Preconference Workshops

All-day workshops (with lunch)

Designing, Implementing, and Facilitating Faculty Learning Communities: Enhancing the Teaching and Learning Culture on Your Campus (Preconference workshop)

Milton D. Cox, Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment; Mathematics, Miami University

Community and multidisciplinarity are often missing in higher education, where connections across disciplines and institutional units may be absent. Faculty learning communities (FLCs) help establish these connections and outcomes, such as increased interest in learning and teaching, view of higher education beyond one's discipline, and interest in and production of the scholarship of teaching and learning. The safety and support in an FLC enables risk taking and the achievement of both individual and team objectives. Evidence shows that FLCs provide effective "deep learning" that encourages and supports faculty to investigate and engage new (to them) methods of teaching and to assess resulting change in student learning. Implementation Science confirms that FLCs provide the most effective way to implement and sustain teaching and learning innovations for faculty and staff. This workshop will guide faculty and administrators interested in FLCs through issues and examples of the design, implementation, and facilitation of FLCs. Participants will receive the FLC Program Director's and Facilitator's Guidebook and the book, Building Faculty Learning Communities.

Exercises for Fostering Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, and Mature Valuing

Craig Nelson, 2000 CASE Professor of the Year; Founding President, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Public & Environmental Affairs; Biology (Emeritus), Indiana University Bloomington

What are some key barriers to mastering these fundamental outcomes? How can we help students overcome them? We will explore three layers of thinking and related skills. For each, we will examine examples that combine cognitive challenge with careful scaffolding and guided social interactions. We will frame these with students’ cognitive development and some higher-level metacognitive frameworks that students may find helpful. Participants will sketch and discuss ways to apply each approach in their classes.

Half-day workshops

Almost There: High(er)-Stakes Writing as a Way to Build Better Final Writing

Gary R. Hafer, English, Lycoming College

When faculty build low-stakes writing into the structure of their courses, they appropriate an effective tool for learning. Yet these same faculty may still find their students unprepared for the intellectual activities and mechanical skills high-stakes writing requires, such as rewriting and editing. This workshop will address this need by showing faculty how to develop a long high-stakes assignment over multiple drafts, scaffolded in specific and strategic ways.