University Teaching and Learning Course – Spring 2017
Venue: Room 6558 (Lifts 27-28)
The University Teaching and Learning Course is offered to all new professors and on-the-job faculty. For the new comers, this course will prepare you on some important aspects of university teaching and learning, such as course design, learning assessment and feedback, teaching for student engagement and working with groups. For the experienced faculty, this course can give you new insights in your teaching and useful advice on current teaching pedagogy to enhance student learning.
|23 Jan (Mon)||24 Jan (Tue)||25 Jan (Wed)|
Course Design based on
Developing your Teaching
Teaching for Student Engagement
[11:00am - 12:30pm]
Working with Students in Teams or Groups
Whether or not you are involved in building courses, it is important to learn the principles of good course design to maximize the chance that students have a positive learning experience. These sessions will explain course design based on the Outcome Based Education approach, which emphasizes the importance of establishing clearly what you intend the students to learn and then designing a course where the teaching, learning activities and assessment align with those intended outcomes.
Module 2: Learning Assessment and Feedback
The process of marking, grading and giving feedback is crucial: it is the most powerful lever teachers have to orient students' study efforts towards the most important things in the most appropriate ways. Students will pay most attention to what they think is being assessed – so, in this session we will look in more detail at the implications of key areas such as: setting assessment tasks; specifying outcome criteria; helping students self-review; and giving feedback.
A rubric is a grading guide that explicitly communicates the expectations for an assignment by listing a coherent set of criteria and clearly describing levels of performance quality for these criteria. Rubrics are often used for written assignments; project work; group/team work; peer evaluations; and oral presentations. This session will help you learn about what a rubric is and how to create an effective rubric for assessments in your course(s). Bring to the session an assignment or assessment for which you would like to create a rubric for.
This module will look into how your personal teaching preference influences students’ learning approaches, and addresses the crucial question of how to ensure that students do actually learn something from lectures. The aim is to provide useful guidance for new faculty and a refresher for more experienced ones who would like to build their confidence and improve their students' learning and satisfaction.
Module 5: Teaching for Student Engagement
Using active learning strategies in class can effectively engage students in thinking critically and creatively; discussing and working together with a partner, in a small group, or with the entire class; expressing ideas; and reflecting upon the learning process. This module will introduce some interactive teaching methods that you can incorporate into your classroom.
Module 6: Working with Students in Teams or Groups
Group working is encouraged because working with others enables students to pool ideas, see problems from different perspectives and benefit from analysing, discussing and exploring their own ideas and questions and to gain feedback from their peers. This module will look into how to facilitate student learning in (1) teams where they need to work together on a project for an extended period and (2) ad-hoc groups that are formed during class where they need to work cooperatively to accomplish some learning goals within a class session.
Module 7: Developing your Teaching
This module focuses on your professional growth in teaching. It is based on the premise that you can stay vital in teaching by continuously reflecting on your teaching practice and, through this process, developing new teaching skills and approaches.
Module 8: Canvas Basic
Canvas is a comprehensive and user friendly Learning Management System adopted by the University in 2014 to support its changing learning and teaching needs. In this hands-on session, we will guide you through key basic features in Canvas such as creating and managing course content, communicating with students, monitoring learning progress, and grading students’ work.