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Graduate Student Workshop:
Fundamentals of Inquiry Roundtable

February 18, 2009

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You can use inquiry-based teaching strategies to improve student motivation to learn. In this workshop, a multidisciplinary group of faculty with experience using inquiry will discuss strategies, impacts and responses to inquiry-based methods applied in undergraduate courses. Join us for this roundtable discussion on how this instructional approach affects both faculty and students.

About the Facilitators

During 2008, 7 USC faculty received Teaching Excellence Grants to foster innovative courses and instruction methods which encourage inquiry by undergraduates. These faculty spent time discovering how inquiry-based methods can assist students in their learning experiences, resulting in revised classroom processes. The following 7 faculty from 2008 will be joined by previous grantees to facilitate interdisciplinary discussion around the topic of inquiry as a pedagogical strategy.

The facilitators will include:

  • Jim Barilla, Department of English
  • Janet Hudson, Extended University, History
  • Jeffrey Makala, University Libraries, Rare Books and Special Collections
  • Steve McAnally, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Catherine Packer, Department of Educational Studies, Counselor Education
  • Charles Pierce, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Beth Powers-Costello, Department of Instruction and Teacher Education

This workshop is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. For more information, please visit, e-mail or call 803-777-8322.

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Columbia, SC 29208 • 803-777-8322 •