Teaching and Learning

Difficult Conversations in the Classroom Studio

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on December 11, 2019 - 1:54pm

How do you respond to an ‘explosion’ in the classroom? Are there ways to mend the classroom community when someone has said something offensive in class? How can you prepare for unexpectedly difficult conversations—especially if you teach controversial topics? These are a few of the questions we will explore in a “studio” format.

Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on December 11, 2019 - 1:52pm

We’ve all had (or worried about) that experience where the in-class discussion is lively and productive, until a student says something that upsets everyone. How to respond on the spot? How to mend the community that is your classroom after someone has said something ‘out of line’? Or, if the case allows, how to make this a “teachable moment”?

Equity and Equality: Working with Students with Disabilities

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on December 11, 2019 - 1:50pm

Equity and equality—is there a difference in the classroom?

Join Disability Access Services and CIEL for a collaborative, educational session about ensuring that students with disabilities have the same chances to succeed as those without disabilities. We will discuss protocol and ways to address issues of attendance and  surprising behavior.

VIU Faculty Studio: Making Your Lectures Consequential for Students

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on September 3, 2019 - 9:08am

Many of us, when we teach, engage in some form of “lecture” or “presentation,” even if we adhere overall to an active learning strategy. Student response to a lecture, however, can be hit or miss, and one of our big challenges is to ensure that students experience a lecture in a way that causes them to discover and experience its value.

Delivering Lectures with greater IMPACT

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on August 8, 2019 - 9:01am

There are some very good reasons to lecture when you are teaching - and equally good reasons why you may have heard that lecturing does not always support student learning.

Whether you have a “performer” personality or not, or whether you lecture a lot or a little, it’s useful from time to time to re-visit those practices that make your lectures effective for students. The key is “strategic activation” of the information and ideas that you are trying to communicate, so students are actively engaged with what you are saying.

Delivering Lectures with greater IMPACT

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on August 8, 2019 - 8:59am

There are some very good reasons to lecture when you are teaching - and equally good reasons why you may have heard that lecturing does not always support student learning.

Whether you have a “performer” personality or not, or whether you lecture a lot or a little, it’s useful from time to time to re-visit those practices that make your lectures effective for students. The key is “strategic activation” of the information and ideas that you are trying to communicate, so students are actively engaged with what you are saying.

COWICHAN: Catch Me if You Can! (Or, Why Students Cheat - and What You Can Do About It)

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on December 19, 2018 - 4:14pm

What does cheating look like in your courses? Are there particular assignments students cheat on more than others? How have you tried to solve this problem?  How do you know your solutions worked?

Participants will tell their stories, discuss the research on why students cheat, share strategies for preventing cheating, and plan implementation of principles of effective assignment design that prevents cheating and plagiarism .

Audience | Cowichan Campus Community

Date | Friday, March 29, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Can Assignments be FUN (For The Students And For Me?)

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on December 19, 2018 - 3:48pm

 

What are the factors that might contribute to this phenomenon? Can assignments actually inhibit learning?

Bring your assignments to this session for discussion about what works and what doesn’t in assignment design. Tweaking your assignments might just bring the joy back into your—and your students’—lives!  

Audience | VIU Campus Community

Date | Wednesday, March 20, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Location | Nanaimo Campus Library Building 305, Room 514 and Zoom Online Meeting Room

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