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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.

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January 2017

University Technology Services (UTS) will host the annual BEST Institute January 5–6, 2017. BEST (Blackboard Educational Software Technologies) provides faculty and instructors the opportunity to explore new technologies and broaden their skills in Blackboard, VoiceThread, Adobe Connect and more! More than 20 sessions will be held across the Columbia campus during the two-day conference. Be prepared to meet and interact with colleagues while learning to take your classroom instruction to a different level.  More Information

 University Technology Services (UTS) will host the annual BEST Institute January 5–6, 2017. BEST (Blackboard Educational Software Technologies) provides faculty and instructors the opportunity to explore new technologies and broaden their skills in Blackboard, VoiceThread, Adobe Connect and more! More than 20 sessions will be held across the Columbia campus during the two-day conference. Be prepared to meet and interact with colleagues while learning to take your classroom instruction to a different level.  More Information

College classrooms are intended to be places where students learn to engage in reasoned discussion about complex issues and learn from others’ perspectives. In fact, research has demonstrated that engagement with controversial topics can enhance students’ learning and critical reasoning skills. Many faculty members are reluctant to include discussions of controversial topics in their courses, however, because of the challenges that can arise if disagreements become emotionally charged.

Join facilitator Christy Friend for an interactive session that explores strategies for fostering productive controversial discussions. Topics will include identifying course content that may provoke controversy, setting discussion guidelines, introducing sensitive topics and establishing a civil, inclusive classroom environment in which issues are discussed respectfully. The session will end with an open question-and-answer session and a discussion of issues that have arisen in attendees’ own teaching.  Register

In a global information environment, is answer-finding still the best approach for students to learn? The ability to think critically, applying strategies across situations, is more important than ever before. Teaching critical thinking requires students to explore topics that may not be clearly defined. Such activities require continual synthesis (inductive) and analysis (deductive) practice using many variables. Students ask questions to find answers. Successful instruction in this context requires association between hierarchal learning theory and instructional practice. Come join the discussion relating theory to practice in teaching critical thinking.  Register

Team assignments are pedagogically sound and beneficial practices, but incorporating them effectively into course learning outcomes and managing them strategically in the classroom can be challenging. In this interactive workshop, Barbara Bolt and Lindsay McManus will share best practices for designing, detailing and assessing team projects in the undergraduate classroom.  Register

February 2017

Excellent speaking and writing skills are important aspects of successful teaching. However, a growing body of research suggests that effective listening plays an equally important role in leading a classroom. Join Bethany Tisdale and communication experts from the Center for Business Communication for an informal, practical discussion of specific active listening strategies that can help instructors serve as more effective leaders—both inside and outside the classroom. 

Lunch provided. Register

Join Michael Lampe, instructional design specialist from USC Upstate as he discusses how new technologies are making it easier to implement more learner-centered pedagogies. He will demonstrate practical tips to implement such pedagogies through exciting examples occurring on the Upstate campus. Such examples are coming from their active learning initiative, their Game Upstate Initiative and online teaching faculty development.  Register

Teaching at the university level while working on your graduate degree requirements involves a high level of time management skill. How well you master the skill can determine how much you can achieve in your research and how fast you advance in your degree. At the same time, deriving satisfaction from teaching is essential for maintaining motivation during the long years of graduate school. In a society where the student-instructor relationship tends to become a consumer-provider relationship, the goal of educating and stimulating critical thinking can be replaced by simply checking boxes in an effort to obtain a degree. This workshop will provide specific suggestions as to how you:

  • Protect your research time while maintaining a satisfactory teaching portfolio

  • Stimulate student's intrinsic motivation for learning

  • Share the responsibility for learning with students while increasing their interest in your discipline.  Register

Even the most experienced speakers and most talented teachers get nervous about public speaking, but we all want our class lectures and activities to be more effective. This workshop will share practical strategies to help you plan and deliver more engaging, organized and dynamic lectures. Participants will have the opportunity to briefly practice and receive constructive feedback about their presentation style.  Register

In this workshop we will discuss the issues we find in student academic writing, the frustrations we’ve experienced and some possible concrete strategies we can implement to improve writing experience and production in the university classroom.

Although teaching writing can be a joy, grading it can be a real drag. The researched strategies suggested in this session will help shift that balance to favor the satisfaction we find in teaching writing assignments.  Register

As higher education evolves and our student body diversifies, teaching today’s undergraduate students has significantly increased in complexity. This interactive workshop will explore research and best practices in engaging and supporting “Generation Z” — students born after 1995 — in the classroom and beyond, addressing motivation, expectations, technology use and approaches to learning.  Register

 

March 2017

The ability to ask "good" questions — thought-provoking, critical thinking, at a deeper level of thinking — and the application of this technique in discussion sections and courses, is often an overlooked and underdeveloped skill of instructors. With experience, what instructors find is that even discussion sessions take significant planning and preparation as well as practice. 

In this workshop, effective methodologies and best practices for asking good questions, techniques and styles for leading and facilitating classroom discussions, as well as directing student responses, will be addressed and modeled. GIAs, GTAs, and instructors at all levels of teaching and experience are welcome.  Register

April 2017

Active learning is a student-centered approach in which short, easy, pre-planned activities are used to engage the student to be an active participant in their learning. Techniques such as think-pair-share, one-minute paper and other such exercises have been shown to improve student learning of material and engagement in the course. However, active learning strategies can be difficult for new instructors to implement because they require preparation and skills in guiding and moderating the learning activity.  

In this workshop, we will examine the three fundamental principles of learning integrated into active learning techniques and examine the planning system necessary to incorporate them. Attendees will actively participate in several active learning techniques applicable to a wide range of classroom settings. Join us to learn helpful tips on what you can do, how to do it and why active learning in the classroom is important to student learning.  Register

Are you stressed? Who isn’t? Do you realize that “stressed” spelled backward is “desserts”? We sometimes turn to unhealthy behaviors to put a Band-Aid on stress. But there’s a better way.

In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore the body’s stress response and how to handle it. We’ll also discuss and practice long-term stress management strategies. You’ll learn how to debunk some stress myths and create practices that will help you sail through turbulent times.  Register

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