CTE Workshops 2020

Active and Engaging Lectures F2f and Online

This workshop consists of research-based strategies to enhance lecture effectiveness. Participants will learn about types of lectures, planning for lectures, methods for enhancing lectures, using mini-lectures with active learning strategies, and evaluating their effectiveness. Based on the work of Harrington and Zakrajsek, we will explore the role of lecturing in today’s university and the ways that active learning through lecturing can transform a classroom into a deep learning experience for students in all settings.

Advanced Rubrics Workshop

This workshop builds on the introductory session offered last fall, but newcomers are welcome! Participants will review the theoretical case for utilizing rubrics for course assessment and create a rubric for use for a specific assignment. Based on the book Introduction to Rubrics by Dannelle Stevens and Antonia Levi.

Aligning Course Activities to Course Objectives

Using Dee Fink’s Model of Multidimensional Learning, this workshop will offer participants a broad view of learning modalities and provide the opportunity to develop more robust and integrated strategies for learning through active and experiential approaches.

This two-hour workshop builds on the foundation of Setting Learning Goals and Objectives for Online Settings with a focus on choosing learning methods and techniques based on desired outcomes. Continuing with Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant Learning, we will explore functionality in Blackboard and alternative online options for each of the six dimensions of significant learning. Have your syllabus handy and learning objectives ready to use in this interactive session. There is a handout this interactive session which will be sent out just prior to the workshop.

Backward Design: Results, Evidence and Experience

Teachers are designers. An essential part of our profession is creating learning experiences to meet specific outcomes. Based on the work of Wiggins and McTighe, this workshop will explore an approach to design- curriculum, assessment and instruction- that is focused on developing and deepening the understanding of important ideas. Rather than a teaching strategy that is primarily content-focused or activity-focused, Wiggins and McTighe suggest a “backward” design approach, which begins with the end in mind. Their three-stage approach is to 1) identify the desired results, 2) determine acceptable evidence of having achieved those results, and 3) plan learning experiences and instruction that is most appropriate to that end. In this workshop faculty will engage in the process of posing essential questions (what do we want students to understand?), identifying key skills (how will we know they understand?), and developing contextualized teaching activities that lead to successful learning.

Creating Rubrics for Online and F2F Course Assessment

Rubrics are effective ways of saving grading time, conveying effective feedback and promoting improved student learning. Based on the work of Stevens & Levi, this workshop will introduce the principles, purposes and development of rubric assessments. In this interactive session, you will learn how to construct rubrics and connect them to learning goals and objectives including how to apply them to specific assignments and application to a wide variety of courses. You should bring a description of an existing or proposed course assignment. You will be guided to construct a rubric directly into Blackboard. Have the handout available which will be send prior to the workshop.

Creative Teaching Strategies

This interactive workshop will provide a process for discerning the most appropriate teaching strategy based on the desired student learning outcomes. An overview of young adult learning principles will be discussed, and a wide variety of techniques, covering all the learning styles, will be explored and utilized.

Culturally Responsive Pedagogies

Culturally Responsive Teaching and Assessment acknowledges the diverse immense intellectual potential of all ethnically diverse students. It unleashes the higher education potential by cultivating the cognitive, sociocultural, and psychosocial aptitudes and skills of learners.  Using the work of Geneva Gay, the main orchestrator of this approach, this workshop will introduce faculty to the theories, research and practice of CRT. CRT is premised on 4 distinct components: Caring, Culture and Communication, Diversity in the Curriculum, and Cultural Congruity in Teaching and Learning. This workshop will extend CRT pedagogy to offer ways that diverse knowledge can be assessed in the college classroom.

Effective & Engaging Discussion in the F2f and Online Classroom

Effective and well-organized discussions online can lead to more improved student learning when compared to just lectures alone. Even the quietest students respond well to online discussions when proper strategies that support equitable engagement are used. Based on the work of Brookfield, Conceicao & Lehman and Vella, this interactive workshop will provide a rationale for using small group discussion online, methods of engaging students in meaningful dialogue, and strategies for organizing effective discussions online in Blackboard with less grading time. Have the handout ready which will be sent out prior to the workshop.

Fostering Critical thinking in the f2f and online classroom

Based on the work of Harvard researcher Ron Ritchhart, this workshop focuses on strategies for developing critical thinking skills in students. We will explore a process for reading difficult texts, making thinking visible, and distinguish between surface accumulations of facts versus a deeper understanding of content. Discussion will also include tips for scaffolding to support a culture of thinking in the classroom.

Intercultural Teaching and Learning

This workshop explores American educational culture and discussion will be focused on leveraging the strengths of international instructors and/or students as they navigate the historic, Southern, STEM focused context of A&T.

Is this working? How do you know that your online course is working?

This interactive workshop will guide participants through a series of data collection methods that are easy and creative yet provide important just-in-time feedback on how students are engaging in the classroom. This workshop will guide participants through a series of data collection methods that are easy and creative yet provide important just-in-time feedback on how students are engaging in the classroom.

Setting Goals and Objectives for Significant Learning

Using Dee Fink’s model for Creating Significant Learning Experiences, this workshop will offer opportunities for faculty to develop more robust and integrated learning objectives for their courses. Fink’s model incorporates objectives related to six dimensions of student learning including: Foundational Knowledge, Application, Integration, Human Dimension, Caring and Learning How to Learn. We will guide you to upload your Learning Goals and Objectives to your Blackboard site. Come prepare with 3-4 learning objectives from an existing or new course and the handout for this interactive session. Have the handout ready which will be sent out just prior to the workshop.

Teaching Ideologies: Constructing your Teaching Philosophy

This workshop is intended to help experienced and novice faculty to better understand the educational philosophies they are likely to encounter in their everyday experiences as teachers. Using Michael Schiro’s work on Curriculum Theory, four visions of teaching ideologies will be introduced: Scholar Academic, Social Efficiency, Learner-Centered and Social Reconstruction. Participants will do an self-assessment and graph their own responses to uncover and construct their own teaching philosophy. This workshop supports the personal development of one’s teaching philosophies.

Techniques for Student Engagement in the f2f and online environment. This workshop offers a framework for understanding the role of motivation and active learning in fostering student engagement. Using the work of Elizabeth Barkley, participants will learn a conceptual model for student engagement as well as tips and strategies for teaching holistically while building community and appropriately challenging students in face-to-face and online settings.

Who You Are Matters: Authenticity, Intention and Self-Care in Teaching

This workshop will focus on the idea of vocation; the way in which who we are supports the work that we do, and strategies to align and support our core strengths with our responsibilities as educators.

In Development

Teaching for Flipped Learning online (handout)

This workshop will introduce 2 models of hybrid course structure: Blended and Flipped.

Accessibility for Online and F2f Teaching (workshop + handouts)

This workshop will include information about disabilities, methods of being responsive to students’ needs and what to do in the classroom to ensure that you are meeting expectations for accessibility, teaching holistically and adapting instruction to meet the needs of all students.

Social Distancing in F2F courses (Handout)

For faculty skilled in active and engaged learning, social distancing requires new protocols for group work and methods of student engagement in the active learning classroom. This workshop will share ideas and methods for new forms of active teaching in the f2f classroom.

Alternative Assessments (Workshop + Handout)

This workshop will introduce faculty to various methods of course assessment that seek to ensure that robust methods of student evaluation are used in online and F2f settings.