Wednesday, December 13

Time: 12:00 pm

Welcome to the December edition of Pedagogical Innovations Journal Club

While there is a vast body of research that demonstrates the benefits of active learning for students, we know that those benefits are not equitably distributed. The authors of this article consider whether active learning is accessible to students with disabilities, and they interviewed directors of Disability Resource Centers (DRCs) to identify students' barriers to active learning, accommodations that may reduce those barriers, and recommendations for designing more inclusive active learning courses. In our discussion, we will examine both the findings and limitations of this research, as well as implications for improving active learning strategies in our own teaching contexts.

The Fall 2023 Pedagogical Innovations Journal Club will highlight research on a variety of timely topics: the experiences of disabled students in higher ed, accessibility of active learning, cultural norms among first-generation students, and the importance of self-efficacy. We will highlight how the findings of each of these articles could be applied and adapted for your teaching and you will have the opportunity to benefit from the insight and experiences of your peers.

Note: You do not have to read the articles to benefit from attending the journal club.

Wednesday, January 10

Time: 8:30 am

This event is part of the Teaching of Enrichment Series.

The first day of class is always important, but this year, as we welcome students back to campus, it's even more important. In this session, we'll discuss strategies for creating a welcome, supportive environment that gets everyone excited to learn.

Time: 2:00 pm

This event is part of the Teaching of Enrichment Series.

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.

Thursday, January 11

Time: 11:00 am

This event is part of the Teaching of Enrichment Series.

This engaging session details three ways that all instructors can support student well-being and mental health. By the end of this session, attendees will be able to apply at least three strategies that support well-being and mental health in their specific educational setting.

Thursday, February 1

Time: 3:30 pm

Designing and Delivering Online Learning will help you explore and make plans to implement effective pedagogical practices in your online courses. This four module seminar is open to faculty and instructors systemwide and will be delivered completely online, making use of Canvas activities and incorporating Zoom. The four Zoom meetings will be held on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 pm between January 29 and March 1.  You can expect to spend between 10 and 15 hours on seminar activities during the entirety of the program.