CEL Events

The CEL offers events on teaching and learning-focused topics in a variety of formats, each session providing the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge with colleagues. 

If you are interested in facilitating a workshop or have suggestions for future topics, !

upcoming schedule of events

End-of-Year Reflective Retreat 2023 - May 17, 2023

The Reflective Retreat will use a variety of reflective practices, ranging from personal writing, small group discussions, interactive games, and socializing to support our professional lives. All faculty are invited to attend!

Our on-campus retreat will start at 9am with an optional meditative yoga session lead by Dr. Basden-Arnold. For those who do not wish to join in this opening, coffee will be available at 9:20 and our program will begin at 9:30. Pre-registration is required by May 9th, and group size is limited to the first 30 who apply. Registered faculty will receive additional schedule and location information prior to the retreat.


9 - 9:20am Optional Start – Reflective meditation yoga with Dr. Basden-Arnold
9:20am Coffee
9:30am Official Start and group activity
10 - 11am Personal reflective reading and writing time on provided materials
11 - 12pm Small group discussions
12 - 1pm Lunch
1 - 2pm Creative personal reflective activity
2 - 3pm Small group game challenge
3 - 4pm Reflection time and wrap up

Register for the Reflective Retreat!

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Cookie Chats!

Our next cookie chat will take place on Thursday, April 27, 11am – 12pm
CEL HQ @ Rohrbach Library Room 6 (ground floor)
Featured cookie is: chocolate chip

Our featured topic ChatGPT with Amy Lynch-Biniek and the Comp Convo group! Let’s talk about how ChatGPT is influencing our teaching and impacting student learning. Some faculty are experimenting with AI in their courses or looking at the impact on student work. Feel free to bring in examples, questions, concerns…we’ll even have ChatGPT up to help answer them! This is a joint event and Comp Convo is accessed via Zoom. Face-to-face conversation and actual (not virtual!) cookies will be available in the CEL HQ in RL 6.

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UDL Course Redevelopment 2023
An Initiative of the Center for Engaged Learning’s Inclusive Teaching Institute

Deadline for application submission: January 6, 2023. Notifications of approval: January 9, 2023.

  • Read more about UDL Course Redevelopment 2023


    The purpose of the professional learning opportunity is to provide KU faculty with the skills and knowledge that help facilitate the institutionalization of equity, inclusion, and diversity at KU through the application of the Principles of Universal Design Learning (UDL). UDL aims to change the design of the environment and curriculum rather than to change the learner. By anticipating learner variability and proactively reducing and eliminating barriers to learning, UDL empowers all learners to engage in rigorous, meaningful learning experiences.

    Faculty participants will first complete an asynchronous online course about the basics of UDL. They will then select one future course in which they will develop, implement, and assess an approach to teaching that incorporates the principles of UDL. The expected outcome is to cultivate students who are engaged through deliberate design of a learning environment that supports their growth and development as purposeful, motivated learners.


    Participants will be allotted up to $600 of professional development funding for time spent completing the training, revising their course, and participating in the mandatory events. The Center for Engaged Learning’s leadership team will make the final determination on successful completion of all aspects of the professional learning.


    The program is open to all faculty members employed at Kutztown University during the Spring 2023 semester.


    Participants will be expected to complete the following:

      • Develop a brief narrative proposal to apply (See below).
      • Participate in an asynchronous, online course focused upon the principles of UDL, and earn a digital badge.
      • Participate in two cohort sessions during the semester to share works in progress.
      • Contribute their development and revision process to a written article, hosted online by the Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) OR:
      • Present findings at a later date by participating in a CEL podcast or radio interview, or future CEL presentation.

    Please notify the CEL immediately of any changes that may prevent you from completing the proposed project.

    Project Narrative

      1. Provide the name of the course that you plan to revise to incorporate UDL principles.
      2. Describe issue(s) in teaching your course that has/have been a challenge.

    Proposals are due by 11:59 pm. on January 6, 2023. Notifications of approval: January 9, 2023.

    The project narrative must be formatted as a single .pdf file and sent from the faculty member’s email address to and include the following in the subject line of email: “Last name / CEL UDL Application.” Please direct questions to the CEL at .

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