January Teaching Workshop
Monday, January 12, 1998
by the Teaching Resource Center and the University Teaching Fellows Program.
January Teaching Workshop provides both experienced and less experienced
instructors, whether faculty members or graduate teaching assistants,
an opportunity to explore new perspectives about teaching our disciplines.
Please attend whatever sessions you can. Part of keeping ourselves professionally
active as teachers involves taking time to discuss and analyze teaching
issues with our colleagues.
Registration & Reception, Lobby outside Ruffner
Welcome, Ruffner Auditorium, G004A
Barbara Nolan, Vice Provost & Robert
C. Taylor Professor of English
Plenary Session: Teaching With the Case Method, Ruffner Auditorium,
Pamela S. Karlan; Professor of Law; SCHEV
Outstanding Faculty Award, 1997; All-University Teaching Award, 1996
a case discussion. This session will discuss the use of the case method
in large classes. We'll actually learn by doing, since the session itself
will involve a case about teaching about cases.
Break (Refreshments available in the lobby.)
10:30-11:45 CONCURRENT SESSIONS
the Classroom, Ruffner Auditorium G004A
Alan Howard, Director of American Studies
Program, Dept. of English;Teaching+Technology Fellow, 1997-98
will explore using the new technologies to teach traditional skills and
information by transforming students into people who produce information
rather than consume it. Alan invites those interested to view his website
in advance of attending this session: http://xroads.virginia.edu.
Grades Reflect What We Value?, Ruffner 175
Marva Barnett, Director, TRC; Department
Bill McAllister, Faculty Consultant, TRC;
Department of History
advance the conversation about grade inflation initiated by the College
of Arts & Sciences, this session will provide an opportunity to discuss
grading standards, grading methods, and the relationship between grades
and other aspects of professional life. Participants will also receive
some practical and theoretical information about grading.
that "Awkward" Stage: Evaluating Student Writing, Ruffner 223
Dan Philippon, Graduate Instructor, Department
of scrawling "awk" and "vague" in the margins of your students' papers?
In this workshop, we'll explore the theory and practice of student writing,
review a sample essay, and discuss how to prepare students better for
their assignments and how to write constructive comments. This workshop
is most appropriate for humanists and social scientists.
Presentation Skills for Teachers, Ruffner 283
Gerry Kasarda, Consultant In Presentation
Skills, Washington, DCTense?
voice? Dull delivery? If you've experienced any of these conditions when
teaching, this participatory workshop will help you increase concentration,
use nervousness to your advantage, develop vocal strength and variety,
and create a relaxed and assured physical presence.
Break (Refreshments available in the lobby.)
12:00-1:00 CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Predicaments: Anticipating the Unexpected, Ruffner 223
Jann Lacoss, Faculty Consultant, TRC; Department
of Slavic Languages and Literatures
do you handle student apathy? Grading issues? Challenges? Participants
will confront situations common to TAs and faculty alike and formulate
strategies for reasonable and mutually satisfactory resolutions.
Instructional Toolkit: Web Utilization for the Non-Computer Geek, Auditorium
Robert Kelly, Associate Professor, Department
of Materials Science; University Teaching Fellow, 1996-97
an easy-to-use interface that allows virtually any U.Va. instructor with
access to the web to develop functional web pages. The session focuses
on maximizing classroom learning while minimizing the instructor's investment
of time. The presenter, a self-described non-computer geek, will address
these issues in language comprehensible to non-technophiles.
Teaching: How to Do It, Ruffner 175
Richard De Mong, Virginia Bankers Professor
of Bank Management, McIntire School of Commerce
Felicia Marston, Associate Professor, McIntire
School of Commerce
session will consider varying strategies for implementing case teaching
and give hints about avoiding common pitfalls. Issues addressed will include
deciding when use of cases is most appropriate, matching learning objectives
to case teaching methods, recognizing the ways in which gender and cultural
issues influence case-related discussions, creating group assignments,
managing student work groups, and grading class participation.
Lab Courses: The Next Dimension, Ruffner 283
Jennifer Secki, Graduate Student Associate,
TRC, Department of Biology; Outstanding GTA Award Winner, Biology Department,
1995-96 ; Honoree, Seven Society Graduate Fellowship for Superb Teaching,
that you've mastered the basics of lab instruction, how do you get beyond
"going through the motions" to foster a sense of discovery? This workshop
focuses on how to enhance student engagement and learning during labs.
Lunch break, Ruffner 187
you would like to meet new colleagues, spend time with familiar ones,
or simply stay out of the cold, join us for all-you-care-to-eat pizza,
cookies, and soft drinks or juice in Ruffner Hall!
2:15-3:30 CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Newsgroups Efficiently, Ruffner Auditorium, G004A
Kevin Sullivan, Assistant Professor, Computer
Margo Figgins, Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching
will describe her use of newsgroups for a variety of purposes, including
extending the conversation beyond classroom walls and halls, studying
the ways in which a speech community becomes shaped in cyberspace, and
as a vehicle for gathering feedback about her own teaching practices.
Kevin will describe his use of a moderated newsgroup within an integrated
class support system that also uses the World-Wide Web; electronic mail
exchanges with teaching assistants featuring guaranteed rapid response
time; and an anonymous feedback form for students. The system is now supporting
the teaching of a class of over 200 students.
Portfolios: How Useful Are They? Why Create One?, Ruffner 175
Judith Reagan, Associate Director, TRC; Department
Peter Brunjes, Professor, Department of Psychology
Mike Millner, TA, Department of English