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Micro-workshops with big connections to student learning

The same workshop will be held on both Wednesday and Thursday in Fisher 727. Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to attend on either day. Enjoy a light lunch provided by CTE and spend time with colleagues starting at noon. The workshops begin at 12:20.
Please register in advance to assist CTE in planning. 

These workshops are part of CTE's SCALE initiative. Learn more.

SPRING 2018 SCALE Micro-workshops

CTE's Spring 2018 micro-workshops will focus on aspects of Duquesne's Strategic Imperative 1:
Duquesne will identify bold pathways to offer students the knowledge and skills they will need for productive and fulfilling lives and careers in the 21st century.

February 7-8: Career Connectedness

Presenters: Laurel Willingham-McLain (CTE) & J.D. Douglas (Enrollment Management)
Connecting learning to life beyond college is a practice that motivates student learning. In this session, participants will consider ways to connect course material and skills to life and work.
Connection to Strategic Imperative 1: "Duquesne University will comprehensively reevaluate all facets of our curriculum and integrate practical applications and experiences into academic offerings so as to prepare students for the demands of the 21st century workforce"

February 14-15: First Generation Students

Presenter: Erin Rentschler (CTE)
Navigating higher education is difficult for first generation college students. Participants will encounter Duquesne's first generation population and explore strategies to help them succeed in college.
Connection to Strategic Imperative 1: "Duquesne University will recruit and retain students best able to benefit from Duquesne's programs, including students with limited resources"

February  21-22: Holistic Teaching & Learning

Presenter: Steven Hansen (CTE)
Teaching and learning intersect with intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual dimensions. Participants will explore several frameworks for holistic education and their potential benefits for students.
Connection to Strategic Imperative 1: "Duquesne University will focus on the development and well-being of the whole student-physical, mental, emotional and spiritual-with a renewed emphasis on core values and ethics"


PAST Micro-workshops
FALL 2017 SCALE UP Micro-Workshops

CTE's Fall 2017 micro-workshops will focus on James Lang's book Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning. Lang's book gives strategies for helping students grow in knowledge, understanding, and motivation. You'll leave the workshop with practical small teaching strategies (e.g., 5-10 minute learning activities, small modifications in course design or student-instructor communication). Two copies of Lang's book will be given as door prizes at each session. James Lang will be at Duquesne University March 16, 2018 - lucky winners can get your book autographed! 

September 19-20  Connecting for understanding, facilitated by Laurel Willingham-McLain

September 26-27  Helping students retrieve knowledge, facilitated by Steve Hansen

October 3-4  Fostering a Growth Mindset, facilitated by Erin Rentschler

Just a TAD - Transparent Assignment Design

Facilitator: Laurel Willingham-McLain (CTE)
When: Monday, January 23 or Tuesday, January 24 (12:20-12:50)
Location: Union 607

Small changes make a dramatic difference in student learning. Join this micro-workshop to learn powerful small changes you can use for communicating assignments to students. Use the transparency framework to clarify for students the purpose, task, and criteria of assignments. And in return, you can expect strong student performance.

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Emotions, Body Language and Learning Motivation

Facilitator: Steven Hansen (CTE)
When: Monday, February 6 or Tuesday, February 7 (12:20-12:50)
Where: 607 Union

"When educators fail to appreciate the importance of students' emotions, they fail to appreciate a critical force in students' learning. One could argue, in fact, that they fail to appreciate the very reason students learn at all."
 Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Emotions, Learning, and the Brain (2016), 40.

Come explore the relationship of the body, emotions and learning motivation. Participants in this micro-workshop will simulate how emotions and body language interact; learn six small teaching techniques that make powerful emotional connections to students' learning, and identify the signs of emotionally motivated learning.

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Applying Behavioral Insights to Learning Outcomes

Facilitator: Arvin Simon (CTE and Psychology) and Elizabeth Bennett (Psychology)
When: Monday, February 13 or Tuesday, February 14 (12:20-12:50)
Where: 607 Union

Many of the choices we make are driven by habits. Often, they can result in less than optimal outcomes, particularly around learning new knowledge and skills. This micro-workshop explores the most up-to-date behavioral research to empower educators in making subtle yet influential shifts in the classroom that promote more adaptive learning behaviors.

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Student Graffiti Wall: Our Voices on Learning

Facilitator: Erin Rentschler (CTE)
When: Monday, February, 20 or Tuesday, February 21
Where: 607 Union 

Giving students a voice on learning empowers them and increases their sense of investment in their learning experiences. What do our students have to say about their learning? Join us to reflect on student comments collected via a graffiti wall and to discover ways of collecting and using student feedback in your own classes. 

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Learning to Respond to Microaggression

Facilitator: Arvin Simon (CTE and Psychology) 
When: Monday, February 27 and Thursday, March 2(12:20-12:50) [note that the second workshop will be held on Thursday, rather than Tuesday]
Where: 607 Union

Microaggressions are small verbal, behavioral or environmental exchanges that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages. These messages can discourage both students and instructors from participating in class to their fullest potential. This micro-workshop provides a simple, yet powerful communication technique designed to empower instructors to resist microaggressions and create a healthier, more inclusive learning environment.

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