TA and PostDoc Series: Writing Effective Learning Objectives
Let’s talk about how focusing on student learning can save you time both in and out of the classroom. Clearly articulating what you want students to learn in your courses helps you target your efforts and design learning experiences to ensure students are meeting those expectations.
Rethinking Grading: Weeding Out or Allowing In?
Traditional grading methods and systems often have unintended consequences such as reducing student motivation towards learning, increasing the students’ focus on ‘getting grades’, ‘grade ‘grubbing’, antagonism between the instructor and students, etc. In this workshop, we will explore grading from the vantage point of motivating students: changing the focus from “receiving” grades to “earning” grades and increasing students’ willingness to accept feedback.
TA and PostDoc Series: Learning and Learner-Centered Teaching
In this workshop, we’ll discuss principles of learning and how we can apply those principles to engage students and make them more responsible for their own learning.
Universal Design in Teaching and Learning
Applying the principles of Universal Design in the classroom provides the opportunity to overcome barriers in teaching and learning. Students bring a wide variety of skills, needs, and interests with them to the classroom, and this workshop will help participants learn how to facilitate meaningful participation for all students, regardless of their learning preferences or abilities.
Teaching Intercultural Development at Home and Abroad
In this session, we will examine various rubrics for intercultural knowledge and competence and examine the criteria used to construct definitions of this kind of learning. Participants will explore the various criteria and identify which measures might be appropriate for courses taught here at home, and which might work better in study abroad courses. We will then begin to construct learning objectives that would mirror those criteria, as well as brainstorming what types of assignments might promote intercultural growth.
TA and PostDoc Series: Concept Maps as Teaching, Writing and Productivity Tools
Concept maps are powerful learning tools but can be tricky to use. We will discuss their benefits and the drawbacks, using examples. We’ll also talk about how you might use concept maps to organize your teaching, students’ learning and a variety of other projects in your life and spend some time working through the mapping process.
Study Abroad Panel: Examples of Developing Intercultural Competence through Reflection
It can be challenging to make learning around intercultural competence visible during study abroad trips. The same is true for encouraging students to connect their learning across experiences. Getting your students to critically reflect on their activities abroad and articulate their learning can help them to begin to pull these pieces together and develop their intercultural competence. These ideas apply not only to study abroad contexts, but can be adapted for those looking to develop intercultural competence at home as well. Join a panel of Wake Forest faculty as they discuss the challenges, successes, and lessons learned when using various tools (such as ePortfolios) to help students recognize and reflect on the learning happening in their study abroad courses.
TA and PostDoc Series: Writing a Teaching Philosophy 1
If you intend to apply for academic positions, it is likely that you will be asked to submit your philosophy of teaching statement as part of your application. During this session, we’ll examine sample philosophies and evaluate them using a rubric developed at the University of Michigan. We will also discuss format and style expectations and you will begin articulating your ideas and values around teaching. This will assist you in crafting a teaching philosophy that effectively communicates who you are as a teacher.
Course Design for Inclusion
What are the elements of course design that help create optimal learning for all students? We will examine the role that learning objectives, alignment of all course elements, “learning to learn’ opportunities, and high expectations and challenge play in creating a learning classroom.
TA and PostDoc Series: Finishing with a Flourish: The Last Day of Class
End the semester with energy using any or all of the six last-day-of-class activities that will be discussed during this workshop. Using the last day of class intentionally to 'wrap up' the semester provides students with an opportunity to reflect on the significance and scope of their learning in the course, and offers faculty the opportunity to finish with a flourish.