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Adjunct faculty are integral members of our FIU teaching community. Every semester more than 500 adjuncts teach at FIU, and it is CAT’s goal to provide faculty development and community building opportunities for adjunct faculty through workshops, reading groups, consultations, and online resources. On this page, you will learn about FIU’s commitment to teaching excellence and find a variety of resources to support you and your teaching.

CAT is located in PC 237. Stop by our office between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm or we’ll gladly make an evening or virtual appointment if that’s more convenient for you. You can also reach us by phone at (305) 348-4214 or email: teach@fiu.edu. We have an extensive library of teaching and learning books with many of the seminal works on teaching and learning for loan. You’ll also find consultants available to answer your most pressing teaching questions. We hope that you’ll find lots of useful information and resources on this page and the CAT site. We look forward to working with you.

Teaching Excellence at FIU  

At FIU, our nascent vision of teaching excellence is characterized by learning-centeredness, evidence-based practice, and inclusivity. By learning-centered, we refer to teaching models focused on optimizing student learning, growth, and development. Evidence-based teaching describes instructional practices informed by existing educational research, and/or both quantitative and qualitative evidence collected while teaching. Inclusive teaching recognizes the significance and value of students’ cultural identities to their learning and strives for equitable outcomes.

How Learning Works 

What is learning?

Learning is a process, not a product; but because this process takes place in the mind, we can only infer that it has occurred from students’ products or performances.

Learning involves change in knowledge, beliefs, behaviors, or attitudes. This change unfolds over time; it is not fleeting, but has a lasting impact on how students think and act.

Learning is not something done to students, but rather something students themselves do. It is the direct result of how students interpret and respond to their experiences.

Foundations of Good Teaching: A brief guide to How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching or access the complete How Learning Works ebook

Teaching and Learning Quick Reads 

The links below will take you directly to articles, book chapters, and web resources on teaching and learning.

Teaching and Learning Videos and Podcasts

The links below will take you directly to videos and podcasts on teaching and learning.

Learner-Centered Teaching. Presented by Terry Doyle, author of Learner-Centered Teaching: Putting the Research on Learning Into Practice (2013).

Laptops And Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay Or A Third Way? Presented by NPR ED (2018).

What Should I do When a Student Cheats? Presented by James Lang, author of Cheating Lessons (2013).

Additional Teaching and Learning Resources

The links below will take you directly to other teaching and learning support services.

FIU Online supports all faculty in their use of Canvas the university's learning management system.  

Educational Technology Services (ETS) is part of the Division of Information Technology. They provide access and support for instructional technologies available at FIU. 

CAT Teaching and Learning Library has over 500 titles on teaching and learning. FIU faculty, adjuncts, and faculty development partners are invited to visit the library, enjoy our collection of “CAT Favorites” and borrow books for up to 45 days.

A Culture of Academic Integrity at FIU find policies, procedures, and teaching resources.