Surviving and Thriving in the College Classroom
(full day workshop)

Target audience: Inexperienced full- and part-time faculty

Session One: It Begins with the Student
(75 - 90 minutes)
  • Three generation of students, shared values
  • Ramifications for teaching and learning
  • Conclusions: lecture less, engage studentsí minds through all senses, address the "high-tech, high-touch" paradox, orchestrate richer learning experiences through varied methodologies, use technology when possible/appropriate
Session Two: Effective Instructional Planning and Design
(75 - 90 minutes)
  • Analyze teaching strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats
  • Planning: Personal Practical Theory activity
  • Identify, obtain resources: text, ancillaries, othersí syllabi, exams
  • Develop sound syllabus - your contract with students

Session Three: Launching Your Course Effectively
(90 - 120 minutes)

  • Goal: retention of students throughout course
  • Manage two mileposts: first class meeting, first exam
  • Orchestrate a positive initial impression
  • Introduce yourself effectively
  • Clarify class goals and expectations (detailed syllabus review)
  • Foster bonds between students (icebreaker)
  • Learn, use studentsí names
  • Whet appetite for material
  • Elicit feedback
  • Reassure students of the value of the course
  • Utilize Student Profiles and individual student conferences

Session Four: Teaching and Learning Methodologies
(90 - 120 minutes)

  • Review of Bloomís Taxonomy, how students learn
  • Lecturing effectively - advance organizers, visuals, movement
  • Video presentations and guest speakers
  • Orchestrating effective classroom discussions
  • Cooperative learning
  • Role playing
  • Experiential learning
  • Student presentations
  • Creating a community of learners

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