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Center for Teaching Excellence

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GTA/IA Workshops and Events

The Center for Teaching Excellence is committed to planning and implementing professional development programming for graduate teaching assistants. Graduate student workshops and events are designed to address teaching challenges unique to being a graduate student.

Click on the "+" sign next to each event to see description.

January 2020

Large classes often necessitate the need for using exams with multiple-choice questions (MCQs) to assess student learning and streamline the grading process. However, many problems exist with these types of questions, in particular the difficulty in assessing higher level learning or deeper understanding when giving students an answer choice. Further, it can be daunting for instructors to write “good” questions that actually assess the students on what is intended. How do instructors write good MCQs that ask students to do more than simply regurgitate facts and content?

In this workshop we will explore the structure of MCQs along with their strengths and inherent weaknesses. Participants will learn how to create effective questions based on quality learning outcomes, with practice constructing both a good question (the stem) and appropriate (and fair) answer choices. We will also address common issues with multiple-choice exams and how instructors can use these exams as immediate feedback to evaluate their own instructional effectiveness.  Register

This workshop is a thorough overview of Blackboard's capabilities. Learn how to log-in, add course content, create announcements and send email. Explore online course design, the discussion board, see how to set up groups and use the Grade Center. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

Various aspects and approaches to active learning have gained increased attention within college and university learning environments. Meanwhile, traditional assessments that include multiple choice examinations, quizzes, and written papers continue to be the mainstay for assessing what students know and can do.

This interactive presentation will include a brief overview of some distinctions between traditional and authentic assessments in an attempt to making the assessment of learning more meaningful. There will be multiple opportunities for discussions and questions throughout and at the end of the presentation.   Register

February 2020

Creating an environment of integrity within the classroom truly takes a village. Faculty, administrators, and students all play a role in maintaining an ethical campus community. This workshop will explore preventative classroom tools to promote academic integrity.

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.    Register

When you assign reading, do you wonder if your students are reading and learning from the texts? Do you wish you could find productive ways to include reading into your grading schema and course meeting so that students demonstrate what they've learned from reading and apply what they've learned?

In this interactive workshop, Deidre Garriott will share several methods she has used to demystify and encourage reading. Participants will discuss and collaboratively craft lesson plans that teach students how read in college courses and as disciplinary learners and develop rubrics to assess reading. The session will conclude with question-and-answer session focused on particular questions group members have about student readers.  Register

This workshop will share the idea of how to integrate teaching strategies/methodologies to improve students’ critical thinking and writing skills in higher education. It can be incorporated in music pedagogy with other disciplinary areas, such as business, adapting the Six Thinking Hats model and providing rubrics to evaluate the writing.  Register

This workshop will present a variety of active learning strategies for use especially in large, introductory lecture courses, but which are transferable to many other teaching environments. Intro courses are important as they serve as the beginning and end of many students introduction to a discipline, topic or way of thinking.

The student experience in introductory STEM courses has been identified as a critical tipping point for student persistence. Research in various STEM disciplines over the last few decades has revealed a suite of empirically validated (active learning) instructional practices that can contribute to improvements in student learning and a reduction in attrition. 11 of these practices will be introduced, the research that supports each one, and how provide concrete steps for redesigning your own lessons to incorporate more 'active learning' practices - even when there are 300+ people in the room - using backwards design.

This workshop is designed to accommodate instructors with a mix of experiences; from those with no history with active learning to instructors seeking to incorporate new strategies to their courses.

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments Register

Are you interested in teaching online courses? In this workshop, participants will learn about the design, development, and delivery of online courses. As we walk through the 3Ds: Design, Development, and Delivery, participants will be introduced to best practices for online teaching in preparation for modifying a current face-to-face course for online delivery or creating a new online course.

Participants will also learn about technology and instructional design support available to all who teach at UofSC. Please bring a copy of your face-to-face syllabus and schedule along with a laptop for hands-on activities. If you are creating a new online course, please bring whatever you have for the course.

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.  Register

This workshop will discuss best practices and issues involved in teaching about sensitive topics, such as obscenity, sexual issues, etc. The goal is to share practical considerations including “war stories” and 'lessons learned' for instructors whose courses include such material. The focus is not on effective teaching techniques per se, but how to deal with the legal, ethical, and other considerations in presenting and discussing such material, while respecting both student sensitivities and free speech rights.

This workshop is an elective workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion.  Register

March 2020

Students and faculty often feel overwhelmed or 'just keeping their heads above water'. In response, they are likely to use 'check-lists' or similar to manage their daily tasks. However a check-list is not a strategy and inevitably they fail. This workshop is designed to present participants will a systematic method to balance work and home life demands.   Register

In this session we will discuss the academic misconduct trends we are seeing online and in person with our students. Additionally, we will discuss how to identify and address these common violations while maintaining a productive instructor/student relationship. Lastly, we will discuss how to report a concern of academic misconduct and ways to address the concern with your students(s).

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments Register

In a world where updates to apps, software, and hardware are changing constantly, how do we decide when we actually need a new piece of technology? Are we incorporating technology just for the sake of using it, or is it being used to assist and meet our needs? This workshop will discuss some methods and steps that can be used to select what technology best fit your needs.

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.   Register

As more and more courses are offered online, how can we create and maintain an environment in which online students feel cared for and cared about? What faculty behaviors convey caring to students taking online courses? After an extensive literature review, we surveyed College of Nursing graduate students and followed up with focus groups.

In this workshop, we will discuss the top 10 faculty caring behaviors identified by our students and provide suggestions for their implementation in online courses. Although our inquiry was made within the context of online nursing graduate education, we feel that the findings will apply to online teaching and learning in other disciplines and educational settings as caring is a basic human value and need.

We hope that this workshop will be an opportunity for sharing of caring teaching strategies, and we look forward to learning from our colleagues across the University.  Register

Discussion boards are still a deterrent and annoyance to many faculty. The concerns - too many posts to grade or 'crickets' - no on is posting at all! And you've spent so much time crafting the right questions and posting early. Sound familiar?

In Teaching Students to Lead and Learn Online Discussions  we'll talk about working with your students to both contribute questions and run the discussion board each week. We'll discuss using small teams to large groups (dependent upon enrollment) and conclude with tools to begin. A Q&A session will follow.  Register

Small changes in the classroom can have significant impact on student learning. Workshop participants will be introduced to high-impact practices (Kuh, 2008), or HIPs, that help students advance discipline-spanning knowledge and develop transferable skills. Having students reflect on their learning is at the core of successful implementation of such practices.

Utilizing integrative learning principles, the presenters will share examples of HIPs from different disciplines and identify classroom assessment techniques (CATs) that can be applied across a variety of academic settings. Participants will have opportunities to practice reflection and integrative learning while designing assignments and appropriate assessment methods for their classroom.

Kuh, G.D. (2008). High-impact educational practices: What they are, who has access to them, and why they matter. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

This workshop is a requirement for the Integrative and Experiential Learning certificateRegister

When you pose a question to a large class and the correct answer is quickly returned from the front row, do you ever wonder if the average student could come up with that same answer? Do you wish that there were 100 clones of yourself available to go around the classroom to individually address the numerous possible sticking points for each student? This workshop will describe several teaching strategies that are recommended by the National Research Council based on the body of research examining undergraduate instruction.

Many of the recommended active learning approaches are challenging to incorporate with large classes. Recent efforts to adapt active learning into a large UofSC service classes will be described. Participants will discuss and collaborate in groups to craft a learning activity and the session will conclude with an informal discussion about implementing active learning in to diverse classroom settings.

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning EnvironmentsRegister

Presentations involve more than adding text and images to a PowerPoint slide. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn different methods and skills to help them design, create and present presentations.   Register 

April 2020

Engaging in conflict is challenging whether you are an experienced instructor or new to your role. A likely strategy is to ignore the behavior due to our own discomfort, concern over retaliation or fear that our intervention may cause more harm or disruption.

Through case study examples this workshop will explore Gerald Amada’s research from Coping with Misconduct in the College Classroom and provide participants with tangible strategies to disruptive behavior in a confident and fair manner.

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.  Register

In this workshop, participants will learn how to add content and use Blackboard for assessments and assignments. Join us and learn how to utilize these useful features and tailor them to the way you teach. An instructional design expert with CTE will also be on hand to share wisdom about the pedagogy behind the technology.  Register

Participants will learn how the University defines as hazing (STAF 3.05), how to recognize the signs of hazing, how to report hazing at UofSC, and the critical role faculty/staff/TAs play in keeping our campus a safe environment.

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments Register

Are you an instructor who never actually “learned” how to write or develop a quality course syllabus? Or do you feel your course is just not leading to the learning you expected in your students? How can these issues be resolved? For a quality course that engenders deep and meaningful learning, instructors need to write the syllabus from the perspective of what the student will achieve, and design realistic, meaningful outcomes and associated curriculum to do so.

In this workshop, we will outline the framework for developing a syllabus for a course of your choosing, using the conceptual framework of “Backward Design” (Wiggins and McTighe, 2005). We’ll discuss the importance of (and practice crafting) thoughtfully designed learning outcomes, and then work backward to develop appropriate assessments, meaningful class learning activities, and finally, determine the most effective method for teaching that activity. Other tips and advice for syllabus development, along with examples of good and bad syllabus construction, will be discussed with other participants in a small group setting.  Register

Learn about the collaboration tools available through Blackboard. In addition to encouraging class communication and collaboration, these tools can allow students to share information in creative ways. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

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