Event Date & Time
***Please note this session has been canceled due to the weather conditions.***
Have you ever left a classroom wondering if the new teaching approach you tried worked? How you could your students overcome a typical challenge to learning? Wondered how students approach certain problems? In this session, we will explore the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, also known as Teaching as Research and how it can help you answer these and more questions. We will start by considering what it means to be a reflective practitioner and then build an introductory understanding of how to design a small project. In preparation for this session, please reflect on your teaching practice (or your experience as a learner) and identify one or two challenges to student learning that you would like to address.
By the end of this session, you will be able to:
- Describe SoTL and explain its role in improving teaching
- Create a SoTL research question based on your identified challenge to student learning
- Suggest different ways to answer your research question
The TA Institute is open to all undergraduate TAs, graduate students who are interested in teaching, and all graduate student TAs. This session is not open to general undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, or faculty.
Jens Vent-Schmidt brings his experience as ISW facilitator, interdisciplinary PhD candidate, and faculty member to the room. He has a strong interest in improving teaching and learning and sees awareness of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) as a way to help graduate students become more observant and reflective in their teaching. He hopes to motivate you to take on a small SoTL project to further your teaching professional development and career options after graduation.
To be completed – Pre/Post Session Online Module
If you wish to complete this workshop as part of the theme Teaching Career Preparations, you must complete the pre-session online module by January 13 at 9 AM and the post-session online module by January 20 at noon to receive the letter of completion.
If you wish to complete this workshop as part of the theme Interdisciplinary and Experiential Learning, you must complete the pre-session online module by January 13 at 9 AM and the post-session online module by January 20 at noon to receive the letter of completion.
This year’s TA Institute includes sessions on Inclusive, Student-Centered Learning, Teaching Career Preparations, Teaching Fundamentals, Transformative Growth in Learning, and Interdisciplinary and Experiential Learning. If you are interested in impacting your current or future TAships, or in improving your teaching skills, be sure to join us for one or more of these 2 hour, interactive workshops.
This year, workshops in the TA institute are organized into 5 themes, and if you complete 3 workshops in a theme, and do the related pre- & post-session online modules, you are eligible for a letter of completion that you can include in your Teaching Portfolio and CV. These letters will include a brief description of any themes that you completed, and how the work you did in those themes supports your development as a teacher.
This year’s themes are:
- Inclusive, Student-Centered Learning
- Teaching Career Preparations
- Teaching Fundamentals
- Transformative Growth in Learning
- Interdisciplinary and Experiential Learning