Summer Faculty & Academic Staff Workshops


Designing Your Own Course

This two-part intensive workshop, Designing Your Own Course, will help instructors create or significantly revise a course for an upcoming semester. This workshop will guide you in developing course learning outcomes, assignments, grading schemes, rubrics, low stakes assessment, active learning strategies, and a well-designed syllabus. Participants will receive the Learner-centered Course Design booklet with examples of each course design component. The result of this in-depth workshop will be greater intentionality and transparency in your design for learning and increased confidence that your course components are connected and coherent.

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Book Discussion Series: "Engaging Ideas"

This summer, the Center for Instructional and Professional Development (CIPD) focuses on practical strategies, individual experiences, and current research on incorporating writing assignments that promote higher-level thinking using the well-received book, Engaging Ideas (2011).  Throughout the summer, participants will explore chapters in multiple sessions and explore tips and techniques for engaging students.

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Active Learning Classrooms: Breakout Groups and Group Projects

UWM is in the process of constructing five active learning classrooms in the Northwest Quadrant that incorporate flexible furniture, grouped seating, advanced technology and a commitment to interactive learning. Using these spaces effectively implies rethinking a traditionally designed course in order to support increased student responsibility for their learning and a reliance on collaboration. However, perhaps no other pedagogical strategy elicits more complaints than group work. How can you ensure collaboration rather than piecemeal work? How can you encourage integrating and synthesizing information as well as thinking critically together? Participants will receive a booklet of small group strategies. Bring a course syllabus and a specific assignment and begin constructing an effective semester long small group assignment using five core principles. Future NWQ instructors are strongly encouraged to attend.

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Part-time Academic Staff with Teaching Responsibilities Retreat: Is Homework Obsolete?

You are invited to meet other part-time academic staff with teaching responsibilities at an interactive, half-day retreat designed to help you succeed with getting students to prepare for class. What are reasonable expectations for class participation? How can we assign meaningful work, provide useful feedback on it, and make out-of-class preparation worthwhile for our students and us? Through discussion and small group activities, we will examine how to maximize student engagement outside of class. Participants are invited to bring their ideas for successful student preparation. You will receive materials during the retreat.

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