General

Why do I need my passport?

When you register for a certificate program, you will be give a “passport” booklet which will help you keep track of your miles. After you attend an activity, you’ll get your passport booklet stamped. Your government issued passport is not needed for the Passport to Great Teaching program.

What are core activities?

These are required for each certificate. Some certificate tracks do not have core activities.

What are elective activities?

These are activities you can choose when fulfilling the remaining miles in each certificate track.

Can graduate students participate in the Passport to Great Teaching program?

Yes, we encourage any graduate students to attend all of our workshops. Graduate students can also earn miles, badges, and certificates in the Passport to Great Teaching Program.

What is a reflection and how do I submit one?

Reflections are assignments within the Passport Portal that help you apply what you learned to your own teaching practices. Reflections are only required for conferences, asynchronous workshops, or any activity not hosted by the Center for Teaching Excellence. Once you’ve completed your activity, you will need to submit your reflection on the log activity tab which can be found on the homepage of the Passport Portal.

I forgot to get my passport booklet stamped! What do I do?

No worries! We keep attendance records for every activity you attend so you can get your booklet stamped anytime after completing an activity.

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Miles

What are miles?

Miles are equivalent to points. You will earn a set number of miles for each workshop you attend or activity you complete.

In Canvas it shows I have X points. Are points the same as miles?

The points you see in Canvas are equivalent to the miles you have earned. If you have any questions about your miles or any discrepancies contact Zaina Sheets.

If I attend a conference or workshop outside of the Passport to Great Teaching Program will I be awarded miles?

No, you can only earn miles by participating in activities listed on the Passport to Great Teaching Categories webpage.

If I attend the same conference but in different years, will I be awarded separate miles for each?

Yes, if you attend a conference in 2018 and then again in 2019 you will receive 250 miles for each once you submit your reflection.

Will I receive miles for attending Interface?

Yes, you will receive 250 miles if you attend all of Interface and submit a reflection in Canvas. During the networking reception, there will be a Passport to Great Teaching table where you can receive your stamp for attending.

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Badges

What are badges?

Badges are small incremental achievements. Badges are earned by traveling 400 miles in one category. Each workshop has designated categories, you choose one of these categories for each workshop you attend to apply to. Once you have earned 400 miles in the same category you will be awarded the badge for that category.

Do I need to earn a badge in order to get my certificate?

No, earning a badge(s) is not required.

If I attend another conference or workshop outside of the Passport to Great Teaching Program will I be awarded a badge?

No, you can only earn badges by participating in activities listed on the Passport to Great Teaching Categories webpage.

Can I combine stamps from different categories to earn a badge?

No, each stamp is specific to a category. In order to earn a badge, you will need 400 miles in that category.

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Certificates

Do I have to complete the certificate within a certain amount of time?

Yes, unless otherwise stated all cerificates must be completed within three years of your start date. For example, the Faculty Learning Community Certificate must be completed during the same academic year (i.e. starts Fall 18 and finishes Spring 19).

If I attend/attended a workshop can it count towards more than one certificate?

No, each workshop can only be applied once to one certificate.

I’m in the process of completing a second certificate and the core activity for the second certificate is the same as the core activity for the first certificate I already completed. What do I do?

If there is a substitution you will need to attend or complete that activity. If there is no substitution, please contact Zaina Sheets. We will work with you to get you credit for the core activity requirement.

Can I complete multiple certificates at the same time?

Yes, but since certificate programs require a time commitment, we recommend completing one at a time.

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Categories

What category does the workshop I’m attending apply to?

View the calendar on the categories and activities page. Under each workshop, you will see “Passport Categories.” The categories listed are all of the possible category options for each workshop.

Will the workshop apply to all categories listed?

No, it will not. Based on the categories listed you choose one category for the workshop to apply to.

Can I view all the possible workshops for a specific category?

Yes. On the categories and activities page in the calendar under filter events, you should see “Passport Categories: ALL.” Click on “ALL” and select the category. If you don’t see this option, click on “FILTER EVENTS.”

Can I combine stamps from different categories to earn a badge?

No, each stamp is specific to a category. In order to earn a badge, you will need 400 miles in that category.

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Online Sessions

I want to participate but I’m not in Gainesville. Can I still participate?

Yes, you can! There will be designated workshops that will be hosted online.

If I’m participating online how will I receive a passport, stamps, badges and certificates?

We will work with you to award any stamps or badges that you earn. We will mail the passport and certificate to you.

Will online sessions be recorded?

No, due to the activities and level of engagement in our workshops they will not be recorded.

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Campus Collaborators

What is a campus collaborator?

Campus collaborators facilitate workshops for participants of the Passport to Great Teaching Program.

I’m interested in facilitating a workshop, but I’ve never done that before and I’m not sure where to begin.

The Center for Teaching Excellence can help! We can set up a meeting to discuss how workshops normally run and help you plan your workshop. Send an email to Zaina Sheets to set up a time.

What are the benefits of becoming a collaborator?

By becoming a collaborator, you’ll get to connect to faculty across campus who are interested in your topic and identify potential collaborators for future research or other projects. You’ll also earn 100 miles towards your Great Teaching Certificate for each unique workshop you facilitate (you cannot receive miles for a workshop more than once).

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Passport Portal

What is the Passport Portal?

The Passport Portal is a platform developed for participants of CTE’s Passport to Great Teaching Program. The purpose of the portal is to have one central location where participants can:

  • Register for a Passport to Great Teaching certificate
  • View and register for Passport to Great Teaching workshops
  • Check on miles and badges they’ve earned
  • Submit reflections
  • Post questions and chat with other participants through the discussion board

Can I still register for Passport to Great Teaching workshops the way I used to without using the Passport Portal?

No, the only way to register for Passport to Great Teaching workshops is through the portal.

Are other events and workshops unrelated to the Passport to Great Teaching program in the portal?

No, workshops that are not part of the Passport to Great Teaching program are not in the portal and will have a registration link in the description of the event.

I received an error when trying to register for a workshop in the portal. Now what?

If you are registering for a workshop but have not yet created an account in the portal, you must first create an account. After creating an account, wait 5 minutes and then try registering again. If you still receive an error, please screenshot your screen and email Zaina Sheets.

I’m having trouble navigating the portal. Who can I contact for help?

First, take a look through the Passport Portal User Guide. If you’re still having trouble, try posting your question in the portal’s discussion board. If you’re still having trouble, email Zaina Sheets.

Can I still attend a Passport to Great Teaching workshop without registering first?

Yes, however we encourage you to create your account and/or register beforehand to save you time when signing-in on the day of. Our sign-in process is now logged electronically through the portal, so you will need to create your account and/or register at the time of the workshop if you did not do so beforehand.

I attended an activity and don’t see my miles in the portal?

Miles for FYFTA, TA Orientation, and TA Principles and Strategies are only uploaded once per semester.

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