UTC Instructional Excellence Retreat
May 2nd and May 3rd, 2013
Thursday, May 2nd
ThinkAchieve Faculty Fellows Workshops – Problem-based learning in the morning (8:30-10:00 AM) and Pop culture in the classroom in the afternoon (1:00-2:30 PM), UC Ocoee Room, limited to 20 participants each; These workshops are full.
Teaching and Learning Seminars – 1:00-4:45 PM , UC Raccoonl Mountain Room and Lookout Mountain Room; Concurrent sessions; registration not required.
For the schedule, click here
Reception at Mayor’s Mansion - 5:30-7:30 PM, RSVP required below.
Welcome reception for May 3rd workshop speaker, Dr. Patti Clayton
Friday, May 3rd
Workshop by Dr. Patti Clayton - Cultivating Critical Thinking through Critical Reflection on Experience Within and Beyond the Classroom
8:30 AM-4:30 PM, UC Tennessee Room; Must register below.
ThinkAchieve Poster Session - UC Tennessee Room
Posters will be presented by ThinkAchieve grant recipients. Posters available for viewing all day.
Detailed Itinerary and Registration Links
Thursday, May 2nd
- Workshop 1: Cheryl Robinson – Problem-based learning
Thursday, May 2nd, 8:30-10:00 AM, Ocoee Room
Problem-based learning is an instructional approach by which student learning centers on a multi-level problem that cannot be answered with a single correct answer. Much of the literature in regards to problem-based learning suggests that by having students learn through the experience of problem-solving, both content and thinking strategies are learned. In this workshop, faculty will be introduced to 8 instructional principles of problem-based learning. Registration Required. This workshop is full. Limited to 20 participants.
- Workshop 2: Ralph Covino – Pop Culture in the Classroom
Thursday, May 2nd, 1:00-2:30 PM, Ocoee Room
Scholarly attention has focused on millennial students’ resistance to ‘old school’ lecture formats, their technology-dependence, and what happens when they get to college; however, a key aspect of the way these students actually process information in their out-of-class lives -and how it can be used in-class- has yet to receive much notice. Many on the teaching front-lines have noted how students react positively to in-class references to film, television, and other media such as The Hunger Games, 50 Shades of Gray, superhero films, and the like; but how can we best harness our students’ ‘referential culture’ to promote logical and coherent critical thinkers? Participants in this workshop will be introduced to best practices for the use of popular culture in the classroom. Registration Required. This workshop is full. Limited to 20 participants.
Thursday, May 2nd, 1:00-4:45 PM, Lookout Mountain Room (session A) and Raccoon Mountain Room (session B)
Hear from and interact with UTC faculty and staff as they share their expertise in teaching and learning strategies. Presentations will be on the hour. We are delighted to have the each of the three ThinkAchieve Faculty Award winners presenting. No registration is required for these seminars.
Click here to see the seminar schedule
Thursday, May 2nd, 5:30-7:30 pm
Join us at the Mayor’s Mansion for a reception to welcome our workshop speaker, Dr. Patti Clayton. Food, beverages, and conversation will be provided. RSVP required, click here.
Friday, May 3rd
Cultivating Critical Thinking through Critical Reflection on Experience Within and Beyond the Classroom, Dr. Patti Clayton
Friday, May 3rd, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Tennessee Room
UTC's QEP focuses on critical thinking in a comprehensive way that includes student orientation activities, curricular integration, and experiential learning opportunities (both within and beyond the classroom). This session focuses particularly on experiential learning, although the content is broadly applicable across any instructional context. As the part of the process that generates, deepens, and documents learning, critical reflection is key to all forms of experiential learning. It is also a counter-normative way for many of us to teach and to learn, so it is both challenging to undertake and potentially transformative.
In this highly interactive full-day workshop, participants will:
a) undertake experiential learning opportunities (reflection prompts will be sent in advance of the session),
b) consider the meaning and role of critical reflection in experiential learning,
c) apply models for experiential learning and for integrated design to their own instructional contexts,
d) critique example reflection activities, and
e) practice developing critical reflection prompts and applying rubrics to student products.
Participants will leave the session with examples of critical reflection activities and with resources that can be used with our students and in our own instructional design and assessment work.
Registration required. Lunch and refreshments provided. To register, click here.
For more information about the Instructional Excellence Retreat, email Dawn Ford. If you require accomodations for this event, please contact the Walker Center for Teaching and Learning at 425-4188 prior to the event. You can also contact the Office for Students with Disabilities at 425-4006 (V/TTY) or firstname.lastname@example.org.