Kennesaw State University

Teaching Effectiveness

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 9:30am to 10:15am
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Virtual
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Virtual

This workshop examines storytelling as an inclusive and often overlooked pedagogical tool relevant to all disciplines. Drawing upon narrative theory, learning sciences, and personal experiences, this session explores the many functions of storytelling for instructors and students who bring their own stories to the classroom. Participants will explore purposeful narrative strategies to punctuate lectures, enhance discussions, generate student motivation, and create an inclusive classroom environment.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Event Type: 
Workshop
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Location: 
Academic Building (H) - Room 202

KSU's It’s About Engagement initiative fosters learning through participation in high impact experiences in undergraduate research, internships/co-ops, and service learning. It’s About Engagement is integral to KSU's mission and vision to "offer high-quality and productive undergraduate ... and co-curricular programs" that "empower the members and graduates of the university community to have the vision, ability, and courage to transform the future." In this workshop, we will explore how It’s About Engagement relates to our own contexts by investigating these questions:

  1. What are the goals and objectives of KSU's It’s About Engagement initiative?
  2. How do faculty and students participate in It’s About Engagement?
  3. What are the characteristics of an It’s About Engagement course?

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Event Type: 
Virtual
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Location: 
Virtual

What could you do to improve lab instruction? This informational webinar addresses easily adaptable teaching strategies for the lab classroom to improve student learning. Small changes can have a big impact. Topics include how to connect lectures and labs, measure student understanding, prioritize safety procedures, assign and evaluate lab reports, and more. 

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Monday, August 26, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm
Event Type: 
Virtual
Campus: 
Location: 
Virtual

Learning objectives can sometimes seem static and impersonal in nature. How can we make them come to life in the classroom? Write performance criteria! Performance criteria are the expectations given to learners before a performance that define the characteristics which make up a high quality performance related to achieving a learning objective. Participants attending the workshop will be able to articulate the value of writing and using performance criteria, practice using a methodology for writing performance criteria, and assess performance criteria to improve quality.

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Monday, August 19, 2019 - 10:10am to 11:00am
Event Type: 
Virtual
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Location: 
Virtual

Participants in this webinar will identify ways to introduce and sequence activities in the first week of class that preview what students can expect throughout the semester. Participants will identify and prioritize goal-oriented activities to provoke student curiosity, promote learning, establish expectations, and create a community of learners. Let’s get started in purposeful and productive ways!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 10:10am to 12:05pm
Event Type: 
Workshop
Campus: 
Location: 
CETL House #3211: Lab

This interactive workshop will identify how mental health disorders present themselves in the classes we teach. Best practices in teaching in this context will be presented and faculty will work together to consider how to apply these practices to multiple cases.

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Friday, April 19, 2019 - 8:30am to 9:45am
Event Type: 
Book Club
Campus: 
Location: 
Academic Building (H) - Room 202

Using small group collaborative learning can be a transformative experience for our students, but how do we ensure it is transformative in a good way? In the seminal text "Team-Based Learning: a Transformative Use of Small Groups in College Teaching", Michaelsen, Knight, and Fink provide a comprehensive set of guidelines for incorporating formal teamwork into college courses. Topics addressed include specific procedures to help form groups and turn them into high-performing teams, to the "4S" rules for designing effective in-class activities, to discipline-specific recommendations and lessons learned, and more. Come and share your thoughts about how techniques from this book can help crank up learning in your course.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Type: 
Virtual
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Location: 
Virtual

What do we want students to remember from our courses? This interactive webinar prepares us to think about our goals for the last class of the semester. Perhaps we want to reinforce the course goals, create opportunities for reflection, connect student learning to future classes or employment, affirm the value of continuous learning, or inspire our students. Join this webinar to share and to learn about purposeful strategies to wrap up our last class in a meaningful way for ourselves and our students.

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Monday, April 8, 2019 - 8:30am to 9:45am
Event Type: 
Workshop
Campus: 
Location: 
Academic Building (H) - Room 202

This workshop is designed to help participants choose and use a variety of tools and techniques for assessing student learning in STEM courses that can help us better understand our students’ performance in the classroom, and also contribute to assessment needed for specialized accreditation such as ABET or NAAB. We will discuss important concepts underpinning successful classroom assessment of student learning, describe a variety of tools and techniques for STEM courses, and note connections to helpful literature. During the session each participant will have an opportunity to select several potential new assessment tools or techniques for their own course, and plan for potential initial implementation for one or two of those tools and techniques.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Event Type: 
Workshop
Campus: 
Location: 
CETL House #3211: Lab

Paradoxically, role-play is an authentic activity to improve long-term learning and prepare students for future coursework or careers. Role play activities encourage students to identify solutions to case studies, resolve problems in representative scenarios , interpret theories, analyze literature and visual arts, or practice empathy by taking another person’s point of view. Through role play, students can engage in research, build “think-on-your-feet” skills, and reflect upon alternative solutions. Participants in this research-based, interactive workshop will examine the effectiveness of role-play across disciplines, analyze guidelines and resources for role-play activities, and practice how to design and implement role-play in college classrooms.

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