Instructional Workshops

Instructional workshops are designed to assist faculty in the endeavor to improve instruction, improve classroom management and construct teaching portfolios. These workshops are valuable for course design and preparation of the teaching portion of their advancement, promotion and/or tenure documentation.

Introduction Session: FYS/Core/Recognition Track

Date: Thursday, Sept 20 at X-period (1:40-2:30)
Instructional Theme: FYS
Location: Torreyson West 319
Facilitator: Jacob Held

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Better Questions = Better Outcomes

Tips for Writing Multiple Choice Questions

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 26th from 2:00-2:45 p.m.
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Online Teaching, FYS
Location: Torreyson West 319
Facilitator: Jessica Underwood

Multiple-choice questions (MCQs) are the pillar for assessments; they’re easy to administer and can be a powerful learning tool – if they are written well. Many instructors rely on test banks, but even publishers populate poor MCQs. While it is challenging and time-consuming to write MCQs that assess more than recall, the end result can improve student outcomes.

In this workshop, you will identify the common pitfalls of MCQs, examine features an effective MCQ, and craft questions that are relevant, fair, and challenging.

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Transitional Student Needs

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 9th at X-period (1:40-2:30)
Instructional Theme: FYS
Location: Torreyson West 302
Facilitator: Amy Baldwin

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FYS: Diversity

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 16th at X-period (1:40-2:30)
Instructional Theme: FYS
Location: Torreyson West 319
Facilitator:
 Jacob Held w/a Panel of UCA Faculty Teaching in the Core

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Do You See What I See?: Identifying and Addressing Student Difficulties

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 23rd at X-period (1:40-2:30)
Instructional Theme: FYS
Location: Torreyson West 319
Facilitators: Thomas Bruick and Cheryl Lyons

Please join us for a discussion with Cheryl Lyons and Thomas Bruick. They’ll discuss some of the less recognized or hidden stressors that can negatively impact our first year students.

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Teaching Portfolio Workshop

Dates: Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. or Thursday, Oct. 25th from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Online Teaching
Location: Torreyson West 319
Facilitator: Patty Kohler-Evans

The Teaching Portfolio Workshop offers an opportunity to learn how to construct a portfolio to document one’s teaching effectiveness. Writing and discussion exercises provide a starting point for the portfolio development process. This workshop will help faculty prepare the teaching portion of their advancement, promotion and/or tenure application.

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Don’t be a Ghost: Increase Your Instructor Presence with Short Videos

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Online Teaching
Location: Torreyson West 319
Facilitator: Jessica Underwood & Lisa Davis

Come and learn basics of rapid development and deployment of short videos using your phones/tablets and basic equipment. CTE will have some Halloween-based props (or bring your own) and some short scripts for this hands-on recording session.

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FYS: Critical Inquiry

Date: Monday, Oct. 29th from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Instructional Theme: FYS
Location: Torreyson West 319
Facilitator: Jacob Held w/a Panel of UCA Faculty Teaching in the Core

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Get to the Why: Communicating Course Expectations from the Inside Out

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 14th from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Instructional Theme: Diversity & Inclusion, FYS, Pedagogy, Online Teaching
Location: Torreyson West 319
Facilitator: Vicki Parish

This workshop is a continuation of the lunch and learn, TILTing Your Class: Transparent Teaching Can Transform Learning, where participants will dive deeper into the TILT framework and actively update an existing assignment to be more transparent for students. Participants are asked to bring a copy of their syllabus and the assignment description and rubric (if used) for one assignment/project. They will then provide and receive feedback based on the TILT framework and begin making modifications. Note that lunch and learn participation is not a prerequisite for participation in this workshop.

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FYS: Responsible Living

Dates: Sept. 25th (xperiod), Sept. 27th (xperiod), Oct. 17th (3:00), Oct. 18th (xperiod)
Instructional Theme: FYS
Location: Burdick 215
Facilitator: Jacob Held

This event requires no pre-registration. Participants may simply show up to Burdick 215 at x-period on the chosen workshop day.

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