Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence

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Upcoming Events

Winter Intensive - January 14, 2020

Jan. 14 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Gleeson 213

Each January, we hold a half-day workshop with a particular pedagogical focus for faculty to have the time and space for deep consideration and reflection among peers.

Looking for new approaches to lecturing? Join us for the 2020 CTE Winter Intensive!

While lecturing and active learning are often seen as diametrically opposed, Elizabeth Barkley and Claire Major argue in their book, Interactive Lecturing: A Handbook for College Faculty, that “lectures and active learning can be combined in ways that capitalize on the benefits of each and minimize the challenges.” In this year's CTE Winter Intensive, Marjolein Oele (College of Arts and Sciences) will present methods that integrate lecture and active learning in innovative ways, addressing questions like “How can lecture presentations be more engaging?” and “How can we help students learn actively during lecture instead of just sitting and passively listening the entire time?” CTE co-directors Sarah Capitelli and Eugene Kim will then lead a workshop on facilitating active learning through class discussions. Lunch, coffee, and tea will be provided.

Winter Intensive RSVP


From Wells to Wormholes: Engaging Threshold Concepts Through Inclusive Teaching and Learning with Linda Adler-Kassner, Professor and Associate Dean of Education, UC Santa Barbara - February 21, 2020

Feb. 21 | 2–3:30 p.m. | Fromm Hall, Maier Room 110

Please bring a piece of student writing from one of your introductory classes, as well as a piece of reading from one of your introductory classes.

Threshold concepts are conceptual gateways that lead to previously inaccessible ways of thinking. They are often troublesome obstacles for students, but once grasped, can have transformative and even irreversible impacts. So how can faculty engage students at the threshold and activate learning? How do we take students to a liminal moment where they address thorny topics and create knowledge? Join Linda Adler-Kassner, Professor and Associate Dean of Education at University of California, Santa Barbara, for a discussion on threshold concepts at the intersection of inclusive teaching, writing, and learning. Coffee and cookies will be served.

From Wells To Wormholes RSVP


Open Classrooms Program, Feb. 18–28

Inclusive Teaching in STEM: Talk by Mica Estrada, Feb. 25 | 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Open Canvas Program, April 6–24

Telling The Stories Of Our Teaching, Apr. 28 | 3–4:30 p.m. in McLaren 251 

Seeley Seminar Reception, April 29 | 2–3:30 p.m. in UC 402/403