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Upcoming Opportunities from the Searle Center for Learning and Teaching

Modified: October 20, 2016

Teaching and Learning Outside the Classroom
Tuesday, November 15, 2:00-3:30pm
Searle Center Library
Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching
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Workshop Description:
Effective classroom instruction is just one part of being an instructor. This workshop will demonstrate ways to break out of the classroom walls and continue learning in new ways. Topics covered will include how to more effectively use office hours, how to utilize campus resources to plan for field trips and off-site learning, and how to incorporate multimedia materials and assignments into your lesson planning and teaching.
 
Workshop Facilitators:
Margaret Lebron is a sixth-year PhD Candidate in the Performance Studies department and is completing her dissertation on performances of militarization and the representation of veterans’ bodies onstage.
Gabby Garcia is a doctoral candidate in Rhetoric and Public Culture. Her current research interests consist of critical theory, visuality, urban spaces, theories of modernity, Latin America, and transnationalism.
 
Identifying Criteria for Mastery: Aligning Assessments with Learning Objectives
Monday, November 21, 11-12:30 pm
Searle Center Library
Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching
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Workshop Description:
Identifying clear learning objectives are only one part of effective course design. Finding ways to measure student mastery is central to effective teaching. In this workshop, participants will analyze and consider ways to align different types of assessments to learning objectives and their different stages of mastery. We will also discuss how assessments can also be used as scaffolding for deeper understanding and not just as tools to measure competency. Participants will leave this workshop with a plan for aligning course objectives with a scaffolded assessment strategy and will also begin a draft assessment that they can use in later courses.

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Sean Harvey is a doctoral candidate in the History Department who specializes in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and environmental history. He is a current Graduate Teaching Fellow. 
  • Kevin Hsu is a doctoral candidate in the Psychology Department. He is a current Graduate Teaching Mentor.
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
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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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