Mini-courses in College Teaching
Course in College Teaching
The Course in College Teaching is a ten-session seminar intended to prepare postdoctoral fellows and graduate students nearing the job market to teach college courses and to help them develop as instructors. The course will provide a structured series of workshops and discussions to help PhD students or postdoctoral fellows with little or no teaching experience. (Note: except in fields like design where a masters is a terminal degree, the Course in College Teaching is not appropriate for masters students.) Each session will use practical, hands-on activities to help students reflect on their own teaching goals and style. Students who complete the course will consider concrete ways of organizing, preparing for and teaching a course. Students will also create a portfolio of teaching materials – from sample assignments to in-class activities to syllabi – that they can use on the job market and to prepare them for their future as teachers.
CTL will offer one section in the Fall of 2015 on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 6:00. The seminar will meet beginning September 29 and ending December 1.
To register or for more information contact Cathy Turner.
Here a previous syllabus from the course: Syllabus for Summer 2015
This four-meeting mini course is designed to introduce graduate students to online teaching, considering both how to teach a course that is fully online and how to use online content and digital pedagogies in their face-to-face course. The sessions work to help graduate students prepare not only for online and technology-enhanced teaching at Penn, but also in their future careers as faculty in an increasingly digital academy.
CTL will partner with Arts and Sciences Online Learning to offer one section in the Fall of 2015 on Thursdays from 3:00 to 5:00 starting October 22 and ending November 12. There will be four meetings of this seminar: the meetings on October 22 and November 12 will be in person and the other meetings will be online.
To register or for more information contact Cathy Turner
Here is a draft of the syllabus: Mini-Course_in_Online_Teaching_Syllabus_(Final)-1.docx
Active Learning in STEM Courses
When implemented effectively, active learning techniques have been shown to improve learning outcomes. This four week mini-course is designed to help participants explore active learning and consider how to effectively implement these techniques in various classroom settings. This course is intended for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in utilizing these techniques in recitations or their own courses, now or in the future.
CTL will offer one section in the Summer of 2015, which will meet on Tuesdays 4-6pm from June 9th to June 30th.
For more information contact Julie McGurk.
Here the syllabus for the course: Syllabus for Summer 2015
This four-meeting mini course is designed to give graduate students and post-docs an introduction to research applicable to student learning which may be translated into concrete teaching strategies across the disciplines. As a group, we will read Susan Ambrose et al., How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (2010), which is available as an e-book through Franklin. For the seminar to work, participants need to commit to doing this reading.
CTL will offer one section in the Spring of 2015 on Mondays from 5:00 to 7:00. The seminar will meet April 6, 13, 20 and 27.
To register or for more information contact Ian Petrie.