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Our workshops are interactive, so only those handouts that are useful as stand-alone documents are posted.

2010-11 Academic Year

Creating Collaborative Work That Works (for faculty)
Facilitator: Stephanie Fiore, TLC Associate Director and Associate Professor of Italian

Collaborative classroom activities or assignments should create a community of interdependent learners who rely on each other to achieve class goals. In fact, research shows that collaborative learning can be very effective at helping students achieve deep learning goals. And we know that students must learn how to function in teams if they are to succeed in the world beyond academe. And yet students often complain that group work doesn't help them learn and they worry that other group members' lackluster work will affect their assignment grade. In this TLC workshop, we will discuss practical strategies for making group work an effective learning experience that helps students shift from passive learners to active participants in their learning, and that they perceive as useful and fair. Participants will draw on their experiences to explore best practices of group learning.

Handout: Collaborative Work

Focus on GenEd Competencies:  Designing Assignments for Critical Thinking

Panelists: Jon Nyquist, Steve Zelnick, Cynthia Folio, Lucas Henry, Jessie VanOort

GenEd courses seek to develop critical thinking skills that will serve students well as they progress through the university and as lifelong learners.  But saying you want students to think critically is a lot easier than actually accomplishing that learning outcome. This TLC workshop will explore how to develop course assignments that further a student’s ability to engage critically with the course material. A panel of instructors in GenEd will also share their assignments as a model of best practices.

Bloom's Taxonomy

Jon Nyquist (Geology)

Steve Zelnick (Shakespeare in the Movies)

Folio, Henry, VanOort (Cakewalk in Sheet Music and Newspapers)

Best Practices in Large Group Teaching

Facilitator: Stephanie Fiore, TLC Associate Director and Associate Professor of Italian


Strategies for Effective Lecturing

Large Lecture: PowerPoint

Video, Marian Diamond's introductory lecture

Video:  Eric Mazur on interactive teaching in the large classroom

More info on large class teaching

Getting Your Students To Read

Facilitator: Stephanie Fiore, TLC Associate Director and Associate Professor of Italian

You choose readings thoughtfully in order to provide the best materials possible for student learning, but students selectively choose what to read, or worse yet, rarely do any of the reading. You are left scratching your head, trying to figure out how to get students to do the reading, and when they do, how to help them read for understanding. In this TLC workshop, we will discuss strategies that faculty can employ both at the beginning of the course and throughout the semester to improve the quantity and quality of student reading. Participants will also draw on the experiences of their colleagues in finding solutions.

Motivating Students to Read Actively
2008-2009 Academic Year
Date & Time
Facilitator, Session Title & Abstract

Feb 9
1.00pm - 2.30pm


Feb 10,
9.30am - 11.00am

Helping Students to Learn More and to Do Better
TECH 111

Facilitator: Phyllis Blumberg

When faculty members focus on student learning, more students are likely to graduate and to be more prepared for their professional and personal adult lives. Teaching focusing on what the students are learning is called learner-centered teaching. This hands-on workshop will emphasize specific learner-centered tools and techniques that faculty can use.

Phyllis Blumberg is the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She is the author of numerous publications on how to teach more effectively including the recently published book, Developing Learner-Centered Teaching: A Practical Guide for Faculty.


TA/ITA Series

Tues, 11/18

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Engaging Students in Lectures
TLC Conference Room, Tech Center, Room 112
Facilitator: Baris Gunersel, Assistant Director, TLC

A large number of studies have indicated that, compared to other teaching methods, lectures are not quite effective in student retention of information (McKeachie, 2002). If they are used, however, lectures can be tailored to engage students and make content more interesting. This workshop will present different ways to make the lecture a more effective and interesting teaching tool. Participants will discuss and practice various strategies to enhance the quality of their lectures so they are more student-centered and fruitful.

In-class activities

Tips on discussion-The Skillful Teacher

Feb 3
9:00am -


Feb 4,
1:00pm -

The Why, What, and How of Rubrics
TECH Center, Faculty Wing, Room 111
Facilitator: Carol Philips, Associate Director, TLC

Rubrics have been described as an assessment tool that saves time grading, conveys effective feedback, and promotes student learning. In this workshop, we will look at how rubrics can accomplish these three worthwhile objectives, as well as explore their limitations, and engage in the process of rubric development.

Feb 5

2:00pm -


Creating Learning Goals
TECH Center, Faculty Wing, TLC Conference Room, Tech 112
Facilitator: A. Baris Gunersel, Assistant Director, TLC

Creating learning goals is the first important step we take as instructors before beginning a semester. In this workshop, participants will formulate course-specific learning goals by focusing on what they would like their students to acquire by the end of the semester. We will use Dee Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant Learning as a framework for understanding the different levels at which people learn and understand. Participants will also receive examples of learning goals from other disciplines.

Feb 17,
Feb 24, &
Mar 3

2:30pm -

Teaching Portfolio Workshop Series:
TECH Center, Faculty Wing, TLC Conference Room, Tech 112
Facilitator: A. Baris Gunersel, Assistant Director, TLC

By 2004, an estimated 2,000 universities were using Teaching Portfolios as a method for documenting, and evaluating, teaching performance (Seldin, 2004). Teaching Portfolios can be used for a variety of purposes, from representing one’s teaching for job searches, teaching awards and tenure and promotion, to self-reflection and teaching improvement. This workshop series, consisting of three workshops, is offered by the TLC to assist Faculty Members in creating their own Teaching Portfolios. The workshops will be highly interactive and participants will work together towards completing this collection of documents. Since most teachers will need to submit teaching portfolios at various points in their careers, this is an opportunity to create an original draft that you can revise and build on for years to come. 


Designing a teaching portfolio

Developing a Teaching Portfolio

What's your philosophy on teaching, and does it matter?

Uses and abuses of teaching portfolios


Thu, Mar 26

Engaging in Classroom Research:
the Scholarship of Teaching
and Learning
School of Dentistry Workshop

Facilitators: Pamela Barnett and A. Baris Gunersel


Tue, Mar 24
9:30am -


Wed, Mar 25
1:30pm -

Diversity and Inclusive Teaching
TECH Center, Faculty Wing
Mar 24, Room 111
Mar 25, TLC Conference Room

Facilitator: Dr. Pamela Barnett, Associate Vice-Provost and Director, TLC

Temple is often called “Diversity University,” and research suggests that such a uniquely diverse student body can enable significant learning opportunities. In this session, we will review research on how diversity can increase student learning and prepare students for citizenship in a pluralistic democracy. We will then consider these critical questions for teaching inclusively:  How can we design courses and instruction so that all students are given the opportunities they need to learn?  How can we teach so that students learn from each others’ diverse experiences, perspectives and ideas?    

Thu, Apr 2


Understanding and Engaging Millennial Generation Students: A Focus
Kiva Auditorium

Facilitator: Richard T. Sweeney, University Librarian at the New Jersey Institute of Technology

Description: In this program Richard T. Sweeney provides information on how the Millennial generation thinks and learns. He will discuss why it is crucial for faculty and instructors to understand the radically different characteristics of the next generation of students and leaders. His presentation is followed by a live focus group of Temple students. Sweeney’s current research explores the impact of Millennials upon libraries, academic institutions, companies and the workplace. He has conducted over sixty panels in over twenty-five states, Canada, Egypt and Guatemala. This event is sponsored by The Teaching and Learning Center, Paley Library and Academic Computing.

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