Introducing the Passport Portal!
This semester we launched an easy to use tool for the Passport to Great Teaching program which allows participants to register, submit reflections, view miles, and communicate with each other all in one place! Access the Passport Portal. If you are unable to login, register for an account. For help navigating the portal, view the user guide or the FAQ.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Register for one of the following certificate tracks through the Passport Portal.
  2. Great Teaching for New Faculty Certificate

    The Great Teaching for New Faculty Certificate is a build your own certificate program. Complete core activities, participate in workshops, conferences, faculty learning communities, magna 20-minute mentors, students talkbacks, strategy show and tells, and much more!


    Miles Required: 1000

    Core Activities: 500 miles
    *Miles for these activities are uploaded to the Passport Portal once per semester.

    • First Year Faculty Teaching Academy (FYFTA)
      Registration for the core activity must be completed on the FYFTA webpage

    Elective Activities: 500 miles

    • Choose any combination of activities from the mileage chart
    Great Teaching Certificate

    The Great Teaching Certificate is a build your own certificate program. Participate in workshops, conferences, faculty learning communities, magna 20-minute mentors, students talkbacks, strategy show and tells, and much more!

    Miles Required: 1000

    Elective Activities: 1000 miles

    • Choose any combination of activities from the mileage chart
    Great Teaching Certificate: TA Edition

    Your work as a TA in the classroom is a critical element for student success. The Great Teaching Certificate: TA Edition is a time-efficient way to learn good teaching practices to support your students!

    Miles Required: 1000

    Core Activities: 600 miles
    *Miles for these activities are uploaded to the Passport Portal once per semester.

    • Online Orientation Part 1 (100 miles)
    • Online Orientation Part 2 (100 miles)
    • TA Principles & Strategies - Online (400 miles)
      Registration for the core activities must be completed on the TA registration webpage

    Elective Activities: 400 miles

    • Choose any combination of activities from the mileage chart
    Great Online Teaching Certificate

    Miles required: 1000

    Core Activities: 500 miles

    Elective Activities: 500 miles

    • Choose any combination of activities from the mileage chart
    Great Teaching using Universal Design Certificate

    Miles Required: 1000

    Core Activities: 500-750 miles

    • Accessibility CITT Workshop series (must attend at least 2)
      Registration for the core activity must be completed on the CITT registration webpage

      • Attend 2 (500 miles)
      • Attend 3 (750 miles)

    Elective Activities: 250-500 miles

    • Choose any combination of activities from the cultural competencies or student focused teaching categories
    Faculty Learning Community Certificate

    Faculty Learning Communities provide a space for collaborating and learning in specific areas of interest. Current Faculty Learning Communities are:

    • Active Learning for Honors
    • Active Learning for Large Enrollment
    • Active Learning with Technology
    • Assessment as Active Learning
    • Active Learning with ePortfolios
    • Team-Based Learning

    Communities meet regularly over the fall and spring semesters to:

    • Develop shared goals
    • Support course transformations
    • Share new ideas and projects
    • Provide mutual feedback

    Kickoff Session:

    • Propose a “Big Idea” and Possible Project
    • Identify Possible Collaborators
    • Map out your certificate

    Wrap-up Session:

    • Present a draft of your “Big Idea Project”
    • Propose your final deliverable:
      • Poster presentation at Interface
      • New resource for faculty
      • Article on project
      • Future presentation for Passport to Great Teaching

    Community participants must attend eight sessions. Visit the Faculty Learning Communities webpage to register.

  3. Decide which activities to attend on the Categories and Activities webpage. View the calendar to find out when, where, and which category each activity is along with the number of miles you’ll earn by attending.
  4. Use the mileage chart as a reference to keep track of your miles in your passport booklet. You can also track your miles on the Flightboard webpage.
    • Miles can only be awarded for workshops and presentations once. You cannot apply an individual workshop to more than one certificate.
    • If you have previously completed a certificate and attended a core activity for a new certificate, we will make an exception and apply the miles to your new certificate.
      • For example, if you previously completed Teach a Great Online Course for the Great Teaching Certificate or Great Teaching for New Faculty Certificate and are now seeking the Great Online Teaching Certificate, we will award you the miles for that course in the Great Online Teaching Certificate since there is no substitute for that course.

    Mileage Chart

    Activity Miles Earned*
    Teaching Beyond the Podium Podcast Activities 10 miles
    Magna Campus Activities 20 miles
    Workshops 100 miles
    Asynchronous Workshops Varies**
    Conferences 250 miles
    *miles awarded are subject to change depending on length of time required to complete the activity or event. All asynchronous workshops and conferences, in addition to any activities not hosted by the Center for Teaching Excellence, require a reflection in Canvas to earn miles.
    **View the asynchronous workshops on the categories and activities webpage page for details.

  5. Earn miles in other ways:

  • Become a Campus Collaborator
  • Share your expertise and knowledge by leading a workshop showcasing a teaching idea or strategy. Passport to Great Teaching workshops will be active learning opportunities for faculty, adjuncts, and TAs to collaborate and share. There are a multitude of benefits from becoming a campus collaborator:

    • Connect to faculty across campus who are interested in your topic
    • Earn miles towards your Great Teaching Certificate
    • Identify potential collaborators for future research or other projects

    Complete the campus collaborator form to start planning your session

    Questions or concerns? Visit the FAQ or contact Zaina Sheets.