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Flipping Your Class: Designing Lesson Pages in Sakai

In this workshop you’ll learn how to use Sakai's Lesson Builder, which provides a space to create structured lessons for your students. You can build a variety of activities within these lessons, which students complete in preparation for your flipped class, such as readings, viewing videos, taking quizzes, posting blog entries, and participating in online discussions. We’ll talk about effective navigation, organization, layout and page design for your lessons and you will have an opportunity to build a complete lesson for a flipped class day, a “snow day” assignment, or other resource area. Please bring your laptop, a tentative list of activities you would like students to complete prior to your flipped class, and any files students will need to retrieve as part of your lesson.

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Flipping Your Class: Designing Lesson Pages in Sakai

In this workshop you’ll learn how to use Sakai's Lesson Builder, which provides a space to create structured lessons for your students. You can build a variety of activities within these lessons, which students complete in preparation for your flipped class, such as readings, viewing videos, taking quizzes, posting blog entries, and participating in online discussions. We’ll talk about effective navigation, organization, layout and page design for your lessons and you will have an opportunity to build a complete lesson for a flipped class day, a “snow day” assignment, or other resource area. Please bring your laptop, a tentative list of activities you would like students to complete prior to your flipped class, and any files students will need to retrieve as part of your lesson.

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TA and PostDoc Series: Grading with Rubrics

Let’s talk about how rubrics can help you clearly communicate your expectations to students, provide better feedback, and streamline your grading process. We’ll also outline a process you can use to create rubrics for future assignments in your courses.

 

The Teaching and Learning Center's New Instructor Workshops are specifically designed to target the needs of post docs and teaching assistants on both the Reynolda and Bowman Gray Campuses.

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An Easier Way of Teaching Writing (and Literature!) in the Foreign Languages

This workshop is based on the recent "genre-based" turn that has been taking place in foreign language pedagogy.  In a nutshell, genre-based teaching challenges the traditional "first grammar, then literature" split that occurs in most foreign language curricula, and offers instead to see grammar as a basis for creating meaning rather than a series of skills to conquer.  On a practical level, this integrative approach to grammar and content results in new ways of teaching reading, scaffolded writing assignments, and, ultimately, a higher level (both conceptually and grammatically) of student writing. Come join us for an hands-on opportunity to rethink your writing assignments and leave with a new way to structure student reading and writing tasks.

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TA and PostDoc Series: Teaching Inclusively: Creating a Climate for Learning

The pedagogical choices we make as instructors can have a major impact on the climate for learning in our classrooms. Join us as we explore instructional strategies that promote learning success through intentional course design. Inclusive teaching strategies strengthen the performance of all students and also function to lessen the generational divide in academic expectations.

 

The Teaching and Learning Center's New Instructor Workshops are specifically designed to target the needs of post docs and teaching assistants on both the Reynolda and Bowman Gray Campuses.

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Flipping Your Class: Designing Multimedia Content

In this working session, you’ll learn about good principles of multimedia design when providing content to students in audio, graphic, and video formats. We’ll discuss student preferences, motivation, attention span, and cognitive load as we brainstorm ideas for potential multimedia-enhanced assignments or activities students might complete before arriving to class. File formats, technical support, and student ease of access will also be taken into consideration. Please bring your laptop and any quiz/worksheet questions, images, links, or slides you have collected as we will begin to construct an activity which can be finished at a later time in a quiet location. The software, campus resources, and equipment discussed in this workshop have been carefully curated for this session and are suitable for the beginner and novice user.

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Flipping Your Class: Designing Multimedia Content

In this working session, you’ll learn about good principles of multimedia design when providing content to students in audio, graphic, and video formats. We’ll discuss student preferences, motivation, attention span, and cognitive load as we brainstorm ideas for potential multimedia-enhanced assignments or activities students might complete before arriving to class. File formats, technical support, and student ease of access will also be taken into consideration. Please bring your laptop and any quiz/worksheet questions, images, links, or slides you have collected as we will begin to construct an activity which can be finished at a later time in a quiet location. The software, campus resources, and equipment discussed in this workshop have been carefully curated for this session and are suitable for the beginner and novice user.

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TA and PostDoc Series: Dealing with Challenging Students

We’ve all experienced them -- “challenging” students. During this session, we’ll take a case study approach, examining various types of difficult students and situations, and generate ideas as a group for appropriately handling them. Bring your own challenges and experiences to share!

The Teaching and Learning Center's New Instructor Workshops are specifically designed to target the needs of post docs and teaching assistants on both the Reynolda and Bowman Gray Campuses.

 

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New Spaces, New Opportunities

Whiteboards on wheels, movable desks and chairs, and shiny new LCD monitors--classroom renovations at Wake Forest look nice, but what can they mean for our teaching and our students' learning? In this hands on, participatory workshop (come prepared to move, think, and learn from each other!), we'll explore why teaching and learning space matters in every discipline and how these new classrooms can revive, revise, and renew our teaching and our students' experiences for a more active course. We'll even touch on what we can take from these rooms and the current research on classroom design when teaching in more challenging spaces. If you're teaching in one of these renovated rooms, we especially want to hear from you, so please join us!

Facilitated by Dana Gierdowski, a teaching professor of rhetoric and composition at NC State University and researcher of learning spaces and classroom design, and Laura Giovanelli, assistant teaching professor in the Writing Program.

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Maximizing Student Performance in Lecture By Providing Clear Expectations

Learn how to increase student performance and motivation by using different methods to provide clear learning and performance outcomes throughout the semester. This workshop will provide examples and rationale for using targeted course material and instruction that give students both expectations and feedback on content mastery. Sample data will show how such strategies can not only increase student performance but also student attitude and metacognition throughout the course of a semester.

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