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ITL

Institute for
Teaching and Learning

The Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) is the premier onsite program for full- and part-time health professions educators, and private practitioners embarking on a new career in academia.

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ITL Overview

 

The ITL is a 4-day, onsite program that imparts the skills of a master educator with the benefit of an enhanced post-program experience. In addition to learning from award-winning ITL instructors, participants will network with dozens of colleagues from across the U.S. and Canada and from around the world.

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ITL Graduates Since 2005

 

The ITL experience is designed as a 4-­day, onsite program to help participants achieve better student outcomes by refining their teaching skills and enhancing the quality of their interactions with students. In doing so, participants will also develop other skills that facilitate confidence, job satisfaction, and professional growth in the academic environment.

THEMES FOR 4-DAY ITL PROGRAM

  • Shaping a teaching philosophy
  • Interprofessional education and collaboration
  • Critical thinking and evidence-based practices
  • Instructional course design
  • Effective clinical teaching strategies
  • Case-­based learning and problem-­based learning
  • Enhancing learning environments to maximize student motivation
  • Developing rubrics
  • Assessing student learning outcomes
  • Giving constructive feedback
  • Calibrating skill-­based performance

As an added participation benefit, ITL Scholars are eligible to receive ITL Plus Recognition by participating in AAL’s post-program sessions over the six months after the onsite program. This premier, enhanced experience includes supplemental online (web-­based) activities, a distance learning opportunity, and interactive webinars.

 

Program Dates: August 27 - 30, 2018 , 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day 

Registration deadline: July 27, 2018

Tuition: $3,500

Tuition includes: 

  • Intensive learning in the program  (4 total days onsite): 
      Class discussions
      Small-group projects
      Problem-solving exercises
      Observation and critique of teachers in action
      Self-directed coursework
      Peer feedback
      Presentations by ITL Scholars
  • Continuing education credits
  • Program materials downloadable from a learning management system for online viewing or printing
  • Social and professional networking opportunities
  • Breakfast and lunch each day of the program
  • Welcome reception  
  • Eligibility to participate in the enhanced post-program experience 

In addition, 3-month payment plans are available to individuals paying their own tuition. Participants or their institutions are responsible for lodging and transportation expenses. AAL will release information on the location and negotiated special rates for hotel accommodations once finalized.

Discounts are available for institutions that send two or more individuals to the ITL.

If you have any questions, contact AAL Director of Professional Development Dr. Felicia Tucker-Lively.

 

Since 2005, nearly 707 dental educators and practitioners worldwide have successfully completed the ITL program. Scholarships to the ITL are offered by the:

For more information about these scholarship opportunities, or to submit your application, please click on the organization name above. Application due dates do occasionally change, please confirm each due date with the appropriate association. This page will be updated as specific dates and additional details on scholarships become available.

Class of 2016 ITL Scholars (click here to open)

2006 - 2015 ITL Scholars (click here to open)

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"The ITL program is an absolutely necessary training for every dental educator. It is an excellent source of knowledge and inspiration that boosts one's pedagogic efficiency and competency."
Dr. Ioanna Tsolaki, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine



"ITL provided me with insights and methods to improve my teaching skills and to further my career."
Dr. Euane Newen, SUNY Stony Brook, School of Dental Medicine



"This program has been very rewarding towards attaining my goal as a dynamic dental educator."
Dr. Edward H. Bradford, Jr., University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Dentistry



"Being a new faculty in a developing school, I was constently in a position were a lot is expected from me without having senior faculty to learn from or consult. This program gave me the tools and basic training that made me more aware of my current skills and how to find new resourses for future development. ITL made me look at my teaching strategies in more organized approach. My future courses at Taibah University College of Dentistry will never be the same after ITL."
Dr. Yaser Alsahafi, Taibah University, College of Dentistry



"I really enjoyed my time in AAL's ITL training. This program was very well organized and well customized for dental educators. Being a junior faculty, I learned valuable information in lecturing, course design, student feedback, and interactive teaching styles - much needed for this generation of students. Speakers were experts in their areas, very engaging, and interactive. Also thanks to the American Association of Orthodontists for their scholarship to attend such an excellent training."
Dr. Shankar Rengasamy Venugopalan, University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Dentistry



"The AAL team have enhanced my knowledge and decision making tools, objective analysis, and creativity in a radically changing health care environment."
 Dr. Tandra Atkins, NYU Lutheran Medical Center and Christ Community Health Services



"The ITL program is an excellent opportunity to develop and refresh teaching skills. It is uniquely structured and organized to inculcate and promote excellence in teaching. No matter the stage of your teaching career (early vs. advanced), the program allows you to introspect and improve. The fruitful interactions with clinicians and academicians from dental schools all over the country are an integral aspect of this condensed program. I would highly recommend it to all educators and those considering a career in academia."
Dr. Achint Utreja, Indiana University, School of Dentistry



"It was so encouraging to meet colleagues from across the country who are faced with the same challenges and obstacles every day and to hear their opinions and solutions. My existing knowledge in dental education was challenged and expanded from both the ITL faculty and the participants. There was definitely a collaboration and exchange of thoughts and ideas that made this program unique."
Dr. Mojdeh Dehghan, University of Tennesse, College of Dentistry



"ITL training given by authoritative faculty experts in education complemented my knowledge base in dental education. It provided important tools to help me continue growing as an effective dental educator."
Dr. Satish Kumar, University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine



"ITL has been an experience that I would recommend for any person considering education or already in education. It is well-organized and relevant to current educational methodologies. I know that I can go back to my university and put the things that I learned into immediate practice."
Prof. Kristen Thomas, Pacific University Oregon, School of Dental Hygiene Studies


 

Program Curriculum

  • Shaping a teaching philosophy
  • Interprofessional education and collaboration
  • Critical thinking and evidence-based practices
  • Instructional course design
  • Effective clinical teaching strategies
  • Case-­based learning and problem-­based learning
  • Enhancing learning environments to maximize student motivation
  • Developing rubrics
  • Assessing student learning outcomes
  • Giving constructive feedback
  • Calibrating skill-based performance

Testimonials

Dr. Achint Utreja

Indiana University

"The ITL program is an excellent opportunity to develop and refresh teaching skills no matter the stage of your teaching career. I would highly recommend it to all educators and those considering a career in academia."