CIE seminars to focus on college teaching

August 11, 2014  

Purdue instructors and graduate students can enhance their teaching skills, exchange ideas with colleagues, and get practical hints on their craft from some of the campus's award-winning professors in seminars offered by the Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE). Staff members will also find the information and insight into classroom instruction helpful.

Starting on Sept. 9, the College Teaching Workshop 1 (CTW 1) series focuses on the basics of teaching at Purdue and will be offered at 10:30 Tuesdays in Hicks Undergraduate Library, Room B853. Topics include how to build rapport with students, encourage active and experiential learning, develop appropriate assessments of learning, foster academic integrity, establish course policies and procedures, give effective instructional presentations, and construct a course plan and syllabus that support an effective learning environment. 

A two-hour micro-teaching session begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 7 at the Hall for Discovery and Learning Research, Room 341. Participants may register for single workshops or for the series (of 10) as a whole.

For graduate students, participation in the workshops counts toward the Graduate Teacher Certificate program sponsored by the Purdue Teaching Academy, which CIE administers. A new series of videos explaining the three tiers of certification is available on the website. Graduate students interested in completing a certificate should click on the "Enroll" link on the website to receive details.

Graduate students interested in earning course credit for attending all the sessions may register for "EDCI 589: College Teaching Workshops." Students who enroll in the course, attend at least nine of the 10 CTW 1 sessions, and complete assignments related to the workshop content may earn credit as a pass/fail grade. Students can register for the "EDCI 589" course online through Purdue's course enrollment website. Interested graduate students who have questions should email for answers and directions for registering.

For more information and registration for each of the CTW 1 sessions, the flier can be found at Click on the titles in the flier to register for each session.

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