Have you been lecturing and felt like student interest and energy was fading? Realized you didn’t plan enough for the entire hour? Realize that you’re not sure how effective your lecture was? This workshop will help you implement active learning activities with little advance preparation. Details
Does your current grading policy truly measure what you think is important for your students to know and do at the end of the course? Do the tests, projects, papers and assignments reflect the student learning outcomes? Join us for some “outside the box” ideas and activities to help you re-design your grading system. Details
As instructors, we want our students to participate in the class and their own learning but often struggle with the best means to recognize and grade student participation:
Is it attendance? Is it simply about speaking up in a discussion? Is it about quality vs quantity (and how do we grade that!)? Can students truly contribute to the class and their own learning if they are not talking during discussions?
These are some of the questions our panel of faculty experts will address along with discussions of their own methods for encouraging, recognizing, and grading undergraduate student participation Details
Have you ever wondered how you might replicate the benefits of small group dynamics in a larger class?
Peer Learning Assistants (PLAs) are undergraduates who, with the guidance of course faculty, support the teaching in a course they previously completed with a high degree of success. PLAs attend class meetings and facilitate discussion and active learning events to promote student engagement, critical reasoning, and learning. Data has shown that, compared to other active learning courses, courses with PLAs have significantly improved student performance both within and beyond the course employing PLAs (Pollock 2009, Langdon and Cech 2013). When used well, PLAs have the ability to promote student use of reasoning through their interactions with students in class (Knight et. al. 2015).
In this workshop, participants can expect to learn the tenets of the PLA model and effective practices for engaging PLAs in their courses. A panel of faculty and experienced PLAs will describe common pitfalls, tips, and strategies for implementing PLAs in different classroom settings at UGA. Time will be built in for participants to develop their own plan for PLA use. Details