The GSI Center’s Workshops on Teaching for GSIs cover a wide variety of topics related to university teaching and the GSI experience. The purpose of the series is to offer GSIs, and other graduate students interested in teaching, opportunities for hands-on learning and practical discussion about pedagogy.

To assist us in planning, pre-registration is required.

Workshops marked with an asterisk fulfill a requirement of the Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. If you would like your participation in a workshop to count toward the Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, you must stay for the entire workshop. 

Handouts and videos from selected workshops are available online.

All workshops will be offered via Zoom.

Spring 2024 Workshops

 

Creating Inclusive Classrooms*
Tuesday, January 23, 2:00 – 3:30; via Zoom
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Workshop Description

This workshop is designed to help GSIs understand the character and consequences of microaggressions, and to help them begin to develop the tools to address them in their role as instructors. For those who attended any one of the similarly-themed workshops during the Fall or Spring conference for first-time GSIs, this will be an opportunity to revisit some of the topics discussed there, as well as to address any issues that may have emerged in the course of teaching since. For other GSIs, this workshop will provide a basic understanding of microaggressions and an opportunity to reflect on them in the context of their own teaching.

Enhancing Student Engagement and Participation*
Thursday, February 1, 10:00 – 11:30; via Zoom
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Workshop Description

How Students Learn*
Wednesday, February 7, 1:00 – 2:30; via Zoom
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Workshop Description

While graduate students do not need to become experts in how students learn, a basic understanding of the research on learning can enable GSIs to make informed teaching decisions. Drawing on research findings from neuroscience, anthropology, and cognitive and social psychology, this workshop will enable GSIs to consider ways to apply research-based principles to the learning environments they create for their students.

Creating and Using Grading Rubrics*
Tuesday, February 13, 1:30 – 3:00; via Zoom
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Workshop Description

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to practice using and creating a rubric and to discuss how rubrics can be used to foster student learning and promote equity.

Syllabus and Course Design*
Wednesday, February 21, 3:00 – 4:30; via Zoom
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Workshop Description

Are you responsible for designing a course and syllabus for this coming spring or next fall? Are you​ ​interested in developing a syllabus for the academic job search? In this workshop, participants will learn ways to turn their syllabus ideas into integrated courses and will work out criteria for selecting course materials, assignments, and methods​ ​of​ ​assessment.

Developing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Teaching Portfolio*
Friday, March 1, 1:00 – 2:30; via Zoom
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Workshop Description

Improve your teaching and prepare for the academic job search. Come find out what is typically addressed in a teaching philosophy statement and participate in activities that will help you get started.

Peer Exchange and Feedback on Statements of Teaching Philosophy*
Friday, March 8, 1:00 – 2:30; via Zoom
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Workshop Description

This workshop is designed for graduate students who are interested in improving their statements ​of teaching philosophy through feedback​ ​from peers. Workshop participants will exchange statements of teaching philosophy and provide​ ​and receive input. Participants must bring two copies of a draft of their statement of teaching philosophy to participate in the workshop.

The Transferable Skills of Teaching
Wednesday, April 10, 11:00 – 12:30; via Zoom
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Teaching and the Academic Job Search
Friday, April 19, 10:00 – 11:30; via Zoom
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Universal Design for Learning*
Tuesday, April 23, 3:30 – 5:00; via Zoom
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Workshop Description

Deepen your knowledge of inclusive teaching practices by exploring the Universal Design for Learning framework. Join us to learn more about how to center inclusion in your pedagogy, and apply this understanding through evaluating examples and resources.

Panel: Using Generative AI to Enhance Teaching and Learning
TBD