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ITL

Institute for
Teaching and Learning

The Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) is the premier teacher training 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 two-phase program that imparts the skills of a master educator and awards 50 CEUs. 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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The overall program goal is to help participants, designated as ITL Scholars, refine teaching skills that will enhance the quality of their interactions with students and develop other skills that will facilitate confidence, job satisfaction, and professional growth in the academic environment. The ITL program (two-phase, 6 days, with distance education module between phases) allows Scholars to explore the themes listed below. The curriculum is designed to enable ITL Scholars to have learning experiences and attain specific learning objectives identified for each theme.

ITL THEMES FOR TWO-PHASE, 6 DAY PROGRAM

  • Critical thinking and evidence-based practices
  • Instructional course design
  • Clinical teaching best practices
  • Classroom teaching best practices
  • Working effectively with students facing challenges
  • Motivational interviews in the clinic/community
  • Feedback styles
  • Calibrating clinical performance
  • The effective preceptor
  • Active learning: CBL, PBL, flipped classroom
  • Enhancing learning environments to maximize student motivation
  • Assessments with written tests
  • Academic integrity and ethics

Click here for the ITL 2016 Phase I agenda

Click here for the ITL 2016 Phase II agenda

The ITL will be held at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Located in the heart of Atlanta’s business and cultural district, and less than 30 minutes fromHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Georgia Tech Hotel features updated guest rooms, a spacious conference room for our program, all-day beverage and snack area, dining room and lounge, free Wi-Fi, modern fitness center, and an indoor swim­ming pool, and is close to a number of major Atlanta attractions and high-quality restaurants and shops. 

Phase I: August 11-13, 2016, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day 

Phase II: October 13-15, 2016, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day 

The tuition for the ITL is $4,950. This fee includes: 

  • Over 50 hours of intensive learning in two phases (6 total days of training): 
      Class discussions
      Small-group projects
      Personal and professional assessments
      Problem-solving exercises
      Observation and critique of teachers in action
      Self-directed coursework
      Practice teaching with peer feedback
      Presentations by ITL Scholars
  • Fifty (50) continuing education credits
  • Over 250 pages of program materials downloadable from a learning management system for online viewing or printing
  • Between-phases interactive distance learning opportunity
  • Social and professional networking opportunities with 80 or more colleagues
  • Breakfast and lunch each day of the program for both phases
  • Welcome reception for Phase I

Discounts are available for institutions that send two or more individuals to the ITL. Institutions receive the 10% discount when the following occurs:

  • Notification of the intent to send multiple faculty is received in advance so AAL can provide the appropriate discount code.
  • If the institution is paying, multiple attendees register at the same time indicating payment by the same institutional check, PO, or credit card.
  • If each participant is paying individually, multiple attendees register at the same time and the discount will be divided evenly between the participants.  

Alternatively, AAL alumni receive a 10% discount (cannot be combined with group discount).

In addition, payment plans of 3 months and 6 months are available to individuals paying their own tuition.

For discount codes, or if you have any questions, please contact AAL Director of Professional Development Dr. Felicia Tucker-Lively.

Registration deadline: July 28, 2016

Note to non-local participants for travel budgeting purposes: in addition to the tuition, participants or their institutions are responsible for lodging and transportation expenses. AAL has negotiated a special rate of $158/night plus tax for a guest room at the Georgia Tech Hotel. Upon registration, out-of-town participants will receive access to an online hotel booking system (hotel booking deadline is July 18, 2016) and will receive recommendations about ground transportation to and from the airport. The Georgia Tech Hotel also offers secure, onsite parking for a daily fee.

Since 2005, nearly 600 dental educators and practitioners worldwide have successfully completed the ITL program. Currently, 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

  • ADEA/AAL Faculty of Color Tuition Scholarships for Professional Development (for 2017 ITL), due by November 1, 2016
  • American Association of Orthodontists, due by February 5, 2016
  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, due by March 15, 2016
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, due by March 18, 2016
  • American Dental Association, due April 1, 2016
  • American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, due by May 14, 2016 (extended)
  • Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc., due May 31, 2016
  • American Association of Endodontists Foundation, due by July 22, 2016

This page will be updated as specific dates and additional scholarships become available.

In the ITL, you will interact with today's top scholars in teaching and learning. Each instructor has years of experience as a teacher, researcher, and facilitator of faculty development programs. You will have opportunities for both classroom and one-on-one consultation with the ITL faculty.

N. Karl Haden

Ph.D.

President & CEO

Marcia M. Ditmyer

Ph.D., M.S., M.B.A., M.C.H.E.S.

Senior Consultant

Janet P. Hafler

Ed.D.

Senior Consultant

Lucinda Lyon

R.D.H., D.D.S., Ed.D.

Consultant

Paula N. O'Neill

M.Ed., Ed.D.

Senior Consultant

Tobias E. Rodriguez

Ph.D.

Vice President

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 Click here for 2015 ITL Directory of Scholars

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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


 

 The ITL includes 50 hours of continuing education credit through the American Dental Association CERP. In addition, AAL and the American Dental Education Association recognize the achievement of ITL scholars by awarding a certificate of completion.

This page will be updated as additional providers are registered to provide CEs in their professions.

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. ADEA designates the ITL program for 50 continuing education credits. This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the American Dental Education Association and AAL.


 

Program Curriculum

  • Critical thinking and evidence-based practices
  • Instructional course design
  • Clinical teaching best practices
  • Classroom teaching best practices
  • Working effectively with students facing challenges
  • Motivational interviews in the clinic/community
  • Feedback styles
  • Calibrating clinical performance
  • The effective preceptor
  • Active learning: CBL, PBL, flipped classroom
  • Maximizing student motivation
  • Assessments with written tests
  • Academic integrity and ethics

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."