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Learn @ Lunch

Our Learn @ Lunch sessions are short, typically 1-hour informational sessions commonly in didactic format that focus on introducing a teaching concept, a pedagogical method, or a technology tool.

Virtual Teaching is Really Not About Zoom

Will the classes you teach be virtual for now and perhaps into the foreseeable future?  Are you aware of the principles of online learning that could be influential for student success? Zoom was created to conduct meetings not to teach classes; can it be adapted and, if so, how? Do you appreciate that the effective online courses are designed for mostly asynchronous learning? Do you know how to emphasize asynchronous learning rather than scheduling long Zoom sessions? Are you familiar with practices that support your learners who do not have high-quality or reliable internet access or computers? Social presence among learners and instructor presence between learners and teacher are critical to virtual learning; do you know how to nurture presence?  Were you aware that you can make a short online video in PowerPoint?  Your learning management system (e.g., Learn, Brightspace, Moodle) was designed to support online learning; do you know how to use the LMS tools to meet your needs?

Join CPL Associate Dean Gary Smith for a moderated discussion of these questions or the ones that you bring to the conversation.  Bring your experiences to enrich the teaching repertoire of your peers.

Click your choice of sessions to attend and you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about joining the session.

June 8, 12:00-1:00. Register here

June 11, 12:00-1:00. Register here

How Do I Overcome Student Resistance to Active Learning and Small Group Work?

Student resistance to group work (cooperative/collaborative learning, team-based learning, etc.) is well known. This interactive session explores instructors’ experiences with learners’ resistance and the potential causes that then may lead to solutions. Resistance commonly results from perceived threats to students’ autonomy, anxiety for learning for high-stakes tests, and from unintended consequences of suboptimal instruction.  Session attendees will consider approaches to obtaining student acceptance of their active-learning responsibilities by focusing attention to (a) what they intrinsically value for their education, and (b) their prior concrete learning experiences.

More information about overcoming student resistance to active learning [PDF]

Learn to Teach with Team-Based Learning by Experiencing TBL

Team-based learning (TBL) is a formalized, best-practice instructional strategy that is particularly well-suited for learning with cases and is widely used in medical, nursing, pharmacy, and health-professions programs around the world.  In this event, participants will learn the specific instructional recipe for TBL by participating in a TBL session.  Please pre-register so that you receive pre-event materials.

More information about teaching team based learning [PDF]

More Power, Fewer Points: Evidence-Based Presentation-Slide Design

Do you know that there is research on the slide-design practices that actually enhance learning?  Do you know that only a small fraction of PowerPoint presentations in educational and conference settings follow these practices?  Learn the approach in this short interactive session and cultivate learning in your future presentations.

More information about evidence based presentation slide design [PDF]

Next Available Class: To be announced


Peer Observation in Support of Effective Teaching (POSET)

POSET is a process for obtaining formative peer feedback on teaching and for two colleagues to learn about teaching through conversation about an observed teaching experience. The nature of the observed teaching and learning session and all feedback and conversations between the observer and observee are confidential; only participation and input on participants’ experience with the POSET process are reported to OMED.

More Information about Peer Observation in Support of Effective Teaching [PDF]

Next Available Class: To Be Announced