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.

Dyslexia 101

Date: Monday, Jan. 28th at 1:00-2:00
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Online Teaching, Diversity & Inclusion
Location: Torreyson West 302
Facilitator: Amy Thompson

One in five people have Dyslexia. That fact alone is astounding. How many Dyslexics have you encountered and did not know it, or they did not know it? The state is placing a strong emphasis on early identification and intervention, but what about our college students? Some tell us more than we ever wanted to know. Some sit in silence. And suffer. And fail. This session will explore the basics of Dyslexia. What is it? What does it look like? How can I identify signs in the college classroom?

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Strategies for Supporting First-Generation Students

Date: Tuesday, February 19th at xperiod (1:40-2:30)
Instructional Theme: FYS, Pedagogy, Online Teaching, Diversity & Inclusion
Location: Torreyson West 319
Facilitator: Amy Baldwin

First-generation students have unique experiences and strengths that can affect their college success, and it is important that faculty build on those strengths to help first-generation students navigate the sometimes challenging journey from matriculation to graduation. This workshop provides participants with information about first-generation student characteristics as well as research-based for providing support that helps rather than hinders their progress.

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Dyslexics in the College Classroom

Date: Monday, April 1st at 1:00-2:00
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Online Teaching, Diversity & Inclusion
Location: Torreyson West 319
Facilitator: Amy Thompson

Armed with the ability to identify signs of Dyslexia, what do you do next? 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 delivery tips and ways 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.

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Teaching Writing to First-Year Students: Part 1, Meeting Student Writers Where They Are

Date: Monday, February 25th at 2:00
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Online Teaching, FYS
Location: Torreyson West 302
Facilitator: Jen Talbot

Part 1 of 2 introduces a few useful principles of teaching and assessing student writing, and connects them to UCA Core Rubric B. As a group, we will use sample papers illustrate how the criteria on the rubric show up in student writing. Through this conversation we will begin to develop a profile of a first-year writer: what we can expect them to know and be able to do, what skills that they are developing at this stage, and what expectations might need more scaffolding.

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Teaching Writing to First-Year Students: Part 2, Beyond the Red Pen

Date: Monday, March 4th at 2:00
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Online Teaching, FYS
Location: Torreyson West 319
Facilitator: Jen Talbot

In part 2 of 2, we will delve into a variety of strategies for providing feedback to students through a combination of comments, grades, and rubrics. We will also look at best practices in developing assignments that transparently communicate the criteria for success. If you have a writing assignment you’d like to revise, please bring it for workshopping.

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 Mindset vs. Grit Workshop

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 12th at X-period (1:40-2:30)
Instructional Theme: FYS, Pedagogy, Diversity & Inclusion
Location: Torreyson West 302
Facilitator: Victoria Groves-Scott

You’ve heard a lot about mindset and grit, but have you stoped to ponder how those two concepts overlap, coexist, and/or represent something totally different? More importantly, how can we use what we know about mindset and grit to improve students’ ability to take on difficult tasks and persevere. This workshop will discuss these topics along with a recognition that “grit with it” doesn’t always work because some students are truly disadvantaged.

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Teaching Portfolio Workshop

Dates: Wednesday, Mar. 13th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. or Thursday, Mar. 14th 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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