Drop in and join us for rich conversations on teaching and learning! Registration is not required. They are designed to be delivered to groups of instructors during informal gatherings or departmental meetings. Sparkshops are meant to start exploration of a chosen topic with continued support from the CTL as requested. There are two types of sparkshops:

1.  Teaching-related topic discussion (informal gatherings): 45 minutes.

2.  Department or College meeting sparkshop (by invitation): 15 - 20 minutes

What are the Goals?

To provide a brief introduction to a teaching-related topic and to “spark” interest in learning more.

To facilitate reflective conversations around teaching and learning.

To support scholarly teaching and promote student success.

Sparkshops: 45-minute sessions

12 noon - 12:45 pm

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*Note: Sparkshops sessions will be recorded and may be made publicly available by CTL; no recording by other means is permitted. If you have privacy concerns, do not turn your video on, mute yourself, and feel free to change your Zoom name to a pseudonym. If you would like to ask a question privately, you may do so by addressing your chat question to the moderator only (and not to “everyone”). Additionally, chat will be used and moderated for live questions from the community, and saving of chats is enabled. Each Sparkshop session will be shared on the CTL website the following Wednesday. Just click on the topic listed below. 

BLOG - Transparency in Learning and Teaching: Begin with SMARTE and SMARTER Student Learning Objectives 

2021 Spring Term Sparkshops: 45-minute sessions

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04/23/21 - Engaging Students in Zoom: Attention supports. Do you ever wonder: How do I grab students’ focus on learning right from the beginning of class and maintain their attention throughout the entire class period? Funmi Amobi (CTL) and WeiWei Zhang (AT) will discuss how to apply evidence-based pedagogical practices coupled with applicable Zoom and Google tools to engage students in synchronous class sessions.

05/14/21 - Engaging Students in large-enrollment courses: Successful practices. Teaching large-enrollment courses can be challenging when it comes to creating interaction that promotes student engagement. Yet, they present pedagogical, technological and active learning-driven opportunities to energize students and facilitate their learning. Funmi Amobi (CTL), Erica Woekel (CPHHS) and Demian Hommel (CEOAS) will discuss strategies for helping faculty address the challenges associated with teaching large classes, and present successful practices for engaging students in large-enrollment courses.

CANCELED 06/04/21 - Engaging Students in effective discussions: Moving brainstorms and spider web discussions. Do your attempts to implement class discussions feel like a waste of time as most students are unmotivated, unprepared and unwilling to participate? Funmi Amobi (CTL) and Caitlyn Gill (CoB) will discuss evidence-based strategies for holding a better class discussion, and present an effective class discussion method—moving brainstorms and spider web discussions.

2021 Winter Term Sparkshops: 45-minute Sessions

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01/08/21 - Assessing Student Learning: Making the Alignment of Student Learning Objectives and Assessments TransparentHave students ever asked you the following questions: “Why do we have to take this test?” “How is this group work project relevant?” To preempt these incidents, join us for a lively discussion of evidence-based strategies for implementing visible alignment of student learning objectives (SLOs) and assessment methods. 

02/12/21 - Assessing Student Learning: Using Diagnostic (Just-in-Time Teaching) and Formative Assessment strategies to Promote Student Learning and Engagement. Have you ever wondered how to capture your students’ thinking about an upcoming topic before they even get to class and how to actively engage them in learning throughout an entire class period? Join us for a lively discussion of evidence-based diagnostic and formative assessment methods to focus students’ minds and attention on learning. 

03/12/21 - Assessing Student Learning: Getting Students Motivated to Complete pre-Class Readings and AssignmentsAre you concerned that students are not meeting course expectations for completing pre-class readings and assignments? Join us for a lively discussion of evidence-based approaches to making assignments transparent, and consequently maximizing student motivation to complete coursework.

2020 Fall Term Sparkshops: 45-minute Sessions - Recorded

11/30/20 - Implementing Successful Collaborative Group Work/Projects: Are you concerned about how to design a successful multifaceted and multiphase group project in your course? Worry no more. We will discuss workable structures and strategies for planning, implementing and monitoring group projects.

12/11/20 - Assessing Collaborative Group Work/Projects: Have your students ever expressed concerns about free riding by some group members in a group project? We will discuss effective strategies for using confidential peer-evaluations to grade group work fairly and equitably. 

Facilitator: Funmi Amobi, Instructional Consultant and College Liaison.

Please contact me at [email protected] to set up a Sparkshop.