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Spring 2020

Assignment Design (Required)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

Stacy Grooters, Interim Director

Working from a very broad definition of “assignment,” this seminar invites participants to think through the qualities of an effective assignment as well as strategies for structuring assignments that are meaningful and motivating to students. We’ll also consider how learning science research can inform our thinking about assignment design. Stacy Grooters will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than January 21st.

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Planning for Better Discussions (Elective)

Monday, February 3, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

Kim Humphrey, Instructional Designer

Whether you’re faced with a sea of silent students or trying to get a runaway conversation back on topic, leading class discussion can be one of the most challenging – and enjoyable – parts of your work as an instructor. In this session, we’ll talk about strategies to help you and your students prepare for learning-rich discussions. Kim Humphrey will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than January 27th.

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Course Design (Required)

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

Stacy Grooters, Interim Director

At the heart of every successful classroom is a well-designed course. In this seminar, we will consider the basics of a “backwards design” approach to course development that seeks to align course goals, assessments, and instruction. We’ll also talk about how course structure can impact student learning and classroom climate. Stacy Grooters will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than February 6th.

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Responding to Student Writing (Elective)

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

Francesca Minonne, Assistant Director for Graduate Student Programs & Megan Lease, Graduate Programs Coordinator

When responding to student writing, it can be difficult to provide comprehensive feedback on an essay without overwhelming or discouraging your students. In this session, we will ask you to identify some writing norms in your discipline. We will also examine a number of approaches to providing targeted feedback and review strategies to help students respond effectively to their own and their classmates’ writing. Francesca Minonne and Megan Lease will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than February 18th.

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Active Learning (Required)

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Independent Study (remote)

Sarah Castricum, Assistant Director for Faculty Programs

Hands-on activities such as problem solving and teamwork hold a lot of promise to transform learning, but they can also seem challenging to develop and evaluate. This session will explore ways to structure activities that will meet your learning goals for your students and offer them the support they need to succeed. We will consider how to use active learning in any discipline, class setting and time frame. Sarah Castricum will facilitate this session. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than March 11th.

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Grading for Learning (Required)

Monday, March 23, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Independent Study (remote)

Francesca Minonne, Assistant Director for Graduate Student Programs

Grades can be a significant source of feedback, both evaluating performance and guiding future learning. They can also be a source of doubt and anxiety -- for both students and instructors. In this session, we will consider how learning science and psychology encourage us to think differently about how we approach grading. And we’ll talk about practical strategies -- including the use of rubrics -- for grading more consistently, effectively, and efficiently. This seminar will cover some of the material previously included in the “Grading Fairly” session. Francesca Minonne will facilitate this session. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than March 16th.

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Facilitating Difficult Dialogues (Elective)

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Remote/Hybrid

Stacy Grooters, Interim Director

The term “difficult dialogues” has come to be used to describe a range of charged interactions in the classroom, often focused on questions of diversity and social justice. Whether resulting from students’ reactions to course materials or to each other, these heated moments can leave teachers scrambling to regain control of the discussion. In this workshop, participants will discuss the factors that can lead to difficult dialogues and learn strategies both to prepare for and facilitate them. Stacy Grooters will facilitate this session. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than March 26th.

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Creating Effective Learning Environments (Required)

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Remote/Hybrid

Francesca Minonne, Assistant Director for Graduate Student Programs & Kim Humphrey, Instructional Designer

This seminar provides a practical discussion of how to foster a positive classroom climate that promotes student learning. ACT participants will discuss strategies for mitigating belonging uncertainty and stereotype threat in your classrooms through reflecting on your own and your students' social locations as well as considering course content. Francesca Minonne and Kim Humphrey will facilitate this session. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than April 8th.

Register for the ACT Seminar: Creating Effective Learning Environments (Required)