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The Centre for Teaching and Learning sponsors and facilitates an ongoing series of workshops focussing on the teaching and learning issues that impact on student engagement and the student experience at the University of Windsor. These free events are open to the whole University community and facilitate discussion about strategically important teaching and learning issues for the University.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

9:15 AM

Re-thinking Foundational Courses: Engaging Science Students through Collaborative Course Design

Schedule: Monday, April 24, 2017, 09:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: Medical Education Building, Room 3102
Instructors: Tim McKay

The emerging information age provides unprecedented opportunities for rethinking our approach to teaching large-scale foundational courses in Science as well as other disciplines. We can abandon the passive lecture halls, generic instruction, standardized exams, and expensive textbooks of the 20th century, and build inclusive, engaging points of entry into virtually any discipline or topic.

The University of Michigan is currently engaged in a campus-wide Foundational Course Initiative to establish a new, 21st century collaborative approach to the creation and instruction of these courses. Faculty, staff, and students from departments are joining together with instructional consultants from the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching to form Collaborative Course Design teams and to design, develop, and deliver next generation versions of foundational courses. In this session, participants will learn the details of this multi-year project and discuss the strategies that they might employ in rebuilding their own foundational courses using the best evidence-based teaching methods to engage and motivate students, the most appropriate and effective technology solutions, and an assessment toolkit focused on measuring and improving student learning.

11:00 AM

Why Learning Analytics: Solving Your Teaching Problems

Schedule: Monday, April 24, 2017, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Medical Education Building, Room 3102
Instructors: Tim McKay
The 21st century began amidst an information revolution that promises to change higher education in a variety of ways. Many of these changes have already happened: information is increasingly online, lectures are being flipped, and students are distracted in class by social media. But while some changes seem positive and others not so much, it is an ongoing question as to how specific changes impact student learning and engagement, and how faculty might work towards improving their classroom experiences. Harnessing information technology for learning analytics is one approach to answering this question. We already gather rich and extensive information about student performance, activity, status, and engagement. Analyzing and using that data effectively can give us new insights to optimize our education of an increasingly diverse student body, increase personalization, and ultimately to create much greater student motivation and engagement.