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January 2013 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:  Building the Syllabus for Better Communication and Enhanced Learning
Whether you consider the syllabus as a teaching and learning contract with your students or see it as a roadmap to guide students to enhanced learning, what matters is that the syllabus communicates clear messages about the course and how students can best learn from it. This session will focus on what the syllabus looks like to students and thereby will stress the importance of explicit, detailed communication about the course with all students, including international students and first-generation college students. Participants will have a chance to get feedback about a syllabus from other faculty in attendance.

January 7:  Critical Thinking in the College Classroom
In this interactive workshop, you will hear about research on critical thinking, and learn to apply such strategies into each of your classes. Participants will bring copies of their syllabi to the workshop. Through small group discussions you will identify components of critical thinking that are explicitly stated in the syllabus and then learn how to incorporate additional critical thinking activities into the course. The workshop will include examples from a variety of disciplines and will involve participants in a discussion on how critical thinking can improve student learning. Presenter: Professor Chris Hakala, Western New England University.
January 8:  Applying the Science of Teaching and Learning to the Classroom
The past twenty years have seen an increased awareness of the contributions of the science of teaching and learning. In this workshop, participants will learn how they can use what we already know about the science of teaching and learning in their courses, as well as ways to investigate and implement new strategies that may work in their particular discipline. The goal of the workshop is to provide each participant with at least one new idea that can be implemented in a course in the next academic year.
Presenter: Professor Chris Hakala, Western New England University.
January 9:  Why You Should be Making Things Harder for Your Students: Enhancing Classroom Learning Through the Introduction of Desirable Difficulties
This workshop will examine methods and strategies for effectively introducing desirable difficulties in the classroom. We will examine different cognitive principles as they apply to learning, and discuss ways in which standard teaching methods can be modified to encourage a deeper and more meaningful processing of material. Our focus will be on providing attendees with a best-practices 'toolkit' for creating learning conditions which fuel deeper processing, and thus long-term retention. Presenters: Jennifer Stiegler-Balfour (University of New England) and Emily Smith (UNH).

January 10:  Forum on Assigned Reading in the College Course

Are your students not doing the reading you assign? Do they complain about too much reading? Are they not comprehending the reading they do? If these or related issues affect your course(s), come to this session to share your concerns and to hear about some approaches that others have used with success.