Discussion, whether large-group or peer:peer, adds a personal dimension to the classroom. Effective discussion also stimulates students to more actively engage in the learning process, encourages collaborative thinking skills, and provides the opportunity for instructors to receive immediate feedback on student understanding. As a result, students gain confidence as they evaluate concepts or synthesize ideas. However, moderating successful, substantial discussions can be difficult. In the first half of this workshop, attendees will begin by exploring the role of the instructor in leading classroom discussions, contrast different instructional purposes for discussions, and consider scenarios representing classroom discussions gone awry. During the second half, a panel of faculty will describe common pitfalls, tips, and strategies for moderating classroom discussions.
This workshop, designed for those who teach a seminar as part of the FYO program, will focus on creating successful and appropriate writing assignments for one-hour FYO seminars. Examples of successful writing assignments used in previous FYO seminars will be shared and discussions will center on the development of writing assignments to be used in participants’ courses. Faculty will leave this session with a better understanding of the appropriate amount of writing for a FYO seminar, ideas for assignments they can integrate into their own FYO courses, and resources they can reference throughout the delivery of their seminar. Details
There are many ways to collect evidence of student learning, but determining what methods will provide the most useful, trustworthy, and actionable information for your academic program may be overwhelming. This session will introduce and explore different direct and indirect methods of collecting data for program assessment purposes. Participants will consider different courses and overall programmatic design in their respective academic programs and discuss what measures may be most useful (and feasible). Details
Tiffany Washington, an assistant professor in the University of Georgia School of Social Work received the 2017 UGA Service-Learning Research Award and the 2016 UGA Creative Teaching Award. The focus of Washington’s Award Winning Faculty Series talk will be the ways in which faculty can connect their in-class teaching to their larger research agenda. Focusing on her own pedagogical practice, Washington will highlight experiential learning techniques and share from her own pedagogical practice, including students’ feedback. Details