We recognize that teaching is part art, part technique. And we believe that by putting information that synthesizes the best and most up-to-date information on what works into the hands of the faculty who can best use it, we help faculty improve student learning.
Keynotes & Workshops
Terms of Engagement
Understanding and promoting engagement in today’s courses. In this workshop, faculty learn about several important cognitive principles that underlie effective learning. They gain information about specific techniques for engaging students in learning.
Making Group Work Work
Collaborative learning goes to college. In this workshop, faculty learn about the impressive research base that supports group learning in the college and university classroom. They learn about collaborative techniques for discussion, reciprocal teaching, graphic organizers, writing and classroom games.
High Impact Instructional Methods
In this workshop, faculty learn about several evidence-based teaching approaches. Evidence-based teaching practices are those that have a sufficient body of empirical evidence to support their effectiveness when compared to more traditional approaches. In particular, these are: active lectures, discussion-based teaching, reciprocal peer teaching, and game-based learning.
Assessing for Learning
A meaningful form of course-level assessment. In this workshop, faculty learn about a process for assessing learning that seamlessly blends goal setting, instructional activities, and assessment of natural and authentic learning artifacts.
Beyond end of course evaluations. In this workshop, faculty learn how to document and assess their teaching effectiveness for a number of different purposes, including promotion and tenure review, merit reviews, and publication.
Promoting & Assessing Significant Learning
This workshop takes you through all the steps required to promote and assess significant learning in an efficient, effective manner that is seamlessly integrated with your teaching. Using a course of your choice as the focus, you will receive individualized guidance as you construct a comprehensive course-level assessment plan that includes: 1) identifying significant learning goals; 2) designing effective, pedagogically sound instructional activities; and 3) developing a strategy for analyzing and reporting on learning outcomes in ways acceptable to a variety of stakeholders.
Terms of Engagement: Practical and Effective Strategies to Engage Students in LearningComing Soon
A common challenge for many professors today is achieving persistent, high-quality student participation. Using a dynamic, five-element model for understanding what ‘student engagement’ means, you will learn practical and effective strategies for promoting it. Participants will leave with a repertoire of strategies for creating a course that fosters sustained attention and elicits students’ best work in today’s varied teaching and learning contexts.
Making Group Work WorkComing Soon
Evidence abounds that collaborative learning is a powerful teaching strategy, but it is challenging to implement group work effectively, and sometimes we rely on a limited number of familiar activities. In this workshop, participants will (1) acquire practical information on how to structure collaborative learning tasks, orient students, form groups, grade and evaluate collaborative assignments, and avoid and resolve common problems; and (2) explore collaborative learning techniques in six categories: discussion, problem solving, reciprocal peer teaching, graphic information organizing, writing, and games.