Friday, November 21, 2008
Fostering Success in Assessment
This workshop explored how to design and carry out fair assessment, so that students have the opportunity to thrive. While security and integrity regarding our final exams and other assessments are important, we should not lose sight of the pedagogical value of the assessment itself. This workshop also offered participants the opportunity share some "tricks of the trade."
Monday, November 24, 2008
Avoiding PowerPoint Karaoke
Microsoft PowerPoint is a popular and powerful tool for communicating with students. This session covered designing slides that assist learning, using PowerPoint during lectures, and effective use of handouts. While this session focused on using PowerPoint, the material was applicable to a wide variety of presentation technologies and learning contexts.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Early Career Faculty Success
The workshop drew on evidence from two studies, one conducted at Oxford University (UK), and one in New Zealand and Sweden, investigating the experiences and work practices of doctoral students and of academics in the early stages of their careers. This workshop used the findings to frame discussion and activities that explored questions such as:
- What sorts of relationships can foster success in doctoral and early career experiences?
- How can doctoral students and early career faculty develop agency in creating, nurturing and maintaining effective support bases?
- Why does it matter whom we know, and how we know them?
Friday, December 12, 2008
Developing a Philosophy of Teaching
This workshop helped attendees develop a "philosophy of teaching" statement that could be included in a teaching portfolio. A good workshop for both new and experienced teachers, it helped attendees to identify goals, strengths, weaknesses, values, and commitments as teachers. (There was also an optional continued involvement available after session, in form of Learning Community).