Teaching Tools 2014-15

Fall 2015 Workshops

Engaging Undergraduates in Faculty Scholarship

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Jennifer van Reet, Associate Professor of Psychology

Bill Hogan, Associate Professor of English and the Center for Engaged Learning

Need help with your research? Looking for new ways to incorporate engaged learning into your curriculum? Come learn about new initiatives debuting this fall designed to make it easy to get students involved in faculty research.

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Spring 2015 Workshops

Crits and Wikis: Using Peer Critique to Improve Student Work and Engagement

Monday, April  13, 2015

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Heather McPherson, Art & Art History

Maia Bailey, Biology

Heather McPherson and Maia Bailey will share ways to incorporate peer-to-peer feedback in creative work as diverse as studio art and scientific reports.

Secrets of Sakai Superusers!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.


Advanced Sakai Users

Take a guided tour of course sites that leverage Sakai tools to improve student learning, make teaching more enjoyable, and reduce administrative tasks.

What do I do with my Hands?

Thursday, February 5, 2015

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Megan Chang (Theatre, Dance, and Film)

Oral Presentations can be stressful for both sides of the classroom. Join us for a workshop exploring tricks and tactics that we (and our students!) can use for more effective oral presentations and how we can assess them more effectively.

Fall 2014 Workshops

Doing Research with Undergraduates: Turning a Time Sink into a Time Saver

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Jennifer Van Reet, Psychology

Many faculty are reluctant to mentor student researchers because it is hard to imagine fitting one more thing into an already-packed schedule. But, involving students in your scholarly work can actually save time and increase productivity! Professor Jennifer Van Reet will share strategies, tips, and techniques for doing so based on hers and others’ experiences of conducting research with students.

Teaching Tools: Writing Clicker Questions

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

12:30 pm-1:30 pm


Lynne Lawson, Engineering/Physics/Systems

Siobhan Ross, Instructional Technology Development Program

Are you looking for a way to engage your students during class? Personal Response Systems, also known as clickers, allow you to ask your students questions and get immediate feedback which can be displayed (with anonymity) for everyone to see. Clickers can be used to provoke discussion or to confirm understanding, allowing for a more dynamic classroom. While it sounds simple, writing useful questions can be challenging. Dr. Lynne Lawson, who has been using clickers in her classes for years, and Siobhán Ross, who is well-versed on the many platforms that can be used for clicker questions, will facilitate this session where you will learn strategies for presenting effective and appropriate questions. Bring your ideas to workshop a specific topic!

Controversy as a Teaching Tool

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2:30 pm -3:30 pm


Dana Dillon, Theology

Controversial topics arise both as part of the intended topics of class discussion as well as in more informal settings with students. How can we facilitate respectful yet productive discussions with our students? Join Professor Dana Dillon in a workshop on how to engage our students in discussions about contentious subjects.