Honors College Faculty Series

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Effective Teaching Practice


Team-Based Learning – A Powerful Alternative to Lecture

 September 12, (8:30-11:30 AM)
  • Are you ready to incorporate more active learning methods into your teaching style?  Have you ever wondered how to go about “flipping” your classroom?  If the answer is “Yes”, consider trying Team-Based LearningTM.  TBL is a structured small group active learning method that motivates students through a readiness assurance process to come to class prepared, teaches team skills via experience, and most importantly focuses classroom time on higher order skills such as problem-solving and decision-making.  This workshop will be a great introduction to TBL, and will be conducted in the TBL format.  Participants will prepare ahead, take a readiness assurance test, and then engage actively with their assigned team members.  The structure, process, and essential characteristics of an effective TBL module will be emphasized.  By the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
  1. Explain the key components of a successful TBL module.
  2. Outline how they would construct a TBL module from a set of objectives.
  3. Describe how they might convert a course/lecture they already teach into a TBL module.
  4. Illustrate how to transform a small group into a productive learning-team.
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  • *A light breakfast will be provided 8:00-8:30 am, registration required.

Maximizing the First Day of Class

Morning & Afternoon times Sept. 15, and repeats Sept. 23
  • 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.
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Creating and Using Rubrics (Part 1)

September 22, 2014 (3 p.m.) and September 25, 2014 (8:30 a.m.)
  • 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.  Presenter Scott Snyder, PhD, will demonstrate the utility of a rubric and lead participants through the creation process using several example.
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Creating Learning Objectives for Design and Assessment

October 7, and repeats on Oct. 15.
  • 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..
  • Registration required

Team-Based Learning Workshops

Dr. Larry Michaelsen, creator of the Team-Based Learning (TBL) method, returns for three workshops to demonstrate next steps in TBL implementation.

October 22, 2014 (12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Alumni House
Advanced Team-Based Learning methods with Q & A opportunity.
October 23, 2014 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Alumni House
Introduction to Team-Based Learning
  • Morning session: A series of activities that allow you to try different types of classroom team learning activites and how to design them. Pre-class assignment options will be showcased.
  • Afternoon session: We will explore additional issues and concerns about using learning groups including:
    1. Guiding teams for optimal results
    2. Coping with mechanics (e.g. physical layout, materials and exams, classroom procedures, grading, etc.)
    3. Q&A time with Dr. Michaelsen to address what you are encountering in your course.
  • Registration required

October 24, 2014 (8 a.m. to Noon), Alumni House
Repeat of Advanced Team-Based Learning methods with Q & A opportunity.

Faculty Quick Guide to IDEA Selection and Interpretation

October 14, 2014; 3:30-4:30 p.m. and October 16, 2014; 9-10 a.m.
  • This 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.
  • Registration required


Organizing for Clarity

November 5, and repeats on Nov. 11.
  • 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).
  • Registration required

*New Tech for the Classroom Series – One of the topics may change as new options become available.

Instructional Technology Workshops

Create and deliver tests using Respondus and Respondus Lockdown Browser

Various sessions offered May-July
  • Wondering if you are using your Canvas online course to its full potential? How about giving it an upgrade! Did you know you can diversify your course assessments with questions from databases created by textbook publishers, which can easily be imported into your Canvas course?
  • In this workshop, participants will learn how to use:
    • Respondus
      • Import previously created test from Word into Canvas
      • Retrieve 'ready-made' test questions from textbook publishers and use in Canvas
    • Respondus Lockdown Browser
      • Restrict student's ability to browse to other pages, create print screens, or minimize Canvas during a test
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Create and manage written assignments using TurnItIn

Various sessions offered June-July
  • Turnitin allows you to incorporate plagiarism prevention tools in your course, use student-to-student review, and avail of a comprehensive grading interface to provide detailed feedback to your students.
  • In this workshop, participants will learn how to use:
    • Check student papers against professional journal databases, internet sites, and other institutions
    • Generate a report of similarities found in student submissions for students and faculty
    • Allow students to review each other's work and provide feedback
    • Evaluate student work using rubrics, comments, and markups
    • Develop a database of feedback comments to streamline grading procedures
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Engage students online using Collaborate virtual classroom

Various sessions offered June-July
  • Collaborate Web Conferencing (Collaborate) is a combination of two platforms, Elluminate! and Wimba Live Classroom, into one powerful web conferencing tool. Collaborate delivers a next-generation collaboration platform, incorporating two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, breakout rooms, and session recording.
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