February Faculty Workshops
The Center for Teaching and Learning will host two virtual workshops in the month of February.
Engaging in Conversations with Peers about Teaching
Wednesday, February 10, 11:00-12:30, via BlueJeans
Dissatisfied with the feedback that CIOS provides about your teaching? Wish that you had another way to gather insights about your instructional methods? Research indicates that student evaluations should not be the sole source of feedback on teaching. As a result, many faculty have turned to colleagues for critique and suggestions. Yet without training, it is easy for peer observers to fall back on their own teaching preferences or overly focus on content.
At the Center for Teaching and Learning, providing feedback on teaching is part of what we do. In this workshop, we will suggest frameworks and tools that you can use to enrich your conversations about teaching. Join your colleagues, and consider how collaborating with one another might lead to substantial discussions that inform your practice.
Keeping the Spark: Teaching, Learning, and Real-Life Challenges
Thursday, February 18, 11:00-12:30, via BlueJeans
The events of 2020 have greatly impacted the ways faculty teach, engage with students, manage their own core responsibilities, and handle the significant new work required in the pandemic. This is compounded for faculty who have the additional challenge of working from home and taking on the lion’s share of caring, schooling, and household responsibilities. Add to that the invisible labor of working with students traumatized by the pandemic, racial unrest, and contentious political environment, and it’s a recipe for overwhelm and, potentially, burnout.
How can we maintain a sense of vitality and personal wellbeing in our work with students in 2021? In this workshop, we’ll look at the challenges associated with teaching and learning in today’s particular context, which includes the addition of more home responsibilities; define burnout and its characteristics; and develop strategies for staying vital for yourself and your students.