Before the beginning of each fall semester, CTL organizes a morning orientation for all new graduate students with instructional responsibilities during following academic year. Makeup TA Orientation will take please Saturday, August 19th, 8:30am. As per TA Policy, all graduate teaching and laboratory assistants are required to attend TA Orientation at least once before their appointment begins. Details
Opportunities to get to know students in small groups and supportive seminars are a part of the FYO design. A time, space, and setting for students and teachers to speak and listen to one another are also pieces of a successful mentoring blueprint. This workshop is an opportunity for faculty to share their strategies and experiences as mentors. Bring your seminar recollections, suggestions, or proposals for mentoring FYO students. There will be time to examine success stories and perhaps ask questions about plans gone awry. A mentoring relationship begun in an FYO may well last well beyond the semester. Student and teacher are the richer for that outcome. Details
Discussion, whether large-group or peer:peer, adds a personal dimension to the classroom. Effective discussion also stimulates students to more actively engage in the learning process, encourages collaborative thinking skills, and provides the opportunity for instructors to receive immediate feedback on student understanding. As a result, students gain confidence as they evaluate concepts or synthesize ideas. However, moderating successful, substantial discussions can be difficult. In the first half of this workshop, attendees will begin by exploring the role of the instructor in leading classroom discussions, contrast different instructional purposes for discussions, and consider scenarios representing classroom discussions gone awry. During the second half, a panel of award winning faculty will describe common pitfalls, tips, and strategies for moderating classroom discussions.
This workshop, designed for those who teach a seminar as part of the FYO program, will focus on creating successful and appropriate writing assignments for one-hour FYO seminars. Examples of successful writing assignments used in previous FYO seminars will be shared and discussions will center on the development of writing assignments to be used in participants’ courses. Faculty will leave this session with a better understanding of the appropriate amount of writing for a FYO seminar, ideas for assignments they can integrate into their own FYO courses, and resources they can reference throughout the delivery of their seminar. Details
Reacting to the Past (RTTP) is a pedagogical approach pioneered by Columbia University professor, Mark Carnes in his teaching position at Barnard College. The approach to teaching and learning consists of elaborate games in which students are assigned roles informed by classic texts in the history of ideas. Class sessions are run entirely by students; instructors advise and guide students and grade their oral and written work as well as participation. In drawing students into the past, RTTP instructors promote engagement with big ideas and improve intellectual and academic skills.
This workshop will introduce the general approach of RTTP pedagogy, as well as explore research findings that support the methodology, provide an overview of current game offerings, and preview faculty and student support systems for RTTP here at UGA.
The interactive portion of the workshop will have participants adopt an assigned role, meet with their faction and offer a defense of their position based on interpreting primary documents—thus, participants will see this active learning strategy from the student perspective. RTTP’s encompassing approach provides a backdrop for this sort of transdisciplinary workshop. Participants will discuss how RTTP and game-based pedagogies can influence teaching and pedagogical success in higher education as well as its tangible impact on critical-thinking, student-centered classrooms, and innovative methods for creating active learning experiences.
Breakfast will be served! Details