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Fine Tune Your Accent

Session 1: English Vowels

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Walter Library Room 101
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Are you confused about the differences between certain vowels, such as "beat" and "bit?" Do listeners sometimes misunderstand what you mean because you say the wrong vowel? Learning the correct pronunciation of key English vowels is crucial for improving your overall North American English pronunciation. In this workshop, you will learn how to identify key vowels in English, practice, and get feedback on your pronunciation.

Presenters: Colleen Meyers, Elena Stetsenko

Session 2: Word Stress

Monday, October 20th, 2014
1:00pm - 2:00 pm
Location: 101 Walter Library
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Perhaps you’re wondering where the “accent” goes in English words. For example, why do we say “a MAKE-up test," but then “to make-UP a test?” This workshop will answer questions about English word stress.

Presenters: Colleen Meyers, Elena Stetsenko

October Workshops

Active Learning 101

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: STSS Room 432A
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New to teaching and want to learn more about active learning? Join us and experience some basic active learning techniques, from the basic Think/Pair/Share to the Jigsaw Teamwork reading technique. You’ll also have the opportunity to share ideas.

Presenters: Mary Jetter, Jane O'Brien

Game On! Applying the Principles of Gamification to Your Course

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
12:30-1:30 pm
Location: STSS Room 530A
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Pedagogical gamification is more than using game mechanics to make your class more entertaining. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the principles of pedagogical gamification and how they can be applied to your course. Specifically, you’ll learn gamification methods and techniques and participate in an activity to experience the motivational hook of gamification.

Presenter: Mary Jetter

Pedagogical Journal Club

Third Tuesdays, Fall semester
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: STSS Room 432A
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Register for Dec. 16 in ULearn

Interested in keeping up with pedagogical literature but don't have the time? Join the CTL for Pedagogical Journal Club. Each month we'll choose a different peer-reviewed journal article for discussion, which is designed to be useful even if you don't read the article. This month's article is "Active Learning Increases Student Performance in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics" (May 2014, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). Bring your lunch and we'll provide the dessert. A pdf of the article emailed to all registrants.

Facilitator: Christina Petersen

Teamwork: Surviving Group Projects

Are your student teams running smoothly, or do they sometimes look like this?

Check out, created for students in response to faculty requests for a resource to help students develop teamwork skills and manage common problems that arise during course-based group projects. Using scholarly literature and extensive focus groups with students, the site sets out “Steps to Success,” dispels common myths about teamwork, addresses conflict management, and provides tools to support collaboration. Read the faculty guide on using the site.

Teaching Tips

From Homework to Preparing for Classroom Assignments

Making this small semantic shift across an undergraduate then three graduate courses was my way of studying ways of engaging students in developing as participating, self-regulating, learning motivated, adult learners. The post reflects on this small shift, and its big impacts.

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