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But My Class Is Too Big for Active Learning!

There is no doubt that many evidence-based best teaching practices are easiest to implement in small classes.  However, there are many options that work very well with larger classes.  This workshop will review some of the research that supports the use of active learning strategies and engage participants in considering strategies that can work in any size class.


Thursday, November 20, 12 pm – ILC 315

Giving Grades: a Discussion About Our Grading Philosophies

If faced with a set of grades that a student had earned during the semester, do you think that you’d assign the same final course grade as your colleagues?  What does it mean for a student to do C work in your class?  What about A work?  Join us for a discussion of these questions and more.  We’ll discuss different approaches to grading (e.g., do you grade on a curve or can everyone in your class earn an A if they achieve certain standards?) and how to develop a grading scheme for your own course.  NOTE: This workshop is suitable for all faculty, but is expected to be particularly useful for graduate student instructors new to teaching.

Friday, December 5, 1:30 pm – ILC 313

Introduction to Effective Course Design

A good course design impacts both how much and what kind of things students learn and how smoothly a course rolls out for a faculty member.  <p>Participants in this introduction to course design will explore the basics of “backwards” course design – a process of using intended student learning to frame the course, its activities and the kind of assessments of student learning that will be used.</p> <p>  Those new to course design and those who’ve mastered the process but want time to reflect on how to apply it to a new or soon-to-be-redesigned course are welcome!