2013-2014 Effective Teaching Practice Topics
- August 20-21 - New Faculty Teaching Quick Course (Pre-registration required)
- Maximizing the Crucial First Day of Class - Sept. 17; 8:30-9:50 am / Sept. 18; 1:00-2:20 pm
- Important practices to include in your first day of class to set tone, expectations, and ensure a good start that will influence the rest of the term. Emphasis on techniques to comfortably obtain helpful information, rapport-building techniques, establishing teaching presence and course policies.
- Register at https://first-day.eventbrite.com
- Creating and Using Rubrics - Sept. 24, 2:15-3:30 pm / Sept. 25, 8:30-9:45 am
- How do you assess what students know when a test isn't appropriate? Join us to explore how rubrics can significantly expand quality assessment in our teaching. Rubrics can be created for a variety of applications such as increasing grading efficiency and objectivity, guiding peer evaluation of presentations, and justification for assigning course grades. Learn the for steps for rubric creation and how to apply and refine your rubrics for maximum benefit. Guest presenter Lee Meadows, PhD, will demonstrate the utility of a rubric and lead participants through the creation process using several examples.
- Register at https://gorubric.eventbrite.com
- Creating Learning Objectives for Design and Assessment – Oct. 8, 3:00-4:20 pm / Oct. 9, 10:00-11:20 am
- ABCD Method of writing course learning objectives, selection of appropriate terms and outcomes, and linking your objectives to professional behavior and examinations will be explored. The merits of Bloom versus SOLO taxonomy will also be discussed.
- Teaching w/ Interdisciplinary Simulations Workshop (lunch provided) – Oct. 10, 11:00 a-1:00 pm
- This 2-part simulation will showcase how different disciplines interacting can complement learning. The first 20 minute simulation (Part 1) focuses on West Campus disciplines and will be followed by a debrief over lunch. The second 20 minute simulation (Part 2) will demonstrate a health-related scenario. The crucial debrief process that follows each simulation scenario follows a similar method regardless of the disciplines involved.
- Faculty Quick Guide to IDEA Selection and Interpretation - Oct. 22, 3:00-4:20 pm / Oct. 23, 10:00-11:20 am
- Session will explain the rationale for selecting objectives on the Faculty Information Form, the pros and cons of using the long (diagnostic) form versus the short form for student use, and how to make sense of the IDEA results summary report for teaching effectiveness, selecting new teaching methods to support learning goals, and curriculum revision.
- Gaming Techniques to Motivate Student Learning - Tech for the Classroom Series (30 min at Noon w/lunch) - Oct. 23, 12:10-12:40 pm
- Variety of ways to use gaming principles to enhance learning (aka gamification) will be demonstrated. The highlight will be an online technique currently used at UAB.
- Organizing for Clarity - Nov. 5, 3:00-4:20 pm / Nov. 6, 10:00-11:20 am
- Course organization is considered by students as one of the most important aspects when evaluating a course. This session discusses techniques to enhance course organization. Participants are encouraged to bring syllabi for courses that they would like to discuss with regard to improving organizational aspects (design, execution, communication and assessment).
- Evaluation of Teaching Options - Nov. 12, 3:00-4:20 pm / Nov 13. 9, 10:00-11:20 am
- National recommendations for evaluating teaching effectiveness and learning in courses include using at least two other methods besides student course evaluations such as the IDEA tool. A variety of options will be discussed including benefits and limitations.
- Test Construction Techniques - Nov. 19, 10:30-11:50 am / Nov. 20, 3:00-4:20 pm
- Techniques increasing efficiency of test construction and enhancing intended assessment of student ability. Creation of different types of questions will be discussed including techniques such as structured white space and abbreviated critical thinking as well as multiple choice and multiple answer. Register at: https://gotestconstruction.eventbrite.com
*Following spring semester dates in process as we coordinate with presenters.
- Elements of Engaging Presentations
- Large Class Teaching Techniques
- New Tech for the Classroom Series (30 min at Noon w/lunch) - January-TBA, 12:10-12:40 pm
Image generators to make engaging graphics for teaching presentations. Registration required via: http://goimage.eventbrite.com
- Motivating to Learn
- Team-Based Learning Workshop (Breakfast & Lunch provided) Feb. 12, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
- TBL concept, composition & mechanics (Dr. Larry Michaelsen presenting)
- Registration required: https://teamlearning.eventbrite.com
- New Tech for the Classroom Series cohost w/Sch. of Optometry (30 min at Noon w/lunch)
- Lecture Capture Technology
- Difficult Teaching Situations
- Quick Video Creation and Formatting for Your Course
- New Tech for the Classroom Series (30 min at noon w/lunch)
- Recordable, Interactive Electronic Whiteboard (i.e., Educreations)
- Metacognition Strategies for Learning
- Using IDEA Results to Assess Effectiveness and Guide Improvement
- Teaching Problem-Solving Skills by Full Application
*New Tech for the Classroom Series – One of the topics may change as new options become available.