Events

Wednesday, August 17

Time: 11:30 am
Multiple choice questions can support student learning beyond their use in exams. In this webinar we'll discuss eight innovative uses for multiple choice questions along with strategies for how to implement them effectively. Innovative uses will include serving as background knowledge probes, ice-breakers, prompts for discussion, and methods for gathering student feedback. You will have the opportunity to experience some of these from the student perspective. Register for Eight Innovative Uses for Multiple Choice Questions.

Thursday, August 18

Time: 10:00 am
This session will explore ways of building courses, developing activities, and creating assignments that support neurodiverse students' learning in a range of courses and learning spaces that reflect human neurodiversity. Register for Honoring Neurodiversity.

Tuesday, August 23

Time: 10:00 am
The first day of class is your opportunity to set the tone for the rest of the semester and this year, it's especially important. However, both instructors and students may feel anxious on the first day and this can be distracting and prevent us from focusing on the essential tasks of teaching and learning. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for reducing anxieties and creating a welcoming and supportive environment on the first day back in the classroom. Register for Making a Good First Impression.
Time: 1:00 pm
Recent research has demonstrated growing challenges 2SLGBTQIA+ students face in their courses, but faculty and instructors can make changes in their teaching to mitigate some of these challenges. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about 2SLGBTQIA+ identities and challenges, reflect on their own knowledge of 2SLGBTQIA+ students, and identify specific course design and pedagogical practices they can implement in their teaching. Register for Teaching to Support 2SLGBTQIA+ Students.

Wednesday, August 24

Time: 10:00 am

In this interactive session, new teaching assistants will be introduced to university resources for teaching, and will reflect on and discuss teaching strategies, roles, and responsibilities. Register for New TA Orientation.

Time: 2:30 pm
Let's talk about how we can leverage all interactive classroom activities for deeper content learning and interpersonal and intercultural development. In this webinar, we will share considerations, strategies, scripts and tools that can help you and your students realize the full potential of classroom interactions. This session counts towards the Teaching in Globally Diverse Classes Certificate Program and is hosted by International Student Academic Integration (ISAI), Global Programs and Strategy Alliance. Leveraging Interactions for Intercultural Learning.

Thursday, August 25

Time: 1:00 pm
This session links learning-centered course design strategies to specific rhetorical and pedagogical practices for developing your course syllabus for its primary audience: learners. Through a mix of presentation, examples, and discussion, participants will work to shape a learning-centered syllabus as an accessible, audience-aware, core course document. Finalizing Your Syllabus.
Time: 2:30 pm
Teaching with clarity is a required element on the Student Rating of Teaching. Participants will consider ways to improve the SRT element, "the instructor presented subject matter clearly." This workshop focuses on using vocal resources to convey classroom content clearly and engagingly. While this workshop addresses strategies for multilingual participants, the content is applicable to all linguistic backgrounds. Register for Vocal Strategies to Improve Clarity in Teaching.

Monday, August 29

Time: 12:30 pm
Each year, scholarly articles are published describing new approaches to teaching practice in higher education, however, busy instructors often lack the time to keep up with this ever growing-research. CEI has hosted a pedagogical journal club since 2014 and during this time we have selected, summarized, and discussed over 68 journal articles related to teaching and learning. This webinar summarizes the big ideas related to scholarly pedagogical research. We will identify and describe approaches that have a solid foundation of support from the literature and familiar teaching approaches that have very little support from the literature. We will suggest strategies for how to use the literature to make decisions about your teaching practice. Register for Which Teaching Practices are (and aren't) Supported by Pedagogical Literature?

Tuesday, August 30

Time: 1:00 pm

In this interactive session, new teaching assistants will be introduced to university resources for teaching, and will reflect on and discuss teaching strategies, roles, and responsibilities. Register for New TA Orientation.

Wednesday, August 31

Time: 11:30 am
In this engaging one-hour session, we'll apply empirically-based teaching and learning practices that promote student mental health, reduce anxiety, and maintain academic rigor. Register for Design Teaching & Learning that Supports Student Mental Health.
Time: 1:00 pm
This webinar focuses on effective practices for student assessment, with attention to using Canvas to communicate grading expectations and provide feedback. Register for Rubrics, Grading, and Feedback.
Time: 2:30 pm
Make your assignments clearer and more equitable for students through a simple practice of transparent assignment design. In this session, you'll learn to systematically apply three key components of transparent assignment design: purpose, task, and criteria for success. This intervention can help new and experienced instructors create assignments that have a deep impact on student learning, without the need for making drastic course design changes. Register for Transparent Assignment Design.

Thursday, September 1

Time: 10:00 am
Participants will develop awareness of the linguistic diversity on campus and grapple with the dual goals of preparing students for the language needs of their future careers and valuing student multilingual skills and assets. We will examine possible biases related to how students use English or other languages. Finally, we will explore ways that our classroom practices not only tolerate, but embrace, linguistic diversity and contribute positively to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts. Register for Recognizing and Embracing Linguistic Diversity in the College Classroom.
Time: 11:30 am
In this engaging session, participants will review and apply effective ways to start a conversation about mental health with students, including resources that support student mental health. Register for Starting a Conversation about Mental Health.
Time: 1:00 pm
In this session, we will identify ways to help students from globally and linguistically diverse backgrounds more easily access course content and engage in meaningful interactions with their peers. Register for Supporting Content Delivery and Student Interactions.
Time: 2:30 pm
Anti-racist pedagogy acknowledges that structural racism is reproduced in our courses. Participants will be introduced to anti-racist pedagogy in the context of the UMN as a PWI. We will distinguish anti-racist pedagogy from inclusive teaching and explore anti-racist pedagogy in course goals and student learning outcomes; assignments; and course policies. Anyone interested in anti-racist pedagogy is welcome; those with a background in inclusive teaching will benefit most from this workshop. Register for Anti-Racist Pedagogy.