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Active Learning that Benefits Faculty and Students
(Therese Huston, 2012)

Alternative/Flipped Finals - Superb Suburban Summative
Tired of the traditional blue book and bubble sheet final exam?  Instead of having students cram and recall what they learned, why not try a culminating ePortfolio that has students returning, reflecting, and reconstructing the course work and goals to synthesize, culminate, and demonstrate mastery with evidence to tell their learning story. The goal is to shift from an instructor audit to student ownership and make assessment as learning a meaningful experience.

Applying Principles of "How Learning Works"
Presents a comprehensive overview of the book “How Learning Works – 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching."
Articulating Learning Goals
Participants will be defining goals for a course.
Debating in the Classroom
Presents the pedagogical foundations of debate and introduces practical ideas for incorporating it into the classroom.
Designing Community-Based Courses
Presents an overview of successful strategies for designing and developing community-based courses.
Developing a Teaching Statement
Participants in this workshop discuss the purposes for writing a statement and practical steps for getting started.
Effective Lecture Strategies
This session will get you ready to develop effective, engaging, and interactive lectures, from preparation to delivery. 
Evaluating Neutrality in the Classroom
How do we as instructors position ourselves in the classroom when we teach sensitive topics? We will examine the ways in which the classroom is a political space, whether we set it up as such or not. In this workshop, we will reflect individually and as a group on how neutrality functions in the classroom. How can we be more active participants in classroom discussion without recreating hierarchies?
Facilitating Discussion in Social Sciences and Humanities
Effective methods for engaging students in discussion, followed by an active Q&A session.
Five Strategies to Engage Today's Students
Presents research-based insights on the key traits of today’s students, to help you create more effective teaching and learning experiences through enhanced student engagement.
Fostering Deep Learning and Creativity – Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do
Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do will facilitate
Fostering Student Motivation through Instruction
An overview of the major principles of student motivation as suggested by theories of academic motivation.
Foundations of Teaching Series
This four-part series will introduce and develop the fundamental skills of effective teaching, including communicating expectations, facilitating a class, grading, and teaching critical thinking skills. This will give first-time and early TAs a solid foundation for successful teaching in graduate school and beyond.
Gathering Early Semester Student Feedback
Discusses approaches for gathering feedback from students.
Grading and What Works
This workshop offers strategies for feedback and evaluation that achieves learning goals and allows opportunities for progress.
Helping Students in Distress: Tips for Faculty and TAs
Identifies signs of serious emotional distress and learning how to make a referral to the appropriate resource.
How Learning Influences Teaching
Addresses some of the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral processes that affect learning.
Improving Teaching and Learning One Step at a Time
The usefulness of making small adjustments to implement active, learner-centered approaches in teaching.
International TA Workshop
This workshop addresses the specific needs of international graduate students performing TA duties at Notre Dame.
Introduction to Course Design Series
A four-part series focused on the theory and practice of designing courses for enhancing student learning.
Keeping Students Engaged in Class
Considers many active learning structures that may be implemented to keep class sessions varied and engaging for students.
Leading a Discussion as an International Teaching Assistant
Addressing common challenges from the perspective of a non-native English speaker.
Learning from Conflict in the Classroom Series
Identifies common types of conflict that can occur in the Notre Dame classroom and provides strategies for de-escalating conflict and offers possibilities for re-framing conflicts.
Meaningful Teaching Experiences: Partnering with the Community
Reflects the collaboration between the Kaneb Center, Center for Social Concerns, and Center for the Homeless to develop a culture of volunteer teaching further by Notre Dame graduate students.
Mentoring Research Series
A four-workshop series on building confident, effective mentors, equipped with strategies and tools for resolving mentoring challenges.
Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers in STEM Disciplines 
Covers effective methods to mentor undergraduates in research to enhance learning.
Motivation and Learning
Addressing motivational mistakes and their consequences for engagement and learning and learn important motivational principles and their implications for creating engaging courses.
Navigating Power Dynamics in the Classroom
Features experienced faculty members and teaching assistants who will identify the various ways perceptions of power manifest themselves in the classroom.
Promoting Critical Thinking in the Classroom
Features experienced faculty members who will share their experiences in instigating critical thought among their students.
Providing Effective Written Feedback to Students
Provides participants with strategies for making effective comments on students' papers and offers tips for streamlining the commenting process.
Reflections on Gender in Academia
Provides a context where faculty and graduate students can share experiences and concerns on gender relations at the University.
(Re)Invigorating Our Teaching
Offers rationale and practical examples on how to renew focus on teaching to continue creating the best possible learning experiences for their students.
Rethinking Discussion in the Classroom
Examines assumptions that guide discussion practices in the classroom, explores differing definitions of discussion and identifies best practices for rethinking discussion in the classroom.
Small College Teaching
Offers insights into teaching at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI), and outlines how faculty life differs from that of a large research institution.
Teaching and Evaluating Oral Communication
Participants in this workshop will explore the opportunities and challenges that emerge in courses with an oral communication focus (individual/group presentations, discussion leading, etc.).
Teaching for Social Justice Using Community Based Learning
Panelists will share how they engage students with community-based learning pedagogies to meet disciplinary goals and to enhance student concepts of social justice.
Teaching in a Lab Setting
Provides laboratory coordinators/instructors and TAs with tips for helping students learn in science and engineering laboratory settings.
Teaching Problem Solving Strategies in Science and Engineering
Presents formal procedures that students can adopt, and ways instructors can reinforce problem-solving strategies in the classroom and via homework assignments.
Teaching Well by Design
Guides faculty through a course planning process that maximizes student learning and makes the most efficient use of time.
Teaching with Current Events
Participants in this workshop will discuss the benefits and challenges of using current events in one’s teaching, as well as strategies for effectively incorporating them into lesson plans.
The Three Big Isms: Class
Using case studies, this workshop explores the topic of class in the classroom; more specifically, how each of these factors might influence educational attainment, how to navigate a classroom discussion about class and strategies for responding to classroom dynamics.
The Three Big Isms: Race
Using case studies, this workshop explores the topic of race in the classroom; more specifically, how each of these factors might influence educational attainment, how to navigate a classroom discussion about race and strategies for responding to classroom dynamics.
Understanding and Using Your CIF Results
Describes the various reports available for Course Instructor Feedback (CIF) results and discusses how this information can be used to improve your teaching, student outcomes, and future CIF results.
University Teaching Policies
Reviews various Notre Dame policies relevant to instructors in their teaching.
Using Rubrics to Assess Student Work
Strategies for making criteria and standards more clear to both faculty and students.

What I Learned About Teaching as a Westville Prison Instructor (Panel Discussion)
Panelists will share information about their experiences teaching for the Westville Prison Initiative and indicate how those experiences have informed their teaching at Notre Dame

What's New in Pedagogy Research 
This workshop will help instructors communicate better with students and teach more effectively.
Writing Effective Multiple Choice Questions
Strategies and resources for designing questions that are fair, unambiguous, and appropriate.

Professional Development

Developing Your Teaching Portfolio
Prepare for the job market and a successful academic career.
Special Series - Teaching Portfolio Design
Presents a comprehensive overview of developing a professional teaching portfolio.
Gathering Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness for Renewal/ Tenure/Promotion
An overview of “Evaluating a T&R Faculty Member’s Teaching: Guidelines for Preparing a Case for Renewal/Tenure/Promotion.”
Preparing for an Academic Career in Arts & Letters
This workshop provides an informal open forum setting for those considering an academic career in the humanities or liberal arts.
Preparing for the Academic Job Market Series
A four-part series that helps participants document their teaching efforts and prepare for an academic interview.

Teaching with Technology

Alternate Forms of Expression: Developing Media-Rich Activities This session will provide resources and information to help you start developing engaging media-rich activities.
Basic Audio Podcasting Podcasting lets you post audio files (video optional) online for download to a computer or handheld device.
Content for Nuthin', Flicks for Free: Teaching in a World of Open Educational Resources Explore the range of OER's now available and some methods for incorporating their use in undergraduate courses.
Creating Videos for Teaching and Learning* This two-day hands-on workshop will help you become comfortable working in the video medium. Along with technical skills, several teaching and learning strategies are presented.
Enhancing Discussion through Student Blogs Presents student blogging as a means for generating conversation before class, shaping in-class time in light of current student knowledge, and supporting a more discussion-based classroom.
Enhancing Learning with the Digital Visualization Theater Learn how you can utilize the impressive technology of the Digital Visualization Theater (DVT) to enhance student understanding and enthusiasm.
Integrative and Engaged Learning with ePortfolios* This workshop will demonstrate the Notre Dame ePorfolio Engagement Program on Digication and provide best teaching practices, assignment examples, and template design principles. 
Introduction to Blogs An explanation of blogs, and suggestion on how they can complement course goals.
Make a Digital Comic with Pixton* Learn how Pixton works and how it can be used in teaching and learning. 
New Tools, New Opportunities: Teaching with Sakai This session will highlight new tools that have been added to Sakai and present ways in which faculty can use Sakai to enhance student learning.
Screencasting with Snagit (Maker Series) Learn to make a screencast using Snagit.
Presentation Zen This session mixes an overview of Garr Reynolds' book, Presentation Zen with hands-on activities.
Teaching Well Using Technology Learn a practical activity planning process that starts with identifying learning goals and ends with technology selection.
Technology Tools for Learning and Teaching Will familiarize participants with several new tech tools, ways they can be used in teaching, and resources for learning more.
Using PowerPoint Effectively in the Classroom An overview on how PowerPoint can facilitate learning.

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