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August: Course Prep Workshops for New and Returning Instructors

Getting ready for the fall semester ahead? Whether you’re teaching for the first time or looking to brush up on your skills and connect with colleagues, TCDC is offering a variety of in-person and online workshops. Workshop descriptions and sign-up information is provided below. 

Email with any questions you may have about our August offerings.

Course Design Series
August 9, 10 & 11, 2022

The TCDC Course Design Series will help instructors improve their knowledge in three key areas: Backward Design, Assessment, and Active Learning. In three online workshops of 90 minutes, we will explore and use design tools and strategies that make course design faster and more effective, discover ways to make assessment planning easier while improving student learning, and learn to implement participatory strategies to increase student engagement and learning.   

Great for new or experienced instructors, you can participate in one, two, or all three workshops although we strongly recommend registering for all three parts. 

Sign up for Course Design Series I: Backward Design (Aug. 9) 

Sign up for Course Design Series II: Assessment (Aug. 10) 

Sign up for Course Design Series III: Active Learning (Aug. 11) 

Course Tune-Up Challenge Celebration & Sharing Session
August 17, 2022

In recognition of your participation in EdTech and TCDC’s six-week course-tune up challenge, we invite you to celebrate your successes and share your accomplishments (or challenges!) with colleagues from across the college. Whether you took on a high-impact challenge each week or implemented a few plus-one suggestions, we want to hear about your experience and gather your feedback.

Sign up for the Course Tune-Up Challenge Celebration & Sharing Session (Aug. 17)

Let’s Talk about Grading
August 18, 2022

In this interactive workshop, we’ll discuss common grading practices and the challenges they can create for both instructors and students. We’ll explore ways to shift our grading focus from tracking points to encouraging learning and motivation. And after considering how our grading methods might be privileging some students and marginalizing others, we’ll look at ways to evaluate learning in a more equitable way. 

Sign up for the Let’s Talk about Grading workshop (Aug. 18)

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)
August 23-25, 2022

The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is a 3-day in-person workshop guided by experienced facilitators to help you enhance and improve your teaching. On each day of the ISW, every participant delivers a ‘mini-lesson’ to a small group and receives written and oral feedback from other participants who are learners of the lesson.

In addition to giving you the opportunity to teach more interactive and interesting classes, at the end of the ISW, you will:

  • increase your competence and confidence in the classroom,
  • expand your teaching techniques and strategies,
  • enhance your feedback and evaluative skills, and
  • receive a certificate recognized across North America.

Sign up for the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) (Aug. 23-25)

Setting the Class Climate for a Productive Semester
August 31, 2022

As you embark on a new semester, it’s the optimal time to consider what you can do within the first few days to set the stage for a productive semester for both yourself and your students. In this workshop, we’ll look at ways to use the first week of class to begin building a community of learners, clarify expectations (yours and your students’), and consider elements of lesson and activity planning for a smooth and successful semester. 

Sign up for Setting the Class Climate for a Productive Semester workshop (Aug. 31)

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