CEIT Teaching Talks and Teaching Tech Talks

Professional Development Teaching Talks and Teaching Tech Talks

The Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching is pleased to offer a variety of Teaching Talks and Teaching Tech Talks, focusing on teaching and the professional development of faculty and graduate-student teachers.  Teaching Talks will focus primarily on pedagogy, while Teaching Tech Talks will dive deeper into the use of technology to enhance teaching. All Talks are scheduled for one hour and 15 minutes and are held in the Kenmore Conference Room located on the 9th floor of 1 Silber Way.

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SPRING 2015 Teaching Talks and Teaching Tech Talks Schedule:


Thursday, February 26; 10:00 amRubric Development:  Gillian Pierce, Director of Learning Assessment, Office of the Provost

Workshop participants will learn how to develop simple rubrics to use as part of a departmental assessment process.   The workshop will describe different rubric types, including analytic, holistic, general, and task-specific rubrics and provide samples for participants to use as models.



Tuesday, March 3; 10:30 am

Journey to a Flipped Course: Results and Lessons Learned;  Stormy Attaway, ENG

This workshop is intended for anyone who is interested in flipping classes, creating an active learning environment in class.  I will walk through the evolution of my own course over the years from a traditional lecture to a combination of some lecture and some in-class problem sets, and now finally to a flipped format with all active learning in class.  The two main goals for enabling active learning and peer-to-peer instruction in class were to improve the learning outcomes and to improve the engagement of the students in the course.  This talk will cover the gradual process by which the course format was transformed to a blended course utilizing pre-class content on edX, the successful results from this new model, lessons learned, and planned future improvements.


Thursday, March 19, 10am   

Overview of the Assessment Process:  Gillian Pierce, Director of Learning Assessment, Office of the Provost.  In this workshop the University’s Director of Learning Assessment, Gillian Pierce, will describe the purpose of program assessment and how assessment can provide faculty with a means to ask fundamental questions about the programs they design and teach.   The workshop will provide an overview of the process, beginning with defining learning outcomes to “closing the loop” and using the results of assessment for curricular change.  Participants will learn the essential elements of a basic departmental assessment plan and come away with the tools to get started.

 Wednesday, April 8; 10:00 amCurriculum Mapping:  Gillian Pierce, Director of Learning Assessment, Office of the ProvostThis workshop will demonstrate how curriculum mapping can help programs align instruction with desired program learning outcomes and design assessment plans.  In addition to introducing the concept of curriculum mapping and providing a rationale for it, the workshop will provide concrete examples and describe best practices to help departments and programs identify where in the curriculum students are introduced to, have the opportunity to practice, and have finally mastered key learning outcomes.  Attendees are encouraged to bring materials from their own degree programs to work on during the session. 


Monday, April 13; 10:00 am

Pedagogy and Space: A reciprocating relationship; Domenic Screnci, Executive Director, Educational Media and Technology, IS&T

We know physical space has an influence on the way instructors teach and how students are engaged in the learning process. Teaching in an environment where buildings are dated and space layout and furniture are restrictive, how can instructors employ creative instructional strategies in the existing space assigned to foster student interactivity and engagement?  This session will explore how instructional design, space and technology can interact to create opportunities for change.  Open to those interested in exploring and sharing their teaching experiences with other instructors searching for creative ways to deliver different instructional experience in more traditions learning environments.