Kennesaw State University

Teaching Effectiveness

Teaching Effectiveness Events

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm
Event Type: 
Workshop
Campus: 
Location: 
Academic Building (H) - Room 202

Employing active learning techniques does not automatically produce high quality learning, nor does it necessarily contribute to a productive academic mindset in students. While a large body of research shows that incorporating active learning techniques into the classroom can significantly improve student achievement of learning outcomes, how can we use it to produce a productive academic mindset as well? In this workshop we will explore how we can create productive academic mindsets by engaging students in ways that really make a difference. Specifically, we will consider three components identified in the research that teachers can influence student mindset in the classroom: emotional engagement, cognitive-emotional engagement, and behavioral engagement.

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Friday, March 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Event Type: 
Virtual
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Location: 
Virtual

This webinar addresses how performance criteria can be used to help learning objectives (which can sometimes seem static and impersonal in nature) come alive in the classroom. 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 this webinar 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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Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Event Type: 
Workshop
Campus: 
Location: 
CETL House #3211: Lab

We must intentionally think about where we want students to go in order to help them get there. Teaching with purpose requires us to first identify our course goals and objectives and create assignments that are aligned. Often we, as instructors, know why were doing certain things in our courses, but it might not be apparent to students. This workshop will explore the Transparency Framework (of purpose/task/criteria) developed by Mary-Ann Winkelmes, as it relates to assignment creation. We will introduce the framework and apply it to redesigning an assignment you currently use in your course.

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Monday, March 18, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Event Type: 
Book Club
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Location: 
CETL House #54: Book Club Room

Even though the book is five years old, Selingo’s analysis is still relevant. From his experience as an editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education, he traces problematic administrative practices that took hold in the first decade of the millennium (building debt and promoting a customer mentality with regards to students). Together with unforeseen societal changes, such as economic crises and disruptive technologies, these practices have exacerbated the college dropout problem and made students question the value of a college degree. Join us for this chat to discuss what of his analysis resonates with your experience, the likelihood of the future he predicts, and the applicability of the strategies he suggests.

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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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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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