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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
George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching
George R. Brown Awards for Superior Teaching
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
Marjorie Corcoran Award
Charles W. Duncan Achievement Award for Outstanding Faculty
Nicolas Salgo Outstanding Teaching Award
Presidential Award for Mentoring
Teaching Award for Excellence in Inquiry-Based Learning
Sarah A. Burnett Teaching Prize in the Social Sciences
Sophia Meyer Farb Prize for Teaching (Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award)
NEW! Award for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Engineering
NEW! Graduate Liberal Studies John Freeman Faculty Teaching Award
NEW! Graduate Liberal Studies John Freeman Faculty Mentoring Award
STC Teaching Award (for Student-Taught Courses)
Graduate Student Teaching Awards

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What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning: Student Self Assessment as a Link between Assessment and Learning
Mar
27
12:00 PM12:00

What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning: Student Self Assessment as a Link between Assessment and Learning

Ania Kowalik
Assistant Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

While many instructional approaches place students at the heart of the learning process as collaborators and active participants, assessment practices have been slow to reflect this shift in students’ roles and responsibilities. And yet, involving students in assessing their own work can improve their metacognitive skills, help them develop evaluative judgment, and foster a deeper engagement with course content. In this talk, CTE Assistant Director Ania Kowalik will examine student self-assessment in the context of learning and assessment theories, discuss the benefits and challenges of involving students in assessment, and present research-based strategies for implementing self-assessment in the classroom.

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

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Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy: Cultivating Equitable Learning Environments through Inclusive Teaching
Mar
21
4:00 PM16:00

Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy: Cultivating Equitable Learning Environments through Inclusive Teaching

Teaching strategies that emphasize structured active learning can create more equitable classrooms and improve learning for all students. As an introduction to inclusive teaching techniques, Professors Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy of the University of North Carolina will ask participants to reflect on inequities and diversity in their classrooms through interactive, hands-on activities. After providing a framework for inclusive design and their own research results, Hogan and Sathy will lead participants through active learning exercises and case studies that explore inclusive techniques. Drawing upon their own teaching experiences and educational research, they will model approaches that can be readily implemented with any discipline or class size to help all students achieve to their potentials.

Workshop Resources: http://bit.ly/InclusiveTeachingTips

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Using Poll Everywhere in the Classroom : A Discussion of Strategies and Techniques
Feb
25
12:00 PM12:00

Using Poll Everywhere in the Classroom : A Discussion of Strategies and Techniques

Josh Eyler
Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

Ania Kowalik
Assistant Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

Maria Cruz
Instructional Designer, Rice Learning Environments

Poll Everywhere can help you engage large groups of students in discussion and problem-solving activities, and give you quick feedback on how well they are learning. In this workshop, we will discuss the pedagogy behind Poll Everywhere, share strategies for facilitating Poll Everywhere activities, and demonstrate how to set it up in your classroom.  

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

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What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning: Effective Feedback for Deeper Learning
Feb
13
12:00 PM12:00

What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning: Effective Feedback for Deeper Learning

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Robin Paige
Senior Associate Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

“Feedback is not advice, praise, or evaluation. Feedback is information about how we are doing in our efforts to reach a goal.” (Wiggins, 2012)

In this talk, Robin Paige the Senior Associate Director at the CTE, will discuss: (1) the evidence that feedback is central to learning; (2) demonstrate how effective feedback is linked to learning goals: and (3) discuss evidence based strategies to provide effective and efficient feedback.


This event is open to all within the Rice community. 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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Spring 2019 Reading Group
Jan
23
12:00 PM12:00

Spring 2019 Reading Group

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The Center for Teaching Excellence invites you to join us this spring as we read The New Education by Cathy N. Davidson. In this book Davidson profiles iconoclastic educators who are remaking their classrooms by emphasizing creativity, collaboration, and adaptability over expertise in a single, often abstract discipline. Working at the margins of the establishment, these innovators are breaking down barriers between ossified fields of study, presenting their students with multidisciplinary, real-world problems, and teaching them not just how to think, but how to learn. The New Education ultimately shows how we can educate students not only to survive but to thrive amid the challenges to come.

“Davidson argues persuasively that student-centered, active learning can transform classrooms and even online courses. … Davidson’s enthusiasm and her examples should inspire creativity from a lot more college teachers.”

— Craig Calhoun, The New York Times

If you decide to join us, we will purchase your book. Please RSVP by January 18th if you would like a complimentary copy of the book. We will notify you when books have arrived and can be picked up prior to the first meeting.

We will meet to discuss the book in Herring 129 on the following:

  • Wednesday, January 23rd, noon-1:00pm

  • Wednesday, February 27th , noon-1:00pm

  • Wednesday, March 20th , noon-1:00pm

RSVP is now closed.

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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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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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