Events



How Do You Teach When Issues in the World Are Becoming Part of Your Class?

SaraEllen Strongman, CTL Graduate Fellow, Africana Studies

Monday, February 27 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Summary: This workshop is part of the Inclusive Teaching series. What happens when events outside of the classroom affect the environment in the classroom? This workshop will discuss strategies to address local and global events, including tragedies, with your class. Participants will come away with concrete tools to support students through difficult times while continuing to meet pedagogical goals.
Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Academic Freedom and Free Speech in the Classroom: A Panel Discussion on Opportunities, Tensions, Limits and the Implications for Our Teaching

Professors Sigal Ben-Porath, Education, Carolyn Marvin, Annenberg and David Rudovsky, Law

Tuesday, February 28 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Faculty Events

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Summary: In this open panel disscussion Sigal Ben-Porath of Education, Carolyn Marvin of Annenberg, and David Rudovsky of Law will discuss the meanings of academic freedom and free speech in the classroom and the implications of those ideas for taking stands in class, shaping the terms of classroom discussions, and making space for student perspectives. This discussion of both our teaching practices and the rules and traditions that shape those practices. We will addresses faculty concerns, in the current moment of political change, about factors that may open up or constrain what we can say in the classroom and how we create a classroom environment that encourages intellectual inquiry. All faculty, graduate students and other instructors are welcome. The session will include time for informal conversation at the close.

The Great Laptop Debate

Paul Mitchell, CTL Graduate Fellow, Anthropology

Tuesday, February 28 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: CTL/OLI Conference Room (133 Van Pelt Library)

Summary: In recent years, an intense debate about the role of laptops in the classroom has emerged. Are laptops a distraction to students who use them and students around them? Should they be banned from classrooms? Should instructors care what their students do with their laptops while in class? We will discuss multiple sides to these issues, and in so doing identify some contexts where laptop use might best be restricted, and other contexts where the integration of online tools into classrooms can increase student learning. We will review some programs that might be especially useful for students to use on laptops while in classrooms of all kinds, from STEM to the social sciences and humanities
Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Helping Students See Themselves As Belonging in Your Field

Trishala Parthasarathi, CTL Graduate Fellow, Neuroscience

Monday, March 13 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Summary: This workshop is part of the Inclusive Teaching series. A “sense of belonging” can be crucial in determining whether students decide to pursue a career in their field of interest. However, some students may face more struggles than others in certain environments. This workshop will discuss how to cultivate a sense of belonging among students of all academic and social backgrounds. Stereotype threat may be one of the challenges that can affect performance in the classroom, and we will briefly discuss strategies on how to mitigate it. In addition, we will talk about ways to facilitate conversation in the classroom that invite all perspectives to make students feel like they have the ability to be successful.

Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Integrating Outreach & Community Engagement wiht the Classroom

Stan Najmr, CTL Graduate Fellow, Chemistry

Wednesday, March 15 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Summary: Engaging with the community has great benefits for undergraduate students, for instructors and for community members. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for how university instructors and graduate students can implement outreach into their own course’s design. Doing so creates opportunities for the students to gain real world experience, which can help reinforce a breadth of learning objectives. For example, political science students may exercise their civic responsibility, while engineering students can gain a broader perspective on the impact of their research. This workshop will also review the logistical considerations that should be made in order to realize the full potential of community partnerships. Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching With Technology:
Using Multi-Media Creative Projects To Help Students Understand Complicated Material

Professors Deborah Thomas, Anthropology and David Comberg, Design

Friday, March 17 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Faculty Events

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Summary: Teaching with Technology discussions bring faculty together to discuss why and how they might use specific technologies in their teaching. Each conversation focuses on a different goal or challenge and on particular technologies faculty use to address those aims. Each session is moderated by two faculty members, who will share their experiences and guide the discussion; instructional technology support staff will also participate to help faculty consider how to implement the ideas discussed. Faculty from across Penn are welcome. To encourage interactive discussion, though, registration is limited to twelve faculty.
Lunch is provided for all those who register in advance.

Providing Feedback to Promote Student Success and Growth

Helen Teng, CTL Graduate Fellow, Nursing

Monday, March 20 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Summary: This workshop is part of the Inclusive Teaching series. Feedback is an essential aspect of teaching and learning. In this workshop, we aim to discuss strategies to provide effective feedback that enhances student learning and performance. In addition, we will discuss ways to use feedback to promote inclusivity in the classroom.
Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching Students to Think in Your Discipline

Joseph Hoisington, CTL Graduate Fellow, Mathematics

Thursday, March 23 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Summary: What are the essential questions that students, teachers and researchers in your field are (or should be) interested in? How can they answer them? What counts as evidence? What counts as proof? What are the goals of your field? How can students understand them? How can they contribute to them?
In this workshop, we will talk about how, in our teaching, we can help our students understand the questions, goals and methodologies of our fields.
Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Creating An Inclusive Teaching Atmosphere on the First Day of Classes

Theo Lim, CTL Graduate Fellow, City & Regional Planning

Monday, March 27 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Summary: This workshop is part of the Inclusive Teaching series. During this workshop, we will discuss strategies for setting an atmosphere of inclusiveness on the first day of class for the rest of the semester. We will address the meaning of inclusive teaching, our goals for inclusiveness with respect to the classes we teach, and develop actions we can take to engage all students from day one.
Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Developing Your Instructional Communication Skills

Elena Maris, CTL Graduate Fellow, Communications

Tuesday, March 28 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: CTL Seminar Room, Room 134, Van Pelt Library

Summary: In this workshop, we will learn about major findings in instructional communication research and how to use them in your classroom. We will discuss communicating authority and immediacy in teaching, using humor, and avoiding aggressive communication traits. Further, we will discuss relational power in the classroom, student orientations toward communicating, and how to think about students’ verbal and nonverbal responsiveness. Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.