Spring 2020 Faculty-Led Teaching and Learning Workshops

REGISTER for one more of the following Spring workshops


Labor-Based Grading Contracts as Anti-Racist Classroom Assessment (follow-up session)
Facilitator:  Dr. Lisa Tremain, English
January 31, 2020  • 10:00 – 11:30 am • LIB 317
How can instructors implement contract-based grading into their courses?  What are the first steps of this process, and how can we use Canvas to support contract-based grading?  This session offers a follow-up to Asao Inoue’s workshop “Labor-Based Grading Contracts as Anti-Racist Classroom Assessment” (delivered on Friday, December 13, 2019).  Participants will share ideas and approaches for contract-based grading as an anti-oppressive and useful framework for thinking about grading and assessment.  You do not need to have attended the 12/13/19 session to attend this follow-up. Bring your laptop!


Understanding and Adopting Equitable Teaching Strategies
Facilitator: Dr. Kim White, Chemistry
Two-part session: February 7 and February 14, 2020 • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm • LIB 317
Attendees will learn about equitable teaching strategies and reflect upon their own pedagogies and classroom practices. Participants will work in teams to discuss challenges and strategize equity-based course modifications for future implementation.

Enhancing Motivation after Failure: Perceiving Academic Control
Facilitator: Dr. Brandilynn Villarreal, Psychology
February 25, 2020 • 12:00 - 1:00 pm • LIB 209
College courses are difficult and failure or poor performance in some capacity is common, especially among freshmen, first-year transfer students, first-generation students, and/or minoritized students. These groups are especially likely to see college as a low-control environment. One of the goals of this workshop is to help students see college as a high-control environment by modeling and encouraging attributions after failure that are internal, unstable, and controllable. Students who perceive more control over their performance are likely to extend additional effort to reach their educational goals.


Engaging Students in the Classroom Through Cooperative Learning
Facilitator: Dr. David Adams, Kinesiology and Recreation Administration
March 4, 2020 • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm • LIB 317
This workshop focuses on cooperative learning, an instructional model that provides educators the opportunity to move into a classroom where students are responsible as a group for their learning. Within this model, students will develop a greater sense of responsibility through consistent interactions with their teacher and peers. Applied at all levels of education, cooperative learning has also been shown to increase self-esteem, improve peer-to-peer relationships, and develop critical thinking skills.

Highlights from the Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching
Facilitator: Dr. Lucy Kerhoulas, Forestry & Wildland Resources
March 6, 2020 • 12:00 - 1:00 pm • FH 108
The Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching is a week-long intensive on the use of active learning strategies to effectively teach in the sciences. In this workshop, we will cover two highlight concepts from this approach. First, we will explore the benefits of using “Formative Assessments” in the classroom, and next, we will introduce the use of “Backward Design” in course planning. Workshop participants will gain numerous hands-on examples of these techniques to use in their own classes.

Teaching a Flipped Classroom: From Basics to Implementation (part 1)
Teaching a Flipped Classroom: Hands-on Tech and Tools Demo (part 2)

Facilitator: Levi Basist, Kinesiology
Two-part session: March 27, 2020 (LIB 317) and April 3, 2020 (LIB 114)  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Take part in an education revolution that turns the traditional classroom paradigm on its head.  Part 1 of this course is more than just an introduction, it will cover how flipped classes differ from traditional classes, the benefits of flipping, how to avoid common mistakes, and practical tips for getting started. In Part 2, faculty will use the skills learned in Part 1 and be introduced to and guided through a hands-on demo of technology that can aid them in developing and sharing their own flipped content.