Event Types: Humanities, Arts & Soc Sciences

Fostering an Inclusive Classroom Climate

December 10, 2018 | Meg Gregory

While the classroom can be a space for open, respectful dialogue, it can also feel isolating or even hostile for student learners. What can an instructor do to to promote a space for positive, fruitful collaboration? What does it take to create a truely inclusive classroom climate? In this workshop, participants will engage with concrete […]

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Developing Effective Summative Assessments

December 10, 2018 | Meg Gregory

Summative assessments are designed to evaluate how much students have learned in a unit or a course. These assessments are often high-stakes, graded, and formal. The vast majority of college classes have summative assessments, but what does it take to make a particularly effective one? In this workshop, we will discuss the benefits of using […]

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Facilitating Engaging Discussions

December 10, 2018 | Meg Gregory

While as instructors we hope to engage student learners, facilitating a real discussion in the classroom is one of the most challenging aspects of teaching with active learning. In this workshop, participants will examine strategies for structuring a successful discussion and consider ways to move beyond instructor->student->instructor patterns of response. Participants will also review a […]

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Responding Effectively to Student Writing

June 5, 2018 | Meg Gregory

As AIs and instructors, we dedicate many hours each semester to commenting on and evaluating student writing, but is this feedback helping students to improve their writing and critical thinking skills in the way that we want it to? In this workshop, we will draw on writing pedagogy scholarship in an effort to confront the […]

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Incorporating Active Learning into Lectures

June 5, 2018 | Meg Gregory

Research overwhelmingly supports the idea that active learning, “opportunities for students to meaningfully talk and listen, write, read, and reflect on the content, ideas, issues, and concerns of an academic subject” leads to greater learning gains than methods of teaching that situate students as passive receptors of knowledge (Meyer & Jones, 1993). Yet sometimes factors […]

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Facilitating Challenging Conversations

June 5, 2018 | Meg Gregory

While the classroom can be a space for open, respectful discussion of sensitive or controversial topics, facilitating such discussions can be a challenging prospect. This advanced-level workshop for graduate students and postdocs in the humanities, arts, and social sciences will provide the opportunity for participants to develop strategies for fostering critical thinking, open-mindedness, and civil […]

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Promoting Media Literacy in the Classroom

December 15, 2017 | Beth Fisher

As educators, we want students to think critically about what they hear, watch, and read, but how do we help our students navigate a media-driven world of “fake news,” unreliable sources, and viral meme sharing? This workshop draws on recent research related to promoting media literacy across disciplinary classrooms through class activities, assignments, and readings. […]

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Helping Students Develop Disciplinary Critical Reading Skills

December 15, 2017 | Beth Fisher

Undergraduate students often face an uphill battle as they learn to recognize, read, and join disciplinary conversations. Central to this difficulty is the fact that the challenges and expectations associated with reading in one discipline may be very different than those they face in another. This workshop will discuss disciplinary reading practices, provide a space […]

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Designing Effective Writing Assignments

December 15, 2017 | Beth Fisher

A considerable challenge in any writing-intensive course is how to design effective writing assignments that foster intellectual development and critical thinking among students. This is an even tougher challenge when students may be unaware of or unschooled in disciplinary expectations for writing. Participants in this workshop will discuss strategies for writing clear, well-crafted assignment prompts […]

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Facilitating Challenging Conversations

October 12, 2017 | Meg Gregory

While the classroom can be a space for open, respectful discussion of sensitive or controversial topics, facilitating such discussions can be a challenging prospect. This advanced-level workshop for graduate students and postdocs in the humanities, arts, and social sciences will provide the opportunity to develop strategies for fostering critical thinking, open-mindedness, and civil discourse in […]

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