PFF workshops help future faculty better understand how students learn, how to design courses and how to be a better teacher. Fifteen workshops are required for the PFF Graduate Certificate. Six of the workshops are predetermined as mandatory, and electives make up the other nine requirements.
Approved PFF workshops are listed below. Please contact us if you are unsure about workshop approval. For more details about the certificate program, see the requirments page.
What turns students on to learning? What builds motivation? This workshop presents an overview of learning and motivation theories. Explore how these principles of learning and motivation connect to classroom issues and practices.
10/10/14 - Teaching Philosophy Statement
This workshop begins a reflective process for understanding your values and beliefs about teaching, and for crafting your teaching philosophy statement. Using sample statements, we will explore effective principles and useful structures for writing a teaching statement. You will benefit more from this workshop if you bring in a draft copy of your teaching statement. Participants who take this workshop may also make appointments for follow-up feedback sessions in pairs or small groups.
10/14/14 - Student Learning Outcomes
This workshop introduces you to learning outcomes taxonomies and a process for writing SLOs that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound (SMART). Bring a syllabus you are developing or revising to maximize your learning in this workshop.
11/7/14 - Feedback, Assessment, & Rubrics
This workshop introduces you to a range of feedback and assessment methods, from traditional quizzes and essays, to take-home assessments, group exams, peer critique, and portfolio-based feedback and assessment. We will also explore how to use grading rubrics as learning and assessment tools.
11/21/14 - Technology for Teaching & Learning
This workshop introduces how technology can and should be used in teaching and learning. We will explore examples and general principals regarding technology's use and how it should apply to your teaching.
12/5/14 - Backward Designing Your Syllabus
This workshop introduces to Understanding by Design (UbD) principles developed by McTighe and Wiggins (2005). We will explore a sample backward design process to understand how it applies to your own course design.
Thursdays 1:00 to 3:30 PM @ SSC Conference Room
9/11/14 - Teaching in Changing Contexts
This workshop explores our roles and responsibilities as educators in preparing students for a technologically mediated, information-rich world. We will unpack our assumptions, beliefs, and values as educators to begin aligning them with current higher education teaching-learning contexts.
9/25/14 - Designing for Diversity
This workshop considers both overt and hidden identities that affect classroom community and learning. We will focus on strategies for differentiating learning to engage the diversity of identities, abilities, and learning styles that enter your classroom with your students.
10/9/14 - Effective Lectures
Lectures are a college instruction staple. This workshop introduces strategies for developing engaging lectures. We will explore basic lecture dynamics (pace, tone, body language, signposting) and strategies for learning interaction within a lecture.
10/23/14 - Leading Discussions
Many entry-level classes confront teachers with large student numbers with a diverse range of abilities and motivation levels. This workshop introduces you to strategies for working with groups and individuals within large classes and designing manageable assessment and grading plans.
11/7/14 - Leading Discussions
Do class discussions engage all students and do they really help your students learn? This workshop introduces strategies to build quality discussions, from scaffolding the discussion process to balancing discussion opportunities between overly dominant and shy students.
11/6/14 - Academic Honesty
What are your responsibilities in creating a culture of ethical scholarship and learning in your classroom? Forms of academic honesty. Why students cross the line. Preventing academic dishonesty.
11/20/14 - Teaching with Group Projects
When and how should group projects be used when teaching? This workshop will introduce you to strategies to effectively assign and manage group projects.
12/4/14 - Mentoring Writing
Writing is on of the most important and most difficult skill for students to learn. What are the most effective ways to teach and mentor student writing? Learn strategies that will help you teach and motivate your students to become better writers.
Wednesdays 12:00 to 1:00 PM @ SSC Conference Room
PFF hosts hour-long discussions at noon every other week, which cover a broad range of topics. The discussions are open to everyone and will consist of students and faculty who meet and discuss current issues in teaching and learning.
If you attend two Brown Bags and complete the assignments on Canvas, it counts as a elective. Brown Bags can only be used to fill two electives.
9/10/14 - Teaching Conversations: Adjuncting
Have a conversation with PhD graduates and current students who are adjuncting. The discussion will begin with the benifits and costs of adjuncting, then flow to other questions or concerns as the conversation develops.
9/24/14 - Teaching Conversations: Computers in the Classroom
How do you feel about using computers in the classroom? Some faculty ban computers or elcetronics from the the classroom, while others allow or incourage their use. Come share your openions and listen to other students and faculty discuss their thoughts.
10/8/14 - Teaching Conversations: Cheating
What would you do if you cought a student cheating in your class? This discussion will revolve around cheating with experiences and ideas about how to prevent or deal with the problem. Listen to how other teachers have dealt with it, and share your ideas or questions.
10/22/14 - Teaching Conversations: Faculty... First Year
What is it like as a first year faculty member? What should you expect and how can you prepare? Come see what current faculty experienced, share your own experiences, ask questions, or just come listen to what its like during the first year as faculty.
11/5/14 - Teaching Conversations: Doing Diversity
What types of diversity should you be aware of? How do you deal with diversity in the classroom? How have your experiences impacted your teaching and learning? Come discuss diversity with faculty and students to grow as an educator.
11/19/14 - Teaching Conversations: Having Favorites
Ever had a teacher that favored one student? Ever been a teacher's favorite or had a favorite students in class? This discussion will cover topics like: Are favorite students evevitable? If you have a favorite student how to you prefent it from impacting your teaching? Join us to share your experiences and discuss a topic that is usually not discussed.
Some teaching moments can have a life long impact on students and teachers. Come listen to faculty and students share their favorite moments in the classroom, and discuss how to make them happen more often.
9:00 AM to 1:30 PM @ SSC Conference Room
These repeat the Thursday & Friday workshops