CIE special workshops: Teams, portfolios, clickers, posters

October 27, 2011

Each of four workshops in November from the Center for Instructional Excellence will provide insight into effective use of a tool of value to educators. Workshop dates run from Nov. 2 to 16.

Faculty, staff and graduate students are encouraged to participate in CIE workshops. Registration is needed, and links are provided below. The workshops are:

Ensuring the Success of Student Teams
Nov. 2 (W) -- 9-10:30 a.m. in Stewart Center, Room 322
Presented by Matt Ohland, associate professor of engineering education.
For all the benefits of having students work in teams, it introduces other issues for faculty to manage -- - forming teams, dealing with teams in crisis, evaluating each student's contribution to the team's work. In this workshop, important principles of team formation and peer evaluation will be discussed in an active format. Award-winning (free) online tools for managing student teams will be introduced. Bringing a laptop with  wireless access is recommended; sharing is possible.

Creating Teaching Portfolios
Nov. 9 (W) -- 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 231
Anyone looking for an academic teaching job should have a teaching portfolio and e-portfolio. Participants in this workshop will learn the purpose of a teaching portfolio and identify the components of both traditional and e-portfolios. This will be a hands-on workshop in a computer lab, providing a chance to start creating an e-porfolio.

Integrating Clickers into Your Everyday Teaching
Nov. 15 (Tu) -- 9-10:30 a.m. in Mechanical Engineering Building, Room 2004

This workshop will explore ways to better integrate this highly interactive technology into classroom and provide quick feedback to students. The session will begin with a brief introduction to hardware and software needs, then take up uses that promote learning and better engage students.

Best Practices for Creating Effective Posters
Nov. 16 (W) -- 2:30-4 p.m. in Krannert Building, Room G002
This hands-on, interactive session will provide guidelines for creating effective poster presentations and how to communicate the information summarized on a poster. It also have time to view and discuss posters created by others.