Duke University Graduate School – Fall 2012 Teaching IDEAS Workshops

21st Century College Teaching: Faculty from Duke and beyond discuss the skills, tools and factors that are shaping teaching, learning and faculty life in higher education

This annual series is open to Duke faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students who want to learn about current research, best practices, and university resources relevant to effective college teaching, learning and professional development. Pre-registration is required for each event. Delicious boxed lunch provided with registration. Contact Ms Kris Moyle at klmoyle@duke.edu with any questions.

Future Directions of Teaching and Learning in Undergraduate Education
Sept 17 12:00—1:30       Perkins 217
Dr Steve Nowicki, Dean and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education

In this workshop, Dr. Nowicki will share how Duke and other leading institutions are promoting innovation not only in teaching, but also in undergraduate education from both curricular and co-curricular dimensions of the educational experience. As a professor, high school biology textbook author, lab manager, and administrator, he will share how new models of teaching and learning both inside and beyond the classroom inform future faculty roles.

Preregister: https://tinyurl.com/9sv7ha3
*Pre-register by this Friday at 12:00 noon to ensure a lunch will be provided.

PhD Laboratory in Digital Knowledge
Oct 1    12:00—1:30       Perkins 217
Dr David Bell, Professor of French Studies
Dr Cathy Davidson, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Ruth F. Devarney Professor of English

The PhD Digital Knowledge Lab is an experimental arena in which groups of PhD students can receive training in—and contribute to the production of—new forms of digital scholarship, new pedagogies, and new engagements with the public that the computational and informational revolutions afford. We are working with students on the conceptual problems that underlie digital scholarship, which are philosophical and critical: What is a screen?, for example, or, What does it mean to offer massive open online courseware (to mission of the university or to society broadly speaking?) And we are providing a forum for producing new kinds of scholarship and pedagogy using peer feedback and collaborative communities made possible by the digital networks that have become familiar to this and coming generations of graduate students.

Preregister: https://tinyurl.com/boumj4r 

The other side of the box: fostering creativity in—and out of—the college classroom
Oct 9    12:00—1:30       Perkins 217
Dr Michael Palmer, Associate Professor and Assistant Director, Teaching Resource Center, University of Virginia

Edward de Bono wrote, “Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at life in a different way.” Think of the word ‘life’ as a placeholder, a fill-in-the-blank. Now, imagine that ‘life’ changes to ‘biology’; ‘biology’ becomes ‘sociology’ becomes ‘philosophy’… What established patterns might be worth breaking in your discipline? How might you help your students look at your field in new and unexpected ways? In this session, we’ll explore ways to foster creativity in your students and to help them become creators, inventors and discoverers of knowledge, in any number of disciplines.

Preregister: https://tinyurl.com/coemlqz

Promoting Academic Integrity
Oct 29  12:00—1:30       Perkins 217
Dr Ed Neal, Professional Consultant in Higher Education; Editor, Journal of Faculty Development; Adjunct Professor of Education, UNC-CH; Former Director of Faculty Development, UNC-CH

Among college students cheating, plagiarism, and various breeches of academic integrity have become more common in recent years. A majority of high school and college students admit that they have cheated at some point in their academic careers and with the advent of various forms of digital technology the opportunities for cheating have expanded dramatically. However, research on academic dishonesty offers solutions to these problems and this workshop will address some of the best practices for promoting integrity and preventing dishonesty in our classrooms. (Note: Session does NOT qualify as RCR research ethics training)

Preregister: https://tinyurl.com/c7b4d3n

The Art of Teaching: Using Acting Techniques in the Teaching/Learning Process
Nov 5   12:00—2:00pm    (2-hour)   Perkins 217
Dr Gregory Justice, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, Virginia Tech

This workshop looks at some of the techniques used by professional theatre, film and television performers that can be used to enhance communication effectiveness with faculty, staff and students. Whether you are trying to reach an audience of one or 100, these techniques will enhance both your speaking and performance abilities. Topics examined include: nerves, using the body in a more dynamic way, developing a better voice, and improving your creativity through imagination, concentration, observation and relaxation. The workshop is participatory, fun and probably quite different from any other workshop you have taken on teaching skills.

Preregister: https://tinyurl.com/96zbg3a

Take Your Teaching Skills Anywhere: Identifying Transferable Skills for Alternative Careers
Nov 12 12:00—1:30       Perkins 217
Dr Melissa Bostrom, Director of Graduate & Academic Professional Development, USNC Graduate School

You may have devoted many hours to teaching assistantships during your doctoral career. But if you’re not planning a career as a faculty member, how can you capitalize on the skills you’ve developed through teaching to position yourself for success in industry, government, nonprofit, or alternative academic careers? This interactive workshop will help you identify the transferable skills you’ve cultivated and market them effectively in your application materials.

Preregister: https://tinyurl.com/9o8eddo

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