Active Learning Strategies

Active learning promotes engagement with course materials and energizes the classroom, but how do we move students from passive listeners to active learners? This session is a discussion about strategies to engage students in activities that promote analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of course content.

 

Assessing Student Learning

Sometimes, the hardest part about teaching, is assessing what students have learned. Join us for a discussion of different assessment strategies.

 

Creating a Transparent Classroom

Transparent teaching methods help students understand how and why they are learning course content in particular ways. Join us for a discussion about how to implement small teaching changes that will create transparency and enhance student learning.

 

Group Work

Group projects teach important skills that are highly sought by employers, but they are often accompanied with fears and frustration. With the proper setup, work assignments, and processes, groups can be constructive, creative, and beneficial. We offer workshops that explore how to create effective group assignments, teach students how to work together successfully, and how to avoid common pitfalls.

 

iClickers (Beginner)

In this session for beginners, faculty will get a hands on workshop on how to create a new iClicker Cloud account as the instructor. They will get an overview of the new student response system, iClicker Cloud Platform, that is deployed in all general classrooms and integrated with Blackboard Learn – The iClicker Cloud Platform. Presented jointly with the Office of Information Technology.

 

iClickers (Advanced)

For faculty that have already utilized the iClicker Cloud platform in their classroom and Blackboard Learn courses, this session will provide some general pedagogical approaches while implementing the iClicker cloud platform in your class. Faculty with past experience in using iClickers Cloud will present a segment on their experiences while sharing tips and tricks for student engagement in this student response system. Presented jointly with the Office of Information Technology.

 

Large Classes

Whether you’re teaching to a room of 100 or 300, effective learning in large classes requires strategy and preparation. This hands-on workshop discusses ideas for attendance, engagement, exams, and using technology to pull it all together.

 

Lecture

This workshop presents techniques for gaining and keeping interest, organizing information for learning, and actively engaging students with the material. Participants will leave with resources that can be used to develop their skills as lecturers and public speakers.

 

PowerPoint (Beginner)

PowerPoint has been described as everything from pointless and boring, to downright evil. Yet, great visual aids can improve understanding and increase student achievement on assessments. Don’t abandon this ubiquitous tool just yet. You can make PowerPoint an interesting and engaging part of your classroom experience. Participants will learn strategies to use text for maximum impact, create visual impact, and increase visibility.

 

PowerPoint (Advanced)

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn some tips and tricks for enhancing PowerPoint presentations, including manipulating images, creating templates, customizing toolbars, and easy shortcuts.

 

Syllabus Design for Student Success

Envision your course as a 16-week journey through your content area. Is your syllabus a good road map for the trip? Do your students know what you expect on the journey? Do they know what to pack? How will they know when they get there? Join us for an interactive session on how to design your syllabus so that students can find your intended destination and enjoy the trip along the way.

 

Teaching Generation Z

Are you ready for Gen Z? Our newest students have different motivations, skill sets, learning preferences and social concerns. Participants will learn best practices for teaching Gen Z in your classroom.

 

Textbooks/Course Materials and Learning

Faculty work hard to select course materials that don’t get read. Students spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars a year on books they don’t use. This workshop is about the connection between texts and student learning. Participants will learn targeted strategies for getting students to engage with class readings.

 

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