Upcoming Teaching Seminars

  • GSIO: Teaching Inclusively: Creating a Welcoming and Supportive Climate from Day One*

    Thursday, August 22, 9:00–10:30am

    Tepper Quad Simmons A Auditorium

    Whether you have taught before or this is your first time teaching, this session will help you 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.

  • GSIO: Grading and Delivering Feedback on Quantitative Assignments*

    Thursday, August 22, 10:45am–12:15pm

    Tepper Quad Simmons A Auditorium

    How can you grade efficiently, effectively, and fairly? How can you simultaneously give your students feedback that will maximize their learning? These session will focus on evidence-based strategies for grading and providing feedback on quantitative work, such as problem sets. Participants will discuss the relationship between grading and feedback, strategies for grading efficiently and fairly, the characteristics of effective feedback, and research on the impacts of different types of feedback on student learning. Through hands-on exercises, participants will practice analyzing and improving examples of feedback on student work. Participants will also practice grading and providing feedback using rubrics. NOTE: The material in this session is very similar to the graduate seminar "Providing Helpful Feedback". If you have already attended that session, then we don't recommend attending this orientation session.

  • GSIO: Grading and Delivering Feedback on Writing Assignments (Papers, Lab Reports, etc.)*

    Thursday, August 22, 10:45am–12:15pm

    Tepper Quad 1308

    How can you grade efficiently, effectively, and fairly? How can you simultaneously give your students feedback that will maximize their learning? These session will focus on evidence-based strategies for grading and providing feedback on qualitative work, such as writing assignments or short-answer exam questions. Participants will discuss the relationship between grading and feedback, strategies for grading efficiently and fairly, the characteristics of effective feedback, and research on the impacts of different types of feedback on student learning. Through hands-on exercises, participants will practice analyzing and improving examples of feedback on student work. Participants will also practice grading and providing feedback using rubrics. NOTE: The material in this session is very similar to the graduate seminar "Providing Helpful Feedback". If you have already attended that session, then we don't recommend attending this orientation session.

  • GSIO: Conducting Productive and Engaging Discussions*

    Thursday, August 22, 1:30–3:00pm

    Tepper Quad 1308

    How can you design effective discussion activities for your students? What facilitation strategies maximize student participation, engagement, and learning outcomes? Participants 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, participants 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. NOTE: The material in this session is very similar to the graduate seminar "Facilitating Productive and Engaging Discussions". If you have already attended that session, then we don't recommend attending this orientation session.

  • GSIO: Working Well One-on-One*

    Thursday, August 22, 1:30–3:00pm

    Tepper Quad Simmons A Auditorium

    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? We will discuss effective approaches and campus resources to support you and your students. Then you will have an opportunity to practice putting these strategies to use.