Dates Title Details
3/4/24 1:00 pm - 3/4/24 2:30 pm Making Groupwork Work

Session Format: Remote synchronous (Zoom)

Intended Audience: Graduate Students, UG Instructional Assistants

Facilitator(s): ETCs

Session Abstract: Group work is a key component of many engineering courses. Effective use of groups in the classroom can increase student learning and enhance students' problem-solving abilities if instructors ensure that all students are engaged and included. However, not all students find group work to be a positive experience. This remote workshop will incorporate materials and videos (featuring the CRLT-Players theater troupe) to help you identify ways to gather student feedback and use it to design successful group work activities.

GTC eligible? Yes

Note: Links to Zoom meeting will be emailed to registrants about 24 hours before the session.

3/6/24 8:00 am - 3/20/24 11:59 pm Getting Started on Your Teaching Philosophy Statement

Session Format: Remote asynchronous (Canvas)

Intended Audience: Graduate students, Postdocs

Facilitator(s): Sarah Zelner

Session Abstract: Many academic employers require a teaching philosophy statement as part of the application process. In this asynchronous 2-week workshop, you will learn about research on hiring committees’ use of teaching philosophy statements, examine sample philosophies, and work through activities designed to help you begin the process of writing a teaching philosophy statement. A few things to note. First, this workshop incorporates peer feedback as an important element. This means there will be two intermediate deadlines throughout the workshop (on Tuesday 3/12 and Tuesday 3/19). Second, this is an introductory workshop to help launch you on the process of writing a teaching statement. Drafting a full statement is not the intended outcome of the workshop. However, if you have already drafted a statement, you are welcome to use this workshop as an opportunity to further refine your statement.

GTC eligible? No

3/6/24 10:00 am - 3/6/24 12:00 pm Equity-focused Teaching in Practice: Critical Engagement of Difference

Session Format: Remote synchronous (Zoom)

Intended Audience: Faculty, Graduate Students, Postdocs, UG Instructional Assistants, Admin/Staff

Facilitator(s): Esther Grace Witte

Session Abstract: In this interactive synchronous session we investigate the function of difference in equity-focused teaching. Social systems of power (racism, sexism, ableism, etc.) produce inequity in part by shaping the meanings and value of differences between and among human beings, in order to maintain unequal distributions of resources, access, wealth, and well-being. This workshop first reviews some theoretical foundations for Critical Engagement of Difference, inviting participants to reflect together on the role of difference in higher education classrooms. We’ll then guide participants to develop context-specific strategies for critically engaging difference in your own teaching practice.

Note: This workshop is intended for those who are already familiar with CRLT’s Equity-focused Teaching (EfT) framework from a recent CRLT workshop or consultation (within the past year or so). If the EfT framework is new to you, we recommend you register for “Introduction to Equity-focused Teaching” or request a consultation instead.

GTC eligible? Yes, B2-DEI

3/13/24 8:00 am - 3/27/24 11:59 pm Writing and Grading Multiple Choice Exams

Session Format: Remote asynchronous (Canvas)

Intended Audience: Faculty, Graduate Students, Postdocs, UG Instructional Assistants, Admin/Staff

Facilitator(s): Jeanne Andreoli

Session Abstract: Multiple choice exams can be an effective and efficient way to assess learning outcomes. In this asynchronous 2-week workshop, participants will learn about evidence-based practices for designing valid and reliable multiple choice questions across an array of learning objectives.  In the first week, you will have the opportunity to reflect upon your goals and current practices in writing and grading exams, learn about a four-part framework for designing and grading multiple choice questions, and learn how to best use multiple-choice questions to support the learning of all of your students. In the second week, you will have the opportunity to create and receive peer feedback on some of your own multiple choice questions.

GTC eligible? Yes, B2

3/14/24 10:00 am - 3/14/24 11:30 am The Role of Empathy in the Equity-focused Engineering Classroom

Session Format: In-person

Intended Audience: Graduate Students, Faculty, Postdocs, Admin/Staff

Facilitator(s): Linjue “Jade” Wang

Session Abstract: Engineering education research that shows empathy is crucial to building positive faculty/GSI-student relationships both inside the classroom and beyond. Participants will learn about empathy as a vehicle to promote equity-focused teaching in engineering. They will engage in faculty/GSI role-playing scenarios, self-reflection, and discussions that will include concrete examples of how an instructor can foster empathy in a classroom.

GTC eligible? Yes, B2-DEI

3/20/24 1:30 pm - 3/20/24 3:00 pm The Importance of Embracing Failure in Learning

Session Format: Remote synchronous (Zoom)

Intended Audience: Faculty, Graduate Students, Postdocs, UG Instructional Assistants, Admin/Staff

Facilitator(s): Audra Baleisis and Deborah Lichti

Session Abstract: Failure is a vital part of conducting research and thinking about design in STEM disciplines. However, STEM students do not often view failure, or challenges, as integral to learning. In this interactive session, participants will reflect on the many roles (both positive and negative) of failure in the college classroom, and learn about strategies for mitigating fear of failure. We will consider the dangers of stereotype threat and impostor syndrome, and the power of fostering a growth mindset for instructors and students. (Note: this workshop is based on the Stereotype Threat, Impostor Syndrome and Growth Mindset Workshop that has been offered for the past 4 years. If you have attended that, much of the material will be familiar to you.)

GTC eligible? Yes, B2-DEI

Note: Links to Zoom meeting will be emailed to registrants about 24 hours before the session.