Aug 10-11: Summer Teaching Intensive

Registration for this program is now closed.

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) is again hosting our two-day Summer Teaching Intensive.

August 10-11, from 9:00am-5pm in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library EXCEPT where otherwise noted

The intensive consists of seven modules led by Emory faculty and staff. All faculty are welcome.

Thursday, August 10

Teaching with Technology: Canvas and Poll Everywhere

Dr. Dana Bryant, Business Analyst, Academic Technology Services 
Stephanie Parisi, Assistant Director, Online Education, CFDE

Have you ever been curious about how to best use interactive polling technology in your classes? This session will cover the basics of using Canvas and Poll Everywhere to poll your students in real time. It will address challenges and offer first hand experiences from the instructor perspective. This session will provide an engaging discussion and strategies for using innovative technology in your classrooms. 

Maximizing the Minutes Through Active Learning Strategies

Dr. Jeff Galle, Director, Center for Academic Excellence, Oxford College

Active Learning includes an array of classroom activities and learning strategies that require students to do work in the classroom with current course content and to reflect on the meaning of the activity they have undertaken. This workshop will encourage an exploration of active learning in a four-part sequence:

  1. frame the context through definitions and examples of active learning strategies;
  2. participants will explore the application of one or more of the activities/strategies to one or more of their classes, create an exercise for students to reflect on what they have done, and then compare results with others in the workshop;
  3. as a full group participants will offer individual examples and discuss challenges and tradeoffs of using these activities; and,
  4. a summary will be provided along with suggestions of next-steps in using these and other activities.

Navigating Difficult Conversations

Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor, School of Theology

This double session begins with a primer on engaging conflict in the classroom. Participants will complete a self-assessment in advance and explore connections between pedagogical goals and classroom conflicts. After an overview of best practices and reactive strategies, the second part of the workshop will focus on proactive strategies. As you gear up for the fall semester, how can you also prepare your class and yourself to engage conflicts in pedagogically constructive ways?

Friday, August 11

Teaching with Primary Evidence: Archives & Objects*

*LOCATION CHANGE: Tate Room in Carlos Museum

  • Gabrielle Dudley, Instruction Archivist & QEP Librarian
  • Dr. Clare Fitzgerald, Senior Manager of Educational Programs at Michael C. Carlos Museum
  • Dr. Eric Varner, Associate Professor, Art History & Classics

An archivist from the Rose Library and an educator from the Carlos Museum in tandem with a faculty member will lead a session focused on opportunities to incorporate archives and objects into your teaching. The session will include an introduction to archival methods that can impact research and teaching and will discuss examples for innovative assignments using primary sources for a wide range of disciplines.

Engaging Students in Large Lecture Courses

Dr. Penelope Howards, Associate Professor, Rollins School of Public Health

Current students have grown up in a digital world where they have had access to information on demand and are used to communicating instantly. As a result, it has been argued that the traditional lecture approach to education is less effective with these students. However, many faculty are expected to teach large classes, in which interactive teaching styles are challenging to implement. Further, these classes often need to cover material that is foundational for more advanced classes, which limits the time that can be spent on time-intensive interactive activities. In this session, we will discuss the use of polling apps as way to engage students in medium (50 students) to large lecture (>150) courses. The use of a polling app is a time efficient way to ask students questions about the course material in real time. Polling can easily be incorporated into existing lectures as a first step to a more interactive classroom.

Handling the Paper Load: Responding to Student Writers

Dr. Joonna Trapp, Senior Lecturer, Emory College

In this session participants will learn about current research in teaching and learning about best practices in responding to student writing. Additionally, they will explore strategies to lighten the paper load and make responding to writing less burdensome. Sharing of ideas and practices among participants will be encouraged.

Best Practices for Developing Multiple Choice Test Questions

Dr. Andy Kazama, Lecturer, Emory College

Question: What will participants learn from this interactive session?

  • a. Best practices for test design
  • b. Ways to utilize Emory’s newly updated Testing and Evaluation Center
  • c.  Synergistic methods for creating test questions via student crowd-sourcing
  • d. All of the above*

* This question was NOT written using “best practices”…Find out why at the session!   

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