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Abstract: Students don’t always learn what it is that we intend to teach them. In several science departments, faculty are addressing this gap by collaboratively deciding on just what it is that they want students to take away from a particular course or lecture. These learning goals have been valuable as a communication tool among faculty and between faculty and students so that everybody knows what the outcomes of the course are meant to be. Once these goals are written, it’s also much easier to write exams and other assessments. But writing clear learning goals takes some practice. In this interactive workshop, you’ll get that practice – in defining goals and designing assessments that address those goals. You will work in groups with faculty from similar disciplines to generate and analyze goals and questions, and will discus how to put ongoing assessment of your students into practice. You are encouraged to work on a class you are currently teaching, so you can apply the techniques immediately.
|Full Day Workshop||A one-day workshop on the creation and use of learning goals, with Carl Wieman.|
|Two-hour Faculty Development workshops||Short professional development workshops by Kathy Perkins and Stephanie Chasteen, based on the Wieman workshop, through the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program (FTEP).|
More on learning goals on the Learning Goals page
We have given a wide variety of workshops on how to use clickers effectively. More about peer instruction and clickers.
Specifications for all workshops, except as noted otherwise:
|All Materials||Includes slides, activities, handouts, organized by topic and by type of material.
Topics include (1) Introduction / About Questioning (2) About Peer Instruction (3) Research, (4) Challenges and Facilitation, and (5) Question Writing, as well as a set of example questions for use in workshops. This download includes all materials below.
|zip of all materials.|
|All Activities and handouts||
Includes the following (not every activity used in every workshop):
|zip file of all Activities + Handouts|
|Materials by topic||
Just looking for workshop materials on teaching a particular topic in Peer Instruction? Here are the materials organized by topic. Includes slides, activities, and handouts. Zip files.
|See files to the left.|
These materials represent pre-prepared workshops, if you would like to see examples of a full workshop. You can also check out our list of specific past clicker workshops, where you will find abstracts for the below workshops.
|Workshop||What is included||Full Zip|
|A video of a version of this workshop is available on iTunes U
|All materials (ZIP)|
|Writing clicker question||
A video of a version of this workshop is available on iTunes U
|All materials (ZIP)|
|Combination: Writing questions + Effective Facilitation||
This workshop is a compressed combination of the previous two workshops, to meet popular demand to provide more content in a shorter time. It is difficult to provide this level of material in two hours or less without minimizing the participatory aspects of the workshops.
| All materials (ZIP)
[Does not include sample questions]
|Teaching Faculty about Effective clicker use||
This workshop outlines our techniques and approaches to teaching faculty about the use of clickers. Thus, this is a good overview of our approaches.
(by Cynthia Heiner and Peter Newbury, CWSEI): Slides from an optional second workshop on writing clicker questions are included below.