The Teaching and Learning Center offers numerous workshops each quarter. These workshops include topic-based series and seminars, book groups, and even short-reading discussions. Workshops are open to all faculty, staff, and graduate students at Drexel University. Below are some examples of past offerings. For a complete list of previous offerings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshops and Series
New Faculty Series: Principles and Practices for Effective Teaching
If you have started in a faculty role at Drexel in the past three years, this workshop is for you! This series will explore research-based teaching strategies that foster students’ learning. Workshop topics include exploring the cycle of practice and feedback, creating opportunities for active learning, and efficient and effective grading strategies. Hands-on activities will provide an opportunity for you to consider practical ways to implement these methods within your specific teaching context at Drexel. This is also a unique opportunity to connect with colleagues and build a network of support across the disciplines.
Series on Developing Agile Pedagogies
As COVID-19 continues to impact how we teach, it is more important than ever to create flexible courses that support students’ learning and help them adapt to these changes. In this new series of workshops, we will explore teaching practices to help us to respond to our students' evolving needs and highlight those that will work across any teaching modality.
Connecting the Classroom with Co-op: Strategies to Deepen Learning
You might already know that 92% of Drexel students are participating in co-op each year. But did you know that research shows that college students are more motivated to learn when they make direct connections between what they are learning in class and their future career aspirations? In addition, studies have shown that helping students reflect upon, share, and use their real-world experiences offers significant increases to knowledge retention and transfer. In this interactive workshop we will explore some of this research, review useful data from student and employer co-op surveys, and look at ways two Drexel faculty members are making intentional connections between their classrooms their students co-op experiences.
Designing Group and Team Projects for the Remote Environment
Thinking about creating a group or team project for your fall course, but worried about how to structure and implement it remotely? In this workshop, we will look at best practices to optimize student interactions, productivity, and learning from projects that can be used in remote courses. We will also explore a variety of technology options that can help students work more effectively in groups and teams and discuss ways to adjust project deliverables for remote (or online) courses.
Partially Flipping the Remote Classroom
A flipped course reverses the lecture and homework paradigm. In a flipped course, students watch a series of short videos dedicated to specific concepts or topics prior to class. In-class time is then devoted to elaborating on the concepts, brainstorming real-world examples, and providing time for students to work through problems and case studies, while they experience active and/or collaborative learning strategies, such as think-pair-share or small group work. This gives instructors the opportunity to address questions and misconceptions, with the ultimate goal of developing higher-order thinking skills. This workshop will focus on a few key steps to help instructors adapt some best practices from the flipped classroom to improve our online, hybrid, or remote learning environments.
Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty by James Lang
Faculty can find themselves focusing a great deal of energy on issues of academic honesty, a by-product of the fact that they have had direct experience with students cheating in their classes. James Lang's new research, which draws on findings from cognitive theory, explores how some learning environments can incentivize student cheating, and offers strategies which make cheating less worthwhile while improving student learning. Cheating Lessons provides practical solutions for improving academic honesty in our classrooms.
How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching by Joshua Eyler
Even on good days, teaching is a challenging profession. Now add the complexities of remote and hybrid learning and the personal struggles our students have faced during an ongoing global pandemic and it can feel nearly impossible to connect, engage, and inspire our students in the way we would like. In this book group, we will explore five themes from How Humans Learn—curiosity, sociality, emotion, authenticity, and failure—to identify teaching strategies that support students' development. Join us for this colleague-to-colleague discussion and leave with practical takeaways that can be implemented in the classroom, studio, lab, clinic, and of course, online!
Minds Online: Effectively Teaching with Technology by Michelle Miller
In Minds Online, cognitive psychologist Michelle Miller explains how principles of human cognition can inform the effective use of technology in college teaching. In chapters 4 through 9 she provides specific suggestions and strategies to create what she terms "cognitively optimized" online courses — in effect, online courses designed to fit well with how people actually learn. Join us for this interactive discussion to discuss ways that Miller's work might be applied to your remote or online classroom.
Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James Lang
Literature on theories of learning often provide great insight, but who has time to completely revamp their courses? In his book Small Teaching, James Lang offers concrete strategies that are not only proven to raise student performance but are also easily implemented into your class. As Lang states, "you can implement them tomorrow morning, next week on Friday... even in the next email you send to your students." Join us for this three-part book group and explore how big changes can start small! Participants who commit to attend all three sessions will receive a free copy of the book.
Developing Antiracist Pedagogies
In this monthly discussion co-sponsored by the Office of Equality and Diversity, we will examine the intersection of race, identity, teaching, and learning. Each month participants will be provided with a short article, chapter, or excerpt to read. Together, through semi-structured and small group discussion, participants will explore concepts proposed in the readings and reflect on ways they may be implemented within their teaching. These materials will address topics such as how social identities impact classroom dynamics, how to practice culturally relevant pedagogies, how to create inclusive classroom environments, and how to promote honest and productive discussion.