This page of the archive includes descriptions and handouts from individual workshops that were not offered as part of a series. See Past Events: Themed Workshop Series to learn about additional workshops.
This hands-on workshop led by Professors Hal Roth (Religious & East Asian Studies) and Tori Smith (Hispanic Studies) explored the underlying theory of contemplative pedagogy and practices.
Enhancing Teaching through Classroom Peer Observation
Peer observation of teaching can be a formative process (providing feedback for improvement) that enhances teaching and learning across a department. In this workshop, faculty became familiar with the steps in an effective observation process and worked on these skills. Specifically, they learned how to create collegial exchange about learning goals for a class, received hands-on practice in observation and formative feedback, and discussed how to gain new insights and ideas for their own teaching through the process.
How Class Discussions Help Students Learn
Led by Carnegie Scholar José Feito, this workshop explored his insights from his ongoing research investigating the development of intellectual community and collaborative discourse within seminar classes. Potential conceptual models for understanding students’ cognitive and social work within classroom discussions were explored. These models were intended to offer new ways to parse the complex flurry of student discussion and arrive at a deeper understanding of the kinds of learning that we hope to facilitate through this type of pedagogy.
Integrating Research into the Undergraduate Laboratory
Does research belong in an undergraduate teaching laboratory, and how should it be incorporated into the laboratory teaching environment? Prof Amit Basu (Chemistry) led a discussion on integrating research in UG labs. He addressed how research might be defined in such a context, and some of the challenges and benefits of conducting research in a classroom laboratory. Prof Basu described how these issues were used to guide the development of a semester-long laboratory sequence.
Leading Discussions in the Humanities & Social Sciences
Led by Prof. Luther Spoehr (Education; History), this workshop addressed effective strategies and other issues involved in leading discussions in the humanities and social sciences.
Led by Writing Support Programs Director Doug Brown, this workshop introduced effective strategies for responding to student writing in the humanities and social sciences. This workshop is offered regularly.
Teaching Undergraduate Science Laboratories
Led by Kathleen Hess (Chemistry) and John Stein (Neuroscience), this workshop addressed how to design laboratory courses to enhance science curricula. Participants discussed the many contexts in which labs are taught, non-traditional labs and developing meaningful assessments for laboratory courses.addressed why science courses need laboratories as part of the core curriculum. Practical strategies were discussed for what types of experiments are appropriate for undergraduates, how much work is expected of students outside of the lab, and how labs should be graded in the scheme of the whole course.