Aug 9-10: Summer Teaching Intensive

Our Summer Teaching Intensive was once again a success. The two-day workshop was comprised of eight modules that averaged 40 participants each. Topics included: scaffolding assignments, analyzing classroom conflict, engaging multilingual students, establishing learning communities among STEM students, using polling in your classes, avoiding plagiarism, teaching hacks for science courses, and inclusive pedagogy. All materials and resources from the Summer Teaching Intensive will be posted on our CFDE Canvas site.

2018 Aug 9-10: Summer Teaching Intensive Schedule

Thursday, August 99:00-9:30Sign in & Light Snacks

Session 1

Scaffolding Writing Assignments for Student Researchers

Joonna Smitherman Trapp, Director of Writing Across Emory, Senior Lecturer

Scaffolding the work students do in a class allows them to gradually learn and practice new skills until they gain confidence and experience. Scaffolding bridges between what students already know to what they need to learn. Participants in this workshop will discuss several methods for scaffolding new learning into a class. This process is especially useful for undergraduate research projects of all kinds. Resources for further reference will be provided.


Session 2

What’s Going On? Analyzing Classroom Conflicts

Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor, School of Theology

When conflicts erupt or emerge in our classrooms, we need tools to understand what is going on. This workshop will introduce and experiment with several different kinds of analysis to help us understand and address conflict in pedagogically helpful ways. Participants are encouraged to write up a short description of a conflict they have experienced and are willing to share with others as we practice analysis.


Session 3

Engaging Multilingual Students

Mackenzie Bristow, Director of the English Language Support Program and Global Engagement, Laney Graduate School

In this session participants will learn classroom strategies that can be immediately implemented to better support and engage multilingual speakers. We will review how to use the Corpus of Contemporary American English to support writing development and frameworks like PREP and STAR to support speaking in the classroom. The tools introduced in this session will be geared towards international students, but could easily be modified to address any first-generation multilingual learner. Sharing of ideas and practices among participants will be encouraged.


Session 4

Establishing Learning Community to Challenge and Support STEM Students

Eladio Abreu, Lecturer, Department of Biology; Antonio Brathwaite, Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry

Building learning communities among students has proven valuable in retention, closing achievement gaps, and building an inclusive learning environment. This session will explore the benefits and challenges of establishing new learning community based programming and initiatives. For context, we will examine our own experiences establishing and continuing a STEM based learning community among first year college students. Additionally, these experiences and outcomes will be contrasted with those of well-established programming at other institutions.

Friday, August 109:00-9:30Sign in & Light Snacks

Session 5

The Ins and Outs of Plagiarism: From Software to Assignments

Jessica Barber, Lecturer, Department of Psychology; Kim Braxton, Director of Academic Technology Services; Jason Ciejka, Director of Honor Council

In this session we will bring together academic technologists, honor council administrators, and faculty to discuss Turnitin (the new software for Emory this year), the broader context of plagiarism detection software, Emory’s policies around plagiarism, as well as how to create “cheat-proof” assignments.


Session 6

Ways to Use Polling Tools in Your Classroom


Stephanie Parisi, Assistant Director, Online Education, CFDE

Polling is a great way to engage your students through simultaneous participation and interaction using a digital tool. In this interactive session, participants will explore five different ways to use polling technology in the classroom. This session will offer ideas and best practices, as well as showcase a handful of polling tools. Participants should be prepared to participate by bringing a laptop and/or mobile device.


Session 7

Teaching Hacks for Science Classes

Eric Weeks, Director, CFDE & Professor of Physics

Over the past two decades there’s been a lot of research on how to effectively teach science classes, with many new ideas proposed. While some of these ideas are time-intensive and involve rethinking your entire way of teaching, others are easy to patch into an existing course. In this session, I’ll share these easier ideas from the literature and from my own experience. We’ll discuss all levels of courses: introductory courses with hundreds of students, courses for majors with dozens of students, and graduate elective courses with a handful of students. Those of you with your own teaching hacks are welcome to share them at this session!


Session 8

Inclusive Pedagogy: Challenges and Strategies

Donna Troka, Associate Director of Teaching and Pedagogy, CFDE

The concept of “inclusive pedagogy” recognizes the value and challenges of having many different and diverse students learning together. This session on inclusive pedagogy has three objectives. First, we will briefly overview current theory and practice that informs inclusive pedagogy. Second, we will discuss barriers and challenges to inclusivity at our own institutions. Third, we will work together to develop practical strategies for creating more inclusive classrooms. Inclusive teaching recognizes that encountering difference can be an important catalyst to learning—but this learning will more effectively occur when all students are included and sufficiently supported.

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