We offer a variety of workshops and courses on teaching and learning throughout the year. Featured below are the courses and workshops we typically offer. For information about our current calendar of offerings, visit the VPTL events page or subscribe to TA News from VPTL. To request a customized workshop for your department, contact Amanda Modell.
- VPTL 280: Learning & Teaching of Science - The course involves readings, discussion, and application of ideas through the creation of learning activities.
- VPTL 312: Science and Engineering Course Design - Apply research on science and engineering learning to the design of effective course materials. Learn how to design effective course materials applying research in science and engineering. Topics include syllabus design, course content and format decisions, assessment planning and grading, and strategies for teaching improvement.
- Course Design Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs - This multi-day, hands-on workshop helps graduate students and post-docs develop or revise courses. Using a framework grounded in research on student learning, you will learn how to develop meaningful student learning goals and build courses that help student be successful learners.
- Designing an Effective Syllabus - In this workshop, designed for graduate students and post-docs, you will learn how to create a learning-centered syllabus that articulates your course objectives and sets a positive tone for learning. Offered quarterly.
- Effective Lectures and Presentations - Learn how to communicate to your class effectively with an emphasis on pedagogical strategies and the perspective of the learner. Hosted by the Oral Communication Program at Autumn Quarter TA Orientation.
- Grading Papers and Essays - This workshop explores strategies for grading written assignments effectively, including tips for before, during, and after the grading process. Hosted by the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking at Autumn Quarter TA Orientation.
- Grading Problem Sets, Labs, and Exams - This workshop will discuss effective strategies for grading problem sets, quantitative and short-answer exams, and labs. Offered at TA Orientation.
- Holding Office Hours and Review Sessions: Science & Engineering - Learn how to handle interaction with individuals and groups during office hours and how to prepare and deliver effective review sessions. Offered at TA Orientation.
- Leading Discussions in Humanities and Social Sciences - Learn simple, effective strategies to encourage student participation and make your Humanities and Social Science classes engaging, interesting, and fun. Offered at TA Orientation.
- Leading Discussions in Sciences and Engineering - Learn simple, effective strategies to encourage student participation and make your Sciences and Engineering classes engaging, interesting, and fun. Offered at TA Orientation.
- Major Policies & Practices Every TA Should Know - Get an overview of major university policies that impact your role as a TA, including sexual harassment prevention, the Honor Code, and accommodations for students with disabilities. Presentations by policy offices are followed by Q&A. Offered at TA Orientation.
- Student Engagement Techniques - Find out how to make your discussion sections more fun, interactive, and engaging. In this workshop, we’ll identify specific activities you can incorporate into your discussion sections to increase student participation and add variety to your lesson plans. Offered by request.
- Decolonizing the Syllabus - This workshop will help you identify dimensions along which a course syllabus in your field might be marginalizing certain populations or methods, and it will introduce you to a framework for designing your syllabus more inclusively. Offered by request.
- Creating Inclusive Classrooms - Explore how everyday teaching practices can be more inclusive for all students in a variety of disciplines and class formats. Strategies will focus on the ways in which course climate is created and sustained in syllabi, first days of class, and everyday teaching practices. Offered by request.
- Knowing What You Don't Know: Instructor and Student Strategies for Promoting Metacognition - In this workshop, we will discuss strategies that both students and instructors can use to regulate self-guided learning. Offered by request.
- Leading Sensitive Discussions - This workshop will guide you through creating a classroom environment in which students are respected and valued, and it will introduce you to a procedure for navigating sensitive classroom moments. Offered by request.
- Making Groups Work in Class - Small group work during class can support learning and the development of collaborative skills. In this interactive workshop, participants will experience four different models of group work and discuss factors that can impact group learning, including strategies for equitable participation. Offered by request.
Contact Amanda Modell, Associate Director, Graduate Teaching Programs, for more information or to request a workshop for your department.
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