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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 and Jane O'Brien, Center for Teaching and Learning

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, Center for Teaching and Learning

Pedagogical Journal Club

Third Tuesdays, Fall semester
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: STSS Room 432A
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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, Center for Teaching and Learning

Fine Tune Your Accent

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 and Elena Stetsenko, Center for Teaching and Learning

Accelerating Educational Innovation

Innovation Challenge : Imagining and Constructing New Learning Spaces

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
noon - 1:00 pm
Location: University Office Plaza Room 444
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Today’s challenge starts with a discussion of the 2030 university classroom—what it will look like and how teaching and learning will be done. Based on that discussion, attendees will work with one another to reimagine one of their current learning spaces by incorporating/adapting elements that will be pervasive 15 years in the future. Refreshments will be served.

Facilitators: David Langley, Center for Teaching and Learning; John Knowles, Office of Classroom Management

Teaching Off Center: Risky Wanderings Through Curricular Space

Monday, October 27th, 2014
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: McNamara Alumni Center, Johnson Room (Room 119)
Faculty and instructional staff only
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Students deserve engaged, active educators but being one is risky for many faculty members. Professor Jim Perry advocates for small changes, empowering faculty to take more
risks as their teaching develops. The seminar is preceded by a box lunch.

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Speaker: Jim Perry, Professor, College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences

Innovation Challenge : Getting to the Core of Your Course

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
noon - 1:00 pm
Location: University Office Plaza Room 444
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Bring your syllabus to our lunchtime meeting. Our challenge today is to have you describe the essence of one of your courses in 8 words or less. We'll talk through the value of the exercise and how other elements of "getting to the core" of your course can result in a new conceptualization of the course and its value to students. Refreshments will be served.

Facilitators: Center for Educational Innovation Staff

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

What’s a Scholarly Workflow - and Why Might You Want One?

What’s great about currently available technology tools is that customizing a workflow – a strategy for gathering and storing information in usable and accessible ways – is both possible and can involve a blend of familiar and new-to-you tools, of digital and analog tools. Because building a workflow strategy and set of tools is also a challenge, we’ve asked grad student Alex Fink to blog about setting up a workflow plan.

Visit our TILT blog to also find links to other Fall '14 posts

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