Fall Teaching Kickoff 2021

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Please register below and join us as we gather for a series of interactive workshops aimed at getting you geared up and ready for the first week of class. This year's event takes place on Monday, August 16th. All workshops will be virtual via BlueJeans; you will receive the link once you register. Please register below to attend all day, or to join us as you are able.


Workshop Descriptions

 

 
Syllabus Clinic for New Instructors
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
 
Research shows that the way your syllabus is constructed can affect your students’ ability to learn in your class. In addition, making decisions about specific course policies is often a matter of being clear on university-wide rules, then balancing tradeoffs based on your context and style. We invite you to join us, along with a draft of your syllabus, to receive guidance and feedback as you get it ready for the first day of class.
 
Facilitated by:
Dr. Carol Subiño Sullivan, Assistant Director, Faculty Teaching & Learning Initiatives,
Center for Teaching and Learning
 
Great Expectations: Returning to Campus Ready Yet Changed
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
 

Beginning anew this Fall is a significant transition for both us and our students, but also an opportunity for deep reflection on what we’ve learned. How have the events of the past year influenced us, and how might we want to teach differently in order to address issues that have become increasingly important? What's ending, and what will we miss? Why are we gathering again, and what makes interacting in class together worthwhile? What are we looking forward to?

In this workshop, you will connect with teaching strategies designed to help you launch a semester of re-orientation--one that makes the most of where we've been and where we'd soon like to be. This is a chance to freshen your class meetings with active, intrinsically motivating, sticky, and culturally affirming practices--and set your students up for meaningful learning throughout the term.

 
Facilitated by:
Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark, Faculty Teaching and Learning Specialist, Center for Teaching and Learning
Dr. Joyce Weinsheimer, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
 
After Syllabus Day: Making Learning Matter on Day 2
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
 

How can you use compelling dilemmas, issues and questions to get students engaged in your course from the start? How might getting students motivated from the beginning impact student learning throughout the semester?

Caralyn Zehnder and her colleagues write in Learning that Matters: A Field Guide to Transformative Education (2021) that “Dilemmas, issues and questions (DIQs) can be used as a frame for a course. DIQs enhance discipline-specific content by providing students a compelling reason to learn the facts, models, concepts, and practices associated with the discipline. Additionally, they provide a means for students to think deeply about important, complex issues and problems they will face.”

Join us to learn more about the DIQ framework, hear examples from colleagues of how they engage their students early on in their courses, and reflect on how you might use the DIQ framework to motivate student learning in your course from the start.

Facilitated by:
Dr. Carol Subiño Sullivan, Assistant Director, Faculty Teaching & Learning Initiatives, Center for Teaching and Learning
 
Teaching Forward: Creating Inclusive Learning Environments with Technology
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 

Over the course of the last 18 months, we’ve learned a great deal about teaching and learning in different environments and found new technologies that engage students in multiple, more inclusive ways. Online discussion and collaboration tools as well as the chat feature in videoconferencing platforms have opened up new opportunities for all students to effectively participate in class, so how do we leverage the benefits of learning technologies like these in face-to-face courses? In this session, we will focus on tools integrated into Canvas including Ed Discussion and Annoto and explore options for using these inclusive collaborative technologies in the day-to-day classroom experience.

Facilitated by:
Mr. Samba Diop, Instructional Technology Professional, Office of Information Technology
Dr. Rui Hu, Learning and Technology Specialist, Center for Teaching and Learning
Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark, Faculty Teaching and Learning Specialist, Center for Teaching and Learning

 

Questions? Please email csubino@gatech.edu.

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