Announcing the Faculty Roundtables

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Select Fridays, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the TECHB@R in the Regenstein Library (JRL 162).

Are you interested in leading discussion, lecturing and assessing students’ learning more effectively? Do you want to find out how technology can be used in a pedagogically sound manner that will help your students remain engaged? Come join us at the Faculty Roundtables on Advanced Teaching Practices and Technologies.

The Chicago Center for Teaching and ASTS have jointly planned nine Friday lunch-hour roundtables in the 2014-15 academic year to discuss three themes—discussion, lecturing, and assessment. We will devote one roundtable per quarter to each theme, and each roundtable will focus on a specific pedagogical challenge. At each roundtable, featured  faculty members from across the University will briefly share their experiences on the featured topic, after which the majority of time will be devoted to discussion and questions. A light lunch will be provided. The roundtables are open to all faculty, and we especially encourage new faculty to attend.

The dates and topics for roundtables in the Fall are:

RESCHEDULED: Discussion I - Enhanced Discussion and Enhanced Learning
Friday, October 10, noon to 1:30 p.m., TECHB@R
In this session, we will consider the role of discussion within the structure of a course and as a tool for student learning. After we consider a few findings and principles from the literature on discussion and learning, we will devote the majority of time to practices and strategies, including a variety of online discussion tools that deepen discussion and help students acquire knowledge, develop reasoning and analytical skills, and enhance their capacities for communication.

Lecture I - Lecture as a Tool for Learning
Friday, October 24, noon to 1:30 p.m., TECHB@R
In this session, we will explore techniques that enhance student learning during lecture, particularly those that engage students in active learning. After we discuss some empirical research on active lecturing, we will practice a variety of strategies, including: in-class writing; think-pair-share; and student response systems (clickers).

New Tools for Assessment, Feedback, and Grading
Friday, November 14, noon to 1:30 p.m., TECHB@R
We will begin this session by exploring the instruments and measures we use to assess what students know and what students are able to do, as well as the mechanisms we use to feed results back to students. After we discuss a few empirical studies, we will investigate strategies for graded and non-graded assessment strategies. We will then devote time to the issue of grading -- both the assignment of a specific ranking to students’ work and some tools that are available for making grading more fair and less time-consuming.

Future Dates:

Winter Quarter:

  • January 16, 2015--Discussion II: Advanced Discussion Techniques
  • February 6, 2015--Lecture II: Images and the Lecture
  • February 20, 2015--Assessment, Feedback and Grading II: Advanced Techniques

Spring Quarter:

  • April 10, 2015--Discussion III: Extensive Collaboration
  • April 24, 2015--Lecture III: The Flipped Classroom
  • May 15, 2015--Assessment, Feedback and Grading III: Creative Assignments

Updated 12/16/2014: Winter quarter date changed from January 30 to February 6 and Spring quarter date changed from May 8 to May 15.

The Faculty Roundtables are a collaboration between the Chicago Center for Teaching and Academic & Scholarly Technology Services.

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