Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence

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Upcoming Events

Grading Retreat

Wednesday, Dec 11 | 10-4 | Cowell Hall 316
Friday, Dec 13 (for School of Law) | 9-3 | Zief Library, School of Law

Join us for a grading retreat with your peers! The group setting will provide motivation and the CTE will provide the fuel in the form of breakfast and lunch. We'll make sure to have coffee too. We think the best way to tackle the overwhelming (and perhaps onerous) task of grading is with support!

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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.

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Previous Winter Intensives

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) January 2019
with Nicole Gonzales Howell (Rhetoric and Language) and Emily Nusbaum (School of Education)

Student Engagement with Rich Callahan (School of Management), Doreen Ewert (Rhetoric and Language), Kelly L'Engle (School of Nursing and Health Professions), Melanie Keiffer (School of Nursing and Health Professions)and Keally McBride (Politics)

Inclusive Classrooms with Rhonda Magee (Law)