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Past Workshops and Series


Picture This! Using Visualization Techniques to Deepen Student Learning

Join us in exploring how visualization assignments can help students understand, summarize, and communicate ideas in new ways and to new audiences. This 2-part workshop will explore the use of visualization tools, such as concept mapping, timelines, and infographics, to support students' thinking and learning. Participants will review research on how visualization can improve comprehension, practice hands-on activities, and discuss how to best implement visualization tools in their courses.

Beyond the Syllabus: Effective Course Organization and Communication

A well-organized course provides a clear path for students to progress. By providing structure, welcoming instructions and clear expectations, students will be more comfortable and confident in their learning and may ask fewer logistical questions. Within this workshop we’ll discuss a few best practices for orienting students to your course, providing readable and accessible materials, organizing course content, and utilizing a few key communication tools to improve students’ experience.

Teamwork that Works! Improving Group Projects

Thinking about creating a new group project or improving an existing one this fall? Are you or your students frustrated by the lack of return on investment? In this workshop, we will look at best practices that optimize group interactions, productivity, and learning. We will also share a few ed-tech tools to help students work more effectively in groups either in-person or online.

Reconnect, Recharge and Reengage Students by Plugging into Motivation Theory

In the last academic year, faculty across the US reported experiencing higher rates of student disengagement than they previously experienced. While the pandemic has been challenging for faculty and students alike, preliminary research suggests that students' perception of the value proposition of class participation has dropped. In this workshop we will explore motivation and self-determination theories as a possible way to reenergize students--and ourselves. Together we will brainstorm strategies that balance empathy and support with high expectations and structure, all while emphasizing community and connection within our classrooms.


Connecting the Classroom with Co-op: Strategies that Deepen Learning

You might already know that 92% of eligible Drexel undergraduate students participate in co-op each year. But, did you know that research shows college students are more motivated to learn when they make direct connections between what they are learning in class and their future careers? 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 the logistics of making explicit links between co-op and classroom learning and hear how two Drexel faculty members are making intentional connections to co-op in their classrooms.

Integrating Global Perspectives into Introductory-Level Courses (and Beyond)

Do you want students to develop the ability to solve disciplinary challenges with a global lens, but are concerned about overhauling your course? Do you want students to build skills that prepare them for engaging in a global community, but not sure how within an already packed syllabus? This interactive workshop is designed to help you integrate global perspectives in small ways that can make a big impact on your teaching and your students' learning. With an emphasis on first and second-year courses, we will examine the research showing the benefits to integrating global perspectives in the curriculum, provide examples of learning activities and module design, and offer an opportunity for you to apply these ideas to a lesson or course. *This workshop is co-sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Center and the Office of Global Engagement

Bringing Community-Based and Engaged Learning Experiences Into Your Classroom

Community-Based and Engaged Learning (CB-EL) offers opportunities for students to explore pressing social issues through learning inside the classroom, as well as in related settings, integrated through critical reflection. But for many instructors teaching and designing a full-scale CB-EL course is a daunting task. However, with the right tools, instructors can design CB-EL projects, activities, and experiences within their existing courses that enhance students’ learning through providing real-world social and personal relevance to their lives. This interactive workshop is designed to help you integrate CB-EL experiences in small ways that can make a big impact. Together, we will examine the research showing the benefits to CB-EL in the classroom, provide examples of learning activities and projects, and offer an opportunity for you to apply these ideas to a course. *This workshop is co-sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Center and the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement.

What Makes a Mentor? Building Skills for Mentoring Undergraduate Research

Mentoring undergraduates through research is one of the most rewarding forms of teaching, but it is also a relationship that takes work and intention. This workshop will help graduate students and faculty build skills in setting expectations, establishing good communication, and building trust with undergraduate mentees in a research setting, sharing adaptable tools and resources useful in many mentorship contexts. *This workshop is co-sponsored by Undergraduate Research & Enrichment Programs (UREP)

Let Your Voice Soar: Tips for Healthy Voice Projection While Teaching Wearing a Mask

While some instructors struggle with voice projection, others are finding it more difficult to project their voice while teaching in a mask. If this sounds familiar, we invite you to join us for this brief “Let Your Voice Soar” workshop to learn a few tips for improving voice projection while also reducing the risk of vocal injury. In this workshop, you will learn a few habits that can keep your voice healthy, as well as warning signs of potential strain or damage. Strategies for commanding attention in a loud room, as well as ways to amplify your voice in noisy classrooms or large spaces will also be shared. Bring your mask and be prepared to interact with our facilitator to “Let Your Voice Soar” while wearing a mask!

Workshop Series on Developing Agile Pedagogies: Designing Flexible Assessments of (and for) Learning

Since the pandemic began many instructors discovered that their normal face-to-face methods of assessment simply didn’t work in the remote or online environment. But even back in the classroom, designing flexible assessments is critical for emergency planning, and can further motivate and engage students in the learning process. In this workshop, we will examine research-based recommendations for developing assessments that both measure—and reinforce—students’ learning in a variety of contexts and learning modalities. Together we will brainstorm a number of alternatives to traditional exams and share several exam best practices when alternative assessments are not an option.

Workshop Series on Developing Agile Pedagogies: Stress and Learning: Teaching Practices that Support Students’ Mental Wellbeing 

November is always a stressful month for students, but with the return to campus this fall and continuing concerns over the delta variant, many of our students are reporting an increase in academic stressors. Despite consensus that students' mental wellbeing is critical for optimized learning, faculty often feel unsure about when—or how—to address either common or more serious student mental health concerns that arise in their classes. In this workshop we will explore some of the strategies for supporting students' wellbeing both within and outside of the classroom.

Custom Workshops

Upon request, the Teaching and Learning Center provides customized workshops and retreats to address the teaching and learning needs of academic units. These workshops can be tailored to fit a variety of formats including online or in-person meetings.