video captioning.
    with Lara Madden, Academic Innovations & eLearning
  • Converstations with the Provost & Chancellor

    Deans & Directors | October 20 | 9-10 AM | LIB 307 | Register

    Sessions will be available to Community Campuses via OIT Video Conferencing. You will receive further information upon registering. 

  • Faculty Networking Mixer

    November 17 | 4-6 PM | Varsity Grill - Alaska Airlines Center | Register 


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  • Teaching Tips
  • Difficult Dialogues
    Difficult Dialogues is a national program designed to promote and protect academic freedom and religious, cultural, and political pluralism on university campuses. Originally launched by two UAA/APU Ford Foundation grants, this project equips UAA faculty with the skills, knowledge and support to proactively and effectively introduce controversial topics into the classroom and, where necessary, field unanticipated controversy that arises.
  • SoTL/Making Learning Visible
    SoTL is scholarly inquiry into student learning which advances the practice of teaching by making research findings public and open to critique and evaluation. The intent is to create a community of “scholarly teachers” who add to the body of knowledge about teaching and learning as well as benefiting from the SoTL research of others. Check out UAA's version of SoTL - Making Learning Visible.
  • Team-Based Learning TBL
    Team-Based Learning™ (TBL) is a highly interactive, results-based educational strategy developed in the business school environment which has spread to other academic disciplines over the last decade. TBL can be used in classes as large as 200 and as small as 12. It transforms instruction into active learning and promotes the development of professional competencies in interpersonal skills, teamwork and peer feedback.  

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