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.


Writing Better Multiple-Choice Questions

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Facilitator: Jessica Underwood
Location: TORW 319
Tracks: Pedagogy

Multiple-choice questions (MCQs) are the pillar for learning 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 of an effective MCQ, and craft questions that are relevant, fair, and challenging.


Teaching Portfolio Workshop

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. OR
Date: Thursday, Oct. 24, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Patty Kohler-Evans
Location: TORW 319
Tracks: Pedagogy, Online, FYS

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 tenure and/or promotion application.


Making Course Materials More Visually Appealing

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. OR
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Adam Peterson
Location: TORW 319
Tracks: Diversity, Pedagogy, Online, FYS

All design is C.R.A.P. Just as we eat with our eyes first, students ingest our course materials with their eyes before their brains. Making visually appealing course materials, from slide presentations to handouts, is an essential part of delivering content to our students. If you can understand Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity (C.R.A.P.), you can deliver visually appealing course materials that are truly effective. This session will look at these different design principles and demonstrate simple ways to instantly improve the look and feel of your course materials. Bring your laptop and syllabus, and we will design together!


Dyslexia in the College Classroom

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Amy Thompson
Location: TORW 319
Tracks: Diversity, Pedagogy, Online, FYS

 Identification is only the first step; the next step is to intervene. How does this apply to the college classroom? Intervention is not always providing small group instruction or teaching them how to read. Intervention encapsulates providing what is needed to ensure the content is comprehensible. This session will explore instructional strategies to modify your assignments to help ensure you are reaching and accommodating all learners – even those who do not always tell us they need help.