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Spring 2021 Fundamentals Workshop Schedule

The Fundamentals Workshop Series covers the indispensable skills for effective classroom teaching and is part of the Certificate in University Teaching and Learning program, but all are welcome to participate! In an effort to accommodate your schedules, we offer two identical sessions on different dates for each workshop.

Due to COVID-19 and the move to remote work and learning, the workshops will be facilitated via Zoom. 

To register for a workshop, click on the session you want to attend. After you register, we will send you a calendar invite with the Zoom link.

Arrows Hitting a Target Bullseye

Playing to Learn: Using Community Building Activities in the Classroom

In this session, learn about the pedagogy of play and how popular community-building activities/"icebreakers" like Two Truths and a Life, Three Clues, and many others can be used to spark engagement in the classroom and gather feedback on student learning and development. Participants will have an opportunity to play together and reflect on ways to include play in their teaching. 

Facilitated by Erica Caton, Director, Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Fulfills Certificate Requirement: Assessing Student Learning or Elective

Tuesday, February 9th, noon to 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 10th, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


cultivating attention

 Cultivating Attention in Brains Hardwired for Distraction

What contributes to our students' difficulties paying attention? How can we create a learning environment that cultivates their attention and, consequently, their learning? In this workshop grounded in new research, you will consider what technology policy may work best for your course, how to effectively communicate the policy to your students, and how to build lesson plans and interact with students in a way that fosters and sustains their attention and impacts their performance. 

Facilitated by Ileana Hernandez, Assistant Director, Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Fulfills Certificate Requirement: Syllabus and Course Design or Elective

Tuesday, February 23rd, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, February 24th, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


student motivation

Strategic Pedagogy: Meeting Students' Basic Psychological Needs
for Increased Motivation to Learn

Are your students consistently missing class? Do they lack interest in your course? If you would like to learn about easy practices you can implement to increase your students' class attendance, motivation, interest, and engagement, then this workshop is for you! During this workshop, we will draw from psychological theories to discuss potential reasons for students' lack of engagement, as well as outline specific and easy-to-implement strategies to address these issues. 

Facilitated by Shenira Perez, Assistant Director, Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Fulfills Certificate Requirement: Elective

Tuesday, March 9th, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 10th, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.