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Programs & Events

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  • Fall 2019-Summer 2020 

    Summer 2020: Authentic Assessment Critical-Thinking and Real-World Problem-Solving Workshop 

    Center for Assessment & Improvement of Learning                        Facilitators: Kevin Harris and Elizabeth Lisic
    Wednesday July 22 & Thursday, July 23 | Virtual Workshop from 8am-12pm

    The Center for Assessment & Improvement of Learning (CAIL) and the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) are excited to offer a critical-thinking and real-world problem-solving workshop at Tennessee Tech University this July to kick-off our Authentic Assessment Academic Learning Community (ALC). This 2 half-day virtual workshop is based around the Critical-thinking Assessment Test (CAT). The CAT was developed at TN Tech with support from the National Science Foundation and is used across the country to support institutional assessment and academic research. During the first half-day workshop, we will introduce the CAT and take a look at the test and see how our TN Tech students respond to critical-thinking questions. On the second half-day workshop, we will introduce critical-thinking frameworks used in the CAT, practice the development of interdisciplinary critical-thinking activities, and brainstorm/develop content specific critical-thinking activities (CAT Apps) for your courses.

    The goal of our ALC is to support faculty members in their development of new critical-thinking and problem-solving assessments. This support includes post workshop meetings and feedback, as well as, the potential to administer the CAT in a course that you teach. This can provide valuable data for a publication or presentation or additional feedback for student learning. 


     

    Spring 2020: Course Evaluations: Using Your Results 

    If you want to use your IDEA results to improve and inform you teaching and subsequent evaluation results, you will want to be sure and attend!


     

    Spring 2020: Authentic Assessment and Course Design to Promote Critical Thinking

    The CITL and the Office of Creative Inquiry/QEP partnered with the Center for Assessment and Improvement in Learning for workshop and training opportunities on "Authentic Assessment and Course Design to Promote Critical Thinking." An introductory workshop was held Tuesday, January 14 with the workshop being repeated on Friday, January 24. Those who attend this introductory workshop will be eligible for a paid workshop on scoring of the Critical-thinking Assessment Test (CAT) with follow-up consultation on integration of CAT applications for course design/re-design.

    View the video of the presentation 


     

    Fall 2019: Eyes on Teaching Series 

    The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) hosted  “Eyes on Teaching” from September 30 through October 4. Eyes on Teaching is a new professional development opportunity where you can attend the class of one of our own TN Tech colleagues and observe innovative teaching and learning strategies in real-time. Our faculty participants this fall are Dr. Jason Beach, Dr. Melissa Geist, and Dr. Nikki Panter. These faculty have been identified, through awards, teaching evaluations, and various measures of student engagement and success, as faculty who excel in the area of teaching as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning. To give faculty the opportunity to observe their teaching approaches and engagement with students, they agreed to open their classrooms for faculty observers to attend class with them and their students during a regularly scheduled class time.

  • Fall 2018-Summer 2019

    Spring 2019: The Missing Link

    The CITL hosted a workshop focusing on aspects of teaching and learning that may be forgotten, overlooked, or undervalued. Go to our event page for more information about the speakers and to watch a recording of the sessions.


    Spring 2019 Workshop: Gameful Learning

    What is Gameful Learning?

    Gameful Learning is a new pedagogical approach that takes inspiration from the engagement we see in video games, and uses it to re-imagine what traditional learning environments could be like – particularly, what role students can play and how the design of assessment systems supports student engagement. Gameful learning is not about making school easy…or even fun, but about designing environments where students are encouraged to focus less on their final grade and more on the pathway to mastery.

    To create this environment requires a rethinking of how grading works. Instead of an assessment system where everyone starts with 100%, where each new grade decreases a student’s class average (the current normative model for grading systems), to a 0-based, earn-up model, where each assessment increases the student’s cumulative points and represents his/her progress towards mastery. Then we build a series of optional assessment pathways so that students have autonomy over how to engage with course content.

    The Gameful Learning workshop on March 24th will cover this and many more examples of how to rethink the way your students engage with the content of your class.

    Dr. Rachel Niemer and Dr. Evan Straub of the University of Michigan will facilitate an interactive day of ideas and strategies for designing a course through a gameful approach.

    There is no fee associated with this event.


    Fall 2018 Workshop: How People Learn

    The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning hosted a workshop on the foundations of knowledge acquisition and transfer with connections to Google Suite. Melissa Geist and Jason Beach each presented. View their presentation materials below.

    Presenter Info:

    • Dr. Jason Beach, Curriculum & Instruction [Presentation]
    • Dr. Melissa Geist, Nursing [Presentation] [Video]

  • Fall 2016-Summer 2017

    i3 Academy

    A multi-day academy for faculty to build experience and expertise in high-quality pedagogy, develop a toolkit of shared, evidence-base practices and create a course framework and set of course materials that reflects the vision of new possibilities for teaching practices.

    • May 2017 (College of Business)

    Camp QEP for UNIV 1020

    An intensive workshop focused on developing an understanding and appreciation of creative inquiry for faculty and staff teaching UNIV 1020 courses.

    • August 2017

    Team-Based Learning Institute

    A two-day workshop for faculty interested in transforming their courses to be more engaged, more collaborative, and more active. Facilitated by Dr. McCubbins in the School of Agriculture.

    • June 2017

    Engaged Scholar Workshop

    A workshop designed to broaden and deepen understanding of the value of community engagement among faculty and staff by integrating projects into the classroom. A collaborative program with the Service Learning Center.

    • May 2017

    Camp QEP

    An three-day workshop focused on developing an understanding and appreciation of creative inquiry for faculty receiving QEP Curriculum Grants.

    • May 2017

    Blended Learning Virtual Book Tour

    An hour-long webinar and Q&A session with Katie Linder, the author of The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide. Each participant received a free copy of the book. A joint effort between the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and the Innovation Technology Institute.

    • February 2017

    Soaring High: A Professional Development Retreat

    This event was developed between the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Human Resources and a steering committee of employees from across campus, It was for faculty and staff that included multiple opportunities to learn from and with colleagues from all across the campus. Topics included wellness, stress reduction, innovative leadership, budgets, branding, and much more. 

    • October 2016

    SoTL Certificate Series

    A three-part series for faculty interested in exploring how to turn their teaching and learning practices in the classroom into published (or funded) scholarship. Each participant received a certificate.

    • Fall 2016
    • Spring 2017

    Classroom Assessment for Engineers

    An intensive workshop for TAs in the College of Engineers on best practices for classroom assessment. Included discussions on FERPA and Academic Integrity.

    • September 2016
    • February 2017

    Faculty Lunch Series

    A monthly lunch series for faculty and staff to engage across disciplines. A collaborative program with the Women’s Center.

    • September 2016
    • October 2016
    • November 2016
    • December 2016
    • February 2017
    • March 2017
    • April 2017
    • May 2017

  • Fall 2015-Summer 2016

    i3 Academy

    A multi-day academy for faculty to build experience and expertise in high-quality pedagogy, develop a toolkit of shared, evidence-base practices and create a course framework and set of course materials that reflects the vision of new possibilities for teaching practices.

    • May 2016
    • July 2016

    SoTL Certificate Series

    A three-part series for faculty interested in exploring how to turn their teaching and learning practices in the classroom into published (or funded) scholarship. Each participant received a certificate.

    • Spring 2016

    eLearning Showcase

    Highlighted faculty and innovation by taking a look behind the curtain at exemplary online, hybrid and technology-enhanced courses and the opportunity to talk one-on-one with faculty who taught the courses from disciplines across campus. This event was a joint effort between the Innovation Technology Institute and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

    • April 2016

    Spring Faculty Series

    The Innovation Technology Institute (prior to merging with the CITL) hosted workshops for faculty each Spring for faculty development. These seminars and workshops covered a variety of pedagogical and managerial topics related to teaching in the classroom. The Innovation Technology Institute, the Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence worked together to bring this series to our faculty.

    Student Engagement – How Do You Keep Your Students Engaged?

    PRESENTERS

    • Dr. Mary Kidd, Physics - Flipped Classroom
    • Jenny Maffett, Nursing - Using Discussions and Community Engagement Projects

    DESCRIPTION

    In this video series we will discuss the challenge of student engagement and the different ways technology can be used as response to this challenge. Many Tennessee Tech faculty members have been addressing this problem head on and we have chosen to highlight a few of them. Above you will find video interviews, approximately 5 minutes in length, with each faculty member discussing their unique solution to the challenge of student engagement.


    Creating Significant Learning - Dee Fink Workshops and Online Class

    The Innovation Technology Institute along with the Office of the Provost brought Dr. Stewart Ross to the campus several times for one and two-day workshops.

    • October 2015
      • a two-week, online course for 21 faculty and support staff and we provided Creating Significant Learning books to each participant.