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2019-2020

Remote Course Facilitator (RCF) Program 2019-2020

Click here to learn more about the Remote Course Facilitator (RCF) program.

Summer 2020 TA & RCF Bi-Weekly Professional Development Workshops

Since COVID-19 and the transition to fully remote learning, instructors have been challenged with creating an interactive and engaging remote learning environment. The following summer workshops were designed to help graduate student TAs and RCFs learn to practice effective teaching, learning and facilitation methods utilizing Drexel's remote and online learning tools and technologies.

Participants:

  • Learned to lead engaging classrooms that elicit innovative thinking and creative problem solving.
  • Gained competency in leading virtual meetings that engage participants in different ways.
  • Built confidence as a remote course facilitator and/or teaching assistant.
  • Learned tools and techniques to elicit participation, enable meaningful discussion and accomplish online work.

Facilitator:
Abigail Maley
Online Learning Support Specialist
Drexel University Information Technology
itg@drexel.edu
P: (215) 895-1224 

Time:
All workshops took place virtually 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT via Zoom.

Dates:
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Valerie Klein - Drexel University Assistant Clinical Professor for MS in Mathematics Learning and Teaching and MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies

Spring 2020 TA & RCF Professional Development Workshops & Weekly Check-Ins

As traditional face-to-face teaching transitioned to teaching remotely in response to COVID-19, the Graduate College offered a weekly virtual meet and greet session for Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Remote Course Facilitators (RCFs) at Drexel.

Teaching remotely, particularly in this time of social distancing, may leave some TAs and RCFs feeling disconnected from their academic studies and duties in general; however, maintaining connection and cultivating community can give student instructors/facilitators a sense of purpose, empowerment, structure, and academic engagement during this transition.This is also a safe space for student instructors/facilitators to exchange teaching ideas and talk about specific support in the online environment.

In these informal sessions, Dr. Valerie Klein, a prominent professor from School of Education, and a series of guest speakers, explored ideas, messages, and course elements to help student instructors/facilitators feel connected to the class, the instructor, and to each other.

Valerie Klein, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Program Director for Teacher Education Programs
School of Education

For access to session notes and resources from Spring 2020 sessions, contact the Graduate College at graduatecollege@drexel.edu.

Fall 2019 Teaching and Learning Workshops for TAs & Student Instructors

The Graduate College in partnership with the newly formed Teaching and Learning Center offered a series of workshops on topics in teaching and learning. While these workshops were geared toward graduate Teaching Assistants and Fellows (TAs/TFs) as part of the TA Orientation and Prep Course, they were open to the University community.

Workshop 1: "Why Aren't Undergrads as Interested in This Stuff as I Am?"Johanna Inman

Facilitated by Johanna Inman, Director, Teaching and Learning Center

You've devoted your life to your discipline and find it fascinating, but some of your students may be less than enthusiastic about it. In this session you will learn principles and strategies for inspiring motivation and instilling the will to work in your students.

Friday, September 27, 2019
12-1PM

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Workshop 2: "Learning is not a Spectator Sport!"Johanna Inman

Facilitated by Johanna Inman, Director, Teaching and Learning Center

The research on how learning works has shown that students learn better and retain more when they are directly involved in their learning. In this workshop, TAs will be presented with the principles of active and collaborative learning, discover a few time-tested active learning techniques, and have the opportunity to brainstorm ways they can apply this research to their own teaching contexts.

Friday, October 4, 2019
12-1PM

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Workshop 3: "How to Grade Effectively without Losing Sleep (or Your Mind)"Johanna Inman

Facilitated by Johanna Inman, Director, Teaching and Learning Center

One of the toughest parts of being a TA is the grading process. TAs need to balance fairness with adherence to learning objectives, while allowing time for their own work and other life obligations. This interactive session will include a discussion of various grading strategies, how to handle grading disputes, and techniques for time management or grading responsibilities.

Friday, October 11, 2019
12-1PM

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