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2/13/23 1:00 pm - 2/13/23 2:30 pm Equity-focused Facilitation Strategies

Session Format: Remote Synchronous (Zoom)

Intended Audience: Faculty, Graduate Students, Postdocs

Facilitator(s): Tazin Daniels

Session Abstract: In this interactive remote workshop, we will discuss best practices for equity-focused facilitation in face-to-face and online classes. Through a series of reflections, small group activities, and large group discussions, we will practice different facilitation techniques to encourage participation and handle conflict in the classroom. By the end of the session, participants will leave with a set of co-developed strategies for common facilitation challenges they might face in their own courses.

GTC eligible? Yes, B2

2/15/23 12:00 pm - 2/15/23 1:15 pm Networking Lunch for GSMs and Faculty GSI Coordinators

This in-person session provides a great opportunity for GSMs and others who directly support GSI training across the university to meet, network, and share strategies. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss with peers in similar roles (e.g., GSM, faculty/staff) in small groups. Registrants for this session will have an opportunity to share questions prior to the session so we can better structure session activities and tailor resources. While we currently plan to provide lunch, this is subject to change depending on the public health situation at the time of the event.

 

2/15/23 1:00 pm - 2/15/23 3:00 pm Introduction to Equity-focused Teaching (EfT)

Session Format: Blended/Flipped: Asynchronous (via Canvas) plus Remote Synchronous (via Zoom)

Intended Audience: Faculty, Graduate Students, Postdocs

Facilitator(s): Victoria Genetin and Esther Witte

Session Abstract: How can instructors deliberately cultivate learning environments where all students are valued, respected, and supported in their learning? This blended remote workshop will introduce participants to CRLT’s research-based framework for equity-focused teaching, provide structured opportunities for instructors to reflect on their goals and practices related to equity, consider how to apply key research-based teaching principles to their teaching, and exchange ideas with colleagues to support the deliberate cultivation of equitable learning environments. This session will be especially helpful for instructors who are relatively new to thinking about equity in the teaching and learning space.

Note: In this blended/flipped workshop, participants will be asked to complete brief pre-work to support their deeper engagement in the remote synchronous session. We expect that participants will spend at least 30 minutes (via Canvas) prior to participating in the 2-hour remote synchronous session (via Zoom).

GTC eligible? Yes, B2-DEI

2/16/23 2:00 pm - 2/16/23 3:30 pm Making Groupwork Work

Session Format: Remote Synchronous (Zoom)

Intended Audience: Graduate Student Instructors, Undergraduate Instructional Aides

Facilitators: Eva Mungai, Ellen Thompson

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.

2/20/23 1:30 pm - 2/20/23 3:00 pm Assessing Participation: What? How? and Why?

Session Format: Blended/Flipped: Asynchronous (via Canvas) plus In-person Synchronous

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

Facilitator(s): Jeanne Andreoli

Session Abstract: Student participation factors into many instructional approaches, whether through discussion, presentations, in- and out-of-class assignments, or group work. Yet it can be challenging to identify transparent and equitable methods for grading student participation that balance instructors’ needs for efficiency and flexibility. This blended in-person workshop will help instructors clarify their goals for student participation and then examine different strategies for effectively encouraging and assessing it. Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas, methods, and criteria for grading participation and for communicating these expectations to their students.

Note: In this blended/flipped workshop, participants will be asked to complete brief pre-work to support their deeper engagement in the in-person synchronous session. We expect that participants will spend at least 30 minutes (via Canvas) prior to participating in the 90-minute in-person synchronous session.

GTC eligible? Yes, B2

2/22/23 1:00 pm - 2/22/23 3:00 pm Access-Questioning: A Critical Reflective Practice for Equity-Focused Teaching

Session Format: Remote Synchronous (Zoom)

Intended Audience: Faculty, Graduate Students, Postdocs

Facilitator(s): Esther Witte

Session Abstract: Disability Studies teach us that accessibility is not a finite “checklist” but an ongoing critical practice. In this interactive remote workshop, participants will learn conceptual tools for practicing critical reflection in order to deepen our thinking about the access barriers students may encounter. The goal is to increase your capacity to take critically-informed steps to better understand and meet all learners’ access needs.

GTC eligible? Yes, B2-DEI

3/6/23 1:30 pm - 3/6/23 3:00 pm Teaching All Students: Strength-Based Instruction Inclusive of Diverse Learners

Session Format: Remote Synchronous (Zoom)

Intended Audience: Faculty, Postdoctoral Students, Staff

Facilitators: Audra Baleisis, Laura Carroll, Kellie Grasman

Session Abstract: The term “neurodiverse” acknowledges that individual brains differ, and possess unique strengths and ways of thinking. Instruction must promote all students’ academic and future career success and this is achieved by incorporating and building on diverse strengths. Having neurodiverse groups in the workforce is critical to solving future STEM challenges. Participants in this remote workshop will learn about neurodiversity, strategies for creating classrooms where diverse learners thrive, and approaches for designing digital instructional resources that are accessible to all learners.

3/8/23 1:00 pm - 3/8/23 3:00 pm Data-informed Teaching: an Introduction to (Practical) Learning Analytics

Session Format: Hybrid (Synchronous In Person or Remote registration available. See session abstract)

Intended Audience: Faculty, Admin/Staff

Facilitator(s): Heather Rypkema and Stephanie Kusano

Session Abstract: Higher education is a data-rich landscape, but how can faculty leverage (or even access) these data to make pedagogical decisions in their courses? In this hybrid workshop, we will share learning analytics case studies from the Foundational Course Initiative, review available resources, and discuss questions you have about your students and their learning, and how that might inform your teaching strategies. Participants will come away with a better understanding of how data can be used to inform course design, and action steps (large or small) for using data to better understand and support learners in their courses.

Registration: This session will be offered simultaneously in person and over Zoom. If you plan to attend in person, please click on the "Register for this Event" button at the bottom of this page to navigate to the in person registration form. If you would like to attend remotely, please visit this page containing the remote registration form.  

GTC eligible? No

3/16/23 10:00 am - 3/16/23 12:00 pm Introduction to Equity-focused Teaching (EfT)

Session Format: Blended/Flipped: Asynchronous (via Canvas) plus In-person Synchronous

Intended Audience: Faculty, Graduate Students

Facilitator(s): Victoria Genetin and Esther Witte

Session Abstract: How can instructors deliberately cultivate learning environments where all students are valued, respected, and supported in their learning? This blended in-person workshop will introduce participants to CRLT’s research-based framework for equity-focused teaching, provide structured opportunities for instructors to reflect on their goals and practices related to equity, consider how to apply key research-based teaching principles to their teaching, and exchange ideas with colleagues to support the deliberate cultivation of equitable learning environments. This session will be especially helpful for instructors who are relatively new to thinking about equity in the teaching and learning space.

Note: In this blended/flipped workshop, participants will be asked to complete brief pre-work to support their deeper engagement in the in-person synchronous session. We expect that participants will spend at least 30 minutes (via Canvas) prior to participating in the 2-hour in-person synchronous session.

GTC eligible? Yes, B2-DEI

3/24/23 10:00 am - 3/24/23 11:30 am Fostering Empathy in Engineering Students and Classrooms

Session Format: In-Person

Intended Audience: All

Facilitator: Linjue (Jade) Wang

Session Abstract: The new "People-first Engineering" framework at the College of Engineering aims to introduce equity-centered values & broader social contexts more explicitly in engineering classrooms. One way to do this is to focus on fostering empathy for, and in, students as they learn engineering knowledge and skills. In this interactive workshop, participants will investigate the role of empathy in engineering and acquire transferable strategies for teaching empathy to their students. This in-person workshop will be especially helpful for instructors interested in making empathy part of their learning objectives.