Teaching & Learning Themed Special Interest Group (T-SIG)

The Teaching and Learning Themed Special Interest Group (T-SIG) is a 4-part semester-long workshop series on a themed topic related to teaching and learning. During each of the hour-long workshops, CEITL staff work closely with participants on workshop activities specifically designed for their courses.


Spring Semester 2023 T-SIG (click + for details)

Resource: Teaching at its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Teachers (4th Edition) By: Linda B. Nilson

This book is available through ProQuest at: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/unh/detail.action?docID=4567495&pq-origsite=primo

 

This Spring 2023 T-SIG will cover half of this book. Other content from this book was covered in the Fall 2022 T-SIG. Please Note: There is no requirement that you complete both semesters because the topics in the two semesters are different. Our explorations will include topics such as inclusive classrooms, self-directed learning, student motivation, providing feedback, teaching modalities, and assessment preparation and grading.

 

   t-sig RSVP Form: Harnessing Student Engagement

Please register in full for all sessions, or by 1 week prior to each date.

Session 1: Part 2: Human Factors - We will examine how to provide a welcoming and inclusive classroom, increase motivation, and address academic integrity.

In Person - Conant Hall G02 OR Zoom
Monday, February 13, 2023   Tuesday, February 14, 2023
1pm - 2pm   1pm - 2pm
1 point*   1 point*

Session 2: Part 5: Tools and Techniques to Facilitate Learning -  We will examine self-regulated & self-directed learning, student preparation, teaching modalities, and providing feedback.

In Person - Conant Hall G02 OR Zoom
Monday, February 27, 2023   Tuesday, February 28, 2023
1pm - 2pm   1pm - 2pm
1 point*   1 point*

Session 3: Part 6: Assessment and Grading - We will examine student assessment preparation, assessment construction and grading. Finally, we will explore how to evaluate teaching effectiveness.

In Person - Conant Hall G02 OR Zoom
Monday, March 20, 2023   Tuesday, March 21, 2023
1pm - 2pm   1pm - 2pm

1 point*

 

1 point*

Session 4 Putting It All Together in Your Courses - We will discuss how you can integrate the activities and assessment approaches from this T-Sig in your courses. We will draw upon what we discussed in the three book sections we read.

In Person - Conant Hall G02 OR Zoom
Monday, April 3, 2023   Tuesday, April 4, 2023
1pm - 2pm   1pm - 2pm
1 point*   1 point*

*Participants who complete all four components of this series will receive a CEITL T-SIG Award of Participation Certificate and receive a total of 6 Points toward the CEITL Participation Certificate (4 points for each workshop, 2 bonus points).

  t-sig RSVP Form: Harnessing student engagement


We all want our students to succeed academically; fortunately, there are a number of pedagogical measures we can employ to help our students reach our (and their) goal in this regard. With the new Student Experience of Learning (SEL) surveys now in place, gathering, assembling, and presenting artifacts of effective and reflective teaching practice are likely to be indispensable inclusions moving forward. This T-SIG will offer a variety of options to set you on this path and inspire additional ideas for inclusion in your teaching portfolio.

Dates: Fridays. March 10, 24; April 14, 28
Location: In-Person. Teaching and Learning Commons at Conant Hall Room G02

Time: 12:40pm - 1:40pm. Lunch will be provided and available at 12:15pm

   T-SIG RSVP Form: Supplement Your Student Experience of Learning Reports

Please register 1 week prior to each date.

Session 1: Peer Observation of Teaching: Ways it might be configured and how you can make the most of peer feedback  
Date: Friday, March 10, 2023
Time: 12:40pm-1:40pm ***Lunch will be available at 12:15***
Location: Teaching and Learning Commons at Conant Hall Room G02

Session 2: Classroom Assessment: Gathering information during the semester for formative use       
Date: Friday, March 24, 2023
Time: 12:40pm-1:40pm ***Lunch will be available at 12:15***
Location: Teaching and Learning Commons at Conant Hall Room G02

Session 3: Reflective Practice: Now that I have information on my current teaching, how do I make and follow through on a plan to make good teaching even better
Date: Friday, April 14, 2023
Time: 12:40pm-1:40pm ***Lunch will be available at 12:15***
Location: Teaching and Learning Commons at Conant Hall Room G02

Session 4: Generating a College Teaching Portfolio: Showcasing your effective, reflective teaching practice    
Date: Friday, April 28, 2023
Time: 12:40pm-1:40pm ***Lunch will be available at 12:15***
Location: Teaching and Learning Commons at Conant Hall Room G02

     T-SIG RSVP Form: Supplement Your Student Experience of Learning Reports

CEITL Participation: 1 point - CEITL Participants who complete all four components of this series will receive a CEITL T-SIG Award of Participation Certificate and receive a total of 6 Points toward the CEITL Participation Certificate (4 points for each workshop, 2 bonus points).

Previous Teaching & Learning T-SIGs

Promote Critical Thinking in Your Course Through Course Design and Evidence-Based Teaching Methods

Resource: Teaching at its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Teachers (4th Edition) by Linda B. Nilson

This Fall 2022 T-SIG will cover half of this book. The remaining content will be covered in the Spring 2023 T-SIG. Our explorations will include topics such as group work, discussions, case studies, problem-solving, and experiential learning. Note: There is no requirement that you complete both semesters. Please register all at once or by 1 week prior to each date.

Facilitator: Lauren Kordonowy, Science of Learning Project Coordinator, CEITL

SESSION TOPIC
#1 Part 1: Preparation for Teaching  We will examine course design and how to integrate critical thinking throughout your course.
#2 Part 2: Tried-and-True Teaching Methods We will examine the merits of transfer appropriate practice, lecturing, discussion, experiential learning and student groups.
#3 Part 3: Inquiry-Based Methods for Solving Real-World Problems We will examine inquiry based learning, problem-based learning, and case studies.
#4 Part 4: Planning for Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Activities in your Course We will discuss how you can integrate more critical thinking and problem-solving activities in your course. We will draw upon what we discussed in the three book sections we read.

#1 Helping Your Students to Study Smarter – Not Longer or Harder: Embed Learning Activities in Your Course That Meet Your Learning Goals & Objectives


This T-SIG will cover four empirically-supported study strategies that improve student learning. For each session, we will explore a variety of learning activities related to that study strategy that you might incorporate in your courses to meet your course learning goals/objectives.

Session 1: Retrieval Practice This study strategy can help students’ retention and transfer of both discrete and conceptual knowledge.

Session 2: Reflective Questioning This group of structured reading activities can help students to build upon their prior knowledge, guides them to draw connections between that and course content, and transfer knowledge to new and novel situations.

Session 3: Worked Examples This study strategy can help students master problem solving and procedural understanding using worked-out solutions and step-by-step explanations. Excellent for both quantitative and qualitative mastery-building

Session 4: Scheduling of Study We will discuss three components of study scheduling, including blocking, spacing, and interleaving of course content. This study scheduling can improve retention as well as increase course connections.


#2 STEM Research-based Learning Assessment Special Interest Group


The STEM Research-based Learning Assessment SIG is a 3-part workshop series running every other week in April. The workshop introduces a structured assessment model the 3DLAP (three-dimensional learning assessment protocol), which is a product of National Science Foundation funded projects.  You want your exams to inform you about what your students are learning?  The 3DLAP is one way to do it.

Workshop Leaders: Prof. Chris Bauer and Dr. Kathleen Bowe, specialists in STEM education research and practice from the Chemistry Dept. 

Session 1: What do 3DLAP Assessment Items Look Like?  This session introduces the model and its supporting research-based design principles.   You will engage in deconstructing examples of test items from chemistry, biology, and other disciplines.  Discussion will also encompass identifying desirable learning outcomes and aligning assessment with those outcomes.

Session 2: Assess & Build Your Own 3DLAP Items Starting with your own assessment items or target topics, you will evaluate and refine at least one of your own assessment items using the 3DLAP model and share it to gather feedback.  This could be for any setting: quiz, clicker in class, homework. We will also help you think through how to get feedback from students before the next workshop session.  

Session 3: Student Feedback Review At the final session, review and sharing of student insights will be followed by further action to refine and elevate additional assessment items. We will also investigate developing items that pursue the specific practices of graphical interpretation, covariational reasoning, and self-explanation (goals of NSF grant led by Prof. Bauer).