The Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) is offering a series of 2-hour seminars designed specifically for teaching assistants. You will receive a certificate for each session you attend. The first seminars in this series are listed below, and additional topics will be announced soon. To register for any of these session please click on the appropriate register button.
A boxed lunch will be provided. If you have special dietary needs (vegetarian, gluten free, or both) please e-mail Stacey Valliere at email@example.com
ITL Lunchtime Seminars
The seminars are available to faculty, graduate students, and professional staff. Reservations are required and are accepted on a first-come-first serve basis. If you have signed up and are not able to attend, your colleagues would appreciate it if you let us know, as we often have waiting lists. Feedback from you is also important. It will help us focus as well as plan a more diverse program.
A boxed lunch will be provided. If you have special dietary needs (vegetarian, gluten free, or both) please e-mail Stacey Valliere.
Using Informal Writing to Promote Engagement and Critical Thinking in Small and Large Courses Across the Disciplines
Tom Deans, English & ITL-Writing Center
Friday, January 23rd
Most of the writing we assign in college courses–papers, lit reviews, lab reports–is formal and high-stakes, and typically takes lots of time to teach and grade. This workshop will focus on a whole different kind of writing: informal, low-stakes writing that can be woven strategically into both small and large enrollment courses. What would it be like, for example, to interrupt a lecture and have students write for 3 minutes on a key question, data set, or quotation presented on a slide? Such quick writing activities–often done in class, often not even collected–can promote engagement, spark critical thinking, and reinforce course content.
Responding to (and Grading) Student Writing in the Disciplines
Tom Deans, English & ITL-Writing Center
Monday, January 26th
Responding to and grading student writing will always take time, but there are more and less effective and efficient ways to do it. This session will reveal what research on writing in the disciplines suggests about best practices. We’ll also discuss some less common but quite promising practices–such as recorded audio responses, quick individual conferences, and peer review–that take less time than traditional written commenting on drafts.
Talk Moves to Enhance Discussion and Student Thinking
Mary Truxaw, Curriculum & Instruction
Friday, January 30th – 11:15-12:30pm
Targeted Audience: Faculty & TA’s
Are you interested in promoting discussion in your classes that support student thinking and learning? Five “talk moves” will be introduced, discussed, and practiced by participants. You should leave the session being able to try out one or more of these moves in your classroom.
Academic Honesty, Cheating, Plagiarism, and SafeAssign
Steven Park and Ashley Vrabely, Academic Services, AVPT
Monday, February 9, 2015 New Date – Monday, March 30, 2015
As college instructors we do not want to create an atmosphere of distrust and suspicion in our classrooms. But, on the other hand, we don’t want to be naïve about questions around academic integrity, honesty, and cheating. In this workshop we will talk about finding that right balance, to let our students know that we know why and how some students cheat, and what we can do to minimize the risk and create a positive learning environment. We will show the open use of SafeAssign, HuskyCT’s originality – checking software.
The goal of the workshop is to help instructors find the right balance in the classroom between letting our students know that we are savvy about academic dishonesty—- without negatively impacting the atmosphere of learning.
Please read the article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
November 17, 2014
Think Students in Your Class Might Be Cheating? Here’s What to Do
By Beckie Supiano
http://chronicle.com/article/Think-Students-in-Your-Class/150091/Program: Avery Point Campus
New TA Orientation
August 26, 2015 - Laurel Hall (LH)
To register please click here (will bring you to the Graduate School website)