Participate in Seminars and Workshops

Every semester, Eberly Center offers a series of seminars covering various teaching topics. Each seminar is highly interactive, presents relevant research, and gives participants the opportunity to apply the topic to their own teaching context. Seminars are designed specifically for PhD, Master, and Postdoc audiences, but are also open to staff and undergraduate TAs. You do not have to be actively teaching to attend our seminars!

If you need accommodations to attend a seminar, please click on the Request Accommodations button next to the seminar.

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Seminars Open for Registration

GUSIO: Grading and Delivering Feedback on Quantitative Assignments (Code, Problem sets, etc.) (Async Seminar)

Available until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 11:59

This seminar is asynchronous. You will receive instructions for enrolling in the GUSIO Canvas in the confirmation email.

This session will focus on evidence-based strategies for grading and providing feedback on quantitative work, such as problem sets and code. You will consider the relationship between grading and feedback, the characteristics of effective feedback, and research on the impacts of different types of feedback on student learning. Through hands-on exercises, you will also practice grading and providing feedback using rubrics, as well as analyzing examples of feedback on student work.

Please note: This seminar is the SAME as "Grading and Delivering Feedback on Writing Assignments," but the examples and practice differs. Please only complete one of the two seminars, based on your disciplinary background or TA appointment. If you complete both, it will only count as ONE FFP seminar.

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GUSIO: Grading and Delivering Feedback on Writing Assignments (Papers, Lab Reports, etc.) (Async Seminar)

Available until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 11:59

This seminar is asynchronous. You will receive instructions for enrolling in the GUSIO Canvas in the confirmation email.

This session will focus on evidence-based strategies for grading and providing feedback on QUALITATIVE work, such as writing assignments or short-answer exam questions. You will consider the relationship between grading and feedback, the characteristics of effective feedback, and research on the impacts of different types of feedback on student learning. Through hands-on exercises, you will also practice grading and providing feedback using rubrics, as well as analyzing examples of feedback on student work.

Please note: This seminar is the SAME as "Grading and Delivering Feedback on Quantitative Assignments," but the examples and practice differs. Please only complete ONE of the two seminars, based on your disciplinary background or TA appointment. If you complete both, it will only count as ONE FFP seminar

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GUSIO: Working Well One on One with Students (Async Seminar)

Available until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 11:59

This seminar is asynchronous. You will receive instructions for enrolling in the GUSIO Canvas in the confirmation email.

This session will focus on strategies for working effectively with students one-on-one in a variety of teaching contexts. What strategies can you employ to best support and advance student learning when interacting with students individually during studio, lab, recitation, and/or office hours sessions? How can you handle the difficult interactions that may arise during office hours or other one-on-one interactions? You will consider and practice using effective approaches and campus resources to support you and your students.

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GUSIO: Creating a Welcoming and Supportive Climate from Day One (Async Seminar)

Available until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 11:59

This seminar is asynchronous. You will receive instructions for enrolling in the GUSIO Canvas in the confirmation email.

Whether you have taught before or this is your first time teaching, this session will help you create an inclusive classroom climate from the start of your course. You will explore strategies for: (1) getting to know your students; (2) calibrating your instruction to CMU students; (3) creating a classroom climate that welcomes and supports learning for all students; (4) setting appropriate expectations; and (5) motivating and engaging students with course content from day one.

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GUSIO: Conducting Productive and Engaging Discussions (Async Seminar)

Available until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 11:59

This seminar is asynchronous. You will receive instructions for enrolling in the GUSIO Canvas in the confirmation email.

How can you design effective discussion activities for your students? What facilitation strategies maximize student participation, engagement, and learning outcomes? You will learn about the factors that influence student learning and engagement during discussions and acquire a toolkit of active learning methods for structuring productive discussions. Through hands-on activities, you will practice strategies for both designing and facilitating effective discussion activities, such as designing discussion questions, selecting discussion activities aligned with learning objectives, and identifying facilitation strategies to address common concerns about student participation and teaching inclusively.

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GUSIO: Teaching Problem Solving in Recitation (Async Seminar)

Available until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 11:59

This seminar is asynchronous. You will receive instructions for enrolling in the GUSIO Canvas in the confirmation email.

Leading a recitation section can be very different than teaching a large course or lecture. Recitations provide students the opportunity to practice solving problems and discuss questions about course material outside of lecture, often in a smaller group setting. This provides both benefits and challenges to TAs or instructors leading recitations. In this session, we will discuss learning goals for recitations and how to design sessions that help students achieve those goals, explore strategies for promoting student engagement and activity during problem-based recitation sessions, and look at research on how to best coach students through example problems.

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Leveraging Slides to Support Learning

Monday, June 3, 2024 11:00pm – 12:30pm

REMOTE: Zoom link will be included in confirmation email

Slides can be an effective way to present information to students, but there are many potential pitfalls you should consider as you use them. Come learn about the literature on multimedia learning,digital accessibility, and their implications for designing and using slides in ways that will most effectively support student learning.

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Teaching Inclusively: Introduction to Neurodiversity and Supporting Neurodivergent Students

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 1:00pm – 2:30pm

REMOTE: Zoom link will be provided in the confirmation email

What is neurodiversity and what does it mean for someone to be neurodivergent? What factors can impact whether neurodivergent students struggle or excel in the classroom? How can I support neurodivergent students in my classes if they don’t have specific accommodations? This seminar will introduce key concepts, and give participants an opportunity to explore how inclusive teaching strategies can support neurodivergent students specifically. Note: while this seminar will briefly cover the wide range of neurodivergence, there will be a greater focus on ADHD and autism.

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Book Club: Alternative Grading Methods

Monday, July 1, 2024 3:30pm – Monday, July 29, 2024 5:00pm

REMOTE: Zoom link will be included in confirmation email

We are all familiar with the traditional grading system: instructors evaluate each assignment, assign it a score representing some amount of partial credit, and average these scores to create an overall course letter grade. Although this approach is common, it is not the only way to grade. Many instructors, including faculty at CMU, have modified their grading systems to better motivate students, make expectations clearer, and to assess learning outcomes in a more targeted manner. In some courses, students grade themselves! In others, the instructor assigns only full or zero points for each assignment. In this book club, we will read about common alternative grading systems, their pros and cons, and whether they could be a good fit for your own teaching context. Participation will not count towards any requirement for FFP, but will be listed on your record under Other Activities.

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Adapting to Generative AI in the Classroom

Thursday, July 18, 2024 12:00pm – 1:30pm

REMOTE: Zoom link will be included in confirmation email

Generative artificial intelligence seems to pose many new challenges to educators as it significantly transforms the tools we can use to write text, code, and create images. These tools have some definite uses and some significant drawbacks. Grounded in recent research on generative AI, participants will evaluate whether generative AI is appropriate for various educational tasks, like proofreading essays, brainstorming ideas, or coding exercises. The goal is to see how the limitations and affordances of these tools align with common tasks that we ask students to do.

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Teaching Inclusively: Facilitating Difficult Dialogues

Wednesday, August 21, 2024 10:00am – 11:30pm

REMOTE: Zoom link will be provided in the confirmation email

Race, politics, religion, gender equity, and many other controversial topics are all sources of tension in American culture, and these issues can arise in class conversations—even if the course is not explicitly focused on these topics. When students engage in passionate disagreement or even resort to personal attacks, it is our responsibility as instructors to proactively address this conflict, both in the moment and afterwards. In this seminar, we will consider ways to make these “difficult dialogues” productive for both students and instructors. Participants will consider the pedagogical rationale for creating an inclusive environment in the classroom, discuss the reasons students may or may not participate in difficult dialogues, and generate strategies for managing “hot moments” in the classroom. These dialogues can have a considerable impact on individual student learning and, consequently, have a positive impact on classroom and campus climate.

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