Workshops

Workshop 1: ABET Assessment Tips and Tools

The workshop will present effective and efficient methods of assessing the ABET outcomes a-k. Techniques will be presented for streamlining the assessment process including when and how much student work to collect, additional types of assessment data to collect, and frequency of assessment. Examples will be provided for each of the a-k outcomes and samples of rubrics will also be presented.

Workshop 2: Best Teaching Practices for New Faculty

This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of effective teaching and is geared towards new faculty members. It will feature active seminars on how students learn and the characteristics of the effective teacher. The seminars are grounded on Richard Fe lder’s theory of learning styles and Joseph Lowman’s model of effective teaching. The workshop will conclude with an overview of proven strategies, techniques, and resources that participants can use to increase their classroom effectiveness.

Workshop 3: Should I try this? – An Interactive Workshop on Assessing Hands-On Teaching

There are many new classroom techniques; but the question remains whether these techniques can be helpful in your classroom. This workshop will use hands-on design activities where participants will hold the role of both student and teacher. As students you will learn a new engineering skill through a design project. As teachers you will design, administer, and evaluate assessment tools to help rethink the classroom environment. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas that they are considering or have tried, and we will facilitate time to collect, discuss and distribute these ideas. At the conclusion of the workshop we will brainstorm with participants on how to use and assess new teaching concepts in different settings and courses.

Workshop 4: Team-Based Learning Best Practices and Tools

As class sizes continue to grow, college teachers are increasingly looking for ways to engage students in classes that run into the hundreds. In this workshop, you will experience Team-Based Learning (TBL), an instructional strategy that both teachers and students have reported increasing levels of student attendance, preparation, participation and critical thinking. This specific form of small-group learning has enjoyed increasing adoption across disciplines in the last decade. Upon completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the structural flaw in most “traditional” forms of group work
  • Identify three important distinctions between TBL and other forms of group work
  • Describe the four practical elements of TBL
  • Design an effective and enjoyable group assignment and courses.

Workshop 5:

  • Part 1: The Impact of Social Media in the Classroom
    Blogs, wikis, podcasts, chats, tweets, Facebooking – the web has become a very different place than it was just a few years ago – open, social and participatory. Through demonstration of a variety of social media practices and discussion of key questions, this session will ask participants to consider how the social web may be impacting higher education and the learning implications this has for practice.
  • Part 2: On-line Instruction and Learning-Science Based Self-Assessment
    Numerous rubrics exist to evaluate online course design. Yet, most of these focus on the mechanics of content and delivery rather than online course design that is in line with lessons learned from cognitive research about how students learn. In this interactive workshop, the presenters will demonstrate a new learning science based self-assessment tool for online courses and provide the opportunity for participants to apply it to their own online practice to understand their impact on their students’ learning.

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