Introducing our new Academic Boot Camp Video

Academic Boot Camp


Upcoming ABC Dates:

TBA for Spring 2025

Academic Boot Camp (ABC) is an intensive 4-day workshop series designed to introduce new faculty to best practices in teaching and learning. All faculty are strongly encouraged to attend ABC at its first offering after their initial hire date. ABC is typically offered every July on the Pomona campus and every February or March on the Lebanon campus. Either session is open to faculty from either campus. 


The culminating activity of ABC is a “Capstone” day where participants incorporate the skills and knowledge they have gained over ABC and deliver a presentation on a teaching and learning topic. 


ABC often gets updated–especially post-pandemic–to ensure topics, and best practices are up-to-date and relevant to WesternU faculty. 


Currently, the following topics (and more) are covered in ABC:

  • Foundations of teaching and learning
  • Writing learning objectives and course alignment 
  • Active learning and lesson planning
  • Effective PowerPoint design
  • Test item writing and item analysis
  • Overview of generative AI
  • Online and remote teaching considerations
  • Educational technology innovations


Attendance at all four days of ABC is required. ABC is offered in-person only–there are no remote options for attendance.

Participants are required to bring a laptop or tablet to ABC as many electronic resources are shared online and many activities are facilitated on collaborative online documents.