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Opportunities from the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching

Modified: October 10, 2016
The Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching is offering the following workshop open to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Space is limited; registration is required.
 
The Digital Age and Active Learning in the Social Sciences and Humanities
Tuesday, October 18, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Searle Center Library
Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching
627 Dartmouth Place
Evanston, IL
 
REGISTER HERE
 
Workshop Description:
Technology has become an increasingly prevalent feature of the college classroom. Concurrent with this shift is a move towards the promotion of active learning with the goal of rethinking traditional modes of teaching. From the use of video clips to classroom response clickers, technology can enhance historical events and documents, demonstrate concepts, as well as simply break up the tedium of a lecture. But do all technological innovations enhance student learning or can they be mere distractions? How can we use technology not as a crutch, but as a tool to promote active learning in the classroom? This workshop explores the possibilities for active learning offered by the growth of technology in the Social Science and Humanities classroom. The workshop will cover some basic ways in which technology is currently being used in the classroom along with the opportunity to reflect on how the use of technology affects individual pedagogical goals.
 
Workshop Facilitators:
 
Benjamin Aspray is a sixth-year PhD candidate in Screen Cultures who is currently preparing a dissertation on spectacle and disgust in contemporary film and television comedy.
 
Sidra Hamidi is a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Political Science department. Her research interests include international relations theory, nuclear politics, and state identity.
 
Feedback and Grading in STEM*
Thursday, November 3, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Searle Center Library
Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching
627 Dartmouth Place
Evanston, IL
 
REGISTER HERE
Workshop Description:
Serving as a teaching assistant in STEM classes often involves grading homework and exams, which can be the bane of grad student life. This workshop provides strategies for grading and feedback on problem sets in a fair and efficient way that will benefit both the grader and the students. Participants will leave this workshop with methods for breaking down a solution into component steps and building a consistent rubric or key. Participants will also critique various styles of feedback.
 
Workshop Facilitators:
 
Sara Clifton is a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics department.
 
Kate Damme is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Psychology Department studying changes in structural and functional connectivity of motivation in bipolar disorder.
 
*STEM Workshops are part of CIRTL at Northwestern which serves graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to improve undergraduate learning in STEM.
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