Center for Educational Innovation

Academic Affairs and Provost

Spring 2017 Workshops & Conversations


Writing effective assignments

We all want assignments that will result in better student work but more often than not, that doesn't happen.  How can we write assignments that both support and motivate students?  This workshop will provide strategies for helping students understand the explicit (and implicit) requirements of assignments, as well as tips on how to design your own assignments.

131A Bruininks Hall, April 19, 2017 12:15-1:15.




Becoming an instructor of record

Given the many components of running a course, first time teaching on your own can be overwhelming. Participants in this workshop will learn strategies for efficiently managing this process. Topics to be addressed include: adapting a syllabus, designing engaging class sessions, and developing appropriate assignments - all with a broad range of students in mind.  

A week prior to the workshop, participants will complete an online activity that will prepare them, and workshop facilitators, for a quick start to the session.  Expect the activity to take about an hour.

Bruininks 432A, May 25, 2017; 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Register. 

Teaching with technology

This workshop is organized so that participants practice using several  teaching (and learning) with technology tools, and reflect on key pedagogical principles, including accessibility, that guide teachers in making decisions about teaching with technology, whether those courses are offered in an "ordinary," or technology-enhanced, or online classrooms.

Bruininks 432A, May 17, 2017, 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Register. 


Previous Workshops

Facilitating inclusive learning

In this session, participants will explore strategies for selecting and implementing activities, assignments, and assessments that provide a foundation for an inclusive classroom climate.   

Beyond Tolerance: Discussion spaces for instructors

As this presidential transition begins, we continue to discover that we need to support student learners in new ways – whether in our teaching, advising, or ally roles. To support peer idea sharing about ways to support our learners, the Center for Educational Innovation will regularly offer Beyond Tolerance discussion opportunities. CEI facilitators set up the discussion to make use of a learning circle model.  (Learn more about Discussion Space Resources).  We’ll have tea, coffee, and water on hand, plus sweet and savory snacks.



How the research on learning can inform your teaching

A vast body of literature exists on how people retain and apply information, bringing with it implications for effective teaching strategies. In this workshop, we'll summarize some of the most relevant and robust research findings and focus on concrete implications for teaching.



Homework that’s not busywork

This workshop will address what can happen to enhance learning – and teaching – when we reframe “homework” as “preparing for class work.”  We’ll explore strategies teachers have used to (1) create authentic, small pre-class and follow up assignments, (2) connect preparing for class work to class sessions, and (3) engage students in learning how to learn in your discipline.  The term busy work won’t even cross their minds -- or yours.



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