Past Faculty Institutes

Previous Faculty Institutes


Offerings:

Fall 09: Taking the Plunge

Spring 09: Evidence of Learning Online Institute

Fall 08 / Winter 09:  Teaching For Learning Institute

Spring 08 :  Effective Assessment Institute

Winter 08 / Winter 09 / Spring 09 / Winter 10 :  Engaging Students Through Collaborative Learning

Fall 07:  Enhancing Learning Through Teaching Excellence

FALL 2009 ~ Taking the Plunge: Identifying and Applying Active Learning in the Curriculum

The Teaching and Learning Center was pleased to once again focus on strengthening learning centered teaching strategies.  We are committed to cross-disciplinary dialogue as the foundation for curriculum innovation that is consistent with the goals of each individual class.

Fall’s institute established a framework which enabled flexible outcomes according to individual interest and needs, including: 

  • Identifying specific ways to integrate active learning principles into your courses
  • Demonstrating examples of  successes, obstacles, and residual benefits of active learning applications
  • Providing opportunities to “test-drive” active learning concepts

For information on this event contact:tlc@clark.edu

 

SPRING 2009 ~ Evidence of Learning Online Institute

Online Professional Developement

Evidence of Learning was a 3-4 week online course designed for faculty to gain resources and participate in assessment of student learning. The course was designed for all faculty, whether they taught on-line or face-to-face. The curriculum included reading exceptional resource materials and provided specific examples. Participants left Evidence of Learning with an understanding and appreciation of the challenges and benefits of the collection and uses of data to improve student learning.

Demonstration of course content and delivery:

http://www.scenariosonline.org/demo.html

 

Objectives:

  • Provide tools, resources, and expert guidance to improve student learning.
  • Assist faculty in designing positive, enriched learning environments for students.
  • Facilitate student achievement and progress toward outcomes.

Course Topics

  • What is evidence and why is it important?
  • Developing a plan for course and program assessment.
  • The importance of teamwork in assessment initiatives.
  • Individual roles and responsibilities in assessing student learning.
  • Holistic and analytical assessment of critical thinking.
  • Utilization of data on student engagement.
  • Constructive dialogues about data.

Time Commitment:

  • 3-4 hours a week for 4 weeks

For information on this event contact:tlc@clark.edu

FALL 08 and WINTER 09 ~ Teaching For Learning Online Institute

Online Professional Developement

Teaching for Learning is a 6-week online course designed for new and experienced full-time and adjunct faculty who would like to master the most effective methods for teaching in a learning-centered environment. You will be introduced to innovative methods for planning classroom assignments, activities, and assessments that will facilitate student achievement. You will also be shown how to accurately evaluate students’ progress toward outcomes. This course will help you to use learning styles to assist students in acquiring information and demonstrating skills. In addition, you will discover how to create and manage a positive classroom environment.

Objectives:

  • Define and demonstrate learning-centered approaches to instruction.
  • Provide an effective introduction to teaching in a learning-centered environment for new and experienced full-time faculty.

Course Topics

  • Learning- Centered Syllabus
  • Active Learning
  • Student Issues (LifeMap)
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques
  • Reading and Writing
  • Grading and Student Cheating
  • Balancing Life/Work

Time Commitment:

  • 3-4 hours a week for 6 weeks

Testimonials from Past Participants


For information on this event contact:tlc@clark.edu

 

WINTER 08, WINTER 09, SPRING 09, WINTER 10 ~

Engaging Students Through Collaborative Learning Institute

The Engaging Students Through Collaborative Learning Institute focuses on how faculty can use Active Learning in their learning environment (classroom, lab, clinic, real world experiences) and how to assess this learning. These teaching strategies encourage various ways of learning a subject and require students to apply course content information. In so doing, these teaching strategies draw naturally on varied experiences in students’ lives, appeal to a more diverse student population, and are more motivating and engaging.

This Institute will translate learning research directly into applicable information relevant to classroom or lab practice. The faculty members facilitating this Institute are exceptional teachers practicing active learning in their classrooms.

For more information about the Engaging Students Through Collaborative Learning Institute event or any other information about our Faculty Institutes contact tlc@clark.edu.

 

Group Work

Faculty engaged in a lively discussion during a Faculty Institute.

 

SPRING 08

The Effective Assessment Institute focuses on understanding the role of assessment in improving instruction and student learning. Rebecca Martin, Outcome Assessment Liaison, will coordinate and teach this Institute which will develop effective assessment strategies for use in the classroom.  We plan to run the sessions as a workshop with opportunities for you to design activities for your classroom and collaborate with colleagues.

For more information about The Effective Assessment Institute event or any other information about our Faculty Institutes contact tlc@clark.edu.

 

FALL 07

The Enhancing Learning Through Teaching Excellence Institute connects research with practice, focusing on ideas and examples of policies and practices teachers can utilize to facilitate student learning. Emphasis will be on creating climates in classrooms that advance student learning outcomes. This will lead to an exploration of instructional strategies that promote student engagement in the classroom.

The Learning Outcomes for the Institute are:

  1. To create a learning centered syllabus and classroom
  2. To create a safe environment in the classroom that advances student learning
  3. To apply learning theory to course development and execution
  4. To manage the classroom effectively
  5. To become a reflective teacher in order to gain new insights in 1) the theory of teaching and learning and 2) your repertoire of skills and strategies

Faculty attending the Institute will be asked to apply one or more of the instructional strategies to their classroom or lab, reflect on the student learning they observed and discuss the results with fellow faculty in the Institute.

For more information about the Enhancing Learning Through Teaching Excellence Institute event or any other information about our Faculty Institutes contact tlc@clark.edu.

 

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