January 2008 Workshops on College Teaching
When: January 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 9:00-12:00
What: Faculty development teaching workshops
Who: All UNH faculty are invited
Where: MUB Room 330/332
January 3: E-Instruction—Principles and Practices
Students want to be heard. One way to keep them engaged in the classroom is to let them “speak.” This session focuses on e-Instruction, better known on campus as “the clickers.” We’ll look at how this technology has been used here and on other campuses. We’ll explore best practices and then you’ll have an opportunity to let yourself be heard in an interactive hands-on activity. Faculty members who have used e-Instruction in their classes will share their experiences and talk about the advantages and the disadvantages of the tool. This fall eInstruction was fully integrated into the MyUNH Portal, making it available to faculty and students directly through their Blackboard courses. (M. Walsh, M. McIntire + Faculty Panel). Note: This session begins at 9:30.
January 7: Assessment Where It Counts—In the Classroom
A faculty panel will describe some of the instruments they use to measure student learning objectives in their courses. A sampling of such instruments as grading rubrics, mid-course surveys, class participation guidelines, service-learning journals, and classroom assessment techniques (CATs) will be presented. Following a panel discussion, participants will work in small groups to write learning objectives and to develop or refine instruments of their own to measure student progress toward those objectives. (Faculty panel TBA)
January 8: Making the Grading Process Fair, Time-Efficient, and Conducive to Learning
Please join your faculty colleagues for this timely presentation exploring how to create healthy student motivation around grades; how to establish standards and criteria for grading; how to respond to student work; how to use evaluation of student work, as well as student evaluations and responses, for improvement of teaching in the classroom. (Our guest presenter, Barbara Walvoord, is the author of numerous books including Effective Grading: A Tool for Learning and Assessment and Assessment Clear and Simple)
January 9: Cognitive Tools That Assess and Enhance Student Learning
Do you want your students to learn and retain more from the courses you teach? Do you want to be able to document such improvements? Do you want to accomplish these goals without adding to your workload? In this session, participants will work to identify one or more powerful principles from research on human cognition that can be implemented in a course with relative ease and with expected positive outcomes. For example, students can be taught some simple but powerful study methods that will enhance their long-term retention of course-material without extra study time. Or, teachers may incorporate principles that will enhance students’ critical thinking skills within an academic domain. In this workshop, participants will work individually and in small groups on redesigning one of their current courses with a focus on building into the course one or more cognitive principles.
(Workshop leader: Professor Edward O’Brien, Psychology Department)
January 10: Teaching (with) Writing Effectively
This workshop will focus on course planning and assignment design for faculty across the disciplines. Key discussion topics will include the following: aligning written projects with course content, creating effective assignment sequences, incorporating informal and ungraded assignments, designing collaborative projects, managing the workload, and responding effectively to student writing. Other possible topics may include assigning writing in large courses, using peer review effectively, and integrating reading and speaking into writing courses. (Presenters: M. Garcia, E. Mueller, J. Ringer, and J. Webber, UNH Writing Program)
Note: We will provide lunch at all workshops.
RSVP – YES ONLY: Please print and return via campus mail to The Center for Teaching Excellence, 11 Brook Way by DECEMBER 14, 2007. I plan to participate in: (please check)
____ January 3 - E-Instruction Principles and Practices
____ January 7 - Assessment Where it Counts: In the Classroom
____ January 8 - Making the Grading Process Fair, Time-Efficient, & Conducive to Learning
____ January 9 - Cognitive Tools That Assess and Enhance Student Learning
____ January 10 - Teaching (with) Writing Effectively