Teaching Students at Different Levels

Lili Dworkin, CTL Graduate Fellow, Computer and Information Science

Tuesday, October 28 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Many classes, ranging from introductory lectures to advanced seminars, are comprised of students with a wide variety of backgrounds. There may be freshmen sitting next to seniors, and non-majors next to majors. Some students may have taken similar courses that familiarized them with the content already, whereas others might be learning the subject for the first time. The class may be split between students who struggle to grasp basic concepts, and others who breeze through the material easily. How can you, as an instructor, make the content accessible and engaging to everyone in your class? In this workshop we will discuss the challenges to doing so in a heterogeneous classroom and strategies for managing those challenges.
All graduate students are welcome. Counts towards CTL Teaching Certificate.

Effective Lecturing

Philip Webster, CTL Graduate Fellow, Religious Studies

Wednesday, October 29 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: What makes a lecture clear, engaging, and effective? What styles, techniques, and tools can be used to enhance a lecture? What are some useful tips for planning and organizing a lecture? When should technology be employed in a lecture? In this workshop, we’ll discuss these questions and more, all with the aim of developing strategies for successfully planning and giving lectures that inspire, engage, and teach.

Guiding Not Giving: Helping Students Figure Things Out Themselves

Emmabeth Parrish, CTL Graduate Fellow, Materials Science and Engineering

Thursday, October 30 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Often students come to TAs asking questions like: Is this the correct answer? How do you do this problem? Will I need to know this for the test? This session with help TAs better direct such inquiries toward helping students better grasp course content and think independently. Participants will discuss practical ways to answer these questions so as to prompt student thinking. After the session they will be better able to distinguish between showing students the pathway to solutions from giving them the solutions. They will leave thinking about how their teaching methods can guide students to figure things out for themselves.

Teaching with Technology:
Multimedia Projects as Assignments – Videos and Websites

Professors Bob Ousterhout, History of Art, and Jeff Saven, Chemistry

Monday, November 3 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Faculty Events

Location: WIC Seminar Room, room 124, 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.