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Teaching and Learning Essentials Seminar

Great teaching can be learned! This two-day, highly interactive seminar covers the principles of effective course design and delivery for maximized student learning. Starting with a big-picture look at learning science, participants will have an opportunity to apply backward design methods to improve alignment across course outcomes, assessments, and daily activities and assignments. From designing a learner-centered syllabus to engaging and managing students in the classroom, this course will cover what you need to know to make your course a success through the planning, development, and delivery phases.

Topics covered include:

  • Developing a growth mindset teaching persona
  • Bridging the expert-novice gap between you and your students
  • Planning for learning with backward design principles
  • Defining and using learning outcomes as guides for effective teaching
  • Designing a learner-centered syllabus
  • Assessing student progress and achievements
  • Engaging students with active learning strategies
  • Managing classroom behaviors
  • Getting ready for the first day of teaching

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Teaching and Learning Essentials Seminar for Grad Students

Completion of the seminar is required for all Teaching Assistants, Level 2 (TA2) PRIOR to starting their teaching assignment.

calendarMay 11-12, 2020
clock 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cone 2029 (S)
calendarAugust 10-11, 2020
clock9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cone 2029 (S)

Participants collaborate on course planning activities throughout the seminar.

Last updated: 3/12/2020