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Graduate Instructor of Record Orientation
Jan
3
12:00 PM12:00

Graduate Instructor of Record Orientation

This orientation is tailored to graduate student instructors of record with full responsibility for the management of their course. Participants will benefit from a more intensive introduction to teaching at Rice than we provide in our annual TA training. Staff from the The Center for Teaching Excellence will lead interactive discussions on teaching goals, syllabi preparation, and effective teaching strategies. Important policies related to teaching at Rice will also be discussed. Pizza will be served.

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Graduate Institute: Preparing for the Academic Job Market
Feb
7
9:00 AM09:00

Graduate Institute: Preparing for the Academic Job Market

Are you a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar preparing to go on the job market? If so, please join Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence for our spring Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs on Thursday, February 7th, from 9AM-12AM in Herring 129. In this 3-hour hands-on and interactive workshop, we will discuss how to find and interpret job advertisements, how to create materials that best convey your research and teaching abilities and interests, how best to anticipate and respond to questions in the interview process, and how to demonstrate one’s teaching abilities in an on-campus setting.  

Coffee and pastries will be served, and all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are welcome.

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University Awards Ceremony and Reception
Apr
18
3:00 PM15:00

University Awards Ceremony and Reception

The entire campus community is invited to join us as we celebrate teaching at Rice and—in particular—those instructors who care very deeply about student learning. There will be a wine and appetizer reception following the ceremony. All students, faculty, alumni, and staff are encouraged to attend! No RSVP required.

Awards Presented
STC Teaching Award (for Student-Taught Courses)
Graduate Student Teaching Awards
Sarah A. Burnett Teaching Prize in the Social Sciences
Allison Sarofim Professor for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities
(T+R)^2 Award, School of Engineering
Teaching Award for Excellence in Inquiry-Based Learning
Presidential Award for Mentoring
Sophia Meyer Farb Prize for Teaching (Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award)
Charles W. Duncan Achievement Award for Outstanding Faculty
Nicolas Salgo Outstanding Teaching Award
George R. Brown Awards for Superior Teaching
George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching
Marjorie Corcoran Award
Rice University Faculty Award for Excellence in University Service and Leadership
Rice University Faculty Award for Excellence in Professional Service and Leadership
Rice University Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Teaching, and Service

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What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning: Are Lectures Effective? What the Research Can and Cannot Tell Us
Oct
24
12:00 PM12:00

What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning: Are Lectures Effective? What the Research Can and Cannot Tell Us

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Are Lectures Effective? What the Research Can and Cannot Tell Us

Josh Eyler
Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

The debate about whether or not to lecture in the classroom is a perennial one in higher education. But what do we actually mean when we talk about lectures, and where does lecturing fit into the conversation about evidence-based teaching strategies? Join us to find out what the research says about lecturing and to discuss different perspectives on the practice.

This event is open to all within the Rice community. Pizza will be served.

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A Career at a Small College: Integrating Teaching and Research
Oct
16
1:00 PM13:00

A Career at a Small College: Integrating Teaching and Research

Amy Cheng Vollmer
Isaac H. Clothier Jr. Professor of Biology
Swarthmore College

Preparing for a career at a four-year college, with a focus on undergraduate students, requires you to balance teaching and research.  Come and learn about different ways to obtain teaching experience and what kinds of systems and questions lend themselves to productive research by undergraduate students.  There will also be advice about your application, letters of recommendation, mentoring, networking and resources about pedagogy – and plenty of time for Q&A.  While the presenter’s perspective is from the sciences, Dr. Amy Cheng's nearly 30-year experience at Mills and Swarthmore Colleges, interacting with colleagues in the humanities and social sciences, her remarks and advice will be pertinent to graduate students and postdocs of all disciplines.

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2018 Pedagogy Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Oct
9
1:00 PM13:00

2018 Pedagogy Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Please join Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence for our fall Pedagogy Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs on Tuesday, October 9th, from 1:00PM-4:00PM.

The Learner-Centered Classroom


In this 3-hour workshop participants will learn principles of effective college teaching grounded in shifting the focus from the teacher to the learners. Participants will learn how to design learning goals, implement them in an engaging, inclusive class, and assess student progress towards these goals. Highly recommended for those who will be graduate instructors or plan to apply to academic positions. 

The workshop is designed and facilitated by the CTE Graduate Fellows:

  • Simranjit Khalsa, Sociology

  • Alex Kluber, Chemistry

  • Rebecca Smith, Computer Science

  • Ellen Whitehead, Sociology

Lunch will be served, and all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are welcome.

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Fall 2018 Faculty Pedagogy Institute
Oct
9
9:00 AM09:00

Fall 2018 Faculty Pedagogy Institute

Teaching Students with Disabilities: Applying Principles of Universal Design for Learning in Our Courses

Over the last few decades, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has emerged as an important framework for increasing accessibility in higher education. UDL is applicable to many elements of our educational institutions, including classroom spaces and even the courses we teach. Pedagogically, UDL provides us with tools to design and teach courses that provide as wide a range of opportunities to succeed as possible. In this workshop, we’ll look at some of the foundational research on UDL and discuss strategies for applying UDL to our own courses.

Facilitators:

  • Josh Eyler, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence

  • Canek Phillips, Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Engineering

  • Alan Russell, Director of the Disability Resource Center

Coffee and pastries will be served. All Rice University Instructors are welcome.

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What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning: Teaching and Learning Research at Rice
Sep
19
12:00 PM12:00

What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning: Teaching and Learning Research at Rice

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Teaching and Learning Research at Rice

Featuring:  

Claudia Ziegler Acemyan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences
Sandy Parsons, Assistant Teaching Professor of Psychological Sciences
Scott Rixner, Professor of Computer Science
Carissa Zimmerman, Lecturer in Psychological Sciences

Several faculty who have conducted research as a part of the CTE's umbrella protocol for ongoing pedagogical research will describe their projects and present their findings.

This event is open to all within the Rice community. Pizza will be served.

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Fall 2018 Faculty Reading Group
Sep
12
12:00 PM12:00

Fall 2018 Faculty Reading Group

The Center for Teaching Excellence invites you to join us this fall as we read Make it Stick by Peter Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel. New insights into how memory is encoded, consolidated, and later retrieved have led to a better understanding of how we learn. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors of Make It Stick offer concrete techniques to help students become more productive learners.

"This is a quite remarkable book. It describes important research findings with startling implications for how we can improve our own learning, teaching, and coaching. Even more, it shows us how more positive attitudes toward our own abilities―and the willingness to tackle the hard stuff―enables us to achieve our goals."

- Robert Bjork, University of California, Los Angeles

If you decide to join us, we will purchase your book. Once you RSVP you can pick up your book anytime before the first meeting in Herring 129.  We recommend you pick up the book no later than Friday September 7th to provide you with enough time to read the first selection.

We will meet to discuss the book in Herring 129, from 12:00AM-12:50PM, on the following:

  • Wednesday, September 12th

  • Wednesday, October 3rd

  • Wednesday, October 31st

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Natasha Holmes: Rethinking Intro Science Labs
Sep
5
4:00 PM16:00

Natasha Holmes: Rethinking Intro Science Labs

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Rethinking Intro Science Labs

Natasha Holmes
Assistant Professor of Physics
Cornell University
 

When you ask physicists to reflect on their intro labs, responses include “boring”, “forgettable”, or “cookbook.” Enthusiastic responses usually come from students whose courses were non-traditional: they got to design their own experiments, build their own equipment, or choose their own topics. Across institutions, there has been little consensus on the goals and structures of lab courses with not much research to back up any position. Until now. In this talk, I will describe new research into the goals of lab courses, how we are measuring student progress towards those goals, and the efficacy of different approaches for achieving them. We’ll discuss some tactics for using intro labs to teach experimentation and critical thinking skills, some examples of labs, and some new research on different ways of implementing them.


Sponsored by:
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Center for Teaching Excellence
Office of Inquiry-Based Learning
 

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Graduate Student TA Training
Aug
20
to Aug 21

Graduate Student TA Training

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At Rice University, teaching assistants (TAs) play an important role in the success of many of the university’s courses. Serving as a teaching assistant provides many benefits to the students and faculty as well as the graduate student taking on this role. Directly assisting and working with undergraduates and one’s peers brings with it many rewards in addition to many responsibilities.

Each year, the CTE hosts training sessions to provide TAs with the basic information necessary to perform their work in these roles responsibly. We spend most of the session introducing the federal regulations and institutional policies that govern this work (ADA, FERPA, Title IX, Amorous Relations, and the Honor Code), but end with some quick tips for grading and working with students in office hours.

The 2018 TA Training will take place across two repeat sessions on Monday, August 20th from 11:30-12:30 and Tuesday, August 21st from 1:00-2:00.

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New Faculty Orientation
Aug
15
9:00 AM09:00

New Faculty Orientation

We welcome all new Rice faculty to Day 2 of New Faculty Orientation. The Center for Teaching Excellence will lead interactive discussions on teaching goals, syllabi preparation, and effective teaching strategies. Morning coffee and pastries, as well as lunch, will be served.

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Graduate Instructor of Record Orientation
Aug
13
12:00 PM12:00

Graduate Instructor of Record Orientation

This orientation is tailored to graduate student instructors of record with full responsibility for the management of their course. Participants will benefit from a more intensive introduction to teaching at Rice than we provide in our annual TA training. Staff from the The Center for Teaching Excellence will lead interactive discussions on teaching goals, syllabi preparation, and effective teaching strategies. Important policies related to teaching at Rice will also be discussed. Pizza will be served.

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Annual University Awards Ceremony and Reception
Apr
24
3:00 PM15:00

Annual University Awards Ceremony and Reception

The entire campus community is invited to join us as we celebrate teaching at Rice and—in particular—those instructors who care very deeply about student learning. There will be a wine and appetizer reception following the ceremony. All students, faculty, alumni, and staff are encouraged to attend! No RSVP required.

Awards Presented
George R. Brown Certificate of Highest Merit
George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching
George R. Brown Awards for Superior Teaching
Charles W. Duncan Achievement Award for Outstanding Faculty
Nicolas Salgo Outstanding Teaching Award
Presidential Award for Mentoring
Sarah A. Burnett Teaching Prize in the Social Sciences
(T+R)^2 Award, School of Engineering
Sophia Meyer Farb Prize for Teaching (Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award)
STC Teaching Award (for Student-Taught Courses)
Graduate Instructor of Record Award
Graduate TA Award for Course Support
Graduate TA Award for Student Support

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Course Design Fundamentals: Planning the Schedule and Course Content
Mar
29
4:00 PM16:00

Course Design Fundamentals: Planning the Schedule and Course Content

Over the 2017-18 academic year the CTE will offer a series of six one-hour workshops covering course design fundamentals. The series is organized to provide participants with the tools to design a new course from the ground up or redesign an existing course. Participants can choose to attend all workshops in the series or select individual workshops that best fit with their current course design goals. Workshops are open to all faculty and course instructors.

In this workshop we will focus on the strategies for the delivery and distribution of course content in both large and small classes with a focus on estimating course workload for both students and faculty. We will conclude with a focus on how to plan an efficient and productive semester schedule.

Special Follow-up Workshop: The CTE is collaborating with Office of Information Technology in a follow-up workshop on April 2nd from noon-1pm in the Symonds II room in Duncan Hall. Hajime Kumahata and other staff from the OIT will lead a workshop on using Canvas for course schedules, course organization, and course content. This will be an interactive session and participants are encouraged to bring questions. No RSVP needed.

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Carl Wieman: Taking a Scientific Approach to Science and Engineering Education
Mar
22
4:00 PM16:00

Carl Wieman: Taking a Scientific Approach to Science and Engineering Education

TAKING A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING EDUCATION

Carl Wieman

Nobel Laureate in Physics (2001)
U.S. Professor of the Year (2004)
Professor of Physics and of the Graduate School of Education
Stanford University

Thursday, March 22nd
4:00 PM
McMurtry Auditorium


Sponsored by: 

Office of the President
Office of the Provost
George R. Brown School of Engineering
Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Office of the Dean of Undergraduates
Center for Teaching Excellence

 Carl Wieman

Professor Wieman has done extensive experimental research in both atomic physics and science education at the university level. Wieman served as founding chair of the Board of Science Education of the National Academy of Sciences and was the founder of PhET, which provides online interactive simulations that are used 100 million times per year to learn science. Wieman directed the science education initiatives at the Universities of Colorado and British Columbia, which carried out large scale change in teaching methods across university science departments. He served as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House from 2010-12.  He has also studied student learning and problem solving and the comparative effectiveness of different methods for teaching science.

He recently published Improving How Universities Teach Science with Harvard University Press, which chronicles his efforts to reform STEM education through his Science Education Initiatives at the University of Colorado and the University of British Columbia.


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Workshop: Using CATME for Peer Evaluation
Feb
26
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop: Using CATME for Peer Evaluation

Getting started using CATME Peer Evaluation to improve performance in team-based projects

Matthew Wettergreen, Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen

**Note: This workshop will cover the same topics as the CATME workshop in Fall 2017**

Team-based projects can be an impactful method to provide context and relevancy for educational topics. But, success metrics for these experiences can have less to do with technical mastery and more to do with soft skills of individual team members. Running these projects can be time-consuming without knowledge of how to improve outcomes or suggested grading schemas to motivate students to improve. CATME Peer Evaluation (catme.org) is a research-backed system that provides information about individual contributions of team members and their teaming experiences. This system can be useful for student feedback, grading purposes, or to identify coaching opportunities.

In this workshop you will learn about the CATME Peer Evaluation system and how to get started using it. Specifically, attendees will learn how to set up the system for team-based projects, how to read the results, how to coach students based on responses, and finally, some suggested grading guidelines for using CATME.

This lecture is open to all within the Rice community.

Matthew Wettergreen is a Lecturer at the OEDK and uses CATME for every design based class with team projects. 

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Course Design Fundamentals: Activities and Assignments
Feb
22
4:00 PM16:00

Course Design Fundamentals: Activities and Assignments

 

Over the 2017-18 academic year the CTE will offer a series of six one-hour workshops covering course design fundamentals. The series is organized to provide participants with the tools to design a new course from the ground up or redesign an existing course. Participants can choose to attend all workshops in the series or select individual workshops that best fit with their current course design goals. Workshops are open to all faculty and course instructors.

Course Design Fundamentals: Activities and Assignments

This workshop will focus on designing assignments in class and outside of class to to increase student engagement and enhance student learning. Topics covered include:  collaborative learning, discussions, exams/papers, and technology.  In addition, we will discuss the most effective practices for providing students with feedback.

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Graduate Institute: Preparing for the Academic Job Market
Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Graduate Institute: Preparing for the Academic Job Market

Are you a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar preparing to go on the job market? If so, please join Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence for our spring Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs on Friday, February 9th, from 9AM-12AM in Herring 129. In this 3-hour hands-on and interactive workshop, we will discuss how to find and interpret job advertisements, how to create materials that best convey your research and teaching abilities and interests, how best to anticipate and respond to questions in the interview process, and how to demonstrate one’s teaching abilities in an on-campus setting.  

Coffee and pastries will be served, and all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are welcome.

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Workshop: Inquiry-Based Learning
Jan
29
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop: Inquiry-Based Learning

Inquiry-Based Learning Through Collaborative Group Work

Beth Beason-Abmayr, BioSciences

Collaborative group work can be an effective method to facilitate inquiry-based learning. By scaffolding assignments throughout the semester, students work in teams to progress from structured to open-ended and independent levels of inquiry. In this workshop you will learn about the collaborative group work incorporated into a 300-level elective course in BioSciences. Specifically, attendees will learn about two examples of team-based projects that promote inquiry-based learning and brainstorm strategies to design group projects for their own courses.

This lecture is open to all within the Rice community.

Beth Beason-Abmayr is a Teaching Professor in BioSciences and uses collaborative groups in all of her lecture and lab courses.

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Course Design Fundamentals: Evidence of Learning
Jan
25
4:00 PM16:00

Course Design Fundamentals: Evidence of Learning

Over the 2017-18 academic year the CTE will offer a series of six one-hour workshops covering course design fundamentals. The series is organized to provide participants with the tools to design a new course from the ground up or redesign an existing course. Participants can choose to attend all workshops in the series or select individual workshops that best fit with their current course design goals. Workshops are open to all faculty and course instructors.

Course Design Fundamentals: Evidence of Learning

This workshop will begin with a brief look at how to assess students’ prior knowledge when they enter our courses.  We will then focus on how to measure student learning in our courses with both graded summative assessments as well as ungraded formative assessments.

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Spring 2018 Reading Group: How College Works
Jan
24
11:00 AM11:00

Spring 2018 Reading Group: How College Works

The Center for Teaching Excellence invites you to join us this spring as we read How College Works by Daniel Chambliss and Christopher Takacs. We will meet to discuss the book in Herring 129, from 11:00AM-12:00PM, on the following four Wednesdays:

Wednesday, January 24th
Wednesday, February 7th
Wednesday, February 21st
Wednesday, March 7th

If you decide to join us, we will purchase your book and deliver it to your campus mailbox before our first meeting. To ensure that we have enough time to secure your book and deliver it, we ask that you join via the link below by Monday, January 15th.

All faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome.

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Graduate Instructor of Record Orientation
Dec
11
11:00 AM11:00

Graduate Instructor of Record Orientation

Each year, approximately 100 graduate students are given the opportunity to teach their own courses at Rice. As Instructors of record with full responsibility for the management of their course, these students can benefit from a more intensive introduction to teaching at Rice than we provide in our annual TA training. Toward that end, we host a Graduate Instructor of Record Orientation twice a year. Orientation for the Spring 2018 semester will take place on Monday, December 11th from 11:00AM-1:00PM in Herring 129.

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Course Design Fundamentals: Learning Goals
Nov
9
4:00 PM16:00

Course Design Fundamentals: Learning Goals

Over the 2017-18 academic year the CTE will offer a series of six one-hour workshops covering course design fundamentals. The series is organized to provide participants with the tools to design a new course from the ground up or redesign an existing course. Participants can choose to attend all workshops in the series or select individual workshops that best fit with their current course design goals. Workshops are open to all faculty and course instructors.

Course Design Fundamentals: Learning Goals

At this session, participants will work to clarify and perhaps even expand the goals they have for their students in specific classes. Along the way, we will discuss the types of goals one might set, as well as strategies for turning broad goals into concrete outcomes that can be assessed in the classroom.

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What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning: Motivation and Learning in the Context of Grades
Oct
11
12:00 PM12:00

What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning: Motivation and Learning in the Context of Grades

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The Elephant in the Classroom: Motivation and Learning in the Context of Grades

Betsy Barre
Associate Director
Center for Teaching Excellence

Like their peers at other elite institutions, Rice undergraduates are under incredible pressure to earn high grades. And whether that pressure is social, familial, or self-imposed, the effects are similar and far reaching. From a faculty perspective, the most evident consequence of this pressure is that our students often respond quite negatively when they earn less-than-ideal grades. And we sometimes worry that our collective response to these reactions threatens the integrity of the traditional grading system. 

But the consequences of our students' anxiety about grades, as well as our reaction to that anxiety, extend far beyond grade inflation. They also have important implications for how our students approach our courses and, by extension, how much they are able to learn. In this talk, CTE Associate Director Betsy Barre will summarize what we know about the relationship between grade expectations, grading practices, and the motivation to learn.  She will then suggest strategies to minimize the negative consequences of our students' sensitivity to grades.

This lecture is open to all within the Rice community. Pizza will be served.

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2017 Pedagogy Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Oct
9
11:00 AM11:00

2017 Pedagogy Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Please join Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence for our fall Pedagogy Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs on Monday, October 9th, from 11:00AM-2:00PM.
 

Every Classroom Is Different And Why This Matters For Teaching

Patricia Bilbao Ergueta, Physics & Astronomy
Thomas Clements, Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Emily Schultz, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Rebecca Smith, Computer Science

In this 3-hour workshop, facilitated by CTE Graduate Fellows, students will learn principles of effective college teaching and see a number of models that will help them think about what they and their students bring with them to the classroom. Participants will learn how to design course goals, incorporate them into a syllabus, and implement them in an engaging, inclusive class. Highly recommended for those who will be graduate instructors or plan to apply to academic positions.

Lunch will be served, and all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are welcome.

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Course Design Fundamentals: Backward Design & Essential Questions
Sep
21
4:00 PM16:00

Course Design Fundamentals: Backward Design & Essential Questions

Over the 2017-18 academic year the CTE will offer a series of six one-hour workshops covering course design fundamentals. The series is organized to provide participants with the tools to design a new course from the ground up or redesign an existing course. Participants can choose to attend all workshops in the series or select individual workshops that best fit with their current course design goals. Workshops are open to all faculty and course instructors.

**NOTE: Because the first workshop in this series was cancelled when Rice closed during Hurricane Harvey, we will be covering the introductory material in this workshop, as well.
 

Course Design Fundamentals: Introduction to Backward Design and Essential Questions

In this workshop faculty will work to develop the essential questions at the heart of their course. These questions will provide a framework for course learning goals with a focus on developing and deepening student understanding of concepts, ideas, and processes. 

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What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning: MECHE Labs @ Rice
Sep
18
12:10 PM12:10

What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning: MECHE Labs @ Rice

Reflection on System Dynamics Principles Improves Student Performance in Labs with the Haptic Paddle

Craig McDonald, Mechanical Engineering
Chad Rose, Mechanical Engineering

Extensive work has been put into the development of simple, low-cost educational tools to improve learning by supplementing curricula with hands-on experiences. Several devices, broadly referred to as haptic paddles, have been developed to combine dynamics and mechatronics lab exercises which culminate in rendering haptic environments.Despite demonstrated student interest in haptic devices, and the foundational role of concrete experience in learning, experimental comparisons of learning outcomes over a broad range of devices have shown mixed results. Our hypothesis is that device design is addressing only a part of the learning cycle, and effort placed in encouraging and mediating a reflection phase will improve student performance. To test this hypothesis, we compared student performance between groups receiving the standard haptic paddle lab curriculum and a curriculum intended to facilitate reflection. The increases in lab scores across multiple student GPA quartiles suggest that even modest curriculum changes designed to encourage reflection can improve student performance.

This lecture is open to all within the Rice community. Pizza will be served.

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Teaching After Hurricane Harvey
Sep
8
11:45 AM11:45

Teaching After Hurricane Harvey

In conjunction with the resource page recently developed by both of our offices, the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of Student Wellbeing invite you to join us for a workshop on teaching after Hurricane Harvey. We will use this workshop as an opportunity to reflect on our experiences during our first week back, to plan for continued conversations, and to look ahead to future challenges that may arise in our classrooms in the coming months.

This event is open to all instructors of record. Pizza will be served.

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Course Design Fundamentals: Introduction to Backward Design
Aug
31
4:00 PM16:00

Course Design Fundamentals: Introduction to Backward Design

UPDATE: This event was one of many that was cancelled when Rice closed during Hurricane Harvey. Instead of rescheduling, we will cover this material during our second course design workshop, scheduled for September 21st.

Over the 2017-18 academic year the CTE will offer a series of six one-hour workshops covering course design fundamentals. The series is organized to provide participants with the tools to design a new course from the ground up or redesign an existing course. Participants can choose to attend all workshops in the series or select individual workshops that best fit with their current course design goals. Workshops are open to all faculty and course instructors.

Course Design Fundamentals: Introduction to Backward Design

The series will begin with an introduction to Backward Design principles that will provide the foundation for the rest of the workshops in the series. This workshop offers the opportunity for faculty to reflect on and discuss their teaching goals in their courses and programs.

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Workshop on Umbrella IRB for Teaching-Related Research
Aug
23
to Aug 24

Workshop on Umbrella IRB for Teaching-Related Research

We are pleased to report that Rice's IRB has recently approved an umbrella IRB for ongoing pedagogical research at Rice.  The Center for Teaching Excellence will be leading the research program, and anyone doing teaching-related research can join our protocol.

It is our hope that this will streamline the process for pedagogical research projects considerably, and we believe that this program will not only be of great benefit to our students, but it will also enhance Rice’s visibility nationally with respect to teaching and learning initiatives.  

We invite those who want to join our umbrella IRB, or simply learn more about the process, to attend one of two workshops on either August 23rd or August 24th. Both will be held in Herring 129 from 12:00-1:00PM.

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Graduate Student TA Training
Aug
21
to Aug 22

Graduate Student TA Training

At Rice University, teaching assistants (TAs) play an important role in the success of many of the university’s courses. Serving as a teaching assistant provides many benefits to the students and faculty as well as the graduate student taking on this role. Directly assisting and working with undergraduates and one’s peers brings with it many rewards in addition to many responsibilities.

Each year, the CTE hosts training sessions to provide TAs with the basic information necessary to perform their work in these roles responsibly. We spend most of the session introducing the federal regulations and institutional policies that govern this work (ADA, FERPA, Title IX, Amorous Relations, and the Honor Code), but end with some quick tips for grading and working with students in office hours.

The 2017 TA Training will take place across two repeat sessions on Monday, August 21st from 11:30-12:30 and Tuesday, August 22nd from 12:00-1:00. Slides can be accessed below.

 
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